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NFL Picks 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
Keep riding the hot hands and take two of the NFC’s top teams this season.

49ers (-7.5) at Vikings
San Fran has won back-to-back games by eight points, defeating Green Bay (30–22) and Detroit (27–19), respectively. Expect the Niners defense to engulf the Vikings and cruise for the cover.

Falcons (+3) at Chargers
The Dirty Birds fly to the West Coast to take on the Bolts. Matt Ryan looks like he’s taken the proverbial step forward, put your money where Matty Ice is.

Blowout Bargains
Don’t be afraid of a big spread. Through the season’s first two weeks, 19 of 32 games have been decided by eight or more points.

Bears (-7.5) vs. Rams
Smokin’ Jay Cutler has had 10 days to work out his issues. The Bears should be able to maul these sacrificial Rams.

Saints (-9) vs. Chiefs
The winless Aints will take out the Arrowheads — Gregg Williams style — in a Big Easy blowout at the Superdome.

Straight Up Upsets
These underdogs don’t look as good as Kate Upton’s Twitter pics, but they look good.

Broncos (+3) vs. Texans
Peyton Manning looked like MV-Peyton in Week 1 but was left making Manning faces on Monday night in Week 2.

Buccaneers (+8) at Cowboys
Will young Bucs line up in the Victory Formation? Depends. Is that how Greg Schiano did it at Rutgers?

Sucker Bets
Stay away completely. These games are meant for local yokels who always bet on their home team, or for degenerates who always have to have action.

Jets (-3) at Dolphins
Last season, the Fins ran a nickel defense at the goal line as Tim Tebow led the Broncos to victory.

Bills (-3) at Browns
Rabid fan bases from cities no one wants to live in will watch two of the more exciting young running backs in C.J. Spiller and Trent Richardson.

Redskins (-3) vs. Bengals
RG3 makes his home debut in D.C. against a Cincy club that has dangerous upset upside.

Ravens (-3) vs. Patriots
At least Billy Cundiff and Lee Evans won’t be around to choke out during a rematch of last year’s AFC title game.

Colts (-3) vs. Jaguars
Could be the first of many covers by Andrew Luck against the Jags.

Steelers (-4.5) at Raiders
The Steel Curtain drop by the Black Hole for an old school AFL matchup.

Lions (-4) at Titans
Chris Johnson’s 21 yards on 19 carries is not what fantasy owners were expecting.

Eagles (-4) at Cardinals
Mike Vick vs. Kevin Kolb in a rematch of Eagles training camp 2010.

Monday Money
Another chance to wager for those who have to “get back” or “let it ride” this week.

Seahawks (+3.5) vs. Packers
Home field advantage and an opportunistic ball-Hawk defense will keep Seattle around until the end of a contest that could be decided by a field goal either way.