Best Bets for NFL Preseason Week 3 – Saturday, August 28 (2021)

| August 27, 2021 8:41 am PDT

There are seven NFL preseason games on Saturday, August 28, and some of those games look like matchups ideal for betting.

I’m now going to preview a couple of the most interesting ones, as well as provide my betting predictions.

Here’s a look at my NFL preseason predictions and top betting picks for week three in 2021.

Buffalo Bills to Beat Green Bay Packers

Green Bay Packers at Buffalo Bills is a clash between a team with a 100% record in the preseason and a team with zero wins this summer. You might be surprised to learn that the loser in this story is Green Bay, the team that finished at the top of the NFC in the regular season.

However, there’s a simple explanation behind this – the Packers’ coach let backups run the show in the preseason games.

The reason behind his decision is obvious; Matt LaFleur has no intention of risking injuries to his best players, especially his starting quarterback, Aaron Rodgers.

Rodgers was off the field in both previous preseason games. This explains why the Packers scored only 21 points in total, despite playing against some of the worst teams in the NFL – Houston Texans and New York Jets.

Meanwhile, the Buffalo Bills beat both of their preseason opponents. They beat the Lions in Week 1, then destroyed the Bears in Week 2. The score in that game was 41-15.

The score might not surprise you, but what’s surprising is that Bills’ coach left most of his key men out of the game. So, why did the Bills win? Because their backups are fantastic.

This goes especially for Buffalo’s backup quarterbacks, Davis Webb and Mitch Trubisky. Against the Lions, Webb made 11-of-16 passes for 90 yards and one touchdown. Against the Bears, Trubisky went 20-of-28 for 221 yards and one touchdown.

The Bills also did very well with rushing in the game against the Bears, with Reggie Gilliam scoring two rushing touchdowns and Devin Singletary passing the TD line once.

All of those players will probably get to play on Saturday and I expect them to do even better this time. After all, they’ll be playing in front of their fans for the first time this summer.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers to Beat Houston Texans

The Bucs lost their previous two, preseason games; the Texans won both of theirs. In the final week of the 2021 preseason, the two teams meet at NRG Stadium, the home of the Texans.

All of this could make you think that the home team is the favorite, but that’s not the case. It’s because Bruce Arians is planning to play all of his starters in the first half of the game.

Yes, that includes Tom Brady, but also Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, Rob Gronkowski, and all the others.

Knowing that these are the guys that won the Super Bowl in February, you can see why I think they’re going to demolish the Texans.

The big question is whether one half will be enough for the Bucs to grab a win? Once Arians takes his superstars off the field, the Texans will take over the dominance. However, I do believe the Bucs’ backups are good enough not to embarrass themselves on Saturday.

New Orleans Saints to Beat Arizona Cardinals

The biggest question for the New Orleans Saints in 2021 is who’s going to replace Drew Brees as the starting QB? Judging by what we saw in Week 2 of the preseason, Jameis Winston might be the man.

What we saw was Winston making 9-of-10 passes for 123 yards and two touchdowns against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

His main rival for the starting QB role, Taysom Hill, also did very well in that game. He threw 11-of-20 for 138 yards and one touchdown.

The two will probably share the playing time in the game against the Cardinals, which will take place at Superdome. With the support of their fans, I expect the Saints to do equally as well as they did against the Jags.

Can the Cardinals do something about it? Maybe, if they improve their offense, which was dreadful in the previous game. Against the Chiefs last Friday, the Cardinals’ offense gained minus-1 net yards.

Arizona’s starting QB Kyler Murray went 1-for-4 on passing, for only two yards against Kansas City. In the same game, he got sacked two times.

Still, it’s very likely that we’re not going to witness a vintage performance by Arizona’s offense. The thing is, their coach will probably keep the starters’ playing time to a minimum, letting the backups show what they have.

Predictions for Other Week 3 Preseason Games

  • Baltimore Ravens to beat Washington Football Team
  • Tennessee Titans to beat Chicago Bears
  • Denver Broncos to beat Los Angeles Rams
  • Seattle Seahawks to beat Los Angeles Chargers

The Ravens demolished the Panthers in Week 2, with the final score 20-3 in Baltimore’s favor. Their defense was superb, and the same should be the case this time.

The only worry is that the WFT are also good when defending is concerned, meaning that kickers will be the ones to decide the outcome of the game.

The Tennessee Titans won both of their previous two preseason games thanks to brilliant defending. They conceded only three points in each of those games.

What’s even more impressive is that they faced two pretty tough offenses, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Atlanta Falcons. I think they will continue playing well defensively, which could result in another victory.

The Rams have some sensational starters – Matt Stafford, Aaron Donald, and the like – but they probably aren’t going to play against the Broncos.

Head coach Sean McVay has been pretty adamant about keeping Stafford in bubble wrap, after all.

“There is zero chance you will ever seen Matthew Stafford take a snap in the preseason for the Rams as long as I’m the coach. That will never happen.”

Okay, so more like definitely than probably, right?

Instead, it’s the Rams backups who will be on the field on Saturday. The trouble is that they’re not very good. Evidence of this is they lost to the Chargers 13-6, followed by a defeat to the Raiders 17-16.

The final game on Saturday is the clash between the Seahawks and the Chargers, played in Seattle. The home team is without a win in the preseason, coming off a really embarrassing performance last Saturday against the Broncos.

We saw them losing 30-3 in front of more than 68,000 fans at Lumen Field. The same mustn’t happen again; in fact, I think the Seahawks will finish off the preseason with a win.

My Best Bets for Saturday’s Preseason Action

Buffalo Bills -7.5-110
Tampa Bay Buccaneers -3.5-110
New Orleans Saints – 3.5-110
Baltimore Ravens vs. WFT – Under 31.5 points-110

There you have it – my top bets for Saturday’s Week 3 NFL preseason action. If you’re wondering why I think these picks will win, let me elaborate.

The Bills won their previous game by a 26-points margin. I think they could surely cover the eight-point spread against the Packers.

The Bucs will have their starters play one entire half, which should be more than enough to get a big win.

The Saints have two QBs competing for the starting role in the regular season, so you can bet they’re going to do their best against the Cardinals. Plus, New Orleans has a superb defense, which should be able to keep Arizona’s offense at bay.

Finally, in the game between Baltimore and Washington, I expect a very close battle.

Anything could happen in this game, which is why my recommendation is to stay away from betting on the outcome. Instead, I say bet on a low number of points. There’s no way we’ll see more than 32.

Ready to bet on the last week of NFL preseason action? Just be sure you use the best mobile betting NFL apps to do so.

Zarko Naric
Zarko Naric

Zarko Naric – the World's Greatest Sportswriter, according to his grandma.

Zarko started writing for GamblingSites.com in 2019, covering sports like soccer, tennis, and basketball,  as well as some more niche sports like cycling, for example.

In addition to writing news, picks, and blog pieces focused on sports, Zarko’s also been covering politics, TV/music contests, and so on.

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