Noon games, 3 p.m. games and a Sunday Night Football game on NBC. Sound familiar? Week 3 of the preseason gives fans one more chance to bet on NFL games in Iowa before the regular season starts Sept. 9.
The Green Bay Packers travel to Buffalo for a noon contest Saturday against the Bills.
By the way, that preseason game goes head-to-head with the first major conference college football game of the season. Nebraska and Illinois were supposed to play in Ireland, but pandemic restrictions make international travel difficult. The Cornhuskers will travel to Campaign, IL, instead.
Finally, the Chicago Bears visit the Tennessee Titans at 6 p.m. Saturday to wrap up the region’s preseason NFL offerings.
Some NFL preseason betting reminders
- Fans have an extra week of NFL regular season betting. Teams will play 17 games over 18 weeks starting this year. That pushes Super Bowl 56 to Feb. 13 at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles.
- There’s a trade-off, however. The NFL reduced the number of preseason games from four to three, so games Friday, Saturday, and Sunday wrap up the season’s exhibition slate.
- Sportsbooks consider the quality of backup quarterbacks when setting odds. They also learn which coaches push to get a win and which ones focus more on player evaluations. Bettors should, too.
- The regular season resets everything, so don’t worry if your team goes 0-3 in the preseason this year. Likewise, don’t book your Super Bowl trip if a team goes 3-0 in August either.
NFL Preseason Week 3 odds guide
NFL Network set a record with 23 live preseason games on the schedule in 2021. And, they re-air any games they didn’t carry live so check the broadcast schedule to research teams for your regular season wagers. Preseason odds can be volatile, but they are updated live in the game matchups below:
- Indianapolis (2-0) at Detroit (0-2) — 6 p.m.
- Philadelphia (0-2) at NY Jets (2-0) — 6:30 p.m.
- Pittsburgh (3-0) at Carolina (0-2) — 6:30 p.m.
- Minnesota (0-2) at Kansas City (2-0) — 7 p.m. (NFL Network)
- Green Bay (0-2) at Buffalo (2-0) — noon (NFL Network)
- Baltimore (2-0) at Washington (1-1) — 5 p.m.
- Chicago (1-1) at Tennessee (2-0) — 6 p.m. (NFL Network)
- Arizona (1-1) at New Orleans (1-1) — 7 p.m.
- Tampa Bay (0-2) at Houston (2-0) — 7 p.m.
- LA Rams (0-2) at Denver (2-0) — 8:05 p.m.
- LA Chargers (1-1) at Seattle (0-2) — 9 p.m. (NFL Network)
- Jacksonville (0-2) at Dallas (0-3) — noon (NFL Network)
- Miami (1-1) at Cincinnati (1-1) — 3 p.m. (CBS)
- Las Vegas (2-0) at San Francisco (1-1) — 3 p.m. (NFL Network)
- New England (2-0) at NY Giants (0-2) — 5 p.m. (NFL Network)
- Cleveland (2-0) at Atlanta (0-2) — 7 p.m. (NBC)