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Week 3 picks: Run to Adrian Peterson and Vikings?

Smart gamester guy Frank Hanrahan is back at it with Week 3 picks, including thoughts on Peterson, Brady and Bengals-Ravens.

The third Sunday of the 2015 NFL season is upon us, but we're ready to hit midseason form with this week's picks.

No luck with the Redskins call Thursday night. I've stopped wondering about the woulda, coulda, shoulda aspect of Matt Jones' fumble and moved on to focusing on taking names all over the league this weekend. Reminder, the bigger the $, the bigger the play!


$$$$$ -- Minnesota Vikings (-1) vs. San Diego.
After looking so bad in Week 1, the Vikes came back with a vengeance last week beating Detroit easily. On paper San Diego is the better team with the better QB. These games aren't played on paper, but on the field and on the field  the Adrian Peterson's are better than a one-point favorite over the visitors from the left coast. 

$$$$ -- New Orleans Saints (+9.5) at Carolina.
The number went from Carolina -3 to -9.5 with word that Drew Brees would not play. One of the McCown brothers starts for the Saints. Not sure which one and it doesn't matter. That's enough for me to take them. Carolina's not exactly potent offense helps the cause and running back Jonathan Stewart enters the matchup banged up.

$$$ -- New England (-13.5) vs. Jacksonville
My taking the biggest favorite last week cost me big time in choosing the Saints. So long to my survival pool! But I am sticking with my taking the biggest favorite on the board theory with the Patriots. Come on, this one is easy. Tom Brady is on a mission, Rob Gronkowski cannot be stopped by mere mortals and the Patriots defense probably adds a score when the Jaguars make a mistake a or four in catch-up mode.

$$ -- Cincinnati (+2.5) at Baltimore
The 0-2 Ravens are desperate, hungry and really eager in this must win situation.Yep, we're taking the Bengals, who have a chance to bury their AFC North rivals.

$ -- Oakland Raiders (+3) at Cleveland
Does anybody really have the Raiders in this one? I didn't think so but us contrarians do. Quarterback Derek Carr probably struggles a bit on the road, but he's shown enough punch to power Oakland's offense into the end zone just enough. 

Week 3: 0-1:

Overall: 5-7

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