Week 3 NFL Opening Odds: Saints, Bears Biggest Favorites

FOXBORO, MA - NOVEMBER 06: Dan Gronkowski #87 of the New England Patriots carries the ball in the fourth quarter against the New York Giants on November 6, 2011 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts. The New York Giants defeated the New England Patriots 24-20. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

The Patriots are almost never underdogs and they pack a mean bite in that role. Will the Ravens feel the bite in Week 3? Can the Bears and Saints cover as the week's biggest favorites?

A pair of teams coming off humbling losses are the two biggest favorites on the Week 3 NFL opening odds menu, just days after underdogs paid off bigtime.

And one team that is almost never an underdog finds itself in that role as well.

Chicago was handled by Green Bay, but opened as 10-point chalk against the visiting St. Louis Rams. That number was quickly bet down to -7.5 at several books, including Top Bet.

And New Orleans, now sitting 0-2 after losing twice as favorites so far in 2012, opened as 9.5-point home chalk against the Chiefs, a team that has been hammered twice already.


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New England opened as 2.5-point underdogs at Baltimore, just the sixth time since 2009 that the Pats have been underdogs. In case you were wondering, they are 5-1 ATS in those games. Go back to 2006 and they are 10-3 ATS in 13 games as a dog, according to the NFL odds database.

Home underdogs were 4-0 SU and ATS in Week 2 and there are eight home underdogs in Week 3 (nine if the line moves against Denver as expected as they host Houston).

There are only six unbeaten teams after two weeks and that number is a sure bet to dwindle in Week 3, because the Arizona Cardinals host the Philadelphia Eagles and the San Diego Chargers host the Atlanta Falcons.

Check out the NFL opening lines, watch for odds updates at SBNation throughout the week.

NY Giants -1 at Carolina +1, Total 52 - Matchup Report

Trends: NY Giants are 5-0 SU in their last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Carolina's last 7 games when playing NY Giants

NY Jets -2.5 at Miami +2.5, Total 39.5 - Matchup Report

Trends: The total has gone OVER in 16 of the NY Jets last 21 games on the road
Miami is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home

St. Louis +9 at Chicago -9, Total 44.5 - Matchup Report

Trends: The total has gone UNDER in 6 of St. Louis's last 8 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Chicago's last 7 games at home

San Francisco -8 at Minnesota +8, Total 43.5 - Matchup Report

Trends: San Francisco is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Minnesota's last 6 games at home

Buffalo -2.5 at Cleveland +2.5, Total 43.5 - Matchup Report

Trends: The total has gone OVER in 5 of Buffalo's last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Cleveland's last 5 games at home

Kansas City +10 at New Orleans -10, Total 54 - Matchup Report

Trends: The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Kansas City's last 13 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of New Orleans's last 5 games

Tampa Bay +8 at Dallas -8, Total 46.5 - Matchup Report

Trends: The total has gone OVER in 5 of Tampa Bay's last 6 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Dallas's last 5 games

Detroit -2.5 at Tennessee +2.5, Total 47 - Matchup Report

Trends: The total has gone OVER in 9 of Detroit's last 11 games on the road
Tennessee is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing Detroit

Jacksonville +3 at Indianapolis -3, OFF - Matchup Report

Trends: The total has gone OVER in 5 of Jacksonville's last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Indianapolis's last 6 games

Cincinnati +3.5 at Washington -3.5, Total 49 - Matchup Report

Trends: The total has gone OVER in 4 of Cincinnati's last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Washington's last 5 games at home

Philadelphia -4 at Arizona +4, Total 43.5 - Matchup Report

Trends: Philadelphia is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Arizona is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home

Atlanta +3 at San Diego -3, OFF - Matchup Report

Trends: Atlanta is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing San Diego
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of San Diego's last 5 games when playing Atlanta

Houston PK at Denver PK, OFF - Matchup Report

Trends: The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Houston's last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 12 of Denver's last 16 games at home

Pittsburgh -4.5 at Oakland +4.5, Total 44 - Matchup Report

Trends: The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Pittsburgh's last 5 games when playing on the road against Oakland
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Oakland's last 5 games at home

New England +2.5 at Baltimore -2.5, Total 49.5 - Matchup Report

Trends: New England is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Baltimore is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home

Green Bay -3.5 at Seattle +3.5, Total 47 - Matchup Report

Trends: Green Bay is 10-1 SU in its last 11 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Seattle's last 8 games at home

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