Top Picks for NFL’s 2018 Week #3
After a wild and wacky Week 2, the NFL feels like it might be due for a return to normalcy in Week 3. To show you why, we’re offering our favorite spread picks of the week. Our analysis includes:
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- Complete NFL Betting Lines
- Our favorite spread picks of the week
- Underdogs to monitor
- Game-by-game analysis
Please note that all of our game lines come via TopBet and are accurate as of Wednesday morning, September 10 unless otherwise cited. Be sure to double-check these odds, as they are liable to move between now and kick-off.
Our Favorite NFL Picks For Week 3
Since it’s still so early into the NFL’s schedule, gaining a feel for single-game wagers can remain a bit difficult. Still, these are the games we’re most drawn to entering Week 3.
Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Tampa Bay Bucanneers
Moneyline: Steelers (-125), Bucs (+105)
Don’t let a tie with Cleveland and a loss to Kansas City fool you. Do the Steelers have issues? Absolutely. Le’Veon Bell is still holding out for a new deal, and their defense has coughed up nearly 32 points per game so far.
But the Bucs are a flash in the pan. Their offense won’t remain supernova forever, and they have defensive issues of their own. This is the perfect game to get the Steelers back on track.
Our pick: Steelers (-1.5)
New England Patriots vs. Detroit Lions
Moneyline: Patriots (-265), Lions (+225)
Expect the Patriots to come out firing after losing to Jacksonville in Week 2. Tom Brady and crew always typically respond well to losses, and they’re facing a Detroit defense that currently ranks dead last in the league in points allowed per game.
Betting on road teams to cover by a touchdown or so is always dicey, but New England has such a victory in them.
Our pick: Patriots (-6.5)
Green Bay Packers vs. Washington Redskins
Moneyline: Packers (-150), Redskins (+130)
More than a few people are worried about Packers quarterback Aaron Rogers. He has openly admitted his knee could give him more problems as the season goes on, and their offense is nothing without him under center.
Initially concerns, however, haven’t prevented Green Bay from posting top-10 offensive numbers. The revamped Washington defense poses a real test entering Week 3, but so long as Rogers is playing—and as of now he is—it makes sense to trust in the Packers.
Our Pick: Packers (-3)
Underdogs To Monitor
Don’t be surprised if these underdogs end up on the right side of their spreads at the conclusion of Week 3.
Denver Broncos vs. Baltimore Ravens
Moneyline: Broncos (+200), Ravens (-240)
Make no mistake, the Ravens could win this game. They join the Los Angeles Rams as the only team currently ranking in the top six of both points allowed and scored per contest.
At the same time, Baltimore’s offense feels overrated. At the very least, it shouldn’t top 25 to 30 points against a Broncos defense that’s starting to find its footing.
Our pick: Broncos (+5.5)
New Orleans Saints vs. Atlanta Falcons
Moneyline: Saints (+140), Falcons (-160)
It turns out last year’s Saints defense may have been a tick or five overrated. Definitely keep that in mind as you survey the Super Bowl landscape. But the prospect of New Orleans beginning the year winless through three games is too awkward for us to buy into.
Even as the Saints have struggled to get their defense together, they’ve managed to torch opposing defenses. They have the firepower to keep things close in Atlanta.
Our prediction: Saints (+3)
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