Week 3 NFL Football Against The Spread Betting Picks: September 26th 2010

Touthouse HandicappersSenior Writer ISeptember 26, 2010

Week 3 NFL Football Against The Spread Picks: September 26th 2010
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Pick: Carolina Panthers +3.5 (Johnny Banks)
Carolina comes into this game game an underdog at home against a Bengals team that has no business being favored on the road. Cincinnati was extremely lucky winning against the Ravens since the Ravens turned the ball over 4 times and the Bengals had no turnovers. The Bengals only won by 5 points despite the 4 Ravens turnovers. The Panthers start the season off 0-2 but this is a team with a lot of talent and they had too many mental mistakes to win last week turning the ball over 3 times. If the Panthers can limit turnovers to 1 in this game they will not only cover the spread but win by a touchdown. Carolina has covered the number in 4 of their last 5 games as a home underdog while the Bengals have only covered the number once in their last 11 games as a favorite.

Pick: Oakland Raiders +4.5 (Jack Jones)
No way should Arizona be this big of a favorite against the Raiders Sunday. This is the same Cardinals team that just lost 7-41 at Atlanta last week, giving up 221 rushing yards to the Falcons. Oakland has been one of the best running teams in the league to this point, putting up an average of 154 rushing yards per game and 4.7 yards per carry. Look for Darren McFadden to have another big day on the ground for the Raiders. Oakland will start Bruce Gradkowski at quarterback this week, and he always seems to give his team a chance to win. Gradkowski came into the game last week at halftime as the Raiders trailed 7-3 at the break. He led them to 13 second half points, throwing for 162 yards and a touchdown in two quarters to help Oakland pull out a 16-14 win over St. Louis. The Raiders are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS loss. The Cardinals are 5-11 ATS in their last 16 games as a favorite of 3.5-10.0. Bet Oakland Sunday.

Pick: Dallas Cowboys +115 (Freddy Wills)
I have cashed in on the TExans early this year, but not today as this line has dropped and public bettors are loving the Texans based on their start, but the Cowboys need this game not only because they need some confidence, but they can’t lose to the Texans. This line opened up at +3 and now moves to +2 despite nearly 60% of the public being on the Texans. this is the trap game of the day in my opinion. Dallas is inconsistent, but I think they come up with a huge game here. Romo needs to play a team he can pass on and the Texans give up tons of yards. Texas still belongs to the star on the helmet.

Pick: Baltimore Ravens -10.5 (Michael Alexander)
The Baltimore Ravens look to bounceback today when they face the struggling Cleveland Browns. After opening the season on the road the Ravens finally get to play a home game and will be facing a Browns team that scored a total of 3 points against their defense last season. This season thus far, the Browns have scored only 14 points at Tampa Bay, and 14 points at home versus Kansas City. Baltimore’s Joe Flacco struggled for the second straight week, throwing four interceptions and going 17 of 39 for 154 yards. In the Ravens’ opener, a 10-9 win over the New York Jets, Flacco lost a fumble and threw an interception. Baltimore will be looking to get it’s ground game going versus a Cleveland team that has given up 129.5 rushing yards per contest - 25th in the league. The Ravens have typically run the ball well versus Cleveland (0-2), averaging more than 142 yards on the ground in the last seven meetings. Supporting Angles: BALTIMORE is 20-9 ATS (+10.1 Units) in games played on a grass field over the last 3 seasons. BALTIMORE