NFL Tipsheet: Mini previews and recommended bets for Week 3 fixtures

Riding his Luck: The Colts' QB has shaken off a shoulder injury and is returning to full health
Riding his Luck: The Colts' QB has shaken off a shoulder injury and is returning to full health

Romilly Evans takes you through his game-by-game analysis of all Sunday's encounters, with a wager for each

"Andrew Luck was mauled five times at Mile High, but recovered to make Thursday practice and is building reps. He’ll find San Diego much easier."

Recommended Bet

Back Indianapolis to win on the Moneyline @ 1.784/5 or better

Arizona at Buffalo: Sunday, 18:00

A 308-yard, three-touchdown effort was exactly what Carson Palmer and his Cards needed last week, as they immediately rebounded into divisional contention. Buffalo, however, have dropped to 0-2 and need to stop the rot quickly if they are to remain in the conversation for the AFC East. The Bills are more than the sum of their scorelines have shown, but towering home expectations can lead to a tottering performance. Especially against an Arizona defense which loves to punish any sign of indecision.

Recommended Bet
Back Arizona to win at Half-time - Full-time Double Result @ 2.0521/20 or better

Oakland at Tennessee: Sunday, 18:00

Oakland's burgeoning bubble was pricked if not burst against Atlanta last Sunday. While on the other side of the field, despite their first win, Tennessee could already be losing the faith with Marcus Mariota, who appears ponderous in the pocket. I'm still unconvinced by Derek Carr at the Raiders' helm, though, so both the up-and-comers may shrink in the spotlight after their encouraging rookie campaigns. Home advantage gives the Titans an edge in a low-scoring encounter.

Recommended Bet
Back Tennessee to win by 1-6pts @ 5.04/1 or better

Washington at NY Giants: Sunday, 18:00

Big Blue were my dark horses for the current campaign, and they've already shown enough to suggest they can progress from a soft division. Winning another NFC East match-up against the Skins will put them in prime position in the head-to-head category, and Manning Jnr can pen another adventurous chapter in the Book of Eli (it's a real page-turner), with his wideouts Odell Beckham Jr. and Victor Cruz finally fit and firing at the same time. Washington have been disappointing to date, and won't be happy to see the Giants' recalibrated defense.

Recommended Bet
Back O. Beckham to be First / Anytime Touchdown Scorer @ 7.06/1 or better

Cleveland at Miami: Sunday, 18:00

Cleveland are in turmoil (a slate key injuries at crucial positions, not to mention blowing a 20-point lead) and are there for the taking. Miami have been a bit backwards in coming forwards, but Ryan Tannehill is warming up and this is a must-win game. If not now against the Browns, the Dolphins will sink without trace.

Recommended Bet
Back Miami (-9.5pts) to win @ 1.9420/21 or better

Baltimore at Jacksonville: Sunday, 18:00

I think Baltimore are lucky to be 2-0, but Joe Flacco should be improving fitness-wise each week. The Jaguars still have a shot at his susceptible left knee, though, and must try and create some enthusiasm around their side before they hop across the pond to us at Wembley next weekend. Blake Bortles is doing his best to become the absolute embodiment of a false dawn, but I say his star rises again this Sabbath day.

Recommended Bet
Back Jacksonville to win on the Moneyline @ 2.0621/20 or better

Detriot at Green Bay: Sunday, 18:00

Matt Stafford continues to flatter only to deceive. Then again, Aaron Rodgers isn't exactly taking the season by the scruff of the neck either. But back at fortress Lambeau Field and with the stakes high (they can't afford to lose successive divisional duels) the A-Rod will deliver. The Lions are lacking in effectual rushers with Ameer Abdullah on IR, while their defense is a leaky bucket ready to empty.

Recommended Bet
Back Over 301.5 Aaron Rodgers' Passing Yards @ 1.9110/11 or better

Denver at Cincinnati: Sunday, 18:00

Denver's dominant D continues to swarm over opposing rival offenses, but their fledgling offense remains a major doubt. Gary Kubiak's preferred ground game is effective but may become increasingly predictable. Cincy, on the other hand, boast one of the best Os in the league under Andy Dalton. When the immovable object meets the irresistible force, a neutralising scoring effect may be in store.

Recommended Bet
Back the Under Total Points Under 41.5 @ 2.01/1 or better

Minnesota @ Carolina: Sunday, 18:00

The hits keep on coming in Minnesota. First Teddy Bridgewater went down preseason, now Adrian Peterson is out for up to six months. Granted, their defense has stepped up over the off-season, but Carolina rebounded from their Week 1 implosion, and will bring a conclusive test of Minny's make-shift talents. When you lose your dynamic duo, you'll struggle to match the pace of Cam Newton and Co.

Recommended Bet
Back Under 18.5 Minnesota Points @ 1.9110/11 or better

Los Angeles at Tampa Bay: Sunday, 21:05

LA hit the road again, still desperate to re-establish Todd Gurley as the running man of the moment. The dazzling defense, on the other hand, has continued where it left off, and proved the point by stifling the Hawks at home last weekend. The Bucs and Jameis Winston (four picks last Sunday) represent a very different kind of opponent, so with all the variables, only one thing seems likely: a dearth of scores.

Recommended Bet
Back Under 42.5 Total Points @ 1.9110/11 or better

San Francisco at Seattle: Sunday, 21:05

The Seahawks have been slow to go over the past few seasons and that trend has extended this year. While the Legion of Boom continues to operate its stingy D (admittedly against two of the NFL's lamest offenses) it's the O that has struggled to click under Russell Wilson. Preferring Christine Michael over Thomas Rawls for now is the pivotal call Pete Carroll has to make. Ride Michael, thereby freeing up Wilson, and this should be done by the half-time hooter.

Recommended Bet
Back Seattle (-4.5pts) on the First Half Handicap @ 1.9110/11 or better

NY Jets at Kansas City: Sunday, 21:25

Kansas has the homefield but Alex Smith struggled last week and they turned the wagon over a proverbial troika. The New York Jets, however, really should be 2-0 and their offense looks decidedly useful. Their only trouble has been giving up the odd blown coverage (potentially a seven-day fix) else they'd be hunting up New England this year. It's a tough assignment but the Jets need to start winning these games over an uncompromising early schedule this term.

Recommended Bet
Back NY Jets to win on the Moneyline @ 2.3411/8 or better

San Diego at Indianapolis: Sunday, 21:25

The Chargers bounced back from heartache to effortlessly dispose of the stalling Jags, even without their most exciting player in Keenan Allen. While that result was a pleasant surprise, the Bolts still shape as a retrograde side, whereas Indy have shown some signs of getting their act together, despite losing both their season openers. The health of their retooled offensive line is key. For it, in turn, protects QB Andrew Luck's dodgy shoulder. Luck was mauled five times at Mile High, but recovered to make Thursday practice and is building reps. He'll find San Diego much easier.

Recommended Bet
Back Indianapolis to win on the Moneyline @ 1.784/5 or better

Pittsburgh at Philadelphia: Sunday, 21:25

Gridiron's answer to hockey's storied Battle of Pennsylvania actually gets some media focus this week, with the marauding Steelers journeying to Philly who could be re-emerging under rookie, Carson Wentz. He'll struggle to keep stride with seasoned star Ben Roethlisberger, though, allied to his crack crew of receiving options. Wentz is promising, but he'll look like a fleeting light for now, even against a permeable Steel Curtain.

Recommended Bet
Back Pittsburgh (-3.5pts) to win on the Match Handicap @ 1.9420/21 or better

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