Week 3 NFL Predictions - False Favorites & Top Dogs

Oakland Raiders fans all dresses up for a game

Doug Upstone

Tuesday, September 20, 2016 6:06 PM GMT

Tuesday, Sep. 20, 2016 6:06 PM GMT

This weekly column is off to a hot start, going 5-1 in the first two weeks. We look to keep that streak alive, as Week 3 seems packed full of value for those looking to bet the dogs.

We were less than two minutes from 6-0, but Andrew Luck was stripped of the ball and Denver scooped it up for a touchdown with just under two minutes, which ended that bid.

We are going to attach, NFL betting odds, this week, at Intertops who in our Rating Guide is listed as A-rated and stood the test of time for 18 years. For NFL week 3 predictions for Week 3 with False Favorites or Top Underdogs, with is what I have.


Top Dog - Oakland Out of Nowhere to Win
Tennessee has shown improvement to date in pushing Minnesota in the opener and coming from behind to nip Detroit. Oakland, on the other hand, looks like the same old Raiders, making mistakes, taking penalties and ranked last in total defense. This has helped push the Titans from a Pick to -1.5. Still, Tennessee is a work in progress and this is just the kind of game Oakland would play well in and they are 6-0 as road underdogs since last season, with Tennessee 0-7 ATS off a spread winner. Let's make Da Raiders a Top Dog!

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Top Dog - Minnesota Has the Right Formula
While statistics are important in formulating football picks, it best not to read too much into one game's number. Minnesota had only had 30 yards rushing in win over Green Bay and will not have Adrian Peterson. But again, the Vikings play a certain style and will not give up running the pigskin even against Carolina, plus having defense built perfectly to be road underdogs. Let's not forget the Panthers will also be without James Stewart. With the Vikings 16-3 ATS since last season and 6-0 ATS as road underdogs, have to grab those seven digits.

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False Favorite - New Orleans Done in by Weird NFC South Voodoo
Honestly, really don't understand it, but the NFC South has some real strange occurrences which have gone on for years. This Monday night matchup is one them. New Orleans already had the spirits working again them, being the first team in a decade to lose the game not allowing an offensive touchdown and having 3-0 turnover margin in their favor and still losing. When you look at the Saints and Atlanta, we see two similar teams with potentially explosive offenses and defenses with question marks. With New Orleans a standard three-point home favorite, I find the underdog is 11-3 ATS, which includes five straight winners and I'm not messing with bayou voodoo and making the Saints a false favorite.

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