Week 3 of the NFL season is set to kick off on Thursday night, and the top teams are starting to rise to the top. Key injuries and roster shakeups have dominated the headlines since the end of Week 2, and this could be another interesting week in the NFL. Let’s take a look at the Week 3 schedule as well as betting odds and predictions for each matchup.
- NFL Week 3 Betting Schedule
- Tennessee Titans at Jacksonville Jaguars
- Denver Broncos at Green Bay Packers
- Detroit Lions at Philadelphia Eagles
- Baltimore Ravens at Kansas City Chiefs
- Cincinnati Bengals at Buffalo Bills
- Atlanta Falcons at Indianapolis Colts
- Oakland Raiders at Minnesota Vikings
- New York Jets at New England Patriots
- Miami Dolphins at Dallas Cowboys
- Carolina Panthers at Arizona Cardinals
- New Orleans Saints at Seattle Seahawks
- Houston Texans at Los Angeles Chargers
- Pittsburgh Steelers at San Francisco 49ers
- Los Angeles Rams at Cleveland Browns
- Chicago Bears at Washington Redskins
NFL Week 3 Betting Schedule
Thursday, September 19
Sunday, September 22
Monday, September 23
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Tennessee Titans at Jacksonville Jaguars
- Spread Odds: Tennessee Titans -1.5
- Total: 40.0
Thursday Night Football games have not been entertaining to watch this season, but the Jaguars and Titans will try and change that. Don’t expect much offense in this game as neither team can really score.
The Titans have the best player on the field in Derrick Henry, and they will run the ball a ton. Jacksonville has been a mess this season and will likely be without Jalen Ramsey, its top defender.
Look for the Tennessee Titans to win this game.
Denver Broncos at Green Bay Packers
- Spread Odds: Green Bay Packers -7.5
- Total: 43.0
The Packers are 2-0 and the Broncos are 0-2, with both teams having played the Bears already. Green Bay put up a ton of first-quarter points in its Week 2 win over the Vikings. The Packers still have some question marks, but Aaron Rodgers makes up for a lot.
Denver suffered a devastating defeat last weekend, but they didn’t play very well. Joe Flacco had more than 300 passing yards but hardly ever threw the ball downfield. The Broncos just don’t have enough offense to keep up with the Packers.
Detroit Lions at Philadelphia Eagles
- Spread Odds: Philadelphia Eagles -7.0
- Total: 47.5
Injuries would be the only thing that would keep the Eagles from rolling in this game. Philadelphia lost several key players on Sunday night in their loss to the Atlanta Falcons. The Eagles are 1-1 on the season.
Detroit is 1-0-1 after a very strange first two weeks. The Lions blew their season opener in tying with the Cardinals, but pulled off a huge upset of the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 2.
The magic will run out for Detroit this weekend, and the Eagles -7.0 is the right pick.
Baltimore Ravens at Kansas City Chiefs
- Spread Odds: Kansas City Chiefs -6.5
- Total: 55
Two of the highest-scoring offenses in the league will meet up in this game. Quarterback Patrick Mahomes was the star last season, but Lamar Jackson has taken over that role in 2019. These two players will likely be trying to outplay the other this weekend.
Playing in Kansas City is never easy, and that is why the Ravens just can’t win this game. The Chiefs will roll at home, and Mahomes will outduel Jackson. Bet the Chiefs -6.5 over the Baltimore Ravens.
Cincinnati Bengals at Buffalo Bills
- Spread Odds: Buffalo Bills -6.0
- Total: 44.0
The Buffalo Bills just swept the two New York teams, and will now return home for a Week 3 showdown with the Cincinnati Bengals. Buffalo is one of the surprise teams so far this season, and their offense looks explosive again.
Cincinnati has been scoring points as well this season, but its defense has really let it down. The Bengals simply can’t outscore most teams in the league, and that includes this game.
Buffalo is winning this game by a touchdown or more.
Atlanta Falcons at Indianapolis Colts
- Spread Odds: Indianapolis Colts -2.5
- Total: 47.0
The Colts are surviving without quarterback Andrew Luck, but they still have some room for improvement. Kicker Adam Vinatieri has really struggled, and the Colts will need to score more points in this game.
