Preseason Week 3 Odds: NFL Spreads, Moneylines And Totals

Written By Brett Collson on August 23, 2022

It is officially the last week of the NFL preseason before the regular season kicks off on Sept. 8.

Week 3 of the NFL preseason starts on Thursday, Aug. 25, followed by a large slate of games over the preceding days that will include every team in the league.

Legal online sportsbooks have odds available for this final week of exhibition play and will have even more available when regular season play starts next week. Read further for a glimpse of NFL Preseason Week 3 odds and betting options available to you.

NFL Preseason Week 3 betting odds

NFL Preseason Week 3 schedule

The Week 3 slate begins with two games on Thursday and wraps up with two Sunday games. Here’s a look at all 16 matchups.

Preseason game odds last updated: October 7, 2022

Green Bay Packers vs. Kansas City Chiefs Best Odds

  • When: Thursday, Aug. 25, 8 p.m. ET
  • Watch: NFL Network
  • Moneyline: Packers +100, Chiefs -115
  • Spread: Packers +2, Chiefs -1.5
  • Total: 39.5

The Chiefs are narrowly favored this week against the Packers, both of which are coming off wins. Patrick Mahomes has taken snaps in the first two preseason games but Aaron Rodgers hasn’t and isn’t expected to until the regular season starts, which is likely why oddsmakers have given the Chiefs the edge.

San Francisco 49ers vs. Houston Texans Best Odds

  • When: Thursday, Aug. 25, 8:15 p.m. ET
  • Watch: Prime Video
  • Moneyline: 49ers -175, Texans +165
  • Spread: 49ers -3.5, Texans +4
  • Total: 39.5

Nate Sudfeld will likely start for the 49ers this week while Trey Lance gets rest alongside other starters like Elijah Mitchell, who is nursing a hamstring injury. Davis Mills led the Texans over the Rams last week and could see snaps this week, but oddsmakers are still giving the edge to Sudfeld and the 49ers’ second team.

Buffalo Bills vs. Carolina Panthers Best Odds

  • When: Friday, Aug. 26, 7 p.m. ET
  • Moneyline: Bills +215, Panthers -240
  • Spread: Bills +6, Panthers -6
  • Total: 38.5

Josh Allen played one drive in the Bills’ landslide win over the Broncos last week. That was enough to deliver a touchdown to Gabriel Davis before Case Keenum took over and had an 88.9% completion rate. Last week proved that the Bills’ first and second team are ready for the regular season, but at +6 against the Panthers, Allen and his starting offense likely not playing much. The Panthers just announced that Baker Mayfield will be their starting quarterback in their regular season opener.

Seattle Seahawks vs. Dallas Cowboys Best Odds

  • When: Friday, Aug. 26, 8 p.m. ET
  • Watch: NFL Network
  • Moneyline: Seahawks -130, Cowboys +125
  • Spread: Seahawks -2.5, Cowboys +2.5
  • Total: 40

The Seahawks are coming off a loss to the Bears where Geno Smith saw some time under center. Drew Lock was out with COVID-19 but the battle between Smith and Lock will pick back up this week, though third stringer Jacob Eason will get the majority of time under center. The Cowboys are coming off of a win over the Chargers where Kavontae Turpin returned a kickoff for a 98-yard touchdown and a punt for another 86-yard touchdown which will certainly give him more playing time this week. Will Grier and Cooper Rush are expected to split snaps at quarterback while Dak Prescott and the starting offense rest ahead of the Tampa Bay game.

Los Angeles Chargers vs. New Orleans Saints Best Odds

  • When: Friday, Aug. 26, 8 p.m. ET
  • Moneyline: Chargers +100, Saints -115
  • Spread: Chargers +1, Saints -1
  • Total: 36.5

This game has the lowest total of all sixteen games this week, which suggests that it’ll be a game between two second teams as neither the Saints nor the Chargers have used many starters in the preseason thus far. Chase Daniel and Easton Stick split time under center for the Chargers last week, continuing their competition for the second string quarterback spot, but had very similar performances. Justin Herbert and the other starters have yet to play a single snap in preseason play which is set to continue this week and the Chargers are +100 on the moneyline as a result. The Saints have also kept their starters off the field so far, and with Jameis Winston coming back from injury this season, it’s important they take full advantage of rest time for him ahead of the regular season.

