NFL betting: 5 picks against the spread for Week 3
Zach Brunner makes his NFL betting picks for Week 3 of the 2021 season, with five picks against the spread.
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Atlanta Falcons at New York Giants (-3) -105
After looking improved but losing on Thursday Night Football, the Giants have had extra time to prepare for this game and get healthy. So, after a long week, they get a home game against a team that has struggled worse than they have.
The extra days off likely benefited Saquon Barkley more than any other player. Look for the offense to flow through him, as he runs against a team that has surrendered 4.9 yards per rush. You heard it here first: this is the Barkley comeback game.
Indianapolis Colts at Tennessee Titans (-5.5) -110
Carson Wentz is currently dealing with two sprained ankles. Yes, two. He is unlikely to play, with Brett Hundley expected to start.
This Colts offense wasn’t great before, and this makes matters much worse. While their defense is solid, their offense does not have the firepower to cover the spread.
Arizona Cardinals (-7.5) at Jacksonville Jaguars -105
There has not been a team that looks worse than the Urban Meyer-led Jaguars. They have zero running game, the offensive line is unable to give the quarterback time and Trevor Lawrence has been the league’s most inaccurate passer through two weeks.
The Cardinals’ pass rush will get after the rookie, while the Arizona offense will continue to put up points in bunches.
Chicago Bears (+7.5) at Cleveland Browns -115
Rookie Justin Fields is making his first NFL start, and how fitting is it that he will do it down the road from where he played his college ball?
The Browns are missing Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham Jr. will likely not be a full go. On top of that, head coach Kevin Stefanski may be looking ahead to next week, when they face his old team.
This story writes itself and the Bears should certainly be able to put up some points in Cleveland. They are a live dog on Sunday.
Green Bay Packers at San Francisco 49ers (-3) -105
As a Packer fan, I can tell you that this team has a serious problem in the trenches. On both sides of the ball, they continue to lose at the point of attack.
This points to the defense being unable to get off the field, while the 49ers methodically move the chains running the football. We saw this in Week 1, when the Packers ran just 12 plays by halftime.
If the Packers force feed Davante Adams they can keep this game close. Still, they have too many holes to exploit for the Niners not to win and cover.