Rams (+105) over Bengals
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- Joe Burrow is clearly not healthy for the Bengals right now, and their offense has suffered as a result.
- Meanwhile, the Rams are 2-0 against the spread this season and will be a threat to win this game outright.
Monday Night Football is the last game of the week in the NFL each week, as two teams battle it out with the entire football world watching. Because Monday Night Football is the only game on the schedule on Mondays, there is a ton of NFL betting interest in it. Here, we will give you our best Monday Night Football bets this week and every week throughout the football season.
Monday Night Football Week 3 Pick
Rams vs Bengals: Rams (+105) over Bengals
The Monday Night Football game between the LA Rams and Cincinnati Bengals is one where we don’t know if Joe Burrow will play for Cincinnati. He has struggled through the first two weeks of the season, and the Bengals have not ruled out benching him for this week to help him recover from injury. Whether or not he plays, the Rams have been a pleasant surprise so far this season and could win this game outright.
The Best Monday Night Football Picks Each Week
Every football game is unique, and Monday Night Football is no exception. That is why our team of expert NFL handicappers treats MNF as uniquely as it should be, allowing them to give you best bets that have the best chance to be profitable on a regular basis. Be sure to bookmark this page and come back to it each week to get our best Monday Night Football bets this week, and each subsequent week throughout the year.
Differences Between Monday Night Football and Other Games
When handicapping Monday Night Football, there are a few key differences between Monday night games and other games that have to be taken into consideration. Fortunately for bettors, we make sure to do exactly that, understanding the differences between this standalone game and some of the other games on the schedule on a weekly basis.
One thing bettors need to know right off the bat with Monday Night Football is that the quality of the game may not be as consistent as Sunday Night Football, as ESPN does not get the first pick of games to put on their platform. The result is often a lot of teams from bigger media markets that might not be as good at football as the teams you see in other primetime slots, which is at least worth keeping in mind when betting this game.
Extra Day of Rest
Something that must be taken into account when making Monday Night Football picks is that both teams get an extra day of rest. And while both teams do get that extra rest, that extra day can impact each team very differently. Teams that are particularly banged up can really use the extra recovery time, and teams with more complex gameplans can use that extra day to implement more wrinkles. But every team will use that extra day differently, and that is worth thinking about.
Impact On Future Games
Beyond just the result of the Monday Night Football game in question, playing on Monday can have an impact on future games. Teams who play on Monday, then have to play on the next Sunday, have less recovery time going into the following week’s action. That can often lead to a letdown in performance level the following time they take the field, though that can also vary drastically from one team to the next.
Monday Night Football Betting Strategies
Strategy is key when betting on football, and that is especially true when Monday Night Football is involved. Bettors can use the following strategies to improve their chances of making money on Monday nights. These are a few of the strategic ideas that we utilize to place the best Monday Night Football bets on a regular basis.
Trust Your Handicap
With Monday Night Football more than any other football game, you are going to hear a ton of noise about the game from sports media. On Monday, that is the game everyone is talking about. But blocking all of that noise out and trusting the research you have done on this game is imperative to Monday Night Football betting success. Of course, you can also trust our handicapping for this game on a weekly basis.
Don’t Force Same Game Parlays
With standalone NFL games, bettors can feel compelled to put together Same Game Parlays more often, as there are not multiple NFL games with which to craft parlay wagers. But doing this can drastically reduce the chances of you making money on MNF, as Same Game Parlays are much harder to win than straight bets. If your breakdown of a game leads you to some smart angles for a Same Game Parlay, that’s fine, but don’t feel obligated to force them.
On Mondays, and every other day, bettors should make sure to exercise smart bankroll management. It is not smart to use Monday Night Football to chase previous losses or to bet more than usual. Instead, bettors should stick to the same budget for every game, to give themselves the best chance to turn a profit in the long run.
More Than Just Monday Night Football Picks
Here at ATS, we offer NFL bettors so much more than Monday Night Football betting picks. Bettors can click on the links below to get all of our NFL picks for the week, including Thursday and Sunday action to go with these Monday night predictions.