Predicting Early NFL Line Movements for Week 3 NFL Odds
We’re now through two weeks of the NFL season and once Tuesday rolls around, it’s time to begin looking at the lines for the upcoming week. In Week 3 there are some intriguing games on the slate to keep an eye on.
The Los Angeles Rams will be hosting the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in what could be an NFC Championship game preview, the San Francisco 49ers will be taking on the Green Bay Packers, and of course, you have a Monday night rivalry game between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Dallas Cowboys.
We’re not going to talk about those games yet though, as what I’ll try to do is pick three games where we can see some line movement.
Pittsburgh Steelers vs Cincinnati Bengals (Steelers -4)
The Pittsburgh Steelers are coming off a Week 2 loss at home against the Las Vegas Raiders. While it’s still early in the week, 82 percent of the tickets are on the Steelers -4 over the Bengals this week.
With Joe Burrow’s struggles in his second game, throwing three picks, it wouldn’t be shocking if he struggled again. He’s also been sacked nine times already and as we know, Pittsburgh has a ferocious defense.
This line seems destined to move with the number being larger for the Steelers to cover. By the time it closes, we can be looking at Steelers -6.
Miami Dolphins vs Las Vegas Raiders -3.5
How about the Raiders off to a surprising 2-0 start to their season. The line opened up at -3.5 favoring Vegas, but with Tua Tagovailo's status up in the air for this game, that could absolutely change.
86 percent of the cash is on the Raiders right now and that line is only going to continue to move throughout the week. Get in on the action while you can at this number before you’re looking at the Raiders needing to cover by a touchdown.
Green Bay Packers vs San Francisco 49ers -3.5
After a strong showing on Monday Night Football, it looks like the Packers are back in full force. The public is already showing that with 85 percent of the cash on the Packers at +3.5 right now.
That number is certainly going to continue to move down and it wouldn’t shock me if it even got close to a pick-em with the way that this is trending. San Francisco won their Week 2 matchup over the Eagles, but it wasn’t really an impressive showing by any means.