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MAC's Major Move Alerts Week 3 NFL Predictions -

  • Carolina at Houston - Under 43

  • Washington at Buffalo - Buffalo -7.5

  • Indianapolis at Tennessee - Over 48

  • Atlanta at N.Y. Giants - Atlanta +3

  • Baltimore at Detroit - Detroit +7.5

  • Arizona at Jacksonville - Under 52

  • L.A. Chargers at Kansas City - Kansas City -6.5

  • Chicago at Cleveland - Under 45.5

  • New Orleans at New England - Over 42

  • Cincinnati at Pittsburgh - Cincinnati +3

  • N.Y. Jets at Denver - Over 41.5

  • Miami at Las Vegas - Las Vegas -4

  • Seattle at Minnesota - Under 55

  • Tampa Bay at L.A. Rams - L.A. Rams +1.5

  • Green Bay at San Francisco - Over 49.5

  • Philadelphia at Dallas - Dallas -35

MAC's Must Watch Game

Carolina vs Houston | Texans Starting Rookie QB

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Due to injury, the Houston Texans will be forced to give third-round rookie quarterback Davis Mills his first NFL start on Thursday night when they welcome the unbeaten Carolina Panthers, who are better than TD favorites on the NFL odds.

NFL Odds & TV Info

When: Thursday, 8:20 PM ET

Where: NRG Stadium

TV: NFL Network


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Opening NFL Lines: Panthers -7.5 (total 43.5)

Series History Carolina leads all-time 3-2 and won the most recent one in 2019 by a score of 16-10 in Houston. Christian McCaffrey led the way in the win, totaling 10 receptions, 179 scrimmage yards (93 rushing, 86 receiving) and a rushing touchdown.

Why Bet on Carolina? The Panthers are a surprising 2-0 following a 26-7 upset of New Orleans on Sunday. Carolina hasn’t started 3-0 since 2015, when the Panthers started the season by winning their first 14 games and advanced to Super Bowl 50.New QB Sam Darnold passed for 305 yards vs. the Saints, his fifth-career game with at least 300 passing yards, and two touchdowns for a 99.1 rating. Darnold will be looking to surpass 275 passing yards in three consecutive games for the first time in his career.

Christian McCaffrey rushed 24 times for 72 yards and a touchdown and added five catches for 65 yards despite dealing with some calf cramps. McCaffrey enters Week 3 with a league-best 324 scrimmage yards (170 rushing, 154 receiving) and leads all running backs with 14 catches. In three career games on Thursday Night Football, he has 255 scrimmage yards (85 per game) and four touchdowns (three receiving, one rushing).D.J. Moore caught 8-of-11 targets for 79 yards and a touchdown vs. New Orleans and has reached at least six catches and 79 yards in back-to-back games. He has at least 90 receiving yards in two of his past three against the AFC South.

Guard Pat Elflein will miss some time after being placed on injured reserve. Elflein played 23 snaps in Week 2 before injuring his hamstring and failing to return. Dennis Daley, a sixth-rounder from Carolina’s 2019 draft class, will get the start at left guard on Thursday.

Defensively, the Panthers lead the NFL in: yards allowed per game (190.0); points allowed per game (10.5); passing yards allowed per game (143.5); rushing yards allowed per game (46.5); sacks (10); quarterback hits (21); and defensive third-down percentage (25.0). Defensive end Brian Burns is an emerging star, and they found him some help, signing free agents Haason Reddick, Morgan Fox, and DaQuan Jones this offseason.

Reddick has recorded 1.5 sacks in each of his first two career games as a Panther. Burns and aims for his fifth in a row with a sack, tied for the longest active streak in the league.

Why Bet on Houston? The Texans (1-1) lost 31-21 in Cleveland on Sunday and lost starting QB Tyrod Taylor for a while to a hamstring injury. He could miss up to four weeks. Through six quarters this season, Taylor completed 31-of-44 passes, 70.5 percent completion rate (average 9.4 yards per attempt), three touchdowns, no interceptions and a 122.9 passer rating. He also rushed for 55 yards on five carries and a score.

Taylor’s absence thrusts 2021 third-round pick Davis Mills into the starting lineup for the immediate future. It’s unfamiliar territory for the Stanford product, who started just 11 times over four years of college ball. In his NFL debut on Sunday, Mills completed 8 of 18 passes for 102 yards with a touchdown pass and an interception in the loss.  Culley said to expect the same style of offense from the Texans with Mills under center.

“He’s been ready,” Coach David Culley said of Mills on Tuesday. “Now that he’s gotten those reps, I think there will be a comfort level in starting the game. I think in the second half when he had to go out and play, I think not having had those reps in practice and all of a sudden now, ‘I’m up,’ probably made a difference. And I think this week going into the game when we start the game and he’s out there, I think there will be a much better comfort level."

