NFL betting: Where the action is in Week 3

Sep 21, 2013 |
We talk to sportsbooks about the betting patterns, sharp and public money, and where they see the lines ending up come kickoff Sunday.

Cleveland Browns at Minnesota Vikings - Open: -3.5, Move: -5, Move: -7

The anemic Cleveland Browns offense will play their first game since trading RB Trent Richardson. The Browns only had 112 rushing yards before the trade and now bettors are all over the Vikings.

"On Monday morning we got sharp action on the Vikes so we moved to -5," says Mike Perry of "Then, after the Browns announced they traded Trent Richardson, moved game to current number of 7."

According to Perry, 90 percent of cash is on the Vikings.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New England Patriots - Open: 44, Move: 43.5

Tom Brady and the Pats could very well be the most maligned 2-0 football team in recent memory. The Pats squeaked by both the Bills and Jets and haven't put too many points up on the board in the process. That said, the sharps and betting public have differing views on the total.

"There is a sharp versus public split on the total," an oddsmaker with BetDSI tells Covers. "Sharps are backing the over 43.5 and public money betting the under any number."

Green Bay Packers at Cincinnati Bengals - Open: +1, Move: +3

Aaron Rodgers carved up the Washington Redskins one week ago and sharps like the Packers to come out in Week 3 with a good showing in Cincy.

"Sharp action on the Packers on Monday afternoon caused us to move to present number of three," says Perry. "Eighty-six percent of the money is on the Packers."

San Diego Chargers at Tennessee Titans
- Open: 43.5

One thing sharps and the betting public can agree on is that there will be points on the board in Tennessee with the Chargers in town. The Bolts have started the season posting a 2-0 O/U record after their opening two games.

"Both sharp and public factions agree on the total Over in this match up," says an oddsmaker with BetDSI. "Sharps came in at the over 43.5 and the public is piling on creating a 5-to-1 bet and volume count here."

Green Bay Packers at Cincinnati Bengals - Open: 48.5, Move: 50.5

The Bengals running game could be hitting its stride as both Gio Bernard and BenJarvus Green-Ellis had very strong performances against Pittsburgh in Week 2. The Packers have appeared in two high-scoring affairs and are 2-0 O/U to start the season.

"Heavy majority of betting public is in love with the Over here," says Perry. "With 89 percent of cash on the Over, it has gone from 48.5 to 50.5."

Detroit Lions at Washington Redskins
- Open: -3, Move: -1

The Redskins haven't gotten off to the best start and the 1,023 yards conceded on defense is second last only to Philadelphia's 1,315. Lions QB Matthew Stafford and WR Calvin Johnson could be in for some big stats Sunday afternoon.

"Despite fact that Reggie Bush is dinged up, wiseguys like the Lions here, moving the line from +3 to +1," said Perry.

Atlanta Falcons at Miami Dolphins
- Open: Pick, Move: Dolphins -2

Miami has opened 2-0 SU to start the campaign and has appeased backers by starting out 2-0 ATS. They have an NFC heavyweight coming to town as the Dirty Birds will take their deadly aerial attack to south Florida.

"Dolphin fans should be more vocal than usual, as their squad is undefeated for their home opener," Perry says. "Game opened a pick 'em and now the Dolphins are -2."

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