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Top 5 Games To Watch - Week 3

Season Record (7-3)

Week two had a ton of fun matchups in the NFL. The Cowboys came back from a nineteen point halftime deficit to stun the Atlanta Falcons. The Chiefs beat the Chargers 23-20 in overtime thanks to a Harrison Butker 58 yard field goal, his third 50+ field goal of the day. We also saw the Patriots just miss out on defeating the Seahawks in Seattle and the Raiders stun the Saints on Monday night. There were also some major injuries to players like Christian McCaffrey, Jimmy Garappolo, Saquon Barkley, and Courtland Sutton. The lack of training camps has made players rusty and could be a big reason for the number of injuries early on. But lets now shift to focus on the games to watch in week three of the young NFL season.

5. Las Vegas Raiders (2-0) vs. New England Patriots (1-1)

As stated above, these two teams are coming off vastly different weeks. The Patriots lost to Seattle but saw huge outings from Julian Edelman and Cam Newton in the loss. Las Vegas shocked many by defeating the Saints in the first game in their new stadium. Both teams have underrated quarterbacks in Newton and Derek Carr, both of who have started the season well. Neither defense has been special to start the season, but both are serviceable moving forward.

This game comes down to the quarterbacks for sure. Cam has only thrown one touchdown pass but has been a monster in the red zone, scoring four rushing touchdowns in two games. Derek Carr on the other hand has thrown four touchdown passes with zero interceptions, so can he continue to be turnover-free. Expect plenty of rushing scores, but as far as passing touchdowns go I would say two combined maximum. The point line is currently forty-seven, but that seems low to me. Take the over on that, but New England will not cover.

New England Patriots 27 - Las Vegas Raiders 24

4. Dallas Cowboys (1-1) vs. Seattle Seahawks (2-0)

These two teams just squeaked out victories in week two. It took an onside kick recovery and a game-clinching field goal for Dallas and a goal-line stand for Seattle, so both are quite lucky to have the records they do. Dak Prescott and Russell Wilson have both been stellar, with Dak sitting third in passing yards to Russell's fifth through two contests. Russell, however, has blown away Dak in passing touchdowns, as Russell has nine to Dak's two.

These two high powered offenses should be in top form for this one, with neither defense causing much havoc. If one of these defenses was going to though, it would be the Seahawks. Bobby Wagner, KJ Wright, and Jamal Adams are all big-time playmakers and could cause the turnover or two needed to win this game. With no Leighton Vander Esch for Dallas, this defense is currently in the bottom tier in the league. If you own players on either team in fantasy football they should be in your lineup this week. The point total is currently 55.5, so I would hammer over there as well. Lots of scoring means lots of fun for Sunday afternoon.

Seattle 38 - Dallas 31

3. Los Angeles Rams (2-0) vs. Buffalo Bills (2-0)

A battle of two undefeated teams in Buffalo this week as Jared Goff looks to continue his impressive play on the road at New Era Field. He is coming off a 267 yard, three-touchdown day against the Eagles so let's see how he does against a much better defense. His counterpart Josh Allen was even better, throwing for 417 yards (career-high) and four touchdowns against division rival Miami.

Aaron Donald will wreak havoc all day and Jalen Ramsey will look to shut down Stefon Diggs all day. If you own John Brown in fantasy, expect a big day from him if Diggs struggles to get open. The Bills are at home and have looked great so far, so I am rolling with them this week. The point total is currently 48 points, so based on my prediction this game will be very close to that line. Do not bet on this money line if you do not have to. But take the Bills to win overall in your sports betting endeavors.

Buffalo Bills 27 - Los Angeles Rams 24

Josh Allen Threw A Career-High 417 Yards Week Two Against Miami. Photo Credit: Buffalo News

2. Green Bay Packers (2-0) vs. New Orleans Saints (1-1)

Two NFC juggernauts will take the field on Sunday evening in New Orleans and I cannot wait. Drew Brees struggled without Michael Thomas this past Monday, so will he bounce back against a Packers team that is rolling offensively. The Packers have scored 85 points thru two games, and Aaron Rodgers is an early MVP candidate with six touchdowns and no interceptions. Just having those two players in this game should make for an enjoyable offensive shoot out to cap off your Sunday.

As far as who will win this game, I am quite torn. If the Saints had Michael Thomas I would feel quite confident taking them to win at home. But Brees looks lost without him and if he cannot get Emmanuel Sanders or Jared Cook involved this one could be over early. I have faith that Drew will get them involved, but not enough to win the contest. Rodgers should cruise once again, so with the Saints favored take Green Bay or at least the -3.0 line in this one. With a current point total of 52.0, take the over on that as well. I find it hard to believe that both quarterbacks won't put up at least 25+ points.

Green Bay 31 - New Orleans 27

1. Kansas City Chiefs (2-0) vs. Baltimore Ravens (2-0)

What better way to cap off week three than with the two best teams in the AFC squaring off on Monday. Baltimore comes into this game has been absolutely rolling through two weeks, outscoring their opponents 71-22. Lamar has thrown the ball more than expected but has yet to struggle with four touchdown passes and no picks. Patrick Mahomes cruised in the Chiefs opener but played down to their opponent in week two against the Chargers. Divisional games are always crazy though so I would not look too much into that one.

When these two teams met last September, Kansas City squeaked out a 33-28 win, but the Chiefs were at home then. If Baltimore can play to their strength of running the football effectively and eat up the clock, then they have a great shot to win. This Chiefs team can score points in bunches, so I do not expect this to be a low scoring game. Baltimore is currently favored by -3.5, so based on my prediction they just will cover. But with only 53.5 points total, take the over in a big way.

Baltimore 35 - Kansas City 31

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