New England Patriots vs. Las Vegas Raiders Best Odds

  • When: Friday, Aug. 26, 8:15 p.m. ET
  • Moneyline: Patriots -105, Raiders -105
  • Spread: Patriots +1, Raiders -1
  • Total: 38

The Patriots started with their first team last week and had a bit of a slow start against Carolina’s second team, but ultimately won 20-10 and eventually gave their starters a breather. The Patriots could give starters some time this week, but at +1, it’s not likely against a Raiders team playing almost exclusively backups. Derek Carr has yet to play a snap this preseason, likely to continue to prepare for their regular season opener against the Chargers.

Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Atlanta Falcons Best Odds

  • When: Saturday, Aug. 27, 3 p.m. ET
  • Watch: NFL Network
  • Moneyline: Jaguars +165, Falcons -189
  • Spread: Jaguars +3, Falcons -3
  • Total: 37.5

The Jaguars are coming off of a one-point loss to the Steelers, marking their third straight loss in the preseason. Trevor Lawrence split snaps with his backups, which is expected again this week. Marcus Mariota and Desmond Ridder have had solid preseason performances. However, both teams have to work out significant kinks ahead of the regular season, so expect a lot of changes in the lineups and new faces to take the field.

Los Angeles Rams vs. Cincinnati Bengals Best Odds

  • When: Saturday, Aug. 27, 6 p.m. ET
  • Watch: NFL Network
  • Moneyline: Rams +115, Bengals -130
  • Spread: Rams +2.5, Bengals -2.5
  • Total: 39

This Super Bowl rematch will likely be another game of second stringers as the Rams prepare for the regular-season opener against the Bills, and Joe Burrow and the Bengals prepare to host the Steelers a few days later. Young recruits will be looking to prove their worth in two high-caliber teams.

Washington Commanders vs. Baltimore Ravens Best Odds

  • When: Saturday, Aug. 27, 7 p.m. ET
  • Moneyline: Commanders +220, Ravens -250
  • Spread: Commanders +6.5, Ravens -6.5
  • Total: 40

The Commanders will look to snap a two-game losing streak this preseason where they’ve utilized a mix of starters and backups. Carson Wentz split time with his backups and had a conservative showing, however Tyler Huntley proved himself to be a solid backup quarterback for the Ravens, posting a 92.9% adjusted completion rate last week. The Ravens have won an NFL record 22 preseason games in a row, and at -6.5 on the spread this week, this will likely become 23.

Chicago Bears vs. Cleveland Browns Best Odds

  • When: Saturday, Aug. 27, 7 p.m. ET
  • Moneyline: Bears +165, Browns -195
  • Spread: Bears +4.5, Browns -4.5
  • Total: 38

The Bears have sat most of their starters this preseason but Justin Fields saw a bit of time before the second team took over last week in their win in Seattle. Amid a hectic off-the-field situation, the Browns’ backups have shown promise. Joshua Dobbs took over under center last week and seemed to pick up the offense well. The new starting quarterback Jacoby Brissett will likely continue to rest until he fills the starting vacancy against the Panthers on Sept. 11.

Philadelphia Eagles vs. Miami Dolphins Best Odds

  • When: Saturday, Aug. 27, 7 p.m. ET
  • Moneyline: Eagles +120, Dolphins -135
  • Spread: Eagles +2.5, Dolphins -2.5
  • Total: 38

Gardner Minshew proved himself worthy of the backup quarterback position last week with a good showing while Jalen Hurts and the starters watched from the sides. Minshew is expected to play the majority of snaps this week. Meanwhile, Tua Tagovailoa and some starters got a few snaps in for the Dolphins before Skyler Thompson went 9 for 10 on 129 yards and a touchdown pass. We will likely see a lot of lineup changes from both sides this week as they try to finalize their rosters and work out problems.

