Arizona Cardinals @ New Orleans Saints
This has New Orleans victory written all over it. Picking against the Saints in the thunderous Superdome is almost always a bad idea and the way the Rob Ryan's defence is playing would be crazy. With that being said, there is an argument that if this game was in Arizona then it might be a different story. But it isn't, and the way Drew Brees is playing at the moment I can't see it going any other way. New Orleans' attack are normally the show stealers, but in this game, their defence will need to up their game against a Card's offence that is beginning to find its way. Ryan's defensive unit is holding opposition to an average of 15.6 points per game, and that is despite a list of injured players that doesn't seem to end. Back the Saints to win and continue their smoking start to the season.
Recommended Bet: Saints @ 1.31
Cleveland Browns @ Minnesota Vikings
Don't expect much from this game. It should be the least exciting game of the week. Minnesota has had a tough start and are 0-2 for the season. They have been on the road for both games and against two divisional opponents. It will be a timely return home for the Vikings and it must have been a great relief to see that they are up against a lesser team in the Browns. Home advantage will be key as the Browns are poor on their travels. Key to this game will be which QB makes the least mistakes and which RB can inflict more damage. Christian Ponder is still prone to making mistakes and hands out interceptions for free but against Cleveland even he should be able to score. Back the Vikings with Adrian Peterson having an important role to play in giving the Minnesota their first win of the season.
Recommended Bet: Vikings @ 1.35
Detroit Lions @ Washington Redskins
This game might have a different outcome had Robert Griffin III been 100 percent fit and proper but unfortunately for the 0-2 Redskins, he isn't. At some stage RG3 will come right but it won't be against the ough defensive front that Detroit has at its disposal. The Redskins defence has been ugly this season and they don't look to be showing any signs of improvement. It can be brutal to watch at times and their offence isn't doing enough to help mask their frailty. Coming up against the powerhouse that is the Megatron Calvin Johnson isn't going to be the best place to start. Matthew Stafford, Johnson and the rest of the high-power Lions offence should have more than enough to beat the Redskins in their own back yard.
Recommended Bet: Lions @ 2.0
Green Bay Packers @ Cincinnati Bengals
Both of these teams boast high-flying offences and will meet this weekend and produce an explosive show. Cincinnati has a great roster but they are yet to gel and put the talent to good use. It will be up to the Packers pass rush to get at Andy Dalton early and stop him from picking out his wide receiver A.J. Green. If Green Bay can limit Green on the perimeter then they should have a good chance of picking up the W. Aaron Rodgers is one of, if not the best QB in the league right now and he should be able to use his pinpoint accuracy to find the cracks in the Bengals secondary. Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb will need to be on their game and I fancy the Packers to wrap this up by the fourth quarter.
Recommended Bet: Packers @ 1.72
Houston Texans @ Baltimore Ravens
This is the hardest game to predict in Week 3. Both teams look like they will be missing key players come game time with Andre Johnson (concussion) and Duane Brown (turf toe) possibly out for Houston and Ray Rice (hip) potentially out for Baltimore. Does this tip the scales majorly in one direction? Not really. Rice will be a miss but you also have to remember that this game is in Baltimore so home advantage could swing it back in the Ravens favour. Houston is the more rounded team and has better offence and defence. The Ravens defence will need to work hard to keep the Texans run game in check and will look to move the ball in the air. Houston do however look to have found their feet in Week 2 and will aim to push on to make it three wins out of three.
Recommended Bet: Texans @ 1.82
New York Giants @ Carolina Panthers
Neither of these teams has tasted victory this season but that will change at the end of this and it could go either way. Both teams being out of sorts but Carolina could use home advantage against a seemingly baffled Giants team. Some may write off the Giants but that is when Eli Manning and Tom Coughlin will are most dangerous and could produce a big performance. This game could really go either way but I am leaning more towards the strength of New York which is their passing game being able to take advantage of Carolina's main weakness, which is their secondary. Manning will come alive late in the fourth to help the Giants get their first win and get help get their season back on track.
Recommended Bet: Giants @ 1.94
San Diego Chargers @ Tennessee Titans
This game will be a battle between San Diego's offence against Tennessee's defence. Both will make a good case but I think that the Titans defence will prove too good in what should be an entertaining, tight game. Philip Rivers has looked pretty impressive in the first two games and when he is protected, can look like a first-class QB. Both of these teams have been quite the surprise packages this year but I feel that the deceitfully good defence of the Titans will have enough to shut down the Chargers and keep them to under 20 points.
Recommended Bet: Titans @ 1.64
St. Louis Rams @ Dallas Cowboys
Dallas did not enjoy Week 2 and were dealt a rough, one-point road loss to the Chiefs, so getting back to the home comforts at the AT&T Stadium, where they should be able to get back to winning ways, is important for them. The only way that St. Louis could push for a win is to pressure Romo at all times and not give him a second to get his arm working. If they can do that against an untrustworthy Dallas defence then they might have a chance. You can never be sure which Dallas team will show up and the same can be said for the Rams. Tony Romo and Dez Bryant could have big games and the latter should have too much for the Rams and their stumbling secondary.
