Well, you don't see that every day.
This Week 3 picks column was about in the bag when Trent Richardson was dealt from a struggling Cleveland Browns team to a (surprisingly) struggling Indianapolis Colts team. It's not often that a marquee young player with such upside is involved in a trade. If you're into fun facts, the last running back drafted third overall to be traded was Chuck Muncie, whom the San Diego Chargers acquired from the New Orleans Saints during the 1980 season. Reggie Bush (drafted in 2006) and Marshall Faulk (1994) were No. 2 overall picks who were also traded away by the franchises that originally selected them.
While the trade didn't alter my initial predictions for Cleveland and Indy this week, the deal was a shocker nonetheless.
We were discussing this weekend's games on the "Dave Dameshek Football Program" when the word came down, temporarily knocking us off the forecasting rails. That's OK; we've got it all covered below, including the suddenly different feels of Browns-Vikings and Colts-49ers. Bear in mind that one of those teams will also be starting a new quarterback Sunday.
As for the rest of the docket, take a look. And feel free to share your thoughts ... @Harrison_NFL is the place. There are a few close calls, to say the least.
Let's get to it!
Elliot Harrison went 10-6 on his predictions for Week 2, giving him a record of 22-10 so far this season. How will he fare in Week 3? His picks are below, with home teams listed second.
*Editor's note: All indications point to Ray Rice missing Sunday's game, he officially was listed as doubtful Friday. My sense is that in a game that was to be tight anyway, losing a player of Rice's caliber is too much to surmount for a Ravens team that frankly has not played well through the first two weeks. So we have changed the pick to the Texans winning on the road. (Who by the way haven't played particularly well, either, despite being 2-0).* #HOUvsBAL </content:weekly-predictions>