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Monday Night Football Betting Picks for NFL Week 3 - Ride the Line Ep #61

Written by: Grant Mitchell
Published September 25, 2023
5 min read

A new episode of Ride the Line with Grant Mitchell and Tanner Kern is now live on all WSN platforms!

NFL Monday Night Football Betting Picks

Bengals vs Rams Picks

The show starts off by recapping a crazy weekend of action in NFL Week 3.

Three of the four largest favorites lost on Sunday, including the Dallas Cowboys against the Arizona Cardinals, the Jacksonville Jaguars to the Houston Texans, and the Baltimore Ravens to the Indianapolis Colts in overtime. 

The Washington Commanders also lost to the Buffalo Bill 37-3, and the Miami Dolphins missed the single-game scoring record by two points in a 70-20 win over the Denver Broncos. 

All that those results did was make the boys even more excited for Monday’s action. They started off by discussing the Cincinnati Bengals hosting the Los Angeles Rams and discovered they were on opposite sides.

Tanner likes the Bengals to get their first win of the season. Even though Joe Burrow is expected to be out (but listed as a game-time decision), he thinks Ja’Marr Chase is due for a breakout game, and that Joe Mixon will also receive a hefty workload.

Grant is on the other side and is taking the Rams. Matthew Stafford has had a decent start to the year and has led the offense to 26.5 points per game against two tough divisional opponents, the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers.

The Bengals’ defense was top five in points allowed last year but has surrendered 24 and 27 points in two weeks, which is another reason Grant likes the Rams.

Eagles vs Buccaneers Betting Picks and Player Props

Tanner is in Tampa for the Eagles vs Buccaneers game, so it was only right that both co-hosts are backing the Bucs on the spread.

There’s been interesting line movement on this game leading up to kick-off. Despite the public being all over Philly from both handle and tickets, the line has dropped in the Bucs’ favor.

Both teams are 2-0, but the Eagles have not turned in objectively impressive performances. Their offense looks disjointed and is not blending the run with the pass as well as it did last year, and the defense allowed the second-most passing yards per game entering the weekend. 

Grant postulated that the Eagles’ rough start could be because of the loss of both coordinators, Shane Steichen and Jonathan Gannon, who have their new teams playing well early in the season.

The Bucs’ name doesn’t hold the same weight as the Eagles’ does, but they have looked like a strong team in both outings and have a capable defense. Baker Mayfield is also top 0 in both QBR and passer rating and looks like a man reborn.

Fittingly, Grant’s favorite player prop from this game is Mayfield over 226.5 passing yards. He threw for 317 last week and gets a favorable matchup against a porous Eagles secondary that is also missing a couple of starters.

To piggyback off that, Tanner likes Mike Evans over 53.5 receiving yards. Mayfield will need to have a strong day for Tampa to cover, and if he does, Evans will be a likely benefactor. He just caught 170 yards of passes last week and is the top target on the offense.

Check back throughout the week for new episodes of Ride the Line with more NFL betting picks and sports coverage!

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Grant is a sports and sports betting journalist who prides himself on delivering breaking news and insightful analyses of the industry. Grant graduated from Virginia Tech in 2021 and is feverishly pursuing his ambitions in the sports betting field.

In his free time, Grant can be found passionately watching sports, doing a workout, or searching for adventure with his friends.

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