While the rest of the watching world remains focussed on who and how many NFL players use the pre-match national anthems to make a protest, Ladbrokes News continues its search for a first successful multiple of the season.
Moving into week three with two consecutive near misses, we’ve gone for a sevenfold worth a fraction better than 6/1.
Kicking things off, the Arizona Cardinals continue their 100 per cent appearance record in our betslip.
They made up for the first-week loss to the New England Patriots by showing their offensive class in a 40-7 mauling of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last time out.
Their next assignment comes against a Buffalo Bills outfit that has lost both matches this season and has already fired their offensive coordinator. Unsurprisingly, Arizona are 10/19 favourites to win.
Next we’ve got the Miami Dolphins. Like the Cardinals they’ve also suffered at the hands of the Patriots this season and, like the Bills, they’re winless.
However, they have the Cleveland Browns to play in week three, who are the NFL’s piñata horse. So it’s a first Miami win of the season for us at a price of 1/5.
The Carolina Panthers opened their account last week with victory over the slightly-better-than-the-Browns San Francisco 49ers.
Their next opponents are the Minnesota Vikings, which isn’t as much of a home run, but is a favourable matchup considering the Vikes are as bandaged as a mummy right now.
In two games so far the Los Angeles Rams have scored nine points. Total. That’s a full 57 fewer than the NFL-leading Panthers and 29 less than the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who the Rams play in week three.
Based on that paucity, we’re picking the Bucs. We’re also on the side of the Seattle Seahawks, despite the 2014 Super Bowl champions scoring just 15 points in their two games.
That’s because they’ve got the 49ers this week, who we’ve already said are only marginally better than the worst team in the NFL.
The Dallas Cowboys and the Pittsburgh Steelers round off our selections as the superior beasts against the Chicago Bears and Philadelphia Eagles respectively.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing