NFL Week 3 Preview: Odds and Betting Trends

NFL Week 3 Preview: Odds and Betting Trends

With two easy wins and covers through the first two weeks of the season the Baltimore Ravens will get a much tougher test in Week 3 as they play host to the champion Kansas City Chiefs on Monday night as small favorites at sportsbooks monitored by

The Ravens are listed as 3-point chalk on the NFL odds for Monday Night Football after beating the Cleveland Browns 38-6 as 7-point favorites and getting past the Houston Texans 33-16 as 7.5-point favorites in their first two outings of the season to sit with perfect 2-0 marks both straight up and against the spread at online betting sites.

Baltimore, though, has lost three straight games against Kansas City, including a 33-28 defeat last September as 4.5-point road underdogs. Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs have also started this season off 2-0, knocking off the Texans 34-20 as 9.5-point favorites in Week 1 then beating the Los Angeles Chargers 23-20 but failing to cover a 9-point spread last week.

The other two primetime games in Week 3 have the Jacksonville Jaguars as 3-point home favorites against the Miami Dolphins on Thursday night, and the New Orleans Saints as 4.5-point home favorites against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday night. The Packers have rolled to a pair of SU and ATS victories to start the season, with Aaron Rodgers and company  putting up 85 combined points in their wins over the Minnesota Vikings and Detroit Lions.

The early Sunday slate this week has Tennessee (-2.5) at Minnesota, Chicago at Atlanta (-3.5), Cincinnati at Philadelphia (-6.5), San Francisco (-4.5) at the Giants, Houston at Pittsburgh (-3.5), Washington at Cleveland (-7), the Rams at Buffalo (-2.5), and Las Vegas at New England (-6.5). The Patriots fell 35-30 to the Seahawks in Seattle last week, failing to cover the 4.5-point spread. New England beat Miami 21-11 as 7-point chalk back in Week 1.

The Carolina Panthers will be without injured star running back Christian McCaffrey on Sunday as they face the Chargers in Los Angeles as 7-point underdogs. Sunday’s late-afternoon slate also includes the Jets at Indianapolis (-10.5), Detroit at Arizona (-5.5), Dallas at Seattle (-5), and Tampa Bay (-6) at Denver. Broncos quarterback Drew Lock is expected to miss this week with a shoulder injury, with Jeff Driskel in line to start in his place on Sunday.

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