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Top 4 NFL Week 3 Games: Trio of Teams Look Like Road Warriors!

While we won’t know who’s “real in the field” of legitimate 2024 Super Bowl contenders at such an early juncture, a quartet of Week 3 matchups stick out like a sore thumb for NFL betting enthusiasts everywhere. Simply head on over to the BetUS online sportsbook to make the NFL Week 3 wagers of your choice.

In a matchup of AFC playoff hopefuls, Jim Harbaugh’s new-look Los Angeles Chargers are on the road against a revamped Pittsburgh Steelers team that will have a new signal-caller under center for no-nonsense head coach Mike Tomlin. Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys will look to make a big Lone Star State statement when they host Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens in an intriguing interconference clash of Super Bowl hopefuls.

Top 4 Week 3 Games: Trio of Teams Look Like Road Warriors!
Dak Prescott #4 of the Dallas Cowboys - Richard Rodriguez/Getty Images

Matthew Stafford and the Los Angeles Rams will look to take care of business at home against Brock Purdy and the San Francisco 49ers in an NFC West divisional showdown. Closing things out, we’ll see Kyler Muray and the Arizona Cardinals look to tame Jared Goff and the Detroit Lions as home underdogs. Let’s get right into it, NFL sports betting aficionados.

 

NFL Week 3 Can’t-Miss Games

 

1. Harbaugh, Rams Invade Pittsburgh

We’re looking at what should be an old-school brawl when the Steelers host the Chargers in Week 3. Los Angeles made a huge offseason move by going out and hiring the widely respected Jim Harbaugh to lead their franchise in a new direction after years of underperforming under former head coach Brandon Staley.

The Bolts went an uninspiring 5-12 last season, but will undoubtedly be better under Harbaugh, who took the 49ers to one Super Bowl appearance (2012) and came back to the NFL after winning the NCAA national championship at Michigan a year ago. Harbaugh inherits a gifted quarterback in Justin Herbert and has already begun remaking his roster, starting with the fifth overall pick in this year’s draft – stud offensive lineman Joe Alt (Notre Dame).

Pittsburgh is coming off a solid 10-7 season but moved on from mediocre former first-round pick Kenny Pickett in favor of Super Bowl-winning quarterback Russell Wilson and Justin Fields. The Steelers made a big offseason addition by signing veteran linebacker Patrick Queen to pair with superstar T.J. Watt and selected tackle Troy Fautanu out of Washington with the 20th overall pick to improve their lackluster offensive line. By now, everyone knows that Pittsburgh has never had a losing record under Tomlin in 17 years.

The Steelers lead this head-to-head series 24-11 but lost the last meeting 41-37 in 2021. Pittsburgh has covered the spread in two straight meetings and is 3-1 ATS over the last four. The Steelers are 5-2 ATS over the last seven meetings with the Over going an identical 5-2 during that span.

These AFC rivals have alternated wins and losses over the last six meetings, so that would suggest Pittsburgh is due to win this Week 3 matchup. I like LA’s hiring of Harbaugh and I expect the Bolts to improve dramatically at some point. Still, I’m expecting Pittsburgh to win this Week 3 meeting by a field goal to cover the small spread as home favorites and you should too.

 

 

2. Lamar Jackson, Ravens Tackle Cowboys at Jerry World

Baltimore went a phenomenal 13-4 last season as star quarterback Lamar Jackson won his second MVP award. Yet, the Ravens fell short of their stated goal (again) of winning the Super Bowl by suffering a discouraging 17-10 home loss against Kansas City in last season’s AFC Championship Game.

Baltimore went out and added veteran running back Derrick Henry in free agency and Clemson cornerback Nate Wiggins with the 30th overall pick in the draft. Now, heading into 2024, The Ravens want to dethrone Kansas City as conference champs and win Super Bowl 59. Anything short of that simply won’t be good enough for Jackson and a Ravens franchise that has gone 160-99 in 16 seasons under head coach John Harbaugh.

Dallas went a robust 12-5 last season to win the NFC East crown, but came up short in the playoffs – again – by suffering an embarrassing 48-32 home loss against underdog Green Bay in the Wild Card round. Now, fresh off three consecutive 12-win seasons under head coach Mike McCarthy, a lengthy playoff run and nothing else will suffice for owner Jerry Jones and the Cowboys faithful.

Dallas added veteran linebacker Eric Kendricks in free agency and selected Oklahoma tackle Tyler Guyton with the 29th overall pick in the draft. Still, this is a team that parted ways with starting running back Tony Pollard and will use a running back-by-committee approach heading into the 2024 campaign.

