Kansas City Chiefs at Baltimore Ravens Betting Preview

Monday, September 28, 2020, M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, Maryland, 8:15 p.m. ET

Chiefs at Ravens Betting Preview: Chiefs (+3.5/-107), Ravens (-3.5/-114)

Kansas City Chiefs

Yes, the quarterbacks deserve top billing in this one as Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes — the 2018 NFL MVP — will try to outduel Baltimore’s Lamar Jackson, the reigning award recipient. Mahomes passed for 302 yards and two touchdowns and added 54 yards on the ground on Sunday as the Chiefs (2-0) posted a 23-20 overtime victory over the Los Angeles Chargers.

Trusted target Tyreek Hill reeled in five receptions for a team-best 99 yards and a score versus the Chargers. Impressive statistics to be certain, however Hill had even better numbers (eight catches, 139 yards) in Kansas City’s 27-24 overtime victory over Baltimore on Dec. 9, 2018.

Five-time Pro Bowl tight end Travis Kelce have proven to be more than just the traditional safety valve, catching 15 of 20 targets this season while finding the end zone in both contests. Versatile rookie Clyde Edwards-Helaire (208 scrimmage yards this season) gives coach Andy Reid an option out of the backfield.

Baltimore Ravens

Look for the Ravens (2-0) to make full use out of their fourth-ranked ground attack, which has averaged 170.5 yards per game this season after rolling up 230 in Sunday’s 33-16 victory over Houston. Jackson, Mark Ingram and rookie J.K. Dobbins look to exploit a Chiefs’ rush defense that has surrendered 150.5 yards per game.

Jackson has enjoyed a good rapport with Pro Bowl tight end Mark Andrews, who has an NFL-high 12 receiving touchdowns since the start of the 2019 season. Marquise Brown leads Baltimore in catches (10), targets (12) and receiving yards (143), although he was limited to just two receptions in a 33-28 loss to Kansas City on Sept. 22, 2019.

Cornerback Marcus Peters had an interception in his last encounter with his former team. Perhaps that’s not breaking news considering Peters has an NFL-best 28 picks since entering the league in 2015, with six of those resulting in touchdowns.

Chiefs at Ravens Betting Pick for Week 3

While the quarterbacks will garner the attention, let’s not forget that both teams boast kickers with a penchant for delivering in the clutch. Kansas City’s Harrison Butker earned his fourth career AFC Special Teams Player of the Week honor after drilling a pair of 58-yard field goal attempts on Sunday — the second one was the game-winner in overtime — while Baltimore’s Justin Tucker has made 90.9 percent of his field-goal attempts and 306 of 309 extra-point tries.

So, pick your poison. But remember, neither kicker is shy regardless of distance.

Chiefs at Ravens Betting Pick: 

Ravens 31, Chiefs 28

Chiefs at Ravens Best Bet for Week 3

While the easy “over” will be how many times the announcers gush over the two quarterbacks, the traditional over should also be in play when considering the potency of these two offenses.

Jackson sports a blistering 21-3 regular-season record since entering the league, although two of those losses have come at the hands of the Chiefs. That likely doesn’t sit too well with the competitive star.

Chiefs at Ravens Best Bet: OVER 54 (-110)


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Sunday, September 27, 2020, FirstEnergy Stadium, Cleveland, 1 p.m. ET

Washington at Browns Betting Preview: Washington (+7/-110), Browns (-7/-110)

Washington Football Team

Injuries could be a big factor for the Washington Football Team on Sunday, but there are a few days for veteran pass rusher Ryan Kerrigan and linebacker Thomas Davis to heal before the Ohio road trip. 

Defense could keep Washington (1-1) in a lot of games this season, but only if the offense keeps up. Losing guard Brandon Scherff to injured reserve takes bite out of a power-running plan, and the Browns are loaded in the front seven. That will place the playmaking onus squarely on the shoulders of Dwayne Haskins, the Ohio State product who was held in check by the Arizona Cardinals in Week 2. Haskins had a strong outing in Week 1 to beat the Philadelphia Eagles.

It doesn’t get much easier for second-year wide receiver Terry McLaurin, who draws Denzel Ward this week after opening against Darius Slay (Eagles) and Patrick Peterson (Cardinals).

Cleveland Browns

Baker Mayfield was locked in to start Week 2 and reconnected with Odell Beckham Jr., who showed flashes of previous Pro Bowl form in a takedown of the Bengals last week. The extended rest coming out of the Thursday night primetime game should also afford head coach Kevin Stefanski extra time to plot ways to get his tandem tailbacks, Kareem Hunt and Nick Chubb, on the field against a stout Washington front. 

With a ton of household names leading the charge, some expected Cleveland to have a defense bordering on elite. But after being drubbed by the Ravens in the opener, rookie No. 1 pick Joe Burrow battered the Browns last week. 

Washington at Browns Betting Pick for Week 3

These teams haven’t met since 2016, when Kirk Cousins and Matt Jones led a 31-20 win for Washington. The Browns have some work ahead if they want to prove a consistent threat and potential contender. Winning at home against a team still rebuilding is a must to move in that direction. 

Washington at Browns Betting Pick: 

Browns 24, Washington Football Team 19

Washington at Browns Best Bet for Week 3

Chubb scored twice last week against the Bengals and is going to get the ball 20 times unless the Browns find themselves in a surprising hole early in the game. Chubb has three multiple TD games in his past eight games.

Washington at Browns Best Bet: Browns RB Nick Chubb multiple TD scorer (+750)


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Tennessee Titans at Minnesota Vikings Betting Preview

Sunday, September 27, 2020, U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1 p.m. ET

Titans at Vikings Betting Preview: Titans (-2.5/-138), Vikings (+2.5/+118)

Tennessee Titans

The Titans are riding high and sit atop the AFC South division after the season’s first two weeks. Tennessee is coming off a two-point win over the Denver Broncos and a three-point win over the Jacksonville Jaguars in Weeks 1 and 2, respectively.

Now Tennessee heads north to try to maintain its status as one of the NFL’s unbeaten teams. Tennessee is averaging 24.5 points per game while giving up an average of 22.0 per contest.

Ryan Tannehill has been very good at quarterback for the Titans, and his greatest asset might be his ability to avoid killer mistakes. Tannehill has thrown for six touchdowns and zero interceptions while posting a stellar 120.7 passer rating.

Derrick Henry is by far the No. 1 threat to the Vikings’ defense. Henry has amassed 215 yards from scrimmage in two weeks, while Corey Davis is next with 137 yards from scrimmage, all of which have come through the air.

Minnesota Vikings

Minnesota entered the season with high hopes, but it is staring at the possibility of an 0-3 start if it does not find a way to beat the Titans at home this weekend. Look for a desperate Vikings squad because the difference between 1-2 and 0-3 is huge in the standings.

Minnesota is averaging 22.5 points per game on offense, but it is giving up a whopping 35.5 points per contest. Although the Titans are not a high-scoring powerhouse, the Vikings have to do a better job on defense in order to give the rest of the team a chance at the victory.

Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins also has to be better after throwing for two touchdowns and four interceptions through the first couple of weeks. Adam Thielen has caught both touchdowns and leads the team with 141 receiving yards, while Dalvin Cook has 113 yards on the ground but has yet to make a difference in terms of pass catching out of the backfield.

Titans at Vikings Betting Pick for Week 3

Yes, the Vikings have stumbled to an 0-2 start and looked at times like one of the worst teams in the NFL, but they still have a roster filled with talented veterans. Look for Minnesota to right the ship at home against a team with some question marks.

Minnesota needs to sharpen its defense, and that will start by taking away the run against Henry and the Titans. If the Vikings can accomplish that and limit Tennessee to fewer than 20 points, then they have the weapons on offense to do the rest.

By no means is this a slam dunk because the Vikings have been a tough team to watch so far this season, but look for the home underdogs to at least cover the spread.

Titans at Vikings Betting Pick:

Vikings 23, Titans 20

Titans at Vikings Best Bet for Week 3

Minnesota will spend all week in practice looking for ways to tighten up its defense. Look for the Vikings to put forth a better effort at home as they aim to limit Tennessee’s trips to the red zone.

A good way to accomplish this is by controlling time of possession, and Cook has more than enough ability to help the Vikings chew up some clock on offense.

Titans at Vikings Best Bet: UNDER 48.5 (+100)


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Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Denver Broncos Betting Preview

Sunday, September 27, 2020, Empower Field at Mile High, Denver, Colorado, 4:25 p.m. ET 

Buccaneers at Broncos Betting Preview: Buccaneers (-6/-115), Broncos (+6/-105) 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Earning his first ‘W’ for “Tompa Bay,” Tom Brady shrugged off the criticism from coach Bruce Arians after his Week 1 performance and passed for 217 yards and a touchdown in Sunday’s 31-17 home win over Carolina. He improved his record to 49-13 since 2001 when coming off a loss. 

Brady got on the same page with Pro Bowl receiver Mike Evans (seven grabs for 104 yards and a TD) after their one-catch debut in a Week 1 loss at New Orleans. Ex-Jaguar Leonard Fournette broke out with 103 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries against the Panthers. The defense delivered four takeaways and sacked Teddy Bridgewater five times. 

Brady gets another Pro Bowl weapon back this week with WR Chris Godwin clearing concussion protocol. Remember: Godwin caught 54 passes for 877 yards and seven touchdowns in eight road games last season. 

The Bucs are 25th in total offense (324.5 yards per game) but are starting to open things up. Veteran LeSean McCoy got in on the action with five catches on seven targets for 26 yards against Carolina. 

Denver Broncos

Any preseason optimism that might have been floating in the thin air of Denver totally disappeared Sunday as the Broncos lost starting quarterback Drew Lock and No. 1 receiver Courtland Sutton to injuries in a deflating 26-21 defeat in Pittsburgh. 

Lock is out for 3-8 weeks with a severe rotator-cuff strain, while Pro Bowler Sutton (1,112 yards in 2019) is out for the season with a torn ACL. They joined a MASH unit that already included star pass-rusher Von Miller (ankle surgery) and two-time 1,000-yard rusher Phillip Lindsay, whose turf-toe injury is expected to keep him grounded for another two to four weeks. 

Second-year coach Vic Fangio’s club turns to journeyman Jeff Driskel, who completed 13 of 34 passes for 256 yards with two touchdowns and an interception in a valiant relief effort against the Steelers. The Broncos reportedly signed former Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles this week, to be opened in case of emergency. 

Melvin Gordon has 170 yards from scrimmage and two TDs in his first season with Denver.  

