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Kenny Pickett Has Car and Playbook Stolen During Appearance at Local Car Dealership



At the beginning of Kenny Pickett’s pro career, he got the ball stolen from him a lot. The then-rookie Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback threw seven interceptions in his first four appearances.

But he settled down as he gained experience and started to commit the thefts himself. Specifically, Pickett stole Steelers fans’ hearts.

The Pitt product went 6-2 down the stretch and produced late-game heroics on game-winning drives against the Las Vegas Raiders and Baltimore Ravens late in the season. His efforts helped get Pittsburgh, once 3-7, to a final record of 9-8 and on the precipice of the postseason. Pickett no doubt hoped to make great strides in his first real offseason as a pro.

Instead, he’s unfortunately right back where he started: getting things stolen from him. This time it’s not the ball, however. Instead, it’s the signal-caller’s car. And perhaps even worse than that, his playbook.

Kenny Pickett’s Car and Playbook Stolen From QB

According to this CBS Sports Report, Pickett’s car and the playbook inside were pilfered during a recent advertising appearance for, ironically, Bowser Chevrolet of Monroeville this past Wednesday, May 24. One might suspect the actor was a secret agent working on behalf of the Baltimore Ravens or Cincinnati Bengals.

Fortunately for Pickett and Pittsburgh, the details suggest otherwise. This instead sounds like a man having some kind of manic episode or other health issue.

According to the aforementioned CBS report, the suspect, a 60-year-old male named Christopher Carter, arrived at the dealership in his own vehicle. Surveillance cameras then caught him entering and leaving in Pickett’s blue SUV. Carter would then drive the stolen car back to his house and place his dog inside the vehicle.

Some kind of commotion ensued between Carter and a passerby resulting in a police response. In the interim, Carter left Pickett’s car beached at a stop sign to chase after his other dog. An area resident eventually came out and parked the car down the street.

When police arrived, they saw Carter pull the downspout pipe off his residence and, subsequently, fall down. He was taken off the scene by ambulance. Shortly thereafter, police were informed by then-arriving Bowser Chevrolet employees that the blue SUV on-site was Pickett’s stolen car.

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A stunned neighbor of Carter’s, Drew Borst, overheard enough of this commotion to step out and make sure he wasn’t imagining things — and to learn that the blue SUV parked outside his house belonged to a certain local quarterback.

“I thought, I got to see if I heard that correctly. So I walked out, and I said to the two Bowser kids, I said, ‘Did I hear that correctly?’ And they said, ‘Yeah,’” Borst explained.

“What are the odds that Kenny Pickett’s car got stolen? And parked in my front yard? You know this doesn’t happen every day,” Borst said.

No, Drew, it certainly doesn’t. Frankly, the tale reads more like a Mad Lib. Kenny Pickett will have to be more careful about where he keeps his keys, and his playbook, in the future.

Unrelated: Does anyone know where John Harbaugh was on Wednesday, May 24?

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Risers & Fallers Include Malik Nabers, Joe Milton, and Others




Devy fantasy football and future rookie value is a combination of talent evaluation and draft capital projection. Those factors change quickly throughout the college football season, so it is important to stay up-to-date and ahead of your league mates.

Week 3 of the college football season featured breakout performances across the country. It also helped us confirm which players aren’t living up to their preseason hype.

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Luther Burden, WR, Missouri

Missouri’s Luther Burden (5-11, 208) is the best wide receiver in the country that nobody is talking about. Burden is the heartbeat of the Missouri offense. He pulled in seven receptions for 114 yards and found the end zone twice in the Tigers’ upset win over Kansas State. 

Burden is a versatile playmaker. He can stretch the field with his speed and win over the top with separation and ball-tracking ability. Missouri also makes it a point to get him the ball near the line of scrimmage so he can show off his elusiveness and field vision after the catch.

Burden had 45 receptions for 375 yards playing along the boundary as a true freshman in 2022. He moved inside to the slot this season and has 22 receptions for 327 yards in just three games. 

Burden is eligible for the 2025 class. He is currently my WR1 in that underrated position group. Missouri will start seeing prime-time action now that they’re starting their SEC schedule. You want to get Burden on your roster before everyone else catches on.

