NFL Week 3 Best Game to Bet: Pittsburgh Steelers at Cleveland Browns

Week 3 of the NFL season kicks off Thursday with a clash between AFC North rivals, as the 1-1 Steelers will visit the 1-1 Browns at 8:15 p.m. EDT. The game will be streaming on Amazon Prime Video. Both teams won their season openers but are coming off Week 2 losses, and offense is expected to be hard to come by given each team’s underwhelming quarterback situation and stout defense, though Pittsburgh’s defense will have to get by without superstar pass rusher T.J. Watt (pectoral tear).

A variety of online and mobile betting platforms offer opportunities to bet on various aspects of this game for users who are at least 21 years old and located in states where these platforms operate. If you are in Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, Washington DC, West Virginia or Wyoming, some or all of America’s NFL betting operators have gone live in your area.

Many sports betting platforms offer promotions and boosts that help tilt the odds in your favor, but DraftKings Sportsbook has arguably the most significant promotion specific to Thursday Night Football. For each of the NFL season’s first two Thursday Night Football games, moneyline wagers would cash immediately if the team you bet on took a seven-point lead at any point. Assuming this promotion returns for Week 3, you can opt-in then bet up to $50 on the Steelers (+145) or Browns (-170), and your bet would win if that team takes a 7-point lead at any time in the game. So, if the Browns went up 30-17 with less than two minutes left but lost by one point like they did in Week 2 against the Jets, a moneyline bet on Cleveland would still win since the Browns led by at least seven points during the game.

Betting on the moneyline is just one of many options available to those looking to wager on Thursday’s game. You can also bet on the spread (Browns -3.5) or point total (over/under 40.5) for the entire game, or wager on the moneyline, spread, or point total for just the first half. Prop bets on individual performances will also become available closer to the game, and you can combine various bet types into one wager using the Same Game Parlay feature. Keep in mind that these lines can shift as action comes in and more information is revealed regarding injuries, so it can be advantageous to get your wagers in early if you like any particular odds.


Sasha has been writing about sports since 2014. He's a huge New York sports fan who has written columns for RotoWire, Yahoo Sports and CBS Sports.