NFL Picks: Bills vs. Redskins Preseason Week 3

Jeff Grant

Tuesday, August 20, 2013 1:16 PM GMT

Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013 1:16 PM GMT

The Buffalo Bills and Washington Redskins are both dealing with injuries at the quarterback position, as the two teams prepare to face off Saturday.


Let’s take a closer look at the NFL betting odds for this preseason Week 3 matchup at FedExField, with the opening kick-off scheduled for 4:30 p.m. ET. Who should we add to our sports picks in this game?

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Looking good

Buffalo has won and covered the spread in its first two preseason games, including a 20-16 victory over the Minnesota Vikings as 3.5-point home favorites last Friday, while going ‘Under’ the betting total of 43.

The Bills have out-gained their first two opponents by a significant 831-544 margin in terms of yards.

Taking care of business

Washington has also compiled a perfect 2-0 SUATS record through two games on its exhibition schedule, including a 24-13 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers as 2.5-point home favorites Monday night.

The Redskins have suffered numerous injuries in the early going, which could play a big part in their upcoming contest, but it’s important to point out that the franchise has covered its last five games in Week 3 of the preseason.

Johnson returns

NFL handicappers will be interested to see how Bills wide receiver Stevie Johnson performs in his first action on the field—after missing the first two games with a left hamstring injury.

He’s climbed over the 1,000-yard receiving mark the last three seasons, but he won’t get a chance to build chemistry with rookie quarterback EJ Manuel, who will miss the rest of the team’s action before the regular season due to a knee injury.

Grossman and White to carry the load

The Redskins are quite happy to have both Robert Griffin III and Kirk Cousins on the top two spots of their quarterback depth chart respective, but neither player will likely be available against the Bills.

Griffin III is definitely out as he continues to rehabilitate from offseason knee surgery, while Cousins suffered a minor foot injury in the second quarter against the Steelers.

Rex Grossman and Pat White will have to carry the load for head coach Mike Shanahan’s offense.

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Prediction

I’m going to recommend that readers back the Bills in this spot for their NFL picks, as they look to continue building momentum under new coach Doug Marrone, while the Redskins are simply looking to get through the next two games relatively healthy.

NFL Pick: Bet the Buffalo Bills +3.5 on the spread at Ladbrokes

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