Devin Neal, RB, Kansas

Devin Neal (5-11, 210) is flying under the radar in a talented 2024 running back class. Neal pairs patience with an explosive running style. He totaled 148 yards and three touchdowns on 18 touches this past week against Nevada. Through three games, Neal is averaging 7.6 yards/rushing attempt and 16.4 yards/reception.

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Neal is a four-star recruit who surprised many by choosing to stay close to home and play for a then-ailing Jayhawks offense. Now, he is the centerpiece of a 3-0 team that is drawing national attention. Neal is currently my RB5 in the 2024 class and is on track to being an early second-round selection in next year’s rookie drafts.

Malik Nabers, WR, LSU

Malik Nabers (6-0, 200) is a dangerous Z-receiver that has pro-ready hands and explosive route-running ability. He broke out against Mississippi State this past weekend, hauling in 13 receptions for 239 yards (18.4 yards/reception) and two touchdowns.

Nabers is currently my WR2 in the 2024 wide receiver class. His skill set screams quick NFL production, and he projects as a first-round NFL Draft selection. The 2024 class will be carried by the quarterback position, but the value will likely come from quality wide receivers, like Nabers, who will slide to the end of the first round of rookie drafts.

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Joe Milton, QB, Tennessee

Joe Milton (6-5, 235) is a sixth-year senior at the helm of a potentially explosive offense. Milton has prototypical size and easily has the best arm strength in a talented quarterback class.

Going into the season, the expectation was that Milton could play his way into being a first-round NFL Draft selection if he improved his accuracy, decision-making, and could show off his mobility. 

If you looked at just his box scores, you might be encouraged by Milton’s early-season performance. He has completed 64% of his passing attempts for 716 yards, six touchdowns, and just one interception. Milton, though, is a great example of why you need to go beyond the box score when projecting NFL Draft capital.

His Week 3 performance against Florida was very telling. Milton force-fed his wide receivers near the line of scrimmage; the Tennessee coaching staff clearly doesn’t trust him to work through progressions under pressure.

When he did push the ball downfield, he overthrew his targets, consistent with his tape from the Austin Peay and Virginia games earlier this season. Milton also looked stiff against the Gators’ defense; he struggled to move the pocket and Tennessee didn’t call any designed runs the way they did for Hendon Hooker last season. 

Milton’s intangibles can’t help him overcome the limitations he has displayed in his early-season tape. He will be drafted this upcoming May, but I expect it won’t be in the top 100 picks.

Donovan Edwards, RB, Michigan

Donovan Edwards (6-1, 210) is a well-rounded running back who has proved to be a smooth runner and electric pass catcher. The preseason expectation was that Edwards would split touches with Blake Corum.

Corum (5-8, 213) is also a top-100 NFL Draft prospect in the 2024 class. Edwards has 35 touches through three games, compared to Corum’s 42. 

Edwards hasn’t done much with those 35 touches. He is averaging 3.6 yards/attempt and hasn’t found the end zone once. This lack of performance has come in games against East Carolina, UNLV, and Bowling Green (the weakest defenses they’ll face all season). His backfield mate, Corum, has scored six times and totaled 254 yards so far.

Edwards is still in the conversation to be a top running back in the 2024 class, but I am backing off the strong preseason conviction I had for him. If this trend continues, I expect that Edwards will return to Michigan for another season and end up in the 2025 class.

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Top Players Include D’Andre Swift, Jerome Ford, and Zay Flowers




Welcome to the Start/Sit Optimizer. Every week, fantasy football analysts, including those here at PFN, are inundated with start/sit questions. Here, we will highlight five of the most popular start/sit decisions and provide a little more in-depth analysis of who to start.

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Who Should You Start in Fantasy Football This Week?

Kirk Cousins or Daniel Jones?

The Start/Sit Optimizer at Pro Football Network is comprised of our Consensus Rankings. It says to start Kirk Cousins by a pretty wide margin.

Cousins and Daniel Jones were the top-scoring quarterbacks in Week 2. This is a very fair question to ask of two guys who just had what may be their best games of the season.

