Week 3 NFL Preseason Betting Lines

Week 3 NFL Preseason Betting Lines

Wagering on preseason NFL games isn’t the wisest of investments, but if you’re going to take the plunge, the third game is the time to do it. Widely considered the “dress rehearsal” for the regular season, Week 3 of the preseason usually sees starters play the entire first half and even a few snaps into the second. It still isn’t an accurate indicator of how a team will perform once the games that matter begin, but veterans and young guys alike have a tendency of increasing their overall efforts, because coaches will be paying extra close attention. So, if you’re bold enough to place a bet or two on Friday night, here are the lines.

CAROLINA AT NEW ENGLAND -6

The Panthers first-team offense has looked less than impressive through two games. A putrid corps of wide receivers is largely to blame, although Came Newton continues to miss easy throws. Jonathan Stewart ran hard a week ago, scoring twice, and more importantly didn’t get hurt. Tom Brady carved up the Eagles defense in Week 2, but a stout Panthers D presents a stiffer test. Rob Gronkowski isn’t expected to play, which is smart, considering his fragility.

Bet the Patriots -6

OAKLAND AT GREEN BAY -7

The Raiders are a disaster. Matt Schaub simply can’t throw a football anymore. The backfield is aged and injury-prone. None of the wide receivers are standing out. Prized rookie Khalil Mack is struggling to adjust to the NFL. The defense would’ve been a fantastic All-Star team in 2010. Meanwhile, the Packers have been sharp all summer long. Aaron Rodgers and his receivers are healthy, and a retooled defense is coming together quickly. Barring another Matt McGloin-led comeback, the Pack should pile up enough points in the first half to cover.

Bet the Packers -7

GIANTS AT JETS -1

It’s a battle of unbeatens! And both teams look terrible. The decline of Eli Manning doesn’t appear to be slowing and the rest of the offense isn’t taking well to a new scheme. The defense has a chance to be decent if all the new arrivals live up to expectations. The Jets still don’t know who their starting quarterback is and the wide receivers not named Eric Decker are questionable. Rex Ryan has a dominant front seven and a horrible secondary, so opposing quarterbacks could feast. unless that quarterback is Eli Manning.

Bet the Jets -1

BEARS AT SEAHAWKS -7

Jay Cutler’s second season with Marc Trestman could pay big dividends. Cutty has been accurate and decisive in two exhibition starts. However, the Seattle first-teamers at home are a different animal, even in August. Seattle steamrolled San Diego a week ago and the Bears defense is a work in progress, despite improvements. Should be an entertaining first half, but the ‘Hawks scrubs will best the Bears scrubs in the fourth quarter.

Bet the Seahawks -7