NFL Week 3 Projected Spreads, Predictions & Best Bets (9/25)

NFL Week 3 Odds, Picks & Predictions for Every Game (2022)

Here are a few of our top picks for Week 3 of the NFL season. All odds are from the following sportsbooks.

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Freedman’s Week 3 Projections Against the Spread

Here are my personal spread projections for each Week 3 game, ordered according to when each game kicks off. The consensus lines are pulled from our BettingPros odds page on Wednesday and are presented — along with my projected lines and edges — from the perspective of the home team.

Note: I update my personal projections as well as our premium BettingPros spread projections throughout the week. These projections and odds are as of Wed., Sept. 21, 1 pm ET. 

Home Team
Road Team
Consensus Line
Freedman Line
Projected Edge

IND
KC
6.5
5.25
-1.25

NE
BAL
3
-0.5
-3.5

MIA
BUF
5.5
5
-0.5

CHI
HOU
-3
-3.75
-0.75

CAR
NO
3
2.25
-0.75

MIN
DET
-6
-5
1

TEN
LV
2
-0.5
-2.5

NYJ
CIN
4.5
5.75
1.25

WAS
PHI
6.5
3.25
-3.25

LAC
JAX
-7
-9.5
-2.5

ARI
LAR
4
3.5
-0.5

SEA
ATL
-2
-2.75
-0.75

TB
GB
-2
-1.25
0.75

DEN
SF
1.5
-0.5
-2

NYG
DAL
-2.5
-1
1.5

 

Freedman’s Week 3 ATS Bet Breakdowns

Here are stats and notes for the games with spread bets I like right now.

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Baltimore Ravens at New England Patriots

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Kickoff: Sunday, Sept. 25, 2022, 1 pm ET
Location: Gillette Stadium
TV: FOX

Ravens at Patriots: Consensus Lines

Spread: Ravens -3
Over/Under: 43.5
Moneyline: Ravens -155, Patriots +135

Ravens at Patriots: Betting Percentages

Data from Action Network and as of Sept. 21.

Spread: Patriots – 11% bets, 19% money
Over/Under: Under – 31% bets, 48% money
Moneyline: Patriots – 78% bets, 97% money

Ravens at Patriots: Key Injuries

Baltimore Ravens: Week 3 Injury Report

Player
Position
Injury
Wed

Calais Campbell
DE
NIR-Rest
DNP

Devin Duvernay
WR
Concussion
DNP

Justin Houston
OLB
NIR-Rest
DNP

Marlon Humphrey
CB
Groin
DNP

Marcus Peters
CB
NIR-Rest
DNP

J.K. Dobbins
RB
Knee
FP

Travis Jones
DT
Knee
FP

Lamar Jackson
QB
Right Elbow
LP

Isaiah Likely
TE
Groin
LP

James Proche
WR
Groin
LP

Ronnie Stanley
OT
Ankle
LP

Brandon Stephens
CB
Quad
LP

Damarion Williams
CB
Ankle
LP

 

Baltimore Ravens: IR, PUP & Out

EDGE Steven Means (Achilles, IR): OUT
CB Kyle Fuller (knee, IR): OUT
OT Ja’Wuan James (Achilles, IR): OUT
LB Vince Biegel (Achilles, IR): OUT
EDGE David Ojabo (Achilles, PUP): OUT
EDGE Tyus Bowser (Achilles, PUP): OUT
RB Gus Edwards (knee, PUP): OUT

Ravens Injury News

New England Patriots: Week 3 Injury Report

Player
Position
Injury
Wed

Kyle Dugger
S
Knee
DNP

Jakobi Meyers
WR
Knee
DNP

Joshuah Bledsoe
SAF
Groin
LP

Cody Davis
DB
Calf
LP

Davon Godchaux
NT
Back
LP

Raekwon McMillan
MLB
Thumb
LP

DaMarcus Mitchell
DE
Knee
LP

Adrian Phillips
DB
Ribs
LP

 

New England Patriots: IR, PUP & Out

RB Ty Montgomery (ankle, IR): OUT
WR Tyquan Thornton (shoulder, IR): OUT
EDGE Ronnie Perkins (undisclosed, IR): OUT
CB Joejuan Williams (shoulder, IR): OUT

Patriots Injury News

Ravens at Patriots: Notable Trends

Data from Action Network and goes back to 2003. Abbreviations: Against the spread (ATS), return on investment (ROI), moneyline (ML).

