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Super Computer Week 3 Contest Picks

The OddsShark Super Computer is a strong believer in the old adage "It's not how you start, it's how you finish." That's why after a rough opening slate, the Computer put together a 2-3 week and is set to improve on that mark in the Week 3 slate of the NFL.

Here are the Computer's Super Contest picks for the upcoming action on the gridiron:

Packers (-7) over Lions

Until their win at Lambeau Field last year, the Detroit Lions had lost 24 consecutive games in Green Bay spanning all the way back to 1991. Although the Packers have not looked like the world-beaters they were expected to be this year, this game against their division rivals offers an excellent opportunity to get the ball rolling offensively.

Green Bay is 21-8-1 in its last 30 games against divisional opponents and will be facing a Lions team that is coming off a home loss to the Titans, who finished 3-13 last year. The Lions have given up the seventh-most yards in the NFL this season.

Colts (-3) over Chargers

It has been an underwhelming start in Indianapolis as the Colts have posted a record of 0-2 both straight up and against the spread. The team has had no trouble scoring in the opening two weeks, but a horrific defense has let it down. Entering their Week 3 clash with the Chargers, the Colts have allowed an NFL-worst 73 points.

The Colts should be in the hunt for that AFC South title but they need to turn things around quickly and the Bolts could be just what the doctor ordered.

San Diego has already been ravaged by injuries and while Philip Rivers is an exceptional talent under center, the absence of both Keenan Allen and Danny Woodhead really depletes the skill-position pool here.

The home-field advantage should be enough for the Colts to put a notch in the win column in both the SU and ATS standings.

Broncos (+3.5) over Bengals

The Bengals have the worst rushing defense in the NFL, as Cincinnati has allowed 276 yards and 4.2 yards per carry through the first two weeks. They will be taking on a Broncos team that is fourth in rushing yards and tied for the second-most rushing touchdowns in the NFL.

On the other side of the ball, we have passing yards leader Andy Dalton taking on the second-best passing defense in the NFL. Denver has only allowed opposing quarterbacks to complete 53.4 percent of their passes while already registering eight sacks through two games.

All of the above screams a close outing. In this spot, the computer will take either team +3.5 points every day.

Giants (-4.5) over Redskins

Paced by a vastly improved defense, the Giants are looking like a force to be reckoned with in 2016. The Redskins, quite simply, are not. The -4.5 number seems smaller than it should be considering it's a home game for the G-men, and the Computer is predicting Big Blue to run away with this one.

New York has a habit of cashing tickets in this spot. In the Giants' last seven games when tabbed as favorites of 4.5 points or more, they're a perfect 7-0 SU. Expect that trend to continue Sunday.

Ravens (Pick) over Jaguars

Did you see the Jaguars get smashed 38-14 in San Diego last week? That’s reason enough to pick the 2-0 Ravens with an even spread, but there’s a few more reasons why the Ravens have the edge in this game. The Ravens should be able to smother a weak Jags rushing game that has just 117 yards this season — bad enough for third-worst in the NFL.

For Jacksonville to move the ball effectively, Blake Bortles will need to step up and improve his 3-3 TD/INT ratio, but Baltimore’s D hasn’t made things easy on QBs this season, having allowed a league-best 371 passing yards through two weeks. Also of note, the Jags suck at home vs teams with winning records. They’re 2-10 SU and 3-9 ATS in their last 12 games in that spot.

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