Week 3 Predictions and NFL Odds Preview
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A Look at the Top Week 3 Predictions and NFL Odds Preview
Week 3 Sunday, September 25, 2016
Arizona (-2.5) at Buffalo
— Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) May 25, 2016
The Cardinals enter the 2016 season looking to improve on their playoff fortunes after failing to reach Super Bowl 50 despite winning an impressive 13 games during the regular season. Um…unfortunately, the same certainly can’t be said about Rex Ryan and the Buffalo Bills.
After the loud-mouthed head coach made a ton of boisterous claims in his inaugural season in Buffalo a year ago, the Bills promptly underachieved en route to a modest 8-8 finish that looks even worse when you consider AFC East rival, the New York Jets, won 10 games in Todd Bowles’ first season.
I know the Cardinals are on the road in this matchup, but it won’t matter much as they are the better team on both sides of the ball and have a huge advantage in the coaching department with Bruce Arians being infinitely better than Ryan ever will be.
Not only did Arizona rank second in scoring a year ago (30.6 ppg) and seventh in points allowed (19.6 ppg) but Carson Palmer and company have also won four of their last six road games while covering the NFL betting line in each SU victory.
While Buffalo won their last four home games a year ago and covered the spread each time, they also dropped their three previous home dates while failing to cover. Arizona wins by at least a field goal to shut Rex Ryan up. Then again…is that even possible?
The Pick: Arizona 24 Buffalo 21
Baltimore at Jacksonville (Pk)
I know the Baltimore Ravens won a shocking five games last season, but for me, I believe that is an anomaly more than a regular occurrence for this almost perennial playoff participant.
Baltimore struggled a year ago as quarterback Joe Flacco and several other key players suffered costly injuries, but I expect the Ravens to get back to playing respectable football as soon as the 2016 regular season gets underway.
While I like the way Jacksonville closed out the 2015 regular season with a string of solid efforts, I don’t think the Jags, even at home, are going to be able to handle Flacco and what I expect to be a rejuvenated Justin Forsett.
The Ravens are just 3-7 SU in their last 10 road games, but they’re also 6-3- 1 ATS over the stretch and have covered the spread in four straight road dates. Jacksonville is 5-5 SU and ATS in their last five home games, but again, I expect Baltimore to take this game and the Jaguars very seriously. Baltimore wins and covers the NFL betting line as a road
The Pick: Baltimore 27 Jacksonville 20
Detroit at Green Bay (-8.5)
If I had to break this NFC North divisional matchup down in Layman’s terms, I’d say something simple like this. The Packers (10-6) are explosive offensively. The Lions (7-9) are explosive offensively. Both teams have middling defenses. The Packers are playing at home against a longtime division rival so there will be no love lost. Sounds like a perfect recipe for a knock-down, drag-out fight to the finish if you ask me. The Packers are 5-5 ATS in their last 10 home games while Detroit has put together an identical 5-5 ATS mark over its last 10 road games. Green Bay wins, but not by nine points.
The Pick: Green Bay 28 Detroit 21
Pittsburgh (-3) at Philadelphia
The Steelers won 10 games last season and reached the postseason before injuries shortened what they hoped would be an extended playoff run. The Eagles went 7-9 in Chip Kelly’s final season in the City of Brotherly Love and have hired a familiar face in former offensive quality control coach Doug Pederson. Now, Philly will look to reach .500 at the very least in Pederson’s first season while Pittsburgh hopes to take another step or two in their quest to reach Super Bowl 51.
Pittsburgh has a plethora of gifted offensive players, but for them, staying healthy is crucial after their last two playoff runs were cut short by injuries. To that end, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is concentrating on “a lot more cardio” this offseason.
“You want to be the best you can be. You want to win Super Bowls,” Roethlisberger said. “Felt it was the right thing to do at the right time.”
The Eagles are 3-7 SU and ATS in their last 10 home games while Pittsburgh has gone 5- 5 SU and 4-3- 3 ATS in their last 10 road dates. Pittsburgh wins outright to cover the spread as my final top odds and betting picks selection for Week 3.