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The Arizona Cardinals hope their off the field missteps don't carry onto the field.

Latest NFL Lines & Predictions Arizona Hosts San Francisco in Huge NFC West Tilt

The Arizona Cardinals will look to remain unbeaten and hand their division rivals their second consecutive loss when they host the San Francisco 49ers in a Week 3 NFC West divisional battle that could have playoff implications, even at this early juncture of the 2014 season.

To give you an edge this weekend here is my latest lines and prediction for this NFC West battle.

San Francisco at Arizona
Time: 4:05 PM
Spread: San Francisco -2
Total: 42

Latest NFL Lines & Predictions Preview as Cardnials Host 49ers

Arizona (2-0 SU, 1-1 ATS) came back from an early deficit to beat San Diego 18-17 in their Week 1 matchup although they failed to cover the spread as a 3-point home favorite. The Cardinals looked even more impressive in man-handling the New York Giants 25-14 in Week 2 to cover the spread as a 1-point road dog.

Arizona beat the G-Men with backup quarterback Drew Stanton under center as starter Carson Palmer sat out with nerve pain in his throwing shoulder. Stanton completed just 14 of 29 passes for 167 yards against New York as the team’s defense put the clamps on Eli Manning and company.

Not only will the Cardinals be without their starting quarterback, but they’ll also be without backup running back Jonathan Dwyer following his arrest in connection with two altercations at his home in late July involving a 27-year-old woman and an 18-month-old child.

The Cardinals rank in the middle third in every meaningful offensive statistical category, but are playing wonderful defense for the second straight season as they rank 100th in total yards allowed, third against the run and seventh in points allowed (15.5).

San Francisco (1-1 SU, 1-1 ATS) looked fantastic in spanking Dallas 28-17 in Week 1 to cash in as a 3.5-point road favorite. Unfortunately, the Niners looked nothing like the team that took the field in Week 1 in their humbling 28-20 Week 2 loss to Chicago in Week 2.

The 49ers failed to cover the spread as a 7-point home favorite as quarterback Colin Kaepernick turned the ball over four times while throwing three interceptions. San Francisco blew a 17-point lead in the loss in their first-ever game at Levi’s Stadium.

"I think he was seeing things good," coach Jim Harbaugh said. "He threw some pretty darn good balls that got intercepted."

Kaepernick completed 21 of 34 points for 248 yards with one TD pass and the aforementioned three picks. The Niners have had a league-high 27 penalties called on them through two games.

"Those penalties, man, they hurt us big time," linebacker Patrick Willis said. "We had a lot of opportunities where we had a chance to get off the field and you turn around and see the flag. It’s kind of like a punch in the gut."

Latest NFL Lines & Predictions Analysis – Cardnials Vs. 49ers

I really like the Arizona Cardinals this season and fully expect them to contend for a playoff berth after just missing out on one last season, but I can’t back them in this contest.

With Carson Palmer out I think Arizona is going to have trouble passing the ball, thereby effectively making them a one-dimensional team that the Niners can stack the box against.

San Francisco has gone 6-1 ATS in their last seven road games against a team with a winning home record and 9-2 ATS in their last 11 road games overall.

The Cardinals have compiled some formidable ATS trends themselves in going 5-1 ATS in their last six games against their NFC counterparts and 7-2 ATS in their last nine games overall.

Again however, with Palmer out, I think Arizona is facing a big uphill battle to score the ball against a Niners team that is ranked sixth in total yards and seventh against the run.

The 49ers are 7-1 ATS in their last eight road games against the Cardinals and 9-2 ATS in their last 11 meetings against Arizona overall. Last but not least, the road team in this series is 12-5 ATS in the last 17 meetings.

My Latest NFL Lines & Predictions Pick: San Francisco -2 Points

NFL Game Picks – Oakland Raiders vs New England Patriots

NFL Game Picks – Oakland Raiders vs New England Patriots

Rookie quarterback Derek Carr and the rebuilding Oakland Raiders will look to get their first win of the season when they visit Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots in a Week 3 NFL matchup that is offering far more value than fun-filled glamour.

Let’s take a look at which team is going to come out on top in this matchup.

Oakland at New England
Time: 1:00 PM
Spread: New England -14.5
Total: 46.5

NFL Game Picks – Oakland Raiders vs New England Patriots

Preview: New England lost its  regular season opener in a shocker as they got man-handled by Miami 33-20 in Week 1 while failing to cover the NFL betting line as a 3.5-point road favorite.

The Patriots bounced back nicely to pound the rebuilding Minnesota Vikings 30-7 winner in Week 2 and cash in as a(1-1 SU,1-1 ATS) 3.5-point road fave.

Despite their convincing win over the Vikings, New England clearly isn’t firing on all cylinders offensively right now. Tom Brady completed 14 of 21 passes for 149 yards and one touchdown while running back Stevan Ridley added 101 rushing yards on 25 carries and an additional score.

New England picked off Minnesota quarterback Matt Cassel four times in the win and returned a blocked field for a touchdown in the win. The Pats rank 27th in total yards and passing and ninth in scoring (25.0 ppg).

"Our passing game hasn’t been stellar to this point. We have to keep going after it," Brady said. "Guys will get opportunities to get more balls, and I need to do a better job of finding those guys when they’re open."

Oakland played a competitive game in its 2014 opener but fell to the Jets 19-14 after a late comeback fell just short. The Raiders failed to build on their Week 1 performance in their humbling 30-14 Week 2 loss to Houston while never coming close to covering the spread as a 3-point home underdog.

