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Here are this week’s picks from Athlon Sports senior editor John Gworek:

Thursday's Game

Miami at Cincinnati

Cincinnati has lost two in a row against tough opponents but finally got the running game going last week. That bodes well against a Miami team that barely escaped the Browns and ranks 31st against the run.

Gworek's Pick: Cincinnati, 30–17

Sunday’s Games

Indianapolis vs. Jacksonville (in London)

Andrew Luck hasn’t faced the Jags since 2014, and their defense has come a long way since then. Jacksonville’s offense, however, has been a disappointment.

Gworek's Pick: Indianapolis, 28–26

Tennessee at Houston

DeMarco Murray leads the Titans in rushing and receiving, but he can’t do it all. Houston didn’t score at all against New England last week. In fact, these teams are tied for last in the NFL with 42 points each through three games, so don’t expect a shootout.

Gworek's Pick: Houston, 17–13

Cleveland at Washington

The Browns found some offense in an overtime loss in Miami, but Kirk Cousins should find open receivers against a defense than ranks near the bottom of the NFL in passing yards and touchdowns allowed.

Gworek's Pick: Washington, 30–21

Seattle at N.Y. Jets

Russell Wilson may not be 100 percent for the Seahawks, so look for a lot of Christine Michael. He may find the going tough against a Jets defense that ranks third in rushing yards allowed per game and per carry.

Gworek's Pick: Seattle, 19–17

Buffalo at New England

Perhaps the Bills defense is not so bad after all (four sacks and fout interceptions of Carson Palmer in Week 3), and the Pats are banged up at quarterback. But it’s hard to see Buffalo scoring much.

Gworek's Pick: New England, 23–14

Carolina at Atlanta

Atlanta leads the league in offense but has had the luxury of facing the NFL’s worst defenses — Saints and Raiders — the last two weeks. The Panthers are looking to avenge their only regular-season loss from last year.

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Gworek's Pick: Carolina, 26–20

Oakland at Baltimore

Oakland has been outgained in every game — despite ranking second in total offense. Are the Ravens for real? Their three wins have come by an average of 4.3 points and are over teams that are a combined 1–8.

Gworek's Pick: Oakland, 27–20

Detroit at Chicago

The Bears had their hands full with Dak Prescott and the Cowboys, which doesn’t bode well with Matthew Stafford coming to town. Stafford has not missed Calvin Johnson; he ranks third in passing yards and touchdowns.

Gworek's Pick: Detroit, 30–20

Denver at Tampa Bay

Jameis Winston has been good (NFL-best eight touchdown passes) but also bad (six interceptions. Von Miller (NFL-leading 5.0 sacks) and the Denver defense have continued to dominate.

Gworek's Pick: Broncos, 23–16

Los Angeles at Arizona

The Rams may have caught a break with a weather delay and some bad clock management by Tampa Bay last week. Arizona turned the ball over five times against the Bills after coming in at plus-7 in turnovers.

Gworek's Pick: Arizona, 26–14

New Orleans at San Diego

Philip Rivers has to be licking his chops watching film of the Saints defense, but injuries are killing the Chargers. Keenan Allen, Danny Woodhead and Manti Te’o are all out for the season.

Gworek's Pick: New Orleans, 31–30

Dallas at San Francisco

Who would have thought the Cowboys would be in the top 10 in total offense under Dak Prescott? As good as the Niners were to open the season at home, they have been that bad on the road since. They are back home

Gworek's Pick: San Francisco, 21–20

Kansas City at Pittsburgh

The return of Le’Veon Bell could boost Pittsburgh, although DeAngelo Williams has been effective (347 yards from scrimmage in three games). Kansas City’s Spencer Ware leads all NFL backs with 387 yards from scrimmage.

Gworek's Pick: Pittsburgh, 27–21

Monday’s Game

N.Y. Giants at Minnesota

If this turns into anything resembling a shootout, it’s advantage Giants. But it doesn’t seem likely. The biggest advantage for either team will be the Minnesota pass rush, and that should keep the turnovers coming.

Gworek's Pick: Minnesota, 20–16

Week 3 Record: 9–7

Overall Record: 24–24