Best Bets and Predictions for Week 3 NFL Preseason Games – Friday, August 27 (2021)

| August 26, 2021 1:50 pm PDT

The final game week of the 2021 NFL preseason starts on Friday evening, with four interesting matchups.

The first to kick-off is the one taking place at Ford Field in Detroit, where the Lions welcome the Colts. Half an hour later, two more games start – Eagles at Jets and Steelers at Panthers.

The last game of Friday’s preseason action is the clash between the Vikings and the Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City.

As Week 3 of the preseason is happening less than two weeks before the start of the 2021 regular season, we probably aren’t going to see too many superstars in action. In fact, coaches will likely keep their key men off the field to make sure they don’t get injured.

What this means is, we probably won’t see Patrick Mahomes, Christian McCaffrey, and others breaking too much sweat on Friday.

What this doesn’t mean, is, that Week 3 preseason games are going to be boring. On the contrary, I expect a lot of excitement in those four games, especially for bettors.

If you’re looking to cash in at the top NFL betting sites, maybe my NFL preseason predictions and picks could help you.

Indianapolis Colts to Beat Detroit Lions

There is some great news coming from the Indianapolis Colts camp – quarterback Carson Wentz has recovered from his foot injury.

The bad news, however, is that he probably isn’t going to start in Week 1 against the Seattle Seahawks. This means that coach Frank Reich will have to choose between Jacob Eason and Sam Ehlinger, both of whom have been doing okay in the preseason.

The two backup QBs shared the playing time in the two previous preseason games, both of which the Colts won – against the Carolina Panthers (21-18) and Minnesota Vikings (12-10).

As the scores in those games suggest, the Colts got their wins mostly thanks to their defense. I also expect them to do well defensively against the Lions, whose new QB Jared Goff will probably sit out the Friday game.

The thing is that the Lions are already struggling with injuries, so I’m sure their coach Matt Nagy will not want to risk an injury of his most important player.

Goff did play one game in the preseason, however. We saw him giving a modest output in the game against the Bills which his team lost 16-15.

Against the Steelers in Week 2 of the preseason, Goff was out. Instead, David Blough and Tim Boyle shared the QB role between them. Blough made one TD pass but it didn’t help the Lions avoid another loss. The Steelers beat them 26-20.

New York Jets to Beat Philadelphia Eagles

The Eagles probably aren’t going to do much in 2021, and they seem to be okay with it. They have a long-term plan to build a team that could get to the playoffs in a few years’ time.

This season, however, they should be happy if they do better than in 2020 when they finished with a 4-11-1 record.

For that to happen, their key players will have to remain injury-free, which is why their first-year coach Nick Sirianni will probably keep them away from the field on Friday.

This goes especially for those players who’ve already been struggling with fitness – quarterback Jalen Hurts, wide receiver DeVonta Smith, and so on.

It’s a similar story when it comes to the New York Jets. However, there’s a big difference between these two teams. The Jets have been brilliant in the postseason; the Eagles have not.

Rookie Zach Wilson has specifically impressed.

In Week 1 of the preseason, the Jets beat the Giants 12-7. In the second game, they beat the Packers 23-14. Meanwhile, the Eagles lost both of their preseason games. First, the Steelers beat them 24-16; then, they got hammered by the Pats 35-0.

The worst thing is that both of those games were played at the Linc. This time, the Eagles are playing on the road.

Carolina Panthers to Beat Pittsburgh Steelers

Who would’ve thought that Ben Roethlisberger was going to play in the preseason? Not only is he already 39, but he’s never been famous for featuring in preseason games. However, he did get his chance last week against the Lions.

Big Ben took his chance and led his team to their third consecutive win in the preseason. Despite a lot of heat after a bad ending to last year, he showed he still has something left.

Here’s his stat line against the Lions.

  • 8-10
  • 137 passing yards
  • 2 TDs

As a reminder, the Steelers are one of the two NFL teams that will play a total of four preseason games this season.

They won three, but can they make it four? Probably not, the main reason being that coach Mike Tomlin will want to rest all of his most important players.

It could be just the opposite in the case of the Panthers. This team is still without a win in the 2021 preseason, but we could see them giving some of their key men the starting role against the Steelers.

The Panthers’ best player, Christian McCaffrey, however, isn’t going to be one of them. At least that’s what coach Matt Rhule said a few days ago.

“Christian will be very, very limited, as he has been pretty much every preseason. He’s gonna take a lot of hits during the season, more than anyone else out there on the field. So, we’ll save those hits for the season for Christian.”

We should still see other starters featuring in at least one half – Sam Darnold, Taylor Moton, D.J. Moore, and others.

If those players really end up playing, the Steelers’ backups probably aren’t going to be able to stop them.

Kansas City Chiefs to Beat Minnesota Vikings

Super Bowl odds suggest that the Lombardi Trophy will make its way back to Kansas City. The Chiefs are the #1 favorites at +450. Judging by what we’ve seen from them in the preseason so far, the price seems justified.

Can they finish their preseason campaign with a 100% winning rate?

It’s not going to be easy as their quarterback Patrick Mahomes (who’s, by the way, the #1 favorite for the NFL MVP award in 2021) probably isn’t going to feature much.

Pretty much the same goes for all their other starters. The good news for the Chiefs is that they have a long bench, with plenty of backups ready to step in.

The same doesn’t go for the Vikings, who have been pretty disappointing this summer. In the two games they’ve played so far, they lost to the Broncos and Colts, scoring a total of only 16 points.

Whether the Chiefs go undefeated in the preseason or not, they’ll still strive for perfection when the regular season starts.

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Best Bets for Friday’s NFL Preseason Games

Indianapolis Colts -3.5-110
New York Jets -3.5-110
Carolina Panthers -2.5-110
Kansas City Chiefs -3.5-115

Not only do I think the favorites will win in all four Friday’s games, but I also believe they’ll do it dominantly.

We should see them covering the point spread set by the bookmakers with ease.

The end of the 2021 NFL preseason will hopefully be profitable for bettors, but luckily there’s a lot to bet on when the real games start. For some fun betting markets, odds, and picks, check out the posts below.

Zarko Naric
Zarko Naric

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

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