After sweeping the board last week, our 2023 NFL predictions on teasers are now 1-1, thanks to the Bengals (+3.5) and 49ers (-2) coming through. With Week 3 kicking off tonight, we have no time to waste celebrating and must pick our teaser legs for upcoming action.
With two games to cover, let’s jump right in and adjust some betting odds in our favor.
NFL Week 3 Teaser Leg No. 2: New Orleans Saints (+2 to +8)
The first of our NFL game predictions for this Week 3 teaser is for the New Orleans Saints moving from two-point to eight-point underdogs against the Green Bay Packers.
They say that defense wins championships, and the Saints are making their case as one of the best in the NFL, with just 32 points surrendered in their first two games. New Orleans has been incredibly stingy in the passing game, with opponents averaging just 4.8 yards per pass and a 56.72% completion rate. They don’t do so well against the rush, but the Packers rank 26th in yards per carry and aren’t much of a threat to work the ground and pound.
Bryce Young was seeing ghosts against that Saints defense 😂😭 pic.twitter.com/3pjtDPRUqr
— 𝙈𝙤𝙤𝙠 ⚜️ (@MookDontMiss) September 20, 2023
The Packers offense is a little beat up, and Jordan Love owns the third-worst completion percentage through two weeks. His yardage and TD numbers look good, but he will face one of the better secondaries on the schedule. Considering how good the Saints have been at limiting catches, Love and the Packers will struggle to move the chains on Sunday.
The Saints’ offense is average, but with the adjusted NFL lines at +8, I feel good about New Orleans’s chances to cover.
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NFL Week 3 Teaser Leg No. 3: Baltimore Ravens (-8 to -2)
Next up is my favorite leg of this teaser, with the Baltimore Ravens moving to -2 favorites against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday. The Ravens’ offense has been a bit inconsistent to start the season, but with Mark Andrews back at full strength, I’m betting on a breakout week from Lamar Jackson and company. With the NFL spread down to two points, my confidence is through the roof for this NFL picks.
Between Andres, Zay Flowers, and maybe Odell Beckahm Jr., the Ravens have more than enough firepower to light up the Colts’ weak secondary. Over the first two weeks, the Colts are averaging 7.3 yards per pass allowed and 287 yards per game on defense. Their defense is set up to stop the run, and their ability to limit passing yards suffers as a result. Tragically, Indy isn’t even that good at stopping the run and ranks 20th in YPG.
“I’m only 26” 😂
— JPAFootball (@jasrifootball) September 20, 2023
Don’t even get me started on what the Colts offense will look like on Sunday. Anthony Richardson remains in concussion protocol and has not practiced since Sunday’s second-quarter win over Houston. With two rushing TDs in six quarters, he is a big part of this offense, and it’s looking less likely that he plays. Starting center Ryan Kelly is also in concussion protocol.