Week 3 brought another wild and exciting slate of NFL games. The Texans improved their record to 2-1 with a close win in a tough road matchup against the Chargers. The Lions pulled off one of the bigger upsets of the week, emerging with a three-point victory on the road against the Eagles. Things weren’t a close for the Bears and Vikings, who won their matchups by 16 points and 20 points, respectively.
The goal of this series is to rank the plays that made DKSB users the most money during the week while analyzing the most compelling storylines. With the outcomes being recorded every week from Wednesday to Tuesday, this breakdown includes everything played from Sept. 18-24.
1) Los Angeles Rams (1-0 Straight Up)
2) New York Giants (1-0 SU)
3) Jacksonville Jaguars (1-0 SU)
4) Houston Texans (1-0 SU)
5) Detroit Lions (1-0 SU)
6) Chicago Bears (1-0 SU)
7) Minnesota Vikings (1-0 SU)
8) New Orleans Saints (1-0 SU)
9) Wisconsin (1-0 SU)
10) Auburn (1-0 SU)
Kupp Scores Twice to Lead Rams Past BrownsThe Rams looked to remain perfect on the season during their matchup with the Browns. While the Browns have lofty expectations after adding Odell Beckham Jr., they didn’t really look all that impressive in their first two games. As a result, the Rams entered this contest as 4.5-point favorites despite playing on the road.
The first half didn’t provide much offense with the Browns leading 6-3 at halftime. The Rams finally scored a touchdown early in the third quarter on an 11-yard pass from Jared Goff to Cooper Kupp. The Browns rallied for a touchdown of their own later in the quarter, but would end up being held scoreless for the remainder of the game. The Rams put 10 points on the board in the fourth quarter, leaving them with a seven-point victory. Kupp was at it again, scoring his second touchdown of the game on a six-yard pass from Goff.
Jones Shines in Debut Against BucsWith the Giants looking awful in their first two games, they decided to hand over the starting quarterback job to Daniel Jones. Eli Manning certainly wasn’t the only reason that they were 0-2, especially with how poorly their defense played, but the team needed a spark. With the rookie now under center, the Giants were five-point underdogs and listed at +195 ML to emerge victorious against the Buccaneers.
Things weren’t looking good for the Giants early with the Bucs scoring at will. The Giants trailed 28-10 at the half and eventually lost star running back Saquon Barkley to a high ankle sprain. Despite being without their best player, Jones led the Giants back to take a 32-31 by throwing for two touchdowns and running another one in during the second half. Those who took the Giants and the points were still safe when the Bucs lined up for what would have been a game-winning field in the closing seconds, but those who took the Giants on the money line also cashed in when kicker Matt Gay missed the kick wide right.
Jaguars’ Defense Locks Down TitansAnother Thursday night game between the Jaguars and Titans, just what everyone has been clamoring for. These two teams have historically laid some eggs when playing each other on a Thursday, so adding some betting intrigue to the contest could certainly make the game more watchable. Despite being the home team, the Jaguars were two-point underdogs with a +112 ML at kickoff.
There wasn’t much sweat involved with this game. The Jaguars raced out to a 14-0 lead after one quarter and never looked back. Quarterback Gardner Minshew recorded two touchdown passes and the Jaguars’ defense baffled Marcus Mariota and the Titans all night. The Jaguars ended up sacking Mariota nine times on their way to a 20-7 victory.
Saints Defeat Seahawks Without BreesThe Saints entered this season with Super Bowl aspirations after falling just short last season. Unfortunately for them and their fan base, quarterback Drew Brees suffered a thumb injury in their second game that is expected to sideline him for at least six weeks. With Teddy Bridgewater now the starter, the Saints were five-point underdogs (+200 ML) heading into their bout with the Seahawks
It looked like this game was going to be a laugher with the Saints leading 27-7 after three quarters. They received contributions from multiple areas while building that lead, including a punt return touchdown and a fumble return for a touchdown. The Seahawks did put up three touchdowns in the fourth quarter, but the Saints added one more score of their own to emerge with a six-point win and some heavier wallets for those who backed them.
Wisconsin and Auburn Remain UndefeatedThe world of college football also brought some exciting matchups last week, including Wisconsin hosting Michigan and Auburn taking on Texas A&M. With Wisconsin and Michigan separated by two spots in the rankings, Wisconsin was a three-point favorite (-167 ML). This game was never in doubt with Wisconsin up 28-0 at the half. Jonathan Taylor finished with 203 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries as the Badgers went on to win by 21 points.
Auburn was understandably a 4.5-point underdog (+165 ML) on the road, but they also looked to be on their way to a lopsided win by leading Texas A&M 21-3 after three quarters. Auburn essentially sealed the game on an eight-yard touchdown run by JaTarvious Whitlow in the fourth quarter, although they only won by eight points due to a couple of late touchdowns from Texas A&M. Those two touchdowns were of little consequence for those who placed their faith in the underdogs, anyways.
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