We are back for another installment of Five Lines We Love: NFL Week 3 here at Sportsinvasion.net! For the first two weeks, we have gone 4-6, with an identical record of 2-3 in each week. However, we are pretty confident that we will get over the .500 hump this week. Without further ado, find out which teams we like for NFL Week 3!
1. Indianapolis (-7) at Jacksonville
Normally, I would never take a touchdown favorite on the road as my top pick of the week, but this one looks to obvious not to pounce on. The Colts have had a rough go of it so far, starting with a tough season opener at Denver. Then they lose a shootout at home to the Eagles, and now they are in a 0-2 hole. Now, they go on the road against a Jacksonville team that not only isn’t good, but is now decimated with injuries on the offensive side. Henne will likely be without Shorts, Lee, and Hurns to throw to, meaning that they will not be putting up much points. I expect the Colts to put it in cruise control, happy to be up against a bad team, and win the game 30-10.
2. Houston (-2) vs. New York Giants
I don’t usually like to bet on games that involve NFC East teams, because you never really know what to expect from any of those teams. However, I’m changing that with the Giants, convinced that I should basically bet against them until they prove to me that I shouldn’t. Eli Manning is still struggling to pick up this offense, and the Texans are full of playmakers that will be putting pressure on him all day, with a secondary that will pounce on any errant throws of Eli. I’m not convinced the Texans are back to the 12-4 division winning team of a couple years ago, but their cupcake schedule so far doesn’t hurt for a team looking to build their confidence again. Texans win 20-10.
3. New Orleans (-9.5) vs. Minnesota
Two weeks now, the Saints have been featured in this article, and two weeks in a row, they have ended with a L for us. But of course, both those games were on the road. Now, they are back in the Mercedes Benz Dome, and they are angry. Unfortunately for the Vikings, they are running into a buzz saw at the wrong time. The Vikings were knocked back down to earth when the Patriots manhandled them last week, and now they have to go into this den to be sacrificed again. Look for the Saints to do what they want all day long, cruising to a huge victory 38-17.
4. New England-Oakland Over 47
Here is everyone’s pick in the survival pool this weekend, and for good reason. Oakland has once again shown their fans that this will be a longggg season, epitomized by this. On the other side, the Patriots once again have an easy matchup to help their fans forget about the horrible second half they played against the Dolphins in their opening week. I never like to put any money down on crazy spreads like this (NE is 15 point favorites), because you never know how the garbage time will play out. Having said that, I think over 47 points is the best bet in the game. I like the Patriots to put up 35-38 points in this game, and I certainly think Oakland is capable of putting a couple TD’s on the board, even if it’s just in garbage time. Look for the Patriots to win 38-17, and cover the point spread of 47.
5. Buffalo (-2.5) vs. San Diego
I didn’t really love any of the other games on the slate, so I’m going with one that has a ton of factors that lead me to believe that the Bills, yes, the Buffalo Bills, will start the year out 3-0. The Chargers fully deserved the win they got over the Super Bowl Champs, but boy was it a war. Now, after that physical game, they have to travel cross country to play a Bills team that is playing it’s second straight home game. The Chargers will have to shake off some jet lag to start, and I expect the Bills to hang on for the victory. Look for Buffalo to take this one 27-21, suddenly making the Bills contenders in the AFC for the first time since the early 1990’s.
Last week: 2-3
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