The third week of NFL action allowed for perspective to be had about certain teams. The Steelers have been the best team so far, and it doesn’t matter who is playing quarterback. The Chiefs are the NFL’s biggest surprise, and they’re already 2 games ahead in the AFC West. The Patriots’ defense is going to have serious problems this year. The Saints are still a good football team, but seem to have lost their magic. And neither Minnesota nor Dallas is dead yet.
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The week 5 lines have been posted for college football. One of the biggest games of the year is set to take place in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Check out our college football lines page to compare lines from some of the top sportsbooks in the industry. Here’s a quick look at some intriguing Saturday games.
The Chicago Bears (2-0) and Green Bay Packers (2-0) will be playing the first real meaningful game in the oldest NFL rivalry post-Favre when they meet at Soldier Field on Monday Night Football. Of course Bears and Packers fans alike would argue every game between the two bitter NFC North rivals is meaningful, but this is exactly the type of game Chicago envisioned playing when the team went out and traded for quarterback Jay Cutler before last season.
The New York Jets silenced their critics by soundly beating the New England Patriots last Sunday. The Jets will try to build on that momentum when they head to Miami to take on the Dolphins in an AFC East battle. The Dolphins opened as 1 ½ point favorites. Now books are putting the game anywhere between 1 and 2 ½ points, though most sites are at 1 point. The public is on the side of the home ‘Fins at over 60%. While Miami has played well, fading the public favorite in this situation feels like a good move.
The Minnesota Vikings have been one of the NFL’s most disappointing teams through the firs two weeks of the 2010 season. The Vikes will try to get on track this Sunday against one of the League’s perennial losers, the Detroit Lions. Wiseguys are adding Minnesota as one of their football picks to their betting portfolio.
The Oakland Raiders and head coach Tom Cable look for their second win when they travel to Arizona this Sunday afternoon. With Al Davis still calling the shots, Cable needs a strong season or he’s going to be looking for another job.
The NFL week 3 odds are seeing some variation from book to book. Stop by our NFL betting lines page to compare different lines from a multitude of well respected sportsbooks. Here’s a sampling of some of the bigger games.
The Chase for the Cup continues on Sunday with the AAA 400 on the “Monster Mile” at the Dover International Speedway in Dover, Delaware. The biggest news leading up to the race is obviously the 150-point penalty given to Clint Bowyer by NASCAR for failing the post-race car inspection following last weekend’s race in New Hampshire. This especially painful for Bowyer and his crew who, after winning the first race in the Chase for the Cup, jumped from 12th all the way the 2nd in the standings. Instead, Bowyer now finds himself once again in last place and 185 points out of the lead. While Bowyer openly criticized NASCAR for their decision, it will be interesting to see how he reacts on the track.
The Philadelphia Eagles (1-1) will play their second straight road game with Michael Vick as their starting quarterback when they visit the Jacksonville Jaguars (1-1) on Sunday. Vick was not initially the first choice of Philadelphia head coach Andy Reid, who changed his mind a day after naming Kevin Kolb the starter after he missed last week’s 35-32 win over Detroit with a concussion.
After some surprising results on Saturday, the English Premier League concludes its sixth week of games with three games on Sunday. We’ll review each match and give out our free picks for each one. All of the odds shown are taken from Bodog.