Buccaneers at Broncos Betting Pick for Week 3

The Broncos (0-2) are on familiar ground after an 0-4 start last season. With Tampa Bay defensive coordinator Todd Bowles’ unit stacking the box to stop the run, Denver will need rookie wideout Jerry Jeudy and tight end Noah Fant to step up to have a shot. 

Outside linebackers Jeremiah Attaochu and Bradley Chubb can boost Denver’s chances by getting in Brady’s face, something the Panthers (zero sacks, one QB hit) were unable to do on Sunday. 

Driskel is just 1-7 as an NFL starter and has 219 fewer wins than Brady. Make that 220 come Sunday. 

Buccaneers at Broncos Betting Pick:  

Buccaneers 24, Broncos 13 

Buccaneers at Broncos Best Bet for Week 3

Tampa Bay has not won in Denver since Dec. 26, 1993. Even the 43-year-old Brady wasn’t in the NFL back then. The six-time Super Bowl champ is just 4-7 in the Mile High City, though, including playoff losses in the 2005, 2013 and 2015 seasons. 

But Brady is Brady and Driskel is Driskel. Look for the longtime Patriots star to pick up his first road win in a Buccaneers uniform. 

Buccaneers at Broncos Best Bet: UNDER 43.5 (-120) 


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San Francisco 49ers at New York Giants Betting Preview

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49ers at Giants Betting Preview: 49ers (-4/+110), Giants (+4/-110) 

San Francisco 49ers

The 49ers (1-1) return to the scene of the crime on Sunday after seeing defensive linemen Nick Bosa and Solomon Thomas sustain season-ending ACL tears and quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (high-ankle sprain) and running backs Raheem Mostert (MCL sprain) and Tevin Coleman (knee) exit with injuries in last week’s 31-13 win over the New York Jets. San Francisco publicly complained about the “sticky” turf at MetLife Stadium, however the team will be stuck revisiting the same venue for the second time in as many weeks.

Nick Mullens, who started eight games for an injured Garoppolo in 2018, is projected to get the nod on Sunday after completing 8 of 11 passes for 71 yards and an interception last week. The backfield will be led by the versatile Jerick McKinnon, who made the most of his three carries by rushing for 77 yards and a touchdown.

Two-time Pro Bowl selection George Kittle (sprained knee) hopes to return after missing Week 2, although fellow tight end Jordan Reed led the team with seven receptions and found the end zone on two occasions in his absence. 

First-round pick Brandon Aiyuk, who had just 21 receiving yards in his NFL debut, looks to make more of an impact along fellow wideouts Kendrick Bourne and recent addition Mohamed Sanu.

New York Giants

The Giants (0-2) don’t want to hear about anyone else’s injuries after seeing star running back Saquon Barkley sustain a season-ending torn ACL in his right knee in last week’s 17-13 setback in Chicago. Former Pro Bowler Devonta Freeman signed a one-year contract to try to help a backfield that includes Dion Lewis and Wayne Gallman as well as leading rusher (gasp!) Daniel Jones.

The hits kept coming on Wednesday as New York placed wideout Sterling Shepard (turf toe) on injured reserve, which is yet another blow for the second-year quarterback Jones. Veteran Golden Tate and Darius Slayton will serve as his primary wide receiver options while tight end Evan Engram looks to build off a solid performance in which he had led the team in catches (six) and receiving yards (65).

As for positives, the Giants defense is coming off a four-sack week and has allowed an NFL fourth-best 326.5 total yards per game and second-best 188.5 yards in the passing game. Cornerback James Bradberry collected four of his NFL-best six passes defensed last week and added an interception to boot versus the Bears.

49ers at Giants Betting Pick for Week 3

While Sunday’s contest is generating bigger headlines due to the injuries, the simple fact is the 49ers have enough in the tank to overcome the expected absences while the Giants have little offensive firepower to spare.

San Francisco hopes to get enough out of its ground attack before making tracks to leave northern New Jersey in its rearview mirror.

49ers at Giants Betting Pick: 

49ers 24, Giants 10

49ers at Giants Best Bet for Week 3

Offensive chemistry could be an issue for both teams, and that’s not a good sign for a Giants team that ranks dead last in the NFL in both points (29) and average rushing yards per game (52.0).

Those numbers likely won’t get too much better against a San Francisco team that can ill-afford a setback to a lesser team while competing in arguably the best division in the league.

49ers at Giants Best Bet: UNDER 41 (-110)


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Jets at Colts Betting Preview: Jets (+10.5/+100), Colts (-10.5/-120)

New York Jets

The Jets (0-2) lost their first two games by an average of 14 points and badly need to put forth a stronger effort against the Colts. Second-year coach Adam Gase may be coaching for his job in recent weeks as his seat continues to heat. An uncompetitive loss to Indianapolis would hurt.

New York defenders criticized the team’s practice habits and said it was a reflection of the team’s poor efforts. So the question is will the Jets arrive in Indianapolis with the type of mindset to challenge the Colts of will the club continue to flounder?

Quarterback Sam Darnold (394 passing yards) is among the players who need to pick up their play with the team ranking last in the NFL in total offense (265.5 yards per game) and 31st in scoring offense (15.0).

There isn’t much wiggle room for the Jets in terms of this season. Unravel again this Sunday and there is likely no getting back up. It is time for a strong performance, especially from the defenders who were vocal.

Indianapolis Colts

Indianapolis (1-1) is feeling good about its defense after shutting down the Minnesota Vikings and Kirk Cousins last week.

The Colts allowed just 175 total yards and intercepted Cousins three times while possessing the ball for nearly 17 more minutes than Minnesota. The unit has been among the best in the league through two weeks, leading the NFL in total defense (208 yards per game) and ranking eighth in scoring defense (19.0).

Quarterback Philip Rivers is one touchdown throw from becoming the sixth player in NFL history to reach 400 touchdown passes.

Rivers is still establishing his fit in the Colts’ system but has completed 77.5 percent of his passes. However, he has three interceptions and just two touchdowns. Running back Jonathan Taylor will be a big part of the game plan after rushing for 101 yards against the Vikings.

Indianapolis has been banged up and lost safety Malik Hooker (Achilles) for the season in the win over the Vikings. A rough short-term loss is receiver Parris Campbell (knee), who the club was hoping would flourish in his second season. He is on injured reserve.

Jets at Colts Betting Pick for Week 3

The Colts are brimming with confidence after dismantling the Vikings so impressively. Another strong effort seems likely, especially on the defensive side of the ball due to New York’s offensive struggles. The Jets have a lot of things to fix and it is hard seeing the club solving all the issues in time to give Indianapolis a strong game.

Jets at Colts Betting Pick:

Colts 30, Jets 10

Jets at Colts Best Bet for Week 3

The Colts have been settling for field goals too much in the first two weeks — Rodrigo Blankenship is 6-of-7 — and this play counts on the team again concluding some drives without finding the end zone.

Darnold and the Jets figure to have trouble solving the Indianapolis scheme so the under appears to be a solid play.

Jets at Colts Best Bet: UNDER 44 total points (-110)


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Los Angeles Rams

The Rams (2-0) hope the connection from Jared Goff to tight end Tyler Higbee remains strong when they play their second straight game in the Eastern Time Zone. Goff completed his first 13 consecutive passes on Sunday and lined up with Higbee for three touchdowns in Los Angeles’ 37-19 victory in Philadelphia on Sunday.

A potent running game has benefited the Rams, with Darrell Henderson Jr. rolling up a career-high 121 scrimmage yards (81 rushing, 40 receiving) and a touchdown versus the Eagles while Malcolm Brown has three rushing scores in his last three games overall.

Brown, however, is nursing a finger injury while rookie running back Cam Akers has separated rib cartilage — but both are in line to play on Sunday.

On the other side of the ball, linebacker Micah Kiser earned NFC Defensive Player of the Week honors after recording a career-high 16 tackles, a forced fumble and a pass defended against Philadelphia.

Three-time Defensive Player of the Year Aaron Donald hopes to put pressure on Josh Allen while cornerback Jalen Ramsey likely will be a busy man trying to keep Buffalo’s receivers at bay.

Buffalo Bills

Allen earned AFC Offensive Player of the Week honors after setting career highs in passing yards (417) and touchdown passes (four) to lead the Bills (2-0) to a 31-28 victory over Miami. Allen’s 729 passing yards lead the NFL after two weeks, with offseason acquisition Stefon Diggs’ 239 receiving yards sharing top honors with Atlanta’s Calvin Ridley.

Allen appears to like what he sees in Diggs, who reeled in eight passes for 153 yards and a touchdown versus the Dolphins. John Brown has done quite nicely for himself as well, with the speedy wideout finding the end zone in both games this season while third option Cole Beasley has nine catches for 128 yards.

The multitude of options allowed Buffalo to record 524 total yards of offense. The ground attack is still a work in progress, although Devin Singletary posted 76 scrimmage yards (56 rushing, 20 receiving) last week while rookie Zack Moss found the end zone in the season opener via the passing game.

Rams at Bills Betting Pick for Week 3

So, just how good are these teams? A fair question considering the Bills defeated a pair of AFC East teams not named the New England Patriots, while the Rams toppled two teams from an NFC East division that screamed mediocrity (at best) last season.

Buffalo’s passing game appears too strong at the moment, and the aerial attack will help the team secure its second 3-0 start in as many seasons.

Rams at Bills Betting Pick:

Bills 28, Rams 24

Rams at Bills Best Bet for Week 3

While both teams will want to establish the run, the likely result for Buffalo will be to venture to the passing game. Plenty of options will translate into plenty of points on both sides, with the over being a good bet.

Rams at Bills Best Bet: OVER 47.5 (-110)

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Las Vegas Raiders

The Raiders are feeling giddy over a 2-0 start but they could be prime fodder for a down game. It reasons to wonder if the short week after Monday night’s win over New Orleans combined with a cross-country flight will lead to an effort below the two-game standard.

Oakland put up 34 points in each game while beating the Carolina Panthers and Saints.

Quarterback Derek Carr has been superb (521 yards and four touchdowns) without throwing an interception over the first two games. For Las Vegas to be a valid postseason contender, Carr needs to continue with the solid-yardage efforts while avoiding the big mistakes.

Running back Josh Jacobs (181 rushing yards) will continue to receive a lot of work while tight end Darren Waller (18 receptions) rates as a real concern to the New England defenders.

Las Vegas will need to find a way to get pressure on Newton after recording just one sack over the first two games. The Raiders will undoubtedly try to make the game into the shootout in hopes of outscoring New England.

New England Patriots

Quarterback Cam Newton is displaying he fits in well with New England (1-1) and that development can’t feel good for AFC East opponents who hoped the dynasty was crumbling.

