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Week 3 Betting Preview: Predictions for every matchup

Scott R. Galvin / USA TODAY Sports

Each week during the NFL season, theScore's Dane Belbeck will handicap every matchup and offer up a three-pack of picks.

Week 2 record: 10-6
Overall: 19-12

New York Giants (+6) at Philadelphia Eagles

Odell Beckham Jr. battling an injured ankle, head coach Ben McAdoo throwing Eli Manning under the bus and Ereck Flowers allowing everybody who is anybody to run right past him at left tackle. Yep, the 2017 season has started as bad as possible for the New York Giants. Despite their struggles, it still feels like six points is too much for a divisional game in the NFC East. Look for the Giants defense to get to Carson Wentz and get the club back on track with a road win. Giants 24, Eagles 23

New Orleans Saints (+6) at Carolina Panthers

The Carolina Panthers are 2-0 but have struggled to put up points on the offensive end. Enter the New Orleans Saints who have allowed the second-most points in the league through two games. While that certainly bodes well for the Panthers, the Saints should be able to keep this divisional game close. Drew Brees will be the first top quarterback that Carolina faces this year, and he should have enough success to make this a close one. Panthers 30, Saints 28

Atlanta Falcons at Detroit Lions (+3)

Arguably the best game of Week 3 is the Atlanta Falcons traveling to face the Detroit Lions. Both teams are 2-0 to start the season, and the Falcons look every bit of the Super Bowl finalist from last season. The Lions defense will do enough to slow Matt Ryan down and get the home team the victory. Lions 24, Falcons 21

Remaining matchups

Baltimore Ravens (-3.5) vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

The Baltimore Ravens and Jacksonville Jaguars head to England for Sunday's matchup, making it a difficult game to predict. The Ravens defense looks like the dominant unit of old with eight sacks and eight interceptions through two games. That's bad news for Blake Bortles and the Jaguars. Ravens 24, Jaguars 14

Cleveland Browns at Indianapolis Colts (+1.5)

The Cleveland Browns are road favorites for the first time since 2012. Despite the fact Jacoby Brissett is starting at quarterback for the Colts, there's no reason they should be home underdogs. Colts 20, Browns 17

Pittsburgh Steelers at Chicago Bears (+7.5)

The Chicago Bears showed in Week 1 that they can battle a top team when at home with a close loss to the Falcons. They also showed in Week 2 that they are terrible on the road with a beatdown by the Buccaneers. This one is at Soldier Field, and the Bears will keep this closer than expected. Steelers 30, Bears 23

Miami Dolphins (-6) at New York Jets

This line feels high for the Miami Dolphins to cover in a divisional road game, but the New York Jets have been absolutely dreadful thus far. Until they prove otherwise, their opposition remains a must-bet. Dolphins 24, Jets 14

Denver Broncos at Buffalo Bills (+3)

The Denver Broncos are riding high after dismantling the Dallas Cowboys last week, but the Bills' defense will present a much tougher challenge for Trevor Siemien. Denver gets the job done, but it's a field goal type of game in Buffalo. Broncos 17, Bills 16

Houston Texans at New England Patriots (-13.5)

Congratulations to Deshaun Watson on his first win as a starting quarterback in the NFL. As a reward, the Houston Texans rookie now gets the impossible task of traveling to New England.

Good luck with that, rook. Patriots 30, Texans 10

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Minnesota Vikings (NO LINE)

It's unclear if Sam Bradford will return against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and until his status is known, this game is one to stay away from. Should the Minnesota Vikings quarterback not make the start, the Bucs are definitely the side to bet. Buccaneers 24, Vikings 21

Seattle Seahawks (+3) at Tennessee Titans

It's tough to imagine the Seattle Seahawks starting the season 1-2, but their offense is an absolute mess right now as they make the trip to Tennessee. That being said, the Titans don't have the defensive pieces to threaten the struggling Seahawks offensive line, and Russell Wilson will do enough to get the road win. Seahawks 27, Titans 24

Kansas City Chiefs at Los Angeles Chargers (+3)

The Kansas City Chiefs look like the class of the AFC thus far, but divisional games against the Chargers tend to be close. The home field advantage isn't much in Los Angeles, but Philip Rivers will keep this one tight enough for a close finish. Chiefs 21, Chargers 20

Cincinnati Bengals (+9) at Green Bay Packers

The Cincinnati Bengals have been awful to start the season and made a change at offensive coordinator to Bill Lazor. They are going to have to put up points if they hope to keep up with the Green Bay Packers, but the defensive line should keep them close with pressure on Aaron Rodgers all day. Packers 28, Bengals 23

Oakland Raiders (-3) at Washington Redskins

While the Oakland Raiders making a cross-country trip as a road favorite isn't overly appealing, the fact kickoff isn't until Sunday night will be a big benefit. Khalil Mack will go to work on the Redskins' offensive line, and Derek Carr will have a big day to take Oakland to 3-0. Raiders 30, Redskins 21

Dallas Cowboys at Arizona Cardinals (+3)

The Broncos showed what a dominant defense can do to the Dallas Cowboys last week, and the Arizona Cardinals are just as strong on that side of the ball. While Carson Palmer certainly hasn't inspired much confidence in his play, the Cardinals will come full of energy for their home opener. Cardinals 24, Cowboys 23

Picks summary
Giants +6 (Gold)
Saints +6 (Silver)
Lions +3 (Bronze)
Ravens -3.5
Colts +1.5
Bears +7.5
Dolphins -6
Bills +3
Patriots -13.5
Buccaneers (No line)
Seahawks +3
Chargers +3
Bengals +9
Raiders -3
Cardinals +3

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