Welcome to Week 3 of the NFL season, where we’ll almost certainly see a team we predicted would drop the playoff round to 0-3 (the Giants or the Invaders), and the Giants, one of the worst in the NFL a year ago, look to climb up to the 3-0 against Team Dak Prescott – less than the Cowboys. We’re looking forward to crowning our best pre-season team so far in a match between the Bills… and the Dolphins. As if we needed another reminder, the NFL is a strange place.
So get ready for another important week in the NFL schedule.
To get you started, Albert Breer and Conor Orr will take you through Sunday and Monday’s games, pointing out the best confrontations and what to watch.
We also encourage you to join us on Sunday for our live blog, where we can exchange feedback and discuss what should be a great week.
Matches of the week
Eagles at Commanders, 1 p.m. ET Sunday: It’s hard to imagine Carson Wentz Paul as advertised. Perhaps the most noteworthy aspect of this game was the number of Eagles fans who tore down Interstate 95 heartlessly to taunt the no-fault quarterback in Philadelphia. sigh. I’ll be watching to see how Ron Rivera defends Galen Hurts. Last week, the Vikings tried to ditch the Eagles’ running game, and Hurts did an outstanding job in prime-time passing. This week, leaders will be wary of the overarching skill set. – Connor Or
Billing at Dolphins, 1 p.m. ET Sunday: Did you leave any questions on the bills? These two teams play on Sunday at Hard Rock with the same record (2-0) but very different things need to be proven. For Buffalo, what’s left now is to show that he can handle being a stalker (he seems to be going well for them Monday night). For the Dolphins, an early win over the Bills would validate their fast start, and what coach Mike McDaniel and the players made in their first year together. (If the dolphins win this, I would expect them to be on the sidelines, with good situational play.) – Albert Breer
Crows at the Patriots, 1 p.m. ET Sunday: This has the ingredients of a disaster for any team that ends up losing. In the end, it’s hard to imagine the Patriots having the offensive firepower to score alongside Lamar Jackson, even though Bill Belichick has put some successful defensive play-plans into big spots before (you know, the Hall of Fame sitting type). This new crime continues to suffer from its growing pain. Mac Jones misses throws and wide receivers. These are mistakes one cannot make against Baltimore. – ko
Packers at Buccaneers, 4:25 p.m. ET Sunday: The Packers’ offensive battled in the first week with both of them injured. Elgton Jenkins returned in Week 2, the team rushed for 203 yards, Aaron Rodgers had a pass rating of 131.1, and the Packers went away. So what will happen if David Bakhtiari returns this week? And what happens when novice receivers put their feet under it? I have not lost any faith in my choice of NFC Champion, and this week will be a good test for that. The pirate’s salt defense allowed one landing, and that came at trash time. – AB
Rams at the Cardinals, 4:25 p.m. ET Sunday: It looked like we were getting a big bounce last week – and then the Hawks came back all the way from, yeah, a 28-3 deficit, and they had a first and 10 in L.A. 21, down six with a 2:38 left. Galen Ramsey came up with a two-game pick in Later, but the Rams clearly have work to do in Week 3. And the first road trip of the season will be to visit a team with a vengeance in mind, with the memory of last year’s Wild Tour defeat still relatively new for the Cardinals. – AB
Cowboys at the Giants, 8:30 p.m. ET Monday: This is one of the most important games in the recent history of the Giants. I don’t think this team was expecting to be in a 3-0 position (remember, they have the Humble Bears coming after this too) but they are up against an ex-class contender Monday Night Football At home for a chance to make a massive statement under new coach Brian Dabol. As mentioned in audio notation, although not Daboll vs. Mike McCarthy. It’s not Daniel Jones vs Cooper Rush. It is the plan to protect the titans against Micah Parsons, as the game will be decided. – ko
What is your big expectation for week 3?
Ur: Having had a near-success in the second week of my annoying airplane commercial, I’m trying to keep my hands hot. This week, I set my sights on Los Angeles, where the very talented Chargers will fall on a field goal at the last second against a rising Jaguars. Losing Los Angeles will be a chuckle when she fights for the top seed in late December.