Newton isn’t just throwing the ball well but has given the offense a new element with his legs as he has rushed for 122 yards and four touchdowns. The four scores are the most ever by an NFL quarterback through two weeks of the season.

Newton is playing solid pitch-and-catch with wideout Julian Edelman, who had a career-best 179 yards in last Sunday’s 35-30 setback against the Seattle Seahawks.

Offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels has been able to adjust to Newton’s athleticism by adding to the playoff and the early returns are favorable. Safety Adrian Phillips (one interception, team-high 15 tackles) is playing well after spending the last six seasons with the Chargers.

New England’s pass defense will need to bounce back against Carr after being torched for five touchdowns by Seattle’s Russell Wilson. Carr is off to a good start so the Patriots’ secondary faces a challenge.

Raiders at Patriots Betting Pick for Week 3

Raiders coach Jon Gruden refers to Newton as “Slam” Newton due to his size and strength that more resembles an NBA power forward than an NFL quarterback. Now he and his team will hope they don’t get slammed by Newton and Patriots. It will be close but New England figures to prevail.

Raiders at Patriots Betting Pick:

Patriots 27, Raiders 20

Raiders at Patriots Best Bet for Week 3

With both quarterbacks playing well, this won’t be a low-scoring game. The oddsmakers know this too and the over/under bar reflects that.

So with the elevated point total, the better play is to take the under and hold your breath in the final two minutes.

Raiders at Patriots Best Bet: UNDER 47.5 total points (-110) 

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Texans at Steelers Betting Preview: Texans (+4/-110), Steelers (-4/-110)

Houston Texans

The one constant for the Texans in an 0-2 start has been David Johnson. The running back has logged more snaps than any player at his position in the AFC, but a stiff challenge awaits in the fiery 3-4 front of the Steelers. Pittsburgh stuffed Saquon Barkley early and often in Week 1, then racked up six sacks of Broncos backup Jeff Driskel in Week 2. 

Deshaun Watson’s mobility helps the Texans keep plays alive but zone blitzes can limit his damage if he takes off. The optimal plan for the Texans is quick throws to running backs and tight ends that keep the safeties and linebackers home. If Watson can’t keep the chains moving with extended drives, he’ll be exposed to a brutal greeting at Pittsburgh. 

Containing Ben Roethlisberger to the pocket is no longer a worry. But the Texans are not generating the constant pass rush expected, in part because J.J. Watt is fighting a hip injury. Watt should have a favorable matchup on the left side of the line with the Steelers using a backup at right tackle.

Pittsburgh Steelers

The Houston secondary has been easy pickings for Patrick Mahomes (Chiefs) and Lamar Jackson (Ravens) and containing tight ends remains a problem. Eric Ebron, signed as a free agent, could be in line for a breakout game and rookie wide receiver Chase Claypool, who hauled in a long TD pass last week, might also be a nice play for anytime TD bettors. 

Pittsburgh (2-0) plans to be a run-first offense and the emergence of Benny Snell Jr. in Week 1 as a coop play with James Conner gives the Steelers an added dimension. Snell is a better receiver and is slippery after the catch. Tackling, especially outside the numbers, has plagued the Texans. 

Texans at Steelers Betting Pick for Week 3

With the Jaguars and Vikings up next for Houston, this game might not be the make-or-break scenario many envision for the Texans. But expect an air of desperation from the defense and inspired play from Watson to give Houston a chance in the fourth quarter.

Texans at Steelers Betting Pick: 

Steelers 24, Texans 20

Texans at Steelers Best Bet for Week 3

Ebron has size and speed in spades. While he might not block to the liking of the coaching staff, he’s a weapon easily employed to attack the Texans’ safeties. The Ravens (Mark Andrews) and Chiefs (Travis Kelce) notched TD passes to their tight ends in the first two games of the season against Houston.

Texans at Steelers Best Bet: Steelers TE Eric Ebron anytime TD (+400)

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Sunday, September 27, 2020, Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana, 8:20 p.m. ET

Packers at Saints Betting Preview: Packers (+3.5/-114), Saints (-3.5/-107) 

Green Bay Packers

How potent has the Packers’ offense been during the team’s 2-0 start? Well, the 85 points and 1,010 net yards of offense makes Green Bay the fourth team in NFL history to register at least 80 points and 1,000 net yards of offense through the first two weeks of a season.

While Aaron Rodgers routinely receives the verbal bouquets when one discusses the Packers’ offense, the man who shares his first name — Aaron Jones — has been greatly responsible for the team’s early success. Jones is averaging a robust 6.9 yards per carry and has an NFL-best 234 rushing yards heading into the Sunday night affair.

Jones rolled up a career-high 236 scrimmage yards (168 rushing, 68 receiving) and three total touchdowns in Green Bay’s 42-21 victory over Detroit last Sunday. Jones may have to do even more versus the Saints, considering Pro Bowl wideout Davante Adams is nursing a strained hamstring that likely will keep his availability for the contest in doubt until late in the week at the earliest.

New Orleans Saints

Future Hall of Famer Drew Brees found himself answering questions about a perceived decline after his completion percentage of 64.7 through two games sits nearly 10 points under his season totals in 2018 and 2019. Brees, 41, threw for just 160 yards in the Saints’ season-opening win over Tampa Bay before compiling 312 in last Monday’s 34-24 setback to the Las Vegas Raiders.

The electric Alvin Kamara has rushed for three touchdowns while reeling in 14 receptions for 146 yards and a score this season. Kamara amassed 174 scrimmage yards (95 receiving, 79 rushing) versus the Raiders as the Saints attempted to adjust to the absence of All-Pro wideout Michael Thomas, who is sidelined with an ankle injury.

Tre’Quan Smith stepped up with five catches for 86 yards and former Packers tight end Jared Cook found the end zone on Monday. Emmanuel Sanders wasn’t as fortunate, as the offseason acquisition saved what would have been a fruitless night by making an 18-yard catch in the final minute of the contest.

Packers at Saints Betting Pick for Week 3

As stated previously, the Saints found themselves on the business end of a setback on national television on Monday. Now, the last time New Orleans lost consecutive contests was the first two games of the 2017 season.

A short week filled with criticism and another expected absence of Thomas has the Saints’ offense bordering on one-dimensional. Look for Green Bay to continue its winning ways.

Packers at Saints Betting Pick: 

Packers 27, Saints 21

Packers at Saints Best Bet for Week 3

Adams joked on Wednesday that the Packers can win without him, with Green Bay doing precisely that last season in all four games that he missed due to turf toe.

While that’s no laughing matter to the Packers’ faithful, a hobbled Adams will indeed slow down the team’s offense. With Thomas likely sidelined for the Saints, the points won’t be as plentiful in this one.

Packers at Saints Best Bet: UNDER 52.5 (-110)

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Sunday, September 27, 2020, State Farm Stadium, Glendale, Arizona, 4:25 p.m. ET

Lions at Cardinals Betting Preview: Lions (+5.5/-110), Cardinals (-5.5/-110) 

Detroit Lions

Pro Bowl wide receiver Kenny Golladay is trending toward making his season debut on Sunday for the Lions (0-2). Golladay, who has been sidelined with a hamstring injury, led the NFL with 11 touchdown receptions last season while also recording his second straight 1,000-yard campaign.

The presence of Golladay will be a welcome sight for Matthew Stafford, who has completed just 58.7 percent of his passes while throwing for just three touchdowns against two interceptions this season. He had two and one, respectively, last Sunday as Detroit dropped its second consecutive contest to an NFC North rival with a 42-21 setback to Green Bay.

The ageless Adrian Peterson has shown that he has more in the tank while leading the team in carries (21), rushing yards (134) and average yards per tote (6.4). Kerryon Johnson and rookie D’Andre Swift haven’t been as fortunate, mustering just 3.1 and 2.5 yards per carry, respectively. Swift, however, made his presence felt in the passing game with five receptions and 60 yards last week.

Arizona Cardinals

Kyler Murray is off to such a fast start that he has etched his name in the record book already this season. Murray has passed for 516 yards and rushed for 158 more to become the first quarterback in the Super Bowl era with at least 500 and 150, respectively, in his team’s first two games of a campaign.

Murray passed for 286 yards and a touchdown and had 67 on the ground with two more scores as the Cardinals (2-0) posted a 30-15 victory over the Washington Football Team on Sunday. The electric Murray has established an early rapport with offseason acquisition DeAndre Hopkins, whose NFL-best 22 receptions are the most by a player in his first two games with a new team.

Future Hall of Famer Larry Fitzgerald spent the afternoon on Sunday finding holes in the defense on his way to reeling in seven receptions. Kenyan Drake had 86 rushing yards last week but has yet to get truly involved in the passing game in 2020 after making 28 catches in eight games last season following his trade from Miami.

Lions at Cardinals Betting Pick for Week 3

The Cardinals are 2-0 for the first time since 2015, which is also the last time the team made the playoffs. 

Arizona would move to 3-0 for the first time since 2012 by posting its first victory over Detroit in the last four meetings. The teams played to a 27-27 tie in last year’s season opener.

Lions at Cardinals Betting Pick: 

Cardinals 37, Lions 20

Lions at Cardinals Best Bet for Week 3

 Arizona coach Kliff Kingsbury has lamented lost opportunities this season, saying that the team’s dynamic offense is not as sharp as he’d like it to be. The high-octane Cardinals may view that as a challenge ahead of their tilt versus Detroit, which is sporting several injuries in its secondary.

The scoreboard operator may be busy in this one.

Lions at Cardinals Best Bet: OVER 55 (-110)

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Cowboys at Seahawks Betting Preview: Cowboys (+5/-110), Seahawks (-5/-110) 

Dallas Cowboys

The smallest regular-season home crowd for a Cowboys game in 57 years (21,708) is still buzzing over last Sunday’s stirring comeback to stun the Falcons, 40-39. Dallas (1-1) scored 16 points in the final 4:57, including a 46-yard field goal by Greg Zuerlein on the final play after one of the rarest unicorns in sports — a successful onside kick. 

Dak Prescott passed for 450 yards and a touchdown and rushed for three scores, the first man in NFL history to hit those numbers. The only player with even 300 yards and three ground TDs was Jack Kemp in 1963. 

Receivers Amari Cooper (100 yards) and rookie CeeDee Lamb (106) both topped the century mark and tight end Dalton Schultz had a team-high nine grabs for 88 yards and a score. Ezekiel Elliott gained 122 yards from scrimmage (89 rush, 33 receiving) and scored against Atlanta but lost one of his two fumbles. The two-time NFL rushing champ gained 127 yards on 16 carries in his previous trip to Seattle in 2018. 

