NFL Week 3 odds, picks and predictions
Week two was a very tough week and I’m so glad it’s over. A lot of so called ‘experts’ struggled as well, as we saw upset after upset. As I said in the beginning, the first few weeks are tough to call and after going 4-12 last weekend, I’m tempted to go game by game and select a winner using the ‘Eenie, Meenie, Miney, Mo’ strategy or having my niece, Riniyah, point to my left or right hand (right hand is the home team) and go from there.
But then Thursday rolls around and football is upon us again so let’s try to get things going in a positive direction once again. Week one saw me go 3-0 ATS while week two brought me even to 3-3.
Philadelphia @ New York Jets (-2.5)
I can almost hear my good friend Al B., native of Philadelphia and Eagles fan to the heart, ripping me for picking the Jets at home, but I can hear even clearer his call and other Eagles fans calls for Chip Kelly’s head as this team has started 0-2. The Eagles haven’t started off 0-3 since 1999 when they got off to a 0-4 start and the way they have been playing, a loss in NY is a valid possibility.
The Eagles just have not been able to run the ball. Period. They are averaging 35 yards per game and the Jets defense, who ranks 14th overall, has ten takeaways to start the season, including three forced fumbles against running backs in week 1 and 2.
Couple this with the fact that high dollar signee, Byron Maxwell, ($63 million dollars) has been torched in two games so far by opposing wide receivers (he’s given up 224 yards and two TD’s). This will certainly benefit Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick and his top receiver, Brandon Marshall.
Jets 20 Eagles 16
Raiders (+2.5) @ Cleveland
I know I most certainly with get an email or two about this pick but I’m sticking to my guns on this one. The Raiders are 0-16 in their last sixteen games in the eastern time zone. They also have lost 11 straight road games and 19 of their last 20. But that all has to end sometime and I believe that time is now.
Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel led the Browns to victory in week 2 over the Tennessee Titans, but will be back on the bench as starter Josh McCown is back from a concussion. The 36-year-old McCown, who went 1-10 as the starter in Tampa Bay last season, will most definitely feel a little bit of pressure in trying to keep his starting job after an emotional win the previous week without him. Manziel has developed chemistry with wide receiver Travis Benjamin and any momentum the team built in the last game and a half with Manziel I think will be out of the window.
While the Raiders defense has given up a league high 889 yards (to Cincinnati and Baltimore) so far in two weeks, they did play better in the second half of their win vs Baltimore last week. The Ravens scored 20 first half points, but were held to 13 second half points, while the Raiders were able to sustain long drives, including their game winning drive that led to a Derek Carr touchdown pass to wide receiver Seth Roberts with .26 seconds remaining. Derek Carr has been sacked only once in 58 passing attempts this season. I think they get the time zone monkey off their back… for now.
Raiders 23 Cleveland 17
Remaining games to keep an eye on:
(+3.5) Washington @ New York Giants
I would take New York in this game in most circumstances, but the half of point makes all the difference to me. I think the Giants win this one by a field goal.
Giants 23 Redskins 20
Jacksonville @ New England (-13.5)
The Patriots are giving up a lot of points and I tend to be weary of such high spreads but one thing Coach Belichick doesn’t do is take his foot off the gas when he has a lead. This game should be a blow out, keyword ‘should’.
Patriots 35 Jaguars 10
Over/ Under picks
Washington @ New York Giants (O/U) 44 – UNDER
New Orleans @ Carolina (O/U) 45 – UNDER
Jacksonville @ New England (O/U) 47.5 – UNDER
San Diego @ Minnesota (O/U) 44.5 – OVER
Record overall SU: 15-17
Record ATS: 3-3
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