NFL 2021 Preseason Week 3 Analysis: Teams to Bet Against

NFL Preseason Week 2 is in the books, which means football handicappers must turn their attention to NFL Preaseason Week 3. Big matchups await, including the Chiefs hosting the Vikings and the Bills taking on Green Bay. Check out a list of NFL squads to bet against in the final preseason week of the year.  Let’s jump right into action so you can get ready to make your bets against their NFL odds.

Examining NFL Preseason Bet-Against Teams for Week 3

2021 NFL Preseason Week 3

  • When: Friday, Aug. 27 – Sunday, Aug. 29

Bet against the Philadelphia Eagles versus the New York Jets

  • When: Friday, Aug. 27

The Philadelphia Eagles are in trouble. Preseason games aren’t always a good barometer of what a team will do in during the season, but in this case, Philly’s performance in their first two preseason contests is.

Pittsburgh and New England have easily handled the Eagles. The Patriots beat Philadelphia 35-0 in NFL Preseason Week 2. The Jets won’t have to start Zach Wilson to dominate because neither Jalen Hurts nor Joe Flacco will beat the Jets’ defense. 

Bet against the Minnesota Vikings at the Kansas City Chiefs

  • When: Friday, Aug. 27

The very best teams can’t help but play well, which is why the Chiefs have won both their preseason games. Kansas City won’t play a single starter to get past the Vikings on Friday night.

Minnesota is 0-2 in a couple of preseason matches. It doesn’t look like Viking players are on the same page. KC’s second unit hasn’t made a mistake and there’s no way Mike Zimmer plays Minnesota starters Kirk Cousins, Justin Jefferson, and Dalvin Cook. 

Bet against the Green Bay Packers at the Buffalo Bills

  • When: Saturday, Aug. 28

Buffalo’s offensive system allows any quarterback, even ones with basic skills, to succeed. The Bills scored 41 points in their last preseason game.

Buffalo won’t require 41 points to beat and cover against the Green Bay Packers. Neither Aaron Rodgers nor Jordan Love will play. Also, the Packers must rest their best offensive lineman because, like every season it seems, Green Bay is thin along the O-line. 

Bet against the Arizona Cardinals at the New Orleans Saints

  • When: Saturday, Aug. 28

Coach Sean Payton has yet to decide who will start at quarterback. Jameis Winston could play a half. Taysom Hill could play the other half. 

Arizona won’t put Kyler Murray or DeAndre Hopkins in harms way. The Cardinals won’t score enough to beat or cover against the Saints. 

Bet against the Los Angeles Rams versus the Denver Broncos

  • When: Saturday, Aug. 28

The Denver Broncos are this preseason’s most impressive team. The Broncos followed up a 33-6 victory over Minnesota on Aug. 14 by shellacking the Seattle Seahawks 30-3 on Aug. 21.

The Rams have lost both their preseason games. Coach Sean McVay won’t play his starters while the Broncos’ defense can’t help but dominate. 

Bet against the Chicago Bears at the Tennessee Titans

  • When: Saturday, Aug. 28

The Bears beat Miami 20-13 in their first preseason game. Buffalo drubbed Chicago 41-15 in the Bears’ second preseason game.

Tennessee has beaten Atlanta 23-3 and Tampa Bay 34-3 in their two preseason contests. From the starters to the third string, Tennessee is playing great football. Chicago won’t know what hit them.  

Bet against the Dallas Cowboys versus the Jacksonville Jaguars

  • When: Sunday, Aug. 29

Jacksonville coach Urban Meyer may require the third preseason game to decide if he wants to start Trevor Lawrence in the first regular season game.

Gardner Minshew II is a solid backup. So the Jaguars could play their starting wide receivers and starting offensive line to give Minshew II and Lawrence another look.

The Cowboys will sit most of their starters, including the Big Three: QB Dak Prescott, RB Ezekiel Elliott, and WR Amari Cooper. The Jags roll.  

Bet against the New York Giants versus the New England Patriots 

  • When: Sunday, Aug. 29

Like the Saints and Jaguars, New England head coach Bill Belichick hasn’t decided on his first week starting quarterback. Belichick said that, for now, Newton is the starter.

Notice how the Patriots head coach added the words for now? That’s a sign New England plays both Cam Newton and rookie Mac Jones in this.

The Giants won’t play any of their offensive starters, including Newton and Jones should lead the Patriots to another preseason victory and cover. 

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