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2023 Week 3 NFL Picks

Updated: Sep 24, 2023

Full disclosure. It’s Thursday night, I don’t feel like writing this little intro. But true mental toughness is doing something when you really don’t want to. I’ll power through for my loyal readers. One thing I can confirm, at roughly 3:45 tomorrow I will be in a much more improved mood. If you know you know. My bitchiness aside, let’s take a look at how the boys and I did for Week 2.

Week 2 Records:

Blind Owl: 6-7-3

Concret3Cowboy: 8-5-3

BrendawnoftheDead: 5-8-3

Whoa. That is an abrupt turn around from Week 1. Brendawn did not have his best week. I believe the text we received from him read “Oof.” Oof indeed Brendawn. Meanwhile, the Cowboy had a great week. The 3 pushes really helped his cause in my opinion. Those pushes hurt both Brendawn and I. How did this impact the overall standings? Let’s have a look.

Total Records

Blind Owl: 14-15-3

Concret3Cowboy: 16-13-3

BrendawnoftheDead: 15-14-3

Well, it looks like the other guys each had a big week, so I’m in last. But consistency will win the day in my opinion. Thankfully, nobody took a big lead. Looks like we are locked in for a good year. Is it my turn to have a big week? Or will I remain Mr. Consistent? Can Brendawn respond? Will Concret3Cowboy stay hot? Let’s dive right into the picks for Week 3 starting with Thursday Night Football.

NYG @ SF: SF -10.5

Blind Owl: This will be the beat down of the century. The Giants have absolutely no chance. Go to bed early folks, it’s not worth your time to watch this.

Concret3Cowboy: This game is the reason why the NFL wants to be able to flex Thursday Night games. I think that concept is ass because it’s not like your being flexed to a later time on the same day you are supposed to play. You are now playing days earlier than you would have. As for me and this game? I almost want to take the Gmen but without Barkley.. I can’t justify it, even with this spread.

BrendawnoftheDead: Massacre, bloodbath, squash match, David vs Goliath but Goliath dominates… yeah take your pick on the description but this WILL happen. The 49ers are Hell on Wheels and the Giants suck donkey balls. You know what doesn't help a team that sucks donkey balls? Being down your only legitimate offensive weapon/ do it all running back. The spread could be 25.5 and I would still take San Francisco.

DEN @ MIA: MIA -6.5

Blind Owl: This spread could be 6000 points and I would still not pick my Broncos. The Phins will cover easily.

Concret3Cowboy: Miami. I don’t care what the spread is.

BrendawnoftheDead: squish the fish… oh wait, it's Denver. Fish by a billion.

NE @ NYJ: NE -2.5

Blind Owl: Zack Wilson throws nothing but picks and dimes. The Patriots defense is the only part of the team that looks any good. This one could end with just field goals and punts. Smash that over for 3 and outs. Thankfully, this will be a quick game so we won’t have to suffer that long. Zack Wilson will have more picks than TDs. Pats cover in boring ass game.

Concret3Cowboy: I think I still like the Jets. I kind of believe in Zack Wilson. He has talent. He’s not a complete basket case like Manziel. The Jets still have a really good defense. Mac Jones isn’t anything.

BrendawnoftheDead: If the Patriots lose this game, they're done and in the running for a top ten pick. I don't see how belichick keeps his job if that happens. Of course they are playing the Jets with Zach Wilson and an awful offensive line, so that won't happen. Pats cover because Zach Wilson's head is full of rocks.


Blind Owl: I never know with Baltimore. Jackon will get hurt eventually. Will it be today? Probably not. Baltimore is the superior team but Minshew is better than some starters in the league. 8 is a big spread, but I’ll take the Ravens based on talent.

Concret3Cowboy: The Colts going to Baltimore is never that welcoming. I don’t really like the Ravens, so give me Indy. Minshew magic.

BrendawnoftheDead: I think the Colts have a sneaky decent defense. I don't think they win, they just lose by less than 8.

TEN @ CLE: CLE -3.5

Blind Owl: Cleveland is going to suck now. Their offense is bad. Their defense is good. But they can’t score. The Titans will hang in and cover.

Concret3Cowboy: Cleveland’s defense is really good, and their offense is really bad. I like what Tennessee did last week. I’ll go with Tennessee.

BrendawnoftheDead: DeShaun Watson is a bad quarterback. Nick Chubb is an awesome running back who will not be suiting up for the foreseeable future. The Browns will forever be cursed. Titans aren't good but they're good enough to cover.


Blind Owl: Buffalo will win big here. I like what Howell was doing but he’s not in Allen’s class in this one. Just too many weapons.

Concret3Cowboy: I like the Commanders to cover. I do. Sam Howell is actually pretty good. It could have been all luck but some of those throws at the end last week were high level shit.

BrendawnoftheDead: Buffalo, unlike the Denver dumpster fire Broncos, has Superbowl aspirations. They have much more talent than the Commies and the score will reflect that. Buffalo by 10.


Blind Owl: Atlanta has been my sneaky pick this year. They’re better than they should be. The Lions were a bit of a let down after beating the Chiefs. They’ll get back on the wagon here and win by at least 4.

Concret3Cowboy: I’ll take Detroit even though they were a disappointment last week.

