Welcome back to our 2017 NFL week 3 betting recap piece – that is if your heart survived the early games on Sunday. Wow, so many last second and controversial finishes. Sure, it played havoc with our football betting plans, but isn’t that what the National Football League is all about?
2017 NFL Week 3 Betting Recap
– The Rams are really coming along on offense. The Cooper Cupp is a legit number 2 receiver even on a contending team, and Todd Gurley’s resurgence has opened things up for Jared Goff in the passing game. This looks like a 8-8/9-7 team right now. Not bad. And kudos to the Niners for putting in the effort. They’re just not there right now.
– No one could have seen what happened in London. It’s inexplicable, really. I think we learned that Blake Bortles and the Jags are comfortable playing overseas. I fully expect things to correct themselves back on our continent.
– The Broncos stacked the box and dared the Bills to beat them in the air – and they did! We learned here that Denver is not a team to bet on when they’re on the road. Meanwhile, the Bills will struggle to score points, but their rookie CBs are solid.
– Without their defensive coordinator this year, the Panthers aren’t the same. They still have a lot of talent, but will be wildly inconsistent all season. Ditto for the Saints. It’s a miracle their defense kept anyone below 15 points.
– The Steelers have yet to put in a solid, 60-minute performance. It’s troubling even though they’re 2-1. The Bears have a ton of heart, it seems. They’ll be a 7-9 team this year.
– The Falcons are really, really good. This was a solid Lions team that they beat on the road. My pick of them reaching the Super Bowl is still looking good.
– Jacoby Brissett might be THE MAN moving forward in Indy. If the Colts can trade Andrew Luck they really should. Every game will be this hard for the Colts this season. Meanwhile, the Browns didn’t cover as a road favorite, shocking.
– The Vikings showed some grit and determination in the absence of Sam Bradford, they really stepped up. But I don’t get how the Bucs gave up that many points. I guess they’re really not ready for the big time yet.
– Valiant effort by DeShaun Watson but Brady out-Brady’d him. The Texans have their QB of the future and the future is now.
– Jay Cutler. No thanks. Stay away.
– Poor Giants fans. They lost a close… wait a second, this franchise has two Super Bowls over the last decade. It’s Philly‘s time to rise, even though they lost Sproles for the season.
– The Titans are for real, folks. And the Seahawks, while still a good team, will not win more than 10 games this season.
– The Packers toyed with Cincy. Even though the Bengals offense was better under a new O.C., it’ll revert now that there’s film on them.
– Man, the Chiefs are the best team in the AFC right now, and it’s not even close.
– This was a trap game for Oakland, who was looking ahead to a key Broncos matchup this week. Washington was better, but they’ll be inconsistent all season.
– We told you that Dallas would win and cover. Arizona is like another home game for the Cowboys. As for Bruce Arians and his team? They’ll be a .500 squad this season.
Matthew Ross is a sports commentator and a radio host on TSN 690 Radio in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Follow him @MatthewWords.