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NFL Week 3 picks: Detroit Lions vs. New England Patriots

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Our staff picks for Sunday Night Football.

New England Patriots v Detroit Lions Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

“Sunday Night Football” is nearly upon us and we’re already headed for desperate time for the Detroit Lions. Drop to 0-3 and the Lions fall into a trap that only five teams since 1980 have crawled out of.

Unfortunately for the Lions, the team that stands between them and nearly impossible odds is the New England Patriots. Even more unfortunate is the fact that New England is coming off a loss themselves, and Tom Brady is pissed.

It’s a bad formula for a Lions season, and some are fearful of another Lions meltdown on national television in front of a home crowd.

Our staff is not so doom-and-gloomy. While a heavy majority of us are picking the Patriots (11 of 15), over half of us (nine) believe this will finish as a one-score game. Here’s a look at our predictions for Week 3:

Hamza Baccouche (1-1): 37-28 Patriots
Kent Lee Platte (1-1): 37-36 Lions
Justin Simon (1-1): 31-24 Patriots
Kyle Yost (1-1): 35-21 Patriots
John Whiticar (1-1): 47-27 Patriots
Andrew Kato (1-1): 27-23 Patriots
Chris Perfett (1-1): 24-23 Lions
Jeremy Reisman (1-1): 31-27 Patriots
Kellie Rowe (1-1): 33-23 Patriots
Jerry Mallory (0-2): 34-20 Patriots
Mansur Shaheen (0-2): 35-17 Patriots
Mike Payton (0-2): 24-21 Lions
Levi Blue (0-2): 27-24 Lions
Alex Reno (0-2): 27-21 Patriots
Ryan Mathews (0-2): 42-35 Patriots
FanPulse (0-2): Patriots by 9

Now it’s time for you to make your picks. Vote in the poll below, and make sure you give us your exact score prediction in the comment section. If you’re the closest to the actual score, you’ll get recognized in next week’s On Paper preview.

Poll

Who wins on Sunday night?

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  • 50%
    Detroit Lions
    (504 votes)
  • 49%
    New England Patriots
    (486 votes)
990 votes total Vote Now