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Week 3 NFL Opening Odds Report

NFL Week 3 Opening Odds Report - September 16, 2019

Oddsmakers wasted no time getting out the opening lines for Week 3 with the Dallas Cowboys and New England Patriots being the biggest favorites vs the Miami Dolphins and New York Jets, respectively.

After getting skunked by 43 points, the Dolphins continue their season from hell and are now 21-point underdogs when they go to Dallas. The Jets, on the other hand, will likely still be with Trevor Siemian at quarterback instead of Sam Darnold, which means trouble for New York when it plays in New England.

The Jets still have to play Monday Night Football vs the Browns but opened as 17.5-point underdogs in Foxborough for their Week 3 game.

Week 2 in the NFL had some wild finishes, blown calls and quarterback injuries that may shake up the landscape of the league. For now, here is the full list of NFL opening odds for Week 3:

NFL Opening Odds: Week 3
GameHome Spread
Titans @ Jaguars+2.5
Broncos @ Packers-7.5
Lions @ Eagles-7.5
Ravens @ Chiefs-6.5
Bengals @ Bills-5.5
Falcons @ Colts-2.5
Raiders @ Vikings-8.5
Jets @ Patriots-17.5
Dolphins @ Cowboys-20
Giants @ Buccaneers-6
Panthers @ Cardinals+3.5
Saints @ Seahawks-1
Steelers @ 49ers-1
Texans @ Chargers-3
Rams @ Browns+2.5
Bears @ Redskins+6

Check out our NFL odds page to see the most updated odds for all 16 games of Week 3.

Lines to Monitor For Week 3 

Saints @ Seahawks

This line was off the board until Monday morning but early projected odds from last week had the Seahawks as 1-point faves without the news of Saints QB Drew Brees’ thumb injury. Brees is expected to miss the next six weeks, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. 

Now, with Brees on the mend, it’s still opened up at some sportsbooks at EVEN odds or Seahawks -1, which feels like a slip-up by oddsmakers as I think Brees is worth at least 4 points to the spread. Teddy Bridgewater is Brees’ backup and only completed 17 of his 30 passing attempts for 165 yards in the Week 2 loss to the Rams. Not good!

I figured the Seahawks would be slight home underdogs vs the Saints with Brees in the lineup but if he can’t go, I think Seattle should be favored by 6 or more at CenturyLink Field, one of the toughest places to play in the NFL.

It’s early in the week but bettors must feel the same way I do because 93 percent of the money is currently on the Seahawks.

Saints vs Seahawks Game Center

Steelers @ 49ers

An 0-2 team vs a 2-0 team, this line seems hard to pinpoint with Ben Roethlisberger now out for the season with an elbow injury. Big Ben hurt his right elbow vs the Seahawks and much like Brees to Bridgewater, it’s a steep drop-off from Roethlisberger to Mason Rudolph.

Preliminary lines last week had the Steelers as -1.5 favorites but that line has moved to the Niners as 1-point favorites with most of the early money on San Francisco. This Niners team is aggressive, not a pushover and playing at home, so I expect this line to move to 49ers -4.5 by kickoff on Sunday with Roethlisberger now out of the picture.

Steelers vs 49ers Game Center

Dolphins @ Cowboys

The Dolphins will be a story all season for how large an underdog they’ll be in each game as I expect them to be double-digit dogs for the foreseeable future. Preliminary lines for Week 3 had Miami as 15.5-point underdogs vs the Dallas Cowboys before they got dropped by the Patriots 43-0. Now, they’ve officially opened at 20-point dogs and the spread already moved to -21 overnight.

I could see oddsmakers pushing this line even more to the Cowboys and for Dallas to be the biggest single-game favorite in the NFL since the 2013 season when the Broncos hosted the Jaguars as 26.5-point favorites. With the ugly performance that the Dolphins put up on their home field against the Patriots in Week 2, I can’t say I disagree with the line.

The Fins have been outscored 102-10 through two games and are showing no signs of progress. With 67 percent of the money currently on the Cowboys to win and cover the spread, I expect this line to move to -23 to -24 by kickoff on Sunday.

Dolphins vs Cowboys Game Center

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