These are palatable games for your NFL taste in Week 3 as there will be shootouts between the AFC West rival Kansas City Chiefs and the LA Chargers and the Seahawks and Vikings.
We have a tough number to conquer in Las Vegas where the Dolphins play while we could have potential blow outs in Tennessee as the Titans host the Colts as well as Jacksonville as the high-flying Kyler Murray and the Arizona Cardinals pay a visit to the struggling Jaguars.
Enjoy betting on the NFL Week 3!
Los Angeles Chargers (1-1) at Kansas City Chiefs (1-1)
Time: 10:00AM PST – 12:00PM CST – 1:00PM EST
Place: GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, MO
Kansas City head coach Andy Reid looks for his 100th victory in Kansas City in a showdown of old AFC West rivals. The series dates back to the inception of the old AFC as Kansas City leads the Chargers, 64-57-1. The Chiefs have won 12 of the last 14 games between the two and quarterback Patrick Mahomes posts a 4-1 record vs. the LA Chargers. The Bolts won the last meeting, 36-25, as KC rested its starters with as the Chiefs already had a lockdown on the conference and division.
The Chiefs are looking for a bounce-back win after losing, 36-35, in Baltimore last week. Mahomes threw for 343 yards and three touchdowns and Tyrann Mathieu picked two passes and returned one 34 yards for a score. Travis Kelce passed 8,000 receiving yards as he became only the ninth tight end in NFL to reach that milestone.
LA had two questionable calls as passing touchdowns were called back from the hot hand of Justin Herbert in the 20-17 loss to the Cowboys. He passed for 338 yards, but couldn’t get the Chargers into the end zone via the pass, but one while throwing two interceptions.
Los Angeles Chargers
O 54.5 (-110)
Kansas City Chiefs
U 54.5 (-110)
When the Chiefs Have the Ball:
Mahomes continues to amaze as he faces a Chargers defense that is fourth in the NFL in giving up only 177 passing yards per game. The Chiefs can attach this Chargers rush defense though as it gives up 162 years per game, 30th in the NFL.
The Chiefs’ rushing attack behind Clyde Edwards-Hellaire as he suffered an ankle injury in the preseason and has only 89 yards on 27 carries.
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When the Chargers have the Ball:
LA quarterback Justin Herbert has completed 70.5 percent of his passes and can potentially riddle a Kansas City secondary that has given up 267 yards on average to both Baker Mayfield and Lamar Jackson.
The Chiefs are last in the league against the run in allowing 202 yards per game and that is a signal for a big day for Chargers running back Austin Eckler, who has had hamstring issues, and only 55 yards per game so far. He did have a 20-yard catch out of the backfield last Sunday against the Cowboys.
Why Bet the OVER 54.5:
Look above at the defensive stats and realize you have two of the best quarterbacks in the business serving up in the passing game. The coin flip is actually going to be important because whoever wins it can set the tone immediately with its offense. Two featured backs in Hellaire and Eckler that are less than 100 percent can make for even more pass attempts.
Indianapolis Colts (1-1) at Tennessee Titans (0-2)
Time: 10:00AM PST – 12:00PM CST – 1:00PM EST
Place: Nissan Stadium, Nashville, TN
Indianapolis posts a 35-18 lead in the series and interestingly, the Colts have a 16-8 advantage in games in Nashville. Indianapolis buried the Titans, 34-17, last season at Nissan Stadium but Tennessee looks for its fourth straight AFC South win. Tennessee won the most recent meeting between the two, 45-26, in Indianapolis.
The Colts dropped a hard-fought 27-24 loss to the Los Angeles Rams last Sunday. The Colts took a 21-17 lead in the second half when Ashton Dulin recovered a fumble in the end zone, but Matt Stafford came right back and hit Cooper Kupp for a 10-yard TD toss and a 24-21 Rams lead. Carson Wentz completed 20-of-31 passes for 347 yards and a score.
The Titans scored the last 17 points of the game to shocks the Seattle Seahawks, 33-30, in overtime in Seattle. Derrick Henry was in Beast Mode in the second half as he rushed for 182 yards and three touchdowns in that second half alone. Ryan Tannehill was back on track as well as he threw for 347 yards and channeled his 10th game-winning drive of his career.
O 47.5 (-110)
U 47.5 (-110)
When the Colts Have the Ball:
Wentz has sore ankles and is listed as questionable for the game. If he can’t play, there’s no proven backup as Jacob Eason and Bret Hundley are the only QBs that coach Frank Reich has on the roster.
Jonathan Taylor has to get things rolling in the run game for Indianapolis as he has only 107 yards in two games on 32 carries. The Titans stop the run at 106.5 yards per game, so finding a way to throw is going to give Indy a chance.
