Week 3 NFL Preseason: Previewing and Picking Sunday’s Games
Week three of the 2015 NFL preseason ends with two games on Sunday night, where we get our last looks at extensive play from the first team units.
Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints try to continue the strong momentum from their first two weeks, as they take on the Houston Texans. The final game of week three has Carson Palmer leading his Arizona Cardinals into Oakland to take down the Raiders.
What can we expect and who will win? Let’s break down both preseason matchups to find out:
Houston Texans @ New Orleans Saints
Drew Brees only played in one quarter of action last week, yet made the most of it as he carved up the New England Patriots. Brees should play even more this week as the Saints try to keep things rolling to wrap up the preseason. They key may be third receiver Brandon Coleman, who hasn’t done anything in preseason but has a role with Nick Toon banged up.
Houston is going to need their first team defense to be on top of it’s game to stay in this one, as Brian Hoyer and the starting offense isn’t supposed to play more than a few series. Odds are the Saints put up two or more scores early and hang on for the win.
Pick: Saints 27, Texans 20
Arizona Cardinals @ Oakland Raiders
Oddly probably the more engaging game of the night, both the Raiders and Cardinals are probably going to want to see a lot out of their first team units. Carson Palmer is still working his way back from a knee injury and needs time to get the offense’s chemistry going, while the young Derek Carr needs to do the same with rookie Amari Cooper and the rest of the Raiders.
Arizona would have had the obvious edge defensively in this battle a season ago, but they lost their defensive coordinator, one of their top cover men and some talent on the defensive line. It’s entirely possible their defense isn’t the same, but the odds are good that they keep Carr and co. relatively in check tonight.
Fans will hope to see more of David Johnson and Chris Johnson, as the Cardinals try to figure out what they want to do with their running backs. The same can be said for Oakland, as starter Latavius Murray’s job is secure but a few more reps than usual would be good for his confidence going into the new season.
Overall, the Cardinals are the better team and if the first team offense can get into a groove early, they should be able to do enough to get the win.
Pick: Cardinals 23, Raiders 16
It’s a short slate on Sunday, which is weird considering in just two weeks this same day will be jam-packed with NFL action. The difference, of course, is those games will carry much more meaning. For picks on those games and all others, be sure to check back right here each week for further NFL betting insight. Good luck!
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