2018 NFL Week 3 Trends Summary
A familiar tune that NFL fans will hear as we approach Week 3 is the playoff probabilities of 2-0 or 0-2 teams. Seven teams open this week at 2-0, and since the NFL employed its current playoff format in 1990 more than 62% of teams to start a year with that mark did head to the postseason.
No 2-0 teams will face each other in Week 3. However, there is one matchup that will have two 0-2 teams as the Houston Texans play host to the New York Giants. The two teams are known to struggle on the offensive side of the game. Eli Manning, at age 37, looks like he’s in authority. Meanwhile, Houston’s Deshaun Watson may not be 100% approaching Week 3 after suffering an ACL tear. The Texans are 6-point favorites despite losing eight straight overall and failed to cover their previous seven.
The pinnacle match of Week 3 goes to the Los Angeles Rams and the Chargers. This could be a preview of the Super Bowl, as the Chargers head across town to face the Rams. More than that, these two teams will share the same stadium in a few year’s time. The Rams have been showing top-notch performance and currently -7. They are 7-2 ATS (Against The Spread) in their past nine as a favorite.
Super Bowl LII winners Philadelphia Eagles headed on to win the title without injured star quarterback Carson Wentz, who will be part of the lineup for Sunday’s game. This is the first time since the late in 2017 that Wentz will feature in a game. The Eagles are 6.5-point home favorites facing Andrew Luck and the Colts. A note for the Colts backers: they won last week but failed to win their past eight after a victory.
The obvious disparity between Week 3’s matchups goes to the Minnesota Vikings and the Buffalo Bills. The Vikings are 17-point home favorites against the Bills–and that is the biggest spread of the season.
Ultimately, Sunday’s game should see the New England Patriots debut of former Cleveland Browns Pro Bowl receiver Josh Gordon, and the Patriots are -7 at the Detroit Lions, who are overlooked by ex-New England defensive coordinator Matt Patricia. The Patriots are 12-4 ATS in their last 16 road games but 0-1 ATS away from home in this 2018 NFL season.
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