NFL Betting Week 3 Preview: Hot bets and moving odds

Frank Doyle | Updated Sep 19, 2013

NFL: Washington Redskins at Cleveland Browns

Crazy things tend to happen just before the bye weeks begin. With that in mind, we should have known Week 3 was going to give us all we could handle. All we have to deal with is one of the biggest pointspreads in NFL history and a trade involving a No. 3 overall pick in the peak of his career.

All odds current as of noon ET, Sept. 19.

For Richer or Poorer

The Cleveland Browns stunned the NFL world by trading running back Trent Richardson to the Indianapolis Colts Wednesday evening. The move shifted the Browns from +5.5 at Minnesota before the trade to +7 as of Thursday morning, but we’re seeing 89 percent of the action coming in on the Vikings. Meanwhile, the Colts dropped from +10.5 at San Francisco to +10, even though Richardson’s playing status for Week 3 is up in the air. Super Bowl futures also felt the impact of the trade with Indianapolis moving from +5000 to win it all to +4500 while Cleveland dropped from +17500 to +26100.

Playing Favorites

After the Seahawks manhandled the 49ers last week, you knew Seattle was going to be a massive favorite when hosting the Jacksonville Jaguars. But a 20-point favorite? Actually, the Seahawks opened at -17.5 and were quickly bet up to -20 just a little more than five hours later. Since then, the market has come back a bit on the Jaguars to put the line at Seattle -19, but there is still a ton of support for the Seahawks. At this point Seattle bets are outnumbering Jacksonville wagers by a 2:1 clip.

Bust a Move

The Jacksonville-Seattle game isn’t the only matchup with a big line on the board. Denver opened as a 14.5-point favorite at home to Oakland and we’ve seen that line bump up to -15 already as bettors pile on the 2-0 Broncos. That total has moved from 49.5 points to 50, to become the second 50-point total of the week.

Meanwhile, the over/under for Thursday’s Andy Reid homecoming in Philadelphia is also above 50 and has moved from 50.5 to 51 in the last 24 hours.

Another line to keep a close eye on is Detroit at Washington. The Redskins opened as 2-point favorites but have bounced around to -2.5, down to -1, back up to -2.5 and back to -2, where the line currently sits. If it stays there is anyone’s guess at this point.

Who’s hot, who’s not

The Giants head into Carolina as 1-point underdogs and 91 percent of Sports Interaction’s betting public is all over the G-Men.

Bettors can’t get enough of the Atlanta Falcons either, who are set as 2-point underdogs at Miami. The Falcons, without the services of Steven Jackson (thigh) are seeing 90 percent of the action.

Houston is another popular bet. The Texans (-2.5) are seeing 78 percent of the action as they head into Baltimore.