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Patriots grab Gordon, and today's NFL odds and analysis The Chicago Bears win last night closed the book on Week 2 of the 2018 NFL season, but the Week 3 story lines are already ripe for the picking. The Patriots acquired Josh Gordon, Carson Wentz is expected to make his first start for the Eagles and much more. We’re delivering the need-to-know betting notes to help you crack the NFL odds for this week’s most intriguing matchups.


PATS GRAB GORDON


If one thing was obvious in New England’s loss to Jacksonville, it was that the Patriots needed to do something about their receiving corps. The Jags were able to double Rob Gronkowski all day on Sunday and New England’s wideouts couldn’t create any separation and accounted for just 104 receiving yards. Enter Josh Gordon, who Bill Belichick was able to nab for a conditional fifth-round pick on Monday.


Gordon immediately becomes New England’s most talented wide receiver. But will he make an impact when the Pats visit Detroit on Sunday night? It’s doubtful. First, he was complaining about a sore hamstring when he reported to the Browns on Saturday. Bettors will want to monitor reports about his health throughout the week. But more importantly, it’s probably going to take Gordon a while to get up to speed with New England’s offense. Belichick and Brady demand that receivers run tight routes and it’s unlikely he learns the intricacies of the offense in one week’s worth of practice. If Gordon plays in Week 3, the Over for his receiving yards is going to be a popular bet as New England fans drool over the thought of Brady throwing 70-yard bombs to Gordon, but we’re recommending the Under, at least for this week.


WENTZ RETURNS


Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz has been medically cleared and will start in Week 3 at Indianapolis. That sends Nick Foles to the bench which is good news for the Eagles as the Super Bowl MVP has been ineffective this season, averaging just 5.5 yards per pass with a rating of 78.9.


Wentz was nothing short of spectacular until his knee injury in 2017 with 33 touchdowns to just seven interceptions in 13 games. But getting back to game speed isn’t easy, especially after a long ACL layoff. Just ask Texans QB Deshaun Watson, who has stumbled to an 84.5 quarterback rating in 2018 after posting a 103 rating before his knee injury in 2017. There’s also the fact the Eagles offense is hurting, literally, with Alshon Jeffery, Mike Wallace, Jay Ajayi, Darren Sproles, and stud left tackle Jason Peters all hurting. We’re thinking it’s going to take the Eagles offense a while to get in sync and are leaning towards their first-half total Under against the Colts.


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CARDS PROMISE MORE JOHNSON


Anyone who plays fantasy football knows how disappointing David Johnson has been through two weeks as the super-talented back has just 85 rushing yards on 22 attempts and six catches for 33 yards. On Monday, first-year head coach Steve Wilks promised that would change, saying that the plan is to get Johnson running more passing routes out of the slot.


The issue has been with just how bad Sam Bradford and the Cardinals have been. In Week 1, the Cards were trailing 21-0 at the half and in Week 2 they were down 19-0 at the break. In both games, they were forced to abandon the run early and for some reason seemed to forget that Johnson is also a very good pass-catching back. Arizona returns home to host Chicago in Week 3 and it seems like the Cardinals are going to make every effort possible to get their best offensive playmaker more involved, whether they get blown out or not. Let’s back Johnson to score a touchdown at any time in Week 3.


MARIOTA STATUS UNCHANGED


Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota didn’t play a snap on Sunday with an elbow injury after coach Mike Vrabel led everyone to believe he was healthy enough to play. On Monday, Vrabel said Mariota’s status hasn’t changed and that “there are still throws Mariota can’t make.”


In Week 3, Tennessee travels to Jacksonville to take on one of the best defenses in the NFL. If Mariota plays, he’ll clearly be doing so at less than 100 percent. If he doesn’t, that leaves Blaine Gabbert who went 13 of 20 for 117 yards in a home win against Houston on Sunday. Yes, the Titans scored 20 points but seven of those came on a fake punt. The line isn’t out yet but we’re jumping all over the Titans team total Under when it’s released.


GIANTS O-LINE LOSES A PIECE


There was a lot of talk about the revamped offensive line of the New York Giants coming into this season, but it was awful on Sunday Night Football as Eli Manning got sacked six times in the loss to Dallas. Then after the game, it was revealed that starting center Jon Halapio broke his ankle and is out for the season.


Manning hasn’t had time in the pocket and therefore has been forced to dink and dunk all season. He’s averaging just 6.21 yards per pass (after averaging just 6.98 yards per pass in 2017) and his longest pass of the season is 37 yards and that came on a throw to Cody Latimer in garbage time against the Cowboys. The Giants travel to Houston in Week 3 to take on what should be an extremely motivated Texans team that has lost two in a row on the road to start the season. The Texans are going to come at Manning all night and bettors should expect another check-down performance. We’re looking to take the Under on Manning’s longest completed pass when the market opens later in the week.