NFL Picks For Week 3 – Part 2 – Late Games & MNF

By: Don Best Staff | Friday, September 21, 2012

Unlike the early Sunday games in Week 3 of the 2012 NFL season, the late games will feature the only two matchups between undefeated teams while another unbeaten faces a stiff road test. The Atlanta Falcons (2-0) will visit the San Diego Chargers (2-0) at 4:05 p.m. (ET) off their convincing 27-21 home win over the Denver Broncos (1-1) on Monday Night Football while the surprising Arizona Cardinals (2-0) will host the Philadelphia Eagles (2-0) at the same time.

The Falcons took advantage of three Peyton Manning interceptions in the first quarter of their victory against the Broncos and will face another gunslinger this week in San Diego’s Philip Rivers. Atlanta running back Michael Turner was charged with driving under the influence and speeding following the team’s win and hopes to play, but San Diego RB Ryan Mathews is expected to make his season debut after sitting out the first two games due to a broken collarbone.

The Eagles fly into Arizona looking for a 3-0 start following one-point wins in each of their first two games. Philadelphia has been far from convincing in winning those games, although the same can be said for the Cardinals after narrowly beating the Seattle Seahawks at home and the New England Patriots on the road last week. Arizona’s upset victory at New England still did not convince the oddsmakers to make the team a home favorite against Philly.

The third unbeaten team playing later on Sunday is the Houston Texans (2-0), who visit Manning and the Broncos. The Texans remain the best team nobody is talking about despite checking in at No. 4 in the Don Best Linemakers Poll. Denver will be looking to bounce back at home against a team Manning tormented for years with the Indianapolis Colts.

An exciting week of NFL action wraps up with pair of nationally televised games, as the Ravens (1-1) host the Patriots (1-1) on Sunday Night Football at 8:20 p.m. on NBC and then the Green Bay Packers (1-1) visit the Seattle Seahawks (1-1) on Monday Night Football at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN.

Make sure to check back each and every week as Kenny White, Brian Blessing and Pat Williams give out their NFL selections. All games listed below are covered in the video and kick off at 4:05 p.m. (ET) or later on Sunday. Click here to view the latest NFL lines. To hear what the Don Best experts have to say about the early games on Sunday, click here.

Sunday, Sept. 23

419 Philadelphia Eagles at 420 Arizona Cardinals (+3, 42) 4:05 p.m.

421 Atlanta Falcons at 422 San Diego Chargers (-3, 47½) – 4:05 p.m.

423 Houston Texans at 424 Denver Broncos (+1½, 44½) – 4:25 p.m.

425 Pittsburgh Steelers at 426 Oakland Raiders (+3½, 45½) – 4:25 p.m.

427 New England Patriots at 428 Baltimore Ravens (-2½, 49½) – 8:20 p.m.

Monday Night Football, Sept. 17

429 Green Bay Packers at 430 Seattle Seahawks (+3, 46) – 8:30 p.m.

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