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Not many players made it out of Week 2 as Saquon Barkley and Courtland Sutton are done for the season. Drew Lock, Christian McCaffrey, and Raheem Mostert are all expected to miss multiple weeks as well. These major injuries will play into how oddsmakers set up the week and starting a backup quarterback is not going to help those odds. Week 2 was another high scoring week as 16 teams scored 30 or more points. This week was more straight forward and we didn't have as many upsets as Week 1. Las Vegas beating New Orleans on Monday was the only real upset based on the spread. If you had Atlanta straight up, I am pouring one out for you.
Week 3 Games
|Dolphins @ Jaguars||JAX -3||47.5|
|Bears @ Falcons||ATL -3.5||47.5|
|Raiders @ Patriots||NE -6||47.5|
|49ers @ Giants||SF -4.5||41|
|Bengals @ Eagles||PHI -6.5||46.5|
|Texans @ Steelers||PIT -4||45|
|Rams @ Bills||BUF -2.5||47.5|
|Titans @ Vikings||TEN -2.5||47|
|Washington Football Team @ Browns||CLE -7||44|
|Jets @ Colts||IND -10.5||43.5|
|Panthers @ Chargers||LAC -6.5||44|
|Buccaneers @ Broncos||TB -6||43|
|Lions @ Cardinals||ARI -4.5||54.5|
|Cowboys @ Seahawks||SEA -4.5||55.5|
|Packers @ Saints||NO -3||52.5|
|Chiefs @ Ravens||BAL -3.5||53.5|
MIA @ JAX
Jacksonville comes into Thursday night as field goal favorites and this isn't a surprise given they pulled off the Week 1 upset over Indy and kept pace with Tennessee. Miami is not at the level of those teams but are close to the range of Jacksonville. What I like about the Jaguars this week is the run game has been clicking with James Robinson. We were not quite sure how they would do after the Leonard Fournette release, but Robinson has picked up the starting job. With Byron Jones likely out this week, this is a big downgrade to the Miami defense. I will take the Jags -3.
CHI @ ATL
After another monster collapse, Atlanta will quickly have to turn around and forget about it. They welcome the Chicago Bears and this is certainly a make or break game for Atlanta. While the Chicago defense is stout, I still project Atlanta to move the ball and put up some points. Now if the defense can't slow Mitch Trubisky down, then there is no hope for this group being able to keep teams at bay on the offensive side. The Julio Jones hamstring news is something to watch but Atlanta has plenty of depth to make up for it if he is limited. Atlanta is in a bounce back spot and should get the job done.
LV @ NE
The Raiders are coming off a strong win against the Saints and now will have to face Cam Newton and the Patriots in Week 3. On a short week this is going to be a tough game for the Raiders to stay undefeated. They will face a much better pass defense this week and actually might face a better offense than what the Saints trotted out last week. Cam Newton is clearly someone who can put up big numbers and the Raiders defense will have a tough task. While I believe this game will be close, the Patriots likely make it look worse than what it was late.
SF @ NYG
Both of these teams were hit hard by the injury big in Week 2 and while the 49ers still are favorites that isn't exactly a given this week. New York lost Saquon Barkley for the season while the 49ers lost Nick Bosa. Raheem Mostert and Sterling Shepard are two names that are doubtful for the week. Jimmy Garoppolo is even questionable, yet the lines are out for this one so that indicates he should be playing given they are a few point favorites. This game isn't all that appealing but I would look at a low scoring game and take the under.
CIN @ PHI
The Eagles have not looked good through two weeks but the matchup against the Bengals presents a bounce back spot. Miles Sanders being back will help out the Eagles offense, especially in a spot against the Bengals run defense. The Eagles defense has not looked as advertised through two weeks and the Bengals offense is certainly in a stage where they can put up points. I do think the Bengals can cover here in this one of the Eagles offense continues to be shaky, however I am more confident in the over hitting with the way the defenses have played combined through two weeks.
HOU @ PIT
Houston's run of tough opponents continues and they will face the best defense in the league this week. Houston struggled at home against a very good Baltimore defense, leaving me with little confidence they can put up points against Pittsburgh. The Steelers offense has had its moments but the consistency lacks still. We will see them take on a Houston defense that has struggled in the first two weeks, but as expected. I would try and hop on the Steelers early because there is a good chance this line moves a bit if people go with Houston.
LAR @ BUF
This is the most intriguing early game for me this week. The Rams will stay on the East Coast and have another road game against Buffalo. The Bills home field goes out the window a bit during this season of fan-less football, but what hasn't gone out the window is one of the best offenses in the league through two games. While it was against easier opponents, Josh Allen looks vastly improved. No surprise to see such a close spread but I like the Bills on both sides of the ball this week to be able to get a win and cover.
