Buckle up because Week 3 of the NFL regular season begins on Thursday Night. The first two weeks were hectic, expect more of that! We already have the Week 3 odds fully loaded. Be sure to check ‘em and pick your favorites!
NFL Week 3 Preview
NFL Betting enthusiasts are set for a ton of action, starting with the Carolina Panthers vs Houston Texans on Thursday.
On Sunday, Aaron Donald will hunt Tom Brady, while Aaron Rodgers will return to California to face the 49ers. The Dallas Cowboys and the Philadelphia Eagles will fight for the top of the NFC East on Monday Night Game. And that’s only a glimpse!
The NFL Week 3 odds are ready and waiting as we look through each game.
NFL Games of the Week
Carolina Panthers (-7½)
Houston TexansSeptember 23, 8:15 p.m. ET
Believe it or not, the Carolina Panthers command the NFC South alongside the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Both have a 2-0-0 record, but Carolina beat the New Orleans Saints, a divisional rival, 26-7 in Week 2. Sam Darnold has proven to be a quarterback you can win with. However, there’s no doubt that Carolina’s offense heavily relies on Christian McCaffrey. The running back has surpassed the 100 total yards mark the last couple of weeks without too much trouble.
The Houston Texans will play host to the Panthers with a QB dilemma. Tyrod Taylor suffered a hamstring injury during the Week 2 loss against the Cleveland Browns. Forget about Deshaun Watson, if Taylor cannot play, Davis Mills will be the starter. In that case, expect their back trio – Mark Ingram, Philip Lindsay, and David Johnson – to carry the load.
Carolina deserves to be the favorite. They’re 9-1 SU in their last 10 games against an opponent in the AFC South. Only 33% of the bettors believe Houston can pull off the upset.
Arizona Cardinals (-7)
Jacksonville JaguarsSeptember 26, 1 p.m. ET
The Arizona Cardinals survived against the Minnesota Vikings thanks to kicker Greg Joseph. He’s Minnesota’s kicker and missed a 37-yard field goal to win the game. That allowed the Cards to win 34-33 and lead the NFC West with a 2-0-0 record.
Kyler Murray and DeAndre Hopkins are one of the best QB-receiver combos in the league. Murray also has developed good chemistry with Rondale Moore and tight end Maxx Williams. Defensively, DE Chandler Jones leads the league with five sacks. Can you imagine avoiding Jones just to collide with J.J. Watt? That’s what the Cards’ opponents suffer each week.
The Urban Meyer project in Jacksonville started on the wrong foot. They lost against the Houston Texans and the Denver Broncos. The second loss was at home and rookie QB Trevor Lawrence threw for 118 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions.
If Jacksonville wants to beat Arizona, they’re going to have to run the ball a lot more and more efficiently. RB James Robinson ran for only 47 yards against the Broncos.
Expect plenty of points, the total has gone over in four of Jacksonville’s last five games against Arizona.
Tennessee Titans (-5½)September 26, 1 p.m. ET
King Henry is back! After a very poor performance in Week 1, RB Derrick Henry crushed the Seattle Seahawks in Week 2. He finished the game with 237 total yards and three rushing touchdowns. Expect more of the same during their home game against the Indianapolis Colts.
Tennessee’s offense is kind of unfair. If Henry’s having a bad day, QB Ryan Tannehill can carry the load. He knows receivers Julio Jones and A.J. Brown are out there somewhere, he just must avoid making mistakes.
On the other hand, the Indianapolis Colts are really missing WR T.Y. Hilton. Zach Pascal (three touchdowns in two games) has stepped up, but he can’t do it all. And as if that weren’t enough, QB Carson Wentz status is unclear. He sprained both ankles in their 27-24 loss to the Los Angeles Rams.
If Wentz cannot play, Jacob Eason will be the starter. If that’s the case, it’s going to be a long night of hard work for RB Jonathan Taylor.
The Titans are 1-4 ATS in their last five games played on a Sunday. No matter who’s starting, divisional matchups are usually close, intense games.