When the Titans have the Ball:
Pound Henry relentlessly. Geez, was that an epiphany? He goes up a respectable run defense from Indy that is 17th in the NFL as they give up 111 yards per game on the turf.
Tannehill should get in gear as that change-up in the passing game, especially when you can roll out Julio Jones (9-157) and A.J. Brown (7-92), who are a tough matchup for any secondary in the NFL.
Why Bet the UNDER 47.5:
Even if Wentz plays, he is not 100 percent so it’s highly unlikely that the Colts can get the points total up unless the Titans serve up turnovers. Indianapolis has trouble with the running game so far and if Jonathan Taylor can’t get started, it’s going to be a really long afternoon. Henry is looking for his fourth straight 100-yard game and he can control the clock himself as he did in the fourth quarter in Seattle..
Arizona Cardinals (2-0) at Jacksonville Jaguars (0-2)
Time: 10:00AM PST – 12:00PM CST – 1:00PM EST
Place: TIAA Bank Stadium, Jacksonville, FL
This is only the sixth meeting in history between the Jacksonville Jaguars and Arizona Cardinals as Arizona has a 3-2 lead in the series. Jacksonville won the first two in 2000 and 2005, but the Redbirds have won the last three, including a 27-24 win in the last outing in 2017.
Minnesota Vikings’ kicker Greg Joseph missed a 37-yard field goal on the last play of the game and Arizona survived in a 34-33 win in Glendale, AZ. Kyler Murray threw for 400 yards and three touchdowns The Cardinals overcame a 20-7 first-half deficit and took the lead with 1:33 to play before halftime when Murray and Rondale Moore hooked up on a 77-yard pass play for a score.
In the third, Nick Virgil gave the Vikes a 30-24 lead as he took in a Murray interception and returned it 38 yards for a score. Murray came back on the next drive and found A.J. Green on a 9-yard TD strike that capped an 8-play, 75-yard drive and allowed the Cards to retake the lead at 31-30 with 9:11 to go in the third.
The Denver Broncos held Jacksonville to 189 total yards as they stopped the Jaguars, 23-13. The Jacksonville pass defense had trouble with the broncos’ passing attacks Teddy Bridgewater threw for 328 yards and two TDs while completing 26-of-34 passes. Trevor Lawrence’s learning curve continues in Jacksonville as he threw for 118 yards and was picked off twice.
O 51.5 (-110)
U 51.5 (-110)
When the Cardinals Have the Ball:
Murray orchestrates the No. 3 pass offense in the NFL at 325.5 yards per game as he has connected on 50-of-68 passes in the first two games. He has seven touchdowns in the process, but has been picked off three times. If Bridgewater controlled the Jaguars as he did last week, the outlook is not good at all for the Jags’ pass defense as they are 27th in the league in pass defense with opponents scissoring them for 295.5 yards per contest.
Jags cornerbacks Shaquill Griffin and CJ Henderson will have their hands full with surgeon Rondale Moore and DeAndre Hopkins, who is 12-137 and has three TD catches already.
When the Jaguars have the Ball:
Patience is needed among everyone in Jacksonville as we knew fixing this franchise wasn’t going to happen just because you plug in a talented coach like Urban Meyer and a stellar signal-caller in Trevor Lawrence.
The offensive side of the ball has been a tough experience so far especially when you consider a rookie running back in Travis Etienne went down in the preseason with a season-ending knee injury. Jacksonville has been pass-heavy so far with Lawrences 84 attempts and only 32 rushes. The Jaguars may be able to move the ball and score some points, but not enough to outlast Murray.
Why Bet the OVER 51.5:
The Cardinals are averaging 36 points per game and while this is a road game in a strange stadium for the Redbirds, they should be able to equate to that number. Arizona’s defense is 26th vs. the run, so we may see James Robinson get his number called more to try to balance things for Jacksonville.
Miami Dolphins (1-1) at Las Vegas Raiders (2-0)
Time: 1:00PM PST – 3:00PM CST – 4:00PM EST
Place: Lumen Field, Seattle, WA
The Dolphins hold an 18-17-1 record over the Raiders, but the Silver and Black won the last meeting in 2017 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, 27-24. The Raiders and Dolphins are tied 8-8 in games played at the Raiders as the last home win for Las Vegas obviously came in Oakland, but in 1996, which was a 17-7 decision for the Silver and Black. Miami has won the last two in 2020 (26-25) and in 2018 (28-20).
The Raiders raised eyebrows in knocking off the Steelers, 26-17, in Pittsburgh to run their record to 2-0. Quarterback Derek Carr passed for 382 yards as he completed 28-of-37 passes and two TDs for a passer rating of 126.2.
