NFL Schedule - Team vs. Team - Week 3
Week 3 of the NFL season for 2012 is ready to rumble! With only a few weeks left on the count-down clock, OnlineGambling.com has prepared a number of NFL game previews to assist you with handicapping your NFL bets.
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The Atlanta Falcons will be looking to carry on their impressive record against the San Diego Chargers when the sides meet in week 3. The Falcons have lost to the Chargers just once in eight meetings and will be clear favorites to carry on that streak. The Falcons offense has looked superb so far in 2012 with quarterback Matt Ryan in career best form. The Chargers are 2-0 in 2012 but haven't looked super impressive. The Falcons will be easily their biggest test of the season so far and their defense will have a tough job dealing with the star-studded Falcons offense. The Falcons should be available at good odds at Online Sportsbooks.
The Buffalo Bills head to Cleveland Browns Stadium on the back of an impressive victory against the Kansas City Chiefs. Running back CJ Spiller has been in outstanding form in 2012, filling in for the injured Fred Jackson, and will give the Browns defense plenty of trouble. The Bills will have to overcome a poor record against the Browns but are still considered favorites by Online Sportsbooks. The Browns played well in week 2, against the Bengals, but were unable to score a victory. However there were a lot of positives the side can take from the loss. Trent Richardson showed he has the potential to be an elite running back in the NFL while Brandon Weeden showed marked improvement from his disappointing week 1 effort.
The Robert Griffin III hype train was derailed by an upset loss against the St Louis Rams in week 2. The result showed the Redskins they still have a lot of work to do and will need to improve significantly if they are going to be playoff contenders in 2012. The Bengals were terrible on both sides of the football in week 1 but looked much better against the Browns. The addition of BenJarvus Green-Ellis to the team has given them a running back to lean on in offense and take the pressure off young quarterback Andy Dalton. This is an important game for both sides and should be very close.
The Tennessee Titans have had a very disappointing start to the 2012 NFL schedule. Their offense has failed to click and their defense has also struggled. Young quarterback Jake Locker is trying to improve but he isn't getting any support from running back Chris Johnson who has been truly dreadful in 2012. It doesn't get an easier for the Titans against the Lions. The Lions are strong on both sides of the football and quarterback Matt Stafford should have no problems picking apart the Titans defense. The Lions were disappointed with their effort against the St Louis Rams in week and will be keen to put on a big score. The Lions should be available at good odds in the spread betting market.
The Seattle Seahawks will have to overcome a shocking record at Lambeau field if they are to beat the Green Bay Packers in week 3 of the 2012 NFL season. The Seahawks made up for their disappointing week 1 performance with an impressive victory over the Dallas Cowboys. Their defense is very good and if their offense continues to improve, with rookie Russell Wilson at quarterback, they could be contenders for an NFC wildcard berth. Pre-season favorites the Packers have been lackluster in 2012 and will be aiming for an improved performance against the Seahawks. The games between these sides are generally high scoring so a bet on the Over/Under betting market (if available at good odds) would be a good option.
This is a big clash between two AFC heavyweights. The Texans have been flawless in 2012 and are one of the favorites for the Super Bowl. Their running attack of Arian Foster and Ben Tate is very difficult to stop and quarterback Matt Schuab is an effective game manager. Peyton Manning appears to be settling into the Broncos side very nicely and has an incredible record against the Texans. He has played Houston 18 times and won on sixteen occasions. The Broncos offense will be the first big test the Texans defense have face in the 2012 NFL season so it will interesting to see how they handle it. This should be a very tight game and both sides should be available at good odds.
Both these sides have shown signs of improvement in 2012. The Jaguars were unlucky to lose in week 1 and were setback by an injury to quarterback Blaine Gabbert in week 2. Their offense has shown some promise and will hopefully continue to improve throughout the season. Colts quarterback Andrew Luck had a rough introduction to the NFL, against the Chicago Bears, but responded with a very professional performance and led his team to victory against the Minnesota Vikings. Luck should continue to improve and should be the difference between these sides.
The Kansas City Chiefs and New Orleans Saints have both started the season 0-2 and desperately need a win in week 2. The Saints disruptive off-season seems to have really affected the side. Drew Brees and the Saints offense have made some un-characteristic mistakes and the defense has conceded thirty points in both games. If the Saints were to lose to the Chiefs they can just about be ruled out as playoff contenders. The Chiefs have been blown-out in both games this season and will need to make big improvements if they are going to avoid another losing season. They have relied on their running game but their defense hasn't performed as well as expected. The Saints should bounce back with a win here and will likely be available at good odds at Online Sportsbooks.
