It's Week 3 of the NFL preseason and it's arguably the most important game week of this time of year.

Just a few years ago, this was a dress rehearsal for the regular season, but that's not as prevalent anymore, with teams as concerned about the injury as playing well. Still, many of the regulars will play anywhere from a half or into the third quarter, seeking to get timing down when the action really kicks in a couple of weeks.

The is why for NFL previews and predictions we have more of a realistic semblance of an actual contest and inevitably, the quality of play is crisper and the effort is higher than previous conflicts.


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Does this make having more success against the online sportsbooks any more likely? Not necessarily, but having something tangible to work with does matter for NFL picks is a plus. However, one noticeable trend that has caught wise guy action, picking the better backup quarterback has been HUGE thus far in 2019.

Here are this week's NFL predictions and with the best current odds from various sportsbooks for each contest

The picks:

THURSDAY

N.Y. Giants at Cincinnati (-1.5, 42) Best Line: MyBookie

This is New York's first road game in August and Cincinnati's initial hone encounter. The Giants' offense is clicking early at 31.5 PPG and the Bengals are 10-2 OVER in home games off an upset win as a road underdog. Giants 27-21 Take Over (Best Bet).

Carolina at New England (-3.5, 42) - Best Line: Intertops

Patriots are off two impressive road wins. (Nothing new about that now or in the regular season). They take care of business yet again. Patriots win/cover 24-17.

Baltimore (-4.5, 36) at Philadelphia Best Line: America'sBookie

With Baltimore on a 9-1 ATS NFLX run, it's a given the Ravens with John Harbaugh as there head coach wants to win every time. Baltimore at this many points is high, but how much does Philly expose Carson Wentz to the Ravens defense? Ravens win/cover 23-17.

Green Bay (-3, 40) vs. Oakland  Best Line: Bovada

Since Oakland signed a late one-year deal to stay in Oak-Town, the A's already had a home game this weekend, so the NFL found the Raiders a "home" game in Winnipeg. Green Bay is 7-1 ATS in away contest off a 10+ point loss. Packers win/cover 26-20.

FRIDAY

Cleveland (-3, 43) at Tampa Bay Best Line: MyBookie

Both squads appear improved, though Cleveland has higher aspirations. Browns run defense takes away terrible Tampa Bay rushing game and makes them one dimensional. Browns win/cover 24-20.

Buffalo (-1, 42.5) at Detroit Best Line: JazzSports

Buffalo's 2-0 and looked sharp both times. Detroit is 0-2 and played listlessly. Lions show up and are 8-1 ATS after two SU and ATS setbacks. Lions 23-20 (Upset Special).

SATURDAY

Houston at Dallas (Pick, 40.5)  Best Line: Intertops

Dallas has first home game and its defense had played as well as expected and contained Houston, leading to a lower scoring affair. Cowboys 21-13, Take Under.

New Orleans (-3, 42.5) at N.Y. Jets  Best Line: MyBookie

Situational Play: When the line is +3 to -3 and the home team won by 10 or more points, faces opponent after scoring three points or less in the first half last game, teams like the Jets are 6-22 ATS. Saints win/cover 27-20.

Seattle at L.A. Chargers (-1.5, 40.5) Best Line: America'sBookie

Under Peter Carroll, Seattle almost always plays hard and after surrendering over 400+ yards to Minnesota, the Seahawks defense and Russell Wilson come to play. Seahawks win 23-20.

SUNDAY

Pittsburgh at Tennessee (-2, 40) Best Line: JazzSports

Road underdogs in the preseason at that opened at +3 and were lowered to +2 at game time, are 16-2 ATS the last several years. Steelers win 21-20.


Last week: 7-4 SU and 4-7 ATS
Season Record: 12-9 SU and 9-12 ATS
Upset Special: 0-2
Best Bets: 0-2


 

About the Author

Doug Upstone has been involved in sports handicapping in some form or another his entire adult life. NOBODY watches and studies games more than he does. Whether it is live or going back and watching later, Doug has game notes and observations dating back two decades. (Yes, somehow he’s still married to his original wife.)

Doug is process person, meaning he’s developed his own power ratings in different sports to determine if the lines are accurate from his perspective, yet always follows the fundamentals when handicapping games.

Doug has been heard on various sports radio talk shows (Tony George Radio Show on Sirius radio the latest) around the country for years and never has a shortage of opinions. Plus, his Line Moves article is one of the most consistently viewed pieces among sports bettors on Facebook and Google Plus.

Doug has been writing articles for over a decade and doing videos nearly as long at several websites, which are among the most viewed in any particular week.

His articles have been in the New York Post.com, Sportsbookreview.com, RantSports.com, Covers.com, Playbook.com, Daily Racing Form, StatFox.com and Sportsbook.ag on a daily basis, along with being seen at many different websites on the internet and is pleased to become part of the ScoresandStats.com team also in various capacities.

He also does work on some of the most popular football newsletters in the country, something he has done since 2006.

Doug has had 21 No. 1 rankings at documented sports monitors in a multitude of sports and over 80 Top 10 finishes and consistently delivers HUGE profits.

 

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