Washington Football Team
Buffalo Bills (-10)September 26, 1 p.m. ET
The Washington Football Team lost veteran QB Ryan Fitzpatrick in Week 1 due to injury. However, Taylor Heinicke led them to victory in Week 2 against the New York Giants throwing for 336 yards and two touchdowns.
Receiver Terry McLaurin keeps reminding everyone that he’s one of the best in the league. He finished that game with 11 receptions for 107 yards and a touchdown. Defensively, they’re expecting DE Chase Young to go full beast mode, otherwise facing the Buffalo Bills could become a nightmare.
After losing their opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Buffalo Bills crushed the Miami Dolphins 35-0 in Week 2. QB Josh Allen threw for two touchdowns, one of them to WR Stefon Diggs, who finished the game with 60 yards. With Allen and Diggs in sync, the Bills shouldn’t suffer much against Washington.
Washington is 1-7 ATS in their last eight games against Buffalo. Also, the Bills are 7-1 SU in their last eight home games. Now you know why the -10 spread makes a lot of sense.
New Orleans Saints
New England Patriots (-3)September 26, 1 p.m. ET
Remember the old times when a New Orleans Saints vs New England Patriots matchup meant Drew Brees vs. Tom Brady? Now we’ve to settle for Jameis Winston vs. Mac Jones, but that doesn’t mean this couldn’t be an entertaining game.
Both are 1-1. The Saints crushed the Packers in their opener only to make a fool of themselves in Week 2 against the Carolina Panthers. Winston went from 148 yards and five touchdown passes to 111 yards and two interceptions. Alvin Kamara ran the ball only eight times, come on, that’s crazy.
On the other hand, the Pats went to New York and crushed the Jets 25-6. That allowed them to regain some confidence after losing against the Miami Dolphins in Week 1. Rookie QB Mac Jones outplayed his colleague Zach Wilson and made sure the offense didn’t make a mistake. New England has found a reliable RB in Damien Harris. He can carry the load during a slow day from the receiving corp.
Both QB’s have a lot to prove in what I expect to be a close one. The total went under in five of New Orleans’ six games on the road.
Los Angeles Chargers
Kansas City Chiefs (-7)September 26, 1 p.m. ET
First divisional matchup for both, already in a must win situation.
Los Angeles Chargers have found a franchise QB in Justin Herbert, but he needs a little more help. Other than RB Austin Ekeler, and receivers Kenan Allen and Mike Williams, the team’s offense isn’t making an impact. Defensively, DE Joey Bosa hasn’t been the same, but he definitely has the potential to be one of the best.
The Chargers are 1-1-0 after a heartbreaking loss to the Dallas Cowboys by a field-goal. All divisional matchups are tough, but the Chargers have had a lot of trouble beating the Kansas City Chiefs lately. They’re 2-12 SU in their last 14 meetings.
Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs come from a tough loss against the Baltimore Ravens. They also are 1-1-0, that’s why winning this matchup against the Chargers is crucial for their aspirations. Especially because the Denver Broncos and the Las Vegas Raiders are 2-0-0.
Mahomes just keeps throwing for 300+ yards like it’s nothing. He has plenty of help, including Tyrek Hill, Travis Kelce, DeMarcus Robinson, Byron Pringle, and Mecole Hardman.
Expect fireworks at Arrowhead. The total has gone over in four of Kansas City’s last five games when playing at home against LA.
New York Giants (-3)September 26, 1 p.m. ET
Here we’ve two winless teams, who showed some improvement in Week 2. That’s why I expect the Atlanta Falcons vs New York Giants to be a thrilling match with the total going way over.
The Falcons allowed 32+ points in their previous two games, while the Giants allowed 27+. Last week, Atlanta lost to Tom Brady (as expected), but the Giants lost to Taylor Heinicke.
Matt Ryan is really missing Julio Jones. The veteran QB must develop more chemistry with Calvin Ridley, now the team’s No. 1 receiver, and rookie TE Kyle Pitts. But they’ll figure it out, Atlanta’s biggest problem comes from their backfield. RB Mike Davis hasn’t been a factor and they don’t have a reliable backup.