Seattle Seahawks

Launching an early campaign for MVP honors, Russell Wilson tossed almost as many touchdowns (nine) as incompletions (11) during Seattle’s 2-0 start. He has completed 82.5 percent of his passes while connecting with 10 different targets. 

Five guys caught Wilson’s touchdown passes in Sunday’s 35-30 home win against the New England Patriots: Tyler Lockett, D.K. Metcalf, David Moore, Freddie Swain and running back Chris Carson. 

Lockett leads the Seahawks in catches (15), Metcalf in receiving yards (187) and Carson in TD grabs (three). Coming off back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons, Carson is off to a slow start with 93 yards on 23 carries.

But why run when Wilson is averaging 9.7 yards per attempt? Wilson is 12-2 against the NFC East and 4-1 against the Cowboys in the regular season. For what it’s worth, he did throw a career-high five interceptions against new Dallas head coach Mike McCarthy’s Green Bay Packers in a 38-10 loss at Lambeau Field in 2016. 

Cowboys at Seahawks Betting Pick for Week 3

McCarthy is looking for his first road win with Dallas. He coached against Pete Carroll seven times with the Packers from 2012-18, going 0-4 in Seattle (including the postseason). 

The teams share a common 2020 opponent in the 0-2 Falcons. Seattle won its opener in Atlanta 38-25 despite giving up 506 yards — including 450 passing by Matt Ryan. Prescott and the Cowboys rang up 570 yards against the Falcons and “held” Ryan to 273 yards and four TDs. 

This one comes down to Week 1 NFC Offensive Player of the Week Wilson vs. the Week 2 award winner Prescott, with Wilson (49-16 career home record) getting the slight edge over Prescott (18-15 road record). 

Cowboys at Seahawks Betting Pick:  

Seahawks 38, Cowboys 31 

Cowboys at Seahawks Best Bet for Week 3

Seattle scored TDs on all six trips inside the red zone against Atlanta and New England and ranks second in the NFL with 36.5 points per game. 

The Dallas ‘D’ has only allowed 17 second-half points, but look for the red-hot Wilson to have the Seahawks in command by halftime. The Cowboys are missing starting cornerbacks Chidobe Awuzie (hamstring) and Anthony Brown (ribs), and rookie Trevon Diggs (shoulder) didn’t practice Wednesday. 

Cowboys at Seahawks Best Bet: OVER 55.5 (-120) 

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Bengals at Eagles Betting Preview: Bengals (+6/+114), Eagles (-6/-107)

Cincinnati Bengals

Rookie Joe Burrow attempted 61 passes for the Bengals (0-2) in their 35-30 setback to the Buckeye State-rival Cleveland Browns. The reigning Heisman Trophy winner completed 37 of those attempts for 316 yards and three touchdowns, however he hasn’t been granted the best protection by his struggling offensive line.

Seven-time Pro Bowl selection A.J. Green is still trying to find his form. He missed all of last season with an ankle injury and has been slow to build a rapport with Burrow on the field despite receiving 13 targets in Week 2. Fellow wideouts Tyler Boyd and Mike Thomas didn’t have that issue, reeling in 11 of their combined 12 targets from Burrow in the loss to the Browns.

Drew Sample recorded a career-best seven-receptions for 45 yards last week in place of fellow tight end C.J. Uzomah, who sustained a season-ending torn Achilles.

Behind that aforementioned lagging line, running back Joe Mixon (3.3 yards per carry) has been slow out of the blocks since signing a four-year contract extension, however he got get back on track against an Eagles’ rush defense that has been gashed for 135.5 yards per game.

Philadelphia Eagles

Philadelphia embraced the role of underdog since the days of boxer Rocky Balboa, but Carson Wentz finds himself serving as the modern-day punching bag given the team’s sluggish 0-2 start to the season. Wentz, who was picked off all of seven times in 2019, recorded his second two-interception performance in the Eagles’ 37-19 setback to the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday.

The offensive line has been decimated by injuries, with left guard Isaac Seumalo (leg) the latest to head to injured reserve.

Philadelphia is without standout right guard Brandon Brooks (Achilles) and left tackle Andrew Dillard (pectoral) while Pro Bowl selection Lane Johnson is working out the kinks at right tackle after having ankle surgery in the offseason.

Miles Sanders rolled up 131 scrimmage yards (95 rushing, 36 receiving) and a rushing score in his season debut versus the Rams.

Two-tight-end sets involving Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert remain the focal point of the offense, and the base formation should slow Cincinnati’s edge rushers.

DeSean Jackson (team-leading six receptions for 64 yards) showed he still has enough left in the tank last week.

Bengals at Eagles Betting Pick for Week 3

The Eagles entered the season having qualified for the playoffs in each of their three previous years. If the defending NFC East champions wish for an opportunity to continue that trend, they can ill afford dropping to 0-3 at the expense of the Bengals.

While Burrow and the Bengals show promise, the team’s defense does not. The Eagles will do just enough to win to temporarily quiet their rabid fans.

Bengals at Eagles Betting Pick:

Eagles 27, Bengals 24

Bengals at Eagles Best Bet for Week 3

Sanders should find room to roam against a Bengals’ rush defense that allowed a staggering 215 yards on the ground last week and a robust 6.1 yards per carry.

Wentz will lean on quick strikes to his tight ends as well as a short passing game to Sanders to do just enough to subdue Cincinnati.

Bengals at Eagles Best Bet: OVER 46 (-110)

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Sunday, September 27, 2020, Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia, 1 p.m. ET

Bears at Falcons Betting Preview: Bears (+3/-100), Falcons (-3/-120)

Chicago Bears

Granted, the Bears have shown flaws in the first two weeks of NFL action, but they have found a way to post a 2-0 record with wins against the Detroit Lions and New York Giants. Is that a sign the Bears are a legitimate playoff contender, or simply the product of facing inferior competition? This week could help provide the answer to that question.

Mitchell Trubisky will head into his third start of the 2020 campaign after beating out Nick Foles for the starting quarterback job during training camp. Trubisky has been good but not great, and he has a chance to feast against a Falcons team that has allowed an NFL-worst 78 points through the first two weeks. Allen Robinson could be looking for a breakout game after a quiet start. Robinson is seeking a new contract and has a chance to pad his statistics against Atlanta’s porous defensive unit.

Another player in the spotlight for the Bears will be rookie cornerback Jaylon Johnson, a second-round pick from Utah, who could match up against Julio Jones and or Calvin Ridley during the contest. Johnson has shown glimpses of his potential in the early going, and this will be his toughest game yet.

Atlanta Falcons

The Falcons have staggered to an 0-2 start after losses against the Seattle Seahawks and Dallas Cowboys. It will be interesting to see how they respond to their meltdown in Week 2, in which an inexcusable miscue on special teams allowed the Cowboys to rally for the win. Falcons head coach Dan Quinn is in his sixth season and has never faced the amount of pressure that he does going into Week 3. Look for him to lead a desperate Falcons’ team that is intent on avoiding its first 0-3 start since the 2007 campaign.

Matt Ryan is a steadying influence at quarterback, and as long as he can avoid the Bears’ pass rush, he will have chances to make big plays downfield. He has a stellar one-two punch at receiver in Ridley and Jones, and Todd Gurley is more than capable in the backfield.

As for defense, it has not been pretty for Atlanta. But Trubisky is prone to mental errors and inaccurate throws, and if Atlanta ever is going to get back on track on the defensive side, this could be the week.

Bears at Falcons Betting Pick for Week 3

It’s interesting, but not entirely surprising, that Atlanta heads into the game as the favorites even though it is 0-2 and Chicago is 2-0. The Falcons have home-field advantage, whatever that means in 2020, but the more important item in its favor is desperation.

Chicago deserves credit for its 2-0 start, but luck certainly has played a role. Trubisky has had bursts of solid play, but overall he remains difficult to trust for a full four-quarter game.

Look for the Falcons to emerge with the win in a contest that likely will not be particularly pretty to watch. At the end of the day, Ryan is a proven veteran who will find a way to move the ball and evade the Bears’ pass rush.

Bears at Falcons Betting Pick:

Falcons 26, Bears 24

Bears at Falcons Best Bet for Week 2

The Falcons have given up 38 points and 40 points in the first two weeks, respectively. It’s reasonable to think they will tighten things up in Week 3, but how much can they actually improve week over week?

The Bears have questions on offense but also are capable of putting up points with players such as Allen Robinson, David Montgomery and Tarik Cohen.

Bears at Falcons Best Bet: OVER 47 (-110)

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Panthers at Chargers Betting Preview: Panthers (+6.5/+115), Chargers (-6.5/-105)

Carolina Panthers

The Panthers are trying to avoid their first 0-3 start since 2010 (in John Fox’s final season as coach) while not having their best player.

Christian McCaffrey is arguably the NFL’s best running back and he is now on injured reserve after suffering a sprained ankle in last week’s loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Getting that initial win will be much harder without the all-purpose star on the field.

Journeyman Mike Davis will start against the Chargers and nobody is expecting a McCaffrey-like performance despite coach Matt Rhule putting on the brave face. “Mike is a good player and we know we can count on him,” Rhule said. “He was ready when his number was called (against the Buccaneers), and he’ll play well in Christian’s absence.” Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, who passed for a career-high 367 yards last week, might have to approach that figure again.

The Carolina defense has yet to record a sack while allowing an average of 32.5 points per game. Cornerback Donte Jackson recorded the unit’s lone interception.

Los Angeles Chargers

Rookie quarterback Justin Herbert will be starting his second straight game and this time he has a little bit more advance warning. Herbert learned Wednesday he would be the starter against Carolina but didn’t know he was starting last Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs until just prior to the coin toss.

Tyrod Taylor had to be scratched when a pain-injection for a rib injury went awry and it has seen been revealed his lung was punctured by the doctor giving him the shot.

Herbert was superb when having little notice he was playing and passed for 311 yards and accounted for two touchdowns (one passing, one rushing) while being intercepted once.

Now the Chargers (1-1) will have the opportunity to implement some plays that fit his skills into the playbook. Herbert certainly is well aware of Keenan Allen, who is seven receptions behind legendary Kellen Winslow (541 catches from 1979-87) for third place on the franchise’s all-time receptions list.

The Chargers may not fully respect Carolina’s running game with McCaffrey on the sidelines but a team allowing 123.5 yards on the ground can’t look past any back. Star defensive Joey Bosa has two sacks and continues to rank as a top-flight defender.

