NFL preseason 2013: Odds, betting preview for Week 3

Joe Nicholson-US PRESSWIRE

Kansas City continues to lose all of its preseason games and Seattle and Green Bay play a rematch of a controversial 2012 game. Who says betting the NFL preseason contains no drama or profit potential?

How ironic that a preseason rematch of last year's most controversial game has a spread of two points - exactly the result in the Seattle's 14-12 win over Green Bay?

The replacement NFL refs were still manning the field during last year's Week 3 contest. The Packers led the Seahawks 12-7 in the waning seconds of a Monday night game. QB Russell Wilson lofted a pass into the end zone, which appeared to have been intercepted by Packers defensive back M.D. Jennings. But as Jennings caught the ball, Seattle receiver Golden Tate caught Jennings, and a replacement referee awarded the Seahawks a touchdown and a victory.

That loss eventually cost Green Bay a spot in the NFC playoff seedings; the Packers then got bushwhacked by the 49ers in San Francisco.

So far this preseason the Packers have scored a total of 19 points, and the only QB to lead the offense on a touchdown drive is BJ Coleman, a second-year pro out of Tennessee-Chattanooga.

In the early betting, Seattle was favored by 2.5 points over Green Bay, but it has inched back to -2 at most sportsbooks tracked by OddsShark.com.

Week 3 of the NFL exhibition season is usually the time teams play their starters the most, a half or even sometimes three quarters, then resting them in Week 4, before heading into the start of the regular season.

It's also the time of year that betting against the Kansas City Chiefs is money in the bank. With an 0-2 ATS mark so far this August, Kansas City is now 5-30-1 ATS over 36 exhibition games. They are small dogs at Pittsburgh, which lost its first preseason home game in six seasons recently.

Also Friday night the Bears (1-1), under new head coach Marc Trestman, are favored by 3.5 points at the Raiders (1-1).

On Saturday, the Redskins (2-0) are two-point home favorites over the Bills (2-0); the Giants (1-1) were favored by 2.5 points over the Jets (1-1); the Broncos (1-1) are chalked at 6.5 points at home over the Rams (0-2); and the Cowboys (1-2) are favored by three points at home over the Bengals (2-0).

And for Sunday the Texans (2-0) are favored by 2.5 points at home over the Saints (2-0); while the Niners (1-1) are favored by 4.5 points over the visiting Vikings (0-2).

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