NFL preseason Week 3 betting recap: Underdogs start off strong, but favorites rule the week

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Anthony Brown rushes for a touchdown in the second half of Saturday's preseason game against the Washington Commanders in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
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Baltimore Ravens quarterback Anthony Brown rushes for a touchdown in the second half of Saturday's preseason game against the Washington Commanders in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

The final week of the NFL preseason began with underdogs exceeding expectations, but that theme didn’t last.

Both Thursday games saw underdogs prevail in the Chiefs and Texans to kick off the week, but the favorites ended up roaring back to finish the week with a 9-5 record against the spread as opposed to 5-9 for the dogs.

A total of 10 favorites won straight up, as there was one favorite that didn’t cover in the Ravens, who were six-point favorites and won 17-15 over the Commanders to extend their preseason winning streak to a record 23 games.

While the majority of the favorites covered with ease, the battle of the New York teams came down to the wire against the spread, as the Jets were able to narrowly cover the three-point spread with a touchdown in the closing seconds.

Point totals were fairly evenly distributed this week unless like the first two weeks in which the over reigned supreme in Week 1 and the under performed better last week, as this week saw nine contests go over and seven go under.

This was the final week of NFL preseason action, with the NFL regular season set to kick off on Thursday, Sept. 8 with the Bills and the Rams set to take the field at 7:20 p.m. on NBC.

Odds courtesy of Caesars Sportsbook

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