NFL Week 3 Predictions: Favorites That Will Demolish Spread
The wild world of the NFL is handing us some blow outs this year, and betting lines are struggling to keep up.
For instance, seven games ended with a margin of victory in double digits last week. The highest point spread this week is 8.5.
While there may not be seven contests decided by double digits this week, there are still going to be some blowouts.
Here are three where the favorites will ruin the spread.
*Point spreads according to Football Locks on Sept. 22.
Pittsburgh Steelers at Oakland Raiders
Line: Steelers -3.5
Both of these teams enter this game with injury concerns, however, Oakland's are far more concerning.
The Raiders have already ruled out, according to the official injury report, starting right tackle Khalif Barnes and starting corner Shawntae Spencer.
Spencer's injury comes on top of Ron Bartell being placed on the short-term injured reserve following Week 1, so he is also out.
This leaves the Raiders, who had very little corner depth to begin with, scrambling to try and find a way to stop the likes of Ben Roethlisberger, Mike Wallace and Antonio Brown. Michael Vick couldn't do enough scrambling to make that happen.
Also, Barnes absence cannot be discounted as the Raiders do not have a competent or experienced backup, and Pittsburgh will undoubtedly take advantage of that while they attempt to get some heat on QB Carson Palmer.
Combine that with the fact that the Raiders' running game has been a giant flop this year and it is clear that the Raiders are going to have a hard time moving the ball.
The Steelers will not have the same problems.
Prediction: Steelers 27, Raiders 10
Houston Texans at Denver Broncos
Line: Texans -1.5
The Texans are as complete a team as their is in football, and while the Broncos are not far off, they still have some kinks that need to be ironed out.
The Broncos' offense is not yet a well-oiled machine, and the Texans tough defense won't allow them to get on the same page in this one.
Houston enters this game first in opposing passing yards and eighth in opposing rushing yards. They are also eighth in takeaways.
They will stymie the Broncos into bouts of ineffectiveness and this will lead to some costly turnovers.
The Broncos defense has looked strong, but it will not be able to keep the balanced Houston offense in check enough to pull out the victory.
Prediction: Texans 24, Broncos 17
New England Patriots at Baltimore Ravens
Line: Ravens -2.5
However, this game comes on the road for the Patriots against a Baltimore more team that is equipped to exploit the Patriots' weaknesses.
The Patriots have allowed five sacks and 10 QB hits in their two games. That ranks them 15th and 10th in the league respectively, and this number would be even higher if they didn't have the quick read-and-strike ability of Brady under center.
Meanwhile, the Ravens have already tallied five sacks, which has them 10th in the NFL.
Baltimore's front seven is going to destroy the New England offensive line. New England will have a hard time opening up running lanes, and giving Tom Brady enough time to do damage.
Meanwhile, Baltimore's balanced offense will put up enough to get the job done.
Prediction: Ravens 27, Patriots 20
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