Football season is in full swing as we enter late September, and it's time for our Week 3 NFL betting lines and picks!
Since the has kicked Players are flocking to legal online sports betting sites, which are offering players dozens of different markets and hundreds of options for every single game, a service that land-based sportsbooks just can't provide.
The best way to get ahead is to create a new account at one (or multiple) of the many well-known platforms to take advantage of generous bonuses, promotions and more NFL betting lines markets than you knew existed.
The return of the NFL has led to immediate dividends for sites like SugarHouse, which has expanded from an established New Jersey platform to one of the best PA sportsbooks on the market. Using their odds, we're making free NFL picks and predictions for Week 3.
NFL Betting Predictions Week 3
NFL Picks Week 3: Falcons vs. Colts Prediction
The Colts (-2) host the Falcons as slight favorites in a matchup between two 1-1 teams moving in the right direction after Week 2 victories.
Indianapolis is an underrated and capable team with QB Jacoby Brissett, but there are some question marks in the kicking game and the Falcons are hitting their stride on both sides of the ball. We know Atlanta's offense is high-powered, but, it's the defense forcing three turnovers last week and allowing the fewest passing yards in the league through two games that we are most impressed with.
This line has continued to move in Atlanta's favor, and we luckily were able to get it at +2. If it's down to +1 by the time you intend to bet, take a shot on the Falcons moneyline instead.
Pick: Falcons +2 (-110) - Place Your Bets At SugarHouse NJ
NFL Picks Week 3: Giants vs. Bucs Prediction
The Giants begin a new era as rookie Daniel Jones makes his NFL debut under center in place of Eli Manning. Waiting at home for 10 days as nearly a touchdown favorite are the Buccaneers looking for a second straight win.
The spread isn't what we're interested here, it's total and the under. The number is on its way down, but at 48 points this is close enough to where it opened (around 49 points) to have some value for us, plus it covers the key number of 47.
New York is likely to rely on its All-Pro running back in Saquoon Barkley both running and receiving, controlling the game with its biggest weapon. Tampa Bay hasn't been a juggernaut in the passing game and could continue to go on the ground, where it's gained 100+ rushing yards in both games so far.
Mix in some high winds and the under is an intriguing Week 3 NFL betting pick.
Pick: Giants/Bucs Under 48 Points (-110) - Bet At SugarHouse PA
NFL Prop Bets Week 3
Aside from choosing between moneylines, spreads, and totals, there are plenty of other gambling options while sports betting at SugarHouse. We dug into some props and parlays markets to find some Week 3 NFL betting lines that not everybody is able to find and take advantage of.
- Giants/Bucs First Team To Reach 30 Points: Tie (-108)
The tie on this bet means we are betting neither team will reach that 30-point mark. The rationale is simple: We are correlating our Under 48 pick with the idea that no one team will get to 30, which is plenty of points for one NFL team to score.
Even if our under wasn't enough points, this game could still go over the mark without any team reaching 30, and getting basically even money for this makes us very confident. Alternate NFL betting lines like these can provide the value that traditional odds can't.
- Packers Win And Under 43.5 (+145)
This time, we are correlating one team and the total and getting plus-money for it. Going Packers and under 43.5 worked well for us last week (21-16 win), so we are trying it again with this game parlay offered at SugarHouse.
Green Bay's defense has allowed just 19 points in its first two games and now get s a struggling Denver offense at Lambeau Field in Week 3. We expect the home team to win in another fairly close, low-scoring battle. We'd like it better at 44, but 43 is another key number and we cover that here.
NFL Betting Tips For Week 3
How you go about placing wagers on the National Football League schedule can shift depending on what time of the season it is. As we move past the opening weeks of the season, some of our focus shifts while other strategies remain constant. Keep the following things in mind before making your Week 3 NFL predictions.
- Monitor Line Movement
As sharp bettors and the public start getting a better read on teams in the early season, lines will begin to shift more. Know where your odds began and which way they're trending at the time of your bet to make sure you're getting the best line possible. Keep track of betting percentages for sides and totals as well since that will help you maximize value.
- Start Checking Injury Reports Often
The first two weeks of the NFL season have seen plenty of players go down, notably big-name quarterbacks. This has altered odds in weekly and futures markets and knowing who is out and for how long is invaluable when it comes to gambling. It isn't only QBs either, and missing any key player could play a huge role in any game, so make sure you're away who is actually suited up.
- Beware Of Massive Spreads
There are a couple of very strong teams and a couple of teams that are either weak or seriously hampered by the injury bug in some way, or both. This has led to some historically enormous spreads in Week 3 (Patriots -22.5, Cowboys -21.5), and even though these teams are capable of covering (Patriots covered -19 in Week 2), we'd advise staying away. Laying more than three TDs, or even close to it is too much when there are other options, no matter how bad a team appears.
- Value In Alternate Markets
Conventional weekly spreads and totals are poured over by oddsmakers, pro bettors and the public for days, but not all markets have so many fingerprints on them. Most of the sports betting sites in NJ and PA have hundreds of options in dozens of markets to choose from whether it's parlays, game/player props or alternate lines. There's value to be found in places where the public and sharps haven't been placing action that messes with a line all week.