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NFL picks week 3: The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are among this week’s locks

Tampa Bay Times staff picks: What the Bucs have in common this week with the New England Patriots and Dallas Cowboys.
Cameron Brate (84) tries to get some extra yards during the Bucs' 38-35 loss to the Giants on Nov. 18, 2018, in East Rutherford, N.J. [JULIO CORTEZ | AP]
Published Sep. 19
Updated Sep. 19

The Cowboys as 21.5-point favorites at home against the Dolphins? Locks, at least according to four Tampa Bay Times staff pickers.

The Patriots as 23.5-point favorites at home against the Jets? A lock, according to Times sports columnist Martin Fennelly.

And all six of the Times pickers prediction the Bucs, 6.5-point favorites over the New York Giants, to win at home Sunday. Four have the Bucs covering and Thomas Bassinger, our sports data reporter, has the Bucs as his lock of the week.

Here’s all of our picks:

Visitor Home Eduardo A. Encina, Bucs beat writer John Romano, columnist Rick Stroud, Bucs beat writer Martin Fennelly, columnist Thomas Bassinger, sports data reporter Mike Sherman, deputy editor-sports
N.Y. Giants Tampa Bay (-6.5) TB 24-20 TB 24-13 TB 24-21 TB 31-20 TB 28-10 TB 24-17
Tennessee (-1.5) Jacksonville (Thu.) JAX 21-17 TEN 23-20 TEN 24-20 JAX 19-17 TEN 25-11 JAX 17-14
Cincinnati Buffalo (-6.5) BUF 27-17 BUF 24-17 BUF 28-19 BUF 27-10 CIN 20-19 BUF 27-20
Miami Dallas (-21.5) DAL 35-10 DAL 35-13 DAL 40-17 DAL 38-10 DAL 31-16 DAL 34-13
Denver Green Bay (-8.5) GB 24-17 GB 21-17 GB 26-20 GB 23-20 GB 24-10 GB 27-21
Atlanta Indianapolis (-1.5) ATL 22-20 ATL 28-24 ATL 24-23 ATL 27-26 IND 26-18 IND 20-17
Baltimore Kansas City (-6.5) BAL 27-24 KC 27-21 KC 35-28 KC 27-24 KC 30-23 BAL 31-28
Oakland Minnesota (-9.5) MIN 30-10 MIN 26-14 MIN 27-21 MIN 27-17 MIN 38-28 MIN 28-17
N.Y. Jets New England (-23.5) NE 38-14 NE 30-13 NE 34-17 NE 30-13 NE 35-14 NE 48-17
Detroit Philadelphia (-6.5) PHI 20-14 PHI 24-20 PHI 28-23 PHI 24-19 DET 38-35 PHI 24-20
Carolina Arizona (even) AZ 21-18 ARI 23-21 ARI 21-20 ARI 24-23 ARI 22-20 ARI 31-21
Houston Texans L.A. Chargers (-3.5) LAC 28-24 LAC 30-27 HOU 28-23 LAC 28-24 LAC 24-20 LAC 27-24
New Orleans Seattle (-4.5) SEA 30-27 SEA 27-20 SEA 20-17 SEA 24-20 SEA 28-23 SEA 24-21
Pittsburgh San Francisco (-6.5) SF 27-21 PIT 24-23 SF 27-21 SF 24-23 PIT 27-24 PIT 27-24
L.A. Rams (-3.5) Cleveland LAR 31-28 LAR 31-24 LAR 30-24 LAR 28-27 LAR 27-21 LAR 34-31
Chicago (-4.5) Washington (Mon.) CHI 24-20 CHI 20-13 CHI 20-17 CHI 23-17 WAS 19-16 WAS 23-20
Lock of the week DAL DAL DAL NE TB DAL
Upset of the week JAX PIT HOU JAX DET PIT
Last week vs. spread 9-7 8-8 7-9 8-8 8-8 9-7
Overall vs. spread 16-16 16-16 16-16 15-17 15-17 15-17
Last week straight up 10-6 9-7 9-7 11-5 10-6 11-5
Overall straight up 21-11 18-14 17-15 20-12 18-14 18-14
Locks 1-1 1-1 1-1 0-2 1-1 1-1
Upsets 0-2 2-0 0-2 1-1 1-1 2-0


  1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians walks on the field before Sunday's game against the Carolina Panthers in London. ALASTAIR GRANT  |  AP
    And that’s especially true for turnover-prone Jameis Winston, who will remain the starter when Tampa Bay next takes the field Oct. 27 vs. the Titans.
  2. Since he entered the NFL in 2015, Jameis Winston has been responsible for a league-high 87 giveaways, including six Sunday. JEFF HAYNES  |  Associated Press
    Sunday was a tough day for the players taken at the top of the 2015 NFL draft. The Titans at least are realizing what the Bucs are denying: They have a quarterback problem.
  3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Cameron Brate (84) makes a touchdown catch against the Carolina Panthers during the fourth quarter Sunday at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London. ALASTAIR GRANT  |  AP
    An ugly loss leaves a sour taste, and several players would like to get back on the field immediately to right the ship.
  4. Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) celebrates his touchdown against the Chiefs during the second half of the game in Kansas City. ED ZURGA  |  AP
    Road To Miami: Quarterback play continues to soar, for some teams - allowing us to realize who’s coming
  5. Pat and Richard McBride of Leicester have been Bucs fans for 34 years. They've suffered through some bad Tampa Bay seasons but remain loyalty, unlike fans of the other team owned by the Glazer Family, Manchester United. Eduardo A. Encina/Tampa Bay Times
    #GlazersOut has become a popular slogan and hashtag as the team battles on-field woes and reported financial issues. But “Manchester U. fans are good at one thing and that’s complaining,” said one...
  6. Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota looks on from the sideline during the second half of a loss to the Broncos, during which he is benched in favor of Ryan Tannehill. DAVID ZALUBOWSKI  |  AP
    His status for an Oct. 27 game against the Bucs isn’t clear after he is benched against the Broncos.
  7. Former Bucs defensive tackle Gerald McCoy (93) gestures toward the Tampa Bay bench during the second quarter of Carolina's 37-26 victory over the Buccaneers Sunday at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London. TIM IRELAND  |  AP
    Tampa Bay was without two starters on the right side of its offensive line. Did McCoy and Co. exploit that weakness or simply win one-on-one battles?
  8. Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey (22) scores on a second quarter touchdown pass, leaving Devin White and a host of other Bucs in his wake. TIM IRELAND  |  AP
    Bucs journal: In his first game since Week 2, White gets a reminder about the mental aspects of the game
  9. The Bucs' Jameis Winston threw five interceptions and lost a fumble against the Panthers on Sunday. It's never good when a quarterback's turnover total is twice his jersey number. TIM IRELAND  |  Associated Press
    After suffering a 37-26 beatdown, the team should extend its stay in London, maybe indefinitely. | Thomas Bassinger
  10. Carolina Panthers quarterback Kyle Allen (7) and Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston (3) meet at midfield after playing in an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019, at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland) TIM IRELAND  |  AP
    That’s how Bruce Arians tried to explain Winston’s six-turnover performance in London Sunday.