NFL Week 3 Preview

NFL Week 3 Preview

Game of the Week: Falcons (2-0) at Lions (2-0), Preview of the NFC title game? It’s far too early to tell, but both of these teams have impressed through two weeks with complete performances on offense, defense and special teams.

Rams (1-1) at 49ers (0-2), The Rams let one get away against the Redskins last week, but quarterback Jared Goff is steadily growing toward the hype that came with being a No. 1 pick. San Francisco is averaging a meager six points and 232.5 yards of total offense per game.

Ravens (2-0) vs. Jaguars (1-1), The crowd at Wembley Stadium in London shouldn’t get its hopes up for offensive fireworks. The Jaguars and Ravens rank 26th and 30th, respectively, in passing yards per game.

Steelers (2-0) at Bears (0-2), It may be just a matter of time until rookie Mitch Trubisky takes over for Mike Glennon at quarterback in Chicago. The Steelers would love to see RB Le’Veon Bell finally get on track.

Buccaneers (1-0) at Vikings (1-1), Tampa Bay gave up only 20 yards rushing as it opened its season last week. Vikings rookie RB Dalvin Cook is averaging 5.6 yards per rush through two games.

Dolphins (1-0) at Jets (0-2), The Jets are the league’s worst team at defending the rush, giving up 185 yards per game. Miami RB Jay Ajayi bulldozed to 122 yards in a victory over the Chargers last week.

Saints (0-2) at Panthers (2-0), With tight end Greg Olsen out and QB Cam Newton hampered by an ankle injury, Carolina’s offense is a work in progress. Playing New Orleans’ defense, yielding a league-worst 512.5 yards per game, could help Carolina get on track.

Browns (0-2) at Colts (0-2), An unimpressive start by the AFC South may give the Colts hope they can tread water in the division until QB Andrew Luck eventually returns. Those hopes would fade away if they can’t handle the Browns at home.

Texans (1-1) at Patriots (1-1), Tom Brady responded to his lackluster season-opening performance by throwing for 447 yards and three touchdowns in a bounce-back victory over New Orleans. Forty is suiting No. 12 just fine.

Giants (0-2) at Eagles (1-1), The Eagles’ leading rusher through two games? QB Carson Wentz, who has eight carries for 61 yards. That’s 30 more yards than the Giants’ leading rusher, Orleans Darkwa (31 yards).

Seahawks (1-1) at Titans (1-1), The Seahawks were uncharacteristically poor against the run in their win over the 49ers, allowing 124 yards by Carlos Hyde on 15 carries. It won’t get any easier against Tennessee RB Derrick Henry (5.85 yards per carry this season).

Chiefs (2-0) at Chargers (0-2), The Chargers have lost both of their games on missed field goals at the end of regulation. Now, they must beat high-powered Kansas City (34.5 points per game) to avoid falling to 0-3.

Bengals (0-2) at Packers, (1-1), Can the Bengals finally reach the end zone for the first time this season? They’ll have a chance if the Packers don’t improve their run defense (115 yards per game).

Raiders (2-0) at Redskins (1-1), At 30 years old, Oakland receiver Michael Crabtree may be at the start of a career year after snaring three touchdown passes last week. Washington is surrendering 269 passing yards per game.

Cowboys (1-1) at Cardinals (1-1), Arizona’s Carson Palmer has the league’s fifth-worst QB rating (65.6) among qualifying players. He’ll have a chance to improve upon that number if Dallas can’t get its injury ravaged secondary healthy.

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