Sunday’s NFL Week 3 preseason betting primer – 08-24-2014

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The NFC West will be the focus of Sunday’s NFL
preseason sked, with the San Francisco 49ers and Arizona
Cardinals hosting the final two games of Week 3. Here’s a look
at Sunday’s matchups:

San Diego Chargers at San Francisco 49ers
(-5.5, 41.5)

* The Chargers will have first-round pick Jason Verrett
in the lineup against San Francisco; the standout cornerback
missed the first two preseason games working his way back
from offseason shoulder surgery. But San Diego will be
without linebacker Manti Te’o (foot), and will likely go with
veteran Kavell Conner to take Te’o’s place alongside Donald
Butler.

Fans and bettors should keep an eye on
field conditions, after the 49ers were forced to replace the
turf at Levi’s Stadium earlier this week due to uneven sod
patches, large divots and a host of other issues. Running
back LaMichael James is ahead of schedule in his return from
a dislocated elbow and is expected to make his preseason
debut.

Cincinnati Bengals at Arizona Cardinals
(-2.5, 42.5)

* Bengals defensive tackle Geno Atkins – sidelined
since last October after suffering a torn ACL – will make his
much anticipated return Sunday; he’s expected to start the
game and play two or three series. The first-team offense
will look to continue humming along – having scored on all
four drives it has played so far – while the second-team unit
needs a strong performance after struggling in each of the
first two games.

* Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer faces his former
team having looked sensational in the preseason; that said,
head coach Bruce Arians likely won’t play Palmer as much as
other first-team quarterbacks in Week 3, and may even take
him out before halftime. Starting running back Andre
Ellington has just four carries in the preseason but should
see more action, hoping to bolster a run attack averaging
just 2.5 yards per carry through two games.

 

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