NFL Lines Week 3: Teams That Will Have No Problem Beating Spread
It's hard to believe Week 3 has already arrived in the NFL. Fans spend the entire summer waiting for football to start and then the season flies by. After an unpredictable first two weeks, picking winners has become quite the task.
There are still a couple games with promising lines available, though. With that in mind, let's take a look at three teams that should cover the spread this week in relatively easy fashion. All lines used are courtesy of bovada.lv.
Buffalo Bills (-3)
The Bills' bandwagon emptied pretty quickly outside of Western New York after Buffalo got crushed by the New York Jets in Week 1. They looked a lot more like the team people were expecting last weekend, beating the Kansas City Chiefs by 18.
C.J. Spiller has been tremendous while filling in for the injured Fred Jackson, averaging more than 10 yards per carry. His play has taken a lot of pressure off quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, who has struggled when asked to take on a bigger role.
Buffalo's pass rush, which received a boost in the offseason with the likes of Mario Williams and Mark Anderson, should make life difficult on Cleveland Browns rookie QB Brandon Weeden, leading to a big Bills victory.
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New York Giants (-1.5)
It's not a surprise the Giants aren't getting much respect from the oddsmakers. After all, they lost to the Dallas Cowboys in the opener and needed a furious fourth-quarter rally in order to knock off the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 2.
That being said, fans have seen this from the Giants a lot recently. They don't always show much consistency during the regular season, but the players figure out a way to step up when it matters. The roster isn't short on talent, that's for sure.
The line is also a minor overreaction to the Carolina Panthers' win over the New Orleans Saints. The Saints are clearly reeling right now, so that victory should be taken with grain of salt. The Giants should win by double-digits on Thursday night.
Detroit Lions (-4)
The spread for the Lions' game with the Tennessee Titans is the most surprising of the week. The Titans haven't been able to make stops on defense, allowing 72 points in the first two weeks. That's a recipe for disaster against Detroit.
When you consider the Lions were able to score 19 points against the San Francisco 49ers' defense, which is the best in the league, they should be able to get close to 40 against Tennessee. Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson are already salivating.
On the flip side, the Titans' offense has struggled out of the gate, mostly because Chris Johnson doesn't have any running room. This game has blowout written all over it, so four points isn't much to give, even considering it's a road game for Detroit.
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