N.F.L. Week 3 Predictions: Our Picks Against the Spread

Kansas City (2-0) at Indianapolis Colts (0-1-1), 1 p.m., CBS

Line: Kansas City -6 | Total: 50

Kansas City gutted out a win against the Chargers last week, but failed to cover by a half point. The Colts have struggled to find an effective unit to build around, having tied the Texans and gotten shut out by the lowly Jaguars despite being favored in both games.

To change course, Indianapolis will have to get Jonathan Taylor more involved. Last season’s league-leader in rushing yards (1,811), attempts (332) and touchdowns (18) had just nine carries in last week’s loss while Colts quarterback Matt Ryan threw three interceptions. Most bets are on Kansas City but the actual money is split on the Colts’ home opener. Pick: Kansas City -6

Baltimore Ravens (1-1) at New England Patriots (1-1), 1 p.m., Fox

Line: Ravens -3 | Total: 44

Baltimore quarterback Lamar Jackson was getting M.V.P. chants last week after a showstopping first-half performance against Miami. In the second half, however, the battered Ravens secondary gave up 319 passing yards and five touchdowns, dropping Baltimore to the worst-ranked passing defense in the N.F.L. for a second year. The Patriots, coming off a win, are throwing the ball better behind Mac Jones, who may get Coach Bill Belichick’s blessing to air it out against the Ravens. Pick: Patriots +3

Cincinnati Bengals (0-2) at Jets (1-1), 1 p.m., CBS

Line: Bengals -4.5 | Total: 45

The Bengals are struggling against Cover 2 defenses and as a result the offensive line has given up a league-high 13 sacks for 73 lost yards (also a league high). Joe Burrow has been holding the ball to try to make those long completions that got Cincinnati to last season’s Super Bowl, and is now at the bottom of the league in passing yards. The Jets are coming off a thrilling upset win over Cleveland, but they’re still the Jets. Pick: Bengals -4.5

Las Vegas Raiders (0-2) at Tennessee Titans (0-2), 1 p.m., Fox

Line: Raiders -2.5 | Total: 45.5

The market has been active on both sides of this game. The Titans opened as slight favorites, but after a Monday night drubbing from the Bills, the money came in on the Raiders, moving them from underdogs to 2.5-point favorites on the road. Since then, there has been buyback on the Titans, with a slight edge in money bet on their side. The line is still at 2.5, but it may not stay there. Pick: Titans +2.5

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