Picks, predictions and betting lines for several key Week 3 matchups, including Saints vs. Vikings, Patriots vs. Raiders and Colts vs. Jaguars.

By OddsShark
September 19, 2014
The New Orleans Saints are 11-1 straight up and 10-1-1 against the spread in their last 12 games as the favorite at home, and they will reprise that familiar role this Sunday when they host the Minnesota Vikings.
New Orleans is a 9.5-point favorite at sports books monitored by OddsShark.com. After starting off the season 0-2 straight up and against the spread on the road, the Saints will be desperate to turn their fortunes around against the Vikings in Week 3. Minnesota is just 1-8-1 straight up in its last 10 road games and will take the field this Sunday without running back Adrian Peterson, whose legal troubles landed him on the exempt list earlier this week. New Orleans is usually a strong play at home, and this week should be no different.
The New England Patriots host the Oakland Raiders on Sunday and are the week's heaviest favorite at minus-14. New England could be a strong play this week despite the big spread, as the Patriots are 8-1 SU and ATS in their last nine games against AFC West opponents, including a 2-0 straight up and against the spread record as a double-digit favorite over that stretch. Oakland is 0-5 straight up and 1-4 against the spread in its last five games against AFC East opponents, and the OddsShark Computer has them losing by an average score of 34.5-16.5.
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The Indianapolis Colts are a seven-point road favorite over the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Colts are 3-0 straight up and against the spread in their last three games against Jacksonville, winning each game by at least 17 points. The Jaguars are just 1-8 straight up and 2-6-1 against the spread in their last nine games at home. Indianapolis needs a win to bounce back from a disheartening 0-2 start and should get back on track in Jacksonville.

The Panthers host Pittsburgh in this week's Sunday Night Football matchup, and Carolina looks like a good play for bettors at only minus-3 at home. Carolina is a perfect 8-0 straight up and 7-0-1 against the spread in its last eight regular season home games and is hosting a Steelers team that is just 3-6 straight up and 4-5 against the spread in its last nine games on the road. Carolina is 13-1 SU in its last 14 regular season games overall.

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