2022 NFL Preseason Week 3 Betting
The final weekend of the NFL preseason is the most difficult to handicap. In almost all cases, the teams will empty the bench with marginal players fighting for the final roster spots on their respective clubs. That makes things incredibly difficult for gamblers to pin down. Thus, Live betting is a popular method on the last weekend of the preseason. That is because of all of the lineup changes and substitutions.
Week three of the preseason will feature the first Prime Video telecast with the San Francisco 49ers at the Houston Texans. The venerable Al Michaels will handle the play-by-play with Kirk Herbstreit as the color analyst. CBS will televise the final preseason game of 2022 with the Detroit Lions at Pittsburgh Steelers. NFL Network will televise all other preseason Matchups.
Prime Video gets an interesting Thursday night matchup of the San Francisco 49ers at Houston Texans. Houston is coming off a lost 2021 season in which quarterback Deshaun Watson was suspended for the entire season due to criminal sexual assault allegations. Those charges have since been dropped to civil cases. Subsequently, Houston traded Watson to the Cleveland Browns. The Texans got quite a haul in the process. Cleveland sent first round draft picks in 2022, 2023, and 2024 along with some later round backs to Houston.
Houston fired caretaker head coach David Culley at the end of his rookie season in a curious move. Culley never had a chance without a legitimate NFL starting quarterback and a depleted roster. The replacement for Culley is Lovie Smith, an abysmal failure in his last job as head coach of the Illinois Fighting Illini. Smith was a low-energy recruiter at Illinois and failed to move the needle on the field.
Previously, Smith was an NFL head coach with the Chicago Bears. While with the Bears, Smith went 89-87 between 2004 and 2015, with three playoff appearances. In the 2006 season, Smith led the Bears to the Super Bowl, losing to the Indianapolis Colts. So, there is some NFL head coaching credibility with Smith.
Meanwhile, San Francisco has an interesting quarterbacking situation. Jimmy Garoppolo led the 49ers to the NFC Championship Game last year. And in 2019, Jimmy G quarterbacked San Francisco to the Super Bowl. Garoppolo and the 49ers seemed to have the Kansas City Chiefs beat well into the 4th quarter, only to implode in a painfully crushing defeat in the final minutes.
Last year Garoppolo won unanimous accord from the most important and credible critics of all; his 49ers teammates. San Francisco players raved bout how Garoppolo played hurt and well when it mattered most.
In the 2021 NFC Playoffs, the 49ers did win impressive payouts at the Dallas Cowboys and the Green Bay Packers. But in the NFC Championship Game, San Francisco’s and Garoppolo’s limits were fully exposed. Thus, Trey Lance, the third overall pick of the 2021 NFL Draft, is number one on the depth chart heading into training camp.
The quarterback situation leads to many questions in San Francisco. Will Lance actually be the starter in week one? Will Garoppolo be given a fair chance to win his job back? Is Lance ready to replace a winner like Jimmy G. And will Garoppolo be traded to a team that is desperate for a credible quarterback?
Speaking of a quarterback situation, the Pittsburgh Steelers took University of Pittsburgh product Kenny Pickett in the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft. Pickett will be given every opportunity to supplant the unwanted Mitch Trubisky as the week one starter.
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