After a pair of close losses, the New York Giants search for their first win of the season at home against Washington. New York gave up over 700 passing yards against the Cowboys and Falcons combined, but now face run-heavy Washington team that has thrown for less than 200 yards in each of their first two games. This online sportsbook likes this matchup for the Giants and have them listed as a four-point home favorite. It’s worth noting that the Redskins lost both matchups against the Giants by 11 and 31 points, and have gone 0-4 both straight up and ATS vs. New York the last two seasons.
Speaking of the Falcons and Cowboys, those two teams meet up this Sunday in Dallas, and while both teams are flying high after back-to-back victories, Dallas has all kinds of injury problems. After losing start WR Dez Bryant in their season opener, they lost QB Tony Romo for a couple of months this past Sunday. Making matters worse TE Jason Witten might not play either. All of these injuries to the Cowboys have Atlanta listed as a small 1-point road favorite, and the betting public will likely bet them up higher as we get closer to game time.
According to most NFL Betting websites, Tampa Bay was the biggest underdog on the board last week, getting ten points at New Orleans and they were able to shock the world with an outright 13-point win. They are a big underdog against this week, getting 6.5 points on the road against Houston.
But that’s not the biggest line of the weekend. After a tough 0-2 start, the Seattle Seahawks play their first road game of the season and are a monster 15-point favorite against the Chicago Bears. While Chicago is 0-2 both straight up and ATS, they have played well defensively (at least statistically) and this pointspread sure seems a little high – even for a team that is desperate for a win.
Another team playing with desperation is the Indianapolis Colts – one of the preseason favorites (along with New England) to win the AFC but they have lost each of their first two games while the offense has sputtered. The Colts started 0-2 last year, but still won 11 games and made it to the AFC Championship Game. They are a 3-point road favorite against a Tennessee team that looked great at Tampa Bay, but were crushed last week by the Browns.
Want proof that pointspreads are determined by public perception and not actual play on the field? Look no further than the Philadelphia – NY Jets matchup. Philly has lost their first two games, while their offense has looked completely lost in three of the four halves they have played. The Jets crushed the Browns in their season opener, and then shocked the Colts on Monday night 20-7 as a 6-point home underdog. But the Eagles are only a 2.5-point underdog – even with the Jets having home field advantage.
We’ll be back next week to look at some of the key matchups for the fourth week of NFL Football action.