Now it's time for us to take a look at some of the late afternoon games the NFL has scheduled for us on Sunday, with odds from BetOnline:
Miami Dolphins at Las Vegas Raiders, 4:05 p.m. ET
Football betting odds: Raiders - 3.5 / Total 44
We certainly know that the Dolphins are capable defensively, but we will still have to see what they can do with the ball in their hands. Jacoby Brissett, who has been a starter in the NFL, takes over for Tua, who sits out with cracked ribs. Last week these guys moved in baby steps, with Brissett averaging just 4.2 yards per attempt. Obviously they'll try to be more explosive this time around, and we are not going to sit here and tell you that the Raiders have an airtight secondary just yet.
But one of the reasons Miami was so anxious to get Will Fuller back was that, aside from Jaylen Waddle, they lack dangerous threats on the outside and are not necessarily scary from the backfield. So considering that the Raiders seem to have things a little more together on the offensive end with Derek Carr completing 67% for almost nine yards per attempt, they would have to rate a small edge here.
New York Jets at Denver Broncos, 4:05 p.m. ET
Football betting lines: Broncos - 10.5 / Total 41.5 (- 115)
The reputation of Denver head coach Vic Fangio is that he is going to do whatever he can — and more then likely, successfully so — to confuse a young quarterback. He's got a prime specimen here. And we are not putting the knock on Zach Wilson, who is in the learning phase, but he threw four interceptions last week practically before you could blink your eyes. So it's no surprise if he gets the deer-in-headlights look.
Meanwhile, Denver has seen Teddy Bridgewater get off to a pretty good start, averaging over ten yards per attempt, and he has more "air yards” then any quarterback in the league. So he is stretching defenses.
Maybe Bradley Chubb won't be there to harass Wilson, but Von Miller and his colleagues will be enough. We are going to lay the points with the Broncos against a team that is going to have a lot of problems getting into the end zone.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Los Angeles Rams, 4:25 p.m. ET
BetOnline odds: Buccaneers - 1 (- 115) / Total 55.5
Without question, Sean McVay is happy about his decision to go out and acquire Matthew Stafford, which allows the Rams to stretch opposing defense is a lot better than his predecessor, Jared Goff. Consider that Stafford is now averaging over 10 5 yards per pass attempt.
But he will need all of that and more to trade blows with Tom Brady. One thing you can count on from the Buccaneers is their ability to slow down what the opponent can do running the football. Thus, they can neutralize one of the things McVey loves to do with his offense, which is to run play-action. That's an important advantage. Also, take note that Rob Gronkowski has already scored four touchdowns now, as the Bucs are dangerous in the red zone.
Seattle Seahawks at Minnesota Vikings, 4:25 p.m. ET
Football betting odds: Seahawks -1 (- 121) / Total 55
Well, the Vikings are 0 - 2 on the season, although they could have easily won both of those games. The defense is not at the point yet where Minnesota is going to win many games without having to get into a shootout.
And when it comes to the shootout, we kind of like Russell Wilson over Kirk Cousins, although we do acknowledge that Minnesota has the best running back on the field in Dalvin Cook.
Wilson is off to a pretty good start, with 74% completions and six touchdowns without an interception, and he doesn't sweat having to go on the road, as Seattle has won 13 of their last 17 as a visitor. So it's the Seahawks for us.
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