Top NFL Picks and Predictions Today (Totals to Play in Eagles-Commanders, Bucs-Packers on Sunday)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady. / Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Week 3 in the NFL season is upon us, and we have several matchups to dive into on Sunday, including a Tom Brady-Aaron Rodgers showdown in the 4 p.m. EST window.

The BetSided team has you covered with all things NFL this week, from game previews to prop bets to anytime touchdown scorer picks.

With our experts making their picks for the Week 3 slate, we decided to share a few of our favorites with you.

Let's jump into today's picks!

Philadelphia Eagles vs. Washington Commanders Odds, Prediction and Pick

The Philadelphia Eagles looked like world beaters on Monday night, but instead of the spread, I'm going to look at the total instead. I think we'll see both offenses take a step back on Sunday, while their defenses take a step forward.

We already saw the Eagles defense improve after a tough Week 1 against the Detroit Lions. They held the Minnesota Vikings to just 4.5 yards per play. If they can mimic that success against the Washington Commanders offense, the under is in a good spot.

Washington's offense has been fantastic both against the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Lions, but those are likely going to end up being two of the worst defenses in the NFL by the end of the year. This will be by far the toughest defense they have faced through the first three weeks.

As much as I like Jalen Hurts, I can't see him having the same level of success through the air as he did on Monday night. Philadelphia has the fourth highest rush-play percentage in the NFL, so if it continues to keep it on the ground against Washington, the clock will keep moving.

The under is 20-11-1 through the first two weeks of the season, and I think it hits again in the NFC East rivalry games.

Green Bay Packers vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Odds, Prediction and Pick

Yes, Tom Brady has looked a little washed up. Yes, the Green Bay Packers don’t have a lot of wide receivers. However, this an Aaron Rodgers-Tom Brady matchup and it’s one of the lower totals on the board this week. I think we’re getting a discount and overreacting to the first two weeks of the season. 

Green Bay is 11th in the league in yards per game and the Bucs’ offensive strength – running the ball – is the weakness of the Packers’ defense. Leonard Fournette is primed for a big day, and two touchdowns may be on the table for him.

The Bucs’ offense regularly struggles against the New Orleans Saints, so I don’t have too much concern on that front. As for Green Bay, it just needs to convert in the red zone, as it is only scoring touchdowns on half of  its trip.

All in all, I think this game features two great quarterbacks that will do just a little more than the bare minimum. 

49ers vs. Broncos Odds, Prediction and Pick

There’s no doubt that the Denver Broncos’ offense, and team in general, has looked out of sorts through the first two weeks. 

That being said, it’s important to remember that Nathaniel Hackett didn’t play his starters during the preseason, and he is also getting used to being a head coach in the NFL. Is that an excuse for some of his decisions? Absolutely not. But with more experience, one would think he cleans some of the sloppiness up from the team’s first two weeks. 

The San Francisco 49ers are a completely different team with Jimmy Garoppolo than they are with Trey Lance, as they have way less of an offensive ceiling with Jimmy G under center, but he also is much more consistent in the performance you can expect. 

Still, is it enough for the 49ers to be road favorites in this game?

I’m not so sure. 

Both of these teams rank in the top five in the NFL in yards per play allowed this season, but it’s the Broncos (seventh in yards per play) who have been the far better offense than San Francisco (22nd in yards per play). 

Now, why is Denver an underdog despite those numbers? 

Well, the Broncos have been horrible at converting in the red zone this season, which has made the offense look much worse than it’s actually been at moving the ball. 

I don’t think the Broncos can be this bad in the red zone for a whole season, and they have one of the best home field advantages in the NFL in Denver. This line has simply moved too much for me to pass up betting on Denver.