This is going to be a rather different NFL season than what we have been used to in the past, and not just because games will be played in empty stadiums. There will be no postseason to allow us to get a look at teams, plus there will now be 7 teams from each conference heading into the postseason. It is going to be tough to handicap games in the early going, but hopefully, we will quickly see which teams are adapting to the new way of life in the league. While it’s impossible to know how things are going to go, we can look at the schedule and pick out games that have the potential to be huge. Week 3 of the season has a bunch of those types of games, so let’s take a closer look at just a few so you can plan ahead your bets against their NFL odds.
NFL Betting Preview for Games in Week 3
Houston Texans at Pittsburgh Steelers
With the Wild Card adding another slot, we are looking at a pair of teams that are almost certainly going to be in the hunt for a playoff spot. The Texans are coming off a division win and a victory in last season’s Wild Card game, while the Steelers are looking to bounce back after a season that saw them totally decimated by injury. Despite their injury woes the Steelers still managed to go 8-8, so there are a lot of people looking at them as a potential dark horse. This should be a great one to watch and wager on in Week 3.
Dallas Cowboys at Seattle Seahawks
If you look at the NFC prior to the start of the season, you see a lot of potentially very good teams, but do you see one that really stands out as a potential Super Bowl winner? There are a few that could make a good argument, but there is also the sense that the playoff race in this conference is going to be a lot of fun to watch. The Dallas Cowboys, who will come into the season with a new head coach, and the Seattle Seahawks figure to be in the mix. This, for me, is one of the best matchups on the schedule in Week 3.
Green Bay Packers at New Orleans Saints
There were rumors last season that not all was well in Green Bay, yet despite all of that chatter, this was a team that still managed to put together a 13-win season. Now, the talk has intensified after the Packers moved up in the draft to land a QB, which is not likely to sit well with Aaron Rodgers. Might we see a big season from the veteran QB, and what can we expect from Drew Brees, who contemplated retiring this offseason? What we can probably expect here is a shootout between a pair of old gunslingers.
Kansas City Chiefs at Baltimore Ravens
The defending Super Bowl champions look like a team that could be very, very good for many years to come, so who can potentially derail them in the AFC? You have to say that the Baltimore Ravens look like the team most likely to put a dent in the Chiefs run for back to back championships, so this Monday night tilt is one that really should be circled on the calendars of every single football fan. This is, far and away, the best game on the schedule in Week 3.