Preseason Week 3 Betting Favorites
The third week of the NFL preseason is basically the dress rehearsal for the starting lineups, so these NFL betting lines are closer to what you might expect to see for regular season matchups than what you’ll see in the regular season. Here are some of the favorites that we think are the likeliest to pay off for you.
Let’s Check Out the Preseason Week 3 Betting Favorites
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Thursday, August 25
Seattle (-5) over Dallas
It’s true that Dallas put up 30 more points in Week 2 of the preseason than what the Seahawks put up. However, this game is in Seattle — one of the more raucous stadiums in the NFL. It will also feature the dress rehearsal for Seattle’s Legion of Boom defense, while Dallas quarterback Tony Romo is not expected to play more than a quarter. Backup Dak Prescott has been impressive in the first two weeks of the preseason, but he hasn’t faced a defensive unit like what he will take a look at in Seattle. I think Russell Wilson and the Seahawk offense will find a lot of holes in that porous Dallas secondary, and the Seahawks will win by as many as a couple of touchdowns.
Friday, August 26
Carolina (-3.5) over New England
The Patriots will be trying to get their backup quarterback, Jimmy Garoppolo, ready to start the first four games of the regular season in place of suspended quarterback Tom Brady. The Panthers will be getting Cam Newton and the Panther defense in high gear ahead of the regular season. Garoppolo isn’t a bad backup quarterback, but I see the Panther defense as being the stiffest test he may face all season. Newton will be ready to make a statement as the team starts to come back from that Super Bowl defeat, so I see the Panthers winning this one running away.
Saturday, August 27
Kansas City (-1) over Chicago
It’s pretty unusual for a team to be a road favorite in a preseason tilt, but the Chiefs had a lot better season than the Bears last year on both sides of the ball. Alex Smith thrived in Andy Reid’s scheme, which took advantage of his ball management skills, and the Chiefs’ defense did a solid job choking off the opposition’s running game and forcing turnovers in the secondary. The Bears are expected to improve in John Fox’s second season, both on defense and in the running game — and Jay Cutler performed much better in the clutch last year. Even so, I don’t see them as ready to win a dress rehearsal against the Chiefs.
Baltimore (-3) over Detroit
The Ravens have been solid on both sides of the ball — and they don’t have starting quarterback Joe Flacco back yet. So as they enter Week 3, they have shown the poise that they will need to take on a Lions team that is still trying to find their offensive identity after the departure of Calvin Johnson to retirement.