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NFL picks 2017, Week 3: Experts see Cowboys, Eagl
Topic Started: Oct 25 2017, 02:00 AM (99 Views)
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Still no byes — those don’t start until Week 5 — so we’ve got a full slate of games to pick for Week 3. And the big question I have right off the bat is whether or not there will be as many locks this week as there were last week.

Ravens over the Browns,Last week, we had six games where all human members of our panel correctly picked the winner (only three with all eight and the computer). A lot of that had to do with the matchups. Everyone in our little group just knew the Raiders would beat the Jets, ditto the Patriots over the Saints, and Panthers over the Bills.

but Seattle’s offensive line almost made fools out of us all,The Chiefs-Eagles game was a little less obvious, but we all got that one right, too. The Seahawks beating the 49ers felt like a sure thing, including the Seahawks.

We would have had eight games where everyone picked the winner, except Joel somehow thought the Bears might have a chance in Tampa Bay with Mike Glennon. He also picked the Packers to beat the Falcons, but that was easier to understand.

Long story short, I am confident that you could do a lot worse than going off our picks. This is where I remind you about liability and not taking everything you read on the internet at face value.

OK — on to this week’s picks.

We’ve got a consensus for the Steelers, and Cowboys. The Eagles should beat the Giants,Authentic Sean Lee Jersey, Dolphins, Chiefs, Packers,Authentic Jaylon Smith Jersey, Eagles, who are absolutely atrocious thanks to Ben McAdoo, but the NFC East can be surprisingly competitive sometimes. And maybe they’ll figure out that it’s wise to put a tight end out there to help Ereck Flowers.

The Chiefs should win too,Authentic Maliek Collins Jersey, but never discount the Chargers winning a tough game just so it’ll be even more soul-crushing when they lose the next three by a field goal.

Among the more divided picks, especially with an offensive line that overwhelms whatever’s in front of it., I’m honestly surprised to see a few for Washington over Oakland. The Raiders are showing no signs of giving their opponents any quarter this season

Here are the rules for our little pick gang. The panel is allowed to change up to two of their picks on Friday to account for injuries or other late-breaking developments heading into the weekend. So be sure to check back.

We bring on a guest picker each week too. This week,Authentic Charles Tapper Jersey, the managing editor at Pride of Detroit, we’re welcoming Jeremy Reisman, Dave Choate of The Falcoholic, our network’s home for all things Lions. He’s got some big buy to fill. Last week’s guest,Authentic Byron Jones Jersey, tied for the best record of the week with an impressive 13-3 mark.

Cowboys assign jersey numbers to Bene Benwikere, Jayrone Elliott

Benwikere will take over the No. 23 while Price garners ownership of No. 92, recently held by cornerback Leon McFadden and defensive tackle Cedric Thornton, if at all, respectively. Re-assigning No. 23 to Benwikere is a curious move considering McFadden has not been released by the team yet, but rather moved to injured reserve with a hamstring injury.

It's certainly not unheard of to do so, or nothing more than a simple jersey shuffle., but it's not exactly the norm either. Time will tell if this is an omen for McFadden to soon be waived with an injury settlement

Thornton was waived to make way for the entry of Price, after a failed experiment that never saw him regain the prime form he showed during his time with the Philadelphia Eagles.

The Cowboys are hoping they'll have better luck with Price wearing the number.

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett says Dak Prescott is dealing with an ankle injury

Dak Prescott's awful Sunday didn't just involve 20 incompletions, 4.8 yards per attempt, and a 68.6 passer rating. It also involved an ankle injury., two interceptions

On Monday, the coach added that Prescott is doing well., Cowboys coach Jason Garrett revealed that Prescott injured his ankle against the Broncos. However

Still, who dropped to 1-1 on Sunday after a 42-17 loss., this isn't exactly a great development for the Cowboys

Part of the Cowboys' problems? Prescott hasn't been himself this year after his Offensive Rookie of the Year season. In two games, thrown three touchdowns and two picks, Prescott's completed 60.7 percent of his passes, averaged 5.7 yards per attempt, and posted a 78.2 passer rating. Last year, Prescott completed 67.8 percent of his passes, averaged 8.0 yards per attempt, threw 23 touchdowns and four picks, and posted a 104.9 passer rating.

It's too early, though, which ended without a playoff win. An ankle injury certainly won't help Prescott elevate his level of play., to rush to conclusions. Prescott's played poorly to this point -- so has Ezekiel Elliott -- but he's also faced two of the NFL's best defensive teams in the Giants and Broncos. There's no shame in getting stymied by those two defenses. But the Cowboys will need more from their quarterback if they're going to build off last season

The good news is that the Cowboys' offense line is one of the top units in the league, and an ankle injury could hamper that area of his game. ,Womens Sean Lee Jersey, so Prescott should be relatively well protected. The bad news is that Prescott often uses his mobility as a weapon

In Week 3, who have also struggled to this point. , the Cowboys will head to Arizona for a game against the 1-1 Cardinals

Cowboys Need to Discipline Ezekiel Elliott for Lack of Effort in Loss to Broncos

I don’t like what Ezekiel Elliott did Sunday. At all.

With the Cowboys down 18 to Denver in the middle of the third quarter Sunday,Womens Jaylon Smith Jersey, Elliott, Dez Bryant, the defending NFL rushing champion,Womens Maliek Collins Jersey, ran a route from the left slot. Quarterback Dak Prescott threw for the receiver just outside Elliott to the left,Authentic Rico Gathers Jersey, and the ball went through Bryant’s hands, passing maybe four yards from Elliott at their closest point. Eventually, Harris ran back to his right and was tackled by a Dallas ,Womens Byron Jones Jersey, and Denver’s Chris Harris intercepted it. At the time of the interception, Harris was about five yards away from Elliott. Elliott immediately stopped and put his hands on his hips and didn’t chase Harris. Harris ran to his left, in a zig-zag course

I give you the play-by-play to describe without prejudice exactly what happened on an important play in the eventual Denver rout of Dallas. Elliott stopped. Elliott did not chase the Denver interceptor, though he certainly would be instructed by any coach in the history of football to pursue the man who intercepted the ball until he was down. Elliott stood there with his hands on his hips. He did nothing.

It was a stunning lack of effort in the middle of a game that was still certainly in play. Dallas,Womens Rico Gathers Jersey, had six possessions after that. So often in cases like this, down 28-10 at the time of the Harris interception, the player gets a pass. And very often, because the Cowboys take chances on great players who have character or behavior or ethos flaws. Elliott might have all three of those. To give up on that play was horrendous. Dallas coach Jason Garrett has to do something about it—if he has not already. Owner Jerry Jones should back his coach 100 percent when Garrett does discipline Elliott. And if Garrett does not, Womens Charles Tapper Jersey,Dallas players get passes, then there’s something seriously wrong in Dallas.

It’s one thing to be frustrated. It’s another thing to quit. Elliott is a good football player who quit on a play. Don’t sugarcoat it. He quit on a play in the middle of a game that was still a game. And he should not be allowed to get away with it.

Here is what LaDainian Tomlinson said on NFL Network on Sunday night about Elliott. “He absolutely quit on his team today.”

Maybe Elliott was frustrated at his awful day (nine carries, and his court case to try to overturn the suspension, eight yards). Maybe the pressure of his suspension, with the game slipping away, are getting to him. Maybe he simply doesn’t handle failure or rejection well. The 42-17 loss to Denver was an eye-opener for Cowboys players and coaches and to owner Jerry Jones. But that changes nothing about what we saw in the middle of the third quarter, and one of the best players on the team giving up on a play he could have tried to make. Inexcusable.






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