Baltimore Ravens Trends

HC John Harbaugh: 59-48-6 ATS (8.4% ROI) on road
QB Lamar Jackson: 16-9 ATS (26.5% ROI) on road

New England Patriots Trends

HC Bill Belichick: 29-24-1 ATS (7.9% ROI) without QB Tom Brady
HC Bill Belichick: 30-16-2 ATS (26.8% ROI) as underdog
HC Bill Belichick: 25-23 ML (33.5% ROI) as underdog
HC Bill Belichick: 5-1-1 ATS (54.1% ROI) vs. Ravens HC John Harbaugh
HC Bill Belichick: 5-2 ML (49.3% ROI) vs. Ravens HC John Harbaugh

Ravens at Patriots: Team Statistics

Advanced data from RBs Don’t Matter and Football Outsiders. Basic stats from Pro Football Reference. Regular season only. Abbreviations: Expected Points Added (EPA), Success Rate (SR), Defense-Adjusted Value Over Average (DVOA).

Ravens Offense vs. Patriots Defense: 2022

Metric
Offense
Rank
Defense
Rank
Offense Edge

EPA per Play
0.17
6
-0.015
11
5

Total SR
43.8%
17
45.7%
21
4

Total DVOA
31.9%
1
-5.3%
11
10

 

Ravens Offense vs. Patriots Defense: 2021

Metric
Offense
Rank
Defense
Rank
Offense Edge

EPA per Play
0.009
19
-0.063
4
-15

Total SR
46.4%
10
42.5%
7
-3

Total DVOA
1.7%
17
-12.8%
4
-13

 

Patriots Offense vs. Ravens Defense: 2022

Metric
Offense
Rank
Defense
Rank
Offense Edge

EPA per Play
-0.033
17
0.103
26
9

Total SR
47.5%
9
45.2%
17
8

Total DVOA
7.4%
11
9.9%
21
10

 

Patriots Offense vs. Ravens Defense: 2021

Metric
Offense
Rank
Defense
Rank
Offense Edge

EPA per Play
0.07
10
0.078
27
17

Total SR
48.6%
4
43.2%
11
7

Total DVOA
10.5%
9
9.3%
28
19

 

Ravens at Patriots: Quarterback Statistics

Data from RBs Don’t Matter, Pro Football Reference, ESPN and NFElo. Abbreviations: Completion Percentage Over Expectation (CPOE), Adjusted Yards per Attempt (AY/A), Adjusted Total Quarterback Rating (QBR), Quarterback Elo Value (QB Elo). 2022 data: Min. 32 plays for EPA + CPOE & Air Yards. Min. 14 pass attempts per scheduled game for AY/A. Min. 20 action plays per game for QBR. 2021 data: Min. 200 plays for EPA + CPOE & Air Yards. Min. 14 pass attempts per scheduled game for AY/A. Min. 20 action plays per game for QBR.

2022: Lamar Jackson

EPA + CPOE: 0.180 (No. 5)
AY/A: 10.3 (No. 1)
QBR: 76.5 (No. 4)
ATS Value vs. Average: 2.3 (No. 6)

2021: Lamar Jackson

EPA + CPOE: 0.084 (No. 20)
AY/A: 6.9 (No. 18)
QBR: 56.8 (No. 17)
ATS Value vs. Average: 0.4 (No. 14)

Career: Lamar Jackson

AY/A: 7.8
QB Elo per Game: 82.1

2022: Mac Jones 

EPA + CPOE: 0.058 (No. 14)
AY/A: 6.4 (No. 19)
QBR: 32.0 (No. 26)
ATS Value vs. Average: -0.1 (No. 17)

2021: Mac Jones

EPA + CPOE: 0.114 (No. 12)
AY/A: 7.0 (No. 16)
QBR: 56.9 (No. 16)
ATS Value vs. Average: -0.7 (No. 21)

Career: Mac Jones

AY/A: 6.9
QB Elo per Game: -14.6

Key Matchup: Patriots Run Defense vs. Ravens Run Offense

Even though this year the Ravens are “only” No. 11 with a 43.0% rush rate, they are a running team at their core. That’s what happens when you have QB Lamar Jackson (a ground attack cheat code) and OC Greg Roman (a run game coordinator by trade).