Atlanta is 0-5 SU in their last five games on the road. They can’t afford to lose this one. Starting the season 0-3 has proven to be a dead sentence.
Daniel Jones and the Giants cannot afford to lose either. Playing in the NFC East gives them more room to breathe, but the Cowboys and the Eagles are looking good. Jones hasn’t taken advantage of the team’s offseason signings, Kenny Golladay and Kyle Rudolph. Also, he’s waiting for RB Saquon Barkley to explode. This could be the perfect game for Barkley to make a statement.
The Giants are 7-1 ATS in their last eight games against an opponent from the NFC.
Cleveland Browns (-7½)September 26, 1 p.m. ET
Believe it or not, head coach Matt Nagy keeps doubting between Andy Dalton and Justin Fields. Dalton left the game against the Cincinnati Bengals, but he’ll start against the Cleveland Browns if healthy. Reportedly he has a bone bruise in the knee.
Chicago managed to beat the Bengals thanks to their defense. The unit finished the game with four sacks and three interceptions. Khalil Mack is starting to show up and the league has been notified.
David Montgomery is set to carry the load once again. The RB ran the ball 16 times against the Los Angeles Rams and 20 times against Cincinnati.
The Cleveland Browns have become a points machine. They scored 29 against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 1 and 31 against the Houston Texans in Week 2. Baker Mayfield has become a reliable QB, but their RB’s duo is the difference maker. Nick Chubb and Kareen Hunt don’t let the opposing defense rest a single snap.
If the Bers have Khalil Mack, the Browns have Myles Garrett. Expect both to play hard to be considered an early candidate for the Defensive Player of the Year award.
The total has gone over in four of Cleveland’s last five games. Chicago’s defense is going to be their toughest test so far. If they can beat them without too much trouble, then we’ll know they’re for real.
Pittsburgh Steelers (-4½)September 26, 1 p.m. ET
A divisional matchup from the AFC North. Expect fireworks every time you read that combination, especially if both teams come from a tough loss.
The Pittsburgh Steelers will play host to the Cincinnati Bengals after losing to Las Vegas Raiders at Heinz Field. Ben Roethlisberger is starting to slow down, but the offense has plenty of talent to remain competitive. Diontae Johnson, Juju Smith-Schuster, Eric Ebron, and now RB Najee Harris.
In fact, they should give Harris the ball a lot more. He finished the game against the Raiders with only 10 carries. He showed his versatility by adding five receptions for 43 yards and one touchdown. Cut him loose!
T.J. Watt left their last game with a groin injury, but he has a good chance to play. Regardless of If he plays or not, it’s not a major injury.
Joe Burrow started the season on the right foot but suffered three interceptions in Week 2. He can thank Zach Wilson for throwing four. The second year QB can become one of the best in the league, but he needs more time. Fortunately for him, he has plenty of help to get there. Rookie WR Ja’Marr Chase scored one touchdown in each of his first two professional games.
RB Joe Mixon has no competition in the backfield, but he’ll be facing one of the best defenses against the run.
The Steelers are 5-0 SU in their last five home games against the Bengals.
Baltimore Ravens (-9)
Detroit LionsSeptember 26, 1 p.m. ET
The Baltimore Ravens will visit the Detroit Lions right on time. After beating Patrick Mahomes for the first time, Lamar Jackson’s confidence went up to the roof. The dual-threat QB showed some courage in the fourth quarter and led them to a 36-35 victory.
Marquise Brown, Mark Andrews, and Sammy Watkins remain his preferred targets, but his running is what makes the difference. Against the Chiefs, Jackson ran for 107 yards and two touchdowns. He had three more carries than their top RB.
On the other hand, the Lions started the season 0-2-0 after losing against the Green Bay Packers on Monday Night. QB Jared Goff and TE T.J. Hockenson have developed good chemistry, but that’s not enough to win games.
