Eagles, Raiders underdogs in Week 3

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(OddsShark.com) — A pair of Super Bowl longshots coming off big wins in Week 2 go head-to-head on Sunday as the Oakland Raiders travel to Cleveland to face the Browns as early 3.5-point underdogs at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

The Raiders, who sport 100/1 odds to win Super Bowl 50, bounced back from a 33-13 pounding by the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 1 to post a 37-33 victory over the Baltimore Ravens last week, picking up the win as 6-point home underdogs.

The victory also ended Oakland’s two-game losing streak, both straight up and against the spread, while pushing the point total OVER for a fifth straight game.

Cleveland enters Sunday afternoon’s Raiders vs. Browns betting matchup at FirstEnergy Stadium as a diminished 150/1 Super Bowl longshot despite a solid 28-14 win over the Tennessee Titans in Week 2.

The win ended Cleveland’s six-game SU losing streak, 3-3 ATS, while improving the OVER to 2-0 for their games this season following a 1-11 run.

The Browns are undefeated SU in their past three home meetings with Oakland, according to the OddsShark NFL Database, and 7-1-1 ATS in their last nine matchups.

The Philadelphia Eagles will be looking to buoy their rapidly sinking Super Bowl odds when they visit the surging New York Jets as 2.5-point underdogs this week. The Eagles opened the season as a strong 17/2 Super Bowl bet, but have plummeted to 22/1 after losing outright while favored to both the Atlanta Falcons and Dallas Cowboys.

Conversely, the defensively-minded Jets have allowed just 17 total points in SU wins over Cleveland and the Indianapolis Colts. However, history favors the Eagles, who have averaged almost 30 points per game in six straight SU wins over New York, going 5-1 ATS.

The Colts look for their first win of the 2015 campaign when they visit the Titans as soft 4.5-point chalk. The Colts have played sloppy ball in a pair of SU and ATS losses to the Jets and Buffalo Bills, committing eight turnovers in their first two outings, but are 7-0 SU and ATS in their last seven versus Tennessee.

The Titans showed promise with their stunning 42-14 Week 1 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but failed to contain quarterback Johnny Manziel in a disappointing loss to the Browns, dropping them to 1-11 SU in their last 12, 3-9 ATS.

In other NFL Week 3 betting action, the Ravens host the Bengals this weekend as 2.5-point chalk, while the Bills visit the Miami Dolphins as 2.5-point underdogs, and the Falcons take on the injury-riddled Cowboys as 1.5-point favorites.

Broncos double-digit favorites on Sunday night vs. winless, depleted Giants

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The Denver Broncos head into Sunday night with the largest spread they have had at home after a bye week in at least 25 years. The Broncos are 11.5-point favorites against the winless New York Giants with a 38.5-point total for the Week 6 Sunday Night Football matchup at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

Denver is 6-1 straight-up and against the spread in post-bye week games dating back to 2010. There’s a similar long-running trend of Denver being 7-2 SU and ATS in home games following a bye week since 2003. However, this is the first time since 1996 that Denver has been a double-digit favorite in that scenario.

The Giants, which are 0-5 SU and 2-3 ATS, had three wide receivers, including Odell Beckham Jr., sustain season-ending injuries last week. That has left QB Eli Manning with WR Roger Lewis (15 career catches) and WR Tavarres King as his main outside targets. Slot WR Sterling Shephard (sprained ankle) could be inactive.

While team performances tend to gravitate toward the mean with time, the Giants will need to show something new – with replacement-level personnel – in order to move the ball against a Denver pass defense which allows only 6.2 yards per pass, fifth-best in the NFL.

The Broncos’ top-ranked defense, led by OLB Von Miller, is also first in run defense and has every starter healthy. While NFC teams are a combined 1-10 SU on the road against Denver since 2012, the Giants are a solid 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games against the AFC.

Denver, 3-1 SU and 2-1-1 ATS, has been quietly efficient on offense. The Broncos, with QB Trevor Siemian, are in the middle of the NFL pack in yards per pass, but they are facing a Giants secondary that is minus CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (suspension) and has also had inconsistent play from CB Eli Apple.

Denver, 7-2 ATS over its last nine home games in October, has been good at opening holes for the tandem of C.J. Anderson and Jamaal Charles, who are each capable of making things happen in the open field if the tackling gets sloppy. New York also won’t have DT Olivier Vernon drawing double teams up front and keeping blockers off MLB Damon Harrison.

Unless the Broncos stop themselves, they should be able to grind out a workmanlike win.

The total has gone over in three of the Giants’ last four games against the Broncos, according to the OddsShark NFL Database. The total has gone over in six of the Broncos’ last seven games as a favorite of 11.0 points or more.

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Watch Indianapolis Colts vs. Seattle Seahawks live on NBC


The Seattle Seahawks host the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday Night Football as both teams look to get back to .500.

Russell Wilson will be the focal point of the Seahawks offense after throwing for a career-high 373 yards and four touchdowns in a losing effort vs. the Titans in Week 3. Wilson’s ability to avoid the rush and use his legs will be on full display as Seattle’s offensive line continues to struggle.

On the defensive side, the Seahawks’ “Legion of Boom” will look to get back on track at home in a raucous environment against Colts QB Jacoby Brissett who is filling in for an injured Andrew Luck.

If the Colts have any chance to pull off the upset on the road, Brissett will have to use his legs and connect on some deep throws to T.Y. Hilton.

Football Night in America

Start time: 7:00 p.m. ET

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Colts vs. Seahawks

Start time: 8:30 p.m. ET

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