Hurricane Irma blew out their opener, and then they had to travel across the country to face (and beat) the Chargers last week. Now, they stay on the road, traveling all the way up the East Coast to play the Jets in New Jersey. If Miami isnâ€™t completely settled into the 2017 season, you can certainly forgive the franchise.
But the Dolphins are also all by themselves in first place in the AFC East, and assuming they beat the Jets this week (and theyâ€™re a six-point favorite to do so), theyâ€™ll be undefeated and atop the conference standings by themselves after Week 3 for the first time since 1998. Thatâ€™s nearly 20 years ago(!). In his Dolphins debut last week, Jay Cutler was solid and threw a pretty touchdown pass to Kenny Stills, and the defense was just good enough to hold off Los Angeles even without standout Lawrence Timmons, who went AWOL, in attendance.
Either way, expect Miami to start 2-0 and to be in a good spot early in the 2017 season.
As usual, check out Pickwatchâ€™s John Halpinâ€™s full slate of week 3 picks. Now, here are a few of mine (If Iâ€™m right, congratulate me @jkatzo on Twitter).
1)Bet your life savings on this game*
Steelers at Bears
The Bears nearly pulled off the biggest upset of Week 1, getting ever so close to knocking off the Falcons in Chicago. Now, they get another chance to grab a bigtime win. But they wonâ€™t. Not as long as theyâ€™re using Mike Glennon as their starting quarterback. Itâ€™s hard to understand why coach John Fox wonâ€™t replace Glennon with first-round pick Mitchel Trubisky, but the Steelers likely feel great about Foxâ€™s decision. As will you when you pick Pittsburgh to cover.
Straight up: Steelers
Against the Spread: Steelers -7.5
2017 record for the â€śBet your life savingsâ€ť game: 2-0 S/U and 1-1 ATS
2)This game scares the hell out of me
Seahawks at Titans
If you saw the way Seattle struggled last week with San Francisco and with the way itâ€™s struggled on offense in general this year, you have to wonder if the Seahawks are good enough to get to the playoffs. Well, not really. Youâ€™d wonder that if they played in the AFC West. But since theyâ€™re in the weak NFC West, thereâ€™s little doubt theyâ€™ll win the division. Now, Seattle is traveling to Tennessee, which had a tough Week 1 vs. Oakland but emerged last week with a beatdown of Jacksonville. I probably wouldnâ€™t have picked Tennessee at any time in the past half-decade to beat the Seahawks, but today is the day Iâ€™m doing so.
Straight up: Titans
Against the Spread: Titans -2.5
2017 record for the â€śScares the hell out of meâ€ť game: 2-0 S/U and 1-1 ATS
3) Fun game of the week
Browns at Colts
The Browns are a road favorite? Yes, the Browns are a road favorite. Say it again: The Browns are a freakinâ€™ road favorite. As CBSSports.com points out, thatâ€™s the first time this has happened since Week 14 of the 2015 season. The Browns covered that day vs. the 49ers, and theyâ€™ll do it again vs. Indianapolis, which is just a hellaciously bad team right now without quarterback Andrew Luck in the lineup. This game, we should mention, wonâ€™t be fun to watch, no matter what the title of this paragraph says. Itâ€™ll likely be brutal. But itâ€™ll be great for the Browns, who will get their first victory of the season and just their second in 18 games under coach Hue Jackson.
Straight up: Browns
Against the Spread: Browns -1
2017 record for â€śFun game of the weekâ€ť: 2-0 SU and 1-1 ATS
S/UÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â ATS
LAR over SFÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â LAR -2.5
BAL over JACÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â BAL -3.5
DEN over BUFÂ Â Â Â Â DEN -3
CAR over NOÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â NO +6
PIT over CHIÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â PIT -7.5
ATL over DETÂ Â Â Â Â Â DET +3
CLE over INDÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â CLE -1
NE over HOUÂ Â Â Â Â Â HOU +13
MIA over NYJÂ Â Â Â Â Â MIA -6
PHI over NYGÂ Â Â Â Â NYG +6
TEN over SEAÂ Â Â Â Â TEN -2.5 (CRAP)
GB over CINÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â GB -9
KC over LACÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â KC -3
OAK over WASÂ Â Â Â OAK -3
DAL over ARIÂ Â Â Â Â Â DAL -3
*Donâ€™t really bet your life savings. Please.