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NFL Week 3 injuries: George Kittle, A.J. Brown out but JuJu Smith-Schuster cleared to play

The Miami Dolphins and Jacksonville Jaguars got Week 3 started on Thursday night, as Brian Flores' squad secured their first victory of the season -- a 31-13 beatdown on "Thursday Night Football." The Jaguars were surely not the same team without DJ Chark on the field, who sat out due to chest and back injuries. He will not be the only important player to miss Week 3, however, and we are here to break down all of those details for you.

One team that was especially hit hard by injuries this past week was the San Francisco 49ers, as Nick Mullens will be under center this Sunday against the New York Giants, and won't have star tight end George Kittle to throw to either. 

Below, we will break down every team's final injury report as we head into this weekend. All odds are courtesy of William Hill SportsBook.

While Jeffery returned to practice this week for the first time, head coach Doug Pederson says he's not yet ready to suit up for a regular-season game. Additionally, the Eagles will also be without rookie wideout Jalen Reagor against the Bengals due to a thumb injury. 

49ers (-3.5) at Giants

The Giants are getting a beat-up 49ers team this Sunday, as they were absolutely ravaged by injuries at MetLife Stadium last week against the Jets. Down a couple of running backs, a starting quarterback, a couple of defensive ends and a star tight end, one has to wonder if San Francisco has enough to pull out a win this Sunday. Add in the players they currently have on injured reserve, and the 49ers appear to be missing nine starters this week.

The Giants have a couple of defensive backs who could miss Sunday's matchup with the 49ers, but the bigger story is that they will be without Saquon Barkley and Sterling Shepard, who were both placed on injured reserve earlier this week. 

The Bills not having Zack Moss this week is a headline in itself, but they are also a bit banged up on the defensive side of the ball. While Matt Milano finally returned to practice on Friday as a full participant, Tremaine Edmunds was limited all week. Both are listed as questionable for Sunday. 

  • Raiders: TBD
  • Patriots: TBD
  • Analysis coming.

    All Steelers were full participants in practice on Friday, and no one was given an injury designation for Week 3. JuJu Smith-Schuster, who didn't practice on Wednesday and Thursday, was back to work on Friday after dealing with a knee injury. Additionally, defensive end Tyson Alualu (knee contusion) and wide receiver Diontae Johnson (toe) were both full participants for the second straight day.

    The Texans are in danger of taking the field without two of their top offensive weapons this Sunday. Johnson was a limited participant all week with an ankle injury while Stills popped up on the injury report on Friday with an illness. He was still able to take part in some of practice, but his status for Week 3 is up in the air. 

    Mack was a limited participant all week with a knee injury while Edwards was a full participant with a glute issue. Wide receivers Anthony Miller (calf), Darnell Mooney (quad) and Allen Robinson (knee) were listed on the injury report but were full participants all week and appear ready for Sunday. 

    Washington at Browns (-7)

    The Browns are still dealing with several injuries on the defensive side of the ball and could once again be missing some key players in the secondary. While Kevin Johnson is ready to return to the field after suffering a scary liver injury in training camp, Greedy Williams was listed as a limited participant in practice all week and will not play in Week 3. Denzel Ward also appeared to take a step backwards, as he was limited on Thursday but did not practice on Friday. He is listed as questionable. 

    Washington will be without linebacker Cole Holcomb again, but it appears veteran Thomas Davis will make his Washington debut after missing the first two games of the season as will cornerback Kendall Fuller. Two starters on offense could miss Sunday's game, as Sims and Moses are both questionable. However, they both were full participants in practice on Friday. 

    The Titans will be without their star wideout A.J. Brown for the second straight game, but the good news is that cornerback Malcolm Butler will play on Sunday. He has been dealing with a quad injury, and was finally a full participant in practice on Friday. 

    The key issue with the Vikings entering Sunday is the secondary, as two of their top cornerbacks will be out and another one is questionable. Philip Rivers only threw for 214 yards, one touchdown and one interception against Minnesota last week, but they face a tougher opponent now in Ryan Tannehill. 

    Jets at Colts (-11.5)

    Analysis coming.

    The Panthers offensive line is a bit banged up, as it's unlikely Daley will play Sunday while left tackle Okung is questionable. This is especially worrisome since the Chargers have proven they are effective at rushing the passer. 

  • Cowboys: TBD
  • Seahawks: TBD
  • Analysis coming.

    The Broncos have been one of the teams that has been crushed by injuries so far this season. Lindsay is in danger of missing his second game in a row due to a foot injury while Jeudy is questionable with a ribs issue. Of course, Lock will miss Sunday's matchup due to the shoulder injury he suffered last week. 

  • Lions: TBD
  • Cardinals: TBD
  • Analysis coming.

  • Packers: TBD
  • Saints: TBD
  • Analysis coming.

    Analysis coming.

    Source: NFL Week 3 injuries: George Kittle, A.J. Brown out but JuJu Smith-Schuster cleared to play

    NFL Week 3 odds: Highest bet game at BetMGM is 49ers-Giants, team getting most bets is ... Panthers?

