Liz Bhandari is back with her NFL week three preview, starting with a game that has the entire NFL community excited. Why? Because this might just be the game that becomes the NFC Championship in January.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ LA Rams
The Rams are 2-0 right now and so are no doubt feeling on fire in their new set-up. The Bucs have the same winning record too, using what they know is a tried and tested formula.
So which team continues their winning streak? Right now, the Rams and the Bucs are very well matched on both offense and defense so I think it’ll be a tough game to call.
Matthew Stafford is clearly in love with Kupp’s ability to get open and they already have chemistry that some quarterbacks still don’t have with receivers that they have worked with for years. Kupp has had two monster games in a row and with the Buccaneers being a little shorthanded in the secondary you could expect him to have another 100 plus yard receiving game.
Tampa Bay will also have to put up points and a lot of them for that matter. It doesn’t seem like they have anything telling them to run the football that often, as Tom Brady just threw for five touchdowns last weekend. I think that Brady throwing for two more touchdowns is another great bet, as it is hard to imagine these two elite offenses holding each other to less than 20 points each.
Mike Evans or Cooper Kupp to score the first touchdown of the game – 5/1
Cooper Kupp over 84 receiving yards – 17/20
Tom Brady to have over 2.5 passing touchdowns – 23/20
Over 57.5 total match points – 11/10
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Indianapolis Colts @ Tennessee Titans
Carson Wentz isn’t likely to get onto the field in this matchup after he somehow sprained both of his ankles in his last contest. Ouch! Jacob Eason would be the next man up and play a defense that was turned into swiss cheese against both the Arizona Cardinals and the Seattle Seahawks.
It is clear that the Titans defense can’t stop anybody, but their offense is more than talented enough to barely win games. Which brings me to the first big bet to make. Derrick Henry is going to have another phenomenal game. He had a mediocre opening week but responded with over 150 rushing yards and two touchdowns in Week 2. He has seemingly found his groove again and should be able to build upon that game against his division rivals. Plus, both teams will need to put up a good number of points to win this game, it definitely won’t be 13-10 I’ll tell you that right now.
I would bet on Michael Pittman Jr. leading this Colts offense in receiving yards. This is a bit riskier than the other bets I have talked about here, but he led the team last weekend and even though it will be unpredictable with Eason at the helm, Pittman has proved that he can lead a team in targets and receptions. Just something to look out for here.
Michael Pittman Jr to have over 49 receiving yards – 17/20
Derrick Henry over 101 rushing yards – 5/6
Derrick Henry to score a rushing touchdown – 7/10