These three teams should be road warriors in Week 3.
New Orleans Saints at Carolina Panthers (-6)
The Saints are in familiar territory as a road underdog, and they’ve thrived in that role lately. New Orleans is 7-2-1 ATS in their last 10 road games and have covered in eight of their last 10 overall when tabbed as an underdog of 3.5 points or more.
Conversely, the Panthers are just 1-4-1 ATS in their last six tilts with the Saints. And while Carolina’s defense has looked quite stingy through two games, they’ve only been asked to stop Brian Hoyer and Tyrod Taylor thus far. Drew Brees poses a far greater challenge than those two, as he’s thrown for 316 YPG this season, the second-best mark in the league through two weeks. Their defense can’t be counted on for more than a few stops against Cam Newton and company, but New Orleans should be able to keep this potential shootout close. They’re the best bet of the week.
The pick: Saints +6
Kansas City Chiefs (-3) at Los Angeles Chargers
The Chiefs and Chargers couldn’t be trending much differently of late; Kansas City is 4-1 ATS in their last five and 5-0 ATS in their last five on the road, while LA is 0-4-1 ATS in their last five and 0-5 ATS in their last five at home.
The Chargers have had a hard-luck start to 2017 with consecutive missed game-winning or tying field goals, but even if they’d won both of those contests, they wouldn’t look nearly as good as Kansas City, who’ve beaten both New England and a sharp Philadelphia squad.
Expect Kareem Hunt and the Chiefs to move the ball on the ground at will against the NFL’s 26th-ranked run defense and keep pace in the uber-competitive AFC West.
The pick: Chiefs -3
Oakland Raiders (-3) at Washington Redskins
The Raiders’ offensive numbers might be skewed after playing the Jets last week, but they were a well-oiled machine last year too. Marshawn Lynch has been a thorn in the side of his opponents this year, contributing to Oakland’s fifth-best rushing attack through two games. The Redskins have stopped the run effectively this season (ninth by YPG) but are sixth-worst at defending the pass. Derek Carr should be able to march his team down the field with ease.
Washington has the third-best run offense in the league so far, but half back Rob Kelley will be battling a rib injury that he suffered in Week 2. Also expected to be less than 100 percent are tight end Jordan Reed and corner back Josh Norman.
The Raiders should have no problem handling the Redskins away from home in this primetime affair, as they’re 8-2 ATS in their last 10 road games.
The pick: Raiders -3
Best of the rest (picks in bold)
Baltimore Ravens (-4) at Jacksonville Jaguars (London)
Houston Texans at New England Patriots (-13)
Miami Dolphins (-6) at New York Jets
New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles (-6)
Cleveland Browns (-1) at Indianapolis Colts
Pittsburgh Steelers (-7.5) at Chicago Bears
Denver Broncos (-3) at Buffalo Bills
Atlanta Falcons (-3) at Detroit Lions
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Minnesota Vikings [OFF]
Seattle Seahawks at Tennessee Titans (-3)
Cincinnati Bengals at Green Bay Packers (-8.5)
Dallas Cowboys (-3) at Arizona Cardinals