You see, two NFC playoff hopefuls and one AFC title contender highlight my trio of ‘near-lock’ Week 3 expert picks. Now, let’s get started.
In Depth Analysis On The Highlight Trio of Top NFL Expert Picks for Week 3
Denver Broncos (2-0) at Cincinnati Bengals (1-1)When: Sunday, September 25, 2016 at 1:00 PM ET
Where: Paul Brown Stadium
NFL Odds: Cincinnati Bengals -3 / Over/Under: 41
For me, the Cincinnati Bengals are the easy pick to hand the Denver Broncos their first loss of the season. I know the Bengals are an uninspiring 1-3-1 ATS in their last five home games, but Cincinnati is also 13-4-2 ATS in their last 19 games overall and 5-2 ATS in their last seven meetings against the Broncos.
More importantly, Cincinnati is a very well-balanced team whose defense is comparable to Denver’s and whose offense is a bit more explosive. After suffering a tough loss against the Steelers last weekend, I like the Bengals to get the win and narrow ATS cover in this matchup against the defending Super Bowl champs. Broncos quarterback Trevor Siemian will also be making his first career road start in this contest, so he could struggle away from the cozy confines of Mile High Stadium. The Bengals win and narrowly cover the NFL betting line!
Chicago Bears (0-2) at Dallas Cowboys (1-1)When: Sunday, September 25, 2016 at 8:30 PM ET
Where: AT&T Stadium
NFL Odds: Dallas Cowboys -7.5 / Over/Under: 45
The Dallas Cowboys are the easy pick in this contest whether Jay Cuter suits up or Brian Hoyer starts in his place. I know the Bears are 6-2 ATS in their last eight road games, but Chicago is also 1-6 ATS in their last seven games overall.
Despite being just 16-34-1 ATS in their last 51 home games and 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall, I like the new-look Cowboys to get the emphatic home win and narrow ATS cover against a Bears team that is a complete mess right now.
My Pick: Dallas 30 Chicago 20
Arizona Cardinals (1-1) at Buffalo Bills (0-2)When: Sunday, September 25, 2016 at 1:00 pm (New Era Field)
NFL Odds: Buffalo Bills +5.5 / Over/Under: 47
The Arizona Cardinals looked really good last week in obliterating a Tampa Bay Buccaneers team that looked really good in their Week 1 win and I believe the Buffalo Bills are in for more, even though they’re playing at home in this matchup. The Cardinals have compiled a blistering 6-1 ATS mark in their last seven games in the month of September while also going 15-7 ATS in their last 22 road games, and 1-4 ATS in their last five games overall. .
While the Bills have gone 4-1 ATS in their last five home games, Rex Ryan’s underachieving team is also 2-5 ATS in their last seven September games. More importantly, the Cardinals are the better team in all three phases of the game and will cover the spread by winning outright!