Sure Losers Preseason Week 3

Posted by Aaron . on August 23, 2016 in

In the preseason, the NFL betting lines for games tend to be just a handful of points, with the home team generally the favorite. The reason for this is that teams use the majority of the game (or at least the second half) to see what their reserve units can do, and those can lead to really unpredictable endings. Even so, there are some teams that are more likely than others to end up on the losing end in the preseason.

Here are the Sure Losers NFL Preseason Week 3

Thursday, August 25

Seattle over Dallas

Yes, the Cowboys rolled to a 41-14 thumping of the Miami Dolphins in Week 2. However, the Cowboys never put a lot of emphasis on winning their preseason games — in 2014, when they would go on to win the NFC East, the team didn’t win a single preseason tilt. They use the preseason games to see who will fit on their roster and don’t worry about their preseason record. The Seahawks are trying to work in Thomas Rawls as their new tailback and will be more focused on the game — and the Seahawks’ defense is a lot better than what Miami rolled out there against Dallas.

Saturday, August 27

Baltimore over Detroit

The Ravens have reeled off two straight preseason wins, and they face a Lions team that really doesn’t have a solid running attack and only offers quarterback Matthew Stafford one solid downfield target in Golden Tate. On the other side of the ball, the Ravens are still waiting for Joe Flacco to return as their starting quarterback, but they’ve been winning anyway by virtue of a rejuvenated defense and a strong running game. I like them to beat the Lions in Week 3.

Oakland over Tennessee

The Raiders looked like world champions in their Week 1 romp down at Arizona, but Week 2 was a major step back. Eddie Lacy of the Green Bay Packers carried the ball nine times for 45 yards and a score in the opening drive. The Raiders did feature some terrific plays on offense, such as a gorgeous sideline route to Amari Cooper on their first drive, but Latavius Murray was unable to carry the ball with much ferocity, picking up just seven yards on three carries in that same drive. The Raiders had 73 yards of total offense in the first half, with just four first downs, showing that they really need to work on making things multi-dimensional. The Titans will also feature a strong running game, but there should be a lot more opportunities for Murray to find holes and take the pressure off the passing game. I like the Raiders to roll over Tennessee in this game.