Four Games to Watch In Week 3

Atlanta Falcons @ Detroit Lions – 12 CT

This is the game of the week. Both the Falcons and Lions played in prime time games in Week 2, and both looked very impressive. For the Falcons, Matt Ryan, Julio Jones, and Devonta Freeman had their way with the Green Bay defense. The Falcons were also able to put pressure on Aaron Rodgers, making it a difficult game for him. The Lions pretty much dominated the Giants from start to finish. Matt Stafford and the rest of the offense look electric, and the defense looks pretty good. In Vegas, the Falcons are favored by 3 points. This should be a very good game, I’ll take the Lions and the points in this one.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Minnesota Vikings – 12 CT

Case Keenum cannot lead the Vikings offense to victory, this is all riding on the idea that Sam Bradford will be able to return from his injury. What’s wrong with Bradford? We still really don’t know. After the first game against the Saints, Bradford’s knee started swelling and causing discomfort, but there has been no confirmation on what the injury actually is. Bradford has been a limited participant in practice twice this week, and he said he expects to play on Sunday. For the Buccs, they are coming off of an impressive win against the Bears. Mike Evans is a freak and will challenge Vikings cornerback Xavier Rhodes, but I expect the Vikings front seven will put pressure on Jameis Winston and cause a couple turnovers. The Vikings are favored by 2 points, and I’ll take them to cover.

Seattle Seahawks @ Tennessee Titans – 3:05 CT

The Seahawks and Titans both got their first wins of the season last week. While the Titans started slow, they dominated the second half and beat Jacksonville 37-16. The Seahawks on the other hand, barely squeaked out a 12-9 win at home against the lousy 49ers. Going into the season, many expected the Seahawks to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl, but so far their offense has struggled mightily. When the line for this game first opened, the Titans were favored by just a single point, but now the line has shifted to 2.5. Seattle’s offensive showing so far does not give me faith that they can keep up with the Titans, I’ll take them to cover. Get ready for Seahawks panic after this one.

Oakland Raiders @ Washington Redskins – 7:30 CT

The Sunday Night game should be a good one. Many were quick to write the Redskins off after their poor performance against the Eagles in Week 1, but the Redskins bounced back in Week 2 and beat the Rams. The Raiders have beaten the Titans and Jets handily, and are one of three teams in the AFC West that are 2-0. If the Redskins can get a quality performance from Kirk Cousins and his wide receivers, they might give the Raiders some trouble. Vegas favors the Raiders by 3. Traditionally, West Coast teams struggle the further east they go, but the late night game may negate some of that. I’ll take the Raiders to cover.

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