Detroit’s running game lacks spark. Believe it or not, Goff led the team in rushing yards at Lambeau Field with 46 in four attempts. D’Andre Swift ran the ball eight times for 37 yards. That’s ridiculous.
The Lions secondary needs to improve a lot and ASAP. They lost rookie CB Jeff Okudah for the rest of the season in Week 1, but that’s no excuse.
Baltimore is 10-0 SU in their last 10 games against an opponent from the NFC. Also, the total has gone over in five of Detroit’s last seven games against Baltimore.
New York Jets
Denver Broncos (-11)September 26, 4:05 p.m. ET
The Zach Wilson project in New York isn’t looking good. The rookie QB threw four interceptions in Week 2 against the New England Patriots. Now, he’ll face the Denver Broncos on the road, a sturdy defense that’s highly motivated.
Wilson isn’t the Jets only problem. Their running game is pretty much inexistent. Michael Carter, Ty Johnson, and Tevin Coleman are fighting for the starting job, but neither showing true commitment.
The Broncos remain unbeaten, one of two teams in the AFC, after beating the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 2. Teddy Bridgewater has proven head coach Vic Fangio right with two strong performances with no errors.
Denver lost WR Jerry Jeudy in Week 1 due to injury, he’s going to be out from three to five weeks more. However, Courtland Sutton seems to be back after having a career day in Jacksonville. They should be fine and starting the season 3-0-0 should boost their confidence up to the roof.
OLB Bradley Chubb is questionable for this game. LB Josey Jewell is out for the rest of the season due to a torn chest muscle. Nevertheless, at home and against the Jets, the defense should be fine.
The Jets are 1-4 ATS in their last five games against the Broncos. The total has gone under in six of their last seven meetings in Denver.
Las Vegas Raiders (-4)September 26, 4:05 p.m. ET
Week 2 was a nightmare for the Miami Dolphins. They lost 35-0 to the Buffalo Bills, and QB Tua Tagovailoa was carted off the field with a rib’s injury. It’s not a major injury, but his status remains questionable. If Tua can’t play, Jacoby Brissett will be under center.
Miami’s offense is getting some help for Week 3 against the Las Vegas Raiders. WR Will Fuller is ready to go after missing their first two games. He’s very good when it comes to going long. With Fuller, Jaylon Waddle, DeVante Parker, and Miles Gesicki they shouldn’t suffer as much as they’ve.
The Raiders went to Pittsburgh and won despite not having RB Josh Jacobs due to injury. QB Derek Carr threw for 382 yards and two touchdowns to led them to victory. WR’s Henry Ruggs and Foster Moreau scored the TD’s. It’s good for the team to not depend on TE Darren Waller.
Las Vegas is the other AFC team who remains unbeaten. They shouldn’t have too much trouble beating Miami at home, especially if Carr plays.
The Dolphins are 5-1-1 ATS in their last seven games against the Raiders. The total went over in their last seven meetings.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (pk -110)
Los Angeles RamsSeptember 26, 4:25 p.m. ET
Tom Brady started the season throwing for 655 yards and nine touchdowns. He’s not showing any signs of slowing things down. Yes, he faced two very vulnerable defensive units, but still, he’s 44 years old!
The Buccaneers simply have too many weapons. Mike Evans, Chris Goodwin, Rob Gronkowski, O.J. Howard, Antonio Brown, Leonard Fournette, Ronald Jones, Cameron Brate. It’s ridiculous.
They’ll face another unbeaten team in Los Angeles. That’s right, the Bucs will face an inspired Rams team after winning their first two games 61-38. QB Matthew Stafford wasted no time and got in sync with WR Cooper Kupp. Kupp finished their Week 2 game against the Indianapolis Colts with 9 receptions for 163 yards and two touchdowns.
Defensively, they’ve the current Defensive Player of the Year in Aaron Donald, but that’s not all. Leonard Floyd and Jalen Ramsey are also among the best defensive players in the league. It’s going to be a real test for Brady and company.
