Week 3 NFL Odds Preview
The Dallas Cowboys' season could be in the balance this week as they try to avoid falling to 0-3 when they face the undefeated Houston Texans. So far the season has been a total disaster for Dallas after upset losses to Washington and Chicago, hence the upset number on the Cowboys Texans odds menu.
The Cowboys' offense, which was supposed to be lethal, has been a mess and has only scored two touchdowns in two games. If they're going to get back into the win column this week that's going to have to change fast against Houston's top-ranked offense.
The Texans' offense has been a two-headed monster so far this season. In Week 1 Arian Foster ran all over the Colts, while in Week 2 Matt Schaub, Andre Johnson, and the air show took over in a comeback win over Washington.
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Sunday's game will likely be a high-scoring aerial shootout if Dallas finds their offensive game, but don't forget about Foster. The Texans' back has rushed for more yards than Dallas' three backs, Marion Barber, Felix Jones, and Tashard Choice, combined. Dallas and Houston have only met twice in the past with each team winning once at home. Houston upset Dallas 19-10 in the first game for the franchise back in 2002, while the Cowboys got some revenge with a 34-6 slaughter in 2006. In Sunday's matchup the Texans are a 3-point home favorite as they look to extend their six-game winning streak. Two of the other top games on the Week 3 schedule are divisional matchups between Atlanta and New Orleans and the Jets and Miami. The Falcons could give the Saints all they can handle this week after a breakout win over Arizona in Week 2. Matt Ryan torched the Cardinals for three touchdowns and Jason Snelling dominated in place of an injured Michael Turner with 129 rushing yards and three touchdowns.
The Saints' offense has gotten off to a slow start by their lofty standards, but they're still 2-0 after taking care of Minnesota and San Francisco. New Orleans has won three straight against the Falcons and four in a row against them at home in the Superdome.
The Jets travel to Miami on Sunday night where they've owned the Dolphins in recent years. New York is 6-1 ATS in their last seven at Miami and they covered the spread in 10 of their last 12. New York took care of New England as a 3-point underdog last week behind a solid rebound week for Mark Sanchez and they're a 2-point underdog this weekend in Miami.
The Dolphins are 2-0 after a big upset of Minnesota last week and could be the ones to beat in the AFC East in they can shoot down the Jets on Sunday night. Injuries and just plain awful play has caused four teams around the league to make a change at quarterback this week. Here's a quick rundown of who's in, who's out, and how it stacks up on the odds.
Buffalo at New England (-14.5) - The Bills are sending Trent Edwards to the bench in favor of backup Ryan Fitzpatrick. He still has the same weapons (or lack of weapons) that Edwards had, so don't expect a spike in the Bills' offensive numbers. Tom Brady props at Bovada
Cincinnati at Carolina (+3) – The Jimmy Clausen era starts early in Carolina as he takes over for an ineffective Matt Moore. Clausen was 7-of-13 for 57 yards and a pick in relief last week so don't expect too much. Industry-leading $500 bonus on $500 deposit Bovada.
Oakland at Arizona (-4.5) – It didn't take Jason Campbell long to end up in Tom Cable's doghouse. Bruce Gradkowski gets the start this week against a Cardinals defense that was burned for three touchdowns through the air last week. The best live NFL betting during the game - Sports Interaction .
Pittsburgh at Tampa Bay (+2.5) – A knee injury to Dennis Dixon leaves the starting role in the hands of veteran Charlie Batch. His last start was in 2007 so expect the Steelers to run the ball a lot on Sunday. Want to tease the line a few points in favor of Pitt or Tampa - best teaser odds BY FAR at 5Dimes .