NFL Week 3 Picks: Home Teams Who Are Locks to Cover Spreads

Pete SchauerCorrespondent ISeptember 21, 2012

BALTIMORE, MD - SEPTEMBER 10: Running back Ray Rice #27 of the Baltimore Ravens is introduced before playing against the Cincinnati Bengals in the first quarter at M&T Bank Stadium on September 10, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Ravens won 44-13. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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Week 3 of the 2012 NFL season features some interesting matchups sure to please any football fan.

The New York Giants started the week off for us, defeating the Carolina Panthers 36-7 on the road.

It was an embarrassing showing by the cats, who let the G-Men enter their house and run all over them.

Here are three teams who won't have the same fate as the Panthers in Week 3.

*Note: All spreads via Bovada

New Orleans Saints (-9)

The 0-2 New Orleans Saints have been the biggest disappointment thus far, but Drew Brees isn't about to let the Kansas City Chiefs (0-2) enter his Superdome and leave with a win.

As I wrote in my game preview, I'm expecting an enormous day for Brees and the Saints' offense, as Kansas City has been susceptible to the pass during the first two weeks of the season, giving up a lot of yardage and touchdowns to Matt Ryan and Ryan Fitzpatrick.

This will be a redemption game for Brees, who has four interceptions and four touchdowns to his name this season.

As long as the New Orleans' D can contain Dwayne Bowe—which is no easy task—the Saints should be able to run away with this one, with the help of Darren Sproles, Jimmy Graham, Marques Colston, and of course, Drew Brees.

New Orleans will get its first win of the season this Sunday by a large margin.


Washington Redskins (-3)

Robert Griffin III is playing like an NFL veteran so far in his rookie season for the 1-1 Washington Redskins and that continues against the Cincinnati Bengals (1-1) in Week 3.

If it weren't for a bone-headed penalty by the Redskins down the stretch, Washington could be entering this contest 2-0, but that's beside the point.

Cincinnati's defense is allowing a huge amount of points this season, including 27 to the Cleveland Browns last week and 44 to the Baltimore Ravens in Week 1, who features a rookie quarterback and running back.

Alfred Morris has emerged as a stud running back, and if Pierre Garcon gets healthy in time for Sunday's game, RGIII and the 'Skins are in great shape.

Before a home crowd, expect the Redskins to cover the spread and move to 2-1 on the season.


Baltimore Ravens (-3)

This rematch of the 2011 AFC Championship game is the game of the week in my mind, but I think it belongs to the Baltimore Ravens (1-1) at home. 

The 1-1 New England Patriots are coming off an ugly home loss to the Arizona Cardinals and now have to travel to Baltimore where Ray Rice and Ray Lewis are waiting.

Rice has been unstoppable this season, gaining 245 total yards and two touchdowns this season, while Joe Flacco has carved into opposing defenses.

New England looks to be still trying to figure out its offense, and with Aaron Hernandez going down (h/t CBS Sports), they're not at full strength heading into Sunday's game.

It's going to be a brutal, physical game between these two, but I like the Ravens to cover the spread in Week 3. 


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