The 2021 NFL season has been great through the first two weeks, with plenty of surprises and fantastic games. Another full slate of games is upon us again this week to place some wagers on.
We are going to go over three of the best bets to consider every week, which you can tail or fade. Let's take a look at what we got for NFL Week 3, with odds courtesy of FanDuel Sportsbook.
1. Cincinnati Bengals (+4.5) at Pittsburgh Steelers
The Cincinnati Bengals have surprised some people this season, getting a gusty overtime win on Week 1 against the Minnesota Vikings, and losing a close one in Chicago against the Bears in Week 2. They get their toughest test yet with a division game against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 3. Cincy's defense has been great so far this season, ranking No. 7 in DVOA through the first two weeks. They have already shut down rushing attacks led by Dalvin Cook and David Montgomery. This week they get rookie Najee Harris, who has struggled to start his career. Look for Cincy to shut down the Steelers' rushing attack and make this a really close one, if not a win.
2. Green Bay Packers (+3.5) at San Francisco 49ers
The Green Bay Packers silenced the haters in Week 2 after getting embarrassed in Week 1 behind the worst game of Aaron Rodgers' career. Yes, Detroit is currently the worst defense in the NFL right now, but a lot of that is because of the huge number the Packers put up on them. San Fran is thought to be one of the best defenses, but through two weeks, ranks just 17th in the NFL, and it's not exactly like they went up against offensive juggernauts (Lions and Eagles). With three points and the hook, it's hard not to like Rodgers here in his hometown region.
3. Las Vegas Raiders (-3.5) vs Miami Dolphins
The Las Vegas Raiders have gotten off to a hot start in 2021, still unbeaten and earning an impressive win over the Baltimore Ravens in Week 1. This week they get the Miami Dolphins at home, off a blowout 35-0 loss to the Buffalo Bills. To add insult to injury, Miami will be without its starting quarterback in Tua Tagovailoa. With Jacoby Brissett under center, Miami could struggle on offense, much as it did while Brissett filled in for Tua in Week 2. Las Vegas' defense has been bad this year, but their offense ranks No. 7 in the NFL, which could vault them over the Dolphins.
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