Sunday’s NFL Preseason Week 3 Betting Primer


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The third week of the NFL preseason concludes with two on the board Sunday. With this being the last time before the regular season most starters will see action and camp injuries claiming plenty of players already, it can be hard to stay on top of the action.

Houston Texans at New Orleans Saints (-3.5, 43.5)

* The Texans named Brian Hoyer their starting quarterback this week so expect him to roll with the ones into the 3rd quarter. Last season’s No. 1 overall pick, defensive end JaDaveon Clowney returned to practice this week, but won’t be playing in the preseason as the Texans hope to have him ready for Week 1.

* Everyone’s biggest concern with the Saints is that Drew Brees lost the majority of his pass catchers this offseason. So look to see if Brees can create some chemistry with rookie wide receiver Brandon Coleman, who has reportedly been dominating practice, but has yet to make an impact in games.

Arizona Cardinals at Oakland Raiders (PK, 40)

* Former Titans and Jets running back Chris Johnson was recently signed by the Cardinals and despite just returning to practice this week CJ2K could see some action against Oakland. It will be interesting to see if he has any juice left in those legs and how the carries get split between him and the other backs.

* The third week of the preseason is usually the game teams us as their final tune up heading into the regular season, but with all the injuries teams have suffered Raiders coach Jack Del Rio might take a more conservative approach with his starters in this game.

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