NFL Betting: Week 3 Top Matchups

Week 2 was a slam dunk for moneyline bettors who took chalk. All of the favourites won with the exception of the Saints, who lost to the Raiders on Monday Night Football. Spread bets, however, didn’t get the same results, as just half of the favourites covered the spread en route to victory. We now have 11 of 16 teams heading into Week 3 with 2-0 records, and at least two of them won’t be able to maintain that undefeated status.

The 2-0 Los Angeles Rams are up against the 2-0 Buffalo Bills in an interconference matchup set for 1 PM ET on Sunday. This matchup will see the league’s top passing team take on the third-best rushers in what should be an entertaining affair. But the game that will draw the most eyes will be the Monday Night Football game featuring the 2-0 Baltimore Ravens playing host to the 2-0 Kansas City Chiefs for dominancy of the AFC. We’ll go over those two games and more in our round-up of the top matchups, complete with the NFL Week 3 odds. 

Kansas City Chiefs @ Baltimore Ravens (—3) 

It’s the game everyone is salivating over. The top two teams on the Super Bowl odds board are going head to head this Monday, and Baltimore has held steady as 3-point favourites since the NFL betting lines were released. The Ravens had no trouble putting away the Cleveland Browns in Week 1 and were equally dominant in their victory over the Houston Texans the following week. However, CB Tavon Young went down with a season-ending injury (torn ACL) in the Houston game. They’ll need their defense clicking on all gears when they face the defending champs in their toughest test of the season.

Los Angeles Rams @ Buffalo Bills (—2)

The second matchup featuring two undefeated teams will see the Buffalo Bills host the Los Angeles Rams. The Rams beat the Cowboys in their season opener and dummied the Eagles in Week 2, putting up 446 total yards, while LB Micah Kiser led the way with 16 tackles. Unfortunately for them, they may need to play without RB Malcolm Brown and OT Joe Noteboom when they face the Bills in Week 3.

The Bills will get a proper test in this matchup after building their 2—0 record off the backs of the winless Miami Dolphins and New York Jets. Can the dynamic duo of QB Josh Allen and WR Stefon Diggs further pad their stats as the top passing and receiving leaders in the league against a tough Rams team? 

Las Vegas Raiders @ New England Patriots (—6) 

The Raiders are 2-0 after beating the New Orleans Saints 34-24 as 6.5-point underdogs on the NFL odds board in Week 2. QB Derek Carr threw for three touchdowns with no interceptions, while Josh Jacobs rushed for 88 yards. Their defense may need to be shored up if Nick Kwiatkoski and Johnathan Abram get ruled out for Week 3 due to a pectoral and shoulder injury.

Despite throwing for 397 yards in their Week 2 matchup against the Seattle Seahawks, Cam Newton couldn’t deliver the win, leaving New England 1-1 heading into Week 3. WR Julian Edelman registered a massive 179 receiving yards in that loss, but Newton had trouble running the ball the same way he did the week before in the Pats’ victory over the Miami Dolphins. 

Houston Texans @ Pittsburgh Steelers (—4)  

No other team has had as challenging of a season start as the Houston Texans. Facing the defending champs in their opener, followed by the Baltimore Ravens in Week 2, they’re still searching for their first win going into Week 3. Houston will look to rebound after giving up an atrocious 153 yards to the rush in just the fourth quarter of their game against Baltimore.

The Steelers, meanwhile, have a healthy Ben Roethlisberger back and are solid 4-point favourites against Houston. They beat the New York Giants in their opener and the Denver Broncos in Week 2. RB James Conner rushed for 106 yards and a touchdown in the victory over the Broncos. Their defense has also been very good thus far, holding the Broncos to 319 yards, and the Giants to 291.

Green Bay Packers @ New Orleans Saints (—3) 

Green Bay offers good value as a 3-point underdog in their matchup against the Saints. With a 43-34 victory over Vikings and a 42-21 victory over the Lions, Green Bay’s +15 win margin is second only to Baltimore. Both the rush and pass game are firing on all cylinders thanks to QB Aaron Rodgers. Beyond him, RB Aaron Jones had a strong showing in their Week 2 win against Detroit, running for 168 yards and scoring two touchdowns. Davante Adams excelled the week before with 156 receiving yards. However, Adams did suffer a minor hamstring injury and is uncertain for Week 3. 

Dallas Cowboys @ Seattle Seahawks (—5) 

Dak Prescott was the first quarterback in NFL history to throw for at least 400 yards and score three rushing touchdowns in a game in the Cowboys’ Week 2 victory over the Atlanta Falcons. Down 20-3 in the first quarter, Dallas stormed back and secured an onside kick in the final two minutes of the fourth quarter to set up a game-winning field goal with seconds remaining on the clock. 

The week before, it was Seattle beating on the Atlanta Falcons in 38-25 victory. After putting up some big offensive numbers in that game, Russell Wilson and the Seahawks flexed their muscles against the New England Patriots’ first-rate defense, putting up 35 points in the process. They now find themselves on the heels of Baltimore and KC for third-favourite in Super Bowl betting.  

Tennessee Titans (—2.5) @ Minnesota Vikings 

Minnesota has struggled to stop the run through their first two games this season, surrendering an average of 154.5 yards per game. Now they’ll face their toughest test yet in Week 3 when they take on last year’s rushing leader Derrick Henry and the Tennessee Titans. Henry has picked up where he left off last season, running for 200 yards thus far. Although the Titans are 2-0, their victories were close shaves, beating the Broncos 16-14 in Week 1, and the Jaguars 33-30 in Week 2.