NFL Week 3 – Sunday football – Full betting preview

Eagles at Jets (-2, 46) – 1:00 PM EST

Philadelphia is listed as an underdog for the first time this season following losses to Atlanta and Dallas in its first two games. The Eagles’ offense didn’t accomplish much in a 20-10 home defeat to the Cowboys as seven-point favorite, rushing for just seven yards on 17 carries. DeMarco Murray had a reunion to forget as the former Cowboys’ All-Pro running back gained two yards on 13 carries, moving his season total to 21 yards in two games.

The Jets are 2-0 for the first time since 2011 following Monday’s impressive road underdog victory at Indianapolis, 20-7. New York caused five turnovers, as the Jets have covered five straight games since Week 15 of the 2014 season. The Jets will look to turn their luck around against NFC opponents, losing all four times last season in interconference action against the NFC North. This club struggled in 2014 as a favorite of three points, posting a 1-3 SU/ATS record, including home losses to the Lions and Bears.

Bengals at Ravens (-2 ½, 44 ½) – 1:00 PM EST

These two AFC North rivals are going in opposite directions after only two weeks of action as the Bengals are perfect while the Ravens are winless. One week following a 20-point rout of Oakland, Cincinnati staved off San Diego, 24-19 to cash as 3 ½-point favorites, capturing their fourth straight home opening win. Andy Dalton turned in another solid game for the Bengals, improving his touchdown to interception ratio to 5-0 in two games. Cincinnati pulled off the season sweep of Baltimore last season with both victories coming as a short underdog.

An argument can be made that the Ravens can be 2-0 out of the gate, but Baltimore dropped a pair of close road games to Denver and Oakland to start 0-2 for the first time under John Harbaugh. One week after the Ravens didn’t allow an offensive touchdown, the Raiders lit up Baltimore for four touchdowns in a 37-33 triumph as a six-point underdog. Baltimore has performed well against AFC North opponents as a single-digit favorite the last two seasons, going 4-1 SU and 3-2 ATS, while each of the last two home meetings with Cincinnati have gone ‘under’ the total.

Saints at Panthers (-8 ½, 42 ½) – 1:00 PM EST

New Orleans couldn’t afford any more bad news following an 0-2 start, but its franchise quarterback Drew Brees won’t be playing in their Week 3 matchup at Carolina due to a rotator cuff injury. Brees and the Saints’ offense hasn’t accomplished much in losses to the Cardinals and Buccaneers, scoring 19 points in each defeat, while being limited to less than 19 points in three straight home games since the end of 2014. Luke McCown will be the man under center for New Orleans in place of Brees, making his first start since 2011. The Saints haven’t been a reliable play against division foes recently, putting together a 1-5 ATS record last season, but the lone cover came in a 28-10 victory at Carolina.

The Panthers are shooting for their third straight NFC South title and are looking good so far with a 2-0 start for the second consecutive season. Carolina hasn’t played great competition, beating a pair of AFC South opponents, but limited Jacksonville and Houston to a combined 26 points. Ron Rivera’s team has compiled a 12-6 ATS record the last three seasons inside the NFC South, while five of the six divisional contests in 2014 finished ‘under’ the total.

Colts (-3 ½, 45 ½) at Titans – 1:00 PM EST

Indianapolis overcame an 0-2 start to claim the AFC South title in 2014, as the Colts are sitting in the same predicament following two weeks. Chuck Pagano’s team hasn’t looked in sync in defeats to the Bills and Jets the first two games, putting up a total of 21 points, while quarterback Andrew Luck has been intercepted five times. The Colts have won 13 consecutive games against AFC South competition, including six straight victories on the road. Luck is unbeaten against Tennessee in six career games, while the Colts outscored Titans, 68-27 in two blowouts last season.

Tennessee is one of five teams that hasn’t played a home game yet this season, while splitting the first two contests at Tampa Bay and Cleveland. The Titans dominated the Buccaneers in Marcus Mariota’s pro debut, but Tennessee fell behind at Cleveland last week, 21-0 as its rally came up short in a 28-14 defeat. Ken Whisenhunt’s club finished 1-7 SU and 1-6-1 ATS at LP Field in 2014 with the only victory coming against Jacksonville. This is a big stretch for Tennessee, who actually plays its next four games at home, with the bye week on deck in Week 4.

Bears at Seahawks (-15, 43 ½) – 4:25 PM EST

The last time Seattle won a game came in the NFC Championship against Green Bay in January, as the Seahawks look to erase an 0-2 start after falling to the Packers at Lambeau Field last Sunday night. Seattle rallied from a 13-3 deficit to take a 17-16 advantage heading into the fourth quarter of their conference title rematch with Green Bay, but the Packers scored the final 11 points to grab the win and the cover as 3 ½-point favorites. Pete Carroll’ssquad compiled a 2-2-1 ATS record as a double-digit home favorite last season, while the secondary will see a boost with All-Pro safety Kam Chancellor making his season debut after ending his holdout earlier in the week.

The John Fox era has gotten off to a rocky start after starting 0-2 with home losses to the Packers and Cardinals. Arizona lit up Chicago for 48 points, but did it on just 300 yards of offense, while benefiting from a kickoff return for a touchdown and an interception return for a score in the first half. Jay Cutler left the game with a hamstring injury, while his main targetAlshon Jeffery also suffered a hamstring pull, as both are expected to be out on Sunday. The Bears closed last season with an 0-4 SU and 1-3 ATS record in their final four road games, but Chicago owns a solid 3-1 ATS record as a double-digit underdog since 2010.

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