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Best last-minute NFL bets ahead of Week 3

Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) runs the ball for a first down in the second quarter against the Denver Broncos at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

Late-week betting action isn’t the best approach if long-term profitability is the goal. Game spreads and totals become increasingly sharp moving closer to kickoff, which is why betting game lines early in the week is the best approach. 

If betting early in the week isn’t an option, then targeting other markets where lines aren’t stale is key. Beating these markets takes a different approach than those focused solely on the game lines.

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We can take cues from bookmakers pricing the entire portfolio of offerings on a particular matchup, as they arrive at a most likely path the game will travel and then use market dynamics to sharpen the number. In some way, game lines feed derivatives, player props and most other offerings under that matchup umbrella.

We can start by seeing if there are any game lines we disagree with and utilize a couple of different approaches if so.

Mispriced scenarios should continue to be mispriced further downstream as errors compound. Or, if the game line is only subtly off, it's smart to find where its errors are the most drastic.

Despite my 2-4 record, the plus price targets have paid off slightly, as we are up +0.94 units to start the season. Using these approaches, let's find the best last-minute NFL bets ahead of Week 3.

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Everyone is out on the Urban Meyer experience in Jacksonville after two games, including possibly Urban Meyer. Trevor Lawrence has the lowest qualifying PFF passing grade to start the season, and the Jaguars have the sixth-lowest EPA per pass attempt.

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