Tampa Bay is 8-0 SU in their last eight games on the road, but the Rams are 4-1 SU in their last five games. Expect a back-and-forth battle!
Seattle Seahawks (-1)
Minnesota VikingsSeptember 26, 4:25 p.m. ET
The Seattle Seahawks could be 2-0-0, but they’re 1-1-0. The Minnesota Vikings could be 1-1-0, but they’re 0-2-0. Both are better than their record shows, that’s why I expect a showdown when the Vikings play host to the Seahawks on Sunday afternoon.
There’s no doubt that Russell Wilson is one of the best QB’s in the league, the problem is that he’s depending too much on Tyler Lockett. I don’t blame him; Lockett finished their Week 2 game with eight receptions for 178 yards and two touchdowns, but what about D.K. Metcalf?
RB Chris Carson scored two touchdowns, but they need him to be more effective. He ran for only 31 yards. Defensively, they were destroyed by Derrick Henry, so they need to improve ASAP to face Dalvin Cook.
Speaking of Cook, he remains Minnesota’s main offensive weapon. The RB finished their Week 2 matchup against Arizona with 148 total yards. QB Kirk Cousins played a great game (244 yards and three touchdowns), but they lost due to a missed field goal.
Minnesota is in a must win situation. Otherwise, Green Bay or Chicago could take a bigger advantage at the top of the NFC North.
You can expect an offensive showdown here. The total has gone over in Minnesota’s last five games.
Green Bay Packers
San Francisco 49ers (-3½)September 26, 8:20 p.m. ET
Aaron Rodgers came back from the dead to lead the Green Bay Packers to their first victory of the season. They crushed the Detroit Lions 35-17 with Rodgers throwing for 255 yards and four touchdowns.
Aaron Jones also came back from the dead and finished the game with 115 total yards and four touchdowns, only one through the ground. Green Bay has a lot to improve defensively, but to be fair they’ve been attacked by the injury bug.
On the other hand, the San Francisco 49ers will welcome the Packers with a 2-0-0 record. Their defensive unit managed to control Jalen Hurts and led them to a 17-11 victory in Philadelphia. DE Nick Bosa finished the game with two sacks.
Offensively, the 49ers are nothing special, but they’re effective. WR Deebo Samuel is outplaying TE George Kittle as the team’s main receiver. RB Eli Mitchell will have more work. JaMycal Hasty also got hurt (they lost Raheem Mostert in Week 1) and is questionable.
The Packers are 5-1 SU in their last six games played in Week 3. The 49ers are 4-1 SU in their last five games against a team from the NFC North. No wonder it’s scheduled for Sunday Night.
Dallas Cowboys (-4)September 27, 8:15 p.m. ET
The Philadelphia Eagles will face the Dallas Cowboys with the NFC East first place on the line. Both are 1-1-0 and really excited about their young and dynamic QB’s.
Philadelphia crushed the Atlanta Falcons in their opener, but only managed to score 11 points in Week 2 against the Niners. Despite the loss, Hurts finished with 270 total yards and one rushing touchdown. The most important thing is that he hasn’t made a mistake.
TE Zach Ertz is back, that should help a lot. With Ertz, Dallas Goedert, and DeVonta Smith they should be more than fine.
Regarding the Cowboys, they won 20-17 against the Los Angeles Chargers despite a bad day from Dak Prescott. He finished with 237 yards and one interception. The good news is that they depend on him to win. RB’s Tony Pollard (109 yards, 1 touchdown) and Ezekiel Elliott (71 yards, one touchdown) carried the load.
Both can extend plays by running, that’s why you can expect a fast-paced game at AT&T Stadium. Philly is 2-5 ATS in their last seven games against Dallas. The total went over in eight of Dallas’ last 10 home games.
NFL Week 3 Picks
After an in-depth analysis of the NFL Week 3 betting lines alongside the latest NFL Week 3 news, our panel of experts share their betting predictions for all 16 NFL Week 3 matchups. Here’s the rundown.