There’s been an early move toward the Buccaneers for their Week 3 visit to Los Angeles, as the matchup of NFC favorites has been adjusted from Rams -2.5 to pick ‘em since opening numbers were hung at SuperBook USA in Las Vegas on Sunday night.
Per the futures market, these teams are the likeliest to represent the NFC in Super Bowl LVI. Tom Brady’s Bucs own the shortest odds (available for +280 at BetMGM), with the Rams priced as the second choice (+650 at PointsBet and FanDuel).
Both teams are off to 2-0 starts. In Week 2 action Sunday, a late Matt Gay field goal helped the Rams to a 27-24 win over the Colts, who were missing QB Carson Wentz for their last two offensive possessions, but L.A. failed to cover as 4-point favorites. Meanwhile, the Falcons kept things close through three quarters in Tampa Bay, before the Bucs (-12) pulled away in the fourth to get the cash in a 48-25 victory.
The total for this Week 3 showdown also saw a big early move, bet up to 54.5 from a 52.5 opener. The Bucs and Rams have combined to go 4-0 to the OVER through the season’s first two weeks.
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Opening & Early Week 3 Moves
Below is a quick rundown of consensus point spread and totals for the rest of the Week 3 card:
Carolina Panthers (-7.5, 43) at Houston Texans
Bettors were eager to lay the opening number of -7 with the undefeated Panthers. While The Texans have also surpassed market expectations, going 2-0 against the spread out of the gate, they’re expected to start third-string rookie Davis Mills in place of an injured Tyrod Taylor on Thursday night, per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
Washington Football Team at Buffalo Bills (-9)
Bills -9.5 proved too rich for bettors’ taste, as the number has adjusted down to as low as 8.5 at DraftKings.
Chicago Bears at Cleveland Browns (-7.5, 46.5)
The Bears have been available for +8 and the Browns for -7 in early wagering. While Andy Dalton went down with a knee injury during Chicago’s 20-17 win over his former team, the Bengals, he was replaced by who may be the team’s better option at quarterback, rookie Justin Fields.
Baltimore Ravens (-9, 49.5) at Detroit Lions
While this game has been as cheap as Ravens -8.5, it’s up to -9.5 at Circa Sports, after Baltimore’s upset over the Chiefs on Sunday night. The Lions are 11.5-point dogs in their Monday night visit to Lambeau Field.
Arizona Cardinals (-7, 52) at Jacksonville Jaguars
We’re seeing +7.5 (-120) at WynnBet for underdog bettors willing to lay the extra vig. A bet on the winless Jags against the 2-0 Cards will take some gumption, of course, as Urban Meyer and Trevor Lawrence try to find their way in the NFL.
Los Angeles Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs (-6.5, 55.5)
The Chiefs have been adjusted downward, from -7 to -6.5 since their Sunday night loss in Baltimore, but they’re sure to draw public money at the shorter number.
New Orleans Saints at New England Patriots (-3, 43)
Bettors laid Pats -2.5 as wagering opened, prompting an adjustment to the key number.
Atlanta Falcons at New York Giants (-3, 48)
Oddsmakers will be reluctant to move this game off ‘3’, but several are attaching -120 juice on the home favorite and offering dog bettors even-money.
Cincinnati Bengals at Pittsburgh Steelers (-4.5, 44.5)
The SuperBook listed Pittsburgh as a 7-point favorite over the Bengals in advanced wagering last week, but after the Steelers’ unimpressive showing in a home loss to the Raiders on Sunday, the book reopened Pitt -4, before a quick move to -4.5.
Indianapolis Colts at Tennessee Titans (-5, 50)
With the sudden jump from -3.5 to as high as -5.5 (Caesars Sportsbook), there’s anticipation among the betting market that Wentz will not be able to go in this AFC South battle.
New York Jets at Denver Broncos (-11, 41.5)
The Broncos are off to a 2-0 start, both wins coming on the road against less-than-threatening opponents, and their home opener doesn’t figure to be any more challenging. WynnBET is dealing Jets +11.5 for the brave gamblers among us.
Miami Dolphins at Las Vegas Raiders (-4, 45.5)
Despite the uncertainty at quarterback in Miami, there’s been early interest in the dog here, as DraftKings move from Raiders -5.5 to -4 since Sunday night. While Tua Tagovailoa was on the long list of QBs sustaining injuries Sunday, backup Jacoby Brissett has plenty of experience in this league.
Seattle Seahawks (-1.5, 55) at Minnesota Vikings
The early line adjustment was toward to home dog, as the Vikes opened +2.5 in Las Vegas after Greg Joseph’s potential game-winning field-goal attempt drifted wide right in Arizona, while Seattle blew a huge deal and lost in overtime to the Titans.
Green Bay Packers at San Francisco 49ers (-4, 47.5)
There’s been some early interest in the Packers in next Sunday’s primetime affair, as some books moved to San Fran -3.5 while Green Bay prepares for its Monday night game against Detroit.
Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys (-4, 51)
Two-way action has bounced the number for this early battle for NFC East supremacy between 3.5 and 4 around the betting market.