Bart Barden gets stuck into the week three betting in the NFL where injuries have created some interesting opportunities for punters...
"I have been surprised by how Denver's offense has been able to do just enough to win and I think Cincinnati are overrated. This is a trap game for Denver, but if they come out and keep the game close, a field goal will decide this."
Let's review week 2, shall we? Really, REALLY? I'd rather not, it was painful on so many levels. Both the Seahawks and Packers offenses are like watching a slow motion, stop photography scene of a Matrix parody of a slug fighting a snail. As a shareholder of the Packers, I have written Mike McCarthy and asked for a refund on the time I spent watching that game on Sunday Night. I will keep the loyal readership of five (let's not even forget I went 1-3 this week as well) happy with a guarantee that you will not be seeing any more selections relating to SF or Oakland this year.
Some good news, too - there better match-ups this week, with several injuries that create value opportunities.
Denver @ Cincinnati
3pts Back Denver +3.5 on Exchange @ 1.8810/11
One more week until Andy Dalton gets a big weapon back in Tyler Effert. Until then this offense will continue to struggle somewhat and Dalton has been susceptible to taking sacks this year. The battle of the trenches favours Denver and they are the defending SB champs. I have been surprised by how the offense has been able to do just enough to win and I think Cincinnati are overrated. This is a trap game for Denver, but if they come out and keep the game close, a field goal will decide this.
Cleveland @ Miami
2pts back Cleveland +9.5 pts @ 2.0421/20 on the Exchange
Stop slipping on Cleveland, even with the injuries, they have a solid defense and running game. Miami is starting to show some life, but they are still not clicking on all cylinders. Until Ryan Tannehill shows he can run this offense properly and efficiently, there is no way these teams should be more than one TD apart in spread. They are both equally bad, but that is the key word - 'equally'. Take the points.
Arizona @ Buffalo
1pts Back Arizona -3.5 on the Exchange @ 1.9620/21
Arizona and David Johnson will show Buffalo how to run the ball. He is going to go off on Sunday. I predict at least 140 total yards and 1-2 TDs. Arizona are a superior and healthy team and will probably win by more than seven. Take an alternative handicap if you are in the mood for a punt.