The Latest Buzz Around Odds, Spreads and Lines for NFL Week 3

Amelia AhlgrenContributor IIISeptember 19, 2012

ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 17:  Quarterback Matt Ryan #2 of the Atlanta Falcons looks to throw the ball against outside linebacker Von Miller #58 and defensive end Elvis Dumervil #92 of the Denver Broncos during a game at the Georgia Dome on September 17, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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With 20 NFL teams sporting 1-1 records, the professional-football landscape could give any sports bettor a headache going into Week 3.

Week 2 provided some stunning story lines that will translate into betting lines.

Here is a roundup of the Week 3 trends and surprises in Vegas.

Week 3's Biggest Line Move

The Chicago Bears vs. St. Louis Rams' line saw the most movement this week.

Sports bettors were obviously impressed with the Rams after they beat the RG3-led Washington Redskins.

Sam Bradford threw for over 300 yards and three touchdowns with just one pick as St. Louis slipped by the Skins.

Bettors were probably also swayed by the Bears' atrocious showing in Green Bay last Thursday.

Jay Cutler could hardly move the ball, throwing four interceptions on the day.

Worse, the Bears lost star running back Matt Forte in that matchup, and his status remains in question for Chicago's trip to St. Louis.

With Bradford playing hot and Chicago's offense struggling, 7.5 points is looking like a slightly large spread on this one. Chicago is 1-1 against the spread (ATS) this year.

Current Line: Chicago Bears -7.5

Week 3's Biggest Total Move

The Cincinnati Bengals vs. Washington Redskins matchup saw the biggest move this week.

Sports books had to adjust for the fact that Robert Griffin III is looking like the real deal. The quarterback has propelled Washington's offense to the top of the NFL.

With 526 passing yards and 124 rushing yards under his belt to date, RG3 is a large reason that the Redskins currently rank fourth in the league in total offense.

Accordingly, Vegas expects more points on the board out of this one on Sunday.

Current Line: Washington Redskins -3.5

Week 3's Line That Will Surprise

While the San Diego Chargers have the advantage of playing on their home turf, it's a surprise that Vegas lists them as three-point favorites over the Atlanta Falcons in Week 3.

The Chargers struggled against an Oakland team in Week 1 that got pummeled by the feeble Dolphins the very next week.

San Diego's win against Tennessee was certainly convincing, but nothing to write home about.

The 0-2 Titans have struggled without a run game, and their offense has suffered as a result.

The Falcons, on the other hand, walloped Kansas City in Week 1 and beat a head-turning Denver Broncos team in the Monday-night spotlight.

It seems like Atlanta should be favored here.

Current Line: San Diego Chargers -3

Full Week 3 NFL Odds Board


New York Giants (-1.5) vs. Carolina Panthers, Total: 51.5


St. Louis Rams vs. Chicago Bears (-7.5), Total: 44.5

Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Dallas Cowboys (-7), Total: 46.5

San Francisco 49ers (-7.5) vs. Minnesota Vikings, Total: 43.5

Detroit Lions (-3) vs. Tennessee Titans, Total: 46.5

Cincinnati Bengals vs. Washington Redskins (-3.5), Total: 49

New York Jets (-3) vs. Miami Dolphins, Total: 40

Kansas City Chiefs vs. New Orleans Saints (-9), Total: 53

Buffalo Bills (-3) vs. Cleveland Browns, Total: 43.5

Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Indianapolis Colts (-3), Total: 42

Philadelphia Eagles (-4) vs. Arizona Cardinals, Total: 43.5

Atlanta Falcons vs. San Diego Chargers (-3), Total: 47.5

Houston Texans (-1.5) vs. Denver Broncos, Total: 46

Pittsburgh Steelers (4.5) vs. Oakland Raiders, Total: 44.5

New England Patriots vs. Baltimore Ravens (-3), Total: 49


Green Bay Packers (-3.5) vs. Seattle Seahawks, Total: 47


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