2016 NFL Week 3 Expert Picks
With the end of summer and the start of the 2016 NFL season both nearing, it’s time for an expert preview and some accompanying NFL picks. This online NFL betting odds breakdown on each and every matchup on the Week 3 NFL docket will undoubtedly help you in your efforts to cash in early and often.
Analyzing The 2016 NFL Week 3 Expert Picks
Thursday, September 22, 2016
Houston Texans at New England Patriots (-8)
With Tim Brady out for the Pats, I’m thinking backup Jimmy Garroppolo had better put his track shoes on because J.J. Watt and Houston Texans will be coming. No way does New England wins this one by nine.
Arizona Cardinals at Buffalo Bills (+2.5)
The Bills might be at home in this affair, but the Cardinals are superior in every way. Carson Palmer and company get the easy road win and ATS cover as a 2.5-point road dog.
Oakland Raiders at Tennessee Titans (+2.5)
Two of the most promising young quarterbacks in the league will take the field in this Week 3 AFC matchup, but right now, Derek Carr and the Raiders are more promising than Marcus Mariota and the Titans.
Washington Redskins at New York Giants (-3)
The Giants have been absolutely awful defensively the last couple of seasons, but I’m backing Odell Beckham Jr. and company to outscore counterpart DeSean Jackson and the Redskins in a high-scoring affair that plays well over 50 points.
Cleveland Browns at Miami Dolphins (-7)
I’m giving Cleveland’s Hue Jackson the edge in the coaching department over Miami’s Adam Gase and the Browns’ RG3 over counterpart Ryan Tannehill. Don’t be surprised… the Browns cover.
Baltimore Ravens at Jacksonville Jaguars (PK)
Sure, the Ravens may no longer be the defensive juggernauts they’ve been for ages, but with Joe Flacco back under center after missing nearly all of 2015, Baltimore will be a lot better than they were a year ago. The Ravens win and cover as a pick ‘em.
Detroit Lions at Green Bay Packers (-8.5)
The Lions caught fire at the end of last season and could be a lot better than most people expect. No…I’m not saying Aaron Rodgers and the Packers lose this Week 3 matchup, but they don’t win by nine over a solid Lions team either.
Broncos at Cincinnati Bengals (-3)
In keeping with my theme that Denver simply won’t be as good as they were a year ago, not to mention the fact that they’re going to have a bulls-eye on their collective backs, I’m going with Andy Dalton and the Bengals to win by four and narrowly cover.
Minnesota Vikings at Carolina Panthers (-5.5)
I like Carolina’s chances to get back to the Super Bowl this coming season, but I think their Week 3 home date against Minnesota could turn into a knock-down, drag-out affair that turns out to be a classic field goal contest. The Vikes narrowly cover.
Los Angeles Rams at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-1)
I like Jameis Winston and the Buccaneers to get the hard-fought win at home in a matchup against a rebuilding (again) Rams team that they look just about equal to in my estimation.
San Francisco 49ers at Seattle Seahawks (-14)
Apparently, a lot of people forgot that Chip Kelly did pretty damned well in his almost two-year stint in Philly. Pete Carroll’s Seahawks get the home win, but not by 15 points, so back the ‘new-look’ Niners to get the ATS cover.
New York Jets at Kansas City Chiefs (-3.5)
Once again, I like Todd Bowles and his defensive genius, but as long as Geno Smith is starting, the Jets are in trouble, particularly against quality teams like K.C. The Chiefs get the win and accompanying ATS cover.
San Diego Chargers at Indianapolis Colts (-5.5)
I like Andrew Luck and the Colts to get the win in a shootout against Philip Rivers and the Bolts, but I’m not real fond of the 5.5-point spread and think the Chargers will cover!
Pittsburgh Steelers at Philadelphia Eagles (+3)
Pittsburgh still won’t have Le’Veon Bell in this Week 3 date against their in-state rivals, but the Steelers are going to roll into the City of Brotherly Love and drop it like it’s hot…kinda’ like the FLOTUS at the DNC Convention!
Chicago Bears at Dallas Cowboys (-6)
If Ezekiel Elliott isn’t facing any discipline for an alleged domestic assault incident, then I like the Cowboys heading into 2016 and believe they’ll win the NFC East. Still, I don’t like them to beat Chicago and a John Fox defense by a touchdown in this matchup.
Monday, September 26, 2016
Falcons at New Orleans Saints (-1.5)
Like most division rivals, these NFC South foes generally split their two regular season meetings unless one team is just awful. While I expect the Atlanta to be much better than New Orleans, I’m going with Drew Brees and the offensively explosive Saints to get the narrow home win and ATS cover in this Week 3 matchup.