- Entering Week 3, we’re starting to get a picture of the NFL landscape, but are teams like the Bills and 49ers as good as their record?
- In what could be a preview of who will challenge New England for the AFC crown, the Ravens visit the Chiefs
- Last week we went 1-1 in upset picks, up 3.88 units thanks to a big ‘ol bet on the Colts
Once again, the week opened with another Thursday night moneyline upset (Jacksonville +110). So while I appreciate that you’re checking in to see the live dogs in the NFL’s Week 3 slate, you really should just be blindly betting the first underdog of every week. But now that the opportunity has passed, it’s time to look ahead to Sunday.
This week has a lot of overvalued teams that need to be brought down a peg. Here’s a few I’m going against.
Cincinnati Bengals vs Buffalo Bills Odds
*Odds taken 9/20/19
“The Buffalo Bills are 3-0,” is a phrase no one has said since 2011. Since then, the team has only mounted one three-game win streak in a season, period. So even though they’re touchdown favorites over the vulnerable-looking Bengals at home, it’s easy for me to imagine them finding a way to lose.
To their credit, the Bills looked great in a win over New Jersey Tech and even pulled one off against New Jersey State.
But now the Bills will be without rookie runner Devin Singletary, who has provided a spark to their run game in limited action.
— Buffalo Bills (@BuffaloBills) September 15, 2019
Also, Cincy is in a prime bounce-back spot. The last 10 teams that have lost by 24 points or more at home and hit the road the next week are a 8-2 ATS and 5-5 straight up.
A stat that will also apply to the next matchup: the last 10 times a 2-0 and 0-2 team faced off in Week 3, the winless team has gone 4-6 SU and 6-4 ATS.
Pick: 1 unit on the Bengals moneyline (+230)
Pittsburgh Steelers vs San Francisco 49ers Odds
San Francisco is another suspect “Super Bowl contender” after their hot start. Jimmy Garoppolo hit some wide-open throws against Cincy, but there are still concerns about his turnovers.
— 49ers Webzone (@49erswebzone) September 19, 2019
San Fran’s strength remains their ground game, and stopping that is the one area the Steelers haven’t graded terribly this year, ranking 10th in run defensive DVOA. Offensively, Pittsburgh looked to get a little spark when Mason Rudolph took over last week.
— The Checkdown (@thecheckdown) September 19, 2019
Following the success of folk hero Gardner Minshew, I’m expecting more backup success from Rudolph. And there isn’t a much easier spot to make your first career start than San Fran. They’ve had a homefield disadvantage since moving to Levi’s Stadium, where they’re 15-25 ATS.
In the Kyle Shanahan era, they’re 6-10 ATS at home, including 0-4 as a favorite.
Beat Writers: You think Levi’s Stadium is actually gonna be loud this weekend?
Every 49ers Coach and Player:pic.twitter.com/FCp9lFQBrA
— Mitch Wishnowsky (Parallel Universe) (@mitchwishnowsky) September 19, 2019
Pick: 1 unit on Steelers moneyline (+280)
Baltimore Ravens vs Kansas City Chiefs Odds
|Kansas City Chiefs||-5.5||-245|
This pick is less of a fade of the Chiefs and more of a vote of confidence in the Ravens. The prevailing opinion is that while the Ravens offense is a lot of fun “who have they really beat?” As if the Raiders and Nick Foles-less Jags really put KC through the ringer. Are people forgetting that Lamar went into Arrowhead last year and nearly left with a W, save for some late Mahomes magic?
That still stands as Jackson’s only regular season loss as a starter. Now, he returns with an offense that is even more tailored to his strengths, which apparently… might be everything.
While the Ravens defense isn’t quite as fearsome as last season, they’re still a much better outfit than the Chiefs D. In a game that may see few stops for either side, I like the secondary with Earl Thomas to thwart a few of Mahomes’ deep balls.
Since 2010 – Earl Thomas has allowed just a 70.0 passer rating on all throws into his coverage pic.twitter.com/xfLANObsdr
— PFF (@PFF) January 20, 2019
Let’s ride with a Ravens team that can dominate time of possession if need be and take Baltimore for a big road win.
Pick: 1 unit on Ravens moneyline (+205)
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