NFL Week 3: 5 best bets this weekendBy Matt Verderame
The NFL Week 3 slate has some enticing match ups for bettors. We take a look at 5 of the best bets for the NFL Week 3 action.
5. New England Patriots (-22) vs. New York Jets
Let’s not spend too much time here. The Jets are trotting Luke Falk out to take on Tom Brady in Foxboro. This is the mismatch of the century from a quarterback standpoint. Additionally, the Jets are missing a ton of talent including receiver Quincy Enunwa and linebacker Avery Williamson, who are both out for the season. Defensive tackle Quinnen Williams and linebacker C.J. Mosley are also not sure bets to play. This line is enormous, and it still isn’t enough.
4. Los Angeles Rams (-3) at Cleveland Browns
It’s never easy taking a road favorite to cover against a quality team, and yet that’s exactly what I’m doing here. The Browns are stacked talent-wise, but they haven’t looked good in either of their first two games. Meanwhile, the Rams have been terrific defensively and Todd Gurley looks anything but washed up. If Jared Goff can play a bit better, there’s reason to believe the Browns are in trouble here against a dynamic, multiple attack.
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3. Oakland Raiders (+9) at Minnesota Vikings
The Raiders and Vikings are both 1-1. Frankly, Derek Carr has outplayed Kirk Cousins. While Minnesota has more talent on both sides of the ball, the Raiders haven’t been much worse to this point. Maybe the Vikings playing at home will spur on a blowout, but I’d have to see it before buying into this offense. Minnesota did nothing in the passing game against the Atlanta Falcons in a win, and then watched Cousins complete nine passes in a loss to Green Bay. Big spread for him to cover.
2. Seattle Seahawks (-4.5) vs. New Orleans Saints
Without Drew Brees, how do the Saints win this game? Hell, how do they cover? Seattle isn’t a high-octane attack, but the Saints don’t have a great defense. This is a tough ask in a very hard place to play. The Seahawks should be able to contain Teddy Bridgewater and score enough point to win by a touchdown or so, more than covering what is a surprisingly small spread.
1. Green Bay Packers (-7.5) vs. Denver Broncos
The Packers are going to hammer the Broncos. This game is in Lambeau Field, and the Broncos are yet to record a sack. Now they face a good offensive line and Aaron Rodgers. Oh, and Joe Flacco’s offense has been anything but inspiring through the first two weeks, both losses. This line could be 10 or 11 points, and I’d happy swallow them to take Green Bay here.