NFL Week 3 Predictions: Can't-Miss Picks and Matchup Guide
Week 3 of the 2013 NFL season begins tonight, meaning it’s time to get your bets in. Obviously you want to be on the winning side, so it’s important that you strategically make your plays and don’t get in with the wrong teams.
Fortunately, there have been two weeks of football played that smart bettors have already watched, analyzed and applied the lessons learned towards their wagers on the coming slate of games.
Let’s take a look at the latest lines, make some predictions for each contest and highlight a few matchups you aren’t going to want to miss gambling on in Week 3.
|Away Team||Home Team||Line||Prediction (ATS)|
|Kansas City Chiefs||Philadelphia Eagles||PHI -3.5||Chiefs|
|San Diego Chargers||Tennessee Titans||TEN -3||Chargers|
|Cleveland Browns||Minnesota Vikings||MIN -5.5||Vikings|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||New England Patriots||NE -7||Buccaneers|
|Houston Texans||Baltimore Ravens||HOU -2.5||Ravens|
|St. Louis Rams||Dallas Cowboys||DAL -4.5||Cowboys|
|Arizona Cardinals||New Orleans Saints||NO -8||Cardinals|
|Detroit Lions||Washington Redskins||WAS -1.5||Redskins|
|Green Bay Packers||Cincinnati Bengals||GB -3||Bengals|
|New York Giants||Carolina Panthers||PK||Giants|
|Atlanta Falcons||Miami Dolphins||MIA -1||Dolphins|
|Indianapolis Colts||San Francisco 49ers||SF -10.5||Colts|
|Jacksonville Jaguars||Seattle Seahawks||SEA -20||Seahawks|
|Buffalo Bills||New York Jets||NYJ -2.5||Jets|
|Chicago Bears||Pittsburgh Steelers||CHI -2||Bears|
|Oakland Raiders||Denver Broncos||DEN -15.5||Raiders|
Kansas City Chiefs (+3.5) over PHILADELPHIA EAGLES
The Thursday Night Football contest is quite an intriguing one, as it marks head coach Andy Reid’s first return to the City of Brotherly Love since being canned and signing with K.C.
Reid will be more than prepared to take his new team up against a foe he’s quite familiar with, especially since the Eagles didn’t make too many major offseason acquisitions.
Although head coach Chip Kelly’s fast-paced offense has resulted in tons of points and been almost impossible for defenses to solve, the Chiefs' talented group should be able to crack it with Reid’s guidance.
Factor in that the Kansas City offense has yet to turn the ball over a single time, and you are looking at the makings of a road underdog pulling off a major upset.
As long as the Chiefs are capable of controlling the ball, dictating the tempo and burning the clock, Kelly’s high-flying system won’t be of any use in this one. Take the points to be safe, but K.C. is on the verge of three straight wins to start the year.
CINCINNATI BENGALS (+3) over Green Bay Packers
The Bengals are being underrated at home in this one, which makes sense considering Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers captured the public’s attention with mind-blowing numbers and an utter dissection of the Washington Redskins defense in Week 2.
However the Bengals quietly dismantled their AFC North rivals—the Pittsburgh Steelers—on Monday Night Football and should be ready to move to 2-1 with a big win at home this coming Sunday.
Which team will win?
Cincy has more than enough weapons to hang with Green Bay, as Giovani Bernard and Tyler Eifert emerged as legit playmakers in that nationally televised Week 2 contest. A.J. Green is arguably the top wideout in football, and signal-caller Andy Dalton is capable of getting everyone involved.
The Bengals defense will put up quite a bit more resistance than the leaky ‘Skins secondary and weak pass rush did, as Cincinnati is quite deep at the corner and safety positions, in addition to boasting one of the best front lines in football.
It should be quite a close game, and it wouldn’t be surprising in any way to see the outcome decided on a last-second field goal. Take the points, and you will be sitting pretty, regardless of which team ends up with another tally in the wins column.
BALTIMORE RAVENS (+2.5) over Houston Texans
Here’s a chance to bet on a proud team that won last season’s Super Bowl, playing in front of a rabid home crowd and getting points. It’s a dream scenario, and the Ravens should reward backers with a big payday this coming Sunday.
Joe Flacco seems to be adapting to life without Anquan Boldin fine, with Torrey Smith taking on a larger role in the passing game and Marlon Brown emerging as a great second option in Jacoby Jones’ absence.
The Texans needed overtime to get past the Tennessee Titans and had to mount a furious fourth-quarter comeback to beat the San Diego Chargers in Week 1. Their high-powered offense can be slowed, and the defense is the definition of beatable.
Take the Ravens in a game they aren’t getting nearly enough respect in, and you should be quite happy with the results.
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