Examining NFL Preseason Week 3 Bet-Against Teams

Posted by Peter Boysen on August 25, 2016 in

When you’re planning your online betting for Week 3 of the NFL preseason, you need to take an approach that is more like the regular season than you did in Weeks 1 and 2. The current trend in the league is for teams to use Week 3 as the dress rehearsal for the regular season, saving Week 4 to give starters a week off and to sort out those final roster cuts. With that in mind, let’s look at some teams that you should bet against this week.

Examining Preseason Week 3 bet-against teams (NFL)

Dallas (+5) (at Seattle, Thursday, 10pm ET)

Dress rehearsal or not, I don’t think we’ll see much of Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo in this game. He’s spent the off-season recovering from collarbone surgery, and there are few defenses as physical as the one that Seattle rolls out every week. So I think Romo sits down after a quarter, or midway through the second quarter, giving way to Dak Prescott. Prescott has been terrific so far in the preseason, but this is the Legion of Boom he’ll be facing, and I see those starters staying in for the Seahawks through halftime, if not longer. So I definitely like Seattle to have the edge here.

New England (+3.5) (at Carolina, Friday, 7:30pm ET)

The Patriots have to use their backup quarterback, Jimmy Garoppolo, in their dress rehearsal, because Tom Brady is missing the first four games of the regular season thanks to that DeflateGate suspension. So this puts the Patriot offense at a bit of a disadvantage against the vaunted Carolina Panther defense. Cam Newton has been playing well for the Panthers thus far in the preseason, and the Patriots don’t have the best secondary or pass rush. All of these factors combine for what should be a solid Carolina win.

Washington (-3) (vs Buffalo, Friday, 7:30pm ET)

The Bills simply dominated the New York Giants in a 21-0 thumping in Week 2. Their starting quarterback, Tyrod Taylor, drove the ball up and down the field, and the Redskins’ defense is not much better than what New York puts out on the field. Kirk Cousins should do a better job leading the Redskin offense than the Giants’ quarterbacks did, but the Bills have an aggressive pass rush and a secondary that takes chances, both of which can lead to big dividends when opposing quarterbacks are hurried into making mistakes.

San Diego (+4.5) (at Minnesota, Sunday, 1:00pm ET)

The Chargers have simply looked old throughout the preseason so far. None of their skill positions bring a lot of excitement, and Philip Rivers does not have enough around him to make this a credible season in San Diego — and you can feel the energy lacking already. They head into Minnesota to take on a Vikings team bent on redemption after that bizarre playoff loss — and set on defending their NFC North title behind Teddy Bridgewater and Adrian Peterson.