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Stop me if you have heard this before - the San Jose Sharks are a very good team that could easily win the Pacific but could almost as easily find themselves out of the playoffs entirely if their luck is bad because the Western Conference is so brutally deep this year. And it's a good thing I did. It is going to be a brutal dog fight, and some very good teams are going to be hitting the golf course much sooner than they would like. 2 For 1 Founding Fathers All Sports Subscriptions

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Dion Lewis, however, appears to be a great get, and the Texans are coming off a game vs. Houston being short on weapons and protection for Deshaun Watson will cause it to fall short again.

Washington will need to grind a little more to win this game, but it will use its weak early schedule to reach Redskins win but fail to cover the spread. Ben Roethlisberger will clean up the messy home turnovers and pick up where Rivers left off in ripping the Chiefs' defense.

Patrick Mahomes will duel his counterpart in a high-scoring affair, as the Steelers have few answers for the diversity and aggressiveness of Andy Reid's offense. Steelers win and cover the spread. Sam Darnold was strong in Monday night's rout, but the Jets also proved their QB's supporting cast — backs, receivers, line and defense included — is better than it appeared at first glance. The Dolphins won ugly over the Titans despite uninspiring play from Ryan Tannehill.

Jets win and cover the spread. Who knew Nick Foles vs. Ryan Fitzpatrick would be a real matchup in Week 2? The Eagles' defense will come through with another strong performance while Foles, Jay Ajayi, Nelson Agholor and Zach Ertz find favorable matchups against the Bucs' defense. Philly fans will make the trip to the Pirate Ship to make it special.

Eagles win and cover the spread. Matt Patricia knows Jimmy Garoppolo, so that helps Detroit to an extent. What hurts the Lions is the fact that their defense was ripped by a similar offense Monday and now must travel across the country on a short week.

San Francisco left opportunities to beat Minnesota on the table in Week 1. In this game, Garoppolo will get the support from his running game and pass defense that Matthew Stafford does not receive. The Cardinals' defense is adjusting to a new scheme with players in different positions. Their offense is adjusting to a more conservative approach and questionable play from Sam Bradford.

The Rams have no questions about either side of the ball. The LA express will go on. Rams win and cover the spread. The Raiders in Week 1 were not as bad defensively without Khail Mack as many thought they would be, but they were shockingly worse offensively with Derek Carr and Jon Gruden. The Broncos' defense will not give them a break. Denver will dash out to a record with early control of the AFC West.

Broncos win and cover the spread. The Cowboys' offense has only one at the moment, Ezekiel Elliott. This game comes down to which team can win on both lines, and Dallas, even with its injuries, has better continuity and stability in that area.

Here are Sporting News picks against the spread for Week 3 odds reflect consensus picks from VegasInsiders. Iowa bottled up David Montgomery last week, and Iowa State couldn't keep up.

Penn State is coming off back-to-back emotional wins, and Kent State did hang around with Illinois. It depends on how long the Nittany Lions keep their foot on the gas. The Tar Heels are after back-to-back road losses, and now UCF comes in looking for a big win against a Power 5 opponent. North Carolina's Nathan Elliott has completed just He'll be better, but the Tar Heels will keep it interesting.

They'll do the same here despite some early resistance. The Hokies are clicking, and they're up against an East Carolina team that has been tough to read the last two weeks. The Hokies won in last year's meeting, and they'll pour it on again. Bud Foster's defense is allowing just UC-Davis did pull an upset against San Jose State in Week 1, but they're up against a Stanford defense that has allowed just 13 points in two games.

It's also an opportunity for Bryce Love, who has averaged 4. Stanford uses this as a tune-up for road games at Oregon and Notre Dame to close the month. Stanford wins with no spread.

The Irish had an emotional letdown game against Ball State where Brandon Wimbush threw three interceptions in a win. Through two games, Vandy's Kyle Shurmur hasn't thrown an interception and has taken just one sack. Notre Dame should be on upset alert here, but we think they get through it. The last two meetings have been decided by a combined nine points, and that includes LSU's victory last season. Another one-score game seems about right, but Auburn is just different at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

That success on the ground is just enough to get under the cover. The Badgers haven't covered big spreads the last two weeks, but this one is more manageable against an improved BYU team. Alex Hornibrook was 18 of 19 for yards and four touchdowns against the Cougars on the road last year in a blowout. The Badgers keep it close to that score this year, too. Will Grier returns to North Carolina for the second time this month, and the quarterback battle with Ryan Finley should morph into one of the more-exciting games of the day.

This is a tough pick, and the Mountaineers are just on the road since Grier, however, leads the game-winning drive late. Brett Rypien and Taylor Cornelius each average more than yards per passing, and Rypien hasn't thrown an interception.