NFL Week 3 best bets and predictions. It is Tuesday and the lines for Week 3 of the NFL are out. This is a list of the NFL Week 3 Best Bets. The Best Bets are the lines on the board that look to offer the most value based on the teams playing, where the game is and other factors. The NFL Week 3 Best Bets are:
I got back in the saddle after a terrible first week and hit 8 out of my 12 picks last weekend (66%) and could have had even more if Jon Kitna hadn’t come down with a concussion, all but stopping the offense in Detroit. I look to continue the trend this week with 12 picks again.
I feel particularly strong on my picks on teams with something to prove. The Patriots had something to prove last weekend and they demolished the Chargers. This week the Chargers, Bengals and Panthers have something to prove and I feel that they will all cover the spread. I also particularly like my underdog picks. I feel that the line is just all wrong on these picks and that the underdog should actually be favored ina few cases (see Minnesota, Cincinnati and Dallas). They offer great value this week.
Here are the NFL Week 3 Best Bets:
Buffalo/NEW ENGLAND O42
New England seems to be scoring at will and the Bills defense hasn’t really been impressive yet. The Bills give up a lot of yards on the ground, but Brady will make sure they give them up through the air as well. The first two game the Patriots have won 38-14, maybe they will make it three. The Bills stand no chance against the Patriots on the road.
Prediction: Patriots 38, Bills 14 (Why Not?)
HOUSTON +5 over Indianapolis
Houston’s defense has looked very impressive so far this season and the offense looks much improved as well. While the Colts are one of the best teams in the league, Houston always plays them tough and this game is in Houston, take the points.
Prediction: Texans 23, Colts 24
Arizona +9 over BALTIMORE
Arizona looked better last game offensively than they did against the 49ers. The Ravens should have some trouble scoring against the better Cardinals defense. In the end I can’t see the Ravens scoring enough points and I see the Cardinals offense scoring enough to keep the Ravens lead in single digits. This will be a real test for the Cardinals.
Prediction: Ravens 21, Cardinals 17
Minnesota +2 over KANSAS CITY
I feel like I’m robbing someone with this line. Kansas City only has Larry Johnson and the Vikings are great against the run. Also, Minnesota’s offense hasn’t been horrible and has been somewhat productive, especially Adrian Peterson. In the end I can’t see why Minnesota is getting points, but I will take them.
Prediction: Vikings 28, Chiefs 14
San Diego -4 over GREEN BAY
San Diego will go into Green Bay very angry and with something to prove next weekend. After getting embarrassed by the Patriots, Ladainian Tomlinson and company will light up the scoreboard, even if the Packers defense is pretty good. The Pack won’t be able to keep up and 4 points seems like a bargain to give.
Prediction: San Diego 31, Packers 21
PITTSBURGH -9 over San Francisco
The Steelers will welcome the 49ers to Pittsburgh on Sunday. The 49ers offense just isn’t there yet except for Frank Gore and the Steelers have been pretty potent on offense so far. If the 49ers defense doesn’t give the Steelers too much trouble they should win by 2 touchdowns.
Prediction: Steelers 31, 49ers 17
Cincinnati +3.5 over SEATTLE
Cincinnati isn’t as awful as they looked on Sunday and like the Chargers they will be looking to prove something. The Bengals should put up points on the Seahawks and I am just not sure the Hawks could keep up, especially if Deion Branch isn’t playing well. In the end I think the Bengals should be favored and give great value because of their loss to the Browns. Take that value and run with it.
Prediction: Bengals 28, Seahawks 24
DENVER -3 over Jacksonville
One of these days the Broncos are going to win a game by more than a few points and Sunday looks like the day. Jacksonville will be visiting Invesco Field at Mile High and they haven’t looked impressive by any means this season. They could only manage 13 points off of the Falcons and they will get even less against the Broncos. Denver will win by a touchdown or more.
Prediction: Broncos 24, Jaguars 17
Carolina -4 over Atlanta
I think I will just pick against Atlanta every single week. This is another case of a team with something to prove playing a much lesser team. Steve Smith will probably grab another 2 touchdowns as he is the only thing working for Carolina, but that might still be enough to cover against the Falcons. The Falcons have zero offense this season and will struggle to get out of single digits again.
Prediction: Panthers 21, Falcons 13
Dallas +3 over CHICAGO
Chicago doesn’t look very good right now and Dallas does. Dallas could make themselves the team to beat in the NFC with an upset over the Bears. I think the Cowboys could win this game outright so I will gladly take the points.
Prediction: Cowboys 24, Bears 21
WASHINGTON/NY GIANTS U40.5
The Giants seem offensively challenged right now and the Redskins, whose defense looks impressive, don’t mind staying in low-scoring tight games. I expect this score to be much like the Eagles/Redskins score. That means I feel that between 30-40 points will go up, but over 40 seems unlikely. Don’t forget Eli Manning will still be bruised up and Brandon Jacobs will be out of the game.
Prediction: Redskins 21, Giants 17
Cleveland probably won’t be putting up 51 points again and I see them struggling against the Oakland pass defense this week. They can’t play that well all the time. Oakland might put up some points, but I will take my chances with the under.
Prediciton: Cleveland 17, Oakland 21
With all the picks made it is time for me to remind you that these are merely the best plays on the board as I see them and they are not guaranteed winners, nothing is guaranteed. I hope you have fun with these NFL selections and good luck this weekend. All lines are gathered from BetUs.com and from Wagerline.com and were accurate at the time of this article being written. Keep in mind, line movement may occur.
Remember not to bet more than you can afford to lose and that wagering should be for fun only. If you have a gambling problem I urge you not to place a wager.
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