NFL Point Spreads and Betting Odds: Preseason Week 3

Ricky Rothstein | Updated Aug 22, 2016

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Week 3 of the NFL preseason is the week that most closely replicates regular-season action because teams generally play their starters the most in Week 3 — barring injury, of course. Usually starters will play the first half at a minimum, but each coach is different. Here’s a glance at each game on the schedule with Sports Interaction NFL odds.

Miami Dolphins at Atlanta Falcons

NFL odds: Dolphins -3; total: 43.5 This game is actually in Orlando because the Dolphins’ home stadium is being renovated but will be ready for the start of the regular season. So Miami will be the lone team in the NFL without a true home preseason game. The Falcons and Dolphins played Week 3 of the 2015 preseason in Miami and the Fins won 13-9 behind 145 yards passing and a TD from Ryan Tannehill.

Dallas Cowboys at Seattle Seahawks, Thursday, 10 p.m. ET

NFL odds: Seahawks -5; total: 44.5 The Cowboys no longer are looking for a veteran backup quarterback because fourth-round rookie Dak Prescott has been so tremendous this preseason. The former Mississippi State star was 12-for-15 for 199 yards and two touchdowns while rushing for two more scores in last week’s blowout of the Dolphins. The Cowboys are expecting running back Ezekiel Elliott, the No. 4 overall pick in this year’s draft, to make his debut in this game. He has been dealing with an injury.

New England Patriots at Carolina Panthers, Friday, 7:30 p.m. ET

NFL odds: Panthers -3.5; total: 45 Will the Patriots have quarterback Tom Brady for this one? He was expected to start last week’s game vs. Chicago but sliced open his thumb before the game while using scissors on his cleats and didn’t play. One would think the Patriots would have a locker-room attendant to do that so you don’t risk injury to your superstar quarterback. I’m sure the Pats would like to get Brady some work considering he will be suspended the first four games of the regular season.

Buffalo Bills at Washington Redskins, Friday, 7:30 p.m. ET

NFL odds: Redskins -3; total: 43 It’s the first preseason matchup between these two since 2013. The Bills made surprising news last week in releasing running back Karlos Williams. As a rookie last year, he rushed for 517 yards and seven touchdowns while catching two more TDs. But Williams already had been suspended the first four games of the regular season for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy and then showed up to training camp out of shape.

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Cleveland Browns at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Friday, 8 p.m. ET

NFL odds: Bucs -4; total: 41

Should be a matchup of former Heisman Trophy winners here in Cleveland quarterback Robert Griffin III and Tampa Bay QB Jameis Winston. RGIII struggled in his preseason debut but looked good last week in a loss to Atlanta in completing 6-for-8 for 96 yards and two scores. Top Bucs running back Doug Martin missed last week’s game vs. Jacksonville with injured ribs but is likely to play here.

Pittsburgh Steelers at New Orleans Saints, Friday, 8 p.m. ET

NFL odds: Saints -1; total: 45 The Steelers’ three top offensive players, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, running back Le’Veon Bell and receiver Antonio Brown, have yet to play this preseason. Big Ben has said he will play Friday in the Big Easy. Brown has a decent chance of playing, but Bell’s status is uncertain because of his recovery from knee surgery in November.

Green Bay Packers at San Francisco 49ers, Friday, 10 p.m. ET

NFL odds: Packers -1; total: 41 Packers star quarterback Aaron Rodgers hasn’t played in the preseason yet but should suit up Friday. He grew up not far from San Francisco and went to college in the Bay Area at Cal. You won’t see Packers backup QB Brett Hundley, however, as he suffered an ankle injury in last week’s game. Supposedly the Niners have a QB competition between Blaine Gabbert and Colin Kaepernick but that’s just in name only at this point as Kaepernick hasn’t been able to play in the preseason yet because of a dead arm. He might here, but Gabbert’s going to win that job.

