Sport NFL WEEK 3: Our official predictions for who wins this weekend

02:36  25 september  2020
02:36  25 september  2020 Source:   msn.com

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  • The Jaguars and Dolphins kick off Week 3 on Thursday night in Jacksonville, followed up by a full slate of games on Sunday.
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The third week of the NFL season presents some of the biggest games of the year so far. Several 0-2 teams are on the ropes and looking to save their season, and the upstart Oakland Raiders are heading to New England to take on the new-look Patriots. To cap off the big weekend, the Baltimore Ravens and Kansas City Chiefs will face off with the past two NFL MVP's vying for quarterback supremacy.

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The Colts trashed the Chiefs in Kansas City 23-7 two weeks ago. The Chiefs were seven-point favorites in that game, too. The fact that the line is only 1.5 makes I'm rolling with Jaws here. I think Andrew Luck is good enough to get the win at home, and the Colts defense does enough to stymie the Chiefs.

Last week was a solid one for our picks, as we went 9-7 against the spread in the second weekend of NFL football. Let's see if we can improve on that this weekend.

Please take a look below at our best bets against the spread for Week 2 of the NFL season (* indicates home team).


OVERALL: 15-16-1

Jacksonville Jaguars* (-3) over Miami Dolphins

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It doesn't get more Thursday Night Football than a Week 3 matchup between the Jaguars and the Dolphins. Billed as a facial-hair faceoff between the bearded Ryan Fitzpatrick and the mustachioed Gardner Minshew, it's tough to tell which of these teams is more ready for primetime. I'll back the Jaguars strictly due to the number of doubters they had coming into the season and the commitment their young stars seem to have in proving them wrong.

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Thankfully, there's another week of football just about to kick off, with plenty of opportunities for us to make our back. With Week 7 action fast approaching This week , we're backing the Dolphins again to cover an extremely inflated line against the Buffalo Bills. The Bills defense looks like one of the best

Now, in a few weeks , should the hype continue, there will come a time to fade the Browns before they fall back to Earth. But for Week 1, the world is Joe Flacco surprises the league with an impressive performance to get the Broncos off to a 1-0 start to the year. Those are our picks for Week 1 — good

Las Vegas Raiders (+6.5) over New England Patriots*

Derek Carr and the Las Vegas Raiders are off to one of the more surprising 2-0 starts of the young NFL season. Tight end Darren Waller is a matchup nightmare, and the Raiders offense was able to put up 34 points on the Saints defense on Monday night. While I'm not too fond of their chances of winning against New England, getting nearly a touchdown, it's not hard to imagine the Raiders keeping things close and covering.

Buffalo Bills* (-3) over Los Angeles Rams

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Josh Allen has found his stride, and the Buffalo Bills look like a team that could really contend in the AFC this year. While the Rams 2-0 start is a nice turnaround after their disastrous 2019, their two wins so far have come over the NFC East, which isn't exactly putting up much of a fight this year so far. And with the Rams heading East for the second time in two weeks, a little travel fatigue could be in play.

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Pittsburgh Steelers* (-4) over Houston Texans

It's tough to imagine a more brutal start for the Texans, who played the Chiefs and Ravens to start their year and have to face maybe the best defense in football in Week 3.

Houston could start their turnaround here, but in the recent years, the Texans have proven themselves to be a "darkest before the dawn" kind of team. In 2018, Houston got off to an 0-3 start before rattling off nine straight wins and ultimately finishing 11-5 as division champions. That could happen again, but not before losing to the Steelers on Sunday.

New York Giants* (+4) over San Francisco 49ers

The 49ers have to have a breaking point when it comes to the injuries they've suffered. Just two weeks into the season, it feels like every position on the roster has been affected in some form, from Nick Bosa being done for the year to the absences of Jimmy Garoppolo, Raheem Mostert, George Kittle, and more. Even those who can play on Sunday might be hesitant, given how the team blamed their slew of injuries on the MetLife Stadium turf.

Minnesota Vikings* (+2.5) over Tennessee Titans

This pick could backfire completely, but the Vikings can't be this bad, right? The past two weeks feel like they've gone as bad as anyone could have imagined for Minnesota, so they can only improve from here.