Oakland’s (0-2 SU,1-1 ATS) promising rookie signal-caller Derek Carr struggled in completing just 27 of 42 passes for 263 yards with one touchdown and two costly interceptions. Carr also led the team in rushing  by picking up 58 yards on four carries.

The Raiders are ranked a dismal 31st in total yards and rushing yards while also ranking 23rd in passing and just 29th in scoring (14.0  ppg). Things are only slightly better on the defensive side of the ball where Oakland ranks 22nd in total yards (364.5) and points (24.5) allowed. The Raiders rank dead last against the run, allowing a whopping average of 200 yards per game.

"You can’t allow a team to just run the football down the field on you," Oakland head coach Dennis Allen said. "That has to change. Like I told the players, run defense is a mentality. Run defense is about lining up across from somebody, hitting them in the mouth, knocking them back, getting off a block, and making a play."

"We’re two weeks into the season. At the same time, you don’t want to bury your head in the sand," Allen said. "We’ve got to get better. We need to do it fast."

This contest is a virtual lock for New England as I expect the Pats to cover the spread with just a bit of room to spare.

Oakland is 1-5 ATS in its last six games and has lost 12 of its last 13 road games. New England has gone 4-2 ATS in its last six games and a near-perfect 7-1 ATS in their last eight home games.

My NFL Game Pick: New England -14.5 Points

NFL Week 3 – Oakland Raiders vs New England Patriots
The Patriots are 14.5 point favorites when they host the Oakland Raiders this Sunday at Foxboro for an NFL week 3 matchup
Starts: 09/21/2014 1:00PM
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NFL Moneyline Picks - Green Bay Visits Detroit in Week 3 NFC North Divisional battle

NFL Moneyline Picks – Green Bay Visits Detroit in Week 3 NFC North Battle

The Detroit Lions will look to get back in the win column while simultaneously keeping the Green Bay Packers from recording consecutive victories when the two teams renew their longstanding NFC North divisional rivalry.

Both title hopefuls are looking for consistency after splitting their first two games respectively.

Green Bay at Detroit
Time: 1:00 PM
Spread: Detroit -2
Total: 52

Week 3 NFC North NFL Moneyline Picks – Green Bay Vs Detroit

Preview: Detroit (1-1 SU, 1-1 ATS) pounded the Giants 35-14 in Week 1 to cash in as a 6.5-point home favorite, but the Lions couldn’t build on that victory as they fell to Carolina 24-7 in Week 2 as a 1-point road underdog.

Starting quarterback Matthew Stafford completed 27 of 48 passes for 291 yards with one touchdown and one interception in the loss. The Lions committed three turnovers and rookie place kicker Nate Freese missed two field-goal attempts.

"What you have to make certain of is that everybody needs to understand that this only counts as one game. This team is not 0-12, or anything of that nature, so there’s some balance to it," first-year coach Jim Caldwell said.

Detroit ranks fourth in passing, but just 23 in scoring (21.0 ppg) offensively, but they rank second in total defense, second against the run and 11th in points allowed (19.0).

Caldwell went on to say that his team isn’t about to panic after one loss.

"Just like last week there weren’t a bunch of guys hollering about the win, they were level-headed and I believe they will handle the loss the exact same way. We will be level-headed, get our corrections made, focus on our next opponent and move forward."

Green Bay (1-1 SU,0-1-1 ATS) got soundly spanked in its 36-16 season-opening loss at Seattle as a 4.5-point road dog, but bounced back nicely to beat the Jets 31-24 last Sunday as a 7-point home favorite.

The Packers got a fantastic performance from quarterback Aaron Rodgers as the perennial Pro Bowler completed 25 of 42 passes for 346 yards and three touchdowns.

Rodgers found veteran wide receiver Jordy Nelson nine times for a career-high 209 yards. The pair hooked up for a highlight-reel-making 80-yard touchdown with 2:08 left in the third quarter that put Green Bay up for good.

"Well, pretty impressive. Take it for granted sometimes. He’s not a big `me’ guy … so he kind of gets overlooked sometimes," Rodgers said of Nelson. "We know the kind of player he is."

Nelson’s 209 receiving yards were the most by a Packer since Don Beebe racked up a whopping 220 yards back in 1996.

"Jordy, you always see him making some big plays. He is definitely their big-play guy," Johnson told the Packers’ official website. "He’s a guy we’ve got to be able to contain come Sunday; you know, not let him get the ball and run with it and find seams to make bigger plays after he catches it."

Analysis: I’m going on record right now to say that I think this Week 3 affair is going to be an absolute shootout that almost assuredly plays over the game’s 52-point O/U Total.

The Over is 4-0 in Green Bay’s last four road games and 6-0 in their last six games in the month of September.

The Over is also 5-1 in the Packers last six games overall and 4-1 in their last five games against their NFC North division rivals. Last but not least, the Over is 7-3 in Detroit’s last 10 home games.

In addition to a pick for the Over, I also like the Packers to win this game outright and take another step toward what I believe will be a division title this season.

The Packers have won a whopping 23 of the last 27 meetings against Detroit while compiling a consistent 34-16-1 ATS in their last 51 games against their division rivals.

The Lions are 2-5 ATS in their last seven home games, 1-4 ATS in their last five games against their NFC conference rivals and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games following an SU loss.

The Packers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 meetings against the Lions and 6-2 ATS in their last eight road games against Detroit.

My Week 3 NFC North NFL Moneyline Picks: Green Bay +2 and the over 52

NFL – Green Bay Packers Vs Detroit Lions
First place in the NFC North is on the line when the Green Bay Packers visit Ford Field to face the Detroit Lions who are favored by 2 points. 
Starts: 09/21/2014 1:00PM