The No. 2 QB will be Jeff Driskel, who will be activated from the practice squad. Deshaun Watson will remain inactive. Watson faces 22 active lawsuits with allegations of sexual assault and inappropriate behavior, but he has not been restricted from taking part in team activities by the NFL.Wide receiver Brandin Cooks led the team with nine catches for 78 yards and a touchdown in Week 2 and is aiming for his fourth consecutive game with at least 75 receiving yards. Two other receivers, Danny Amendola and Nico Collins, are out Thursday. Amendola has caught all six of his targets for 42 yards and a touchdown in two games with the Texans but is dealing with a hamstring injury. Collins is expected to miss 3-4 weeks.

Game Trends:

  • Panthers are 7-0 ATS in their last 7 road games.

  • Panthers are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games in September.

  • Panthers are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games as a favorite.

  • Texans are 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games in Week 3.

  • Texans are 4-11-1 ATS in their last 16 games following a ATS win.

  • Texans are 3-9 ATS in their last 12 Thursday games.

MAC's Prediction - Panthers 26, Texans 16

College Football Best Bet

(10) Notre Dame vs (15) Wisconsin

Notre Dame quarterback Jack Coan will go up against his former program when the No. 12 Fighting Irish square off against No. 18 Wisconsin on Saturday afternoon in Chicago.

Coan is in his first season as a graduate transfer at Notre Dame (3-0). He came from Wisconsin, where he went 12-6 as a starter and earned the admiration of coaches and teammates alike.

This weekend, however, Coan wants to deal a setback to the Badgers (1-1).

"It's definitely going to be weird," Coan said. "It's going to be a lot of my friends I'm going to be playing against, guys I still talk to today. But at the end of the day, it's just another football game, and I like to think I won't get more excited for one game than the next."

A neutral-site venue, Soldier Field, should feature a mixed-allegiance crowd. The campuses for Notre Dame and Wisconsin are each within a couple hours of Chicago, and the city boasts large alumni bases from both institutions.

Fighting Irish fans are feeling better after Notre Dame pulled away for a 27-13 win over Purdue one week ago. That followed a pair of nail-biting victories for the Fighting Irish, which held on for a 41-38 overtime win over Florida State and a 32-29 win over Toledo in its first two contests.

Meanwhile, Wisconsin is coming off a dominant 34-7 win over Eastern Michigan. That followed a 16-10 loss against then-No. 19 Penn State in the Badgers' season opener.

This is the first meeting between Notre Dame and Wisconsin since Sept. 26, 1964. That marked Ara Parseghian's first game as Fighting Irish head coach, and his team won 31-7.

More than a few head coaches have come and gone since then, and now Fighting Irish head coach Brian Kelly is on the precipice of making history. He needs one more win to pass Knute Rockne for sole possession of first place with 106 coaching victories with the program.

It won't be easy against Wisconsin, which boasts strength on the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball. The Badgers rely on a dominant rushing attack that is supplemented by quarterback Graham Mertz, who has completed two-thirds of his passes this season but continues to search for his first passing touchdown.

Badgers running backs Chez Mellusi (265 rushing yards, two touchdowns) and Isaac Guerendo (148 rushing yards, one TD) have led the team's ground attack.

Notre Dame has reaped early benefits from Coan, who has completed 63.3 percent of his passes for 828 yards, eight touchdowns and two interceptions in his first three games. Kyren Williams has been a difference-maker on the ground with 211 rushing yards and two scores.

The Badgers could key in on Williams this weekend. Wisconsin has allowed only 33 rushing yards per game, which is the best mark in FBS so far this season.

Wisconsin head coach Paul Chryst praised Coan but said he was focused on his team this week.

"Obviously, we have respect for Jack and appreciate who he is as a person and player here," Chryst said. "But it's Wisconsin versus Notre Dame."

Quick Trends:

  • Fighting Irish are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Big Ten.

  • Fighting Irish are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 neutral site games.

  • Fighting Irish are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games after allowing less than 100 yards rushing in their previous game.

  • Fighting Irish are 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games following a ATS win.

  • Badgers are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall.

  • Badgers are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games as a favorite.

  • Badgers are 1-4 ATS vs. a team with a winning record.

  • Badgers are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games after accumulating less than 170 yards passing in their previous game.

  • Badgers are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 neutral site games as a favorite.

MAC's Prediction - Notre Dame +6.5

MAC's Free Props & Parlays -

NCAAF - Parlay

Atlanta at N.Y. Giants Over 47.5 + Tampa Bay at L.A. Rams Under 55.5

NFL - Props

Panthers Vs Texans - First Scoring Play

Panthers +150

NCAAF - Parlay

Wake Forest at Virginia

Virginia -4 + Over 68.5

NCAAF - Props

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No +215

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