NFL Week 3 Preview

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Week 2 is in the books and we can already see the good teams separating from the pack; there are 9 teams that are 2-0. The NFC west has been a surprise with The Rams, 49ers and Seahawks all 2-0, the Packers and Cowboys are the other NFC teams, with the Patriots, Bills, Chiefs and Ravens from the AFC. The two last mentioned battle this week in what is probably the game of the week.

Week 3 kicks off with the AFC south matchup, as The Jags $2.05 host the Titans $1.75, all eyes will be on this one not so much for the game but on Jalen Ramsey. The All-Pro cornerback raised eyebrows last week as he reportedly requested a trade and has been heavily linked with the Chiefs. Other than that, and maybe Gardner Minshew’s pregame attire, this is not a game that gets the excitement flowing.

The early Sunday games have a lot of short priced faves, with 7 out of the 8 games priced at $1.35 or below. The highlight of the early games is no doubt the Mahomes led Chiefs $1.32 taking on Lamar Jackson and the Ravens $3.1. Jackson has been the surprise of the first 2 weeks of the season, doing it with both his legs and his arm, however Mahomes is an incredibly gifted QB. This should be a great show. The 2-0 Pats $1.02, Cowboys $1.03, Bills $1.35 and Packers $1.24 are all favoured at home against lesser opponents as they look to move to 3-0, all 4 teams should have no trouble in doing so. The other 3 games have the chance to be sneaky good, the undefeated (1-0-1) Lions $3.1 head to Philly $1.32. Philly have the short turnaround and a lot of injuries; I like the Lions +6.5 here. The Colts $1.76 are just some miss kicks from the GOAT Adam Vinatieri from being 2-0 and host the Falcons $1.90. The Raiders $4.05, who outscored the Chiefs 10-0 in 3 Quarters but were absolutely blown away by Mahomes in the 2nd quarter, head to Minnesota $1.20. The Raiders are another team I am happy to take with the 8.5 line.

The Sunday afternoon session is missing 3 Superbowl winning QB’s, Drew Brees and Big Ben are injured, while the Daniel Jones era has begun in New York as Eli has been benched. When the Schedule came out I had bookmarked the Seahawks $1.42 hosting the Saints $2.66. Drew Brees and Russell Wilson are two of the best to have ever done it, unfortunately Brees tore ligaments in his thumb, but they have former 1st rounder Teddy Bridgewater waiting in the wings. This should still be a competitive game. The Chargers $1.51, coming off a choke job against the Lions, host the Texans $2.40. The Chargers must be cursed, they lose key players to injury every year and somehow find ways to lose the unlosable games, last week they lost by 3 points, with 2 missed FG, 1 fumble on the goal line and 1 INT in the end zone. Joey Bosa must be looking forward to this game as Houston have allowed the most sacks the last 2 seasons. Houston will be hoping to keep Deshaun Watson upright so he can find the best WR in the Game, Deandre Hopkins. The 2-0 49ers $1.32 host their first game of the year as the now Mason Rudolph-led Steelers $3.1 come into town. Two years ago the Steelers had the greatest big-3 ever compiled in Big Ben, Bell and AB. Now 2 are out of town and 1 is missing the remainder of the season. The Steelers must have some faith in Rudolph as they just traded a top-10 projected 1st round pick to the Dolphins for Minkah Fitzpatrick, to me it’s a real head-scratcher. Daniel Jones will get his first NFL start as the G-Men $3.15 head to Tampa Bay $1.31, it was inevitably coming since they picked Jones with the 6th overall pick in the draft. While he hasn’t been the greatest lately, nothing should be taken away from Eli, not many win two Superbowls. The Bucs got their season kick-started on Thursday Night football last week, with the Todd Bowle- led defence dominating Cam Newton. Not the easiest of first games for a rookie QB.

Sunday night football gives us the mouth-watering clash, as the Baker Mayfield-led Browns $2.30 welcome Jared Goff and the Rams $1.55 into town. OBJ got his mojo back on Monday Night, and we were talking about his performance rather than him wearing a gazillion dollar watch. The Browns did it comfortably against the Jets but didn’t look all that convincing against a team decimated by injuries. The Rams are quietly 2-0, haven’t looked as flashy as last year but have put in workman like performances to beat the Saints and the Panthers. The Browns O-Line has been a bit of a concern and facing stud DT Aaron Donald they will look to contain him, or it will be a long night for Baker. Rams get the job done on the road which should be a nice high scoring game.

The last game of the week is another blah contest, as the Bears $1.45 head to Washington $2.56. Chicago snatched a win from the jaws of defeat last week as Eddie Pineiro drained a 53-yard FG as time expired for the win. A lot has been said about Mitch Trubisky, but he made the plays when it mattered to get them into FG range. On the other side there is a Washington side where no one has a clue what is going on, their best player LT Trent Williams is still holding out and Case Keenum, while doing a good job, isn’t exactly the answer at QB. Without their best player on the O-Line, Khalil Mack should have himself a day and give Jay Gruden’s team match-up nightmares. Bears to cover the -3.5 line.

Week 3 tips

Titans over the Jaguars

Bills over the Bengals

Cowboys over the Dolphins

Packers over the Broncos

Colts over the Falcons

Chiefs over the Ravens

Vikings over the Raiders

Patriots over the Jets

Lions over the Eagles

Bucs over the Giants

Seahawks over the Saints

Texans over the Chargers

49ers over the Steelers

Rams over the Browns

Bears over Washington