Coming off of a successful 2-1 set of picks in Week 2, the column now has a record of 3-2-1 through the first two weeks. If you’re looking to take a chance on some more underdogs in Week 3, here are three that could turn out to be profitable.
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This Giants suffered arguably the biggest injury across the league in Week 2, when they lost star running back Saquon Barkley (knee) for the season. There is no one who can replace him, but the Giants did quickly add to their depth at the position by signing Devonta Freeman. They’ll also have to deal with a key injury at wide receiver since Sterling Shepard (toe) was placed on IR. That should leave Darius Slayton, Golden Tate and Evan Engram very busy moving forward, especially as they try to ease Freeman into their offensive system.
As bad as things are for the Giants, it’s even worse for the 49ers. Players who have either already been ruled out or are unlikely to play in this game include Raheem Mostert (knee), Tevin Coleman (knee), Jimmy Garoppolo (ankle), Deebo Samuel (foot), Nick Bosa (knee), Solomon Thomas (knee) and Richard Sherman (calf). With so many injuries to key components on both sides of the ball, the Giants can keep this game close despite losing some players of their own. Frankly, it wouldn’t be shocking to see the Giants win this game on their home field.
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Things are not looking good for the Eagles right now. They sit at 0-2 after a blowout loss to the Rams and a shocking loss at the hands of Washington in Week 1. Their offense has looked out of sync and that likely won’t improve much this week with wide receiver Jalen Reagor (thumb) now on the shelf. With little depth behind DeSean Jackson, they will have to rely even more on their two talented tight ends: Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert.
The Bengals are also 0-2, but their record has an entirely different feel to it. Both of their losses have come by five points or fewer and they are largely healthy on offense outside of tight end C.J Uzomah (Achilles). Rookie quarterback Joe Burrow looked outstanding against the Browns in Week 2, throwing for 316 yards and three touchdowns. The Bengals have a lot of talent on offense, so I expect them to make this one difficult for the Eagles.
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On the surface, this might not look like a good underdog to take a chance on. The Cardinals have stormed out to a 2-0 record and the Lions sit at 0-2. However, the Lions should have won against the Bears in Week 1, but their defense blew a big lead in the fourth quarter. They have also played their first two games without Kenny Golladay (hamstring), who could make his return in this contest. Adding him back would completely change the outlook of their offense. Marvin Jones is an excellent second option in the passing game, but he’s not equipped to be a team’s top receiving option at this stage of his career.
Make no mistake about it, the Cardinals defeat of 49ers to open the season was impressive. They followed that up with a 15-point win over a far inferior foe in Washington, who couldn’t slow down Kyler Murray. The Lions will likely have similar difficulties, but their offense could take a significant leap forward if Golladay does return, which could enable them to keep this close.
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