Panthers at Chargers Betting Pick for Week 3

Carolina is still trying to find its stride under first-year coach Rhule and now will be without its best player in McCaffrey for four to six weeks. That can’t be good for optimism on the sidelines should things start to go wrong. The Chargers are hoping Herbert will have a second dose of beginner’s luck and be able to steer the club to a victory this time.

Panthers at Chargers Betting Pick:

Chargers 30, Panthers 21

Panthers at Chargers Best Bet for Week 3

The Panthers are giving up lots of points and that trend should continue this week. Bridgewater threw the ball well last week and figures to have his moments.

The key player is Herbert. If he plays as well as he did last week, this contest easily goes over.

Panthers at Chargers Best Bet: OVER 43.5 total points (-105)

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Dolphins at Jaguars Betting Preview: Dolphins (+2.5/+110), Jaguars (-2.5/-130)

Miami Dolphins

Ryan Fitzpatrick is still serving as the starting quarterback but badly needs a win to keep the chants for rookie Tua Tagovailoa from getting louder. An 0-2 start puts Fitzpatrick in must-win mode even though he was solid with 328 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions in Sunday’s 31-28 loss to the Buffalo Bills. However, the residue of three interceptions in the season-opening loss to the New England Patriots still hangs over him.

Second-year running back Myles Gaskin averaged 6.6 yards per carry (seven carries, 46 yards against Buffalo) to pump a little life into the running game. Gaskin and Matt Breida will again split carries. Third-year tight end Mike Gesicki was superb against the Bills and set career highs of eight receptions and 130 yards while also scoring a touchdown.

The Miami defense has yet to record an interception and has just two sacks while ranking 30th in total defense (440.5 yards per game) and 29th against the run (164.0). Inside linebacker Jerome Baker is off to a good start with 22 tackles and one forced fumble. Cornerback Brandon Jones (groin) left the Buffalo game in the first quarter and is in jeopardy of missing this contest.

Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jaguars are showing punch on offense and emerging quarterback Gardner Minshew II has thrown three touchdowns passes in each of the first two games. Minshew is completing 75.4 percent of his passes for 512 yards and six touchdowns while being intercepted twice. Jacksonville is averaging 28.5 points per game and has been superb in the red zone with six touchdowns in seven opportunities.

Leonard Fournette has quickly been forgotten with undrafted rookie James Robinson looking like a sure 1,000-yard back. Robinson rushed for 102 yards and a touchdown in Sunday’s 33-30 loss to the Tennessee Titans and has 164 overall, the most through two games in Jaguars’ history.

The Jacksonville defense limited defending NFL rushing champ Derrick Henry to 3.4 yards per carry and 84 total rushing yards but allowed Ryan Tannehill to throw four touchdown passes. Linebacker Myles Jack has been all over the field with 22 tackles while cornerback CJ Henderson and safety Andrew Wingard have interceptions.

Dolphins at Jaguars Betting Pick for Week 2

Jacksonville is displaying surprising signs that it might contend for an AFC wild-card spot. Few people were expecting that before the season but Minshew’s continued progress and Robinson’s stunning rise have perked up the offense.

The Dolphins are still building in Brian Flores’ second season as coach and don’t figure to be part of the AFC East race. But they certainly don’t want to start 0-3 with their next two opponents setting up this way: Home against the Seattle Seahawks and road versus the San Francisco 49ers.

It’s always hard to tell which team will be fresher during a short week. However, the homefield advantage should come in handy with the Jaguars showing second-half toughness en route to winning the contest.

Dolphins at Jaguars Betting Pick: 

Jaguars 31, Dolphins 23

Dolphins at Jaguars Best Bet for Week 2

Minshew won’t throw three touchdowns passes every game but that strong red-zone performance is a sign that the club won’t be quick to settle for field goals.

Fitzpatrick will be looking to dip into the “FitzMagic” stash to help keep the scoreboard working overtime.

Dolphins at Jaguars Best Bet: OVER 47 (-120)

–Field Level Media

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Saints at Raiders Betting Preview: Saints (-230), Raiders (+195)

New Orleans Saints Week 2

The Saints answered the bell in their 34-23 season-opening victory over Tom Brady and the new-look Buccaneers on Sunday, however they are now left with questions heading into their Week 2 tilt. Michael Thomas reportedly is expected to miss several weeks with an ankle injury, however coach Sean Payton said Thursday that he ruled out the Pro Bowl wide receiver versus Las Vegas.

Drew Brees (160 yards, two TDs) will need to rely on Alvin Kamara even more in both the running and passing game for a Saints team that mustered just 271 total yards against Tampa Bay. Kamara had a rushing and receiving score versus the Buccaneers while former Raiders running back Latavius Murray and versatile Taysom Hill will keep defenses honest with a punishing ground attack.

With Thomas likely a spectator, offseason acquisition Emmanuel Sanders will need to assume the No. 1 wideout role for New Orleans. Sanders found the end zone in his Saints debut and former Raiders tight end Jared Cook had a team-leading 80 yards receiving.

Las Vegas Raiders for Week 2

Josh Jacobs aims to christen his team’s new $1.9 billion, state-of-art domed stadium after rushing for three touchdowns in Las Vegas’ 34-30 win over Carolina in the season opener. Jacobs became the first Raider to accomplish the feat since Murray in 2016. 

Jacobs added 46 receiving yards from Derek Carr, who completed 73.3 percent of his passes (22 of 30) for an economical 239 yards and a score versus the Panthers. Tight end Darren Waller had a team-high six catches last Sunday while first-round rookie wideout Henry Ruggs III had 55 receiving yards in his debut.

Kicker Daniel Carlson received his second AFC Special Teams Player of the Week honor of his career after successfully making all six of his attempts (two field goals, four extra points), including a 54-yard field goal. The Raiders did not have a takeaway last week and forced an NFL second-worst 15 turnovers last season.

Saints at Raiders Betting Pick for Week 2

While the Saints’ prolific offense reportedly will be missing a key cog, their better-than-advertised defense likely will grab its share of the spotlight after keeping Brady in check in the season opener.

Cornerback Janoris Jenkins had nine tackles and a 36-yard pick-six in the season opener, boosting his total to eight scores in his career. The opportunistic Saints will keep Carr in park while the Raiders go broke in Vegas on Monday night.

Saints at Raiders Betting Pick:

Saints 26, Raiders 20

Saints at Raiders Best Bet for Week 2

A key injury to monitor is the health of Las Vegas linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski, who likely will be responsible for keeping tabs on Kamara out of the backfield. Kwiatkoski sustained an ailing pectoral muscle in the season opener, an injury that ended his day on Sunday but one that he has reportedly played through previously.

Kamara likely will be asked to do more — and the Saints paid him handsomely to do so — but the numbers may not add up Monday.

Saints at Raiders Best Bet: UNDER 49.5 total points (-110)

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Patriots at Seahawks Betting Preview: Patriots (+4/-110), Seahawks (-4/-110)

New England Patriots

Cam Newton made quite the first impression in his first game since replacing franchise icon Tom Brady, with the former rushing for a team-best 75 yards and two touchdowns in the Patriots’ 21-11 season-opening victory over Miami last Sunday.

Newton lowered his surgically-repaired shoulder and paced a ground attack that was responsible for 217 of the team’s 357 total yards. Newton completed just 15 passes on Sunday, with Julian Edelman reeling in five of those for a team-high 57 yards and N’Keal Harry adding a career-best five receptions for 39 yards.

Edelman, however, has 16 receptions for 208 yards and a touchdown in two career meetings with Seattle, including nine for 109 yards and a touchdown in New England’s 28-24 victory in Super Bowl XLIX on Feb. 1, 2015.

Sony Michel followed up his career-best seven-touchdown performance in 2019 by finding the end zone to cap the scoring in the season opener. Fellow running back James White totaled 52 yards from scrimmage (22 rushing, 30 receiving).

Seattle Seahawks

Russell Wilson earned NFC Offensive Player of the Week honors after tossing four touchdowns in the Seahawks’ 38-25 season-opening victory over Atlanta on Sunday.

While the 31-year-old completed 31 of 35 passes for 322 yards in that contest, Wilson likely will be reminded of the one he “completed” to then-Patriot cornerback Malcolm Butler that effectively ended the game in Super Bowl XLIX. Wilson was quite generous in spreading the ball around on Sunday, with nine different players recording at least one catch.

Tyler Lockett had a team-high eight receptions for 92 yards and fellow wideout DK Metcalf added four catches for a club-best 95 yards and a touchdown in the season opener. 

Wilson also led the team in rushing with 29 yards, but running backs Chris Carson and Carlos Hyde each made an impact in other ways. Carson accounted for 66 scrimmage yards (45 receiving, 21 rushing) and two touchdown receptions while Hyde had a rushing score in his debut with Seattle.

Patriots at Seahawks Betting Pick for Week 2

Coach Pete Carroll told reporters that the Seahawks do not wish to move away from the ground-and-pound rushing attack that has been his staple since he came to the Pacific Northwest.

Seattle, in fact, had the third-most carries (481) in the NFL for the fourth-best 2,200 yards last season. The Seahawks also received quite the first impression from offseason acquisition Jamal Adams, who notched 12 tackles and a sack in his debut on Sunday.

Adams knows a thing or two about New England from his days with the New York Jets — including returning an interception for a touchdown in his last meeting — and he’ll likely make his presence felt to lift Seattle in this contest.

Patriots at Seahawks Betting Pick:

Seahawks 28, Patriots 20

Patriots at Seahawks Best Bet for Week 2

Sure it’s been five years and Wilson pays the role of being as cool as a cucumber to the hilt, however one has to feel that he will heat up for this game.

Expect Wilson to follow up his sterling season-opening performance with another strong one and put some points on the scoreboard to send the Seahawks to their second 2-0 start in as many years.

Patriots at Seahawks Best Bet: OVER 45 (-120)

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Chiefs at Chargers Betting Preview: Chiefs (-8.5/-110), Chargers (+8.5/-110)

Kansas City Chiefs Odds

The Chiefs have only one loss to the Chargers dating to the 2013 season, but Anthony Lynn’s crew has done well against Patrick Mahomes. That’s saying a lot considering the rate at which Mahomes is picking the rest of the league apart.

The test now for the Chargers is whether they can deal with Mahomes while also accounting for rookie running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire. The Chiefs’ first-round pick was a do-it-all dynamo in the opener, rushing for 138 yards and routinely reaching and exceeding the linebacker level of the defense before taking on contact.

The Chargers could be without one of their top defenders. Defensive end Joey Bosa missed Wednesday’s practice with a triceps injury but he’s aiming to return after recording a QB sack at Cincinnati last week.

