NFL week three began with the New England Patriots shellacking the Houston Texans in a Thursday night blowout where nothing went right for Houston and nothing went wrong for the Patriots.
Today brings 14 games, many of which could profoundly shape the season going forward. While week three is too early to count anyone out – or in – it does often bring the season into focus for many teams and fans.
Arizona Cardinals at Buffalo Bills 1:00pm FOX
Bruce Arians brings his Super Bowl hopeful Cardinals into what’s becoming the biggest hot mess in the league to face the Buffalo Bills. After losing last week, the Bills fired their offensive coordinator and stories have emerged that paint a picture of a franchise spiraling out of control.
Minnesota Vikings at Carolina Panthers 1:00pm FOX
Many would have called this an NFC Championship game preview a few short months ago, but with the loss of starting QB Teddy Bridgewater and franchise running back Adrian Peterson as well as several other key players, the Vikings are searching for answers while the Panthers are blazing along with their brand of championship football.
Denver Broncos at Cincinnati Bengals 1:00pm CBS
The reigning Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos head to the midwest to take on the Bengals. The vaunted Broncos defense will be without star Demarcus Ware, but his brother-in-arms Von Miller is playing like a man possessed.
Detroit Lions at Green Bay Packers 1:00pm FOX
On paper this is an easy win for the Packers, but division rivalry games are never settled on paper and the Lions aren’t conceding defeat as they’ve taken three of the last five games against Aaron Rodgers and the Packers.
Baltimore Ravens at Jacksonville Jaguars 1:00pm CBS
The Ravens lost as time expired the last time these two teams met. Baltimore’s Justin Forsett only needs 33 yards to break the 5,000 yard barrier all-time. But Jacksonville’s new defense, although they’ve been searching for answers so far this season, has the ability to shut Forsett down and beat the Ravens again.
Cleveland Brown at Miami Dolphins 1:00pm CBS
These two have beaten each other eight times a piece, but odds are the Browns aren’t going to get the ninth anytime soon. With players dropping like flies and the Browns’ franchise seemingly mired in disarray, Miami quarterback Ryan Tannehill looks to notch his third straight 330+ yard passing game against what’s arguably the worst team in the league.
Washington Redskins at New York Giants 1:00pm FOX
Redskins’ quarterback Kirk Cousins is also looking to throw for three consecutive 300+ yards today as his Redskins look to get back on track versus Eli Manning and Big Blue. Eli’s had a 100+ passer rating three of the last four times these two have met, so expect this division rivalry matchup to be high scoring and dramatic.
Oakland Raiders at Tennessee Titans 1:00PM CBS
This game should easily go to the Raiders, but Tennessee found a way to beat a team they shouldn’t have last week while Oakland has been finding ways to lose to teams they should beat. The Titans have taken three of the last four in this series, and unless the Raiders play at 100%, they’ll take number four today.
San Francisco 49ers at Seattle Seahawks 4:05 FOX
In what’s quickly becoming the most boring division in the NFL, Chip Kelly is taking his not-so-high-flying offense north to the home of the 12th man to try and right his ship at the expense of Pete Carroll’s reeling Seahawks. These two offenses have combined for only 70 points so far this season, while the defenses have given up 65. Expect the Seahawks to appease the Microsoft masses and head into week four at 2-1.
Los Angeles Rams at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 4:05 FOX
This week’s ‘anything goes’ game is surely to bring some exciting moments as rising star Jamies Winston knows how to give the home crowd what they want. Rams’ head coach Jeff Fisher’s seat cooled a little with last week’s yawn-inducing win over the Seahawks, but his offense has yet to find the endzone this year. Don’t be surprised if this game sees 50+ points, most of which are scored by the men in orange.
San Diego Chargers at Indianapolis Colts 4:25 CBS
This game may very well be a preview of the AFC Wild Card round as Philip Rivers and his bolt brothers head to the Indianapolis to see if they can help the Colts continue to run out of luck. Meanwhile, it’s only a matter of time before Andrew Luck and his track team receiving corps get back on track and lights up the scoreboard.
New York Jets at Kansas City Chiefs 4:25 CBS
Another team looking for answers, the New York Jets, head into the other loudest stadium in the league to take on Andy Reid’s Kansas City squad still bruised up from last week’s slobber-knocker of a loss in Houston. While the J.E.T.S. have taken three of the last four against the Chiefs, Andy Reid has never lost to gang green. This week, something has to give.
Pittsburgh Steelers at Philadephia Eagles 4:25 CBS
As hard as it is to believe, these to aged franchises have never met when both are undefeated after week two. Well, that changes today as Ben Roethlisberger leads what many believe are the best team in the NFL into the city of brotherly love to take the Eagles to the woodshed. However, Carson Wentz, the prize of this year’s NFL draft is on a tear of his own and not too interested in letting his cross-state rivals continue their winning ways. If Red Zone Play had a Game of the Week, this would be it.
Chicago Bears at Dallas Cowboys 8:30 NBC
The Sunday Night Football broadcast has the Jay Cutler-less Chicago Bears traveling back to Texas to try and get a win from Jerry Jones and his rookie-led Dallas Cowboys. Neither coach has a winning record against this week’s opponent, but the best offensive line in the league should control the game giving Dallas the win over an injury-riddled Bears team, sending them to 0-3 and the command seat in the NFC North basement.