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Two weeks into the 2018 NFL season, we’re still looking for our first winning week.

While we didn’t come out on top last week, we survived relatively unscathed — more than can be said for many bettors as underdogs covered at an impressive rate.

Our best bets saw quite an improvement, going 3-2 against the spread. Compare that to the 0-5 performance by the consensus picks in the Westgate SuperContest, and we’re having a pretty good time at the sports book.

Still, our goal this week as every week is to nail these lines as best we can, and Week 3 presents yet another full slate for us to sink our teeth into. Take a look below at our picks to prevail in this week of NFL action.

LAST WEEK: 7-9
OVERALL: 13-18-1

New York Jets (+3) at Cleveland Browns


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The Cleveland Browns might actually win a football game.

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The pick: Browns -3

The logic: The Browns haven’t been home favorites since 2015. So far this year, they’ve found new and innovative ways to lose — a grand tradition in Cleveland football. But on Thursday night, the “Victory Fridges” will finally open.

New Orleans Saints (+3) at Atlanta Falcons


Drew Brees and the Saints are still waiting for a breakout game after two disappointing performances.play

Drew Brees and the Saints are still waiting for a breakout game after two disappointing performances.

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The pick: Saints +3

The logic: After picking the Saints back-to-back weeks as favorites and losing, in this spot we get to grab them as an underdog. This feels like a bounce-back game for New Orleans.

San Francisco 49ers (+6.5) at Kansas City Chiefs


Jimmy Garoppolo and the Niners offense will look to put up some numbers against the Chiefs defense.play

Jimmy Garoppolo and the Niners offense will look to put up some numbers against the Chiefs defense.

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The pick: Niners +6.5

The logic: The Chiefs have been undeniably great so far this season, but their defense presents a glaring issue that will need to be resolved, and this looks like a welcome spot for a backdoor cover from Jimmy Garoppolo.

Oakland Raiders (+3) at Miami Dolphins


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Florida teams are 6-0 so far to start the season.

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The pick: Dolphins -3

The logic: As unlikely as a 3-0 Dolphins start and 0-3 Raiders start seemed heading into Week 1, that’s what I’m banking on come Sunday. Oakland has fallen apart in the second half twice already, and this time will be playing in the Florida heat.

Buffalo Bills (+16.5) at Minnesota Vikings


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The Bills. ¯_(ツ)_/¯

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The pick: Bills +16.5

The logic: Bills bettors are getting spotted three scores. It doesn’t feel good, but it’s the only side to be on as a bettor. Either take the dog or stay away.

Indianapolis Colts (+6.5) at Philadelphia Eagles


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Carson Wentz is back under center for the Eagles.

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The pick: Eagles -6.5

The logic: Honestly, if I wasn’t a homer, I’d be on the Colts in this spot. But I’m an Eagles fan, and Carson Wentz is back, and Philadelphia is going to be absolutely electric for his return. Also, the Eagles defense has given up just eight points per game at home over its last six matchups at Lincoln Financial Field.

Green Bay Packers (-3) at Washington Redskins


Alex Smith and the Redskins are home underdogs against the Packers.play

Alex Smith and the Redskins are home underdogs against the Packers.

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The pick: Redskins +3

The logic: It’s not pretty, but this is a situation where you have to shut your eyes and bet the home dog.

Cincinnati Bengals (+3) at Carolina Panthers


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Cam Newton and the Panthers

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The pick: Panthers -3

The logic: If you offered me a bet before the season that Marvin Lewis and the Bengals would start 3-0 on the season, I would have injured myself running to the bank to empty my accounts. Trusting the Panthers to take care of business at home so they can keep pace in the crowded NFC South.

Tennessee Titans (NO LINE) at Jacksonville Jaguars


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Jacksonville’s defense might be the most reliable unit in football.

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The pick: Jaguars

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The logic: Marcus Mariota’s status is still in doubt, but I’m probably backing the Jaguars no matter what the line lands at on Sunday. Jacksonville might have emptied the playbook to beat the Patriots in Week 2, but they’re more talented almost across the board than Tennessee.

Denver Broncos (+5.5) at Baltimore Ravens


Case Keenum's start in Denver has been good enough to get the job done.play

Case Keenum’s start in Denver has been good enough to get the job done.

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The pick: Broncos +5.5

The logic: The Ravens have the extra rest coming into this one after playing last Thursday and are known as one of the tougher home teams in the league. Still, trust Case Keenum and the Broncos defense to keep things close.

New York Giants (+6) at Houston Texans


The Texans have a good opportunity for their first win of the season against the Giants this weekend.play

The Texans have a good opportunity for their first win of the season against the Giants this weekend.

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The pick: Texans -6

The logic: Good luck to the Giants offensive line with handling J.J. Watt. Have fun with that.

Los Angeles Chargers (+7) at Los Angeles Rams


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The battle of Los Angeles is set for this weekend.

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The pick: Chargers +7

The logic: The Chargers are talented, and the Rams haven’t been tested yet this year. Even with Sean McVay’s tendency to run up the score, this is too many points for Philip Rivers and the Chargers offense.

Chicago Bears (-5.5) at Arizona Cardinals


Larry Fitzgerald will need to make some plays to kickstart the Cardinals offense.play

Larry Fitzgerald will need to make some plays to kickstart the Cardinals offense.

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The pick: Cardinals +5.5

The logic: The St. Louis Cardinals have scored more runs (11) in their past two games than the Arizona Cardinals have scored points (6) through two games of the 2018 NFL season. Still, it’s tough to see Mitch Trubisky as almost a 6-point road favorite, even with the Bears’ intimidating defense.

