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NFL Preseason Week 3 Matchups, Odds

The New England Patriots got a strong effort from fill-in quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo in last week's preseason win, and they'll kick off the NFL's Week 3 exhibition slate on Friday night at EVEN money on the betting lines at 5Dimes against the Carolina Panthers.

Garoppolo got most of the snaps for the Patriots in their 26-24 win at New Orleans last week, completing 28 of his 33 pass attempts for 269 yards with one touchdown and one interception in the contest - good for a QB Rating of 98.1. Tom Brady completed two of five pass attempts for 13 yards.

Brady, of course, is still in line for a four-game suspension to start the season thanks to Deflategate, which would leave Garoppolo at the controls for the first month of the campaign. The Pats signed wide receiver Reggie Wayne to a one-year contract this week.

There are three games in total on the NFL preseason schedule for Friday, with the Jacksonville Jaguars 1-point home favorites against the Detroit Lions, and the Kansas City Chiefs 4.5-point home favorites against the Tennessee Titans.

The bulk of the Week 3 preseason action then takes place on Saturday, including a pick'em contest at 5Dimes between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. The Packers lost a key weapon on offense last week when wide receiver Jordy Nelson suffered a torn ACL; he's out for the season.

Sunday then has Arizona at Oakland (pick'em) and Houston at New Orleans (-3), with the Texans announcing that Brian Hoyer would begin the season as their starting quarterback. Houston running back Arian Foster still has no timetable for his return from a groin injury.

NFL Preseason - Friday, August 28
  • New England at Carolina EVEN
  • Detroit at Jacksonville -1
  • Tennessee at Kansas City -4.5
Odds as of August 25 at 5Dimes
NFL Preseason - Saturday, August 29
  • Pittsburgh at Buffalo -2.5
  • Atlanta at Miami -3
  • Cleveland at Tampa Bay -2.5
  • Minnesota at Dallas -1
  • NY Jets at NY Giants EVEN
  • Chicago at Cincinnati -3
  • Washington at Baltimore -4
  • Seattle at San Diego EVEN
  • Philadelphia at Green Bay EVEN
  • Indianapolis at St. Louis EVEN
  • San Francisco at Denver -5
Odds as of August 25 at 5Dimes
NFL Preseason - Sunday, August 30
  • Houston at New Orleans -3
  • Arizona at Oakland EVEN
Odds as of August 25 at 5Dimes