Where the action is: Betting Week 3 of the NFL


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Now that we’ve moved on to the third week of the NFL season, oddsmakers and bettors are starting to get a better idea of where certain football teams stand.

This week, we talk to Michael Stewart of online shop CarbonSports.ag about where the action is on a couple of the bigger games on Sunday’s board.

Cincinnati Bengals at Baltimore Ravens – Open: -2.5, Move: -3, Move: -2.5

The Bengals have just about been as good as it gets through the first two weeks of the NFL season. The AFC North leaders roll into Baltimore 2-0 straight up and against the spread and have posted a record of 3-0 SU and ATS in their last three meetings with the Ravens.

Baltimore is a tough place to visit under Joe Flacco’s guidance in September, however. The Ravens have registered a mark of 13-1 SU (10-4 ATS) in Flacco’s home games in the month.

With such a tight contest between two division rivals, there has been some decent two-way action with kickoff approaching.

“We opened this game with the Ravens as 2.5-point faves at home versus the Bengals and we have seen good two-way action on this game with a slight edge to the Ravens with 56 percent of that action,” Stewart tells Covers. “We keep seeing steady two-way action on this game and it looks like we will be sticking to our original number of Ravens -2.5.”

San Francisco 49ers at Arizona Cardinals – Open: -6.5, Move: -6, Move: -6.5

Speaking of division rivalries, the 49ers head into Arizona fresh off of a dismal showing against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 2. It won’t get any easier for the Niners as the Cardinals have started in fine fashion on the field and at the betting window, covering the spread by 10 points in Week 1 and a whopping 23 points in Week 2.

Cards quarterback Carson Palmer has looked fantastic through two games and has won eight straight games when starting under center. The Cards have gone 7-1 ATS in those previous eight Palmer starts.

“We opened this game at Cardinals as 6.5-point faves at home to the 49ers and some some sharp action come in on the 49ers mid-week to push the line to Cards -6,” Stewart says. “With the public backing the favorite, we moved back to Cards -6.5 Thursday and that is where we currently sit with 67 percent of the spread action on the Cardinals to cover.”

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