Los Angeles Chargers Odds

The leash could grow shorter for Tyrod Taylor with another uneven performance like the one he delivered against the Bengals. Cincinnati was playing without key personnel but the Chargers mustered only 16 points.

Lynn expects better with two key offensive linemen due to return in guard Trai Turner and center Mike Pouncey. Turner is back at practice while Pouncey figures to be a game-time decision with a hip injury.

The Chargers got a jolt from rookie running back Josh Kelley, who scored the team’s only touchdown. Taylor was 16 of 30 passing but did connect with deep threat Mike Williams. Kansas City’s defensive line could throttle the Chargers without their top blocking unit intact. But if Los Angeles can protect Taylor, the Chiefs are beatable over the top.

Chiefs at Chargers Betting Pick for September 20, 2020

Kansas City’s offense appeared to be in postseason form in Week 1 while the Chargers might need time to find second gear. Keeping up with KC proves too much for the disjointed Chargers in the second half.

Chiefs at Chargers Betting Pick:

Chiefs 29, Chargers 17

Chiefs at Chargers Best Bet for Sept. 20, 2020

At +300 the only team with a higher Week 2 moneyline play is the Jacksonville Jaguars (+320 in Tennessee). The upset is beyond doubtful but the Chargers’ history of containing Mahomes implies keeping the score in check.

Chiefs at Chargers Best Bet: UNDER 47.5 (-110)

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Ravens at Texans Betting Preview: Ravens (-7/-110), Texans (+7/-110)

Baltimore Ravens

Lamar Jackson earned AFC Offensive Player of the Week honors after throwing three touchdown passes in the Ravens’ 38-6 season-opening romp over Cleveland last Sunday.

The reigning NFL MVP would love a repeat performance of that contest this week, or better yet a duplicate effort of his four-touchdown showing in Baltimore’s 41-7 victory over Houston on Nov. 17.

Jackson, who also tormented the Texans with 79 yards on the ground, connected with Mark Ingram II for a pair of receiving scores in that contest.

While Ingram was limited to just 29 yards in the season opener, fellow running back J.K. Dobbins rushed for two touchdowns in his NFL debut.

Tight end Mark Andrews found the end zone on two occasions last week and also scored one of his team-leading 10 receiving touchdowns in the previous encounter versus Houston. Speedy Marquise Brown had five catches for a team-high 101 yards in the season opener.

Houston Texans

The new-look Texans didn’t fare well in their first game without four-time Pro Bowl wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins, with Deshaun Watson being limited to just 253 yards passing in the Texans’ 34-20 season-opening setback to Kansas City on Sept. 10.

Watson was flustered in his last encounter with the Ravens, throwing for just 169 yards and an interception while being sacked six times. David Johnson, who was acquired from Arizona in the trade for Hopkins, totaled 109 scrimmage yards (77 rushing, 32 receiving) and a touchdown in his debut against the Chiefs. Johnson also found the end zone in his last meeting with Baltimore, doing so while playing with the Cardinals.

Will Fuller V stepped up in the absence of Hopkins, reeling in team-high totals in receptions (eight) and yards (112) versus the Chiefs. Offseason acquisitions Brandin Cooks and Randall Cobb combined for four catches and 43 yards while Kenny Stills did not reel in a throw from Watson.

Ravens at Texans Betting Pick for Week 2

One has to feel bad for the Texans, who are facing their second NFL MVP in as many games to begin the season. After 2018 winner Patrick Mahomes tossed three touchdowns against Houston, look for the reigning title holder to carve up the Texans’ defense for the second consecutive week.

Defensively, the Ravens limited the Browns to just 306 total yards and forced three turnovers in the season opener. Cornerback Marlon Humphrey, who shared the team lead with three interceptions in 2019, got off on the right foot with one pick in the season opener.

Ravens at Texans Betting Pick:

Ravens 34, Texans 21

Ravens at Texans Best Bet for Week 2

Offense is the name of the game for Baltimore, which led the NFL in rushing yards (3,296) as well as the AFC in total yards (6,521) last season. The Ravens didn’t step off the gas in the opener, as their 38 points trailed only Green Bay for the most in the league.

J.J. Watt and the Texans will have a hard time chasing down Jackson and slowing Baltimore’s high-octane offense in this one.

Ravens at Texans Best Bet: OVER 52 (+105)

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Bills at Dolphins Betting Preview: Bills (-6/-105), Dolphins (+6/+115)

Buffalo Bills

Josh Allen passed for a career-high 312 yards and two touchdowns and added a team-best 57 yards and a score on the ground in the Bills’ 27-17 victory over the New York Jets on Sunday.

Allen aims to continue his ascent versus Miami, against which he has totaled 13 touchdowns (10 passing, three rushing) in his four career appearances. Allen made a favorable connection with offseason acquisition Stefon Diggs (team-leading eight catches for 86 yards) in the season opener while John Brown reeled in five receptions for 66 yards and a touchdown in the first half.

Brown, in fact, erupted for nine catches and 137 receiving yards and two scores in the Bills’ 37-20 victory over the Dolphins on Nov. 17, 2019.

South Florida native Devin Singletary rushed for 75 yards in that game and had five catches in the season opener. Fellow running back Zack Moss had a touchdown reception in his NFL debut for Buffalo, which totaled just 98 yards on the ground last Sunday after averaging 128.4 yards last season. 

Miami Dolphins

Ryan Fitzpatrick threw three interceptions and was limited to just 191 passing yards last week in the Dolphins’ 21-11 season-opening loss to the New England Patriots.

The 37-year-old had a much better performance the last time he faced the Bills, a team with which he played from 2009-12, by completing a season-high 32 passes for 323 yards on Nov. 17, 2019. DeVante Parker led the Dolphins in receiving yards (47) on four catches in Week 1, however he exited the contest with a troublesome hamstring injury that is worth keeping tabs on this week.

The former first-round pick, who had seven receptions for 135 yards in the last meeting, is coming off a career year in which he posted personal bests in catches (72), yards (1,202) and touchdowns (nine).

Miami’s running game failed to get untracked last week, with Myles Gaskin leading the team in carries (nine) and yards (40). The Dolphins mustered just 3.2 yards per carry and face a Buffalo team that permitted just 3.5 per tote and 52 total rushing yards in the season opener.

Bills at Dolphins Betting Pick for Week 2

Buffalo has won five of the last six meetings between the AFC East rivals, including setting the tone early with a quick 16-0 lead in the last encounter.

The Bills will ride another fast start in this one, forcing the Dolphins to abandon what constitutes their running game and rely heavily on Fitzpatrick.

Bills at Dolphins Betting Pick:

Bills 26, Dolphins 13

Bills at Dolphins Best Bet for Week 2

Cornerback Tre’Davious White recorded an interception and a forced fumble in Buffalo’s 31-21 win over Miami on Oct. 20, 2019. Safety Jordan Poyer forced a fumble last week and had a fumble recovery in last November’s meeting with the Dolphins.

Defense will be the order of the day for Buffalo, which will bolt out to a 2-0 record for the second time in as many seasons.

Bills at Dolphins Best Bet: UNDER 41 points (-105) 

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Washington at Cardinals Betting Preview: Washington (+6.5/-110), Cardinals (-6.5/-110)

Washington Football Team

Washington fell behind early against the Philadelphia Eagles last week, and one might have assumed that another loss was in order for a franchise that has been in turmoil for years.

Instead, the club rallied back for a 27-17 win on its home field to kick off a pseudo-new era with a nickname still to be determined.

Now comes a long road trip to the desert, where Dwayne Haskins will look to take another step forward after passing for 178 yards and a TD in Week 1.

Arizona Cardinals

The Cardinals are looking to improve to 2-0 after holding on for a 24-20 win over the San Francisco 49ers in the opening week. That victory came on the road, and as Arizona prepares for its home opener against Washington, Kyler Murray will aim to maintain his success.

He passed for 230 yards, one touchdown and one interception against the 49ers, but he also dazzled with his feet while running 13 times for 91 yards and a score. Washington also needs to keep an eye on DeAndre Hopkins, who racked up 14 catches for 151 yards in his Cardinals’ debut.

Washington at Cardinals Betting Pick for Week 2

Maybe it’s foolish to doubt Washington for a second week in a row, especially after the club showed moxie by battling back to beat the division rival Eagles a week ago.

But the Cardinals have plenty of firepower, and as the weeks go by, the connection between Murray and Hopkins should only get stronger. Look for Arizona to continue its hot start as Murray’s star continues to rise.

A sizeable spread allows Washington a good chance to cover, though.

Washington at Cardinals Betting Pick:

Cardinals 27, Washington 21

Washington at Cardinals Best Bet for Week 2

Both teams took part in relatively low-scoring games in Week 1, with each contest adding up to a total of 44 points. This week’s over-under is set at 46.5, which feels right on the money.

The guess here is that the game finishes slightly over the total, particularly if Murray is able to keep Washington off balance with his feet as well as his arm.

Washington at Cardinals Best Bet: OVER 46.5 (-105)

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Vikings at Colts Betting Preview: Vikings (+3/+100), Colts (-3/-120)

Minnesota Vikings

No team had a leakier defense in Week 1 than the Minnesota Vikings, who surrendered a whopping 43 points against their division-rival Green Bay Packers.

Granted, the Vikings put up 34 points of their own, but they will have to do a better job, particularly in pass defense if they want to avoid falling to 0-2. Aaron Rodgers had his way with Minnesota while completing 32 of 44 passes for 364 yards and four touchdowns, which led to a 127.5 passer rating.

You can bet that Colts quarterback Philip Rivers took note of that performance and will look to beat the Vikings down the field.

Indianapolis Colts

Like Minnesota, the Colts fell short in Week 1 and are staring at the possibility of an 0-2 start to the season. Indianapolis led by three early in the fourth quarter against Jacksonville before falling short 27-20.

The Colts know they need to be more careful with the ball after Rivers was picked off twice in his team debut. An injury to top running back Marlon Mack (Achilles) does not make life any easier for the Colts, who could turn to rookie Jonathan Taylor for a heavy workload sooner than they initially had intended.

Vikings at Colts Betting Pick for Week 2

The Colts’ loss to a lowly Jaguars team was unsettling, and Mack’s injury does nothing to boost the team’s morale.

On the flip side, the Vikings also showed plenty of vulnerability in the season opener, but Minnesota is simply more talented on paper than Indianapolis.

If the Vikings can avoid costly turnovers, their better skill-position players such as Dalvin Cook and Adam Thielen should help the team climb back to .500.

