The 2016 NFL season is still in the early stages, but time is quickly running out for a few teams to get their acts together. Teams that start 0-2 rarely make the playoffs, and a few winless teams could have even more trouble in Week 3.
The Cleveland Browns blew a 20-point lead in Week 2, and they are the biggest underdogs on the Week 3 schedule. They are getting 10 points on the road against the Miami Dolphins, who are also 0-2. Miami has two close losses to playoff teams, while Cleveland will start their third quarterback in as many weeks, relying on rookie Cody Kessler.
The betting lines indicate that the Buffalo Bills, Washington Redskins and Chicago Bears could all start the season with three straight losses. The Indianapolis Colts and New Orleans Saints are favored against 1-1 teams, despite having no wins themselves.
The matchup between the Baltimore Ravens and Jacksonville Jaguars features the smallest betting line of the week. The contest is a pick’em, though Baltimore could find themselves favored slightly by the time the game kicks off. Baltimore has been favored in both of their wins, and Jacksonville has been the underdog in both of their losses.
The "Monday Night Football" game between the Saints and Atlanta Falcons is the only one that features an over/under of at least 50 points. The Houston Texans and New England Patriots are expected to combine for just over 40 points on Thursday night, following the injury to Jimmy Garoppolo.
Some sportsbooks haven't set a line for the game between the Denver Broncos and Cincinnati Bengals. Andy Dalton appeared to suffer an ankle injury in Cincinnati’s loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, though it didn’t look very serious since he finished the game.
Below are the complete betting lines for all the Week 3 games, including the point spreads and totals. These are the consensus odds from multiple sportsbooks in Las Vegas and online, via OddsShark.
Houston Texans (-2.5) at New England Patriots, 41
Denver Broncos (+3) at Cincinnati Bengals, 41
Oakland Raiders (+1.5) at Tennessee Titans, 47
Arizona Cardinals (-4.5) at Buffalo Bills, 47
Baltimore Ravens (PK) at Jacksonville Jaguars, 47
Cleveland Browns (+10) at Miami Dolphins, 41.5
Washington Redskins (+4.5) at New York Giants, 46.5
Detroit Lions (+7.5) at Green Bay Packers, 48
Minnesota Vikings (+7) at Carolina Panthers, 43
San Francisco 49ers (+9.5) at Seattle Seahawks, 40
Los Angeles Rams (+4.5) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 42
Pittsburgh Steelers (-5.5) at Philadelphia Eagles, 46
New York Jets (+3) at Kansas City Chiefs, 43
San Diego Chargers (+3) at Indianapolis Colts, 52
Chicago Bears (+4.5) at Dallas Cowboys, 45.5
Atlanta Falcons (+3) at New Orleans Saints, 53.5