The Raiders took a 9-7 lead going into halftime as Daniel Carlson hit his third of four field goals and Las Vegas never trailed again. Carr hit Henry Ruggs, III, on a 61-yard TD pass in the fourth quarter to open up a 23-14 lead as the Raiders posted 20 points in those last 15 minutes.
Miami was dealt two major blows as the Bills came into Hard Rock Stadium, smarting from the Week 1 loss to the Steelers, and they shut out the Dolphins, 35-0. Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa went out of the game in the first quarter with fractured ribs and is out this week.
O 44 (-110)
Las Vegas Raiders
U 44 (-110)
When the Dolphins Have the Ball:
Jacoby Brissett is in with Tua sidelined as the Raiders’ defense will see more of a run threat at quarterback for Miami which will dictate how they play the game. The Dolphins offense is 31st in the NFL as it has only yielded 237 yards on average in the first two outings. It’s a good idea to get speed in space with Jaylen Waddle and Devante Parker to complement Brissett’s running.
When the Raiders have the Ball:
This offensive juggernaut will continue as Carr has continued to play at a phenomenal pace as he operates the No. 1 offense in the NFL which has put up an average of 458 yards per game in its first two outings. Those 817 yards from Carr are the most in Raiders’ history in a two-game span.
The wide receiving core is deep and dynamic as we saw last week with Ruggs and tight end Darren Waller who Carr has targeted 26 times as he is 19-170 in the first two weeks. The Raiders haven’t found a running game at all, but could this week if Josh Jacobs is healthy as Miami is 28th in the NFL in giving up 134 rushing yards per game.
Why Bet the OVER 44:
This is a tricky number, but it feels way too low based on the potential firepower for the Raiders to be able to orchestrate a blow out and go to 3-0 on the season. If that happens, the soft zone will appear for Las Vegas and will probably allow some leaks and a couple of late Miami scores.
Seattle Seahawks (1-1) at Minnesota Vikings (0-2)
Time: 1:25PM PST – 3:25PM CST – 4:25PM EST
Place: U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, MN
Over the years, the Seahawks have commanded the Vikings as they sport a 12-5 record in the series. Seattle has won six in a row dating back to the last Vikings win which came in 2009. It’s a bounce-back game for both teams as Seattle lost at Tennessee and Minnesota lost at Arizona. This is the eighth meeting in the last ten seasons as the two teams have met four years in a row.
Seattle led Tennessee 30-16 early in the fourth quarter, but the Titans rallied as Derrick Henry scored a pair of TDs to put the game in overtime and Randy Bullock kicked a 36-yard field goal with 4:45 remaining in overtime as the ‘Hawks fell, 33-30. Seattle was three plays and out on three of their last four drives after Russell Wilson hit Freddie Swain on a 68-yard touchdown pass to give Seattle its 30-16 lead with 13:06 remaining in the game.
A botched field goal cost the Vikings as Greg Joseph was wide right from 37 yards out and Minnesota lost, 34-33, Arizona. The Vikings led 20-7 midway through the second quarter as quarterback Kirk Cousins found KJ Osborn for a 64-yard TD pass and then Justin Jefferson on a 14-yard scoring toss. The Vikings’ offense bogged down from there as a 38-yard interception return from nick Virgil was the only TD the rest of the way.
O 55 (-110)
U 55 (-110)
When the Seahawks Have the Ball:
After Kyle Murray threw for 400 yards last week, the Vikings pass defense had to be ready for Russell Wilson’s plans to cook in Minneapolis on Sunday afternoon. Wilson has completed 74.1 percent of his passes in two games with six touchdowns and no picks. He is averaging 298.5 yards per game while Tyler Lockett is flat out ballin’ with 12 catches for 278 yards and three receptions.
The Vikings are 26th against the pass in allowing 294 yards per game to Cincinnati’s Joe Burrow and Arizona’s Kyler Murray in these two close losses.
When the Vikings have the Ball:
The ‘Hawks defense is 30th in the NFL and Henry had a huge day on Sunday with 182 yards rushing as he took over the game in the fourth quarter. That’s a signal for Dalvin Cook, who has 42 carries for 192 yards in the first two games. Kirk Cousins usually piles up the years, but defenses can accrue the key interception from him to secure a game. Seattle has been able to get to opposing quarterbacks with six sacks so far.
Why Bet the OVER 47:
Both quarterbacks are going up against defenses that have been consistently exploited in the first duo of games this season. Their ability to put up numbers with the weaponry on offense even happens against better defenses. This is also a rivalry where Seattle has been able to score pretty much at will as they are 6-0 vs. the Vikings since Russell Wilson arrived as they have averaged 32 points per game in those six outings.
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