Ultimately, it comes down to the matchup. Cousins has a home matchup against a Los Angeles Chargers defense that cannot stop anyone through the air. Jones has a road matchup against what may be the best defense in the league (San Francisco 49ers) on a short week.

There will definitely be weeks where Jones is the better start than Cousins. Week 3 is not one of those weeks.

D’Andre Swift or Jerome Ford?

Apparently, I like to make this as difficult as possible for myself. I could’ve chosen a much easier question to answer. Yet, here we are.

Entering Week 1, the biggest unknown in the NFL was what the Philadelphia Eagles would do with their backfield. We got our answer — it was Kenneth Gainwell. Then, he got hurt.

Entering Week 2, the biggest unknown in the NFL was what the Eagles would do with their backfield. We got our answer — it was D’Andre Swift. And he put on a show.

Swift carried the ball 28 times for 175 yards and a touchdown. He really should’ve scored three.

D'Andre Swift (0) celebrates his touchdown against the Minnesota Vikings during the fourth quarter at Lincoln Financial Field.
Sep 14, 2023; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Eagles running back D’Andre Swift (0) celebrates his touchdown against the Minnesota Vikings during the fourth quarter at Lincoln Financial Field.

If Gainwell is out in Week 3, this is easily Swift. At the very least, we know how the Eagles will deploy their backs with Gainwell out. But if Gainwell plays, we still don’t know what the split will look like.

Based on Week 2, we can be reasonably confident that Jerome Ford is the lead back for the Cleveland Browns. It remains to be seen who they sign for roster depth. It could be a veteran like Kareem Hunt again or Leonard Fournette. It could just be a warm body to put on the back of the roster in case of emergency.

The Tennessee Titans are a pass-funnel defense. They can’t stop the pass, but they are elite against the run. Swift also has a tough matchup against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but they are not as imposing as the Titans. The Start/Sit Optimizer says Swift. And I agree.

DJ Moore or Zay Flowers?

This one couldn’t be closer in the Start/Sit Optimizer. DJ Moore edges out Zay Flowers by the slimmest of margins. I agree that this is one of the toughest start/sit decisions of the week for those of you out there who have to make it.

Moore is coming off a huge week where he caught six passes for 104 yards. Flowers had a big Week 1 but only had four catches for 62 yards in Week 2.

This week, the Baltimore Ravens get the Indianapolis Colts at home, and the Chicago Bears travel to Kansas City. Both have favorable matchups for different reasons. The Ravens get a weaker pass defense, while the Bears will likely see more pass volume while trailing.

Much like the Start/Sit Optimizer, I have Moore one spot ahead of Flowers in my rankings. Based on that, I would start Moore. However, it truly is a toss-up.

Jerry Jeudy or Brandon Aiyuk?

Before Jerry Jeudy strained his hamstring, he was consistently going ahead of Brandon Aiyuk in fantasy football drafts. After Aiyuk’s amazing Week 1 performance, fantasy managers would never have considered starting Jeudy over him in Week 2. However, Aiyuk came back down to Earth with just three catches for 43 yards.

Jeudy made his season debut, but it couldn’t have been less impactful. Despite being on the field for 68% of the snaps, Jeudy saw just five targets, catching three for 25 yards.

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The 49ers have a soft matchup against a very uninspiring New York Giants defense. The Denver Broncos will be on the road against a beatable Miami Dolphins secondary.

It’s a tricky spot because Jeudy could easily explode after his slow start. Aiyuk is the better player, but he will always be subject to the whims of a loaded 49ers offense.

The Start/Sit Optimizer says Aiyuk, though, and I agree. I am going to need to see more from Jeudy and less from Aiyuk before I swap the two in my weekly rankings.

Kyle Pitts or Sam LaPorta?

I am going to be perfectly candid with all of you: I chose this start/sit dilemma because I assumed the Start/Sit Optimizer would spit out Kyle Pitts as the clear start, and I would finally get to say I disagree with it. Welp. The Start/Sit Optimizer has yet to disappoint. Not even once.

