NFC Top Three Matchups – Week 3
We are just two weeks into the 2012 NFL regular season there are just a handful of teams that have emerged undefeated which is already sending shock waves through the Super Bowl futures odds. The following is a handicapping guide for the three of the top games in the NFC this Sunday with lines provided by Bookmaker.
Sunday, Sept. 23
Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Dallas Cowboys (-9) Total Line: 45.5
Tampa Bay gave away a golden opportunity to start the season 2-0 after blowing a 14-point lead in a 41-34 loss to the Giants as a nine-point road underdog. The Buccaneers defense will have to find a way to quickly get back to the form that held Carolina to just 10 points on opening day.
Consistency problems once again reared its ugly head for Dallas in a 27-7 loss to Seattle as a three-point road favorite. This followed a very solid 24-17 victory over the Giants as a 3.5-point road underdog on opening day. Tony Romo completed fewer than 58 percent of his passes against the Seahawks and the Cowboys managed just 49 yards on the ground.
The Buccaneers are 0-5 straight-up in their last five road games and 1-4 SU in their last five games against the Cowboys. The total has stayed UNDER in seven of the last nine meetings. Dallas is has won eight of the last nine meetings SU when playing at home.
San Francisco 49ers (-6) vs. Minnesota Vikings Total Line: 47
San Francisco remains the toast of the NFC after outscoring its first two opponents 57-41 on its way to a 2-0 start. Alex Smith threw for 226 yards and two touchdowns against the Lions and offense added 148 yards on the ground. It now leads the NFC in average rushing yards per game with 167.
Minnesota escaped with a 26-23 overtime win over Jacksonville on opening day as a 3.5-point home favorite but was on the wrong end of a three-point loss to Indianapolis as a 2.5-point road favorite this past Sunday.
The 49ers are 1-4 ATS in their last five games on the road and 1-4 SU in their last five games against Minnesota. The total has stayed UNDER in five of the last seven meetings on the road against the Vikings. Minnesota has won five of its last six home games against San Francisco.
Philadelphia Eagles (-5.5) vs. Arizona Cardinals Total Line: 44.5
Philadelphia is 2-0 SU by the slimmest of margins after posting its second-straight one-point victory. This past Sunday it escaped with a 24-23 win over Baltimore as once again Michael Vick led the offense on a late fourth- quarter touchdown drive to pull out the win. Turnovers and penalties continue to plague this team, but the Eagles lead the league in total offense with an average of 471 yards per game.
Arizona escaped with a narrow 20-18 upset over New England as a 13.5-point road underdog when a late Patriot field goal attempt to win the game went wide to left. Arizona also sweated-out a 20-16 win over Seattle on opening day as a 2.5-point home dog. John Skelton’s status could be a game-time decision, so look for Kevin Kolb to get the start at quarterback against his old team.
The Eagles have now won five straight games dating back to the end of last season. The total has stayed UNDER in five of their last six road games, but it has gone OVER in four of their last five games in Arizona. Philadelphia has lost six of its last eight road games against the Cardinals SU and is 0-4 ATS in its last four.
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