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September 28, 2022

Since 2009, 10 of 13 Super Bowl champs had a winning record against the spread through...

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NFL Week 4 Previews

September 26, 2022

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NFL Power Rankings

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Week 3 NFL ATS TRENDS

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Archived: College Football Week 3

September 14, 2022

Michigan State +3.5 at Washington, over/under: 57. Traveling to Seattle from East...

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NFL Week 3 Betting Previews

September 21, 2022

NFL WEEK 3 BETTING LINES

The largest point spreads while looking at NFL Week 3 odds Wednesday morning were the Chiefs -6.5 against the Colts +6.5, and the Jaguars +7 at the Chargers -7. Some of the tighter lines include the Raiders -2 on the road versus the Titans +2, and Saints -2.5 on the road versus the Falcons +2.5.

Week 3 betting lines that have seen the most significant movement since a week ago Wednesday include:

  • Eagles -3 at Commanders +3 to Eagles -6.5 at Commanders +6.5
  • Chiefs -3 at Colts +3 to Chiefs -6.5 at Colts +6.5
  • Cowboys +4 at Giants -4 to Cowboys +2.5 at Giants -2.5

    Steelers @ Browns

The Steelers came close to an improbable 2-0 start Sunday, but their 17-14 loss to the Patriots was emblematic of a problem that may haunt this year’s team while Mitch Trubisky is under center – inefficient offense. Cleveland is in a similar boat after a heartbreaking 31-30 loss to the Jets, despite the mirage of their elevated point total. Nick Chubb was largely responsible for it with his stellar exploits on the ground, racking up three touchdowns among his 17 carries. Jacoby Brissett is about as dynamic a passer as Trubisky, with the veteran displaying plenty of accuracy (22-for-27) but throwing for only 209 yards. 

The two signal-callers face difficult challenges against secondaries that know the opposing passing attack very well. Pittsburgh could also have an uphill battle finding consistent running room for Najee Harris as the Browns have given up just 73.5 rushing yards per game in the first pair of contests.

Even with Brissett reportedly nursing an ankle issue, oddsmakers are putting plenty of faith in the Browns, making them 4.5-to-5-point favorites at most sportsbooks. The projected total of 38.5 points, meanwhile, is unsurprisingly the lowest of the week. 

Chiefs @ Colts

The Chiefs weren’t quite as prolific in a narrow 27-24 win over the Chargers as they were against the Cardinals in their opener, but they still own an unblemished 2-0 record. Indianapolis, meanwhile, endured yet another absolutely miserable afternoon in Jacksonville, losing to the Jaguars by a 24-0 score. Matt Ryan was down both Michael Pittman (quadriceps) and Alec Pierce (concussion), providing something of an excuse for poor numbers. Ryan has now posted a worrisome 1:4 TD:INT through his first two games with Indy.

The Chiefs’ NFL Week 3 odds status as just under a touchdown road favorite is somewhat expected but still jarring to an extent considering Indy’s preseason expectations. 

Ravens @ Patriots

The Ravens will undoubtedly come into this game in an ornery mood following one of the most epic fourth quarter collapses in recent memory. Miami may have exposed some holes in Baltimore’s secondary with a comeback that saw Tua Tagovailoa put the finishing touches on a 469-yard, six-touchdown performance on the way to a 42-38 win for Miami.

The Patriots were extremely lackluster on offense for the second time in as many games to open the season, mustering just 17 points against the Steelers on Sunday. New England had just enough to escape with a three-point win while facing a pedestrian offensive attack.

Oddsmakers aren’t completely buying that Mac Jones and friends will be able to pull off a similar aerial display to that of the Dolphins’ against the Baltimore defense as we look at NFL Week 3 odds. The Ravens are a modest field goal road favorite as the week begins, although there’s naturally some room for that number to shift slightly in either direction.

Texans @ Bears

The Texans may not garner a winning record this season, but after two games under Lovie Smith’s leadership, Houston is undeniably competitive. Following a 20-20 tie in Indy to open the season, Davis Mills and company battled the Broncos for four quarters before succumbing, 16-9, in Week 2.

The Bears looked absolutely inept through the air in a Week 2 Sunday night battle with the Packers, mustering only 10 points and 70 passing yards on their way to a 17-point defeat. The one silver lining as it pertains to this matchup is that Chicago does appear to have a good chance of exploiting the Texans’ defensive Achilles’ heel, stopping the run. Through two games, both David Montgomery and Khalil Herbert have proved an effective tandem, leading to a No. 8 ranking in rush yards per game (139.5). 

Oddsmakers are extending the Bears the courtesy of a 2.5-to-3-point projected advantage as the home team thus far, but if Chicago’s highly questionable Week 2 performance sinks in further with bettors, that number could conceivably narrow as we look at NFL Week 3 odds.

Raiders @ Titans

The Raiders were another team victimized by a wild Week 2 comeback, blowing a 16-point lead in the fourth quarter thanks in large part to a superhuman effort on the part of the Cardinals’ Kyler Murray before dropping a 29-23 overtime decision.  

Tennessee looked entirely overmatched in their MNF game with the Bills as the Titans lost, 41-7. Las Vegas had been a -1 road favorite on Monday but are now -2 at most sportsbooks. While Las Vegas certainly has the more star-studded offense on paper, the fact is that it hasn’t produced a win in two tries and Davante Adams came down to Earth this past Sunday with a 2-12-1 line.

Bills @ Dolphins

Bills versus Dolphins is arguably the marquee matchup of the week now with the Dolphins 2-0 and the Bills looking like the clear-cut top team in the NFL. Buffalo destroyed the Titans on Monday Night Football by a 41-7 count and are also 2-0.

Miami’s 21-point fourth-quarter rally over Baltimore capped off a career-best 469-yard, six-TD performance by Tua Tagovailoa in which he maximized the talents of his dynamic receiver duo of Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle. 

Lost in the otherworldly exploits of Miami’s air attack is the fact Raheem Mostert and Chase Edmonds offered a semblance of balance with a combined 16 carries for 84 yards. The entire offense may be in for quite the uphill battle against Buffalo’s defense, however.

Buffalo thrashed the Dolphins by a 35-0 score in Week 2 last season, and although this year’s Miami team looks stronger, oddsmakers have still made Buffalo as much as a five-point favorite when glancing at NFL Week 3 odds.

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