Matt Ryan-to-Julio Jones earned the Falcons a huge win over the Eagles in Week 2, and that momentum should carry them into this game. The Falcons can really score, and that will lead them to victory in this game.
Oakland Raiders at Minnesota Vikings
Spread Odds: Minnesota Vikings -8.0
Both the Raiders and Vikings were winners in Week 1, then lost tough games in Week 2. Oakland just doesn’t have the talent to compete with most teams in the NFL, especially in a road game at Minnesota.
The Vikings nearly knocked off the Packers at Lambeau Field in Week 2, and they are tough to beat at home. Minnesota should score a ton of points in this game and blow out the Oakland Raiders.
New York Jets at New England Patriots
Spread Odds: New England Patriots -22.5
The Jets looked awful on Monday Night Football without quarterback Sam Darnold on the field. New York could do little on offense, and a date with the New England Patriots will just make matters worse.
New England has been absolutely dominant in its first two games of the season, and that won’t change in this one. Although 22.5 points is a huge spread, this game won’t be close from the beginning. Take the Patriots in another rout over an AFC East opponent.
Miami Dolphins at Dallas Cowboys
- Spread Odds: Dallas Cowboys -21.5
- Total: 47.5
The Cowboys are absolutely rolling, and things are going well in Dallas. The Cowboys are huge favorites this week over the Miami Dolphins, and this feels like a huge trap game for Dallas.
Miami is not good at all and is trading away its top players all of the time, but they are still professionals. The Dolphins are going to keep this game close and find a way to cover the 21.5-point spread.
Carolina Panthers at Arizona Cardinals
- Spread Odds: Carolina Panthers -2.5
- Total: 46.5
Kyler Murray has been impressive so far for the Arizona Cardinals, but they just don’t have a lot of weapons. The Cardinals were able to force a tie in Week 1 but fell to the Ravens in Week 2.
Carolina is still looking for its first win after a disappointing loss on Thursday night to the Buccaneers. Quarterback Cam Newton just hasn’t played up to his potential, but that changes this week.
Take the Panthers -2.5 over the Arizona Cardinals.
New Orleans Saints at Seattle Seahawks
Spread Odds: Seattle Seahawks -5.0
Drew Brees will miss significant time with a hand injury, and that is crippling news to the Saints. Teddy Bridgewater will be a fine replacement, but the Saints offense is going to take a huge step back.
Seattle is a perfect 2-0 on the season after a stunning win against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Russell Wilson has his Seahawks offense playing with a ton of confidence. The Seahawks are going to move to 3-0 with a comfortable win in this game.
Houston Texans at Los Angeles Chargers
Spread Odds: Los Angeles Chargers -3.0
If you are a fan of offense, then this is likely the game for you. Both of these teams will throw the ball all over the field, and there should be plenty of points scored.
Playing at home gives the Chargers a slight edge, but the Texans defense should be able to win this game for Houston. It’s just a three-point spread, and the smart pick here is taking the three points and Houston on the road.
Pittsburgh Steelers at San Francisco 49ers
Spread Odds: San Francisco 49ers -6.5
The Pittsburgh Steelers will be without Ben Roethlisberger for the remainder of the season, and it feels like the season could be over. Pittsburgh didn’t have much offense before the injury, but they are in big trouble now.
The 49ers look like they are for real this season, and they are putting up points like crazy. San Francisco still has some things to figure out this season, but this should be a comfortable win against a banged-up team.
Los Angeles Rams at Cleveland Browns
Spread Odds: Los Angeles Rams -2.5
Sunday Night Football features two teams with exceptional young quarterbacks and explosive talent on offense. The Browns are 1-1 on the season, while the Los Angeles Rams are 2-0.
The Rams are slim favorites in this game, but it honestly shouldn’t be that close. Los Angeles has one of the most talented teams in the league, and the Rams should win this game with ease. Cleveland’s time is coming, but they aren’t there yet.
Chicago Bears at Washington Redskins
Spread Odds: Chicago Bears -4.0
The Bears are 1-1 on the season, but they could easily be 0-2. Their defense continues to absolutely shut opposing teams down, but their offense just can’t figure things out.
Washington has played okay so far this season but has yet to come up with a win. The Redskins don’t have a ton of offense, and that could be a problem against Khalil Mack and the Bears.
Chicago will take care of business and leave town with a win on Monday Night Football.