Gunn's NFL Week 3 picks: Tough tests for Cowboys, Redskins help Eagles

Gunn's NFL Week 3 picks: Tough tests for Cowboys, Redskins help Eagles

Derrick Gunn makes his picks for Week 3 of the NFL season. 

Giants at Eagles (1 p.m. on FOX)
Both the Eagles and Giants have good defensive fronts. Both Carson Wentz and Eli Manning are going to get hit, Manning probably a lot more. The Giants have no run game and their offensive line is a mess. Odell Beckham Jr. is not at 100 percent health-wise but is expected to play. Speaking of health, the Eagles' secondary is a mash unit right now. Ronald Darby is on the shelf for a few more weeks, but three additional DBs could sit this one out. Will the Eagles commit to the run game? Don't count on it. The Giants could be without their best cover corner in Janoris Jenkins, who missed the G-men's Monday night loss Detroit. New York head coach Ben McAdoo said they will make changes to a lethargic offense, so the Eagles must expect the unexpected. This game could be closer than it should be, with the Eagles pulling away down the stretch.

Pick: Eagles 23, Giants 13

Ravens at Jaguars in London (9:30 a.m. on Yahoo!)
The Ravens are playing solid defense, while it's hard to figure out the Jaguars. Jacksonville's defense got 10 sacks in the season opener, then got smacked by Tennessee last Sunday. The Jags hold the edge over the Ravens in overseas trips five to zero, but that's about it. The Ravens will go to 3-0.

Pick: Ravens

Broncos at Bills (1 p.m. on CBS)
Wow, looks like Broncos QB Trevor Siemian has grown up. He's been accurate and has command of the offense. The Bills will have trouble moving the ball against a stingy defense. Like Sergio Dipp said, Broncos coach Vance Joseph is having the time of his life, and so will his team against the Bills.

Pick: Broncos

Steelers at Bears (1 p.m. on CBS)
The Steelers are off to a great start. The Bears wish they could start the season over. The way the $18-million-man Mike Glennon is playing, he could be benched before the halfway point of the season. The Steelers will remain undefeated, while "Da Bears" stay winless.

Pick: Steelers

Falcons at Lions (1 p.m. on FOX)
A shootout special: Matt Ryan vs Matthew Stafford. You expect it from their offense, but the Lions' defense is also balling with six sacks, four interceptions and three forced fumbles. The Falcons' defense is no slouch with seven sacks. Defense will have to take a back seat in what could be a game with plenty of offensive fireworks. I like the Lions in a mild upset over the defending NFC champs.

Pick: Lions

Browns at Colts (1 p.m. on CBS)
I'm glad I don't have to pay good money to see this mess between two winless teams. Until the Colts get Andrew Luck back, their season is an exercise in futility. Jacoby Brissett will try to get the Colts in the win column, but DeShone Kizer and Cleveland have other ideas. The Colts drop to 0-3.

Pick: Browns

Bucs at Vikings (1 p.m. on FOX)
Both teams are similar in that they have plenty of talent on both sides of the ball. The difference is Tampa Bay has a healthy Jameis Winston and Minnesota has Sam Bradford dealing with a knee injury. Even if Bradford plays I'm not sure he'll hold up against the Bucs' pass rush. Tampa scores a road decision.

Pick: Buccaneers

Texans at Patriots (1 p.m. on CBS)
Don't send a rookie QB into Foxborough to face Bill Belichick, because he's never lost to a first-year QB at home. It will be a good learning experience for the Texans and young QB Deshaun Watson, but the Pats will roll.

Pick: Patriots 

Dolphins at Jets (1 p.m. on CBS)
It's sad days for Jets fans, as they watch their team with little talent and no hope for 2017. Through two weeks, the Jets have given up a league-high 66 points. Enough said.

Pick: Dolphins

Saints at Panthers (1 p.m. on FOX)
The Panthers' defense has given up just six points and looks like their top-10 defense of 2015. The Saints have had a brutal schedule, losing to both the Vikings and Pats. This time, the Panthers will rise in the NFC South.

Pick: Panthers

Seahawks at Titans (4:05 p.m. on FOX)
Both teams are playoff-caliber squads, but the Seahawks have put out an APB on their missing offense. The Titans' power run game vs. the Hawks rock 'em sock 'em D. Remember the Titans at home.

Pick: Titans

Bengals at Packers (4:25 p.m. on CBS)
The Bengals' offense has yet to score a TD while the Packers' D was very generous in Atlanta. The Bengals have offensive line issues, while the Packers have health issues across the board. But the home team still has Aaron Rodgers standing tall. The Pack gets back in the win column.

Pick: Packers

Chiefs at Chargers (4:25 p.m. on CBS)
It's like Groundhog Day for the Chargers. Last year, they couldn't win a lot of close games. This year, they've lost by margins of three and two points. Big Red returns to his hometown and puts a jolt into the Chargers' hopes of pulling off an upset.

Pick: Chiefs

Raiders at Redskins (8:30 p.m. on NBC)
The 'Skins are feeling good coming off a win, but the Raiders — who have scored a league-high 71 points — can leave a team ill in a hurry. Kirk Cousins is still trying to find his groove in the passing game. Derek Carr won't have that problem. The Raiders roll on the road.

