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NFL Week 3 lines: Case for every underdog

We look at the NFL Week 3 lines here, and make the case for every underdog to either win or outright cover the spread.

Carolina Panthers (-8) at Houston Texans

The Texans are home and get the Panthers on a short week. Perhaps preparation is lacking and Houston can get the cover.

Arizona Cardinals (-7.5) at Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jaguars need Kyler Murray to make a few mistakes, something he did against Minnesota. With that, Jacksonville can stay in the game.

Atlanta Falcons at New York Giants (-3)

The Falcons and Giants are on the same level. Matt Ryan needs to find his playmakers and hope the defense can keep New York around 24-30 points.

Baltimore Ravens (-8) at Detroit Lions

Detroit has been playing tough, and now they return home against a Ravens team which might have an emotional hangover after beating the Chiefs.


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Chicago Bears at Cleveland Browns (-7)

The Bears get the Browns without receiver Jarvis Landry and perhaps Odell Beckham Jr. This isn’t the worst spot for Chicago.

Cincinnati Bengals at Pittsburgh Steelers (-3.5)

The Bengals are coming to Pittsburgh while the Steelers are nursing injuries to edge rusher T.J. Watt and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

Indianapolis Colts at Tennessee Titans (-5.5)

The Titans have been awful defensively. If Carson Wentz plays, there’s a real chance to win via shootout.

Los Angeles Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs (-6.5)

The Chiefs have the worst defense in football through two weeks, allowing more than 500 yards per game while giving up eight touchdowns in as many red-zone trips.

New Orleans Saints at New England Patriots (-3)

The Saints have a good defense and an excellent coach. Avoid mistakes and it should be a close contest.

Washington Football Team at Buffalo Bills (-8.5)

The Football Team has a terrific defense, and the Bills are waiting to get more from Josh Allen, who is completing 56 percent of his attempts on 5.3 yards per throw so far.


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Miami Dolphins at Las Vegas Raiders (-4)

The Dolphins have weapons galore. Whether it’s Jacoby Brissett or Tua Tagovailoa, they need to make plays and support the defense.

New York Jets at Denver Broncos (-1o.5)

The Jets can’t be any worse, and the Broncos aren’t overly explosive. If Zach Wilson avoids turnovers, they can cover.

Seattle Seahawks (-2) at Minnesota Vikings

It’s now or never for a desperate Vikings team, which draws an erratic Seattle squad coming to play in a madhouse.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-1) at Los Angeles Rams

The Rams are at home and getting a Bucs team which has struggled mightily to stop the pass. Expect a ton of points.

Green Bay Packers at San Francisco 49ers (-3.5)

San Francisco is leaking major oil in its secondary. Aaron Rodgers could take over.

Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys (-4)

The Eagles and Cowboys are both 1-1 and Dallas hasn’t shown much defensively. Jalen Hurts has the ability and weaponry to make this fun.

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