Pick 3: Washington vs. Tennessee and Buffalo vs. Minnesota

Pick 3: Washington vs. Tennessee and Buffalo vs. Minnesota

The Teaser: Pair Washington and Buffalo

Game 1: Washington vs. Tennessee

The Initial Line:

Washington -6 home vs. Tennessee

The Take:

Add 6 points to Washington’s line

The Final Line:

Washington even

The Breakdown:

Washington suffered a road defeat this weekend, losing 30-20 in Arizona. They were within one score until a late INT sealed the game for Arizona. Kirk Cousins threw for 354 yards, but also had 3 INTs in a 4 turnover game for Washington. DeSean Jackson contributed his second straight 100 yd game, gaining 115 yds in total with a TD catch. Tennessee was able to pull out their second win of the season at home vs Jacksonville. They were only able to muster 290 yds of offense, but 2 turnovers by the defense were enough to get the win. Charlie Whitehurst had a decent game, going 17/28 for 233 yds while filling in for the injured Jake Locker.

This is a matchup of 2 teams looking for wins, as they only have 3 wins combined going into week 7. Kirk Cousins has done a solid job filling in for RGIII, with a 88.3 passer rating through 5 starts as Washington sits 5th in the league in passing yards. Their defense has also held up well despite the 1 win, ranking 13th and 12th in opp. pass and rush yards allowed. Tennessee is another story, as their best team stat is rushing yards per game (116yds) which ranks 14th in the league. They just lack big playmakers which will hurt them in the long-run. Washington will win behind the home crowd this weekend, take them at an even line to ensure that.

Game 2: Buffalo vs. Minnesota

The Initial Line:

Buffalo -6 home vs. Minnesota

The Take:

Add 6 points to Buffalo’s line

The Final Line:

Buffalo even

The Breakdown:

Buffalo suffered a home defeat to divisional foe New England, losing 37-22. They couldn’t stop Tom Brady and Co as they generated almost 400 yds of offense in the win. Buffalo also shot themselves in the foot, committing 3 turnovers and 8 penalties (for 107 yards) on the day. Minnesota had a tough day at home, losing to Detroit 17-3. They weren’t able to generate much offense with only 212 yds on the day. They also committed 3 turnovers on the day, but much of that might be credited to Detroit’s ferocious defense. Their second loss in a row moves them to 2-4 on the season.

Buffalo started the season 2-0, but after losing 3 of their last 4 they find themselves at the .500 mark. If they want any shot of taking advantage of a weak AFC East, they need to win games against struggling teams like Minnesota. New England was able to keep their momentum rolling in Ralph Wilson Stadium, but Buffalo’s not about to lose 2 in a row at home. Also Buffalo has the best run defense in the NFL, which doesn’t bode well for a Minnesota team that relies on the run. They are 13th in the league in rushing compared to 30th in passing. Buffalo will be ready for this one and the crowd will help rattle rookie Teddy Bridgewater early. Expect them to win at home this week and cross over the .500 mark; take them with an even line.

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