In trading away No. 1 WR Marquise Brown this offseason and replacing him in the draft with two tight ends (instead of wide receivers), the Ravens signaled that they want to return to their 2019 run-heavy ways.

But they could struggle to run against the Patriots. No. 1 RB J.K. Dobbins (knee) is yet to return from last year’s season-ending injury. No. 2 RB Gus Edwards (knee, PUP) is out. Backup RBs Kenyon Drake (17-39-0 rushing) and Mike Davis (7-15-0) have been pedestrian injury fill-ins.

Additionally, starting LT Ronnie Stanley (ankle) is yet to play this year after appearing in just one game last year and six games the year before that. And backup LT Ja’Wuan James (Achilles, IR) is out.

With all these injuries, the Ravens offense has been predictably terrible on the ground this year, and the Patriots defense has been average at worst.

Metric
Offense
Rank
Defense
Rank
Offense Edge

Rush EPA
-0.264
29
-0.046
17
-12

Rush SR
27.9%
31
48.8%
27
-4

Rush DVOA
-43.5%
32
-6.3%
17
-15

Adj. Line Yards
3.04
31
3.73
8
-23

Yards per Play
7
1
4.7
6
5

Points per Game
31
4
17
8
4

 

As a result, the Patriots defense has been a top-five unit in yards per play and points game through two games — just like the Ravens offense.

If the Patriots keep the Ravens in check on the ground, that could force them into a heavy reliance on the passing game, and while the Ravens have had success in the air this year (No. 1 in pass DVOA, 103.8%) it’s never a positive development to become one dimensional against a Belichick defense.

Plus, the Ravens have had fortuitous matchups to open the year, facing the bottom-two defenses in pass DVOA in Weeks 1-2.

Jets (Week 1): 55.4% (No. 32)
Dolphins (Week 2): 48.2% (No. 31)

I’m skeptical that the Ravens pass offense is as good as it has recently looked — and if their run offense struggles in Week 3 then they could have an underwhelming performance overall.

In the preseason market, this number was a pick’em. Not that much has changed between then and now.

Best Line: Patriots +3 (+100, Caesars)
First Recommended: Patriot +3 (-108)
Personal Projection: Patriots -0.5
Limit: Patriots +2

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Las Vegas Raiders at Tennessee Titans

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Kickoff: Sunday, Sept. 25, 2022, 1 pm ET
Location: Nissan Stadium
TV: FOX

Raiders at Titans: Consensus Lines

Spread: Raiders -2
Over/Under: 45.5
Moneyline: Raiders -129, Titans +110

Raiders at Titans: Betting Percentages

Data from Action Network and as of Sept. 21.

Spread: Raiders – 41% bets, 44% money
Over/Under: Under – 45% bets, 91% money
Moneyline: Raiders – 36% bets, 57% money

Raiders at Titans: Key Injuries

Las Vegas Raiders: Week 3 Injury Report

Player
Position
Injury
Wed

Andre James
C
Concussion
DNP

Chandler Jones
DE
NIR-rest
DNP

Tre’von Moehrig
FS
Hip
DNP

Bilal Nichols
DT
Shoulder
DNP

Denzel Perryman
MLB
Ankle
DNP

Hunter Renfrow
WR
Concussion
DNP

Brandon Bolden
RB
Hamstring
LP

Jermaine Eluemunor
OT
Hip
LP

Neil Farrell
DE
Shoulder
LP

 

Las Vegas Raiders: IR, PUP & Out

CB Anthony Averett (thumb, IR): OUT
RT Brandon Parker (triceps, IR): OUT
EDGE Jordan Jenkins (knee, IR): OUT
LB Micah Kiser (leg, IR): OUT

Raiders Injury News

Tennessee Titans: Week 3 Injury Report

Player
Position
Injury
Wed

Ugo Amadi
SAF
Ankle
DNP

Bud Dupree
OLB
Hip
DNP

Jamarco Jones
OT
Triceps
DNP

Taylor Lewan
OT
Knee
DNP

Ola Adeniyi
OLB
Neck
LP

Denico Autry
DT
Not Injury Related
LP

Treylon Burks
WR
Ankle
LP

Kristian Fulton
CB
Hamstring
LP

Dontrell Hilliard
RB
Hamstring
LP

Joe Jones
LB
Hamstring
LP

Kyle Philips
WR
Shoulder
LP

 

Tennessee Titans: IR, PUP & Out

EDGE Harold Landry (knee, IR): OUT
CB Elijah Molden (groin, IR): OUT
LB Monty Rice (ankle, IR): OUT
RB Trenton Cannon (knee, IR): OUT
LT Taylor Lewan (knee): DNP on Wed., feared OUT for year

Titans Injury News

Raiders at Titans: Notable Trends

Data from Action Network and goes back to 2003. Abbreviations: Against the spread (ATS), return on investment (ROI), moneyline (ML).

