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Cowboys QB Tony Romo loves playing against the Bucs. Romo has passer ratings of 148.9, 140.6 and 133.9 in three career games against Tampa Bay with 11 TD passes. The Bucs defense was shredded by Eli Manning last week, giving up 512 yards through the air. The favorite is 5-0 ATS in the last five meetings.
Bears QB Jay Cutler was sacked seven times against Green Bay last week, causing him to lash out at left tackle J’Marcus Webb. To make matters worse, Cutler may not have RB Matt Forte (ankle) at his disposal on Sunday. Three-time Pro Bowl RB Steven Jackson (groin) is “day-to-day,” according to Rams coach Jeff Fisher and will be a game-time decision. The road team is 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings.
San Francisco effectively shut down 2011 NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers in Week 1, then Matthew Stafford and the high-powered Lions in Week 2. The Niners can go 3-0 to begin a season or the first time since 1998 if they can find a way to contain RB Adrian Peterson, who has failed to reach the 100-yard plateau in each of his last seven games, one shy of a career high. The Vikings are 0-5 ATS in their last five home games.
The Titans have been outscored 72-23 in dropping their first two games. RB Chris Johnson, who rushed for over 2,000 yards in 2009 has only 21 yards on 19 carries. The Lions could get a boost at RB on Sunday with the return of Mikel Leshoure. The 2011 second-round draft pick was suspended for the first two games of the season after violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy. The over is 3-0-1 in Detroit’s last four games overall.
Washington QB Robert Griffin III has impressed in his two games, throwing for 526 yards and picking up five TDs. Washington dropped its final six home games last season, but has won five straight home openers. The Cincinnati defense has allowed an average of 434.5 yards to rank 30th in the league – a far cry from the 316.3 per game it surrendered last season. The Bengals are 0-3-2 ATS in their last five road games.
The Saints’ 75 points allowed are tied – with Kansas City – for the highest total through two weeks. New Orleans is last in the league in overall defense at 461.0 yards per game and rushing defense. The Saints have played over the total in seven games dating back to last season and now host the Chiefs, who boast the fifth best rushing attack in the league (151 yards per game).
Dolphins RB Reggie Bush has averaged 126.7 rushing yards in his last six games – the most of any player since Week 13 of 2011. Miami has won two straight and five of its last six home games heading into its contest Sunday against New York. Jets QB Mark Sanchez has averaged 219.5 passing yards with nine TDs and four interceptions while going 2-4 versus Miami in his career. The underdog is 5-2 ATS in the last seven meetings.
Bills RB C.J. Spiller leads the NFL with 292 rushing yards and 364 yards from scrimmage after running for 123 and two scores Sunday against the Chiefs. Buffalo has gone over the total in six straight September games and faces a Cleveland squad that’s 5-0-1 ATS in its last six games overall.
Jaguars QB Blaine Gabbert just plain stunk last week against Houston, finishing with 53 yards passing – his fewest as a starter. Gabbert suffered a glute injury in the contest, but he’s expected to suit up in Week 3. That’s good news for the Colts, who have played under the total in their last six home games.
The Cardinals defense is a major reason why they’re 2-0 and pulled off a major upset over the Patriots last week. The unit has only allowed two touchdowns and 3.4 yards per carry so far this season. The Eagles are the first team in NFL history to begin with a pair of one-point victories despite committing nine turnovers, which is three more than any other team. The home team is 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings.
Falcons QB Matt Ryan is the league’s top-rated passer with a rating of 117.6, and he’s completed 70.1 percent of his passes for 518 yards and five touchdowns. San Diego’s offense is also rolling with 60 points scored and just one turnover after two games and the defense is allowing a league-low 41.5 rushing yards per game under new defensive coordinator John Pagano. The under is 10-1 in San Diego’s last 11 games as a home favorite.
Broncos QB Peyton Manning tossed three interceptions in the first eight minutes of Denver’s Week 2 loss to the Falcons, but was 16-2 against Houston during his time in Indianapolis. His 110.6 QB rating against the Texans is his best against any team he’s played more than four times. Houston is 4-0-1 ATS in its last five games overall.
Steelers RB Rashard Mendenhall (ACL) is on the mend and back at practice. His return could boost a running game that ranks 30th in the league in yardage while averaging just 2.6 per carry. The Raiders are also having trouble on the ground. Oakland is gaining an NFL-worst 2.0 yards per carry and RB Darren McFadden had just 22 yards on 11 attempts in last Sunday’s loss at Miami. The underdog is 5-2 ATS in the last seven meetings.
New England lost tight end Aaron Hernandez to an ankle injury Sunday against the Cardinals. The Patriots signed former Cleveland and Tampa Bay tight end Kellen Winslow on Wednesday to fill in and complement Rob Gronkowski. QB Tom Brady has a 69.1 passer rating in six career games against Baltimore including the postseason – his worst against any opponent. New England is just 1-3-1 ATS in its last five meetings with Baltimore.