Week 3 of the National Football League is here, and the Arizona Cardinals are one of nine teams in the league without a win. Four of them are in the NFC, and five of them are out of the AFC.
Looking at the betting odds for Week 3, the Cardinals are once again one of the biggest underdogs for the week.
Let’s look at a few of the games to look out for in Week 3 of the National Football League.
Arizona Cardinals +11.5 vs. Dallas Cowboys; 43.5
The Cardinals held a 28-7 lead over the New York Giants on Sunday. The Cardinals saw New York score the final 24 points of the game, and they fell to 0-2. Arizona now has a tough one on their slate as they see the unbeaten Dallas Cowboys.
The same Dallas Cowboys team that smacked the Giants in Week One by 40 points. Arizona is going to have to get something going consistently on the offensive side. Dak Prescott has been pretty strong so far in taking care of the football, and the fluke touchdown the Cardinals got against Daniel Jones is not likely to be a trend.
James Conner is also going to have to be more effective on the ground. Suppose they can get those going and play a little defense, maybe, just maybe. But until we see those things get done, Dallas is much better and should roll.
Carolina Panthers +6 at Seattle Seahawks; 41.5
The Carolina Panthers cannot score. The transition for Bryce Young and the Panthers offense was a little more in-depth than the team felt it would be.
Young has not been terrible, but the Panthers cannot keep the ball moving. Seattle is coming off a very emotional come from behind, overtime win.
Look for the Seahawks to keep the momentum going and blow the doors off a young, inexperienced Carolina team at home. Seattle by double digits on Sunday!
Chicago Bears +12.5 at Kansas City Chiefs; 47.5
The biggest spread of the weekend is in Kansas City. This is also a late afternoon game. The Chicago Bears have been nothing but a dumpster fire in the first two weeks of the season. Now, they are a dumpster fire off the field, with their defensive coordinator resigning after two weeks and Justin Fields blaming the coaches.
Kansas City got back on track with a road win in Jacksonville, and now are getting back home. The home fans are going to want to see a better result than the first time they played there this year. Patrick Mahomes and Travis Kelce with a week of practice?
Look out, Chicago, a team that could not slow down Green Bay’s offense, or Mike Evans last week. The Chiefs winning big seems the likely scenario here.
Los Angeles Chargers pk at Minnesota Vikings; 54.5
The highest-scoring game on the Week 3 slate. The Los Angeles Chargers and Minnesota Vikings both come into this game winless. Both teams find ways to lose nearly each and every week of the season. The hot seat for head coach Brandon Staley in Los Angeles is getting hotter and hotter.
Austin Ekeler missed last week and is questionable in this game. There is no doubt the Chargers offense needs him. For Minnesota, Justin Jefferson has been a yards monster but has yet to get into the end zone. The Vikings had a little extra rest for this game with playing on Thursday in Week 2.
Minnesota added Cam Akers from the Rams to their running back crew, but do not expect him to get a ton of time here. Alexander Mattison will still be the guy, and he is going to run wild on the Chargers. Minnesota is going to win this game at home.
Los Angeles Rams +3 at Cincinnati Bengals; 43.5
A recent Super Bowl Matchup. The Rams are 1-1 following their loss to the 49ers last weekend. Sean Mcvay clearly likes to cover point spreads. But Week 3 could be a tough one for him to cover. The Bengals are going to get back on track sooner rather than later.
While the status of quarterback Joe Burrow is in question, we expect him to give it a go and have a day. Who is going to defend JaMarr Chase? Finally, the former LSU star gets going to do it in front of a national stage. The Bengals take care of this one at home.
Enjoy Week 3 of the National Football League season. Go Cardinals!