NFL Week 3 odds: Making a case for the underdog
With NFL Week 3 approaching, we take a look at the slate and make a case for betting the underdog.
Tennessee Titans at Jacksonville Jaguars (+1.5)
The Jaguars are home under the lights on a short week. If they are going to get into the AFC South race, this is a must-win.
Atlanta Falcons (+2) at Indianapolis Colts
Atlanta did a nice job of handling the Eagles on Sunday night. Now, the Falcons play a Colts team with a limited quarterback and questions on the defensive side. As a result, Atlanta matches up well.
Baltimore Ravens (+6.5) at Kansas City Chiefs
Baltimore is playing terrific football, and the Chiefs struggle to stop the run. The recipe here is to pound the rock and hit Patrick Mahomes early and often.
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Cincinnati Bengals (+6) at Buffalo Bills
The Bengals showed they can play decent football in a 21-20 loss to the Seahawks in Seattle. If they give that kind of effort again, they can win on the road.
Denver Broncos (+8) at Green Bay Packers
The Broncos are going to need a stellar effort from its defense. The Packers haven’t been great offensively, so that’s not out of the realm here.
Detroit Lions (+6.5) at Philadelphia Eagles
The Lions are quietly undefeated and taking on a very wounded Eagles team. Detroit needs to have a sound day in the kicking game (it’s been a mess so far) and see vintage Matthew Stafford.
Miami Dolphins (+21.5) at Dallas Cowboys
The power goes out in the stadium, and it’s deemed a forfeit by the home team.
New York Jets (+22.5) at New England Patriots
Luke Falk pulls a Kurt Warner and comes out of nowhere to be a hero. Outside of that, good luck.
Oakland Raiders (+8) at Minnesota Vikings
The Raiders have actually played decent football save one quarter. If they can rattle Kirk Cousins, they can win.
Carolina Panthers at Arizona Cardinals (+2.5)
Arizona might be playing against Will Grier. The Cardinals have also hung tough against a pair of undefeated teams. Kyler Murray looks like he’s for real.
New York Giants (+6.5) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Buccaneers (and the rest of the NFL, for that matter) have never seen Daniel Jones in a true game. Maybe head coach Pat Shurmur has some new looks dialed up to fool the Bucs.
Houston Texans (+3) at Los Angeles Chargers
These teams are pretty evenly-matched. Los Angeles is at home, but how much does that mean in this case? The Texans have to protect better and win some battles in the secondary.
New Orleans Saints (+4) at Seattle Seahawks
Teddy Bridgewater has to play really well, and the defense must contain Russell Wilson. Neither is impossible, but the Saints need their best effort.
Pittsburgh Steelers (+6.5) at San Francisco 49ers
Mason Rudolph looked good against the Seahawks. If that continues, Pittsburgh will have a chance against most teams, certainly including the Niners.
Los Angeles Rams at Cleveland Browns (+3)
It’s time for the Browns to showcase who they can be. In primetime against the Rams, Cleveland needs to get pressure on Jared Goff and offensively, see Baker Mayfield letting loose a few deep shots.
Chicago Bears at Washington Redskins (+4)
Mitchell Trubisky can’t throw the ball. If Washington can hit a few big plays and stop Chicago’s ground attack, this becomes very winnable.