Whether you’re watching at home, ready to hit the road or stuck outside without a ticket, this week’s NFL lineup offers something for you. This week’s Best Bets are here to help you decide.
GO SEE IT IN PERSON: Pittsburgh at Cincinnati. Carson Palmer came back to life last week, and the Steelers’ Big Ben needs to rebound after a Week 2 loss. Not only is this a damn good rivalry, but the Bengals think they’ve figured out their troubles and the Steelers want to prove they don’t have any.
GO TAILGATE: Cleveland at Baltimore. Of course, we all know the history here. But in this season, if you’re going to go to a stadium and actually NOT watch the game, it should probably be a game involving the Browns. If you just go to tailgate, at least here you can get the best crabcakes in the country.
HAVE THE GUYS OVER: New Orleans at Buffalo. Drew Brees has started this season on a torrid pace. The Saints’ offense is made for instant highlights.
WATCH IT FOR THE FOOTBALL: Miami at San Diego. Philip Rivers had a massive day in Week 2, and Miami went down fighting on Monday Night Football against the Colts. This game’s shaping up so that it won’t disappoint you if you’re just a neutral watching and hoping for a good game.
SURPRISE THRILLER: Tennessee at N.Y. Jets. The Jets are high after a win over the Patriots, and the Titans are 0-2, but these two teams are a closer match than their records indicate.
THE SNOOZER: Denver at Oakland. This is usually a phenomenal matchup. However, the Raiders are playing some pretty boring football right now. In Week 2, only a late flurry of scores even made the game watchable.
AFTER THE GAME: Carolina at Dallas. The new stadium holds more than 100,000 people. And they were all bummed when the Giants spoiled the party in Week 2. The way the Panthers are playing, the Cowboys look primed for a primetime win. Imagine the party in Dallas when 100,000 people pour out of that stadium.
Here’s a quick look at how last week’s Best Bets went:
GO SEE IT IN PERSON: N.Y. Giants at Dallas. Set the NFL record for most fans to see a game live.
GO TAILGATE: Pittsburgh at Chicago. Weather was good; home team won. Good food all around, I’m sure.
HAVE THE GUYS OVER: Baltimore at San Diego. This game turned out to be made-for-TV. There were 57 total points, but it was the defensive play from Ray Lewis that ruled the day.
WATCH IT FOR THE FOOTBALL: New England at N.Y. Jets. Football lovers surely loved this game, although Pats fans likely didn’t. It was NFL’s golden boy versus new boy. An X’s and O’x delight.
SURPRISE THRILLER: Carolina at Atlanta. Not a bad bet. The Falcons probably should have won comfortable, but the Panthers made a game of it late — a one-score affair either way.
THE SNOOZER: Minnesota at Detroit. It went just like everyone expected. Vikings by two scores.
AFTER THE GAME: Indianapolis at Miami. How could one NOT have a good time in Miami? Nothing really do judge here … anyone want to chime in from Miami?