Preseason Week 3 Betting Underdogs

Posted by Peter Boysen on August 24, 2016 in

Some of the underdogs in this week’s NFL preseason action are deservedly so, such as the Dallas Cowboys, who are likely to see their offense get a stiff challenge from the Seattle Seahawks. However, some of the other NFL betting lines this week seem to be based more on past reputation or the site of the game rather than the present realities of the teams involved. Here are some underdogs that could pay off big-time for you in Week 3.

Here’s a Look at the Preseason Week 3 Betting Underdogs

Thursday, August 25

Atlanta (+2.5) over Miami

Did you see what happened to the Miami defense in Dallas last week? Tony Romo led a scoring drive, and then backup quarterback Dak Prescott accounted for four touchdowns all on his own. The Dolphins are in trouble up front, because they don’t have a pass rush (despite having Ndamukong Suh on that D-line), an  their secondary has a hard time in coverage. This will set the table for a big night for Matt Ryan and Julio Jones, as the most exciting pass duo in the NFC South should have plenty of opportunities to hook up down the field. The Falcons’ defense has been more impressive this preseason as Dan Quinn enters his second year at the helm. I like the Falcons to win by about a touchdown.

Friday, August 26

Buffalo (+3) over Washington

The Buffalo Bills completely dominated the New York Giants in the second week of the preseason, rolling to a 21-0 shellacking. Tyrod Taylor had a sweet touchdown pass to LeSean McCoy on a crossing route, and then EJ Manuel led two more touchdown drives in that second period. The Bills’ pass rush overwhelmed the Giants, and their front seven kept the Giants from mounting a rushing attack. Washington has an even more feeble running game than the Giants, and while Kirk Cousins might have more success down the field than the Giants’ quarterbacks did, I still like the Bills to win this one (or at least cover in a close finish).

Pittsburgh (+2) over New Orleans

It’s true that Landry Jones has been pretty awful for Pittsburgh in the preseason so far. However, Week 3 is generally the dress rehearsal for the starting unit, and so I expect Ben Roethlisberger to have a big night against a New Orleans defense that has been pretty porous against the passing game. I haven’t been impressed with what the New Orleans offense has been able to do thus far this preseason, and while the Steelers tend to give up big passing plays, they also have enough of a pass rush to make life hectic for Drew Brees.

Green Bay (+2) over San Francisco

I really don’t know what the oddsmakers are thinking here. I don’t see the 49ers’ defense doing much to stop the Aaron Rodgers Show, and I also don’t see Blaine Gabbert making much headway against the Packers’ defense, led once again by stalwart Clay Matthews. This could be a double-digit win for the Pack.