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NFL Week Three Picks: It's A Passing League, Get Over It

A healthy Dez Bryant could be the key against the Redskins this week.
A healthy Dez Bryant could be the key against the Redskins this week.

The NFL is on an unprecedented scoring pace so far this year. A total of 1,502 points have already been scored, the most in the first two weeks of any NFL season in history. There have been 172 touchdowns scored, also the most ever in the first two weeks of an NFL season.

Most of that offensive craziness is due to the passing game reaching an unprecedented level of productiveness. Net passing yards are at 15,771, the most through the first two weeks of an NFL season. And there have been 22 individual performances by a quarterback with a passer rating of at least 100 (minimum 20 attempts), the most ever through the first two weeks.

Seven teams remain undefeated after two games. Since 2002, 29 of the 32 teams have qualified for the playoffs. The three teams that have not – Buffalo, Detroit and Houston – all stand at 2-0 this year. Could this be their year?

And don’t count out any of the 1-1 or 0-2 teams. Since realignment, 62 of the 108 playoff teams (57.4 percent) began the year at either 1-1 or 0-2. In Week 3, there are many spicy matchups, including eight division games. After the break, we look at the BTB panel's picks for week three.

Last week was a good pick 'em week for the BTB Panel. The Consensus delivered a strong 14-2 in a week where the favored teams came through in almost every matchup, and we had five panelists with high double digit wins. Two of us didn't fare quite as well though.

Tom Ryle is picking up momentum and has his sights set on putting distance between himself and last place: "I'm gaining momentum in my skyrocketing climb to mediocrity.  I'd talk about how glad I am to no longer be in last place, but that may be a very temporary position, so maybe I shouldn't go there."

KD had a really tough outing and only came in with seven correct picks. The funny thing is that per halftime of the 1:00 p.m. games on Sunday, KD was correct on seven out of ten picks, but things quickly went downhill from there. But at least he went 11-5 in the picks for SBN Dallas. 

Anyway, last week proved to be easy to pick, with a couple of folks even hitting the 10 in KD's 10-for-10. This week may prove to be a little different. But with the dominance of the passing game, predicting the outcomes might be as simple as asking "Which team has the better quarterback?"

Here are our week 3, 2011 picks:

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Season Record
20 - 12 20 - 12 14 - 18 22 - 10 25 - 7 23 - 9 16 - 16 23 - 9
Percentage 63% 63% 44% 69% 78% 72% 50% 72%
Week 2 Results
13 - 3 12 - 4 7 - 9 13 - 3 13 - 3 13 - 3 10 - 6 14 - 2

JAC @ CAR (-3.5)
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HOU @ NO  (-4)
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NYG @ PHI
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MIA @ CLE (-3)
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NE (-9) @ BUF
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KC @ SD (-15)
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WAS @ DAL (-4.5)
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