NFL Week 3 odds: 5 best bets on favoritesBy Matt Verderame
Which favorites are worth some of your money this weekend? Let’s take a glance at five favored teams with good lines in the NFL Week 3 odds.
5. Las Vegas Raiders (-3.5) vs. Miami Dolphins
The Raiders are trying to get to 3-0 while the Dolphins come cross-country with a backup quarterback in Jacoby Brissett. Las Vegas has already taken down the Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers, and although Miami has talent, this is a rough spot. Jon Gruden’s club understands the AFC West will be a brutal battle throughout, and if the Raiders want to hang with the Kansas City Chiefs, it must win games like this.
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4. Tennessee Titans (-5.5) vs. Indianapolis Colts
Who knows the starting quarterback for the Colts this week? Do the Colts themselves know? If Carson Wentz can’t go, it’s likely Brett Hundley. If it is Wentz, can he play at all considering he’s barely practiced all week on a pair of sprained ankles. Meanwhile, the Titans come into the affair with a ton of confidence after coming back from a 24-9 deficit last week against the Seattle Seahawks to win in overtime. Finally, the Titans’ weapons of running back Derrick Henry and receivers A.J. Brown and Julio Jones will be tough for Indianapolis to stop.
3. Pittsburgh Steelers (-3) vs. Cincinnati Bengals
The Steelers are already having the doubters come out in full throat. Yes, Ben Roethlisberger looks finished, but the weapons are terrific and the coaching is beyond reproach. Meanwhile, the Bengals are a young team with a quarterback in Joe Burrow trying to regain his confidence and technique after tearing his ACL in November. After being embarrassed by the Raiders a week ago at Heinz Field, look for the proud Steelers to bounce back.
2. Baltimore Ravens (-7.5) at Detroit Lions
We move to a pair of big favorites playing on the road. Detroit is 0-2 and playing on a short week after falling to the Green Bay Packers on Monday Night Football. As for the Ravens, they’re emotionally high following an incredible 36-35 win over the Kansas City Chiefs, taking down Patrick Mahomes and Co. on primetime. In Lamar Jackson’s career, the Ravens have continually pounded bad teams. Detroit is such a team.
1. Arizona Cardinals (-7.5) at Jacksonville Jaguars
The Cardinals are a bit lucky to be 2-0, but here they are. The Jaguars are 0-2, and they’re lucky to not be 0-3 despite only playing two games. They deserve a third loss. Arizona is the far superior team with Kyler Murray poised to have a huge day against the Jaguars’ secondary, which has been burned by … Tyrod Taylor and Teddy Bridgewater.