    With all the fantastic matchups on the NFL schedule for Week 3, the early betting at BetMGM is surprising to say the least.

    The game getting the most bets for Week 3 isn’t the Kansas City Chiefs-Baltimore Ravens clash of the titans or even the exciting game between the Dallas Cowboys and Seattle Seahawks. The game that has taken the most action in terms of ticket count is San Francisco 49ers vs. New York Giants, two teams that have an injury report that reads like a novel.

    And the team that has gotten the most bets so far this week? That would be the 0-2 Carolina Panthers, who lost star running back Christian McCaffrey to an ankle injury. The only six-figure bet to this point is $110,000 to win $91,663 on the Atlanta Falcons at -3.5, one week after Atlanta had a historic collapse and lost at the Dallas Cowboys.

    Week 3 might get a little weird.

    Which Week 3 NFL game is most popular among bettors?

    According to BetMGM’s reports, Chiefs-Ravens isn’t even a top-five bet game. That’s likely because it’s a Monday night game and the action will come in later, but the top five isn’t what you’d expect:

    1. 49ers-Giants2. Bengals-Eagles3. Raiders-Patriots4. Texans-Steelers5. Cowboys-Seahawks

    The 49ers will be without quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, defensive linemen Dee Ford, Nick Bosa and Solomon Thomas, running backs Raheem Mostert and Tevin Coleman, tight end George Kittle, linebacker Dre Greenlaw and cornerback Richard Sherman. The Giants’ injury report isn’t that long, but running back Saquon Barkley is done for the season and receiver Sterling Shepard is hurt too.

    Apparently bettors have conviction on which team will adjust better to its injuries.

    Carolina Panthers quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) leads his team into a Week 3 game against the Chargers. (AP Photo/Jason Behnken)Panthers are getting a lot of action

    The Giants are getting more bets in that 49ers-Giants matchup. New York has taken the fifth-most money of any team this week at BetMGM.

    The team bettors like most as of Friday is an unexpected one. The Panthers, whose defense is one of the NFL’s worst and just lost perhaps the best non-quarterback in the NFL in McCaffrey, are a favorite of bettors. The Panthers are 6.5-point favorites at the Los Angeles Chargers, who will have quarterback Justin Herbert making his second career start.

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    In terms of total bets, the Panthers are the top team at BetMGM this week. They’re third in amount of money bet on them. The Los Angeles Rams, who are 2-point underdogs at the Buffalo Bills, have the most money bet on them so far. Second is the Denver Broncos, who have a ton of injuries of their own including quarterback Drew Lock. The Broncos are 5.5-point underdogs at home to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

    There’s plenty of time for bets to come in on Week 3 NFL games, and the Ravens-Chiefs game will draw a lot of late interest. But at this point, 49ers-Giants will get the most attention from bettors, and then they’ll shift their rooting interest to the Panthers for the afternoon. That’s unexpected.

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    Source: NFL Week 3 odds: Highest bet game at BetMGM is 49ers-Giants, team getting most bets is ... Panthers?

    NFL bold predictions, Week 3: Packers score 40 AGAIN!

    Throughout the 2020 NFL season, NFL Network analysts will provide one bold prediction heading into each week's slate of games, continuing with this weekend's opportunity for players who struggled in Week 2 to redeem themselves (see the full Week 3 schedule).

    Marc Ross: Patrick Mahomes has only eight losses in 38 career games as a starter, including the playoffs, with an average loss differential of a minuscule 4.5 points and a seven-point difference serving as his widest margin in defeat. But in the battle for AFC and NFL supremacy, as well as bragging rights for best player in the world, Lamar Jackson will be the one dominating with 350 combined yards and three total TDs, handing Mahomes the first double-digit loss of his career.

    David Carr: The Pittsburgh Steelers' defense will show up in a BIG way against the Houston Texans. Leading the NFL in sacks since 2019 (64) and ranking second (10) through two games this season, the Steelers record more sacks on Sunday than the Texans do points.

    Nate Burleson: Justin Herbert had an impressive debut against the defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs, but the fairy tale victory wasn't meant to be. This week, though, Herbert gets his first win as a starter. He'll throw for 300-plus yards and record three-plus touchdowns vs. the Panthers.

    Joe Thomas: The Green Bay Packers and Aaron Rodgers are going to continue their hot streak by scoring over 40 points for the third straight week to send the New Orleans Saints below .500.

    Charley Casserly: Philip Rivers and the Indianapolis Colts start to gain some momentum with back-to-back wins. Against the New York Jets, who struggle to rush the passer, Rivers tosses a season-high three TDs and season-low zero picks.

    Scott Pioli: The Falcons will bounce back from a very difficult loss in Dallas and find their groove this weekend against Chicago. They will upset the undefeated Bears in Atlanta in a balanced effort. Quarterback Matt Ryan will throw for over 350 yards and Hayden Hurst will have over 100 yards receiving, while the Falcons' defense will limit Mitchell Trubisky to under 220 passing yards.

    Source: NFL bold predictions, Week 3: Packers score 40 AGAIN!

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