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Two-Team Parlay: Miami Dolphins +4.5 (-115) & Los Angeles Rams +1.5 (-110)
After getting thumped by the Bills last week (35-0), the Miami Dolphins will hit the road as four-point underdogs against the undefeated Las Vegas Raiders on Sunday afternoon – as Jon Gruden’s squad heads into Week 3 vying for his franchise’s first 3-0 start since 2002.
I’ll take the points with the Dolphins here though, as the rollercoaster Las Vegas has ridden to reach this point appears somewhat unstable – while I also expect Jacoby Brissett to look far more comfortable after getting a full week of preparation with Miami’s starting unit.
For my second play, I’ll dive into America’s Game of the Week on Fox between a pair of unbeaten heavyweight contenders – as Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will visit Matthew Stafford and the Los Angeles Rams for a highly anticipated Sunday blockbuster at 4:25 E.T.
I’ll take the points with L. A. here, as the Rams were incredibly impressive in their home opener against Chicago (34-14) – while Tampa Bay went just 4-4 ATS on the road last season.
Two-Team Parlay: Pittsburgh Steelers (-180) & Seattle Seahawks (-125)
After knocking off Minnesota in overtime last week (27-24), Joe Burrow and the Cincinnati Bengals (+150) will travel to Pittsburgh as slim underdogs against the Steelers at Heinz Field this Sunday afternoon.
I’ll take Pittsburgh money line here, as I’m still clinging to that brief flash of dominance the Steelers showed during their Week 1 victory over Buffalo (23-16) – while the Bengals dropped an ugly matchup in Chicago to kick off the season (20-17), and then narrowly escaped with an overtime win against a middling Vikings’ squad last week.
For my final play, I’ll wrap things up with an afternoon NFC battle between Seattle and Minnesota – as Kirk Cousins and the Vikings enter their Week 3 matchup still desperately searching for their first victory of the new season.
I’ll take the Seahawks money line here, as Minnesota stumbled out to an incredibly underwhelming 0-2 start with losses to the Cardinals and Bengals – and despite dropping an overtime heartbreaker to Tennessee last week (33-30, OT), Seattle has looked pretty solid in each of its first two matchups to open the year.
Tom Brady (QB, Tampa Bay) - Over 2.5 Passing Touchdowns (+140)
Trevor Lawrence (QB, Jacksonville) – Over 1.5 Passing Touchdowns (-110)
After jumping out to a red hot 2-0 start with imposing wins over Dallas and Atlanta, Brady and the Buccaneers will finally get their first big test of the season in Week 3 as they hit the west coast to face Stafford and the new-look Rams.
I’ll back Brady to toss three or more touchdown passes against L. A. this Sunday, as the three-time MVP has thrown four or more TDs in each of the Bucs’ first two matchups (9 TD) – and Tampa Bay has no reason to stray away from leaning on his timeless arm for the majority of its red-zone production.
On the other hand, after allowing Lawrence to sling 51 passes in his NFL debut against the Texans (3 TD, 3 INT), Urban Meyer considerably scaled things back within Jacksonville’s passing attack ahead of their Week 2 matchup against the Broncos – as Trevor Lawrence ended up attempting just 33 passes during the Jags’ 23-13 loss to Denver last week (1 TD, 2 INT).
I’ll back Lawrence to bounce back with a pair of touchdown passes here, as Jacksonville will likely revert to leaning on its passing game against a Cardinals’ defense that just surrendered three passing TDs to Cousins and the Vikings last week.