Recommended Bet: Cowboys @ 1.51
Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ New England Patriots
There are big problems at Tampa with reports of dissension in the ranks. Certain players are unhappy with coach Greg Schiano and his perceived harsh treatment of players. His team is playing undisciplined football and will be exposed to a solid and undefeated New England. Although the Patriots have not performed well they are still picking up wins, which is always a sign of a good team. They need to find their groove soon to cure their early-season gloom and going up against a dysfunctional Tampa Bay team is a great place to start. Tom Brady has been unlucky with his rookie wideouts dropping so many passes but the time is right for Julian Edelman to step up and help him out. Brady doesn't really have any reliable targets like Josh Freeman does but there is one small problem for Freeman and that is that he isn't Tom Brady. Back the Patriots to end finish the weekend 3-0.
Recommended Bet: Patriots @ 1.32
Atlanta Falcons @ Miami Dolphins
Atlanta has been absolutely decimated by injuries. Last week against the Minnesota Vikings they lost Steven Jackson, Kroy Biermann and Bradie Ewing. They also have receiving duo of Roddy White and Julio Jones both nursing injuries. Having such an amount of talent out will most definitely slow down the Falcons but they do still have an arsenal of weapons to deploy in an attempt to come out on top. Miami's best hope lays with Ryan Tannehill, who is off to a sterling start in his sophomore season. He has completed more than 65 percent of his passes. The Dolphins are 2-0 this season after back-to-back road games to start this year. Now in the first game in Miami they will need to be at there best to down the Falcons. Despite all the injuries, Matt Ryan should get his arm in early and help Atlanta to a tight victory.
Recommended Bet: Atlanta @ 2.26
Buffalo Bills @ New York Jets
This could be the most entertaining game that either of this two sides have this season. This is a battle, which pits two rookie quarterbacks against each other. EJ Manuel for Buffalo and Geno Smith for New York. Both have been had picked by their respective franchises to lead the turnaround in their fortunes. They have both started promisingly but Manuel appears to be ahead of Smith in development terms. He proved last week that he can make things happen but did take a few hits on the way to his first victory. The Jets could possible have the best defence in the whole of the NFL and Rex Ryan has got them tight and organised. Here is the problem though. Both teams have better defences than they are given credit for, but in terms of offence only one of them has playmakers. For that reason back the Bills to march on.
Recommended Bet: Bills @ 2.28
Indianapolis Colts @ San Francisco 49ers
The Colts have been rather busy this week. They got hold of Trent Richardson from Cleveland in exchange for a 2014 first round pick. That is a bold move and one that Colts fans will be hoping pays off. It doesn't look like Richardson will be ready for a full-time role this week which might be a blessing in disguise for him as San Francisco are going to be in a foul mood. After being battered by the Seahawks away from home, the 49ers will be on more familiar surroundings and will be looking to prove a point. Andrew Luck will need protecting but I can't see that happening. Kapernick and co are angry and will be looking to bounce back in a big way. They haven't lost twice in a row since 2010 and I can't see it happening here. Kapernick will help steady the ship and once again look like Super Bowl contenders. Big win here for the 49ers.
Recommended Bet: 49ers @ 1.25
Jacksonville Jaguars @ Seattle Seahawks
This type of game is what you would call a dead cert. You may as well burn your money this week if you are thinking about backing Jacksonville. The Jaguars could be the worse team in the recent memory. Nothing seems to be working for them on offence and they have a defence that is being asked to do far too much. Seattle at home are one of the most dangerous and frightening prospects for any team to face, let alone a team that has scored just 11 points in their opening two games. The Seahawks spanked the 49ers in Week 2 and the 49ers are title contenders. This will be a gruelling game with no let up from the high intensity game of Seattle. It could get really ugly. Expect a big score in what could be one of the most one-sided games in recent history.
Recommended Bet: Seahawks @ 1.04
Chicago Bears @ Pittsburgh Steelers
There was a time in the not too distant past that it was a hard slog to defeat the Steelers at home. Those days are past and teams now turn up to Heinz Field unafraid.
The Bears are in good form and start this game undefeated while the Steelers are yet to pick up a win. Jay Cutler has been hyped up in the past but is now beginning to really show what he is made of and maybe now, it is time to believe it. Cutler is yet to taste defeat when going up against the Steelers and I fully expected this continue at the end of the game. The Bears head coach Marc Trestman has really got his team playing with loads of confidence and the belief that his offence can win games. Steelers lack confidence and look shaky and I believe in Cutler more now than Big Ben. This will be a nasty, defensive fight between these two but Bears will come out on top.
Recommended Bet: Bears @ 1.81
Oakland Raiders @ Denver Broncos
Another week and another win expected for Denver as they host the Oakland Raiders.
Denver is the hottest team in the NFL and Peyton Manning has been at his devastating best. This should be another blow out and Denver should record another big win. Manning will miss the protecting of Ryan Clady, who is out for the season, which could open the door of opportunity to Raiders Lamarr Houston to get up close with Manning. Oakland has looked promising at times this season but expect the red-hot streak of Denver to continue. The most important question about this game is can Manning better his joint record of seven touchdown passes?
Recommended Bet: Broncos @ 1.07