Week 3 NFL preseason picks:We are entering the final week of the 2021 NFL preseason, and it will be an unprecedented time for bettors. Week 3 of the preseason used to be the best week, as it was the dress rehearsal for all starters. Now that the preseason has been shortened by a week, however, teams are treating this weekend differently.
Some teams will be starting their No. 1 quarterback for the first time such as the Cincinnati Bengals, while others like the Chicago Bears are benching their starting signal-caller with the regular season so close. How each team plans on using their players could entice a bettor to lean one way or the other, but remember that it will be the fringe roster players who finish out the contest and ultimately decide whether the favorite covers the spread or not.
Below, I’ll give you five picks I’m eyeing for this weekend. Remember, preseason betting is a ridiculous sport, and you’re better suited saving your bankroll for the regular season. But like many fans, it’s too hard to resist throwing a couple dollars out there in celebration of football being back.
The Chiefs really shouldn’t care about this preseason game, but Andy Reid said on Wednesday that he’s going to play his starters for the entire first half. Those starters are going to get the opportunity to tee off on a Vikings team that lost by 27 points to the Denver Broncos in Week 1, and then by two points to the Indianapolis Colts in what was a gross matchup. The Chiefs have won their two preseason games and the defense looked pretty incredible against Kyler Murray and the Arizona Cardinals. Murray went three-and-out on his three drives against Kansas City last week!
The Titans have been one of the most dominant teams in the preseason this year — despite having not played Ryan Tannehill, Derrick Henry, A.J. Brown or Julio Jones just to name a few. In two games, they have outscored their opponents 57-6, as no one has scored a touchdown on them just yet. Both backup quarterbacks Matt Barkley and Logan Woodside have looked good and the backup defense has forced a total of four turnovers.
As for the Bears, they are coming off of a 41-15 beatdown suffered at the hands of the Buffalo Bills. While Sean McDermott may have allowed Mitchell Trubisky to tee off on his old team a bit, it still was a poor showing for Chicago all around. Justin Fields is going to start this final matchup, but he could have his hands full against a defense that has nine sacks in two games.