NFL Week 3 Look-Ahead Lines: Brady Favored Over Aaron Rodgers Once Again

Written By Mo Nuwwarah on September 16, 2022
NFL Week 3 look ahead lines

NFL Week 3 look-ahead lines have hit the board, and the biggest draw looks to be a rematch of the 2020-21 NFC Championship Game. Tom Brady and the Buccaneers have twice now gotten the better of Aaron Rodgers and the Packers, and they’re favored to do so once again at home in Week 3.

Every week, usually on Wednesday, TheLines will post look-ahead lines from FanDuel Sportsbook and DraftKings Sportsbook. These look aheads give an early snapshot of the current market opinions of teams absent the week-to-week bias that can take hold following weekend results.

NFL Week 3 Look-Ahead Lines

Game
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Steelers at Browns
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Browns -3
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Browns -2.5 (-122)
Ravens at Patriots
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Ravens -3
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Ravens -2.5 (-128)
Bills at Dolphins
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Bills -4.5
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Bills -4.5
Saints at Panthers
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Saints -2.5
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Saints -2.5
Chiefs at Colts
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Chiefs -3
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Chiefs -3.5 (-114)
Lions at Vikings
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Vikings -7.5
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Vikings -7.5 (-105)
Eagles at Commanders
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Eagles -3
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Eagles -2.5 (-128)
Raiders at Titans
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Raiders -1 (+100)
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Titans -1.5 (-104)
Texans at Bears
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Bears -3
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Bears -2.5 (-120)
Bengals at Jets
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Bengals -6
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Bengals -6.5
Jaguars at Chargers
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Chargers -9
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Chargers -9.5
Falcons at Seahawks
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Seahawks -3
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Seahawks -3.5 (+100)
Packers at Buccaneers
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Buccaneers -3
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Buccaneers -3.5 (-106)
Rams at Cardinals
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Rams -4.5
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Rams -4.5
49ers at Broncos
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Broncos -3 (+100)
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Broncos -2.5 (-120)
Cowboys at Giants
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Giants -4
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Giants -3.5

Week 3 NFL Primetime Games

Thursday Night Football Odds

The AFC North rivals have played to some lower-scoring games in recent years, and this one will likely be no different. The Browns have a bit of a similar matchup in Week 2 facing a bottom-tier passing offense in the Jets. How that goes may inform what happens to this line. If they can strangle the Jets, then the expectation will likely be they can do the same here against the Steelers.

On the other hand, the Steelers could move to 2-0 both as underdogs if they can win a closely lined game against the Patriots. That may do a little more to sway the market.

With the teams on either side of a key number, be sure to wait for a good number and pounce if you see one.

Sunday Night Football Odds

Old tormentor Russell Wilson comes back for the 49ers in a strange uniform. The Broncos passing attack looked greatly improved in Week 1 even if the clock management left a lot to be desired. It remains an open question what the 49ers pass defense really is after playing Week 1 in slop conditions against a terrible offensive line. Likewise for Trey Lance’s true talent level.

Again, the books are split on the key number here, creating a great look-ahead line opportunity no matter which side you like. Get on the 49ers now at DraftKings or the Broncos now at FanDuel and you’ll probably feel good unless this somehow gets to 49ers +3.5 if they flop against the Seahawks in Week 2.

Monday Night Football Odds

What will Dallas‘ offense look like in Week 2 with Cooper Rush at the helm in place of the injured Dak Prescott? That will inform what happens to this line as that looks like the biggest variable. Last year, in his only start, Rush fired 24-for-40 for 325 and 2 TDs in a road upset of Minnesota. Anything resembling that and this line seems certain to move toward Dallas.

However, the situation around Rush has degraded quite a bit, as everyone saw in the team’s opening week dud. Still, it seems hard to imagine the Giants could push toward being much bigger favorites here.

MORE POTENTIAL WEEK 2 IMPACT ON WEEK 3 LOOK-AHEAD LINES

Falcons At Seahawks

Could a Seahawks team that started in the bottom five of basically everyone’s NFL power rankings really wind up laying -3.5 against a professional team? Sure, the market expected the Falcons to stink. But, they played pretty well in a narrow Week 1 loss. And the Rams looked rather lethargic to start the season.

With Seattle entering Week 2 as large underdogs, any signs of life from the Falcons would likely move this line toward them, assuming Seattle plays to market expectations. Even a touchdown loss probably inches this to a consensus +3. Grab +3.5 while it’s available if you like that side.

Packers At Buccaneers

Another performance like Week 1 from this shaky Packers passing offense and we might see a decent move here. Surprisingly, the market actually moved toward them, sticking with its priors from before the season. They barely dented a questionable Minnesota secondary, 75-yard TD drops notwithstanding. If they can’t cook the Bears, expect at least a consensus -3.5 if not bigger on the Bucs.

Assuming, of course, the Bucs don’t post another bagel like they did against the Saints in 2021.

HOW TO USE NFL LOOK-AHEAD LINES

The look-ahead lines allow you a sneak peek at the projected lines for the following week’s games. This information from a leading online sportsbook will help provide lessons in understanding lines and projections before the current week’s games are played.

Many bettors tend to overreact to the previous week’s scores and results. The NFL Week 3 look-ahead lines provide a sense of stability from the oddsmaker. They sometimes offer a clear, unbiased snapshot of perceived team strength

Bettors can also gain an edge or find value in the lines once the weekend results take hold. See if you can find any over- or under-reactions by the market.

Of course, always take note of key injuries, travel and scheduling situations, and NFL power rankings. Making adjustments is part of the process, along with accounting for teams’ strengths, weaknesses, against-the-spread angles and personnel matchups.

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Mo Nuwwarah got his start in gambling early, making his first sports bet on his beloved Fab Five against the UNC Tar Heels in the 1993 NCAA tournament. He lost $5 to his dad and got back into sports betting years later during a 15-year run in the poker industry. A 2011 journalism graduate from Nebraska-Omaha, he combines those skills with his love of sports and statistics to help bettors make more informed decisions with a focus on pro football, baseball and basketball.

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