Here are betting lines, trends and analysis for three games on the NFL’s Week 3 Sunday card. For expert picks on some of these games and more, sign up for our money-back guaranteed packages.
Pittsburgh Steelers (-7.5, 44) at Chicago Bears, 1 p.m. ET
The Bears followed a solid Week 1 performance – they were a first-and-goal away from beating the Falcons – with a dud in Week 2, a 29-7 loss at Tampa. But laying a touchdown-plus is always a tough proposition, the task with which the Steelers are faced this week.
While Pitt has covered in three of its last five games as a road favorite of 7 or more, the longer-term trend isn’t so pretty – since Mike Tomlin became coach in 2007, they are 5-13 against the spread in the role.
We like the Bears as a bet-on team this season, as there’s bound to be value on them throughout the season. This spot at home Sunday seems to fit that bill, although we, like many others, are perplexed by coach John Fox’s decision to stick to Mike Glennon instead of going to rookie Mitch Trubisky at quarterback.
Cincinnati Bengals at Green Bay Packers (-7.5, 46.5), 4:25 p.m. ET
It may take some gumption to back the Bengals as they head into Lambeau, since they failed to score a touchdown in either of their two home games to start the season. Cincy is certainly going to need some offensive production to hang with Aaron Rodgers and Co.
But the spread on this game opened Green Bay -9, and the move to -7.5 indicates the wiseguys are on the dog here. Also, the Packers are no lock when laying this many points at home – just 2-4-1 ATS in their last seven opportunities, in fact.
Desperate teams are often dangerous teams. And sitting at 0-2 with nary a touchdown, desperate is exactly what the Bengals are right now.
Oakland Raider (-3, 54.5) at Washington Redskins, 8:25 p.m. ET
Casual bettors are all over the Raiders right now, but we’re hesitant to jump on the bandwagon, especially in a tough spot like this one. Coming off a win against the lowly Jets that wasn’t as impressive as the 45-20 score suggests, Oakland now travels across the country and hands the Redskins a field goal.
On the other hand – and we’re not sure if this is random or not – the Redskins are a lousy 1-8 in home night games since 2013.
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