NFL 2016 Betting Preview Week 3
Now that the New England Patriots have moved to 3–0 with their third-string quarterback, why do we even have to play the rest of the season? Michael Irvin has already re-named the Vince Lombardi after Bill Belichick following New England’s 27–0 rout of the Houston Texans on Thursday Night Football, so what is left to play for? I mean seriously, what are the odds that Rex Ryan’s Buffalo Bills go into Foxboro and upset Bill’s bunch next week? The Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook did not have a look-ahead line for that AFC East matchup — the last for the Pats sans Thomas Edward Patrick Brady Jr. (remember him?) — but I’m guessing it will be double digits regardless of who is under center come October 2nd.
The rest of Week 3 is just not very compelling, so what is worth watching if anything else? Believe it or not, there are a few intriguing matchups on Sunday’s slate of betting action, most notably the Pittsburgh Steelers traveling across the state of Pennsylvania to take on the Philadelphia Eagles in a battle of unbeaten. I still believe the Steelers have the best shot of any team in the AFC to knock off New England, and we will get to see that showdown take place at Gillette Stadium on October 23rd with Brady back.
Pittsburgh running back Le’Veon Bell is also expected return to action from his three-game suspension in next week’s Sunday Night Football game versus the Kansas City Chiefs. Outside of Brady, Bell is arguably the most valuable player in the AFC, and his presence on the field makes the Steelers legit threats to New England. Pittsburgh’s improved defense will be put to the test again Sunday against Philadelphia rookie quarterback Carson Wentz, who has played the two worst teams in the league (the Cleveland Browns and Chicago Bears) in his first two games. Wentz doesn’t have a chance this week.
The Texans can forget about hosting the big game though after laying a goose egg in a dismal performance on Thursday night. I know it’s early, but Brock Osweiler is no Jimmy Garoppolo and will be lucky to win the AFC South. His old team the Denver Broncos have a better shot thanks to a dominant defense, especially with Trevor Siemian playing better than Peyton Manning did last year.
No other team in the AFC has a shot to beat the Pats, plain and simple. The NFC is another story of course because the New York Giants are lurking at 2–0, and we know how their last two postseason meetings with New England both turned out. Other than the Giants, the Green Bay Packers, Carolina Panthers and Seattle Seahawks could all challenge the Pats too if they can make it to Houston for Super Bowl LI. Keep an eye on all the other contenders right now and choose your future bets carefully. There’s simply no value left on that team from Boston anymore, so all you can do is find another or hope Julian Edelman gets an opportunity to show what he can do as the next signal-caller up with another injury.
Author: Frank Hackman