BrendawnoftheDead: The Lions and Seahawks just have to have shootouts, so I'm not reading too much into last week. Their defense will remember how to play football and won't lose to Desmond Ridder.

NO @ GB: GB -1

Blind Owl: I’m really having a hard time with this one. I don’t particularly care for either team. The Saints have a good defense, but that’s about it. The Packers and Jordan Love aren’t proving anything to me. I’ll take the defense and the point.

Concret3Cowboy: New Orleans because they have a very good defense. Derek Carr is boring but efficient. Also Jordan Love is ass.

BrendawnoftheDead: I'm a Demario Davis fan. He will force GB to win through the air and I just don't see it happening. Derek Carr stinks but has talent around him. NO by 3.

HOU @ JAX: JAX -7.5

Blind Owl: Houston is bad. Jacksonville is good. Easy pick. Go Jags.

Concret3Cowboy: It’s a big spread I still like the Jags. The Texans are ass. Stroud is ass. He’s leading the league in pass attempts and that’s not how you win with a rookie QB.

BrendawnoftheDead: Fire Nick Casserio. The Patriots drafted like ass when he was here and the Texans have BAD personnel under his reign. Jacksonville is going to score a bunch and Trevor Lawrence will make up for only managing 5 fantasy points last week. I'm not bitter…


Blind Owl: It doesn’t matter who I pick here. I’ll end up disappointed. It was what these two teams do best. I’ll pick the Chargers for two reasons. First, the Cowboy picked the Vikings. Second, I’ll take a point as disappointment insurance.

Concret3Cowboy: This is like the Spiderman Meme game. Who do I find more disappointing? Probably the Chargers. I like the Vikings. Captain Kirk is not the problem. They have no defense and no run game, but they did add Akers, which should help.

BrendawnoftheDead: I like the Chargers because the Minnesota offensive line is trash. Both teams hate success so don't use this as monetary advice.

CAR @ SEA: SEA -5.5

Blind Owl: As much as it pains me, I have to pick Seattle. Carolina won’t have their starting QB and Seattle is just an all around better team.

Concret3Cowboy: I don’t think Bryce Young is playing. I like Seattle, Better coach, better defense, better offensive weapons and probably a beter QB. It all makes sense.

BrendawnoftheDead: No starting QB for Carolina, no cover. Simple as that.

DAL @ ARI: DAL -13

Blind Owl: I’ll trust in Arizona’s incompetence one more time. I was almost right with the Giants. If they could’ve just punched it into the endzone. Dallas will continue their dominance…hopefully.

Concret3Cowboy: I’ll go with Arizona. I think the Cardinals are becoming just like my Lions last year. They aren’t good, but they are going to be cover machines.

BrendawnoftheDead: This is harder than it should be. The cowboys will win convincingly but 13 is a big spread. I think I'll pick Dallas but I'll probably regret it.

CHI @ KC: KC -12.5

Blind Owl: I hate these big KC spreads. But I have to go with my gut and pick against the Ohio State QB. The Chiefs will be fine and beat up on the Bears.

Concret3Cowboy: KC. I mean, the Bears suck. Justin Fields can’t do shit. It’s all the choaches fault.

BrendawnoftheDead: KC isn't the same offensive juggernaut as we've become accustomed to. The Bears are a dumpster fire though, and KC's defense is underrated. Screw it, KC covers.

PIT @ LV: LV -2.5

Blind Owl: Ummm both teams are average. Average will beat average here. I’ll take the home team and go with Vegas. They have a bit more talent than Pittsburgh.

Concret3Cowboy: Well, the terrible towel is going to travel to Sunday Night Football. The Steelers are very middle ground. The Radiers got spanked last week by Buffalo. Pittsburgh stole a win against Cleveland. Yeah I’m going with Pittsburgh.

BrendawnoftheDead:... Pittsburgh? They have a horrible offensive scheme but the raiders aren't a threatening defense. Josh Jacobs hasn't been the force of nature we saw last year, could be from the lack of preseason, could be worn down, could be the offensive line but it's a big problem.

PHI @ TB: PHI -5

Blind Owl: If Philly can’t cover, they should be embarrassed.

Concret3Cowboy: Tampa. They’re 2-0 against the spread. So why not? I like their D. They’ll be in close games all year. I don’t know what Philly is doing offensively. I don’t trust them to blow someone out.

BrendawnoftheDead: This is the week Philly figures it out, or maybe the losing the Superbowl hangover is real. I like Tampa on defense but they have nothing to offer on the other side of the ball. Philly by… 6.


Blind Owl: The Bengals have been straight up bad. The Cowboy’s butt buddy Joe Burrow may not play and even if he does, he hasn’t been good. The Rams haven’t been horrible. I have no clue who is going to run the ball anymore, but they’ve hung around. You know what? Give me the Rams.

Concret3Cowboy: Ehhhhh. Ehhhh. I like the Rams. I don’t think the Rams are nearly as bad as they were last year. They beat the shit out of Seattle and only lost a close one to San Fran. I don’t trust Cincy. The Rams are decent and I like Stafford.

BrendawnoftheDead: I don't like Joe Burrow facing Aaron Donald while limping. That alone is cause to pick the Rams. Cincy's defense isn't scary and mcvay/ Stafford will figure them out.

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