The third week of NFL preseason has a number of good games on tap for Saturday. Often times coaches like to use the third week as their week to highlight the players that will start on both sides of the ball.
The games tend to be more intense and similar to a regular season clash.
Having said that, remember it is still the preseason, just ask Bill Belichick the head coach for New England. He does not believe in using the third game to play his starters and his record over the years shows that, as it is dismal in game 3 of the preseason.
Here are three of the games on tap for Saturday
Cowboys vs. Dolphins
The Dolphins are favored by 3 ½ points on Bovada, while the total points on topbet is sitting on 46 ½.
Dallas is 0-2 SU and ATS this preseason, while Miami is 1-1 SU and ATS.
The Dolphins lost their opener of the preseason 16 to 10 at Atlanta, but won last week 20-14 on the road against Tampa Bay, as a 2 ½-point road dog.
The Cowboys defense surrendered 37 points last week losing by 7 points at home to Baltimore. Dallas is 1-5 in its past six games in preseason.
In 2012, in the preseason the Cowboys beat Miami 30-13, as a home favorite by 2 ½ points.
Redskins vs. Ravens
The Baltimore Ravens host the Washington Redskins in a matchup where the Ravens on betonline are 2 ½- point favorites and on sportsbook.com the point total is 43 ½.
This preseason Washington is 2-0 SU and 1-1 ATS. Baltimore is 2-0 SU and ATS.
Washington was able to win last Monday on a final play Hail Mary pass for a touchdown 24-23 versus the Cleveland Browns as a favorite at home by 2 points.
The OVER in that game cashed with the teams combining for 47 points on a 41 ½ line.
Baltimore easily defeated the 49ers in their opener of the preseason 23-3 and outscored Dallas 37-20 in its second game.
Baltimore defeated Washington as a home favorite of 4 points in the 2011 preseason 34-31.
Saints vs. Colts
The Indianapolis Colts host the New Orleans Saints Saturday night, with the Colts a 2 ½-point favorite and the point total on 47.
New Orleans is 2-0 SU and ATS this preseason, while Indianapolis is 0-2 SU and 1-1 ATS.
The Colts are 0-2 against New York this preseason, having lost to both the Giants and Jets.
Last week they lost to the Giants in a meltdown after leading by 26 points before giving up 27 points in the fourth quarter and losing 27-26 as a home favorite by 1 point.
New Orleans has played solid in its two wins over the St. Louis and Tennessee. Each of their two preseason games have cashed on the OVER.
The Saints are 8-0 ATS over their past 8 preseason games, and 5-1 SU over their past 6 preseason games.