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2020 NFL Preseason Week 3 Betting
On the whole week three of the NFL Preseason is considered to be the most important of all by coaches and executive staffs. Week three preseason is when starters get the most playing time. In many cases the first-string offensive and defensive units will play the entire first half or more. Just as important is the extra minutes of playing time given to second string units that are also consisted of quality players almost certain to make the team. NFL Hall of Famer John Madden always said that when he was head coach of the Raiders, he demanded a strong week three preseason performance, because it was the only preseason game that he took seriously as far as trying to win. For 2020 preseason week three there are three national TV games on the schedule, including two in prime time, with a card that is loaded with intriguing matchups.
On Thursday night the city of Las Vegas will enjoy its NFL debut as Raiders move into their new home to face the improving Cardinals. Ticket and suite prices are through the roof in Sin City and there is plenty of speculation on how Vegas residents will take to the team. There is also a lot of speculation about the possibility of visiting teams taking over sparkling new Allegiant Stadium with their fans.
Friday night features a CBS national TV matchup of the Falcons hosting the Bengals. Cincinnati will likely give number one pick of the 2020 NFL Draft, quarterback Joe Burrow, a considerable amount of playing time at Mercedes Benz Stadium. Meanwhile the Falcons will be trying to build momentum and get back on track after missing the playoffs in 2019. Atlanta did finish strong last year, which saved head coach Dan Quinn’s job. But for 2020 Quinn is facing a win or else season after getting a stay of execution from the firing squad last January.
Perhaps the most attractive matchup in week three preseason is the one that is not on national TV as the Cowboys host the Super Bowl champion Chiefs. Dallas is coming off an outstanding 2020 NFL Draft and excitement is high with the arrival of new head coach Mike McCarthy.
Sunday will offer two national TV matchups staring with the Browns hosting the Vikings on FOX followed by a prime-time matchup of the Ravens hosting the Panthers on NBC.
Kevin Stefanski is the eighth head coach in Cleveland since the 2008 season as he replaces the failed Freddie Kitchens, who flamed out after only one season on the side line. Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield went untamed by Kitchens last year and played erratically with a sophomore slump type of season. Meanwhile the Vikings were universally acclaimed for having one of the top classes in the 2020 NFL Draft and are coming off an impressive 2019 playoff season.
The Ravens are the hot pick to win the AFC championship after finishing as the top seed in the conference last year. Baltimore also had a strong 2020 NFL Draft which has served to add to their wagering appeal. Carolina will be learning a new system under first year head coach Matt Rhule, who sent Cam Newton packing before the ink was even dry on his contract. Teddy Bridgewater, who was once “a thing” with the Minnesota Vikings is Rhule’s choice as Panthers quarterback. Bridgewater had a nice comeback season in 2019 when he played effectively for the Saints in the absence of injured Drew Brees.
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