Vikings at Colts Betting Pick:

Vikings 31, Colts 27

Vikings at Colts Best Bet for Week 2

On a speedy indoor track, it will not be surprising if the Vikings and Colts get into an offensive showdown.

Part of that is because both teams have big-play standouts such as Cook for Minnesota and T.Y. Hilton for Indianapolis, and the other part is because neither defense is particularly overwhelming.

Vikings at Colts Best Bet: OVER 48.5 (-110)

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Rams at Eagles Betting Preview: Rams (-1/+100), Eagles (+1/-120)

Los Angeles Rams Odds

The Rams are coming off a 20-17 win over the Dallas Cowboys in Week 1, and while it was not exactly a Picasso, it was good enough. Malcolm Brown ran for a couple touchdowns and will try to keep his hot start going against a talented Eagles club.

Jared Goff posted a mediocre 79.4 passer rating after throwing for 275 yards, zero touchdowns and one interception, and it will be interesting to see what head coach Sean McVay dials up for him this week.

The Rams got to Dak Prescott for three sacks and will look to pressure Carson Wentz throughout their Week 2 matchup.

Philadelphia Eagles

Philadelphia needs to regroup quickly after an ugly 27-17 loss against Washington in the season opener. This will be the home opener for the Eagles, but home-field advantage is nothing like it has been in recent seasons.

A more balanced attack could help the Eagles, whose top rusher (Boston Scott) managed only 35 yards in the first week. Washington sacked Wentz eight times and picked him off twice, and Los Angeles has to be licking its chops as it dissects the game film from Week 1.

Rams at Eagles Betting Pick for Week 2

The Rams are slight favorites on the road, and it is hard to bet against them because of their stout defensive line. Their strength up front seems to match up with the Eagles’ weakness, which is protecting Wentz and allowing the passing game to develop.

Philadelphia almost certainly will play with renewed focus and desperation, but that might not mean much at the end of the day if Wentz is not able to get comfortable in the pocket.

Rams at Eagles Betting Pick:

Rams 28, Eagles 24

Rams at Eagles Best Bet for Week 2

Both teams have had a week to build chemistry and review game film, and a fast-paced game could be in order. Goff and Wentz both have the ability to go deep on any drive, and there is no shortage of weapons on either side that can make big plays. Look for a pass-first approach by both teams and a high-scoring result that follows.

Rams at Eagles Best Bet: OVER 45.5 (+110)

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Panthers at Buccaneers Betting Preview: Panthers (+9/-110), Buccaneers (-9/-110)

Carolina Panthers

To pull the upset in Florida, the Panthers are going to need perfect protection for Teddy Bridgewater and a few big plays from the NFL’s youngest defense. Four rookies start for the Panthers’ D, and they’ll all get their first live look at a Hall of Fame quarterback Sunday.

 
The Panthers stayed with the Raiders last week but will need more downfield looks to keep the Buccaneers honest on the back end of the defense.

Christian McCaffrey scored twice in Week 1 and figures to be the focus of the Tampa defense.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

It will take repetition for Tom Brady and offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich to get on the same page. They weren’t there last week in New Orleans. Brady never found his consistent rhythm and the antidote for another angry postgame finger-pointing session is picking up the pace.

The Buccaneers have the personnel to spread the Panthers out and either run or pass with multiple tight end sets, even if Chris Godwin (concussion) isn’t cleared for Week 2.

 
Tampa expects Mike Evans back on the field but he made little impact last week due to a hamstring injury.

Panthers at Buccaneers Betting Pick for September 20, 2020

Carolina’s young defense is no match for Brady. But the Panthers are devising ways to get the ball to McCaffrey in space and can hit the Bucs’ defense in the same ways the Saints did with Alvin Kamara to have a chance in the fourth quarter.

Panthers at Buccaneers Betting Pick:

Buccaneers 31, Panthers 23

Panthers at Buccaneers Best Bet for Sept. 20, 2020

Scott Miller appears to be the new third-down outlet for Brady. With Godwin’s status unclear Miller got even more work with the starters this week. On Sunday, he gets in the endzone.

Panthers at Buccaneers Best Bet: Scott Miller anytime touchdown (+410)

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Lions at Packers Betting Preview: Packers (-6/-110), Lions (+6/-110)

Detroit Lions

Adrian Peterson was the surprising featured back for the Lions in Week 1, but Detroit coughed up a 17-point lead and lost to the Bears on three fourth-quarter TD passes from Mitchell Trubisky.

Aaron Rodgers had four TD passes last week and his history against the Lions paints Green Bay as favorites, especially with the state of the secondary in Detroit. Rookie third overall pick Jeff Okudah didn’t play last week with a hamstring injury but could return, though the depth chart is a milquetoast alignment of best available behind him because of a rash of leg injuries.

Matt Stafford has gone five straight against Green Bay without an interception. He had 297 passing yards in Week 1 without top receiver Kenny Golladay (hamstring). The Lions’ offensive line gave up seven QB pressures last week. Stafford has been sacked nine times in his past four games against Green Bay.

Green Bay Packers

Rodgers has 41 touchdowns and eight interceptions in 20 career games in this matchup and multiple TD passes in eight of the past nine meetings. There is already a hole to fill up front with guard Lane Taylor (knee) out for the season, but also promising signs that Davante Adams won’t be the lone threat for the Packers this season.

Marquez Valdes-Scantling scored a touchdown last week and dropped another sure score that could have put his numbers off the charts at Minnesota.

The Packers have the personnel to make life difficult for Stafford. In particular, Green Bay’s secondary appears to be on the rise behind a pass rush bolstered by the addition of Rashan Gary.

Lions at Packers Betting Pick for Week 2

We are aware of the Lions’ recent history for keeping things close in this series: Seven of the last eight in this series in which Rodgers played were decided by one score.

Detroit would love to play keepaway from Rodgers with a stable of running backs capable of carrying the load, but Green Bay jumps on top early and never eases from the accelerator to improve to 2-0.

Lions at Packers Betting Pick:

Packers 30, Lions 20

Lions at Packers Best Bet for Sept. 20, 2020

Plain and simple, Rodgers feasts on the Lions. Detroit’s dinged-up secondary is a factor but the laser focus from the Packers’ quarterback last week is a signal to the rest of the NFL – and maybe Green Bay management – he’s far from done. Rodgers’ passing totals from the past three meetings with Detroit that he started and finished: 323, 283, 442.

Lions at Packers Best Bet: Rodgers over 301 passing yards (+200)

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Giants at Bears Betting Preview, Giants (+5.5/-105), Bears (-5.5/-115)

New York Giants

First-year coach Joe Judge will take the Giants on the road for the first time this season, and the stakes are high as they look to avoid an 0-2 start to the season.

New York suffered a 10-point loss at home against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 1, and perhaps equally as troubling as the loss was Saquon Barkley’s struggles on the ground. Barkley carried the ball 15 times for only six yards.

The focus for Week 2 will be on improved play from the Giants’ offensive line. Otherwise, Judge and the Giants could find themselves in significant trouble.

Chicago Bears

The Bears are aiming for a 2-0 start, which is amazing considering how bad the team looked for the first three quarters of the season opener against the Detroit Lions.

Chicago trailed 23-6 entering the fourth quarter but reeled off 21 straight points to earn a 27-23 victory. Mitchell Trubisky came to life late in the game and will look to strengthen his grip on the starting quarterback job over Nick Foles.

Look for the Bears’ defense to try to follow the Steelers’ blueprint against the Giants in Week 1 by keying in on Barkley in the backfield.

Giants at Bears Betting Pick

Neither team is perfect here, so it is hard to fully trust either option, but the Bears’ defense is led up front by veterans such as Akiem Hicks and Khalil Mack who could pose nightmares for the Giants’ new-look offensive line.

If Chicago can neutralize Barkley, it will force Daniel Jones to win through the air, and that is asking quite a bit from a second-year signal caller and his receiving corps.

Yes, the Bears have question marks on offense, but the defense can put them in position to win with a couple turnovers and strong field position throughout the contest.

Giants at Bears Betting Pick:

Bears 23, Giants 14

Giants at Bears Best Bet for Sept. 20, 2020

The Bears have a strong defense and will be comfortable at home, even without fans in the stands. The Giants’ offensive line offers little reason at this point to think that scoring drives will be fast and furious on New York’s end.

Take those factors, plus the fact that Trubisky is a constant question mark because of his accuracy and decision-making issues, and it seems more likely than not that this game could be low scoring.

Giants at Bears Best Bet: UNDER 42.5 (-110)

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Atlanta Falcons at Dallas Cowboys Betting Preview

Falcons at Cowboys Betting Preview: Falcons (+4/-110), Cowboys (-4/-110)

Atlanta Falcons

Todd Gurley was his vintage self last Sunday until the Falcons had to shift to a pass-happy attack due to time and score in an opening loss to the Seahawks. Gurley gets a crack at a Dallas defense besieged by injury at linebacker.

The Cowboys didn’t contain Gurley’s former backup, Malcolm Brown, in Week 1. Brown averaged 4.4 yards per carry and had 79 yards on 18 carries.

 
The Falcons aim for better balance this week but bring a sledgehammer of a passing attack that had three 100-yard receivers Week 1 (Julio Jones, Calvin Ridley, Russell Gage) with tight end Hayden Hurst looming.

Dallas Cowboys

Points are not expected to be a problem for Dallas this season. Their most obvious advantage over Atlanta is in the running game, where a reliable offensive line should gain more traction plowing into a defense built for speed.

The Cowboys have an impressive crew of pass-catchers, too, with rookie CeeDee Lamb behind Amari Cooper and deep threat Michael Gallup. Atlanta’s secondary buckled against Russell Wilson last week and the Cowboys are likely to feature similar packages with plenty of designed throws to Ezekiel Elliott to draw the second level to the line of scrimmage.

Dallas continues to look for consistent play from its secondary. If Demarcus Lawrence and Aldon Smith aren’t able to get to the quarterback, a shootout becomes far more likely.

Falcons at Cowboys Betting Pick for September 20, 2020

If any NFL owner is going to create a homefield edge, it’s Jerry Jones. Some 20,000 fans are expected at AT&T Stadium but none of them are getting a chance to tackle Matt Ryan.

Atlanta continues to fling it until the final whistle with a chance to escape with the upset.

Falcons at Cowboys Betting Pick

Cowboys 29, Falcons 27

Falcons at Cowboys Best Bet for Sept. 20, 2020

‘Feed Me’ belly tattoo lovers are likely to get another peek or two at Zeke’s six pack on Sunday. The Falcons are susceptible in the red zone and Elliott found paydirt twice at LA last week.

