Week 3 of the NFL season is here, and we are quickly learning about each team and how they stack against one another. This is also going to be an odd week for bettors as several quarterback pillars, including Drew Brees, Ben Roethlisberger and Eli Manning will all be out of action for the first time in several years.
This is going to force bettors to pick contests with new quarterbacks, which can be quite the challenge given their variance. To help you along the way, here are my 10 best bets for Week 3 of the 2019 season:
While betting the under (43) might be the safest bet here, the Packers to cover the 7.5-point spread shouldn’t be too difficult either. Denver is just 1-5 against the spread in their last six games. As shaky as the Packers offense has been, expect them to beat the Broncos by two scores at home.
Despite winning in Week 1 against the Denver Broncos, the Raiders are still a team amid a rebuild. They aren't ready to compete with playoff-caliber teams such as the Minnesota Vikings. Take the Vikings to cover at home against the Raiders.
One of the lowest point totals this week is in the matchup between the Jets and the Patriots. At PointsBet, that number is set at 43.5 with only the Bears-Redskins matchup (41) being lower. I’m expecting a blowout, but for the total to be closer to 37-38, rather than 43.
Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan has historically thrived in domes (passer rating of 98), and that should continue to hold in Week 3 as they take on the Colts in Indianapolis. The Colts don't have enough weapons on offense to keep up with the Falcons, and Indianapolis' kicking game woes could come back to haunt them once again. Take the Falcons (+1.5) and the points.
After a tough Week 2 loss, the Eagles will likely be without their top-two receivers in Week 3 in Alshon Jeffery and DeSean Jackson. Combined that with the fact that the under has hit in four of the last five games involving the Eagles, I’m taking under 45 points.
The new era of the New York Giants is upon us as Daniel Jones will start in favor of Eli Manning. But don’t expect the results to be much different. Tampa Bay is 6.5-point favorites in this contest and have the offensive weapons to shred the Giants defense. Considering taking the Buccaneers to cover the spread at home.
This week, the Steelers made the bold move to trade for defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick. That moves signals that the franchise isn’t in the mode to tank anytime soon despite Ben Roethlisberger’s absence. Take the Steelers and the points.
In Week 2, the Saints lost the all-time leading passer in Drew Brees to a thumb injury. They will now have to face Seahawks on the road without him. New Orleans is 0-7 against the spread in their last seven games, and that likely isn't going to change without Brees. Take Seattle to cover the four-point spread.
The Chargers suffered a tough loss in Week 2, losing a heartbreaker to Detroit on the road. However, look for them to bounce back at home as they take on the Texans. Take the Chargers moneyline.
After their Week 2 win over the Jets, the Browns are back on the right track. However, they will face the buzzsaw that is the Rams on Sunday Night Football in Week 3. Expect the Rams to cover the spread easily despite being on the road. Take Los Angeles.