Well, well, well… I’m new to the gambling writing world, but not to the gambling playing world. After a night where my Jordan Howard TD anytime and Dolphins Money Line bets hit, I’m here to give you three bets I like ahead of NFL week three action. Let’s go!
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Denver Broncos
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are finally getting things together. After a disappointing week one loss, the Bucs rebounded and won in week two. This week, the Broncos are without quarterback Drew Lock, and Tampa is returning Chris Godwin after he missed last week’s contest. This will be the first time that Tampa has been at full strength on offense after Mike Evans missed week one against the Saints.
It’s pretty easy to get excited about the Bucs here. Sure, could Denver keep it close like they did against Pittsburgh? 100%. That said, I think Tampa is a better team and Tampa’s defense is comparable, if not equal to that of the Steelers. Give me the Bucs on the spread. If it continues to drop and you can get it at -5 or -4.5, HAMMER IT.
Pick: Tampa Bay -5.5
Green Bay Packers at New Orleans Saints
Sunday Night’s game will be a thriller as the always dominant Saints host the high-flying Green Bay Packers. For those reading who know me, the author, you know picking the Packers in anything is always a shot at my pride. That said, I think that after New Orleans lost to a Raiders team with a lot of unknowns, they’ve shown they can be beaten. The Packers, on the other hand, look really good after two weeks.
Aaron Rodgers is on a vengeance tour after the front office refused to draft a wide receiver in April’s draft. Instead, they took Rodgers’ heir apparent in QB Jordan Love and took a backup plan to RB Aaron Jones when they selected A.J. Dillon, showing that the organization was more concerned about the future than helping this current roster. Rodgers took that personally.
Rodgers has thrown for 604 yards in his first two games to go with six touchdowns and zero interceptions. He is playing at an elite level and is out to prove to the front office that they should have done more to help him in the offseason. Give me an angry Rodgers to shock the Saints, even in the Super Dome. If you’re feeling really ballsy, you could even take the Green Bay moneyline.
Pick: Green Bay +3
Dallas Cowboys at Seattle Seahawks
This game is interesting. Dak is playing like his you-know-whats are on fire and he’s on a tour to get paid. On the other side, Russell Wilson is playing at an MVP level with nine touchdowns in two weeks. It doesn’t matter who wins this game, but it should be a high-scoring, competitive affair.
That said, give me the Cowboys on the spread. I’m not saying they’ll win, but I like the Cowboys to keep it close and make Russ look like the MVP that he’s playing like. I think Dak comes out and pushes him, but it’ll be close no matter what.
Pick: Dallas +5
If I have more picks I’ll tweet them on Sunday, especially as lines move. Follow me @rnldluce on Twitter and let’s make some money. If I lose, you are allowed to heckle me.