NFL Odds Week 3: Underdogs Sure to Defeat Favorites This Weekend
After two weeks of glorious NFL action, the best teams in the NFL have already started to separate themselves from the rest of the pack.
But this league is still full of parity, and picking winners is never easy.
Not many predicted the Kansas City Chiefs to beat the Dallas Cowboys in Week 2, nor did many believe the Buffalo Bills would defeat the Carolina Panthers.
With that in mind, there are a few underdogs in Week 3 that will not only beat the spread but that are also sure to win. But first, here's a look at live odds for all 16 games, as of 6 p.m. ET on Monday, Sept. 16, via Sportsbook.
|AWAY TEAM||HOME TEAM||LINE|
|Kansas City Chiefs||Philadelphia Eagles||PHI (-3.5)|
|San Diego Chargers||Tennessee Titans||TEN (-3)|
|Cleveland Browns||Minnesota Vikings||MIN (-5.5)|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||New England Patriots||NE (-7)|
|Houston Texans||Baltimore Ravens||BAL (+2.5)|
|St. Louis Rams||Dallas Cowboys||DAL (-4.5)|
|Arizona Cardinals||New Orleans Saints||NO (-8)|
|Detroit Lions||Washington Redskins||WAS (-1.5)|
|Green Bay Packers||Cincinnati Bengals||CIN (+3)|
|New York Giants||Carolina Panthers||CAR (0)|
|Atlanta Falcons||Miami Dolphins||MIA (-1)|
|Indianapolis Colts||San Francisco 49ers||SF (-10.5)|
|Jacksonville Jaguars||Seattle Seahawks||SEA (-20)|
|Buffalo Bills||New York Jets||NYJ (-2.5)|
|Chicago Bears||Pittsburgh Steelers||PIT (+2)|
|Oakland Raiders||Denver Broncos||DEN (-15.5)|
San Diego Chargers vs. Tennessee Titans (-3)
Tennessee's defense has looked pretty good so far in 2013, but the Houston Texans were able to move the ball at will late in the fourth quarter and during overtime in Week 2.
The Titans also struggle to move the ball through the air with Jake Locker behind center. He's passed for just 273 yards in the team's first two games, averaging just 5.5 yards per attempt.
San Diego's front seven on defense has looked solid through two games, as well. Arian Foster couldn't find running lanes, and the vaunted Eagles rushing attack only gained 89 yards in Week 2.
Philip Rivers has been running the Chargers offense efficiently, and despite his fourth-quarter hiccup in Week 1, he's thrown seven touchdown passes already this year with only one interception.
The Chargers will win this game on the road.
Detroit Lions vs. Washington Redskins (-1.5)
One wonders what oddsmakers are thinking making the Redskins favorites in this game.
Even if Reggie Bush doesn't return to action after suffering a knee injury in Week 2, the Detroit Lions are going to have a field day on offense against the Washington Redskins.
Washington couldn't stop a sleepwalking toddler from getting into the end zone last week against the Green Bay Packers. Led by Aaron Rodgers, the Packers gained 580 yards of offense and scored five touchdowns.
The final score of 38-20 doesn't begin to tell the tale of how badly Washington was beaten—it was truly an ugly performance by all involved. Green Bay eased up off the gas pedal after ending the third quarter up by the score of 38-7.
Which underdog has the best chance of winning in Week 3?
Robert Griffin III won't suddenly start playing like he did a year ago—he's still not 100 percent, and the Lions will be coming after him all day long.
Detroit will win this game by a large margin.
Atlanta Falcons vs. Miami Dolphins (-1)
Miami's defense has been impressive through two weeks, but the Falcons have too many weapons on offense to get shut down.
Against the St. Louis Rams—a team that features an impressive defense in its own right—the Falcons put up 24 first-half points and cruised to a victory.
With Osi Umenyiora bolstering the Falcons pass rush, Miami can't afford to go one-dimensional on offense. But the Dolphins haven't been able to run the ball effectively yet this season, averaging just 60.5 yards per game.
Atlanta's explosive offense will put up plenty of points on the road this week, and Ryan Tannehill won't be able to match the pace of Matt Ryan. The Falcons will win this contest—and it may not be close.
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