Week three of the NFL starts on Thursday with the Pittsburgh Steelers taking on the Cleveland Browns. The final game between the Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants play on Monday.
Odds posted earlier in the week indicate what games are easier than others. These are the easier match ups for bettors to target in week three.
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Kansas City Chiefs at Indianapolis Colts
Matt Ryan’s tenure as a Colt started off rocky in two games. He’s thrown four interceptions and a lone touchdown. But Kansas City’s defense ranked in the bottom portion of rushing yards allowed and passing yards allowed. The Chiefs D is susceptible to be picked a part, whether by Jonathan Taylor or Matt Ryan.
Injury reports indicate that Michael Pittman Jr. is out for the contest, which takes away a huge asset in the passing game for the Colts.
What makes this game easy to pick is the Chiefs possess one of the best QBs in the game in Patrick Mahomes. He’s 54-for-74 with 595 yards and seven touchdowns. The offense for Kansas City is more intimidating than the Colts.
While the defenses for both teams may not be imposing forces, the offenses are. But the discrepancy between the two on offense is substantial. Take the Chiefs with the 6.5 favorites. Do not expect the Colts to keep up.
Cincinnati Bengals at New York Jets
The Bengals fell to the Dallas Cowboys 20-17 in week two. Dallas, without Dak Presscott, got an incredible showing from backup QB Cooper Rush.
Cincinnati dropped to 0-2, and both were competitive in both games.
The Jets defense in 2021 allowed 4,682 passing yards and 2,351 rushing yards. Both put New York in the bottom five of the league in both categories.
While Joe Burrow, Joe Mixon and the rest of the potent offense disappointed this feels like a get-right spot. A team that played in the Super Bowl, and lost by three, will correct itself. This feels like that game.
The Bengals are favorites by 4.5 in this contest. Do not expect the Jets to keep it within that threshold. Take Cincy and the points.
Jacksonville Jaguars at Los Angeles Chargers
Early seven-point favorites, the Chargers face an easier opponent on Sunday. With games against the Las Vegas Raiders and Kansas City Chiefs, this will be an easier game for Los Angeles. Justin Herbert started the season incredibly well as he’s posted over 600 yards in two games.
Jacksonville, fresh off a 24-0 win against the Colts, show potential with Trevor Lawrence at the helm. James Robinson also rushed for over 130 yards, and scored two touchdowns in two games.
Keenan Allen is out for the Chargers. Austin Ekeler posted 75 yards on 28 carries in two games, so he is not off to a stellar start. But Mike Williams and Gerald Everett started off the season well with over 100 yards receiving a piece.
The Jacksonville defense struggles more against the pass, and that is what Los Angeles thrives in. This may be why the Chargers are easy favorites.
Expect Herbert to torch the Jacksonville defense. Los Angeles may come out and use Herbert to establish a big lead before using Ekeler on the ground. Take the Chargers, the points and the spread.