It’s easy to think of early season games as less important. Don’t. A bad start can destroy team morale, while an unlikely win can lead to a magical postseason run. Here’s a few week 3 matchups to tune in to this week, we know you’re at home anyway.
Week 3 Rams at Bills: Sunday, 9.27 1:00 pm ET.
Both teams at 2-0, looking to keep the magic alive against a division leader. What’s not to like?
What to watch for: Can Jared Goff and the crew keep the ball moving against a stout Bills defensive front? The Bills will look to pressure Goff and keep him off his spots. Expect to see some all-out blitzes early and often to make Goff uncomfortable. As for the Bills offense, look for Josh Allen to test the Rams secondary with Stefon Diggs all night long. The former Viking had a monster game against Miami, hauling in eight passes for 153 yards and a touchdown.
Week 3 Buccaneers at Broncos: Sunday, 9.27 4:25 pm ET.
On the surface, it doesn’t look good for Denver. Drew Lock is out for a few weeks. Courtand Sutton is done for the year. It might be tough for Denver to click on offense. But there’s one thing that’s very much worth watching in this one.
What to watch for: There are certain places that Tom Brady just doesn’t like to play. Going down to Miami is mentioned frequently, but there’s actually only one team that has a winning record over Brady in his career with New England. Guess who? The Broncos. Tom Terrific is only 8-9 against the Broncos (regular and post season) and a brutal 4-7 on the road in the Mile-High City. Let’s check it out and see if he gets some jitters with his new squad. It could go a long way towards settling that “Was it Brady or Belichick?” question. Just kidding. It was both, there’s no separating the two. Sorry.
Week 3 Packers at Saints: Sunday, 9.27 8:20 pm ET.
The Rodgers vs. Brees heavyweight showdown. Future hall of famers colliding on Sunday night? Count us in.
What to watch for: The Packers look much the same as they did last season. An electric bordering on unstoppable offense with a sub-par defense that struggles against the run. New Orleans got upset by Las Vegas in the first game ever in Sin City. Was it a fluke, or evidence of the Saints impending demise? New Orleans needs to avoid dropping below .500 in a suddenly very cloudy NFC South. Expect to see extremely heavy doses of Alvin Kamara to test that Packer run defense. Yes, that’s a rare fantasy tip, y’all.
Week 3 Chiefs at Ravens: Monday, 9.28, 8:15 pm ET.
Biggest AFC game of the year and a very, very probable AFC Championship preview. Get your popcorn ready.
What to watch for: It’s the matchup we all expected to see in the AFC title game last year, until Tennessee upset the apple cart. Add in the fact that both the Niners and Saints look vulnerable all of a sudden and Green Bay has a fatal flaw, and this might be the two best teams in football, period. Yes, these two teams are offensive juggernauts, but they’re also tough defensive units. Both K.C. and Baltimore rank inside the top ten in points scored (Bal 2nd-K.C. 10th) and points allowed (Bal 1st-K.C. 9th). I literally can’t wait to see what happens in this one. Something’s gotta give.
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