NFL Week 3 picks: ‘The Nick Bosa Game’ powers 49ers past Broncos

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Long story short, we’re on to Week 3 of my NFL picks:

49ers 31, Broncos 21: The Nick Bosa Game. This “Sunday Night Football” showcase becomes Bosa’s signature game of his career and keys his NFL Defensive Player of the Year bid. On his side are a suffocating defense – and a frustrated Broncos’ fanbase that counts down the play clock to ridicule Denver’s game management. Line: 49ers -1.5

Browns 24, Steelers 21: How the week started: A Browns fan got arrested for throwing a water bottle at the team’s owner. How the week ends: A Steelers quarterback (Mitchell Trubisky) loses for throwing footballs at the Browns’ defense. Line: Steelers +4.5

Chiefs 33, Colts 26: Too soon to reserve the Chiefs a spot in their fifth straight AFC Championship Game? Line: Chiefs -5.5

Patriots 19, Ravens 18: New England is allowing a NFL-low 18.5 points per game. Line: Patriots +2.5

Bears 28, Texans 24: Three-step logic: 1.) Lovie Smith coached the Bears for nine years; 2.) The Bears beat the Niners last game at Soldier Field; 3. Smith’s Texans lose to the Bears at Soldier Field. Line: Bears -2.5

Bills 35, Dolphins 28: The Bills’ Stefon Diggs is on pace for 34 touchdown catches, well ahead of the NFL’s all-time leading marks by Randy Moss (23 in 2007) and Jerry Rice (22 in 1987). Line: Bills -6

Bengals 28, Jets 25: After three-point losses to start 0-2, the reigning AFC-champion Bengals return the favor to the Jets. Line: Jets +5

Rams 28, Cardinals 24: Did you see Kyler Murray run around for 20 seconds en route to a two-point conversion in the Cardinals’ comeback at Vegas? Aaron Donald will stop him by the 10-second mark this game. Line: Rams -3.5

Raiders 23, Titans 20: How many of you predicted this as the AFC Championship matchup, rather than a battle of 0-2 duds? (Just Raiders fans, baby?) Line: Raiders -2

Eagles 31, Washington 20: The Commanders can’t rebound from the previous week’s loss at Detroit – just like the 2021 Green Bay Packers, whose rebound attempt was a playoff loss to the 49ers. Line: Eagles -6.5

Saints 25, Panthers 21: This begins a three-game homestand for Carolina, and if Win No. 1 remains elusive, coach Matt Rhule might not make it to that Oct. 9 visit by the 49ers. Line: Saints -3

Vikings 31, Lions 14: Kirk Cousins quickly gets over his latest fiasco on Monday night, when he’s 2-10 all-time. Line: Vikings -6

Chargers 27, Jaguars 16: The Jaguars are historically horrible on the West Coast. (Clarification: the Jaguars are historically horrible, in general.) Line: Chargers -7

Seahawks 31, Falcons 14: This drops the Falcons to 0-3, which fits their early-season history (1-4 in 2018; 1=7 in 2019; 0-5 I 2020; 1-3 in 2021). Line: Seahawks -1.5

Packers 24, Bucs 17: Aaron Rodgers rules the regular season (four NFL MVP awards to Tom Brady’s three). It’s the regular season, so go with Rodgers. The postseason, of course, is Brady’s lair. Line: Packers +1

Giants 28, Cowboys 20: New York slugger Aaron Judge is rubbing off on the undefeated Giants. Line: Giants -1

Last week: 9-7 straight up, 9-7 against the spread

Season: 16-15-1 straight up, 18-14 against the spread

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