Pick: Raiders

Cowboys at Cardinals (8:30 p.m. Monday on ESPN)
The Cowboys got roughed up by Denver. The Cardinals had to sweat out an OT win against Indy. Are the Cards starting to show their age? Dez Bryant vs. Patrick Peterson should be a fun matchup to watch. 'Zona's home opener should send the desert crowd home happy.

Pick: Cardinals

Brian Dawkins chooses longtime teammate for Hall of Fame intro

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Brian Dawkins chooses longtime teammate for Hall of Fame intro

Brian Dawkins has chosen longtime teammate and close friend Troy Vincent to introduce him this summer at Dawk's Hall of Fame induction.

Dawkins was selected in February for enshrinement in the 2018 Pro Football Hall of Fame induction class.

"The presenter that will actually be on the stage will be Troy Vincent," Dawkins said in a video posted on the Pro Football Hall of Fame's website.

"My teammate in Philadelphia. We came there the same year. Almost from Day 1 he kind of ... not kind of, he took me under his wing on becoming a professional. Not just a football player but a professional. The details. The details that he went through, the particulars of how he played the position of cornerback was the same way he lived his life (and ran) his businesses that he had off the field.

"He's a guy I can call anytime. Any time of night. And tell him 100 percent all what's going on with me, and I know he's not going to judge me, and it's not going to leave his lips (for) anybody else.

"And the most important thing for me, being a man of faith, is that I know he's going to pray with me. So all those things combined are the reasons why Troy was the perfect guy to introduce me to the Hall of Fame."

Vincent, a native of Trenton and graduate of Pennsbury High in Fairless Hills, Bucks County, spent his first four seasons with the Dolphins before signing an offer sheet with the Eagles before the 1996 season that the Dolphins didn't match.

The Eagles drafted Dawkins in the second round a month after signing Vincent, and the two spent eight years together in the secondary, reaching the playoffs five times and the NFC Championship Game three times.

During those eight seasons, Vincent reached Pro Bowls and Dawkins made the first three of his nine Pro Bowls.

Vincent retired after the 2006 season and Dawkins after the 2011 season.

Dawkins, Vincent and Eric Allen are the only Eagles defensive backs picked to five or more Pro Bowls.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame 2018 enshrinement ceremony is scheduled for Aug. 4 in Canton, Ohio.

Dawkins' former Eagles teammate, Terrell Owens, will also be inducted. He hasn't yet announced who will present him.

Dawkins will be the 21st former Eagle inducted into the Hall of Fame but only the ninth who spent the majority of his career with the Eagles.

Was Carson Wentz sending Nick Foles a message with Instagram video?

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Was Carson Wentz sending Nick Foles a message with Instagram video?

Offseason quarterback controversies are a rite of passage in the NFL. A time-honored tradition, really. 

We’ve certainly had our share in Philadelphia over the years. There were calls for Ron Jaworski to sit in favor of a young Randall Cunningham. Then cries for Jim McMahon to take Randall’s place. When Andy Reid drafted Kevin Kolb in 2007, that began a groundswell that he was the better choice than Donovan McNabb. Of course, most recently we had the Michael Vick/Nick Foles back and forth. To look back now, it seems silly these were even debates.

Most of the time, when you have these “controversies,” it generally means you have no quarterback on your roster. Not always. The 49ers in the late-80’s and early-90’s had Joe Montana and Steve Young, both Hall of Famers and all-time great quarterbacks. Both also won Super Bowls for San Francisco. But that is the exception. So is the 2018 Philadelphia Eagles’ situation.

I use the word “situation” and not “controversy.” Because there is no controversy. If Wentz is cleared by the Eagles’ medical staff, he starts Week 1. Period. What Foles did was incredible and will go down as one of the great — if not the greatest — stretch we have seen in Philadelphia sports history. He came up as big as you can. But Wentz he is not. That’s no disrespect to Foles. There are a handful of people on the planet who are in Wentz’s class.

Just a refresher course on what Wentz did in 13 games last season (his second in the NFL, by the way). He threw for 33 touchdowns, seven interceptions, 3,296 passing yards and had a 101.9 passer rating. The 33 TDs were the second-most in the NFL despite his missing the final three games. He also led his team to an 11-2 record before succumbing to that knee injury late into that Rams game that clinched the NFC East. He would have been the league MVP had he not gotten hurt.

There is a great luxury having Foles on this team. Wentz does not have to come back before he is able. If he’s not ready, you have the best backup in the league to start the season. But that’s the only scenario in which Foles plays Week 1. Simply put: Wentz is the better quarterback. And he has earned the right to start the opener if cleared. 

Some people read into Wentz's Instagram video of himself throwing earlier in the week as him somehow sending a message to Foles. I don’t buy it. I think Wentz’s message was to the fans and himself that I’ll be back, better than ever.

Wentz and Foles are both good teammates who put the team above themselves. Sure, Foles is a competitor and would likely prefer to start. But there won’t be any behind-the-scenes maneuvering to undercut Wentz. And Wentz is secure enough to be able to handle a Super Bowl MVP backing him up and all that goes along with that. Not to mention a coaching staff and organization that won’t allow outside noise to become a distraction.

Wentz over Foles. There’s no quarterback controversy.