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Sunday’s Week 3 NFL Betting Cheat Sheet

We preview the Week 3 NFL action to bring you the need-to-know facts and figures in order to make a wager on the gridiron.

Atlanta Falcons at Dallas Cowboys (+1, 44)

* Wideout Julio Jones has been limited in practice this week due to a sore hamstring, but he has been unstoppable in the first two games, scoring twice while tying to the league lead with 22 receptions and ranking second with 276 yards.

* Dallas turned in a superb performance in limiting Philadelphia to 226 yards of total offense and seven yards rushing behind a 14-tackle effort from linebacker Sean Lee, who was named the NFC’s Defensive Player of the Week.

Indianapolis Colts at Tennessee Titans (+3, 45.5)

* The Colts have gone 7-0 straight up and against the spread in the previous seven meetings with the Titans.

* Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota will receive his first taste of AFC South play, as the second overall pick came back to earth following a scintillating four-touchdown performance in the season opener with two fumbles in a 28-14 loss to Cleveland. When asked how he can improve, Mariota matter-of-factly stated that he needed to “keep two hands on the football.”

Oakland Raiders at Cleveland Browns (-3.5, 42.5)

* Oakland has lost 11 straight (5-6 ATS) and 19 of its last 20 on the road (9-10-1 ATS).

* The Cleveland Browns turn back to Josh McCown as they search for their second consecutive victory. Cleveland posted a 28-14 triumph over Tennessee last week behind Johnny Manziel, who threw two touchdown passes for the first time in his brief career as McCown was sidelined with a concussion.

Cincinnati Bengals at Baltimore Ravens (-2.5, 44.5)

* Andy Dalton enters Week 3 as the only quarterback in the league who has started each of his team’s first two games and has yet to be sacked or throw an interception.

* Visiting Baltimore in September has not been a pleasant experience of late. Joe Flacco has been nearly unbeatable at home in the month, guiding the Ravens to a 13-1 record. The Ravens are 10-4 ATS in those games.

Jacksonville Jaguars at New England Patriots (-13.5, 48.5)

* Blake Bortles could be missing one of his biggest weapons with running back Denard Robinson (knee) questionable, but rookie T.J. Yeldon is ready to step up. The Alabama product took on the extra workload with 25 carries in last week’s 23-20 triumph over Miami and managed 75 yards.

* Tom Brady has yet to throw an interception in a league-high 91 pass attempts and threw for seven touchdowns in leading the Patriots to wins over Pittsburgh and Buffalo to begin the campaign. “He has high expectations and high goals for himself,” New England offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels told reporters. “He knows that it’s going to take a tremendous amount of work to continue performing at the level that he wants to play at, and he deserves a lot of credit for that.”

New Orleans Saints at Carolina Panthers (-8, 42.5)

* A bit of anomaly for the Saints as quarterback Drew Brees will miss his first game in his 15-year NFL career, meaning Luke McCown has been thrust into the starting role. According to a tweet from Sports Insights, McCown is 2-7 ATS in his NFL career when starting under center.

* The Under has gone 10-2 in the last 12 meetings in Carolina between the Saints and Panthers, including 2014 and 2013.

Philadelphia Eagles at New York Jets (-2, 46)

* The Eagles are off to an 0-2 start SU and ATS, have struggled mightily on offense and those problems could be compounded if running back DeMarco Murray is unable to play in the crucial contest. Murray participated in practice Friday but, according to Jeff McLane of The Philadelphia Inquirer, “has to pass a more strenuous session Saturday”.

* New York shut down Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts to move to 2-0 and it could have a field day against the Eagles, who are last in the NFL in rushing with just 70 yards in two games.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Houston Texans (-7, 40.5)

* Jameis Winston has been sacked seven times and lost a fumble in two games, but the offensive line is confident it can protect the young quarterback against Watt and company. “We have a plan,” right tackle Gosder Cherilus told reporters. “Hopefully, the plan will be good enough. If it’s not, we’re going to have to do what we’ve got to do. That’s the game – show up, be at your best, and hopefully your best will be good enough.”

* The Texans are playing their first home game since switching the field at NRG Stadium from natural grass to an artificial surface for the remainder of the season.

San Diego Chargers at Minnesota Vikings (-2, 44.5)

* The Chargers’ primary opponent has been themselves as they have turned the ball over six times – second only to Indianapolis (eight).

* Second-year quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is completing 74 percent of his passes (37-for-50) but has thrown for just 384 yards with a touchdown and an interception in two games this season. The second-year quarterback has flourished at home, recording 10 scores (nine passing, one rushing) in his last five starts.

Pittsburgh Steelers at St. Louis Rams (-1, 48)

* The Steelers have led the way in two-point conversions this season, hitting on all three attempts including two last week versus the 49ers. Games with two or more successful 2-point converts are 21-1-1 Over/Under, for a 95.4 percent Over rate. Oh yeah. All-Pro running back Le’Veon Bell returns from a two-game suspension Sunday.

* After passing for 297 yards and a touchdown and rushing for a score against Seattle, offseason acquisition Nick Foles took a step backward versus Washington, going 17-of-32 for 150 yards and a TD. The running game has stalled while awaiting the debut of first-round pick Todd Gurley (knee), as receiver Tavon Austin leads the team with 57 rushing yards.

San Francisco 49ers at Arizona Cardinals (-6.5, 45)

* After rushing for a career-high 168 yards against Minnesota, Carlos Hyde was slowed by a leg contusion and a head injury versus the Steelers, but he is expected to play on Sunday.

* Arizona has traditionally struggled to run the ball but David Johnson showed such a burst during his franchise-best 108-yard kick return for a touchdown last week that coach Bruce Arians stressed that he’d grant the rookie a larger role on Sunday.

Buffalo Bills at Miami Dolphins (-2.5, 41.5)

* Plagued by a nagging hamstring injury, LeSean McCoy returned to practice on Thursday and is prepared to battle both the Dolphins and possible dehydration when he takes the field on Sunday. The electric back rolled up 89 yards on the ground and added three receptions for the second straight week to lead Buffalo, which puts its third-ranked rushing attack (153.5 yards per game) against Miami’s 27th-ranked rush defense (142 yards per game).

* The favorite is 7-1 ATS in their last eight meetings between the two AFC East rivals. Books opened the Dolphins as 2.5-point home favorites, but that is now -2.5.

Chicago Bears at Seattle Seahawks (-14.5, 43.5)

* The absences of Jay Cutler and Alshon Jeffery will surely put more pressure on Matt Forte, who ranks third in the NFL in both rushing (202 yards) and yards from scrimmage (271).

* The Seahawks’ slow start is especially surprising after playing in the last two Super Bowls, as their once-vaunted defense has allowed 61 points through two games. There’s help on the way, as safety Kam Chancellor ended his holdout this week, but it’s unclear whether or not he will play Sunday.

Denver Broncos at Detroit Lions (+3, 44.5)

* The Broncos remained unbeaten by scoring a pair of touchdowns nine seconds apart in the final minute last week to eke out a stunning 31-24 victory at Kansas City.

* Detroit blew a 21-3 lead in a season-opening defeat at San Diego and trailed the entire way against Minnesota as quarterback Matthew Stafford was hit early and often, requiring X-rays on his ribs and chest afterward.