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Top Week 3 NFL Trends Involve Bye Weeks

The point spread might not be the best spot for Dallas and Minnesota backers to put their money as they hope for rebound weeks after 0-2 starts. The pre-season Super Bowl contenders have bye weeks in Week 4, meaning neither wants to hit the break at 0-3. That adds some pressure as Dallas visits Houston and Minnesota hosts Detroit and introduces bye week trends and bye week handicapping to the discussion this week. But this situation has regularly produced OVER bets for both these teams in recent years. In their past seven seasons before a bye week, Dallas is 5-1-1 favoring the OVER. Mix in the lame Dallas defense and suddenly explosive Texans offense and you have further ammunition in support of an OVER play. ADVERTISEMENT: IF YOU LIKE TO BET OVER THE TOTAL IN NFL GAMES, IT'S OFTEN BEST TO BET EARLY IN THE WEEK BECAUSE THE OVER UNDER CONTINUES TO CLIMB - GET THE LATEST EARLY TOTAL ODDS AND TOTALLY COOL $500 BONUSES WHEN YOU CHECK OUT Bovada TODAY. Switch to Minnesota, where the Vikes are 10.5-point chalk against a team they have beaten 12 straight at home SU. Similar situation for the Vikes, whose pre-bye-week pattern is even more pronounced - in the past nine seasons before a bye week, the Vikes have played eight OVERs. The Cowboys have looked dismal this season and oddsmakers at shops tracked here at OddsShark.com don’t seem to see it improving, at least for Week 3. The upstart Texans opened as three-point favorites. The other Week 4 bye week teams are Kansas City and Tampa Bay. The Chiefs host another desperate and underachieving 0-2 team, as the 49ers come to town on a short week (after losing Monday Night to New Orleans). The trends here focus on home teams and UNDER bets. These teams have met seven times in recent years and the home team has won every time (going 6-1 ATS). And Kansas City has proven to be a stingy and low-scoring early-season team at home. The UNDER has prevailed in eight of their past nine September home games. Tampa Bay faces a team they have beaten only once since 1980 and Pittsburgh will be hungry to buck the Bucs from the unbeaten ranks. The point spread is very tight, but the pre-bye-week angle involving Tampa Bay is this - they are 6-2 ATS the past eight seasons prior to a bye. More Week 3 NFL Trends (courtesy of Bovada, where you can turn a $500 deposit into $1,000 in your account - the biggest bonus around!) 9183 9/26/2010 Cleveland Baltimore Browns 0-4 SU & ATS past 4 vs Ravens Ravens 7-0 SU, 5-2 ATS past 7 Sept home games 9184 9/26/2010 Cincinnati Carolina Bengals 2-5-1 ATS past 8 vs NFC South foes Panthers 2-6-1 ATS past 9 Sept home games 9185 9/26/2010 Dallas Houston Cowboys OVER is 5-1-1 past 7 before BYE 3-9 SU, 4-8 ATS past 12 HOU at home in Sept 9186 9/26/2010 San Francisco Kansas City Home team won 7 straight meetings (6-1 ATS) UNDER 8-1 past 9 KC Sept home games 9187 9/26/2010 Detroit Minnesota Vikings OVER is 8-1 past 9 games before BYE Lions 1-15 SU past 16 trips to Minnesota 9188 9/26/2010 Buffalo New England Bills 1-18 SU past 19 vs Patriots 9 of past 11 meetings here played UNDER 9189 9/26/2010 Atlanta New Orleans Saints 7-1 SU past 8 vs Falcons UNDER is 11-1 past 12 Falcon Sept road games 9190 9/26/2010 Tennessee NY Giants Titans won & covered 4 in a row vs Giants Giants 1-6 ATS past 7 vs AFC South 9191 9/26/2010 Pittsburgh Tampa Bay Bucs 6-2 ATS past 8 games before a BYE Steelers 6-1 SU past 7 vs Bucs since 1980 9192 9/26/2010 Philadelphia Jacksonville Jaguars 3-0 SU & ATS career vs Eagles Eagles 1-7 ATS past 8 vs AFC South 9193 9/26/2010 Washington St. Louis Redskins 12-5 SU in 17 vs Rams since 1980 Rams 1-9 ATS past 10 Sept home games 9194 9/26/2010 Oakland Arizona Raiders 4-1 SU past 5 vs Cardinals Cards 0-8 SU, 2-6 ATS past 8 vs AFC West 9195 9/26/2010 Indianapolis Denver Past 6 meetings all played OVER total Broncos 1-5 SU & ATS past 6 vs Colts 9196 9/26/2010 San Diego Seattle Chargers 1-5 SU, 1-4-1 ATS past 6 vs Seattle Seattle is 5-1 ATS past 6 vs AFC West 9197 9/26/2010 NY Jets Miami Jets 6-2 ATS past 8 on road within division Miami 5-2 ATS past 7 seasons before BYE week 9198 9/27/2010 Green Bay Chicago Packers 9-2 ATS past 11 trips to Chicago Bears 2-11 ATS past 13 games as underdog