Underdogs Sting Bookies Battle Contestants in Week 3, Plus NFL Week 4 Contest Lines

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Bills -4.5 at Dolphins was a Week 3 loser for most Bookies Battle 2022 contestants (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee )

Time to pick it up, bookmakers!

After a second-straight week with just five winners, consensus picks in Bookies Battle 2022 are 17-30-1 against the spread through three weeks of the NFL season.

A heavy chalk lean did not work out well for the majority of contestants in Week 3, as underdogs hit at a 10-5-1 clip against the contest lines.

Eagles, laying a soft -4 at Washington, covered for 71% of our bookmakers, and Ravens -3 (at Patriots), Bengals -5 (at Jets), and Rams -4 (at Cardinals) also got there as favorites. Lions +7 (vs. Vikings) was the other winner for the consensus.

NFL Week 3 Consensus Picks Results, Bookies Battle 2022

Consensus PickContest LineClosing LineOpponent% of PlaysW/L
PIT Steelers+5+4.5CLE Browns74%
Loss
DET Lions+7+6.5MIN Vikings71%
Win
PHI Eagles-4-6WAS Commanders71%Win
LA Chargers-7-6.5JAX Jaguars
69%Loss
BUF Bills-4.5-4.5MIA Dolphins66%
Loss
SF 49ers-1.5-1.5DEN Broncos64%
Loss
BAL Ravens-3-2.5NE Patriots63%
Win
CIN Bengals-5-6.5NY Jets63%
Win
LV Raiders-1-2.5TEN Titans61%
Loss
SEA Seahawks-1.5-1ATL Falcons59%
Loss
CHI Bears-3-3HOU Texans58%
Push
TB Buccaneers-2.5-1.5GB Packers56%
Loss
KC Chiefs-7-5IND Colts55%
Loss
LA Rams-4-3.5ARI Cardinals54%
Win
NO Saints-2.5-2CAR Panthers54%
Loss
NY Giants-2.5-1DAL Cowboys51%
Loss

Who’s Picking Winners?

While Carlos Bastidas (Westgate Superbook) and Anthony Nevill (Treasure Island) each picked 11 winners to lead Week 3, the five contestants who picked 10 winners – including the two most recent Bookies Battle champions – all reside near the top of the standings.

A pair of contestants named CaseyLewless (Margaritaville Bossier City) and Degnon (Westgate SuperBook) — are tied for first heading into Week 4, with 28-19 records on the season. Kalen Carlisle (Wynn) shares first place in the standings.

At 27-20, Randy Madayag (BetMGM) – who won the 2020 version of this contest – and Robert Kowalski (Baldini’s Casino) are tied for second.

Just a point behind, we have defending champ Max Schmerin (Rivers Casino Pittsburgh), Michael Hastey (DraftKings at Casino Queen), and Seamus Magee (BetMGM).

There are two weeks remaining in the first quarterly contest of the season. The contestants with the most winners cash $500 and earn a spot in the playoff portion of the contest. With a tight group of several contestants near the top, this is likely to be settled via tiebreaker with the Week 5 MNF game between the Raiders and Chiefs.

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Week 4 Contest Lines

Eighteen of the 48 games this season have been decided by three points or fewer, the most in NFL history through three weeks, and the Week 4 contest lines reflect what’s been a season of parity. Seven of the 16 games are lined within the key number ‘3’, and four ask the favorite to lay a field goal plus the hook.

Matchup and Contest Line
MIA Dolphins @ CIN Bengals (-3.5)
MIN Vikings (-3) @ NO Saints
NY Jets @ PIT Steelers (-3.5)
JAX Jaguars @ PHI Eagles (-6.5)
TEN Titans @ IND Colts (-3.5)
LA Chargers (-5) @ HOU Texans
SEA Seahawks @ DET Lions (-6)
WAS Commanders @ DAL Cowboys (-3)
CHI Bears @ NY Giants (-3)
BUF Bills (-3.5) @ BAL Ravens
CLE Browns (-1.5) @ ATL Falcons
ARI Cardinals @ CAR Panthers (-1.5)
NE Patriots @ GB Packers (-10.5)
DEN Broncos @ LV Raiders (-2)
KC Chiefs (-2) @ TB Buccaneers
LA [email protected] SF 49ers (-2.5)

Bookies Battle is a contest among bookmakers across the legal US sports betting industry, including some of the most expert oddsmakers in the business. Follow along with the contest here.

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Marcus DiNitto

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