NFL Preseason Week 3 is when the training wheels come off, at least for a quarter of action. With that in mind, there are a few underdogs that you should keep an eye on this week if you want to cash in on the straight-up money line.
NFL Preseason Week 3 Straight-Up Moneyline Upset Alerts
Baltimore Ravens vs. Philadelphia Eagles +168
After two games, the Ravens have looked like one of the teams to beat in the AFC. What’s really impressive is how the offense has shined with 29 points against Jacksonville and 26 versus Green Bay. Baltimore’s bench players aren’t making mistakes. However, the Eagles will play some starters in this one and Baltimore might want to give Lamar Jackson a rest.
Upset Alert: Philadelphia Eagles +168
Green Bay Packers vs. Oakland Raiders +115
The Raiders are 2-0 in the preseason. But, it’s now or never for Green Bay’s offense to gel. Unfortunately for Green Bay, Rodgers is listed as day-to-day. No way Matt LaFleur takes a gamble in a preseason game. Raiders take this one as a slight dog.
Upset Alert: Oakland Raiders +115
Arizona Cardinals +220 vs. Minnesota Vikings
In the preseason Week 2 loss to the Raiders, Kyler Murray only threw 8 passes. Eventually, Kliff Kingsbury must give Murray more than just a single series, or even just two, in a pro football game. Murray should play at least a half on Saturday, he didn’t look good in the second preseason game, which means the Cards have a big shot to upset the Vikings on the road.
Upset Pick: Arizona Cardinals
Denver Broncos vs. L.A. Rams
Sean McVeigh doesn’t like to do much with his first-team during the offseason. Most NFL coaches want to play their starters for the majority of the third preseason game. McVeigh won’t. Part of the reason is that his offensive line is iffy. The Broncos should give Joe Flacco some work while it remains to be seen if the Rams are capable of stopping the run. Denver wins.
Upset Pick: Denver Broncos
Pittsburgh Steelers +120 vs. Tennessee Titans
Pittsburgh is undefeated in two preseason games. Both were at Heinz Field. This is on the road versus the Titans in Nashville. Whether the Steelers give the most playing time to Ben Roethlisberger, rookie Mason Rudolph, or Joshua Dobbs, it won’t matter. They should beat the Titans who, again, will try to figure out if Marcus Mariota or Ryan Tannehill is their starting quarterback.