Raise your hand if you predicted the final two unbeaten teams in the AFC this season would be the Las Vegas Raiders and Denver Broncos?! Yeah, didn’t think so. Here are two games worth a parlay together in Week 3 around the odds NFL.
Week 3 NFL Parlay Picks for the 2021 Regular Season
Arizona Cardinals at Jacksonville Jaguars (– 7)Arizona won a wild 34-33 game over Minnesota on Sunday to improve to 2-0. QB Kyler Murray passed for 400 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions for a 117.6 rating and added a rushing touchdown in the victory.
Murray, who had four touchdown passes and one rushing touchdown on Kickoff Weekend, is the first player with at least three touchdown passes and one rushing touchdown in each of his team’s first two games of a season in NFL history. Murray has 12 career games with both a passing and rushing touchdown, surpassing Steve Grogan (11 games) for the fourth-most by a quarterback in his first three seasons in NFL history. Only Cam Newton (20 games), Josh Allen (16) and Dak Prescott (13) have more.
On Sunday, Murray completed five of his seven deep pass attempts, and he’s now 10-of-16 on those throws this season. Murray has completed 73.5 percent of his passes, posted a 121.5 passer rating and is on pace to generate 77 total touchdowns this season.
Jacksonville has looked terrible so far in starting 0-2. The Jags lost their 17th straight game Sunday, 23-13 at home to the Broncos. Rookie quarterback Trevor Lawrence, the No. 1 overall selection in the 2021 NFL Draft, looked very much like a rookie Sunday. He completed 14 of 33 passes for 118 yards and a touchdown with two interceptions. He appeared to throw downfield too much into double coverage at times.
Jaguars Coach Urban Meyer on Lawrence: “I see a very good leader. I see obviously an exceptional talent and a guy that the game is hopefully going to start slowing down more and more as he gets more reps.”
Jaguars TE James O’Shaughnessy suffered a high-ankle sprain in the team’s Week 2 loss to the Broncos and is expected to miss 3-4 weeks. Luke Farrell and Chris Manhertz split the tight end snaps with O’Shaughnessy out for most of Week 2. Meyer said receiver Laviska Shenault (shoulder) is expected to be available to play in the team’s Week 3 game against the Cardinals. Shenault underwent an MRI on his shoulder after leaving the Jags’ Week 2 loss with the injury.
How is this for a crazy stat: The Jaguars don’t have a rushing attempt inside the opponent’s 20-yard line this season. The Jaguars have breached the red zone once through Week 2.
Los Angeles Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs (-6.5)The Chiefs were upset Sunday night in Baltimore, 36-35. The Ravens needed a fumble by Clyde Edwards-Helaire as Kansas City was marching into field goal range to clinch it. The Chiefs never got the ball back, as Lamar Jackson sealed the Ravens’ victory with a first down carry on fourth-and-1 just four plays later.
Edwards-Helaire has not contributed to Kansas City’s offense much this year on top of that crushing fumble. He ran 14 times for 43 yards in Week 1 against the Browns and ran 13 times for 46 yards against the Ravens. He is averaging 3.3 yards per carry.
“We’ll need him the whole entire season,” QB Patrick Mahomes said after the loss. “Don’t let one play define you. It’s a long season. Obviously, we lost to a good football team, and we played at their place. It’s a long season, and if we want to be great and have a chance to have another run at this thing, he’s going to be an important part of it.”
Mahomes had been 11-0 in September games in his career and had never thrown a September pick was but did have one crucial interception in the loss. All-Pro tight end Travis Kelce tallied 109 yards through the air on Sunday night, recording his 32nd career 100-yard performance (including the playoffs) – the second-most among tight ends in the Super Bowl Era. Only Rob Gronkowski (with 33) owns more. He also hauled in a touchdown grab for the sixth-consecutive regular season game, which is the longest active streak in the NFL.
The Chargers lost 20-17 at home to the Cowboys to fall to 1-1. With just under four minutes to play in the game, the Cowboys put together a drive that got to the Chargers’ 38-yard-line. With four seconds left, Greg Zuerlein hit a 56-yard field goal to give the Cowboys the victory.
A total of 20 penalties were called between the Cowboys and Chargers, but the Bolts were penalized 12 times for 99 yards. Two penalties negated touchdowns for the home team, and Coach Brandon Staley said not “playing clean enough” is something this team will rectify moving forward.
Expert Picks: Cardinals -6.5 (alternate line) and Chiefs -6.5 parlay
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