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Week 3: Most Intriguing Games To Watch In The NFL

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Heading into week three, there’s teams looking to get into the win column, while other teams are hoping to either remain unbeaten or get over .500.

Without further ado, let’s take a look at the games to see this week:

Falcons at Cowboys (1:00 EST)  – Both teams are 2-0, however, they’re facing two completely different situations moving forward.

Atlanta has Matt Ryan and Julio Jones playing at a high level, while Dallas will be forced to play without Tony Romo and Dez Bryant for several weeks. On paper, the Falcons should win fairly comfortably, but as the old saying goes, games are not played on paper.

This will be a good barometer to see where Brandon Weeden stands, and if he’ll be able to hold off Matt Cassel.

Colts at Titans (1:00 EST) – When you looked at the schedule before the season, odds are is that you didn’t think Tennessee would have a better record heading into this matchup. Well, that’s exactly why they play the game because you never know what to truly expect in this league.

Another unlikely scenario before the season would’ve been Marcus Mariota outplaying Andrew Luck but that’s also been the case thus far. The rookie sensation has a touchdown to interception ratio of 6:0, while Luck leads the league with five picks.

After starting off 0-2, this is not only a game Indy should win, it’s a contest they need to win.

Bills at Dolphins (4:25 EST) – With the Patriots and Jets both sitting at 2-0 in the AFC East, this matchup between the Bills and Dolphins just feels a lot more significant.

After getting off to a good start, both teams suffered defeats in Week 2. When you look at these two, the thing that stands out is their terrific pass rushes. Bills QB Tyrod Taylor is capable of extending plays with his legs, which could be a game changer this Sunday.

This game will come down to who establishes tempo early and which team is able to take care of the football.

Eagles at Jets (1:00 EST) – If you were told the Eagles would be 0-2, while the Jets would be 2-0, you probably would’ve laughed. Nonetheless, the crazy scenario just so happens to be reality.

During preseason action, Chip Kelly’s offense looked like a juggernaut. Unfortunately for Philly, their preseason success hasn’t translated to the regular season so far. As a unit, the Eagles offense is ranked 25th, only averaging 17 points per game.

As Philly hopes to get things rolling, it’s not ideal to have to face the Jets and their feared secondary led by Darrelle Revis.

Broncos at Lions (8:30 EST) – The NFL can be a funny league at times because when you look at Denver and Detroit, both teams have played ugly through two weeks. Only difference is one team is undefeated and the other team is still searching for their first victory.

Since the current playoff format has been installed, only 12 percent of teams starting off 0-2 have made the postseason, which is why this is essentially a must-win for the Lions.

Peyton Manning has clearly struggled and it doesn’t help that he’s been under consistent pressure through two weeks. Luckily for Manning, Detroit no longer has Ndamukong Suh nor Nick Fairley.

Chiefs at Packers (8:30 EST) – This could’ve very well been a matchup of two undefeated teams, but the Chiefs ruined that possibility after their heartbreaking defeat to Denver last Thursday night.

Now, Kansas City finds themselves in a tough situation if they want to reach 2-1. If you know anything about Green Bay, you’ll know they rarely lose at home and when you have a guy named Aaron Rodgers, it makes sense as to why.

The Chiefs pass rush may cause havoc, but when they don’t, expect for Rodgers to pick on Jamell Fleming just like Manning did last week.


About Mark Gunnels

Mark Gunnels

Mark Gunnels is an NFL columnist for Football Insiders. He has several years of experience covering the NFL and NCAA football. He's the radio color commentator for Lincoln University football. Mark's work has been featured on Sports Illustrated, Fox Sports and Yard Barker.