NFL Week 3 Opening Line Report – 9/20/2010
Olympic was once again the first book to open lines for the NFL in week 3. The lines came in around 8:20 p.m. Sunday, and our betting trends data started spitting out market percentages shortly after.
Early Line Moves of Interest:
1. Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Steelers just lost another quarterback when Dennis Dixon left against the Titans with a torn cartilage in his knee, leaving them to ponder who will start in week 3. Despite their quarterback woes, the Steelers are a heavy public favorite early. Tampa Bay was a 2.5-point underdog at opening, but nine minutes after opening the line dropped down to a 1-point game most likely due to the report of Dixon’s injury.
2. Detroit Lions vs. Minnesota Vikings
The Lions lost another close one in week 2, and the Vikings playing like a team that didn’t have their starting quarterback all preseason, but one of these 0-2 teams will have a win after week 3. The public likes the Lions early in this game, possibly due to Brett Farve’s 3 interceptions and 1 fumble against the Dolphins. Less than a minute after opening the line moved up from -9.5 to -10 on the Vikings, and has gone up to -10.5 and -11 since then. These are early signs that sharp money are on the Vikings.
3. New York Jets vs. Miami Dolphins
The New York Jets came back from a disappointing loss against the Ravens to shutdown the New England Patriots for 3 quarters in week 2. High on their Sunday night performance, the public is on the Jets. Early bets from player the books trust is proving to show the opposite, with the line moving up to -1 from a pick.