2014 NFL Betting Against the Spread: Week 3

A betting preview of every game (against the spread) on Sunday and Monday in Week 3.

Locks of the Week

Three of the worst teams in the league will struggle to stay in the game against three teams with playoff aspirations.

 

Patriots (-14) vs. Raiders

Sorry, Derek Carr. Since 2001, Bill Belichick has a 14–5 record against rookie quarterbacks, with none of those losses coming at home.

 

Colts (-7) at Jaguars

Last season, Indy stomped out J-Ville by a combined score of 67–13. This season, the Jags have been outscored by a combined 75–27.

 

Cowboys (-1) at Rams

The Michael Sam Bowl is pretty much a pick ‘em. It’s always risky betting on Tony Romo and Co., but this is one the Boys should win.

 

Straight Up Upsets

These underdogs have Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks going up against inconsistent, albeit talented, young defenses.

 

Packers (+2.5) at Lions

Olivia Munn’s man, Aaron Rodgers, has not lost to the Lions since an ugly 7–3 defeat at Detroit in Week 14 of 2010.

 

Giants (+2.5) vs. Texans

Eli Manning has thrown two INTs in both games — both losses — he’s played this year.

 

Backdoor Cover

Debatable quarterback play has two road teams getting bigger numbers than they deserve. They may not win but they won’t get blown out.

 

Titans (+7) at Bengals

Jake Locker is playing for his future, while Andy Dalton has already been to the playoffs three times and inked a $96-million extension.

 

Redskins (+6.5) at Eagles

The Kirk Cousins Era begins with a division showdown with Chip Kelly’s comeback kids. Oh, and DeSean Jackson really, really wants revenge.

 

Sucker Bets

Stay away from these games unless you’re a degenerate or a hometown homer who has to have action on absolutely all the action.

 

Saints (-10) vs. Vikings

Remember when BountyGate nearly knocked Brett Favre out of the league?

 

Seahawks (-5) vs. Broncos

Too soon. Too soon.

 

Dolphins (-4) vs. Chiefs

Neither team has established its identity for 2014.

 

49ers (-3) at Cardinals

Jim Harbaugh is 5–1 against these NFC West division foes.

 

Panthers (-3) vs. Steelers

The battle of 6’5”, 240-plus-pound quarterbacks could be a shootout.

 

Bills (-2.5) vs. Chargers

Bet against West Coast teams playing 1 p.m. Eastern Time kickoffs.

 

Ravens (-1.5) at Browns

The original Jim Browns take on the expansion Courtney Browns.

 

Monday Night Moolah

Double down on this weekend’s winnings or get back from this weekend’s losses with a Monday night party.

 

Bears (+3) at Jets

Smokin’ Jay Cutler aims to shine in prime time for the second straight week.

 

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