Las Vegas Raiders Trends

QB Derek Carr: 13-24-1 ATS (25.2% ROI for faders) as favorite
QB Derek Carr: 1-7-1 ATS (60.9% ROI for faders) as favorite vs. playoff team

Tennessee Titans Trends

HC Mike Vrabel: 18-12 ATS (15.3% ROI) as underdog
HC Mike Vrabel: 8-4 ATS (27.7% ROI) as home underdog
HC Mike Vrabel: 5-1-1 ATS (54.2% ROI) off back-to-back losses

Raiders at Titans: Team Statistics

Advanced data from RBs Don’t Matter and Football Outsiders. Basic stats from Pro Football Reference. Regular season only. Abbreviations: Expected Points Added (EPA), Success Rate (SR), Defense-Adjusted Value Over Average (DVOA).

Raiders Offense vs. Titans Defense: 2022

Metric
Offense
Rank
Defense
Rank
Offense Edge

EPA per Play
-0.083
22
0.141
27
5

Total SR
43.9%
16
45.6%
19
3

Total DVOA
-16.0%
24
17.9%
29
5

 

Raiders Offense vs. Titans Defense: 2021

Metric
Offense
Rank
Defense
Rank
Offense Edge

EPA per Play
-0.001
20
-0.018
10
-10

Total SR
45.2%
13
42.6%
8
-5

Total DVOA
-3.4%
19
-2.3%
12
-7

 

Titans Offense vs. Raiders Defense: 2022

Metric
Offense
Rank
Defense
Rank
Offense Edge

EPA per Play
-0.153
31
0.065
23
-8

Total SR
42.5%
19
48.0%
30
11

Total DVOA
-19.2%
29
0.8%
15
-14

 

Titans Offense vs. Raiders Defense: 2021

Metric
Offense
Rank
Defense
Rank
Offense Edge

EPA per Play
0.025
15
0.061
25
10

Total SR
44.7%
15
44.5%
15
0

Total DVOA
-4.2%
20
0.6%
17
-3

 

Ravens at Patriots: Quarterback Statistics

Data from RBs Don’t Matter, Pro Football Reference, ESPN and NFElo. Abbreviations: Completion Percentage Over Expectation (CPOE), Adjusted Yards per Attempt (AY/A), Adjusted Total Quarterback Rating (QBR), Quarterback Elo Value (QB Elo). 2022 data: Min. 32 plays for EPA + CPOE & Air Yards. Min. 14 pass attempts per scheduled game for AY/A. Min. 20 action plays per game for QBR. 2021 data: Min. 200 plays for EPA + CPOE & Air Yards. Min. 14 pass attempts per scheduled game for AY/A. Min. 20 action plays per game for QBR.

2022: Derek Carr

EPA + CPOE: 0.038 (No. 20)
AY/A: 6.5 (No. 17)
QBR: 40.6 (No. 21)
ATS Value vs. Average: -0.3 (No. 19)

2021: Derek Carr

EPA + CPOE: 0.105 (No. 16)
AY/A: 7.4 (No. 12)
QBR: 58.4 (No. 14)
ATS Value vs. Average: 0.0 (No. 16)

Career: Derek Carr

AY/A: 7.1
QB Elo per Game: 14.0

2022: Ryan Tannehill 

EPA + CPOE: 0.042 (No. 18)
AY/A: 6.3 (No. 20)
QBR: 48.3 (No. 17)
ATS Value vs. Average: -0.6 (No. 22)

2021: Ryan Tannehill

EPA + CPOE: 0.113 (No. 13)
AY/A: 6.6 (No. 20)
QBR: 61.8 (No. 8)
ATS Value vs. Average: 0.1 (No. 15)

Career: Ryan Tannehill

AY/A: 7.1
QB Elo per Game: -4.6

Key Matchup: Titans Pass Rush vs. Raiders Pass Blocking

Even without EDGE Harold Landry (knee, IR), the Titans defensive line has a marked advantage over the Raiders offensive line in our FantasyPros unit power rankings.

