Cincinnati Bengals at Pittsburgh Steelers
September 26th – 1:00 pm ET – Heinz Field
The Pittsburgh Steelers started off the season better than most could have imagined with an emphatic victory in Buffalo against the Bills. However, they were unable to keep it up as they fell on home field to the Las Vegas Raiders last week. They cannot afford a second straight loss at Heinz Field and will be doing everything in their power to come away with a victory against the Bengals.
Cincinnati also find themselves 1-1 for the season, after beating the Minnesota Vikings in week one and losing to the Chicago Bears in week two. This will be their most difficult contest of the campaign thus far though and they could be in for a long afternoon if they aren’t careful.
The Steelers lost several starters last weekend, including T.J. Watt, whose status remains up in the air for week three. Even if he and others aren’t able to play though, Pittsburgh should still pull away with a rather comfortable win in front of their home fans and cover the four-point spread.
Philadelphia Eagles vs Dallas Cowboys
September 27th – 8:15 pm ET – AT&T Stadium
The NFC East will be one of the most interesting divisions to follow all season long as it remains as open as ever. Both the Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles understand though that to ultimately claim the division, they will have to be able to beat their biggest rivals.
Dallas enter Monday night’s game as four-point favorites and it’s not hard to see why. They fell to the defending Super Bowl champions the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the opening game of the season, but looked impressive despite the 31-29 loss. They managed to pull off a big win last week away to the Chargers and will be eager to play their first home game of the year.
The Eagles crushed the Atlanta Falcons in the opening week of the campaign, before falling to the San Francisco 49ers last weekend. While they do look like they have improved from a year ago, it would be tough to consider them contenders to win their division or even reach the playoffs.
Take the home side to earn an important division win in front of what will be a raucous crowd. We could be in for a show with plenty of points scored, so the over is also an exciting option in this one as well.
Washington Football Team at Buffalo Bills
September 26th– 1:00 pm ET – Highmark Stadium
The Buffalo Bills were shocked at Highmark Stadium in their first game of the season against the Pittsburgh Steelers. They managed to turn things around last week with a shutout victory of AFC East rivals, the Miami Dolphins. The Bills came away with a 35-0 win to send a message to the rest of the league that they are legitimate contenders to win the Super Bowl, regardless of their week one loss.
Washington also beat a division rival last week after falling in week one. Washington squeaked out a 30-29 win against the New York Giants last Thursday and have had plenty of time to prepare for the Bills.
Buffalo come into the contest as massive 8.5-point favorites on home soil and should be able to get the job done after the show they put on in Miami last week. While Washington will be looking to keep it close, this one could be over before the halftime break. Take the home team to pick up their second consecutive win and cover the spread in the process.
Los Angeles Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs
September 26th– 1:00 pm ET – Arrowhead Stadium
The Kansas City Chiefs with Patrick Mahomes leading the way do not lose very many football games. It is why last weekend’s loss to Baltimore came as such a surprise. It is even rarer to see them lose two in a row, so don’t count on that at Arrowhead Stadium this weekend. Mahomes and company will be eager to put last week’s loss in the rearview with an important win against the Chargers.
Los Angeles have looked average at best this season, with starting quarterback Justin Herbet not exactly lighting things up either. While they did manage to beat Washington in their first game of the year, don’t expect them to remain in this one for very long.
The Chiefs are 6.5-point favorites on Sunday and it would have been even higher had they managed to beat the Ravens. Kansas City should have no problems dismantling their visitors on Sunday though, with plenty of points being put up on the board as well. Go with the home team and the over.
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Indianapolis Colts at Tennessee Titans
September 26th– 1:00 pm ET – Nissan Stadium
The Tennessee Titans could be having a poor game and still pull off a victory, thanks to their superstar running back Derrick Henry. The 27-year-old had three touchdowns and 182 yards last week against the Seattle Seahawks and could put up even bigger numbers against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday.
The Colts find themselves 0-2 after losing to Seattle Seahawks and Los Angeles Rams. The Colts are better than their record reflects, but will struggle at Nissan Stadium against strong opposition. Carson Wentz still doesn’t look completely comfortable with his new team and the adjustment period could take longer than most had anticipated.
The Titans are 5.5-point favorites, which will not be easy to cover. The Colts tend to keep games close and will be looking to do the same in week three. Take the Titans to ultimately win the game, but go with the visitors to cover the spread when all is said and done, with the over also likely coming in as well.
* All odds are via Parx Sportsbook PA.