NFL Picks Straight Up | NFL Week 3 Tips | Osi Umenyiora NFL Expert Picks
888sport chat to NFL ambassador Osi Umenyiora about the biggest NFL games and incidents, with the two-time Super Bowl winner giving his expert insight on all things football.
One of only five British-born players to lift the Vince Lombardi Trophy, Umenyiora is in an elite category of football players from this side of the Atlantic Ocean.
Scroll down to get his expert NFL betting picks for this weekend. You can find Osi's NFL predictions & thoughts here ahead of every week of the campaign...
Falcons @ Giants
This is a big game for both teams. They are both 0-2 and desperate for a victory and as two of my former teams, I will be taking a keen interest.
Matt Ryan has taken a bit of stick but he has been playing well overall. Yes, he threw a couple of costly interceptions against Tampa Bay but he hasn’t been the main problem.
The same goes for Daniel Jones. I’ve been impressed with the Giants quarterback so far this year and hopefully results will come if he continues to perform well.
A tough one to call but home field advantage and a stronger defence swings it in favour of the Giants.
It is likely to be an emotional night at MetLife Stadium with Eli Manning’s jersey retirement and the Giants can cap it off with a win.
#OsiPredicts: Falcons 21-27 Giants
Buccaneers @ Rams
The game of the weekend. Two teams playing at a very high level on offence and defence – they are the top two teams in the NFC and maybe even the top two in the NFL.
We’re still in September but NFL fans may be about to get an early taste of what to expect in the NFC Championship game come the postseason.
The Rams offence is playing very well, with Cooper Kupp the standout receiving option for new quarterback Matthew Stafford.
However, the Bucs defence is exceptional. For me, Tampa Bay have the best defensive line in football and their linebacking corps is outstanding.
The evergreen Tom Brady is showing no sign of slowing down and I’m siding with a road win for the Bucs in a contest that could go down to the wire.
#OsiPredicts: Buccaneers 31-27 Rams
Packers @ 49ers
The 49ers have been impressive so far this season, with Kyle Shanahan once again leaning on a strong running game. However, their biggest star has been wide receiver Deebo Samuel.
Samuel leads the league in receiving yards and his health & connection with quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo is going to be key to San Francisco’s playoff aspirations.
Aaron Rodgers tends to put on a show in Prime Time games and he did just that on Monday Night Football against the Detroit Lions.
The Packers are now back on track after the opening weekend – yes, it was ‘only’ the Lions but that was more like the Green Bay we all know.
Rodgers can sparkle on Sunday Night Football. I’m backing Green Bay to ride the momentum from Week 2 when they visit Levi’s Stadium this weekend.
#OsiPredicts: 49ers 20-30 Packers
NFL Super Bowl Future Tip
The Kansas City Chiefs may prove a tough nut to crack in the AFC but the NFC looks wide open and it might be worth taking a chance on the LOS ANGELES RAMS.
Sean McVay’s side are an appealing price at 25/1 to lift the Vince Lombardi trophy this season but things might be about to fall into place for the NFC West giants.
Trading for Matthew Stafford was always going to be a bit of a risk but it is a high reward play if it pays off – and he could be the ideal fit in McVay’s scheme.
While the usual suspects are likely to feature prominently in the playoff shakeup, the Rams may be the team to watch as they look to secure a Super Bowl return.
NFL Team To Make The Playoffs
While some teams look certain to feature in the postseason once again, the ARIZONA CARDINALS (17/10) are tempting at a much bigger price.
Kliff Kingsbury really found his feet as an NFL head coach in 2020 and, along with young quarterback Kyler Murray, Arizona look set to improve again this year.
A favourable schedule lies ahead and a receiving corps of DeAndre Hopkins, Christian Kirk and A.J. Green should make the Cardinals one of the most exciting teams in the league.
Arizona are in a tough division but the Cardinals finished 8-8 last season and a couple more wins should be enough to clinch a playoff berth.
NFL Comeback Player Of The Year Betting
While the obvious contender is Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott, it may prove prudent to look at the AFC South for this award.
The Indianapolis Colts are built to challenge and former Philadelphia Eagles star CARSON WENTZ can lead Frank Reich’s team deep into the NFL playoffs.
Wentz was widely regarded as one of the top quarterbacks in the league just two years ago and, while 2020 was undoubtedly a disappointing campaign, he retains huge upside.
He looks to have adjusted quickly to life at Lucas Oil Stadium and could be overpriced at 10/1 if he recovers from surgery on a foot injury sustained earlier this summer.
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FIRST PUBLISHED: 3rd September 2020