NFL Betting Lines And Selections For Week 3

Patriots vs Tampa Bay, Sunday, 1 PM, Foxboro...

People with an interest in the NFL should monitor the course of a cold front that might, without a hint of shame, push through the megalopolis and her longitudinally related Southern friends.

A soaking rainstorm can wreak havoc on a football game, and- concurrently- on things like point spreads and over/unders. A fleet passing attack can be halted by Mother Nature herself if the field is sloppy or the winds are howling. A sure-footed kicker might slip, a fumble is exponentially more likely, and- if the rain is bad enough- you might not be able to see people you are supposed to be throwing to on deep routes.

You even want to consider things like grouchy refs. Those little zebra SOBs have taken more than one meal off my table over the years, and they always need to be in the equation. Once you look at them like that, they can actually be thought of as assets.

The front should be passing off the eastern seaboard right around kickoff time, but consult your radar before consulting your bookmaker.


9/22 1:00 ET At New England -7 Tampa Bay 44

As his rookie receivers were dropping pass after pass last week, I saw Tom Brady get as mad as a millionaire married to a supermodel is legally allowed to get. The kids should only improve in a gale.

New England, 30-17


9/22 1:00 ET At Tennessee -3 San Diego 44

San Diego carved up Philadelphia the last time they played, and Tennessee has the 30th ranked offense in the 32 team NFL.

Tennessee, 27-20

9/22 1:00 ET At Minnesota -6.5 Cleveland 41

That line was 5.5 points before Cleveland traded away star running back Trent Richardson and announced former Pat Brian Hoyer as their starting QB. They may be positioning themselves to lose 14 games and get Johnny Football.

Minnseota, 14-10

9/22 1:00 ET Houston -2 At Baltimore 45

Ray Rice is injured, Ray Lewis is retired, and Anquan Boldin is in San Francisco. At least they still have Ed Redd. Wait, what...?

Houston, 20-19

9/22 1:00 ET At Dallas -3.5 St. Louis 47.5

After losing to Kansas City last week, Dallas stands a very good chance of going Oh-for-Missouri.

Dallas, 17-10

9/22 1:00 ET At New Orleans -7.5 Arizona 48.5

New Orleans is 2-0 since their coach came back. My roomate from college was a Louisiana girl, and she pronounces this week's opponent "Ar-zoner." There is a theory that the R sounds that people from Boston drop from words like "harbor" are sent down to Louisiana and put into words like "Sauna."

New Orleans, 27-14

9/22 1:00 ET At Washington PK Detroit 49

DC's defense is giving up 500 yards a game, and it doesn't matter if your QB is an Olympic sprinter if you're doing that.

Detroit, 20-17

9/22 1:00 ET Green Bay -3 At Cincinnati 48.5

Green Bay and Cincinnati are two towns that are just big enough to have NFL teams, but that I can't even begin to imagine myself visiting.

Green Bay, 34-16


9/22 1:00 ET NY Giants -1 At Carolina 47

I actually have Cam Newton and Eli Manning on one of my fantasy teams, and I can't figure out who to start. I'll be thinking about it at 12:59:59 PM Sunday.

NYG, 27-17

9/22 4:05 ET At Miami -3 Atlanta 44.5

I had to double check that there wasn't a team bus crash in Georgia when I saw Miami favored in this game.

Atlanta, 21-10

9/22 4:25 ET At San Francisco -10 Indianapolis 46.5

The 10 point spread the 49ers have against a playoff team shows how much bookies value "coming back strong after a nationally televised stomping at the hands of your arch rival."

San Francisco, 20-13

9/22 4:25 ET At Seattle -19.5 Jacksonville 40.5

That's about the largest point spread I've ever seen in my decade writing sports, other than when I make one up for the high school column if my alma mater is playing. The truly funny thing about this spread is that it's probably not large enough.

Seattle, 28-7

9/22 4:25 ET At NY Jets -2.5 Buffalo 39

I think that NY has swirled further down the bowl than Buffy has, and this should be a genuinely ugly game.

Buffy, 14-13

9/22 8:30 ET Chicago -2 At Pittsburgh 40.5

Thus far this season, Pittsburgh has looked rough. They're shook and off-beat, like white people dancing.

Chicago, 24-21


Monday Night Football Line
9/23 8:40 ET At Denver -15.5 Oakland 49.5

I think Denver could carry a 19.5 point spread in this one.

Denver, 38-9

YTD: 15-18




High School Scores


Nauset 34, Falmouth 8

I had Falmouth by 2 while giving 3, so I won this game despite missing the score by 28.


Marshfield 15, Plymouth North 12

Marsh Vegas scores a very impressive win that may signal the return of the Rams.


#15 Plymouth South 21, Sandwich 7

Dylan Oxsen ran for 3 TDs, including 2 over 68 yards.


Pope John Paul 2 56, St. Clement 41

Diego Maritus scampered for 207 yards and three touchdowns and added 77 yards and a receiving touchdown in the air as PJP2 won a defensive struggle.


Seekonk 48, Wareham 20

?ham got taken to Dope Slap City, and it looks like a tough year in the Ham.


Old Rochester 35, Bourne 0

Bourne has lost the last 2 games by a combined 85-0.


Greater New Bedford 34, Fairhaven 8

Fairhaven may want to seek out Lesser New Bedford next time.


Taunton 42, Durfee 21

Durfee is 70-40 down, ppg-wise.


Barnstable 20, #18 BC High 13

Barnstable took a huge L to DY, but took the scalp of a ranked team last night. Could they be working their way back into the rankings? Kristian Lucashensky threw a pass to Hayden Murphy for the win.


Weston 28, Carver 0

Coach Reeves was so mad, he put the guy in the peanut suit in.


Oliver Ames 28, Pembroke 21

Ha ha... Pembroke got beaten by someone named "Oliver."


Martha's Vineyard 18, Randolph 6

Martha came ashore, kicked some ass, and then went offshore again.


Norton 22, Middleboro 20

Middy made a game of it, and showed moxie putting up 20 points on a fairly good team.


Monomoy 28, St. Joseph's Prep 6

Matt Cook ran for 3 touchdowns and threw for one more. Monomoy is 2-0, and- remember- Upper Cape Tech won a Super Bowl two years after they started as a team.


Blue Hills 46, Upper Cape Tech 26

UCT can forget about this game by drowning their sorrows in Scallops.


Scituate 35, Whitman-Hanson 34

Scituate prevails in a defensive struggle that I believe doubled the over/under.


Minuteman 46, Cape Cod Tech 7

This is what CCT gets for scheduling foes so damned far away.


This Week So Far: 12-5


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