If there’s one thing that football fans have in common, it’s that we all tend to overreact to a single game. In Week 1, we saw several potential Super Bowl winners lose, causing a lot of people to begin questioning those teams. We should all know by now that the cream always seems to find a way to rise to the top over the course of a full season. That said, there are a couple of teams who already look to be in some serious trouble, and while there is still plenty of time for things to change, you do look at teams like Atlanta and the two New York teams and wonder where a win will come from this season. We are not looking at wins in this piece, though, as this is all about picking ATS in Week 3. At 2-4, we are off to a slow start with our ATS picks, so let’s see if we can change that this week. With all that in mind, let’s jump right into action so you can keep betting against the NFL odds.
Week 3 ATS Picks for the 2021 Season | NFL Betting
Carolina Panthers (-7 ½) at Houston Texans
Sometimes, all it takes is a change of scenery for a player to begin to thrive in the NFL. That certainly seems to be the case with Panthers QB Sam Darnold, as he has looked very good in the opening two weeks of the season after being shipped out by the New York Jets. The Panthers are 2-0 after putting in a very good performance against the New Orleans Saints in Week 2. They will now hit the road to face Houston in the Thursday night game, and there are a lot of reasons to like the Panthers in primetime. They are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games, but perhaps more importantly, they have covered the spread in 7 straight road games.
Baltimore Ravens (-9) at Detroit Lions
Heading into the 4th quarter in their Week 2 games versus the Kansas City Chiefs, it looked as though the Ravens were about to fall to 0-2. Down by 11, they put on a show in the final quarter and came away with the win. It’s the type of win that can prove to be a major turning point in a season, which could be bad news for a Detroit Lions heading into the weekend on a short week after losing to Green Bay on Monday night. It should be noted that Baltimore is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 visits to Detroit, but their recent form is much more convincing. That includes covering the spread in 8 of their last 10 games. I think the Ravens look like double-digit winners in this one.
Miami Dolphins at Las Vegas Raiders (-4)
This is a line that could potentially change as we await the status of Miami QB Tua Tagovailoa, who left the Week 2 game with a rib injury. Tagovailoa is listed as day-to-day, but the chances are strong that Jacoby Brissett will get the start. That puts a question mark on the 1-1 Dolphins, but even if Tua was under center, I still think they would have a tough time against a Raiders team that has looked very good through the opening 2 weeks of the season. The Raiders have beaten two good teams and covered as the underdog in both games. They are now 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games played in the month of September.
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