Rank
Defensive Line
Opp OL
OL Rank
Edge

13
TEN
LV
30
17

 

Specifically, the Titans this year have exceled at rushing the quarterback, and the Raiders have struggled most in pass protection.

Metric
Offense
Rank
Defense
Rank
Offense Edge

Adj. Sack Rate
8.6%
25
9.5%
6
-19

 

If C Andre James (concussion) misses another game, I think the right side of the offensive line will be especially vulnerable. In his absence last week, rookie RG Dylan Parham shifted to center, and undrafted fourth-year backup Lester Cotton got his first NFL start filling in at right guard. Second-Team All-Pro DT Jeffery Simmons (8.5 sacks last year) could wreak havoc against those two.

And on the end of the line is RT Jermaine Eluemunor, a journeyman backup who has played most of his snaps at guard. He will likely be outmatched by EDGEs Denico Autry and Bud Dupree (hip, assuming Dupree plays).

This line was Titans -1.75 in the preseason market. Yeah, the Titans are 0-2 — but so are the Raiders.

Best Line: Titans +2.5 (-110, BetMGM)
First Recommended: Titans +2.5 (-110)
Personal Projection: Titans -0.5
Limit: Titans +2

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Philadelphia Eagles at Washington Commanders

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Kickoff: Sunday, Sept. 25, 2022, 1 pm ET
Location: FedExField
TV: FOX

Eagles at Commanders: Consensus Lines

Spread: Eagles -6.5
Over/Under: 47.5
Moneyline: Eagles -278, Commanders +240

Eagles at Commanders: Betting Percentages

Data from Action Network and as of Sept. 21.

Spread: Eagles – 55% bets, 58% money
Over/Under: Under – 51% bets, 81% money
Moneyline: Eagles – 67% bets, 67% money

Eagles at Commanders: Key Injuries

Philadelphia Eagles: Week 3 Injury Report

Player
Position
Injury
Wed

Quez Watkins
WR
Illness
DNP

Avonte Maddox
CB
Back
LP

Haason Reddick
OLB
Knee
LP

 

Philadelphia Eagles: IR, PUP & Out

EDGE Derek Barnett (knee, IR): OUT
OT Andre Dillard (arm, IR): OUT
OL Brett Toth (knee, PUP): OUT
TE Tyree Jackson (knee, PUP): OUT

Eagles Injury News

Washington Commanders: Week 3 Injury Report

Player
Position
Injury
Wed

Shaka Toney
DE
Illness
DNP

Casey Toohill
DE
Concussion
DNP

Daniel Wise
DT
Ankle
DNP

Saahdiq Charles
OT
Shoulder
LP

Cole Holcomb
LB
Quad
LP

Trai Turner
G
Quad
LP

 

Washington Commanders: IR, PUP & Out

EDGE Chase Young (knee, PUP): OUT
C Chase Roullier (knee, IR): OUT
C Tyler Larsen (Achilles, PUP): OUT
RB Brian Robinson (leg, PUP): OUT
DT Phidarian Mathis (knee, IR): OUT

Commanders Injury News

Eagles at Commanders: Notable Trends

Data from Action Network and goes back to 2003. Abbreviations: Against the spread (ATS), return on investment (ROI), moneyline (ML).

Philadelphia Eagles Trends

HC Nick Sirianni: 1-4-1 ATS (44.4% ROI) in division

Washington Commanders Trends

Divisional Underdogs: 205-146-11 ATS (13.8% ROI) in Weeks 1-4
Divisional Underdogs: 140-100-6 ATS (13.2% ROI) vs. team with two-game win streak
Divisional Underdogs: 24-10-2 ATS (36.1% ROI) vs. team with two-game win streak in Weeks 1-4

Eagles at Commanders: Team Statistics

Advanced data from RBs Don’t Matter and Football Outsiders. Basic stats from Pro Football Reference. Regular season only. Abbreviations: Expected Points Added (EPA), Success Rate (SR), Defense-Adjusted Value Over Average (DVOA).

