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NFL Week 3 Picks Against the Spread

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NFL week 3 is here. Picking NFL games straight up is hard enough, but picking against the spread is even tougher. Here are the NFL week 3 picks against the spread. (Spreads are from as of Wednesday morning)

Thursday Night

Miami Dolphins at Jacksonville Jaguars (-2.5)

The Jaguars have played well in the first two games of the season. At 1-1, they are doing much better than anyone expected. On a short week and playing at home, they should be able to cover the 2.5 points against the Dolphins.

Pick: Jaguars

Sunday Afternoon

Houston Texans at Pittsburgh Steelers (-3.5)

Houston has a questionable offensive line and secondary. That isn’t a good recipe to win a lot of games, even with Deshaun Watson. The Steelers will impose their will on them on both sides of the ball and will cover at home.

Pick: Steelers

Tennessee Titans (-2.5) at Minnesota Vikings

The Vikings are struggling to open up the season. They lost big to the Packers and the Colts already. Luckily, they play the Titans this week. Tennessee is a good team, but they struggle to pull away from teams. The Vikings should be able to keep it close.

Pick: Vikings

Cincinnati Bengals at Philadelphia Eagles (-6.5)

As long as the Bengals don’t fix their offensive line, it will be hard for them to win football games. The Eagles are desperate for a win and are playing an inferior opponent. They will be able to cover at home.

Pick: Eagles

Chicago Bears at Atlanta Falcons (-3.5)

How are the Falcons expected to recover from that meltdown against the Cowboys? They were up nine with just over two minutes left. With the Bears playing well, they should be able to take advantage of the Falcons while they are down.

Pick: Bears

Washington Football Team at Cleveland Browns (-7.5)

The Browns beat the Bengals, but did not look good last Thursday night. Washington has shown to have resiliency once they get down in games. Giving the Browns more than a touchdown in this game is way too much.

Pick: Washington Football Team

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Las Vegas Raiders at New England Patriots (-6.5)

The early kickoff after a Monday Night Football game is going to get the Raiders here. They have played well in the first two weeks, but traveling across country to play the Patriots after a loss is not what they want.

Pick: Patriots

Los Angeles Rams at Buffalo Bills (-2.5)

The Rams are another team that have to deal with an early start time after traveling across the country. They are also playing a very good team in the Bills. Buffalo has Josh Allen throwing the ball well and should be able to cover the spread.

Pick: Bills

San Francisco 49ers (-4.5) at New York Giants

Both of these teams have so many injuries to deal with in this week. At the end of the day, Kyle Shanahan and the 49ers’ defense should be trusted more than the Giants.

Pick: 49ers

Sunday Evening

New York Jets at Indianapolis Colts (-10.5)

The Jets are a mess right now. Adam Gase is likely going to be fired at some point this season. They got blown out by the injury-plagued 49ers last week. The Colts had a rough week 1, they rebounded in week 2 with a win over the Vikings. They will run the ball, play defense and cover a large spread.

Pick: Colts

Carolina Panthers at Los Angeles Chargers (-6.5)

Carolina is traveling across the country and they will be without Christian McCaffrey. They are already 0-2 and they are likely going to be 0-3 after this week. The Chargers still have a good defense and the offense showed life with Justin Herbert under center, even if Tyrod Taylor is still the starter for now.

Pick: Chargers

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-6) at Denver Broncos

The Broncos are another team that is dealing with a lot of injuries. Drew Lock and Courtland Sutton are out on offense, while A.J. Bouye and Von Miller are out on the defensive side of the ball. The Buccaneers are slowly getting more comfortable with each other and getting better.

Pick: Buccaneers

Detroit Lions at Arizona Cardinals (-5.5) 

Arizona has gotten off to a hot start. Kyler Murray is an early MVP candidate and they have a team worth watching. The Lions have had injuries in their secondary already this year, as Desmond Trufant has missed a game and Jeffrey Okudah has too. Arizona should be able to cover.

Pick: Cardinals

Dallas Cowboys at Seattle Seahawks (-4.5)

The Cowboys had a great comeback win over the Falcons, but the Seahawks will provide a tougher test. Matt Ryan ripped apart the Cowboys and Russell Wilson should be able to do even better.

Pick: Seahawks

Sunday Night

Green Bay Packers at New Orleans (-3.5)

On Monday Night Football, New Orleans looked bad. Their defense couldn’t stop Derek Carr in the second half and their offense didn’t function well. On a short week, Aaron Rodgers and the Packers should be able to go into New Orleans and get a win.

Pick: Packers

Monday Night

Kansas City Chiefs at Baltimore Ravens (-3.5)

One of the best games in recent Monday Night Football memory will take place this week. It will be a shootout between Patrick Mahomes and Lamar Jackson. The Chiefs will be able to keep it close, even if they don’t win.

Pick: Chiefs


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