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

Thursday’s Game

Baltimore at Pittsburgh

The Ravens have blown second-half leads in each of their three losses. The Steelers have to get Michael Vick ready to start on a short week.

Gworek's Pick: Baltimore, 23–17.

Sunday’s Games

N.Y. Jets vs. Miami (in London)

The Dolphins gave up a home game to play this one in London, but maybe that is good thing after how the home opener went.

Gworek's Pick: Miami, 20–16.

Jacksonville at Indianapolis

Winner will be 2–2 and perhaps alone in first place in the AFC South. The Colts have not lost a division game since 2012.

Gworek's Pick: Indianapolis, 27–17.

N.Y. Giants at Buffalo

Bills rank first in rushing and stopping the run. Giants rank second stopping the run. This one will be won through the air.

Gworek's Pick: Buffalo, 24–20.

Carolina at Tampa Bay

As they did last week vs. the Saints, the Panthers can put a division far into their rear-view mirror.  Carolina defense will test Jameis Winston.

Gworek's Pick: Carolina, 20-10.

Philadelphia at Washington

Eagles got in the win column last week but still struggled on offense. Washington running the ball well but turning it over too much.

Gworek's Pick: Philadelphia, 23-21.

Oakland at Chicago

The Bears are without Jay Cutler and have started trading assets. A 3–1 start would be the Raiders’ best since Super Bowl season in 2002.

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Gworek's Pick: Oakland, 27-20.

Houston at Atlanta

Texans have attempted the most passes in the NFL but rank 31st in completion percentage. Atlanta’s Julio Jones leads the league in catches and yards.

Gworek's Pick: Atlanta, 26-24.

Kansas City at Cincinnati

The Chiefs are minus-5 in turnover differential in their two losses. Andy Dalton is playing his best football for the Bengals (8 TDs, 1 INT).

Gworek's Pick: Cincinnati, 23-21.

Cleveland at San Diego

The Chargers have lost two in a row on the road but rank in the top 10 in both offense and defense. Cleveland’s defense has been disappointing.

Gworek's Pick: San Diego, 30-20.

Green Bay at San Francisco

No one protects the ball better than the Packers (one turnover all season). The 49ers struggled against Ben Roethlisberger and Carson Palmer. Now Aaron Rodgers?

Gworek's Pick: Green Bay, 33-16.

St. Louis at Arizona

The Rams looks great in Week 1 but now rank dead last in total offense … with trips to Arizona and Green Bay on tap.

Gworek's Pick: Arizona, 27-14.

Minnesota at Denver

The Vikings have been good at home but still rank 29th in offense. Facing the Broncos’ top-ranked defense at Mile High will be no picnic.

Gworek's Pick: Denver, 23-13.

Dallas at New Orleans

Cowboys need defense to step up if they are to survive without Tony Romo. The Saints already trail two teams by three games in the NFC South.

Gworek's Pick: New Orleans, 21-20.

Monday’s Game

Detroit at Seattle

Seattle got back on track with a shutout of the lowly Bears. The Lions are supposed to be better but rank 27th in both offense and defense.

Gworek's Pick: Seattle, 28-13.

Week 3 Record: 12–4

Overall Record: 31–17