Eagles Offense vs. Commanders Defense: 2022

Metric
Offense
Rank
Defense
Rank
Offense Edge

EPA per Play
0.212
4
0.068
24
20

Total SR
50.0%
4
43.0%
12
8

Total DVOA
27.3%
5
16.2%
28
23

 

Eagles Offense vs. Commanders Defense: 2021

Metric
Offense
Rank
Defense
Rank
Offense Edge

EPA per Play
0.061
12
0.08
28
16

Total SR
46.4%
10
45.1%
18
8

Total DVOA
8.1%
11
5.8%
27
16

 

Commanders Offense vs. Eagles Defense: 2022

Metric
Offense
Rank
Defense
Rank
Offense Edge

EPA per Play
0.069
10
-0.028
9
-1

Total SR
41.7%
22
45.7%
21
-1

Total DVOA
-0.1%
15
-9.6%
9
-6

 

Commanders Offense vs. Eagles Defense: 2021

Metric
Offense
Rank
Defense
Rank
Offense Edge

EPA per Play
-0.036
21
0.009
17
-4

Total SR
44.8%
14
46.2%
22
8

Total DVOA
-5.3%
21
4.7%
25
4

 

Eagles at Commanders: Quarterback Statistics

Data from RBs Don’t Matter, Pro Football Reference, ESPN and NFElo. Abbreviations: Completion Percentage Over Expectation (CPOE), Adjusted Yards per Attempt (AY/A), Adjusted Total Quarterback Rating (QBR), Quarterback Elo Value (QB Elo). 2022 data: Min. 32 plays for EPA + CPOE & Air Yards. Min. 14 pass attempts per scheduled game for AY/A. Min. 20 action plays per game for QBR. 2021 data: Min. 200 plays for EPA + CPOE & Air Yards. Min. 14 pass attempts per scheduled game for AY/A. Min. 20 action plays per game for QBR.

2022: Jalen Hurts

EPA + CPOE: 0.154 (No. 7)
AY/A: 8.7 (No. 5)
QBR: 70.8 (No. 7)
ATS Value vs. Average: 1.7 (No. 7)

2021: Jalen Hurts

EPA + CPOE: 0.088 (No. 18)
AY/A: 7.1 (No. 15)
QBR: 54.6 (No. 19)
ATS Value vs. Average: 0.5 (No. 12)

Career: Jalen Hurts

AY/A: 7.2
QB Elo per Game: 48.0

2022: Carson Wentz

EPA + CPOE: 0.112 (No. 11)
AY/A: 7.5 (No. 9)
QBR: 51.7 (No. 14)
ATS Value vs. Average: -0.2 (No. 18)

2021: Carson Wentz

EPA + CPOE: 0.070 (No. 22)
AY/A: 7.3 (No. 13)
QBR: 60.6 (No. 9)
ATS Value vs. Average: -1.6 (No. 35)

Career: Carson Wentz

AY/A: 6.9
QB Elo per Game: -2.2

Key Matchup: Commanders Interior Offensive Line vs. Eagles DTs Fletcher Cox & Javon Hargrave

If QB Carson Wentz is to exorcise his demons in this #RevengeGame against his former team, the interior of his offensive line will need to play well.

C Chase Roullier (knee, IR) is out, as is backup C Tyler Larsen (Achilles, PUP). And missing from last year’s starting unit are LG Ereck Flowers (released) and RG Brandon Scherff (free agency). So in Week 3 the Commanders will have three new year-over-year starters on the interior of their line, and this exact trio has never played together as a unit.

Given the situation, this looks like an excellent setup for DTs Fletcher Cox and Javon Hargrave.

Even so, I think the Commanders will perform adequately on their interior offensive line. RG Wes Schweitzer will shift to center, and he has made 19 starts in the interior for the Commanders since 2020: He knows the system. Replacing Schweitzer at right guard will be backup Trai Turner — a Pro-Bowler for HC Ron Rivera and OC Scott Turner from their time together with the Panthers. And although LG Andrew Norwell is new to the team, he is another Panthers transplant and was an All-Pro in 2017. He and Turner manned the interior of the Panthers offensive line together for four years (2014-17).

Even with injury issues and new starters, this is not a patchworked interior. It has decent continuity — and Schweitzer, Turner and Norwell could be significant drivers of success for the Commanders.

Without EDGE Derek Barnett (knee, IR), the Eagles defense is just No. 27 in adjusted sack rate (3.7%) through two games. If Schweitzer, Turner and Norwell are competent, they might be able to keep Wentz clean in the pocket.