Arizona Cardinals vs. Tennessee Titans Best Odds

  • When: Saturday, Aug. 27, 7 p.m. ET
  • Moneyline: Cardinals +130, Titans -150
  • Spread: Cardinals +3, Titans -3
  • Total: 38

Malik Willis and Tennessee’s other backup skill players have done well on their own so far this preseason while Derrick Henry and Ryan Tannehill are on the sidelines. Robert Woods is listed as questionable following his ACL tear in Week 10 last season – he has participated in training camp but it’s unclear when he will be back on the field. Kyler Murray was on the sidelines in the Cardinals’ loss to the Ravens and he is expected to stay there with the other starters until their big regular season opener against the Chiefs.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Indianapolis Colts Best Odds

  • When: Saturday, Aug. 27, 7:30 p.m. ET
  • Moneyline: Buccaneers +200, Colts -240
  • Spread: Buccaneers +5.5, Colts -5.5
  • Total: 38.5

Both the Buccaneers and the Colts got trumped last week. The Buccaneers finished the game against Tennessee touchdown-less while a failed two-point conversion at the end of the fourth quarter gave the Lions the win over the Colts. Tom Brady is finally back with the Bucs after his brief hiatus from the league and Matt Ryan is the new face of the Colts, but neither star is expected to play much until the regular season begins. Still, the Colts are a heavy favorite which suggests that even though Tom Brady is back, he’s not returning to the field until the Bucs play the Cowboys on their first game of the season.

Minnesota Vikings vs. Denver Broncos Best Odds

  • When: Saturday, Aug. 27, 9 p.m. ET
  • Watch: NFL Network
  • Moneyline: Vikings +115, Broncos -135
  • Spread: Vikings +2.5, Broncos -2.5
  • Total: 38.5

The Vikings backups fell to the 49ers backups last week in a 17-7 defeat; Denver almost exclusively played backups which didn’t go as planned. Neither Kirk Cousins nor Russell Wilson has played a preseason snap yet and we expect the same this week along with a lot of substitutions to get people on the field and the roster finalized.

New York Giants vs. New York Jets Best Odds

  • When: Sunday, Aug. 28, 1 p.m. ET
  • Watch: NFL Network
  • Moneyline: Giants +140, Jets -150
  • Spread: Giants +2.5, Jets – 2.5
  • Total: 38

The Giants have swept their preseason games with wins over the Patriots and the Bengals. Daniel Jones is showing some promise but the team has been met with critical injuries like top rookie linebacker Kayvon Thibodeaux and wide receiver Kadarius Toney. Joe Flacco is playing under center for the Jets while Zach Wilson is out recovering from surgery. Definitely expect starters to play ample time as these two teams will try and squeeze any last win that they can out of the 2022 season.

Detroit Lions vs. Pittsburgh Steelers Best Odds

  • When: Sunday, Aug. 28, 4:30 p.m. ET
  • Watch: CBS
  • Moneyline: Lions +150, Steelers -150
  • Spread: Lions +4, Steelers -3
  • Total: 39

The Steelers quarterback battle is heating up between Mitch Trubisky and Kenny Pickett, and maybe even Mason Rudolph. All three quarterbacks saw snaps last week. Jared Goff and most of the Lions’ starters have seen limited action this preseason. Against a Steelers team known for sacks, it’s important to keep Goff healthy and vertical, which likely means being kept on the sidelines.

NFL Preseason Week 2 Betting Recap

The second week of preseason betting produced much different results than the first. The under was a heavy winner when wagering on the point total, while the moneyline favorites did their job for the most part. Three different games produced point spread pushes in Week 2, which kept the spread record for the week relatively equal.

  • Moneyline: Favorites 10-5
  • Spread: Favorites 7-5-3
  • Total: Unders 9-6

There was a mixed bag of point totals, ranging from the Titans and Buccaneers game with 16 total points, to the Bills and Broncos game which produced 57 total points. Oddsmakers were predicting anywhere from 36 to 43 points across all sixteen games.

Betting Options During NFL Preseason

Because of the unpredictability of starting lineups during preseason, sportsbooks do not typically post player props until the regular season and stick strictly to moneyline, total, and spread options.

Many sportsbooks will also offer other betting options during preseason like same-game parlays, first half bets, and very select team prop bets.

  • First half: sportsbooks offer moneyline, spread, and totals for the first half of the game.
  • Same-game parlays: users can put together some same game parlays with the moneyline, spread, and/or point total.
  • Team props: some sportsbooks offer team prop bets like winning margin of a team or scoring minimums of each team
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