Early NFL Week 3 Preview
It is never too early to look at the next week in the National Football League, so let’s take a look at some of the matchups to watch and ones that can provide us with some value bets. At the time of writing this article (Sunday morning), no lines have been posted for Week 3, but let’s see what is on tap.
The New York Jets and Cleveland Browns get Week 3 started on Thursday night, two teams that look to be much improved based on their Week 1 play. Sure, the Browns were unable to complete the comeback against the Steelers, but they put forth a good effort against the team that has won the AFC North the past two years.
The Browns defense looks to be much better, and with the additions of QB Tyrod Taylor, RB Carlos Hyde and WR Jarvis Landry, their offense is following suit. If they can continue to improve, the Browns have a good chance to win 6 or 7 games this year.
On the other side of the field some are already measuring Sam Darnold’s bust, getting him ready for the Hall of Fame. After throwing a pick-six on his first NFL pass, Darnold settled down and led his team to a big win in primetime on the road against the Lions. I thought the Lions made some good moves in the offseason, bulking up their running game, but they looked super flat and their o-line could not keep the pressure off Matthew Stafford.
If you haven’t had a look at the Week 3 NFL schedule, go give it a quick browse, it is an interesting week. New Orleans and Atlanta meet in Georgia, with an AFC South battle set in Jacksonville when the Titans visit. With three of four of those teams losing Week 1, if they can’t get a W in Week 2, these Week 3 matchups are huge, as no team wants to start the season 0-3.
The Saints got surprised by the Buccaneers and Ryan Fitzpatrick in Week 1, as their defense looked more like their defense of the past. The question is can they right the ship in time to get this season on track? The Falcons looked much the same as they did when they lost to the Eagles in the playoffs last season, and with the losses of Neal and Jones on defense, I think they are in trouble if they cannot get that offense going.
Another interesting game on the Week 3 NFL calendar is the battle of Los Angeles, as the Rams play host to the Chargers. The Rams looked like the team everyone predicted to make it to the Super Bowl when they took it to the Raiders at home to close out Week 1 on Monday Night.
The Chargers….not so much, losing 38-28 to the Chiefs as a 3.5-point home favorite in Week 1. The Chargers cannot seem to stay healthy, with the loss of Joey Bosa possibly making the difference. Bosa is a true game changer.
There are four games to watch Week 3, and I’m sure there will be more storylines after the Week 2 games. There is never a shortage of drama in the NFL, and is what keeps us watching. Stay with us this week as we will breakdown some games and give you free picks along the way here at Ask the Bookie.
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