Dallas Cowboys (+1.5) at Seattle Seahawks


Russell Wilson has been running for his life for much of the 2018 NFL season.play

Russell Wilson has been running for his life for much of the 2018 NFL season.

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The pick: Seahawks -1.5

The logic: Seattle is playing at home for the first time this season and favored by less than a field goal. Feels like they find a way to get the win here.

New England Patriots (-7) at Detroit Lions


Tom Brady looks to bounce back after a tough loss in Jacksonville.play

Tom Brady looks to bounce back after a tough loss in Jacksonville.

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The pick: Patriots -7

The logic: Former Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia has given up 78 points in two games as new head coach of the Detroit Lions. Expect that total to expand significantly on Sunday night.

Pittsburgh Steelers (-1) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers


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The Steelers offense should be enough to keep pace with the emergence of Ryan Fitzpatrick.

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The pick: Steelers -1

The logic: Steelers have burned me twice this season as favorites. The Buccaneers have done the same as underdogs. Third time’s the charm though!

Now check out our power rankings heading into Week 3


Now check out our power rankings heading into Week 3play

Now check out our power rankings heading into Week 3

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NFL POWER RANKINGS: Where all 32 teams stand going into Week 3



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Suluhu: Closer ties for Kenya and Tanzania

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?President Samia Suluhu’s address to Parliament was a masterclass in charm, punctuated by periodic applause and stomping of feet by Kenyan lawmakers.

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Covid-19 deaths, hospitalizations soar among youth in Americas – KBC

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Hospitalizations and deaths of younger people are surging as the COVID-19 pandemic accelerates across Latin America and the Caribbean, Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Director Carissa Etienne said on Wednesday.

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“Adults of all ages – including young people – are becoming seriously ill. Many of them are dying,” Etienne said at her daily press briefing as quoted in a PAHO release.

In Brazil, mortality rates doubled among those younger than 39, quadrupled among those in their 40s, and tripled for those in their 50s, between December 2020 and March 2021, she said.

“For much of the pandemic, our hospitals were filled with elderly COVID patients, many of whom had pre-existing conditions that made them more susceptible to severe disease,” Etienne said. “But look around intensive care units across our region today. You’ll see they’re filled not only with elderly patients, but also with younger people.”

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Etienne urged hospitals in the region to increase the size of intensive care units (ICU) in anticipation that the trend will continue, while warning that expansion of ICUs cannot continue indefinitely.

As a result, she urged nations to double down on prevention measures such as lockdowns and facemasks.

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Uhuru wa biashara, Suluhu ya vikwazo: How Kenya-Tanzania trade will be streamlined

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President Uhuru Kenyatta with his Tanzania counterpart Samia Suluhu, who is on a two-day state visit in Kenya.[PSCU]

President Uhuru Kenyatta says ministers from both Kenya and Tanzania should resolve all non-tariff barriers and other restrictions affecting the two countries within four months.
Uhuru, on Wednesday said going forward, there will be no business visa or work permits for Tanzanian wishing to do business in the country.
“You are free to come and trade here in Kenya, there will be no business visas or work permits as long as you abide by the laws of the land,” he said.
Uhuru was speaking during the Kenya-Tanzania Investment Forum at Serena hotel. The forum was in line with President Samia Suluhu’s two-day state visit.
Kenya has about 513 companies doing business in Tanzania compared to Tanzania’s 30 in Nairobi.
Uhuru said in the next two weeks, concerned ministers from both sides should clear all the traffic jams at the Taveta and Namanga border points.
Uhuru said they should pay a special focus to the issuance of Covid-19 certificates to ease the movement of  transit cargo.
“I direct that all the maize lying at the border be cleared in two weeks. We cannot subject businesses to more suffering,” Uhuru said.

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Uhuru urged the ministers to move swiftly and ensure the ease of doing business at the border pointswas decisively tackled.
“It is not about wearing suits and meeting over tea.Get to the ground and understand what is affecting those traders. Don’t just sit in those offices. If you need to consult, do it and get the work done,” he said.
Uhuru’s sentiments came shortly after the Kenya Business Community nsaid it was ready to trade with the Tanzanian business community.
Led by the Kenya National Chamber of Commerce (KNCC), the community proposed the formulation of a Joint Business Council that will support the two countries.
KNCC President Fred Ngatia said the council would play a key role in addressing issues that bedevil  Nairobi-Dar trade,
The community said there should be policy forums and investment-focused events that will target small-scale enterprises.
“We are going to focus more on economic projects by identifying favourable financing institutions that will help us settle some of the commercial disputes affecting our community,” Ngatia said.
He said this will be made possible through the Public-Private Partnerships offered by the government.
As a result, KNCC in partnership with the Tanzania Chamber of Commerce will host a trade and investment exhibition in Dar es Salaam this August aiming to help SMEs unlock their potential.
So far Trade and Agriculture ministers from the two sides have had a breakfast meeting and agreed to initiate bilateral discussion before the end of the month.
Trade CS Betty Maina said the discussions aim to iron out all issues that have been hampering trade between the two countries.
This includes issues surrounding maize import.
President Samia Suluhu said her government was ready to serve as a bridge to pave way for businesses between the two countries to thrive.
“It is not about competing and complicating things, but about developing business relationships to allow both parties to explore opportunities,” she said.
Suluhu said while Tanzania is rich with natural resources and tourist attractions, Kenya is thriving in the ICT world and thus the need for exchange of skills on research and development.
“Muna bahati sana maanake upande mmoja mnao Uhuru wa kufanya biashara na upande mwingine Suluhu la kuondoa vikwazo,” Suluhu said.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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