Week 3 of the NFL season is almost upon us, which means it’s time to look ahead and start making some picks for the weekend games. We are off to an okay start with our SU selections this season, going 4-2 through the opening 2 weeks, but we can certainly do better. That said, we always try to avoid taking the obvious slam dunk picks, choosing instead to go with matchups that the bookies see as being closer than most. We will follow that format again this week as we try to break down the action. There are several teams who already look to be in trouble, as well as a couple more who have the makings of being a dark horse this season. I’m looking at you, Las Vegas Raiders. Without further ado, let’s get to our NFL SU picks for Week 3 so you can get ready to make your bets against the NFL odds.
NFL Betting | Straight-Up Picks for Week 3 of the 2021 Season
Pittsburgh Steelers over Cincinnati Bengals
We all knew that the AFC North was likely going to be strong this season, but the general consensus was that the Bengals would be sitting well off the pace. They have not been as bad as advertised through the opening couple of weeks and come into Week 3 with a 1-1- record. That is the same mark as the Pittsburgh Steelers, who stunned everyone with a road win against the Buffalo Bills in their season opener before losing to the Raiders. This is a matchup that the Steelers have dominated over the years, winning 9 of the last 10, which includes 5 in a row at home. The Steelers D is already a little banged up, but I like them to still get the win here.
Tennessee Titans over Indianapolis Colts
Even at this early stage of the season, you have to say that this game is incredibly important for both teams. The Titans are favored to win the AFC South and finally looked like what we expected in Week 2 after getting blown out by Arizona in their season opener. Things are a little more problematic in Indianapolis, as the Colts will fall to 0-3 if they fail to win this weekend. There are not a lot of teams who have historically bounced back from that type of start to have a successful season. Making matters worse for Indy is that QB Carson Wentz is doubtful for this weekend. While the Colts have made a habit of winning in Tennessee, I think they are in trouble here.
Seattle Seahawks over Minnesota Vikings
The Seattle Seahawks are at their best when they strike the right balance between offense as defense, which is what they did in Week 1 with a 28-16 win over the Colts. They are not as effective when they get sucked into a shootout like they did last week in a 33-30 loss to the Titans. I think that their offense is more than good enough to keep the Vikings O off the field, which would prevent them from getting into shootout mode with a dangerous team. That has worked for them in the past against Minnesota, as the Seahawks have won 7 in a row against their Week 3 opponents. I like them to make it 8 in a row this weekend.