This is so clearly Sam LaPorta. He may be a rookie, but his role in the Detroit Lions offense is fantastic. He’s played 82% of the snaps each of the first two weeks and seen a healthy 11 targets. LaPorta basically has a solid 7-8 point floor, and if he ever scores, he will be a top-three tight end.

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Meanwhile, Pitts is lucky to even see a 70% snap share. LaPorta has more receptions in each of his first two games than Pitts has in both of them combined.

For years, we’ve been hearing about how Pitts is a unicorn, and he’s really a wide receiver. Well, where is it? Maybe it’s time to stop blaming the Atlanta Falcons offense and start looking at the player himself.

Given the state of the TE position, Pitts is still as viable as any random back-end TE1, but LaPorta is the clear start over him in Week 3.

Raheem Mostert or Chris Godwin?

I finally did it! I found an answer from the Start/Sit Optimizer that I disagree with! The optimizer says to start Chris Godwin. With the greatest respect, I disagree.

Godwin’s volume has been solid through two weeks. He’s caught five passes in both of his games for 51 and 58 yards, respectively. Godwin is a safe floor play. He will never fail you, but absent the few weeks he manages to find the end zone, you’re likely getting no more than WR3 production.

Raheem Mostert is the clear lead back in what may be the best offense in football. He’s seen a 73% snap share each of the first two weeks. While that may drop when Jeff Wilson Jr. returns, that’s not happening in Week 3 (or anytime soon).

Mostert just carried the ball 18 times for 121 yards and two touchdowns. He’s scored in each of the first two games of the season and is the clear goal-line back.

This week, the Miami Dolphins get the Broncos in Miami. The Broncos just got gashed by Brian Robinson Jr. for 87 yards and two touchdowns. It’s another smash spot for Mostert.

On the other hand, Godwin faces off against a tough Eagles defense. Although they struggled against Justin Jefferson and Jordan Addison last week, it is too soon to call this a favorable matchup. With Mike Evans still the clear WR1 in Tampa Bay, give me the bankable volume and touchdown upside that comes with Mostert in Week 3 lineups.

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NFL Week 3 Odds and Betting Trends Against the Spread for Every Game




Take a look at the NFL Week 3 betting odds, and you’ll notice plenty of big favorites and a nearly 20-point difference between the highest projected total and the lowest. Before you lock in your bets for the week, consider these betting trends for every game as we go through the NFL Week 3 spreads and lines!

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NFL Week 3 Odds and Betting Trends

All odds are from DraftKings Sportsbook and trends from Inside Edge.

New York Giants vs. San Francisco 49ers

  • Spread
    49ers -10.5
  • Moneyline
    Giants +400, 49ers -535
  • Total

The New York Giants were the best ATS team last season (13-4) overall and on the road (6-1), but they are one of seven teams to be 0-2 ATS to open 2023.

The San Francisco 49ers were the best team ATS at home last season (7-2) — this is their first of three straight at home.

Tennessee Titans vs. Cleveland Browns

  • Spread
    Browns -3
  • Moneyline
    Titans +124, Browns -148
  • Total

The Tennessee Titans were the fourth-best road team ATS last season (6-2) and covered in New Orleans to open the season.

Under tickets have cashed in four straight Cleveland Browns home games.

Atlanta Falcons vs. Detroit Lions

  • Spread
    Lions -3
  • Moneyline
    Falcons +136, Lions -162
  • Total

Due to the late line movement last week, the Atlanta Falcons failed to cover following an outright win. That’s nothing new; they are 3-10 ATS following a W and are again in that spot this week.

Since the beginning of 2021, overs are 5-1 when the Detroit Lions are favored.

New Orleans Saints vs. Green Bay Packers

  • Spread
    Packers -1.5
  • Moneyline
    Saints +102, Packers -122
  • Total

Last week went under by 2.5 points at Carolina, moving unders to 11-4 since 2021 following a New Orleans Saints outright victory.

The Green Bay Packers are a sub-.500 team ATS when favored since 2021, failing to cover by an average of 2.3 points (opened as a 2-point favorite).

Denver Broncos vs. Miami Dolphins

  • Spread
    Dolphins -7
  • Moneyline
    Broncos +240, Dolphins -298
  • Total

The Denver Broncos are 4-0 ATS when getting more than a FG since 2022.