Brier: I think the lions go to Minnesota and drive out the Vikings. lost in all strong blows The hustle is this – the Detroit team is more talented than you think. Although the lions may be unimpressive in attack, they are well trained and balanced, and if you look closely, you won’t have any holes. And they have a really promising defensive line anchored by rookie Aidan Hutchinson, who has already shown the potential to be a true game-destroyer (three sacks last week), as well as Jeff Okudah (finally) in the corner that the Lions thought he would. is being. It’s a good team, and I think we’ll see that Sunday.
Which team needs to win in Week Three?
Ur: the raiders. The Titans could still fall to 0-3 and fight for the division crown. If the Raiders had fallen into a three-game hole at AFC West, consider that the 2022 campaign would have been deep down.
Brier: Bengals. I think they’ll change it up, but they can’t afford to lose more ground in division races and conferences. And as much as I love the way the planes shut down last week, this is one Cincinnati should win.
Who is the coach or player most stressed in the third week?
Ur: Mike McCarthy…again. As we wrote a week ago, Mike McCarthy did a great job and coached with his heart against Team Bengal. The problem is that he has to. continue do it. Giants can be beaten, but this game is developing a legend of its own now.
Brier: Ryan Tanehill. The Titans were top seeded in the AFC a year ago, now they’re 0-2, their left-footing franchise (Taylor Lewan) hurt, their high mileage, bellcow’s (Derek Henry) only has 107 yards in 34 through two games, and runs The team to fill in the blank left AJ Brown. There is more on Tannehill now than ever before. And it’s fair to say, at this point, that he’s not just playing to keep his team in the race. He is even playing for his career.
Which team will everyone be talking about after week three?
Ur: Bengals, for better or worse. The Jets play good football, and one could argue that they did better in the first half against the Ravens than they did in the win over the Browns. If the Jets somehow made it through, we’re talking about the team that reached the Super Bowl last season starting at 0-3.
Brier: Ponies, for better or worse. The equation here is simple: either they didn’t win in October or they fired the presidents.
Which QB player is taking his team the furthest point this season: Tua Tagovailoa or Jalen Hurts?
Ur: Galen Hurts. No offense to Mike McDaniel or Tua Tagovailoa, who would be fine. But this Eagles team could go to the Super Bowl.
Brier: I’m with Connor on this – it hurts. He’s simply got a better team and he’s past his first year of improvement with his coaches. I also think McDaniel and Tua will be fine, but they have a much tougher road to making the playoffs this year.
Who is the underdog with the best chance of winning straight in Week 3?
Ur: This isn’t a good week for the underdogs, but as mentioned above, we’ll be taking Jaguars out in Los Angeles. This is a list full of talented young players who have finally been trained reasonably well. Brandon Staley has the best team, but there are a few weeks where the convergence of events creates a vacuum in which the best team doesn’t win.
Brier: I will say firmness just because I am amazed that they are vulnerable. The Pirates will really have to manage their offensive line match with Green Bay’s defensive front. I think that’s where the Packers eventually won the game.
Ur: There has been a lot of talk this week about fan expectations and behavior. At one end of the spectrum, we have a joint head swinging at Kyler Murray or throwing a bottle at Browns owner Jimmy Haslam. On the other hand, we have Miles Garrett complaining about being booed. Somewhere in the middle, there’s a nice place to behave. The kind of state of mind in which we feel safe in expressing our joy or displeasure while remembering that the people in the field, whether they are billionaires or millionaires or anything further away, have a beating heart just like the rest of us. We all make mistakes. each one of us. Act accordingly, and have fun there.
Brier: I’m strangely interested in Texas. They can see the quarterback they drafted in the third round in 2021, Davis Mills, against Justin Fields, who was drafted two rounds higher in the same class. And perhaps the Texans should be 2-0 at this point, having blew up a huge lead in a tie with the Colts, and controlling much of their loss to the Broncos. Is Jaguar a real competitor in the vulnerable region of South Asia? Is Houston a competitor, too? If the Texans want to compete for the division title, that’s the week they have to take out the playoffs and take the win.
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