After a second week of matches that produced more than one surprise, Week 3 of the 2014/15 NFL season has to potential to throw up similar results, with a few that look sure to go the way of a resounding favorite. 10 of the 16 teams are 1-1 and Week 3 features some pretty big games, including a number of divisional clashes.
Every game counts in a league that only plays 16 of them. A Week 1 or 2 game can affect an NFL team’s chances of making the playoffs by as much as 20 to 30 percent. That is bad news for teams sitting on 0-2. While not season ending, teams that have got off to a shaky start this season will need to do everything they can to ensure a victory this week to take the initial pressure off and ensure they are not fighting an uphill battle for the remaining season.
We have analyzed every game in week three of the NFL schedule to offer our readers the best possible bets for this weekend. Bet Online has the leading odds on all 16 matches.
The Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions have played each other every season since 1932 (a total of 169 games) so the clash between this intense rivalry should be an exciting game. Green Bay is 1-1 after their victory over NY Jets in week 2. Detroit is also 1-1 after following up their 35-14 victory over NY Giants with a 24-7 loss to Carolina.
Green Bay: +115 – Detroit: -135
Both the Colts and Jaguars are 0-2 heading into this round, so this game will be one to watch. Neither side will want to give an inch to their opponent but ultimately one team will be 0-3. Indianapolis has had the better of Jacksonville since the two moved to AFC South in 2002 but the Jaguars have given them a fair share of trouble.
Indianapolis: -290 – Jacksonville: +245
The New England Patriots aren’t looking explosive on offense this season. Instead, the playmakers appear to reside on the other side of the ball, with the defensive players making some terrific plays against Minnesota in last week’s 30-7 blowout. This should be another easy, high-scoring win for the Patriots seeing as Oakland is 0-2 and haven’t won against the Patriots since 2002.
Oakland: +825 – New England: -1200
NFC West rivals San Francisco and Arizona face off for the first time this year. The 49ers have dominated the Cardinals of late, winning nine of the last 10 meetings, but after two games the Cardinals are in sole possession of first place with a 2-0 record. Plus the 49ers dropped an ugly 28-20 game in the last quarter to the Bears.
San Francisco: N/A – Arizona: N/A
The highlight game of week 3 is the re-match of February’s Super Bowl clash, in which the Seahawks dominated the favourite Broncos in a 43-8 blowout. The Broncos will be keen to save some face with a victory in this game, and perhaps embarrass Seattle in the process. Denver head into the clash 2-0 while Seattle dropped the ball in week 2 to the Chargers, but Seattle have a great advantage at home. This will be a real treat for fans of this rivalry, which hardly face off since Seattle switched Conferences.
Denver: +200 – Seattle: -240
Kansas City Chiefs are 0-2 heading into week 3, though they fared better in their 24-17 loss to Denver. Miami Dolphins are 1-1 following a loss to Buffalo in week 2 that saw them out of the running from the 1st quarter. Miami has won eight of this rivalry’s last 10 meetings, and have a great record at Sun Life Stadium (8-2). The meetings are usually close, though their last meeting in 2011 was a 31-3 blowout to the Dolphins.
Kansas City: +175 – Miami: -205
The Carolina Panthers have picked up right where they left off last season, after making it to the playoffs following a successful season. Their defense is top-notch, their passing game is improving, and they have a two-game head start over New Orleans in the NFC South. Pittsburgh has the upper hand in this rivalry, winning all but the first meeting, but this is the perfect time for a Carolina comeback.
Pittsburgh: +160 – Carolina: -180
Chicago ruined the opening of Levi’s Stadium for the San Francisco 49ers in Week 2, coming to a lead in the 4th quarter and recording an upset win. The NY Jets were surprisingly in the lead at Lambeau Field in the 3rd quarter against the Packers, but when the team’s best defensive player, Muhammad Wilkerson, was ejected for fighting it all went downhill. Both teams are 1-1 heading into this week’s clash.
Chicago: +128 – NY Jets: -148
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