And despite the offseason additions of DT Jordan Davis (draft), EDGE Haason Reddick (free agency) and LBs Kyzir White (free agency) and Nakobe Dean (draft), the Eagles are still bottom-five in run defense in every key metric.

Rush EPA: 0.204 (No. 32)
Rush SR: 50.0% (No. 28)
Rush DVOA: 23.1% (No. 29)
Adj. Line Yards: 5.56 (No. 29)

If Schweitzer, Turner and Norwell are able to hold their own against Cox and Hargrave in run blocking, the Commanders could use the rushing game to extend drives, grind down the clock, keep the explosive Eagles offense on the sideline — and keep the game close.

This line was -1 in the preseason and -3 in the lookahead market last Thursday. The -6.5 we see in the market now is an overreaction to the Eagles’ 2-0 start and their 24-7 Week 2 win against the Vikings on Monday Night Football.

Best Line: Commanders +6.5 (-105, BetMGM)
First Recommended: Commanders +6.5 (-105)
Personal Projection: Commanders +3.25
Limit: Commanders +5.5

Jacksonville Jaguars at Los Angeles Chargers

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Kickoff: Sunday, Sept. 25, 2022, 4:05 pm ET
Location: SoFi Stadium
TV: CBS

Jaguars at Chargers: Consensus Lines

Spread: Chargers -7
Over/Under: 47.5
Moneyline: Chargers -315, Jaguars +265

Jaguars at Chargers: Betting Percentages

Data from Action Network and as of Sept. 21.

Spread: Jaguars – 48% bets, 94% money
Over/Under: Under – 46% bets, 87% money
Moneyline: Jaguars – 6% bets, 36% money

Jaguars at Chargers: Key Injuries

Jacksonville Jaguars: Week 3 Injury Report

No injuries.

Jacksonville Jaguars: IR, PUP & Out

EDGE Jordan Smith (knee, IR): OUT

Jaguars Injury News

Los Angeles Chargers: Week 3 Injury Report

Player
Position
Injury
Wed

J.C. Jackson
DB
Ankle
DNP

Corey Linsley
C
Knee
DNP

Keenan Allen
WR
Hamstring
LP

Justin Herbert
QB
Ribs
LP

Donald Parham
TE
Hamstring
LP

Trey Pipkins
OT
Foot
LP

 

Los Angeles Chargers: IR, PUP & Out

DT Forrest Merrill (undisclosed, IR): OUT

Chargers Injury News

Jaguars at Chargers: Notable Trends

Data from Action Network and goes back to 2003. Abbreviations: Against the spread (ATS), return on investment (ROI), moneyline (ML).

Jacksonville Jaguars Trends

HC Doug Pederson: 15-25 ATS (21.4% ROI for faders) on road
East Coast Teams: 116-94-8 ATS (6.7% ROI) on West Coast for afternoon games

Los Angeles Chargers Trends

Home Favorites: 24-15-1 ATS (19.6% ROI) after a Thursday Night Football road loss

Jaguars at Chargers: Team Statistics

Advanced data from RBs Don’t Matter and Football Outsiders. Basic stats from Pro Football Reference. Regular season only. Abbreviations: Expected Points Added (EPA), Success Rate (SR), Defense-Adjusted Value Over Average (DVOA).

Jaguars Offense vs. Chargers Defense: 2022

Metric
Offense
Rank
Defense
Rank
Offense Edge

EPA per Play
0.09
9
-0.015
11
2

Total SR
46.0%
12
44.1%
14
2

Total DVOA
18.6%
9
-14.3%
7
-2

 

Jaguars Offense vs. Chargers Defense: 2021

Metric
Offense
Rank
Defense
Rank
Offense Edge

EPA per Play
-0.079
28
0.044
24
-4

Total SR
44.0%
19
46.8%
27
8

Total DVOA
-15.1%
27
4.8%
26
-1

 

Chargers Offense vs. Jaguars Defense: 2022

Metric
Offense
Rank
Defense
Rank
Offense Edge

EPA per Play
0.045
11
-0.11
4
-7

Total SR
47.8%
6
36.9%
2
-4

Total DVOA
10.3%
10
-30.6%
3
-7

 

