Week 3 of the 2019 NFL season brings plenty of interesting matchups this Sunday. Besides New England and Dallas who are three-touchdown favorites, all other 12 showdowns should see a thrilling battle. From this point of view, taking a teaser seems like a reasonable choice.
Honestly, I would avoid the vast majority of today’s contests. Teasing the strong favorites such as Minnesota (-9.0), Green Bay (-7.0), San Francisco (-6.5), or Tampa Bay (-6.0) won’t help if they lose. And, we saw a lot of surprising results over the first two weeks.
It’s early in the season and many teams are still building up their form and trying to improve their game. The first month is always difficult for the bettors, especially for those who rely on teams’ form.
While Minnesota should beat Oakland at home by at least a field goal, Green Bay and Tampa Bay could have a tricky job. The Packers were excellent in the last two weeks, but the Broncos still possess a good defense. On the other side, the Buccaneers will meet the Giants who’ll start Daniel Jones for the first time.
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The 49ers should beat the Steelers at home, considering Big Ben’s injury. However, I won’t underestimate Mason Rudolph, while the Steelers will be keen to bounce back from two straight losses.
The Buffalo Bills are another 6-point fave, but I cannot trust their offense. The Bills run a lot and rely on tough defense, and I’m not sure it will be enough to beat the Bengals by seven or more points. Cincinnati’s defense is awful, but Andy Dalton and the Bengals’ defense could make this game interesting to watch.
We’ll see a great game at Arrowhead Stadium where the Kansas City Chiefs host the Baltimore Ravens as 5.5-point favorites. Lamar Jackson was brilliant in the Ravens’ victories over Miami and Arizona, but the clash with the Chiefs will be a proper benchmark.
Still, the Chiefs will be without Tyreek Hill and Damien Williams due to injuries. The Ravens’ defense will have to deal with Patrick Mahomes, but Baltimore’s chance will be on the ground. The Ravens are tallying 223.5 rushing yards per game, while the Chiefs’ run defense is surrendering 105.0 yards per game.
The Houston Texans visit the LA Chargers as 3-point dogs, and this one could easily go either way. The same story is with the clash between the Falcons and Colts. Indy is a 1.5-point home favorite but will miss All-Pro linebacker Darius Leonard.
The Philadelphia Eagles are 5-point home favorites to beat the Detroit Lions despite all injury problems among their roster. It’s another clash to avoid unless you fancy the Lions as 12-point dogs which could be a nice pick for a teaser.
Arizona welcomes Carolina as a 2-point fave thanks to Cam Newton’s absence. I like the Cardinals spot, but the Panthers will try their best to avoid the third straight loss. This game could be easily decided late in the fourth quarter, so I would tease the hosts and take them as 5-point dogs.
The Los Angeles Rams travel to Cleveland as 3.5-point favorites, and I highly doubt their chances to rout the Browns. After a terrible 43-13 home loss to Tennessee in Week 1, the Browns bounced back with a 23-3 win at the Jets.
Now, the Browns have an opportunity for redemption in front of their fans. They host one of the best teams in the league, but the Browns surely have enough firepower on both sides of the ball to keep it close.
The Rams won their first two games but haven’t impressed. Jared Goff threw for 469 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception, playing below the expectations. Hereof, I would go with the Browns as 10-point home underdogs.
Chicago is another interesting pick for a 7-point NFL teaser. The Bears are 4-point favorites at the Redskins who are 0-2 on the season. Chicago’s struggling offensively (9.5 PPG), but the Bears defense is playing at the highest level. Even if they lose at Washington, I think it won’t be by four or more points.
Finally, the wounded New Orleans Saints visit the Seattle Seahawks as 4.5-point dogs. The Saints will be without Drew Brees for at least two months. It’s a massive blow for Sean Payton’s team, but Teddy Bridgewater had a whole week to prepare himself to start under center.
Although the Saints’ defense showed some flaws over the first two weeks, surrendering 27.5 points per contest, the Seahawks don’t have a lethal offense that would thrash off New Orleans. The Saints barely outlasted Cincinnati 21-20 in the opener at home, while they defeated Pittsburgh 28-26 on the road in Week 2.
The Saints know what’s the Seahawks’ main weapon. Hereof, I expect the Saints’ run defense to step up and slow down Russell Wilson and Chris Carson. Also, the Saints’ passing game could make a lot of damage, so I think they will stay close or lose by fewer than 12 points.
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