Kansas City Chiefs at Chicago Bears, Saturday, 1 p.m. ET

NFL odds: Chiefs -1; total: 41 The Chiefs activated star running back Jamaal Charles off the PUP list last week but he’s not going to play in this game or likely at all in the preseason. Ditto for linebacker Tamba Hali, who came off the PUP list on Monday. Bears top running back Jeremy Langford suffered a minor foot injury last week and it’s not clear if he will play, but it’s not serious.

Detroit Lions at Baltimore Ravens, Saturday, 7 p.m. ET

NFL odds: Ravens -3.5; total: 43 It’s a return to Baltimore for Lions head coach Jim Caldwell, a former Ravens offensive coordinator, and defensive tackle Haloti Ngata, who was a defensive anchor in Baltimore for nine years before being traded to Detroit last offseason. The Ravens activated receiver Breshad Perriman and linebacker Elvis Dumervil from the PUP list on Monday but neither is expected to play vs. Detroit.

Philadelphia Eagles at Indianapolis Colts, Saturday, 7 p.m. ET

NFL odds: Colts -3, total: 42.5 I’m predicting a final score of 19-18 here (not really) as both Colts preseason games have ended with that unusual score, a win in Buffalo and home loss to Baltimore. The Colts opened the 2015 preseason in Philadelphia and lost 36-10. The star for the Eagles that day? Guy by the name of Tim Tebow. Don’t look for Colts Pro Bowl cornerback Vontae Davis here as he’s week-to-week with a right ankle sprain.

New York Giants at New York Jets, Saturday, 7:30 p.m. ET

NFL odds: Giants -1; total: 42.5 Bragging rights for the Big Apple/New Jersey are on the line here. It’s the 48th straight season these two play in the preseason. The Jets won last year 28-18 and lead the series 25-21-1. Yes, there was a tie in 1972. The last six Jets-Giants preseason games have been won by the “road” team.

Tennessee Titans at Oakland Raiders, Saturday, 8 p.m. ET

NFL odds: Raiders -3.5; total: 43.5 These teams played Week 12 last season in Nashville and the Raiders won 24-21 on a Derek Carr 12-yard touchdown pass to Seth Roberts with 1:21 left in the game. A defensive holding penalty on fourth down kept that winning drive alive for Oakland. The Titans will also host the Raiders in Week 3 of this regular season so the clubs might keep things close to the vest in this one.

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Los Angeles Rams at Denver Broncos, Saturday, 9 p.m. ET

NFL odds: Broncos -5; total: 42 These teams have one thing in common: a quarterback battle. But reportedly the Rams are close to naming veteran journeyman Case Keenum as their starter for the regular season as he has outplayed rookie Jared Goff, the No. 1 overall pick in this year’s draft. The Broncos’ derby is wide open between Mark Sanchez, Trevor Siemian and rookie Paxton Lynch, who played the best of the three last week.

San Diego Chargers at Minnesota Vikings, Sunday 1 p.m. ET

NFL odds: Vikings -4; total: 41 Teams generally don’t care if they win a preseason game but that might not be the case this week for the Vikings as they play their first game in the new U.S. Bank Stadium in downtown Minneapolis. Monitor the status of Minnesota QB Teddy Bridgewater as he was a surprising scratch last week with a shoulder injury.

Arizona Cardinals at Houston Texans, Sunday, 4 p.m. ET

NFL odds: Texans -1; total: 41.5 Arizona leads the all-time preseason series 2-1 and won the most recent matchup 32-0 in the desert two years ago. Expect to see Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald and defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche in this game. Fitz sat out the second preseason game with a minor knee injury and Nkemdiche, the team’s first-round pick this year, hasn’t played at all due to an ankle injury.

Cincinnati Bengals at Jacksonville Jaguars, Sunday, 8 p.m. ET

NFL odds: Jaguars -1.5; total: 43.5 We’ll have an in-depth preview of this game later in the week. The Jaguars and Bengals have never played in the preseason. The Jaguars have played rather undisciplined this preseason as they have totaled 25 penalties for 253 yards. That’s not a good thing for Coach Gus Bradley, who is very much on the hot seat entering the season. On the flip side, it hasn’t been the best preseason for Bengals kicker Mike Nugent as he has missed two field goals and a PAT. But he’s not in danger of losing his job.