Falcons at Cowboys Best Bet: Ezekiel Elliott multiple TDs (+370)

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Bengals at Browns Betting Preview: Bengals (+5.5/-105), Browns (-5.5/-115)

Cincinnati Bengals Betting Preview

Quarterback Joe Burrow looks to build on his NFL debut when the Bengals play on the Thursday night stage against the host Browns. Burrow completed 23 of 36 passes for 193 yards and one interception in his first game but didn’t throw a touchdown pass in the 16-13 home loss against the Los Angeles Chargers.

Burrow, the No. 1 overall pick from LSU, was praised after the contest by veteran wideout A.J. Green, who said, “We got a special one in Joe.” Green caught five passes for 51 yards and Joe Mixon rushed for 69 yards on 19 carries in the opener and the Bengals hope to increase the production in Week 2.

Defensive end Carlos Dunlap always loves lining up against the Browns and he has 12.5 sacks in 17 career games against the in-state rivals.

Kicker Randy Bullock missed a tying 31-yard field goal with two seconds left against the Chargers when he felt a grab in his left calf. The Bengals claimed former Browns kicker Austin Seibert just in case.

Cleveland Browns Betting Preview

Baker Mayfield and Odell Beckham Jr. will try to repair some connection issues when the Browns see the Bengals visit town on Thursday night.

Mayfield, the third-year-quarterback, targeted Beckham 10 times in the opening 38-6 loss to the host Baltimore Ravens but it amounted to just three receptions and 22 yards for Beckham. The yardage output was the second lowest of Beckham’s seven-year career.

Mayfield was 21-of-39 passing for 189 yards, one touchdown and one interception against the Ravens. The running back tandem of Kareem Hunt (72 yards on 13 carries) and Nick Chubb (60 yards on 10 carries) were effective in Week 1 despite the margin of defeat. But the defense had plenty of problems as Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson completed 80 percent of his passes (20 of 25) for 275 yards and three touchdowns.

Cleveland will have a new kicker in Cody Parkey after waiving Seibert (the latter was picked up the Bengals) for missing a field goal and extra point.

Bengals at Browns Betting Pick for Thursday Night Football

While the Bengals are getting accustomed to a new quarterback in Burrow, the Browns are trying to adapt to a new coach in Kevin Stefanski.

Cleveland looked far away from winning in Week 1 so taking the Bengals and the points is a solid play to start with and it will be no surprise if Cincinnati outright wins the contest.

Bengals at Browns Betting Pick: Bengals 26 Browns 20

Bengals at Browns Best Bet for Thursday Night Football

Even though it is a short week, you have to figure Mayfield and Beckham have spent (or will spend) time discussing their disconnect and working on ways to resolve it against the Bengals.

Mayfield passed for seven touchdowns and no interceptions against the Bengals as a rookie in 2018 before having just three scores and five picks last season. He topped 250 yards in three of the four contests.

Bengals at Browns Best Bet: Mayfield OVER 239.5 passing yards (-110)

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Denver Broncos vs Tennessee Titans, 15/09/2020

Tennessee Titans Odds

The Titans enter the season with momentum after reaching the AFC Championship Game last season and recently made the type of addition that displays they want to take the next step.  

The club added three-time Pro Bowl defensive end Jadeveon Clowney (32 sacks) on the eve of the campaign to bolster the pass rush. The move comes after the club added linebacker Vic Beasley Jr. (eight sacks for Atlanta last season) during the offseason. 

Tennessee’s offensive will revolve around the talents of running back Derrick Henry, whose torrid postseason stretch last year pushed the team into that AFC title game before falling to the Kansas City Chiefs. Henry led the NFL with 1,540 rushing yards last season and tied for the league high of 16 rushing touchdowns.  

Quarterback Ryan Tannehill is officially the man after wrestling the job from the now-departed Marcus Mariota last season. Tannehill threw 22 touchdown passes against six interceptions in 2019 while leading the NFL in passer rating (117.5). 

Denver Broncos Odds

The Broncos are getting beat up before they even make it to game night with the loss of star linebacker Von Miller (franchise-record 106 career sacks) and the possible loss of standout receiver Courtland Sutton (72 catches in 2019) during practice sessions.  

Miller suffered an ankle injury on Tuesday and will undergo surgery and he will likely miss the entire season. Sutton sprained his right shoulder on Thursday and is considered questionable. 

Quarterback Drew Lock is beginning his first season as a starter after showing promise last season while passing for 1,020 yards and seven touchdowns against three interceptions in five games.  

Phillip Lindsay has back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing seasons but he will be part of a tandem act with free-agent addition Melvin Gordon, who racked up 4,240 rushing yards in five seasons with the Chargers. New defensive tackle Jurrell Casey will surely be fired up to see his ex-teammates.  

Casey made five Pro Bowl appearances in nine seasons with the Titans before being traded to Denver in the offseason. 

Titans at Broncos Betting Pick for Week

Denver blanked the Titans 16-0 last season and held Henry to a season-low 28 rushing yards in what turned out to be Mariota’s final start with the franchise.  

The Broncos won’t be able to cheat as much against the run with Tannehill in the saddle and the loss of Miller hampers the pass rush. 

Titans at Broncos Betting Pick: Titans (-2.5), Broncos (+2.5) 

Titans 20, Broncos 16 

Titans at Broncos Best Bet

Tennessee strives to play efficient mistake-free football and the unit could keep Lock and the Denver offense in check as the signal caller makes his first opening day start. 

Titans at Broncos Best Bet: UNDER 40.5

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New York Giants vs Pittsburgh Steelers, 14/09/2020

Pittsburgh Steelers Odds 

Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is back in the saddle after suffering a season-ending elbow injury in Week 2 of last season.  

The 38-year-old who ranks eighth in NFL history with 56,545 yards and ninth with 363 touchdowns was badly missed last season when the Steelers averaged just 18.1 points per game (27th in the NFL). Receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster figures to be happy to see Big Ben back as he had just 42 receptions for 552 yards after having 111 catches for 1,426 yards in 2018.  

Running back James Conner (464 yards) also looks to rebound this season. 

Pittsburgh will place a premium on harassing Giants second-year quarterback Daniel Jones and outside linebackers T.J. Watt (career highs of 14.5 sacks and eight forced fumbles in 2019) and Bud Dupree (career-best 11.5 sacks) should be at the forefront.  

Safety Minkah Fitzpatrick and cornerback Joe Haden each had five interceptions last season for a unit that allowed 18.9 points per game. 

New York Giants Odds 

New York has a new coach in Joe Judge as the franchise looks to bounce back from a 4-12 campaign. Jones displayed promise with 3,027 yards and 24 touchdowns as a rookie but also had issues protecting the ball as he committed 23 turnovers — 12 interceptions and 11 fumbles.  

Home run-hitting back Saquon Barkley topped 1,000 rushing yards in each of his two seasons and can take pressure off Jones with a big season. Former Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett is the new offensive coordinator and he’ll be looking to utilize all of Barkley’s skills. 

The Giants were 30th in the NFL in scoring defense (28.2) last season so priority was placed on finding some better pieces. One of the additions is linebacker Blake Martinez, who was second in the NFL with 155 tackles for the Green Bay Packers, and another is solid cornerback Logan Ryan, who recorded four interceptions for the Tennessee Titans.  

New York had just 16 takeaways last season, a weakness magnified when the combined with the fact the offense committed 33 miscues. 

Steelers at Giants Betting Pick for Week 1 

New York will be highly ready in Judge’s debut but will run into a fiercely motivated Roethlisberger.  

The improved offensive showing for the Steelers will provide enough of a boost to score the win. 

Steelers at Giants Betting Pick: Steelers (-5.5), Giants (+5.5) 

Steelers 24, Giants 16 

Steelers at Giants Best Bet 

Pittsburgh should be able to keep the Giants hemmed in as Garrett makes his first attempt to call the offense after the lack of preseason games. 

Steelers at Giants Best Bet: UNDER 46.5

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Los Angeles Rams vs Dallas Cowboys, 14/09/2020

Dallas Cowboys Odds 

The Mike McCarthy era kicks off as Dallas hopes to revitalize its club after reaching the playoffs in just three of the past 10 seasons. The offensive formula should be familiar — relying on young stars Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott.

Prescott, now in his fifth season as a starting quarterback, was brilliant with career bests of 4,902 yards and 30 touchdowns in 2019. Elliott rushed for 1,357 yards last season, his third-best total in four NFL seasons. Elliott’s 1,777 scrimmage yards were second most in the league.

One of the tasks for Dallas is keeping young star linebacker Leighton Vander Esch healthy. He played in just nine games last season and suffered a season-ending neck injury that raised concerns because it wasn’t his first time sustaining that type of health challenge. He had 72 stops before being shut down after compiling 140 as a rookie.

Linebacker Jaylon Smith racked up a team-Linebacker Jaylon Smith racked up a team-high 142 stops and he is primed for another big season. Defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence had just five sacks after totaling 25 over the previous two campaigns.

Los Angeles Rams Odds 

The Rams are looking to rebound from a lackluster 9-7 season in which the Super Bowl hangover never seemed to evaporate. The crisp, exciting team that lost in the Super Bowl one year earlier rarely showed, and among the players the team parted ways with was injury-prone running back Todd Gurley.

Los Angeles will replace Gurley by committee. There are no concerns about quarterback Jared Goff after he passed for 4,638 yards last season to become the first Rams’ signal-caller to top 4,500 yards in back-to-back seasons. Wideouts Cooper Kupp (94 catches) and Robert Woods (90) each had career-best reception totals last season.

Los Angeles traded for cornerback Jalen Ramsey during last season and they signed him to a five-year, $105 million extension on Wednesday that solidifies he will be the key figure in the back end. Ramsey has 10 career interceptions.

The leader of the unit remains star defensive tackle Aaron Donald, who had 12.5 sacks last season to become the fourth player since 1982 with eight or more sacks in each of his first six NFL seasons. Safety Taylor Rapp displayed good promise with 99 tackles last season as a rookie.

Cowboys at Rams Betting Pick for Week 1

Dallas looked really solid while routing the Rams 44-21 last season and has won four of the past five regular-season meetings. But look for Los Angeles to find the momentum of opening a new stadium — even without fans — to provide a significant boost. 

Cowboys at Rams Betting PickCowboys (-3), Rams (+3) 

Rams 37, Cowboys 27 

Cowboys at Rams Best Bet

Look for both teams to light up the new scoreboards at Sofi Stadium and have solid offensive production throughout the contest.

Cowboys at Rams Best Bet: OVER 51.5 

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