The New England Patriots face the Baltimore Ravens in a re-match of last year's AFC Championship game. The Ravens will be desperate to get revenge over the Patriots after losing last year's meeting in heart-breaking circumstances. Both these sides started the season with easy wins in week 1 but lost tight games in week 2. The Patriots were stunned by the Cardinals at home, with the offensive line showing some worrying signs. Tom Brady has coped big hits in both games so far this season and if he gets injured the Patriots will struggle to make the playoffs. Despite losing to the Eagles, the Ravens have been impressive in 2012 and could spring an upset in this game. A wager on the Ravens to beat the spread is an excellent bet as they are currently good value at Online Sportsbooks.
The New York Giants and Carolina Panthers made up for their week 1 losses with victories in week 2. The Panthers played to their full potential and Cam Newton showed no signs of a sophomore slump. They are a very difficult opposition and if the Saints continue to struggle the Panthers are a good chance of securing a NFC wildcard berth. Despite defeating the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Giants defense still didn't look great and they relied on quarterback Eli Manning to get them out of trouble. Carolina is more than capable of causing an upset in this game and is excellent odds in NFL betting markets.
The Miami Dolphins face divisional rivals the New York Jets at home and will be very confident after their impressive victory against the Oakland Raiders. Reggie Bush has been outstanding in 2012 and he will once again be the focus of the Dolphins offense as they look to take the pressure off young quarterback Ryan Tannehill. The Jets started the season with a bang but crashed back to earth against the Steelers in week 2. Quarterback Mark Sanchez is incredibly inconsistent and with Tim Tebow as his backup is always under pressure to keep his starting position. However, the Jets should still be too strong for the Dolphins.
The Bird Bowl will be a battle of two 2-0 teams in 2012. The Eagles have gotten out of jail late in both weeks 1 and 2 and will be aiming for an easy victory against the Cardinals. Star quarterback Michael Vick showed he is still capable of making big plays with his rushing touchdown to win the game against the Ravens. The Cardinals scored the biggest upset of the 2012 NFL schedule thus far by beating the Patriots on the road. They have punched above their weight in 2012 and will be tricky opponents for Vick and Eagles. However, the Eagles should have enough quality to beat the Cardinals in a close game.
The Oakland Raiders have an excellent record against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum and will be hoping to maintain that in the 2012 NFL season. However, it will take a big effort from the Raiders who, despite impressive performances from Carson Palmer, are yet to win a game in 2012. The Steelers bounced back from their week 1 loss to the Denver Broncos with an easy victory over the New York Jets and looked like they were back to their best. The Raiders desperately need a win but are unlikely to get one against the Steelers.
The San Francisco 49ers stamped themselves as leading Super Bowl contenders with their strong victory against pre-season favorites the Green Bay Packers in week 1. The Minnesota Vikings started the season well against the Jacksonville Jaguars but suffered a disappointing loss to the Indianapolis Colts. Young quarterback Christian Ponder is developing nicely and the Vikings will continue to improve as a team but it is very difficult to see them beating the consistent 49ers outfit. The 49ers are a good addition to NFL accumulator bets in week 3.
The St Louis Rams have been the surprise packages of 2012 thus far. They almost stunned the Detroit Lions in week 1 and upset the Washington Redskins in week 2. Quarterback Sam Bradford has recaptured the form of his rookie season and if continues to perform well the Rams will spring some more surprises in 2012. The Chicago Bears heavily-hyped offense failed to fire a shot against the Green Bay Packers in week 2. Quarterback Jay Cutler was under pressure all day and couldn't link up star receiver Brandon Marshall. The Bears must improve on that performance if they are going to beat the St Louis Rams.
The Dallas Cowboys looked like legitimate Super Bowl contenders against the Giants in week 1 but couldn't back it up against the Seattle Seahawks in week 2. They will be looking to bounce back with a win and improve on their impressive performance against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Buccaneers are also 1-1 but are clearly a much better side under new head coach Greg Schiano. Quarterback Josh Freeman is thriving under the new offensive system and has been ably supported by rookie running back Doug Martin. This will be a close game but the Dallas Cowboys should be able to bounce back and score the victory.