By Jason McIntyre
FOX Sports activities Betting Analyst
How was that for the second week of NFL soccer!?
It seemed like March Insanity on the gridiron with all of the comebacks and buzzer beaters from final week. Baltimore and Oakland blew big fourth-quarter leads, the Cowboys received a detailed one with out Dak and the New York Giants are 2-0. Are you prepared for some soccer? At this level, does the query even have to be requested?
No different sport brings the moment must-watch issue that soccer brings. On prime of this late-game pleasure, it is solely three weeks into the season, and we’re already speaking about playoff implications.
The league will get actual in a short time, so let’s not belabor this any longer. Listed below are my greatest bets for Week 3 (with odds through FOX Bet)!
Name me loopy, however this looks like an early elimination sport within the AFC playoff race. Each groups made the playoffs final 12 months, however each sit 0-2 after choking away video games within the fourth quarter — the Raiders at residence vs. Arizona and the Titans at residence towards the Giants in Week 1.
Tennessee is an underdog at residence underneath Mike Vrabel, which is often a very good wager, however can you’re taking this protection to carry up towards Davante Adams and Darren Waller? Buffalo’s offense scored 34 factors in two and a half quarters on Monday, and the starters sat out the fourth. The Raiders may have that sort of success. If Hunter Renfrow does not fumble in time beyond regulation Sunday, the Raiders are in all probability 1-1, and this unfold is -3.5.
Relating to Oakland, the one factor to observe for is fatigue. The Raiders had been on the sector for 78 performs towards the Cardinals and now journey throughout the nation for a 1 pm kickoff.
The Titans had been gashed in Week 1 on the bottom by Saquon Barkley, so there’s an opportunity Josh Jacobs will get free for a giant sport. And I anticipate Adams to prime his 2-catch, 12-yard efficiency from final week by the tip of the primary quarter.
The Titans have seemed woefully inept in all phases of the sport via two weeks, and I am rolling with the chalk right here.
The Colts should be the worst crew within the NFL via two video games. After a tie on the street towards the Texans, they had been blanked in Jacksonville. As if issues may worsen, the 2-0 Chiefs arrive with further relaxation, and Patrick Mahomes has by no means misplaced a sport in a domed stadium.
It is a scary prospect getting the Chiefs monitor stars indoors, and the one probability the Colts could have is retaining Mahomes on the sideline with a heavy dose of Jonathan Taylor. With Kansas Metropolis’s second-leading tackler, linebacker Willie Gay, suspended for 4 video games, there may very well be probabilities to use the Chiefs on the bottom. It is unclear if third-round rookie Leo Chenal will begin in his place.
Watch out betting towards groups that had been simply shutout — groups off a shutout loss are 25-9 towards the unfold (ATS) the next week during the last seven seasons.
The damage report might be vital for Indy. Matt Ryan was with out his prime receiver (Michael Pittman) in Jacksonville, and their greatest defensive participant (Shaq Leonard) has but to play this season.
The look-ahead line for this was -3, however after the Colts had been shut out, it ballooned to -6.5. It’s going to contact seven, and there might be buyback on the Colts.
Aspect word: Frank Reich is perhaps teaching for his job on this one.
If you will get -6.5, take it, but it surely’s not a wager for me at -7. KC might be in lots of teasers, too.
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It is not typically you ring up 473 yards of offense, put up 8.8 ypp, win the turnover battle by +2, and lead by 21 factors within the fourth quarter at residence … and lose.
Chalk it up as a extremely random consequence, with Baltimore defensive coordinator Mike Macdonald calling a horrible second half, leading to huge chunk performs towards two good CBs, Marlon Humphrey and Marcus Peters.
New England doesn’t have velocity at receiver — Miami’s power. I am shocked the full hasn’t moved as a result of the Patriots are usually not constructed to hold in shootouts. And their run protection has but to allow a landing or a 20-plus yard carry.
The Patriots’ greatest hope of stealing a Wild Card bid is scratching and clawing out low scoring, 17-14 forms of video games the place Mac Jones does not make errors and the protection — led by edge Matthew Judon — holds groups to subject objectives, not touchdowns.
Lamar Jackson hasn’t confronted the Patriots since Cam Newton was their QB in 2020, and in a sport performed in a monsoon, the Ravens — who had been favored by a TD on the street — misplaced, 23-17. Look for the same end result on this one because the Pats attempt to muck it up.
This sport is a rematch from final 12 months, when the Jets rode third-string QB Mike White to a stirring 34-31 win on Halloween. White handed for 405 yards and three TDs, together with two within the closing 5 minutes. From a playing perspective, the Jets received outright as 11.5-point underdogs!
Cincinnati cannot defend Joe Burrow (once more), as he has absorbed 13 sacks in two video games, and their tackles have gotten abused by T.J. Watt and Micah Parsons. Consequently, the Bengals had zero explosive performs (20-plus yards) final week vs. Dallas. However, the Jets haven’t got an edge rusher of that high quality. Coach Robert Saleh should dial up blitzes, as his entrance 4 cannot get a lot strain (thirtieth in strain fee). So that’s one huge matchup to observe on this sport.
The Bengals have trailed by double digits within the first half of the final 4 video games relationship again to final 12 months’s playoffs. Ultimately, Cincinnati will get it collectively … proper? That is a dialogue for an additional day.
The Jets’ safeties have been atrocious, getting roasted for 3 deep scores towards Lamar Jackson in Week 1. The Bengals have confronted two dangerous QBs — Cooper Rush and Mitchell Trubisky — and now they face Joe Flacco. The sport feels prefer it has shootout potential, because the Jets’ rookie ability gamers made an enormous leap from Week 1 to 2.
The full has already climbed from 43 to 45. You missed the perfect quantity, however over 45 is the choose.
Jason McIntyre is a FOX Sports activities betting analyst, and he additionally writes in regards to the NFL and NBA Draft. He joined FS1 in 2016 and has appeared on each present on the community. In 2017, McIntyre started producing playing content material on the NFL, school soccer and NBA for FOX Sports activities. He had a playing podcast for FOX, “Coming Up Winners,” in 2018 and 2019. Earlier than arriving at FOX, he created the web site The Large Lead, which he offered in 2010.