Top Last Minute NFL Week 3 Picks - Featuring The Battle Of Pennsylvania

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Matthew Jordan

Saturday, September 24, 2016 9:32 PM GMT

Saturday, Sep. 24, 2016 9:32 PM GMT

Week 3 features some interesting matchups and among them the battle of Pennsylvania, among the two surprising unbeaten teams. Here are your last minute NFL picks for Sunday's action. 

If back in the preseason you predicted Steelers-Eagles to be the lone Sunday matchup in Week 3 of the regular season to feature unbeaten teams, you are smarter than I am. That game is among my three last-minute picks on top rated JustBet Sportsbook.


Baltimore Ravens vs Jacksonville Jaguars (+1.5 For NFL Picks)
This line opened at a pick'em at most of SBR's best sportsbooks. Bovada is offering a Week 3 special prop on whether Jacksonville coach Gus Bradley will be fired by the team before Week 17. Yes is the +150 favorite and no at -200. If the Jaguars lose this game to fall to 0-3, Bradley might be fired on Monday and I'm not exaggerating. Ownership expected a big step forward for that franchise this season and so did I. Some experts picked the Jaguars to win the AFC South. They played well enough to win Week 1 at home vs. Green Bay, losing 27-23 when a late fourth down couldn't be converted. The NFL admitted afterward the referees missed several calls that would have gone Jacksonville's way, including a late defensive holding on Green Bay that would have given the Jags first-and-goal at the Packers 9. So while that effort was promising, the Jags took a step back last week in getting blown out 38-14 in San Diego. 

Jacksonville won the statistical battle but turned it over three times and had 14 penalties. That's the sign of a young team that's not disciplined. And that's on the head coach. The Ravens were one of eight 2-0 teams entering Week 3 but perhaps the least impressive, squeezing by winless Buffalo in Week 1 and then rallying from a 20-0 hole at winless Cleveland last Sunday. Jacksonville won in Baltimore 22-20 last year on a 53-yard field goal from Jason Myers on an untimed down. That happened because the Ravens' Elvis Dumervil was called for a facemask penalty the play before when the game would have been over.

NFL Free Pick: Jacksonville. The Ravens are 1-4 ATS in the past five meetings.

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Washington Redskins vs New York Giants (-4.5 On NFL Odds)
I wrote an article here at SBR looking at a Bovada special on whether Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins will start every game this season. He was one of the breakout stars of 2015 in leading Washington to the NFC East title, but Cousins has regressed this year with three picks already. What's even more concerning is that Cousins was spectacular at home last year with a rating of 117.0, 16 touchdowns and just two picks.  Both of Washington's losses this season, to the Steelers and Cowboys, were at home and Cousins' rating is 78.5. Meanwhile, he struggled on the road last year with a rating of 87.7 (13 TDs, nine picks) and the Redskins beat no good teams away from home. Now Cousins sees perhaps the NFL's most improved defense from 2015 in the unbeaten Giants, who held the high-powered Saints to only 13 points last week. 

The New York defense is sixth in yards allowed per game after finishing last by a mile in 2015. The individual matchup to watch in the NFL this week is Giants star receiver Odell Beckham against new Redskins cornerback Josh Norman. Surely you remember the shenanigans between those two last year when Norman was with the Panthers. The NFL instituted a new rule because of all the personal foul penalties called on them in that game.

NFL Free Pick: NY Giants, who have won five of past six in series and haven't lost at home to Redskins since 2011. Washington has covered only three of its past 12 at the Giants.

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Pittsburgh Steelers vs Philadelphia Eagles (+3.5 In NFL Betting)
A Super Bowl preview? Yeah, probably not, but at least one team will have bragging rights in Pennsylvania this season. The Eagles are the most surprising 2-0 team, but the clubs they have beaten, the Bears and Browns, might be the NFL's two worst teams. But that's taking nothing away from Carson Wentz, who has been fantastic. He is the -150 favorite for NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year at Bovada. The No. 2 overall pick is the first rookie quarterback since the 1970 merger to start and win his team’s first two games without throwing an interception. He has thrown for 468 yards and three scores. Only two first-year head coaches since the merger have won their first two games by at least 15 points. They will be on opposite sidelines here in Pittsburgh's Mike Tomlin (2007) and Philadelphia's Doug Pederson. 

This will be Pittsburgh's final game without suspended running back Le'Veon Bell, but he hardly has been missed as DeAngelo Williams leads the NFL in rushing yards per game. The Steelers have beaten two playoff teams to open the season. These teams played Week 2 of the preseason and the Eagles won 17-0 in Pittsburgh. Take absolutely nothing from that. Wentz was out with a fractured rib -- Sam Bradford was still Philly's starting QB then -- and most key Steelers sat out.

NFL Free Pick: Pittsburgh. The Eagles are 8-18-1 ATS in their past 27 vs. teams with a winning record. The Steelers have covered five in a row in September. 

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