Week 3 NFL Betting Lines

Week 3 NFL Betting Lines

Through two weeks of the 2014 NFL season, there are seven unbeatens remaining. That list doesn’t include the defending champion Seahawks, 49ers, or Patriots. Also of note, 2013 playoff participants New Orleans, Indianapolis, and Kansas City are all 0-2. The Bills and Texans went a combined 8-24 a season ago and yet both are a surprising 2-0. Home favorites were 5-6 ATS in Week 2. Neither Denver, San Francisco, or Green Bay covered spreads of 7 or more points. What happens in Week 3? Here’s an early peek at the NFL betting lines.

San Diego at Buffalo -2.5 – When the schedule was released this matchup rightfully received zero hype. Now it’s a huge AFC showdown between the upstart Bills and a Chargers team fresh off an impressive victory against Seattle. This is one of those dreaded West coast team coming East for a 1pm kickoff games. The Bolts went 2-1 SU making the trek in 2013. E.J. Manuel has looked competent. Philip Rivers has been his steady self. Intriguing game.

Washington at Philadelphia -6.5 – No RG III, DeSean Jackson is iffy. Eagles are coming off an emotional last-second win on MNF. Can an improved Redskins defense find a way to contain Darren Sproles, or at the very least take advantage of Nick Foles, who is well on his way to engineering one of those classic Jekyll-Hyde seasons? America’s favorite backup Kirk Cousins has a chance to seize the starting gig and never relinquish it. These NFC East brawls can get crazy.

Minnesota at New Orleans -9.5 – Vegas loves the Cajuns at home and they should. Even though the Saints have played like crap thus far, they are 7-0-1 ATS in their last nine home tilts. Adrian Peterson is supposed to start, but that could change in the coming days. Matt Cassel was rotting trash versus New England, so the Teddy Bridgewater watch has officially begun. What’s up with Drew Brees? The three touchdowns, two interceptions is puzzling, but he’s completing 68.3% of his passes. He’ll be just fine.

Green Bay at Detroit -1 – If the Packers had blown out the Jets, they would be giving at least 3 points on the road in Detroit. Neither defense is very good, so fantasy football enthusiasts better load up on both of these offenses. Lions 2-5 ATS at home in their last seven. Pack is 2-8-2 ATS in their last twelve overall. Shootout central here.

Indianapolis at Jacksonville +7 – Hoo-boy! The Jaguars are light years away from the team that led the Eagles 17-0. Offense ranks 31st, defense checks in at 32. Same ‘ol Jacksonville it would seem. This might be Trent Richardson’s last hurrah; if he can’t average 4 yards per carry in this one, his days of being relevant in the eyes of the Indy coaches are numbered. Jaguars are 1-6-1 ATS in their last seven at home.

Oakland at New England -14.5 – This equates to a 45-point spread in college football, and says more about the Raiders’ awfulness than it does the Patriots’ awesomeness. Tom Brady has been very average, but Oakland poses no real threat on either side of the ball. Incredibly though, the Silver and Black are 7-3 ATS in their last ten road trips.

Denver at Seattle -5 – Did the ‘Hawks overlook the Chargers on Sunday? Certainly seems like they did. No offense to San Diego, but no way they are 9 points better than the champs. Broncos have looked okay through two weeks, but screwing around at home with a Chiefs team missing several pieces on defense, their entire offensive line, and Jamaal Charles won’t inspire confidence among bettors.