The Ravens have dominated this series by winning five of six all-time meetings against Dallas. Baltimore cruised to a 34-17 home win the last time these two met in 2020 and has outscored the Cowboys 172-107 in the six head-to-head meetings.

Will Dak Prescott suddenly turn into an elite signal-caller? Most likely not. Will the ‘Boys contend for anything outside of a division title? It’s possible, though, I say, not likely. Baltimore is 5-2 ATS in the last seven meetings while the Over is 4-1 in the last five. It doesn’t bode well for Dallas that it is 1-2 SU and ATS in its last three home games as a 1-point favorite.

A big road win here for the Ravens is more than possible. I’m thinking it’s close to a damned lock! Back Lamar Jackson and Co to get ‘er done as slight road dogs in Big D!

 

 

3. 49ers, Rams Renew Bitter Rivalry

San Francisco went 12-5 last season and won the NFC crown but didn’t blow anyone away in the postseason by getting past Green Bay and Detroit in identical three-point wins in the Divisional Round and NFC Championship Game, respectively. Yet, this is a team that returns almost all of its core offensive unit, including superstar running back Christian McCaffrey and young quarterback Brock Purdy.

The Niners selected Florida wideout Ricky Pearsall with the 31st overall pick in the draft, but underwent massive changes to its defense, starting with the dismissal of defensive coordinator Steve Wilks. Also gone are defensive linemen Arik Armstead, Clelin Ferrell and Chase Young.

Will new defensive coordinator Nick Sorensen fit the bill for Kyle Shanahan or will he be Frisco’s next scapegoat after Wilks played that role this past season?

The Rams went 10-7 for head coach Sean McVay last season but suffered a major loss in the offseason due to the retirement of future Hall of Fame defensive lineman Aaron Donald.  Yet, LA has some high hopes of contending for a playoff berth after making a handful of offseason moves to upgrade their roster.

The Rams selected Florida linebacker Jared Verse with the 19th pick in the draft and moved up in the second round to nab defensive lineman Braden Fiske with the 55th overall pick after the former Florida State star wowed everyone at the NFL combine. LA also added veteran cornerbacks Tre’Davious White and Darious Williams, safety Kamren Curl and quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo in free agency.

The Niners lead this division rivalry 78-69-3 but lost the second of their two regular-season meetings against LA 21-20 at home a year ago, although little was on the line for either team. Still, Frisco is 13-7 SU and ATS in the last 20 meetings. The Niners had covered the spread in seven straight until failing to do so in the last two meetings.

At this early stage of the season, I like Brock Purdy and company to get back to cover the spread as road warriors to improve to a blistering 6-1 ATS in their last seven road dates against LA.

 

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4. Detroit Lions at Arizona Cardinals, 4:25 PM ET, FOX

State Farm Stadium, Glendale, AZ

NFL Odds

Detroit -4, O/U 50

Detroit is coming off a fantastic 12-5 campaign a year ago and nearly reached Super Bowl 58 before coming up short on the road against San Francisco 34-31 in the NFC Championship Game despite going into the half up 24-7 against the favored 49ers. Now, Detroit is looking to go one step further in 2024 for beloved head coach Dan Campbell and they very well could.

The Lions bolstered their secondary in the offseason, adding a pair of cornerbacks in Carlton Davis and Amik Robertson. Detroit also selected Alabama cornerback Terrion Arnold with the 24th pick in the draft. They also fortified the defensive line with the additions of DJ Readers and Marcus Davenport, and should be a lot better defensively than they were last season.

Arizona went 4-13 last season as star quarterback Kyler Murray saw action in only eight games. The Cardinals’ woes a year ago helped them land the fourth overall pick in the draft, where they eagerly nabbed Ohio State star wide receiver Marvin Harrison Jr. Arizona also added veteran offensive lineman Jonah Williams, running back DeeJay Dallas, wide receiver Chris Moore, cornerback Sean Murphy-Bunting and linebacker Mack Wilson Sr. among others to offset their free agent losses.

Not much is expected out of the Cardinals this coming season, but I’m going on record right now to say Arizona may be the very best pick in the league to top its 2024 win total odds. Still, the Lions are an unblemished 4-0-1 SU in their last five meetings against Arizona and a nearly pristine 4-1 ATS during the stretch.

I like Kyler Murray a lot, but not enough for him to lead the Cardinals to the win or cover. Back those boys from the Motor City to win and cash in!

 

 

Odds and information are accurate at the time of writing. Please check with official sources for the latest updates before placing any bets.

 

Questions Of The Day

Who is the favorite to represent the NFC in Super Bowl 59?


The San Francisco 49ers are +250 to win the NFC followed by the Detroit Lions at +550.

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