By Lance Tominaga, ESPN Honolulu Web Editor.
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On to this week’s picks:
♦ L.A. RAMS @ BUFFALO: As expected, Buffalo has one of the best defenses in the NFL. What wasn’t expected was the play of QB Josh Allen, who (this far) has improved his accuracy and decision making, with 6 TDs and 0 picks. The Rams will be a tough challenge for the still-rising Bills, but Buffalo will pull this one out at home. Pick: BILLS
♦ LAS VEGAS @ NEW ENGLAND: The Pats have won their last five meetings with the Raiders (four of those victories were by double-digit margins). The last time the Silver & Black won in Foxboro, in fact, was in 1994, when they were the Los Angeles Raiders and were quarterbacked by Jeff Hostetler. At 2-0, the Raiders are an improved team, but beating the Pats and a rejuvenated Cam Newton is too much to ask here. Pick: PATRIOTS
♦ HOUSTON @ PITTSBURGH: The Steelers are looking impressive early, and will pose a challenge to the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC North. Houston is a good team – the best 0-2 team in the league. After this Sunday, we’ll be saying they’re the best 0-3 team in the league. Pick: STEELERS.
♦ DALLAS @ SEATTLE: Dallas pulled off a miraculous comeback to stun the Falcons this past Sunday, while the Seahawks survived a scare against New England. I don’t expect this game to be that close. The Seahawks and QB Russell Wilson are just too good. Pick: SEAHAWKS
♦ GREEN BAY @ NEW ORLEANS: Can the 1-1 Saints bounce back from a disappointing loss in Las Vegas? Their vertical passing attack has been almost nonexistent without All-Pro wideout Michael Thomas. The good news for Drew Brees and company is that Green Bay’s defense is struggling. The Pack may be back, but the Saints need this one. Pick: SAINTS
♦ KANSAS CITY @ BALTIMORE: The game we’ve been waiting for. Mahomes vs Jackson. While both QBs are among the very best in the league, the difference in this game will boil down to defense. The Chiefs’ D has yet to resemble the stingy attack that they showed in last season’s playoffs. The Ravens, meanwhile have held opponents to 21 or fewer points in the last 13 games – best in the league. They’ve also scored 7 defensive TDs in their last 12 games. Pick: RAVENS
Last Week: 5-1
Season to Date: 8-4 (.667)
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