NFL Acca: Atlanta can better Dallas’ banged up offense

Week 3 in the NFL and, after missing both of the last two accumulators by one leg, the Ladbrokes News team smell the sweet scent of victory looming around the corner.

It’s a fourfold that is offered up this time, which will pay £131 to a £10 stake, with the New England Patriots again forming the foundations:

Atlanta Falcons to beat Dallas Cowboys @ 4/5

We’re taking on a 2-0 team in the form of the Dallas Cowboys, but with Tony Romo and Dez Bryant both ruled out of the game through injury, the home side’s offence is not expected to carry much threat.

The Falcons have also started 2-0 and have their best player, wide-receiver Julio Jones, in peak form. Jones is second in the NFL for receiving yards and caught 13 passes for 135 yards in last week’s comeback win against the Philadelphia Eagles.

New England Patriots (-13.5) to beat Jacksonville Jaguars @ 10/11

The Pats are 1/10 to beat the Jags on the Money Line market, so look an easy pick for victory this week. However, in order to get a better price for our accumulator, we’ve taken them to win with a 13.5-point handicap.

Through the first two weeks no team averages more points than New England’s 34.0 and although the Jaguars have split their opening two outings at home, they went last season without a road win and have never beaten the Patriots in their own building.

Pittsburgh Steelers to beat St Louis Rams @ 20/23

It was the Rams’ failure to beat the Washington Redskins last week that sent our acca effort crumble, so we are backing against them this time around.

The Steelers have been an offensive force under the throwing guidance of Ben Roethlisberger, racking up a league-leading 469.0 yards-per-game and they should run riot against a Rams unit that tends to allow QBs to complete a high percentage of passes.

Buffalo Bills to beat Miami Dolphins @ 6/5

The Bills were, ugh, billed, as a real threat to the Patriots’ dominance in the AFC East this offseason, but were taught a lesson by New England in a 40-32 loss in which Buffalo gave up 507 total yards.

Expect tough-talking head coach Rex Ryan to remedy that defeat immediately against the Dolphins, who are struggling to contain opponents’ running game. The Bills have the league’s second-most productive running unit so far.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Matt Wiggins

No idyllic sound comes close to leather on willow for Matt, whose previous experience includes stints with Spin Magazine and Surrey County Cricket Club. It's not just cricket that interests him though, with football, golf, tennis and any American sport not played on ice all high on his list of favourites.