TEN @ MIN
Minnesota has been one of the more disappointing teams to start 2020 but maybe it shouldn't be such a surprise. The defense continues to get banged up and they were going through a transition period with the secondary. Offensively Kirk Cousins has looked awful and his time is wearing thin. Minnesota are home underdogs as the Titans come into this week playing well. Given Ryan Tannehill's ability to throw the ball against this secondary, the Titans should possibly be favored by a point or two more. I am taking Tennessee this week as the Vikings performances are not just a fluke.
WAS @ CLE
The Browns have another shot to keep the offense going this week and Washington is a defense that is on the tougher side despite giving up points to Arizona last week. However, a home game for the Browns where they should be able to control this game on the ground gives them hope to cover a touchdown spread. Washington doesn't have the firepower to keep up with anyone so it will be a different story if you had the Browns covering last week. Cleveland's defense doesn't scare me as much in this spot as they will need to buckle down on Terry McLaurin more than anything.
NYJ @ IND
The largest favorites of the Week is Indy against the Jets. New York continues to struggle and the injuries continue to pile up as well. The Colts have dealt with injuries themselves but have talent to make up for it. They should be able to control this one and I have a hard time seeing the Jets offense putting up points of their own. While I do not like to dabble into the ten-point spreads often, the Colts make a lot of sense here as just an onslaught to get them to 2-1.
CAR @ LAC
We had a weird turn of events with Justin Herbert starting this past week and Anthony Lynn came out saying this was still Tyrod Taylor's job. Herbert looked incredible in his debut given it was a short term notice and against the Chiefs. He also made this Chargers offense look like it could move the ball more than four yards at a time. Regardless this defense is stifling and I fully expect them to limit Carolina this week who are without Christian McCaffrey for the next 4-6 weeks.
TB @ DEN
Denver is in a tough spot with Drew Lock out the next few weeks and Courtland Sutton done for the season. While there is still a lot of talent here, these spots against above average teams will be tough. Tampa come in as touchdown favorites and while the offense still isn't quite at the levels they were last season, they have cut down turnovers and the defense continues to play well. Look for Tampa to get a road win this week.
DET @ ARI
I like Detroit a little but more if Kenny Golladay comes back and that is more for the over. Arizona are five-point favorites and this team looks like a major improvement from last season on both sides of the ball. Defensively they needed an upgrade and this has been a good start for them. The offensive line has also played a lot better. Detroit just continues to shoot themselves in the foot week after week and the defense is going to have a tough time slowing down this Arizona offense. Give me the Card and the over here.
DAL @ SEA
Another high total in the afternoon belongs in Seattle. Two powerhouse passing offenses will square off and this should be an exciting one. If Dallas gets off to a slow start again, the Seahawks are quite a different team from Atlanta to let them back into it. I expect both offenses to be able to put up points in this one but I expect Seattle to come out of this one on top. The over is there for the taking again as defenses continue to give up more points than usual through the first two weeks of the season.
GB @ NO
Green Bay will travel down to New Orleans which is one of the tougher places to play, but this year not so much. Drew Brees continues to look like he is over 40 and while he manages the game, it simply wasn't good enough last week. Green Bay has been able to win handedly each of the first two weeks but this will be a tougher test against a better defense. I like Green Bay here especially if Michael Thomas is ruled out again. Davante Adams should be back with no issues as well.
KC @ BAL
Week 3 has a finale like no other. Lamar Jackson and Pat Mahomes set us up for some fireworks. No surprise here to see Baltimore as slight favorites given they are at home and Kansas City is coming off a tougher win than normal. Baltimore's offense continues to move the ball well on the ground and against Kansas City that is very doable. However, this game is going to be close and +3.5 is a nice buy for the Chiefs if it can hold.
NFL Week 3 FAQ
How Can I Bet On Football?
If you are a resident within one of these states: NY, NJ, PA, NH, PA, RI, WV, OR, IN, IA, NV, AR, DE, MS, NM, you can legally bet on the NFL. Sportsbooks are available, and some of them also offer mobile betting.
What Are Opening Lines?
Opening lines are the very first lines put out to the public by oddsmakers. They are put out early, and then adjustments will be made. Getting in on opening lines is where bettors can have an advantage before the lines change.
When Does Week 3 Start?
What Is A Game Total?
A total set for a game is the set number. You can bet the over or under on for total points. If a game is set at 54.5, you can bet either over or under the total combined points between the two teams.
Why Do Lines Change?
Lines can change for various reasons. If there is an injury leading up to the game that has a major effect on the potential outcome, the line will adjust based on the news. Weather is another reason why it can change.