2021 NFL Preseason Week 3 Betting
This is now the final week of the preseason after the NFL moved to a 17-game regular season. In the past, the third week of the preseason was the most important as this was when we saw the starters play the longest in anticipation of the regular season. It will be interesting to see how coaches deal with this week given the changes to the schedule. Some may use it in the same way that the week was used in the past, while others may treat it like Week 4 and sit all their starters.
NFL Preseason Week 3 Schedule
FRIDAY, AUGUST 27
Minnesota Vikings at Kansas City Chiefs
Indianapolis Colts at Detroit Lions
Pittsburgh Steelers at Carolina Panthers
SATURDAY, AUGUST 28
Green Bay Packers at Buffalo Bills
Baltimore Ravens at Washington Football Team
Chicago Bears at Tennessee Titans
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Houston Texans
Los Angeles Rams at Denver Broncos
Los Angeles Chargers at Seattle Seahawks
SUNDAY, AUGUST 29
Jacksonville Jaguars at Dallas Cowboys
Las Vegas Raiders at San Francisco 49ers
Miami Dolphins at Cincinnati Bengals (CBS)
New England Patriots at New York Giants
Cleveland Browns at Atlanta Falcons (NBC)
There are two games scheduled for Friday in Week 3 of the NFL preseason. The Pittsburgh Steelers will head down to the Carolinas to face the Carolina Panthers in one of them.
Pittsburgh has a lot of fans in the Carolinas due to the Pittsburgh diaspora and the lack of a team in this region until 1995, so there will be a lot of black and gold in the stands.
Detroit will host Indianapolis in the other Friday game. The Lions have finished last in the NFC North for three straight seasons, and they look set to finish at the bottom of their division once again. They dealt Matthew Stafford to the Los Angeles Rams in the offseason for Jared Goff, and both the offense and defense seem likely to struggle in 2021 under new head coach Dan Campbell.
The defending champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers will take on the Houston Texans in one of the several games on Saturday. Tom Brady continues to thrive in his 40s, winning his seventh Super Bowl with the Buccaneers to firmly establish himself as the GOAT. Brady and the Bucs are the favorites in the NFC South with Drew Brees retired, while the Texans are likely going to be one of the worst teams in the league.
Denver might not have its No. 1 quarterback decided until the end of the preseason. The Broncos acquired Teddy Bridgewater in the offseason after a lackluster sophomore season from Drew Lock, and the two players are expected to duke it out for the starting job over the course of July and August. That may make them the favorite against the veteran Los Angeles Rams although Matthew Stafford might see more time to get additional reps in Sean McVay’s system.
The first two quarterbacks selected in the 2020 NFL Draft will square off in one of the final games of the preseason. Cincinnati fans are excited to see No. 1 overall pick Joe Burrow on the field again. A season-ending injury cut short a promising rookie campaign for Burrow, as he completed 65.3% of his passes for 2,688 yards with 13 touchdowns and five interceptions in 10 games. Miami’s Tua Tagovailoa wasn’t nearly as impressive, but the starting job is his after Ryan Fitzpatrick moved to Washington in the offseason.
We saw the New York Giants beat the New England Patriots in two Super Bowls over the last 15 years. That’s been the one team that Bill Belichick has been unable to beat over his career, and Pats’ fans will have their fair share of heartburn watching this game.
The New York Jets hope they have their quarterback of the future in BYU’s Zach Wilson. Wilson was taken with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, and we are likely to see a lot of him in the final preseason game.
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