Metro predicts how the local NFL teams will fare in Week 3.
Indianapolis Colts at Philadelphia Eagles (-6)
The Eagles exited a disappointing loss to Tampa Bay on the road last week, but the locker room was quickly rejuvenated when it was announced that Carson Wentz will be back under center for Week 3.
Nick Foles was serviceable in his stint as the starter, but he couldn’t match the MVP-quality production that Wentz had until his Week 14 injury last season.
Philly has yielded some profitable betting angles of late, as they’re 4-1 ATS in their last five, and 8-2 ATS in their last 10 at home. As a six-point favorite or higher, the Eagles are one point shy from covering in seven straight.
The Colts did well to pick up a road win at Washington last week, but Indy has struggled to build momentum. Per oddsshark.com, they’ve dropped each of their last eight contests following a victory. You can bet on Colts versus Eagles now at SugarHouse!
The pick: Eagles -6
New York Giants at Houston Texans (-6)
The betting public spoke early in this matchup, as the opening line of Houston -3.5 was quickly pushed up to -6 after Eli Manning and company managed just 13 points against the Cowboys on Sunday night.
The Texans have been an awful bet dating back last season, dropping each of their last seven straight-up and ATS, but they draw some favorable matchups with the Giants.
New York’s secondary is among the best at defending the pass, but their front seven is full of holes. They’ve surrendered an average of 137.5 rushing yards through two games. That bodes well for Lamar Miller, who’s averaging 4.3 yards per carry (34 attempts) this year. Alfred Blue and DeShaun Watson also contribute to the NFL’s most potent ground game through two weeks.
The Giants continue to be an unreliable bet, as they’ve dropped four of their last five road games against the spread. They look like a fade once more.
The pick: Texans -6
New England Patriots (-6.5) at Detroit Lions
The Patriots pay a visit to Detroit on Sunday night to face off against former defensive coordinator Matt Patricia and the Lions. And while that may be a reason to tune in, there may not be any reason to stay awake for the fourth quarter.
The Patriots were taken to task by a hungry Jaguars squad in Jacksonville last week, but Detroit is a significantly easier opponent. Tom Brady, along with new pickup Josh Gordon, should be able to dismantle the league’s worst scoring defense through two games. That unit is dealing with injuries to their two biggest names; Ezekiel Ansah and Darius Slay.
Matt Stafford will put up numbers, but his effort is unlikely to be enough to outgun the opposition.
The pick: Patriots -6.5