The Los Angeles Rams (2-0) and Los Angeles Chargers (1-1) each had high expectations heading into the 2018 season. But it is the Rams who look like the team to beat so far this year, as they take their perfect mark into Sunday’s matchup with the Chargers as seven-point home favorites on the NFL Week 3 odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.
The Rams have outscored their first two opponents by a combined score of 67-13 while going 2-0 against the spread, and they have also won the past four home meetings with the Chargers by an average of nearly 10 points, according to the OddsShark NFL Database. However, the Chargers have gone an impressive 17-7 ATS in their last 24 road games versus teams with winning records, so they have that going for them here.
In other key early games on Sunday, the Philadelphia Eagles (1-1) will get quarterback Carson Wentz back from a torn ACL when they host the Indianapolis Colts (1-1) as 6.5-point home favorites. The Colts are coming off a 21-9 road win over the Washington Redskins last week, and they are 5-1 ATS in the past six meetings with the defending Super Bowl champion Eagles, who fell 27-21 to the unbeaten Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The Atlanta Falcons (1-1) will also host the New Orleans Saints (1-1) as three-point home betting favorites in an NFC South matchup between two teams expected to compete for the division title. Both Atlanta and New Orleans are chasing Tampa Bay right now, but the former figures to have an edge after winning 10 of its last 12 versus divisional foes.
Later on Sunday, the Seattle Seahawks (0-2) will try again for their first win when they host the Dallas Cowboys (1-1) as one-point home favorites. The Seahawks will be playing their first home game after losing their first two on the road, but the Cowboys have covered the spread in four of the past five meetings played at Seattle.
The defending AFC champion New England Patriots (1-1) will look to bounce back from a loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars when they visit the Detroit Lions (0-2) in the Sunday Night Football matchup. The Patriots have won the last four times they have faced the Lions straight up by an average of more than 15 points, going 6-2 ATS in the past eight.
And the Buccaneers (2-0) hope to continue their surprising start when they host the disappointing Pittsburgh Steelers (0-1-1) to close out Week 3 on Monday Night Football. Tampa Bay is listed as a one-point home underdog and has failed to cover the spread in 13 of the team’s previous 18 appearances in prime time.
Meanwhile, Pittsburgh has won 12 in a row SU under the lights but is still looking for its first victory of the season.