My Top NFL Week 3 Free Picks Preview

Posted by Daniel Saenz on July 20, 2016 in

The lines for Week 3 NFL action are out there now, which means that if you think you’ve found a flaw in a NFL betting point spread, you can lock in your winnings now. Here are some NFL Week 3 free picks that we think could bring your account into the black.

Let’s Review My Top NFL Odds Week 3 Free Picks

Oakland (-2.5) at Tennessee

This is one of the few Oakland lines that shows that the betting market has some respect for what the Raiders accomplished in 2015 and their promise in 2016 and beyond. Thanks to the pairing of Derek Carr and Amari Cooper, the passing offense in Oakland could be as good as it has been since the days of Dan Pastorini. The Tennessee offense was bolstered with the arrival of DeMarco Murray, but without a solid offensive line, he won’t be going many places, and Marcus Mariota will still be running for his life from an Oakland pass rush that terrorized opponents last year. I like Oakland to win and cover.

Baltimore at Jacksonville (PK)

Blake Bortles vs. Joe Flacco? As much promise as Bortles has started to show, he’s not going to win a duel with this seasoned veteran. The Ravens had a solid defense last year but lost the time of possession battle thanks to injuries to Flacco and the offensive line, and so they gave up some big fourth quarters. This year, with Flacco healed and the line back on track, I don’t expect similar outcomes; in fact, I like the Ravens to compete in the AFC North. I’m picking the Ravens to win this one.

Los Angeles at Tampa Bay (-1)

Jameis Winston is poised to deliver even more surprises in the NFL this coming season, and when Nick Foles and the Los Angeles Rams come to town, I think that Winston will drive the Bucs up and down the field at will against a Rams defense that was below average last year. I also think that the Bucs’ pass rush will keep Nick Foles from finding a comfortable footing in the backfield, and the Rams’ Todd Gurley, while a talented runner, won’t find the holes that he needs. I like Tampa Bay to win and cover.

Atlanta at New Orleans (-1.5) (Monday Night Football)

Last year, the Atlanta Falcons welcomed a new head coach to town, and things looked like they were heading to a new era of balance as defense would become more of an area of priority. Despite a home win over the Carolina Panthers, the Falcons really handed in a stinker of a season, as the offense and the defense both struggled to find consistency. The Saints weren’t any more consistent, but I like them to find a way to beat Atlanta in a night game at the Superdome — almost an automatic when New Orleans is playing anyone who isn’t in the league elite.