Odds are out for the biggest and best games of the upcoming NFL season. Covers Experts’ Doc’s Sports gives you insight into some of these marquee matchups and predicts where the odds could move before kickoff.
NFL Week 3: Detroit Lions at Washington Redskins (-2.5)
Past history: The teams are 3-3 SU and ATS in regular season meetings since 2000, though the Lions have won and covered the last two. The O/U is 1-4-1.
Early look at the Lions: Are the Lions the team that won 10 games (8-6-2 ATS) in 2011 and looked ready to sit at the adult’s table? Or are they the losers who lost their last eight to limp to a 4-12 record last year? They have the talent for the former, but that obviously isn’t always enough. The season win total of 7.5 shows oddsmakers aren’t clear, either.
Early look at the Redskins: Robert Griffin III’s knee is the most important joint in the NFL. If he comes back healthy and ready to grow on a stellar rookie year then the team is a threat. His struggles are the team’s struggles, though. The Skins' win total sits at eight and the over is heavily favored, so the public is drinking the Kool-Aid.
Where this line will move: Washington opens with brutal games at home against the Eagles, then at Green Bay. If there is a Griffin-fueled win or two in that group, or even a good collection of highlight reel heroics, then the public will push this line over the key number of three. If they struggle, though, it will stay put where it is.