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Week 3 prediction roundup

Posted by Eric Wilbur, Boston.com Staff  September 24, 2010 09:10 AM

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Apropos of nothing, but...

0-2 teams that will win this weekend

Detroit, San Francisco, Dallas

2-0 teams that will lose this weekend

Chicago, Kansas City, Tampa Bay, Houston

Team with the most on the line

Dallas

Already packing it in

Cleveland

First coach likely to be fired

Mangenius

Portions of New England that won't see the Pats on Sunday

Pittsfield area, the New York extension of Connecticut

I'd rather he swear

My wife taught my 3-year-old to shout, "Go Steelers." This won't end well.

Did anybody catch that new Fox show, "Raising Hope?"

What a steaming pile that thing was.

I hereby apologize to everyone...

...who I ignored about "Always Sunny in Philadelphia." Season 1 in the books. Tremendous.

Joe Namath is not impressed with Braylon Edwards.

That A-song Z-song thing on the iPod

"AC/DC Bag" - Phish. "You told a Lie" - Camera Obscura.

The fantasy pick that made me look smart and the rest of my league dumb

Matt Forte in the fourth round.

The fantasy pick that made me look dumb and the rest of my league smart

Jonathan Stewart in the third.

This week's picks:

Globe staff: Three out of four pick the Pats (New England by 14).

Peter King, Sports Illustrated: Patriots 20, Bills 9. " Stat You'll Get Sick Of Hearing This Weekend Dept.: Patriots have beaten Buffalo 13 times in a row. And the Bills are bad again this year, and they're starting Harvard's Ryan Fitzpatrick at quarterback, and C.J. Spiller has been swallowed up by the mediocrity (eight carries for nine yards in two games). Western New York optimism level: zero point zero, with apologies to Dean Wormer. "

ESPN.com staff: Patriots across the board.

Pete Prisco, CBS Sports: Patriots 37,Bills 10. " The Patriots are angry after their disappointing performance against the Jets. That will help them focus. The Bills are making a change at quarterback, going to Ryan Fitzpatrick. Does it matter? Bill Belichick eats him alive. "

CBS Sports staff: Patriots across the board.

Vinne Iyer, Sporting News: Patriots 34,Bills 10. "The Patriots don't have to get too fancy with their passing game. They just need to focus on being physical, and they'll own both lines. "

Sporting News staff: Patriots across the board.

Mike Florio, ProFootballTalk.com: Patriots 35, Bills 10. "In Week One of the 2003 season, the Patriots played the Bills in Buffalo. And the Bills won, 31-0. (The rest of the season worked out well for the Pats; they won the Super Bowl.) In 13 meetings since then, the Pats haven't lost to the Bills. This year should be no different, especially since the Bills look to be the worst team in the conference, if not the entire league."

Gregg Rosenthal, ProFootballTalk.com: Patriots 31, Bills 14. "Chan Gailey gave Trent Edwards two games before pulling the plug for Ryan Fitzpatrick. It's an admission the Bills are aiming low this year. While Fred Jackson has been a Patriots killer in the past, this doesn't look like the Bills team to end New England's ridiculous 13-game run in this series. Tom Brady has never look so pissed off as he was leaving the podium after the Jets game. He takes out his frustrations here."

Dave Goldberg, NFL FanHouse: Patriots 33, Bills 2. "The Patriots have won 13 straight over the Bills and 18 of 19. When Bill Belichick gets a chance to run it up ... "

Peter Schrager, Foxsports.com: Patriots 38, Bills 10. "Back in August, I wrote, 'Edwards, Fitzpatrick and Brohm sounds more like a law firm that advertises on city benches and subway cars than an NFL quarterback depth chart. The fact that not one of Buffalo's three quarterbacks has done a thing in their pro careers scares me. The fact that not one has done a thing to distinguish himself from the other two in training camp is downright horrifying.' Well, one down, two to go - as Chan Gailey announced Monday that Trent Edwards is out as the starter and Ryan Fitzpatrick is in. He said the Bills are looking for a "spark." I'd hardly call Fitzpatrick the "fire starter." If ever there was a time to ride the Patriots in your survivor pools, now is the week. And then whomever the Bills are playing next week. And the week after that. And so on. And so on."

USA Today staff: Patriots across the board.

Pete O'Brien, USA Today: Patriots 30, Bills 17

Greg Cote, Miami Herald: Patriots 23, Bills 13. "New English have won 13 in a row in this series, and Buffs are trying a different QB, recycling in Ryan Fitzpatrick for awful Trent Edwards. Pats won twice last year by a mere eight points combined, but hunching Tri-Cornered Hats big this time. "

Yahoo! sports staff: Patriots across the board.

T-Bone: Patriots.

We like: Patriots 24, Bills 21. Much more difficult than it should be.


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Eric Wilbur is a Boston.com sports columnist who is still in awe of what Dana Kiecker pulled off that one time in Toronto. He lives in the Boston area with his wife and three children. Comments and suggestions for the best Buffalo wing spots are encouraged.

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