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Unders were 7-1 at Miami last season — this is the Dolphins’ home opener.

Los Angeles Chargers vs. Minnesota Vikings

  • Spread
    Vikings -1
  • Moneyline
    Chargers -110, Vikings -110
  • Total

The Los Angeles Chargers originally opened as 1-point road favorites. Overs are 6-3-1 since 2021 when the Chargers are in that spot.

Keep an eye on this spread — the Minnesota Vikings are 17-4 outright when favored since the beginning of 2021.

New England Patriots vs. New York Jets

  • Spread
    Patriots -3
  • Moneyline
    Patriots -148, Jets +124
  • Total

Under tickets have cashed in six of the last eight games in which the New England Patriots have been favored.

The New York Jets haven’t scored more than 17 points vs. New England since Nov. 9, 2020 (five straight games).

Buffalo Bills vs. Washington Commanders

  • Spread
    Bills -6.5
  • Moneyline
    Bills -285, Commanders +230
  • Total

Unders are 11-3 since 2021 when the Buffalo Bills are a road favorite.

Unders are 9-2 since 2021 when the Washington Commanders are a home underdog.

Houston Texans vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

  • Spread
    Jaguars -8
  • Moneyline
    Texans +300, Jaguars -380
  • Total

The road team has won and covered three straight meetings in this series.

Unders were 5-0 when the Jacksonville Jaguars were favored last season, but their 2023 season opener went over the projected total by 6.5 points (3.5-point favorite at IND).

Indianapolis Colts vs. Baltimore Ravens

  • Spread
    Ravens -7.5
  • Moneyline
    Colts +275, ravens -345
  • Total

Unders were 7-0 last season when the Baltimore Ravens played a bottom-10 pass offense.

The Indianapolis Colts were 1-6 ATS vs. top-10 run defenses last season.

Carolina Panthers vs. Seattle Seahawks

  • Spread
    Seahawks -6
  • Moneyline
    Panthers +195, Seahawks -238
  • Total

Only three teams are worse ATS on the road since 2021 than the Carolina Panthers (7-11). Two of those teams (DEN and CHI) are also on the road this week.

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At 5-10 ATS following a win since 2021, the Seahawks are the fourth-worst team in such spots.

Chicago Bears vs. Kansas City Chiefs

  • Spread
    Chiefs -12.5
  • Moneyline
    Bears +490, Chiefs -700
  • Total

The Chicago Bears are just 8-15-1 ATS following an outright loss since 2021.

Since the beginning of last season, the Kansas City Chiefs have been the third-worst ATS team at home (3-7-1). The two teams worse than them (BAL and TB) also host games in Week 3.

Dallas Cowboys vs. Arizona Cardinals

  • Spread
    Cowboys -12
  • Moneyline
    Cowboys -900, Cardinals +440
  • Total

Since 2021, the Dallas Cowboys are 9-3 ATS as a road favorite, covering by an average of 5.9 points.

Overs are 9-4 in the Arizona Cardinals’ past 13 games vs. top-10 offenses.

Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Las Vegas Raiders

  • Spread
    Raiders -1.5
  • Moneyline
    Steelers +102, Raiders -122
  • Total

Unders are 8-4 since 2021 when the Pittsburgh Steelers are favored (opened as a 1-point favorite).

The Las Vegas Raiders have lost six of their past nine games following a loss.

Philadelphia Eagles vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

  • Spread
    Eagles -5
  • Moneyline
    Eagles -218, Buccaneers +180
  • Total

No team was worse ATS on the road than the Philadelphia Eagles last season (2-6), but they did manage to hold onto the Week 1 cover in New England. Barely.

Five times since the beginning of last season have the Tampa Bay Buccaneers played a top-10 pass defense, and the under tickets have cashed five times.

Los Angeles Rams vs. Cincinnati Bengals

  • Spread
    Bengals -2
  • Moneyline
    Rams +105, Bengals -125
  • Total

Unders are 7-2 since the beginning of last season when the Los Angeles Rams play on the road.

The Cincinnati Bengals are 8-4 ATS following an outright loss since 2021.

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