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This week , we like the Patriots to bounce back against the Steelers, and the Colts to keep rolling as the Cowboys visit Indianapolis. Still, I can't help but think Atlanta shows up for the home crowd. After watching Atlanta United lift the MLS Cup, the Falcons need a statement win to show that they're still

I went 9-6 last week . I'm going to pick every game this week because it's my only chance at getting to .500 for the regular season. A lot of teams have nothing to play for. Either they're in or out of the playoffs, or their coach is getting fired, and so, who cares? As a result we've got some weird lines in

Cleveland Browns* (-7) over Washington Football Team

Cleveland was able to stave off the total collapse that a loss to the Bengals last week would have brought on the franchise, but the team is still in need of a few statement wins to prove they might actually be worth following this year. With the chance to run up the score against a hapless Washington team, this feels like a good spot for them.

Philadelphia Eagles* (-5) over Cincinnati Bengals

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One of my favorite plays in sports betting is going against the public dog. As a general rule, the casual bettors that make up most of the betting public are backing the favorites, while the "sharp" bettors, who wager in larger amounts, are backing the underdogs. This makes sense — casual fans want to bet on the better team, while sharps are looking for value that's been missed.

But some games, the betting public thinks they've outsmarted the bookmakers and starts backing an underdog. According to the Action Network, 54% of the bets on this game have come in for the Bengals, but more than 90% of the money is on the Eagles. When casual bettors think they have outsmarted Vegas, it's good to remember that the house always wins.

The Eagles haven't looked good at all so far this season, but if the betting pros think they're good for the win here, then so do I.

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Chicago Bears (+3) over Atlanta Falcons*

The Chicago Bears are a shaky 2-0, and the Atlanta Falcons robbed themselves of a win in Week 2 to fall to 0-2. Still, Atlanta is dealing with plenty of injuries, and that loss to Dallas had to be pretty demoralizing for the group. Even if they win this one, it's not going to be a blowout.

Indianapolis Colts* (-11) over New York Jets

The Jets are terrible. Adam Gase is clearly not the man for the job there, despite his insistence that things need to be pushed into "hyperdrive." I will not be betting on the Jets until they prove they can cover a game this year.

Carolina Panthers (+6.5) over Los Angeles Chargers*

The Panthers are 0-2 but have played competitively with both the Raiders and the Buccaneers. The Chargers had to start a rookie backup quarterback last weekend because their team doctor reportedly accidentally stabbed their starter in the lung. If one team has that kind of weirdness surrounding it heading into any given Sunday, I'll take the other team and deal with the consequences.

Arizona Cardinals* (-5.5) over Detroit Lions

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With games upcoming against the Lions, Panthers, and Jets, I'm not sure when the Arizona Cardinals will find a loss this year. The offense is remarkable to watch, and the defense is plenty good enough to keep them competitive. Early MVP buzz is going to Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, but don't sleep on Kyler Murray's potential to run away with the award.

Denver Broncos* (+6) over Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Broncos don't lose at home in September. Sure, they lost at home in September to the Titans in Week 1, but they did cover the spread in that game. Betting on a backup quarterback against Tom Brady doesn't feel like a great bet, but trends are trends, and the Broncos don't lose at home in September.

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Dallas Cowboys (+5) over Seattle Seahawks*

The Cowboys scored 40 points against the Falcons last week despite giving the ball away three times. While the Seahawks defense should be better than the Falcons, Seattle did give up 30 points to the Patriots last weekend. So it's not like they're the total lockdown Legion of Boom of years ago.

If Dallas can keep their offense hot, they can keep this game within the number.

New Orleans Saints* (-3) over Green Bay Packers

Again, this is a case of going against the public dog. Bettors are all over the Packers, and with good reason! Aaron Rodgers has looked unstoppable through two weeks, while Drew Brees has been showing signs of a noodle arm in the early weeks for the Saints.

If I were picking this game independent of the numbers, I would be on the Packers as well, but when in doubt, I'm going to go against the public dog every time. Drew Brees tends to play big in primetime.

Baltimore Ravens* (-3.5) over Kansas City Chiefs

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The Ravens are a wrecking ball right now, while the Chiefs spent last week scraping out an overtime win over a rookie quarterback who didn't know he would be starting until 30 seconds before taking his first snap. Kansas City obviously has the firepower to bounce back from a disappointing performance. Still, it's going to be tough to turn things around against a Ravens team that is already firing on all cylinders.

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