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2019 NFL Preseason Week 3 Betting
Week 3 of the NFL preseason is typically what coaches call the dress rehearsal. It’s a time when starters and top performers see their most extensive playing time, but even that isn’t much. And with coaches keenly aware of the risks, a series or two is all we can expect. And the narrative is changing in regards to the Week 3 games.
The Los Angeles Rams sat Jared Goff and a number of regulars for their Week 3 game last season, a move that was met with some criticism but worked out in the long haul. The Rams won their first eight regular season games and advanced to the Super Bowl for the first time since the 2001 season. “When you balance the risk/reward, we felt like as a coaching staff this was going to be the best thing for us,” Sean McVay reasoned.
Several of the other young coaches in the league might follow suit, but the players like to get a few reps and this is the week for that to happen. It’s also their best opportunity to make an impression on coaches after weeks of squaring off with teammates.
2019 NFL Preseason Week 3 Schedule
The games will be played regardless of who’s on the field. And fans take an interest in this week since it’s the closest thing to a regular season contest. We know the Oakland Raiders and Green Bay Packers will face each other. We’re not sure where that game is going to be held, though. The teams are in discussions to play the exhibition contest in Winnipeg, which would be historic since neither club has ever played north of the border.
This will also be the last time to catch a national broadcast until the regular season starts. The Jaguars and Dolphins will hook up in a battle of Florida on Thursday in a game slated to be on FOX. A primetime matchup on Friday has the Buffalo Bills visiting the Detroit Lions on CBS. And NBC has the Sunday night game featuring the Steelers and Titans.
The Texas Governor’s Cup series gets renewed when the Houston Texans visit the Dallas Cowboys. The teams met twice last year with both a preseason and regular season matchup. Houston won both times in its yard and the Boys will look to get some revenge.
There are several other intriguing games slated for Week 3 with Jimmy Garoppolo returning to the scene of the crime. Actually it’s the scene of the knee injury that ended his season and the Niners’ hopes of anything good happening last year. Garoppolo went down without contact in Week 3 of the regular season. The Niners lost that game and the next five to finish a disappointing 4-12.
The lone battle between new head coaches takes place in Tampa when the Browns and Bucs play. Bruce Arians isn’t exactly new, though. Coming out of retirement, Arians will have to work his magic with the enigmatic Jameis Winston. And there’s a good chance we see the new-look Browns unveil their weapons for Freddie Kitchens.
Saturday night should be a fun time in the Los Angeles area with the local teams hosting. The Rams get the Broncos and the Bolts take on the Seahawks. Both visiting teams return to Southern California during the regular season but will play at the other venue.
This will be the last time the teams play on the same day at roughly the same time with both scheduled to move into a brand new stadium in 2020. They are both home in Week 6 with the Rams playing in the afternoon and the Chargers hosting the Sunday night game.
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