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Sportsbook Odds Released for Week 3 NFL Handicapping: Vegas Lines, Totals

Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

Week 3 of NFL are posted and commence with what is arguably the most intriguing contenst from a sports betting standpoint. Down to third string QB Jacoby Brissett, the Patriots face a rare game as a home underdog to Houston on Thursday Night Football.

It is the first time since November 2, 2014 that the Patriots were underdogs in Foxboro and just the fifth time since 2002. Technical handicapping pioneer Stevie Vincent of OffshoreInsiders.com says New England is 30-15 ATS in such situations going back to 1990.

Miami is in a rare case of being a winless team with at least two losses and a double-digit favorite informs sports handicapping podcasts

All seven times this has happened since 1996, the game has gone under with an average of just 27.5 points per game scored. The average posted total was 41.9. Cleveland is down to third-straight QB Cody Kessler.

Brian Hoyer is another new QB. He is starting for Chicago in place of injured Jay Cutler. Playing on the road on MNF, Chicago is getting +7 at Dallas with rookie QB Dak Prescott.

The early strongest consensus as usual is on a road favorite, with 83 percent of tickets written on the Arizona Cardinals laying -4 at Buffalo. Pittsburgh vs. Philadelphia over is the most popular total getting a stunning 94 percent of bets. Complete odds are below. 

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