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Pro Football Weekly predictions, Week 3

September 23, 2018

Indianapolis at Philadelphia (-6 ½)

Bob LeGere: PHI

Eric Edholm: IND*

Arthur Arkush: PHI

Hub Arkush: PHI

Cincinnati at Carolina (-3)

BL: CAR

EE: CIN

AA: CAR

HA: CAR

Tennessee at Jacksonville (-6 ½)

BL: JAX

EE: JAX

AA: JAX

HA: JAX

New Orleans at Atlanta (-3)

BL: NO

EE: ATL

AA: NO

HA: ATL

Denver at Baltimore (-5 ½)

BL: DEN*

EE: BAL

AA: BAL

HA: DEN*

New York Giants at Houston (-6)

BL: NYG*

EE: HOU

AA: HOU

HA: HOU

Oakland at Miami (-3)

BL: MIA

EE: MIA

AA: MIA

HA: MIA

Green Bay (-3) at Washington

BL: GB

EE: GB

AA: GB

HA: GB

Buffalo at Minnesota (-16 ½)

BL: MIN

EE: BUF*

AA: BUF*

HA: MIN

San Francisco at Kansas City (-6 ½)

BL: SF*

EE: KC

AA: KC

HA: KC

Los Angeles Chargers at Los Angeles Rams (-7)

BL: LAR

EE: LAC*

AA: LAR

HA: LAC*

Chicago (-5 ½) at Arizona

BL: CHI

EE: CHI

AA: CHI

HA: CHI

Dallas at Seattle (-1 ½)

BL: SEA

EE: SEA

AA: SEA

HA: SEA

New England (-6 ½) at Detroit

BL: NE

EE: NE

AA: NE

HA: NE

Steelers (-1 ½) at Tampa Bay

BL: TB

EE: PIT

AA: PIT

HA: PIT

BEST BETS

BL: GB (-3)

Even with a finicky knee, Packers QB Aaron Rodgers has more than enough to light up the scoreboard against a Washington team that is no longer the hottest ticket in town. Rodgers didn’t seem to be affected much by his injury in the second half of the Week One victory over the Bears, when he threw for 273 yards, and he’s had two weeks to heal since then. The injured knee takes away from some of the mobility in the pocket that helps make Rodgers so great, but he’s also adept at getting rid of the ball quickly before he is put in harm’s way.

EE: BAL (-5 ½)

Was tempted to pick Steelers as my ironclad lock, but this one is maybe a tiny bit better. The Ravens are at home, with extra rest following the Thursday loss, and John Harbaugh has an excellent record in games with more time to prepare (including byes) over the past 10 seasons at 14-5. The Broncos, to me, are paper tigers right now until proven otherwise. Two home wins by one score against bad opponents in which they trailed in the fourth quarter in both — not too convincing to me. Expect the Ravens can get right in this one, especially with Case “Four Pick” Keenum missing practice time this week.

AA: PHI (-6 ½)

Carson Wentz won’t immediately rediscover his MVP-caliber form in his season debut, but his return will galvanize the champs after the tough Tampa trip. Even if the Colts ‘D’ replicates last week’s road dominance in Washington, which seems unlikely, the offense faces perhaps the NFL’s deepest defensive front without LT Anthony Castonzo and TE Jack Doyle — two key cogs in protecting Andrew Luck. Remember, Doug Pederson and Jim Schwartz have a great beat on old pal Frank Reich’s offense, creating an extra advantage for a prideful ‘D’ coming off a poor performance.

HA: SEA (-1 ½)

They’re 0-2 in a pair of one-score losses playing with 11, but the Seahawks are at their best playing with 12, and in their home opener this weekend they just may have a favorable matchup with the Cowboys. The ‘Hawks were a Russell Wilson mistake away from OT against a scary Chicago ‘D,’ and the Cowboys most important defender, Sean Lee, will be limited at best by a hamstring. On the other side, Pokes’ All Pro C Travis Frederick is out, while Seattle gets its All Pro MLB Bobby Wagner back to try and deal with Zeke Elliott, and Dak Prescott doesn’t appear to have the weapons to beat you through the air. Pete Carroll vs. Jason Garrett feels kind of like Superman vs. Jimmy Olsen, and at 1 ½, you’re basically picking a winner. I’m picking Seattle to get off the schneid.

LAST WEEK’S RESULTS

overall / ATS / best bet

BL: 9-4-1 / 5-8-1 / 0-1

EE: 8-5-1 / 4-9-1 / 0-1

AA: 7-6-1 / 6-7-1 / 1-0

HA: 6-7-1 / 6-7-1 / 0-1

SEASON RESULTS

BL: 18-9-2 / 14-13-2 / 1-1

EE: 16-11-2 / 12-14-3 / 1-1

AA: 15-12-2 / 12-14-3 / 2-0

HA: 14-13-2 / 13-13-3 / 1-1

* team will lose game but cover the spread

Odds from Vegas Insider

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