Chargers Offense vs. Jaguars Defense: 2021

Metric
Offense
Rank
Defense
Rank
Offense Edge

EPA per Play
0.088
5
0.111
31
26

Total SR
47.4%
5
47.0%
28
23

Total DVOA
16.0%
4
11.7%
31
27

 

Jaguars at Chargers: Quarterback Statistics

Data from RBs Don’t Matter, Pro Football Reference, ESPN and NFElo. Abbreviations: Completion Percentage Over Expectation (CPOE), Adjusted Yards per Attempt (AY/A), Adjusted Total Quarterback Rating (QBR), Quarterback Elo Value (QB Elo). 2022 data: Min. 32 plays for EPA + CPOE & Air Yards. Min. 14 pass attempts per scheduled game for AY/A. Min. 20 action plays per game for QBR. 2021 data: Min. 200 plays for EPA + CPOE & Air Yards. Min. 14 pass attempts per scheduled game for AY/A. Min. 20 action plays per game for QBR.

2022: Trevor Lawrence

EPA + CPOE: 0.185 (No. 4)
AY/A: 7.3 (No. 10)
QBR: 73.1 (No. 5)
ATS Value vs. Average: -0.8 (No. 24)

2021: Trevor Lawrence

EPA + CPOE: 0.009 (No. 35)
AY/A: 5.2 (No. 32)
QBR: 39.1 (No. 28)
ATS Value vs. Average: -2.5 (No. 44)

Career: Trevor Lawrence

AY/A: 5.4
QB Elo per Game: -58.4

2022: Justin Herbert

EPA + CPOE: 0.206 (No. 5)
AY/A: 8.4 (No. 6)
QBR: 70.6 (No. 8)
ATS Value vs. Average: 3.3 (No. 3)

2021: Justin Herbert

EPA + CPOE: 0.123 (No. 9)
AY/A: 7.6 (No. 10)
QBR: 70.9 (No. 3)
ATS Value vs. Average: 3.3 (No. 5)

Career: Justin Herbert

AY/A: 7.6
QB Elo per Game: 79.2

Key Matchup: EDGEs Joey Bosa & Khalil Mack vs. LT Cam Robinson & RT Jawaan Taylor 

This offseason, the Jaguars took steps to fortify the interior of their offensive line by drafting C Luke Fortner and signing RG Brandon Scherff. With those moves, QB Trevor Lawrence has seen significant year-over-year improvement.

But they still have LT Cam Robinson and RT Jawaan Taylor as their offensive line bookends, and they’re average. As plenty of teams know, having average tackles is better than having nothing at all — but average play won’t be good enough against EDGEs Joey Bosa and Khalil Mack. With those two leading the charge (#NailedIt), the Chargers defense is No. 7 with a 9.2% adjusted sack rate.

In our FantasyPros unit power rankings, the Chargers defensive line has a massive edge over the Jaguars offensive line, and that’s primarily because of Bosa and Mack, who already have six sacks this year.

Rank
Defensive Line
Opp OL
OL Rank
Edge

3
LAC
JAC
24
21

 

I expect to see Bosa and Mack combine for multiple sacks against the Jaguars.

Given that he got in a limited practice on Wednesday and has three extra days (from Thursday Night Football) to recover, I expect to Chargers QB Justin Herbert to play in Week 3.

#Chargers Justin Herbert – We’d estimate ~70% chance he plays, despite major pain. Numbing injection will probably help him a lot. Wouldn’t expect to see huge impact on his throwing, but don’t be surprised if he’s quick to throw it away to avoid big hits#FantasyFootball #NFL

— Deepak Chona, MD. SportsMedAnalytics (@SportMDAnalysis) September 21, 2022

And if he plays I think this line should be significantly higher. In the preseason, it was -10. In the lookahead market — before the Chargers played well against the Chiefs on TNF — it was -9.

The Jaguars’ 24-0 Week 2 over the Colts was impressive — but not enough to justify this move down to -7.

Best Line: Chargers -7 (-105, BetMGM)
First Recommended: Chargers -9 (-110)
Personal Projection: Chargers -9.5
Limit: Chargers -7.5

Week 2 Record

Picks in BettingPros tracker: 7-3-1 (+3.64 units)
Picks in $1M DraftKings picks pool: 4-1

Year-to-Date Record

Picks in BettingPros tracker: 11-6-1 (+5.39 units)
Picks in $1M DraftKings picks pool: 7-3

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