NFL Week 3 Betting Lines
No team in pro football is a bigger mess than the Houston Texans. It begins at quarterback with Deshaun Watson, who doesn't want to be there and is unwanted by the Texans. However, Watson is also unmovable. That is because he is potentially facing a multitude of sexual misconduct charges from various individual women. Depending on the magnitude of the legal matters, Watson may not even be eligible to play in 2021. Not only did the Texans finish 4-12 last year, but they lost their final five games, having packed it in a month early. Part of the Texans' problems were self-inflicted. Hiring Bill O'Brien as the sole man to run all football matters was the worst mistake. O'Brien was a decent enough coach at Houston but was not qualified for anything above that. The situation under O'Brien became so toxic that he was fired after an 0-4 start. But the real damage was done in the offseason where O'Brien went on a tirade of costly moves that followed a humiliating playoff loss at Kansas City, where the Texans blew a 24-0 lead. David Culley arrives as the new head coach under new general manager Nick Caserio, who comes from the Patriots. Houston will host the Carolina Panthers on Thursday night football.
The Los Angeles Chargers are touted as the top threat to the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC West. They will get a chance to prove their merits in a Week 3 game at Arrowhead Stadium. Chiefs' superstar quarterback Patrick Mahomes is coming off turf toe surgery and should be ready to go by the time regular season games start. He was cleared to participate in offseason workouts. Of course, the Chargers are thrilled to have quarterback Justin Herbert, who was the 2020 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year. But a win over the Chiefs at Kansas City is a tall order.
The New England Patriots will host the New Orleans Saints in a tale of two quarterbacks. How well will Jameis Winston be playing at this point as the new Saints starter? And who will be under center for the Patriots, Cam Newton or Mac Jones?
The Chicago Bears are at the Cleveland Browns. Cleveland is coming off a breakthrough season but still faces doubters. There is a contingent of gamblers that fear a Browns market correction in 2021. Chicago coach Matt Nagy was said to be facing the firing squad last year. Now he has the tough decision of what to do about rookie first round draft pick Justin Fields. Bears fans are hoping Fields will replace the discredited Mitch Trubisky immediately as the starting quarterback.
The NBC Sunday Night Football matchup is a gem, with the San Francisco 49ers hosting the Green Bay Packers. There are plenty of legitimate questions for this one. Will Aaron Rodgers still be with the Packers? Salary cap gravity suggests that he will. Will Rodgers still be effective? Will the Packers surrounding cast play with focus? And who will be under center for the 49ers? Jimmy Garoppolo or Trey Lance?
Monday Night Football features the Dallas Cowboys home opener against the Philadelphia Eagles. Philadelphia has committed to Jalen Hurts as starting quarterback for new head coach Nick Sirianni. Heisman Trophy-winning receiver DeVonta Smith arrives to help his old Alabama teammate Hurts.
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