Bovada NFL Odds Week 3
NFL Week 3 Predictions
It’s still early, but we’ll soon find out which teams are contenders and which are pretenders. Way-too-early picks for contenders includes most of the AFC West — Kansas City, Oakland, Denver — and usuals like the Pittsburgh Steelers and Atlanta Falcons.
On the other end of the spectrum, San Francisco, New York Jets, and Cleveland are in the running for the number-one overall pick, which would presumably be USC quarterback Sam Darnold. For now, we’ll focus on week 3 and the four best betting matchups, with all odds courtesy of Bovada.
Baltimore Ravens (-4) at Jacksonville Jaguars
If you’re looking for symbolism, you’ll find it right here. The matchup will take place in London — home to the Big Ben clock. For Jacksonville quarterback Blake Bortles, that’s the clock ticking on his NFL career. The former third-overall pick sunk to new lows last week.
Bortles turned the ball over three times en route to a 37-16 beatdown at home to division rival Tennessee. Turnovers have plagued Bortles his entire career and most likely will again on Sunday.
The Ravens defense is dotted with ball hawks. They’ve collected eight interceptions in two games against bottom-feeding signal callers like Andy Dalton, DeShone Kizer, and Kevin Hogan. To be blunt, Bortles is no better than any of the three.
Expect him to struggle against one of the NFL’s elite defenses.
Pick: Ravens (-4)
Over/under 43 points: New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles
Anemic, sad, underachieving, head-scratching — those are all words to describe the Giants‘ offensive attack. After scoring a combined 13 points through two games, New York is already in disarray, and rightfully so.
Head coach Ben McAdoo is considering giving up play-calling duties. He’s also scolding Eli Manning in front of the media. Manning himself is being pummeled by a shaky offensive line. The run game is nonexistent. Odell Beckham still isn’t 100-percent healthy. Disarray indeed.
Thankfully for New York, their defense isn’t nearly as bad. A road matchup against the fast-improving Carson Wentz won’t be easy, but look at it this way: the Giants will be playing desperate. An 0-3 start all but guarantees no playoffs. The Giants’ defense will rise to the occasion, bail out the offense, and keep this game low-scoring.
Cleveland Browns (-1.5) at Indianapolis Colts
Might as well call this the toilet bowl. Kizer vs. Jacoby Brissett headlines a duel between two of the worst teams in the NFL. But hey, someone’s got to win, right?
That someone is going to be Cleveland. While they’re 0-2 mark doesn’t show it, they’ve shown some promise thus far. An opening-season loss to the Steelers by a field goal was a moral victory. The Browns followed that with a 24-10 defeat to Baltimore.
Chalk that up as another moral victory. Wouldn’t you expect the score to be more lopsided in a game where Cleveland coughed the ball up five times on the road to a good Ravens team? The Browns win this one behind their sneaky good offensive line. Isaiah Crowell, who rushed for 970 yards last season, gets out of his slump and takes the heat off the rookie quarterback in a sloppy game.
Pick: Cleveland (-1.5)
Over/under 42.5 points: Miami Dolphins at New York Jets
It’s already been an adversity-filled season for the Dolphins — losing quarterback Ryan Tannehill to a season-ending injury, Hurricane Irma erasing their bye week, a starting linebacker going AWOL before their season-opener, etc.
A matchup against the lowly Jets is finally their much-needed break. Jay Cutler shined Miami’s first game, completing 24-of-33 passes for 230 yards and leading a come-from-behind victory. Against a New York defense that was gashed for 410 yards last week, Cutler and company should be able to move the ball. Josh McCown will do his part to help push the over, too. He’ll either rack up some garbage time points or turn it over giving the Dolphins an easy score. Thanks, Josh!
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