NFL Week 3 Preview
With Week 2 in the books, there remains a handful of teams that are still chasing perfection. Just eight teams are 2-0 and two teams are 1-0 (thanks natural disasters) out of the 32. 13 teams are 1-1 and 9 teams are still seeking their first win. These next few weeks should really show us who the playoff contenders are and who are entering the Sam Darnold/Josh Rosen sweepstakes.
Here are five games to keep your eyes on this week as we try to separate the contenders from the pretenders.
Dallas (1-1) @ Arizona (1-1)
Dallas was outclassed on both sides of the ball last week in Denver. Granted, they were without their top 3 corners but it wouldn’t have mattered much given the way the Broncos were operating. They have a chance to bounce back this week in Arizona against a struggling Cardinals team. Yes, they won last week, but it was as ugly as a win as you’ll witness. More is expected out of Carson Palmer and the offense to go along with the Tyrann Mathieu and Chandler Jones.
Prediction- Dallas 30, Arizona 17
Houston (1-1) @ New England (1-1)
Last season Houston missed J.J. Watt due to injury. New England has had a few injury prone players over the last few years, namely Rob Gronkowski. Gronk left last week’s game in the 3rd quarter with a groin injury. He swears he’s good to go for this week, though. It will be fun to watch some of the best players at their positions play in a rematch of a playoff matchup from last season. After a surprising Week 1 loss, New England demolished New Orleans last week. Expect more of the same against a struggling Texan offense.
Prediction- New England 35, Houston 13
Denver (2-0) @ Buffalo (1-1)
Only 3 teams in the league have played two games and allowed one or fewer touchdowns: Carolina Panthers, Baltimore Ravens, and Buffalo Bills. The offense lacks firepower but the defense will keep them in every game this season. However, Denver looks like serious contenders after the hurt they put on Dallas this past weekend. Trevor Siemian threw accurate passes all over the field and the Denver defense was lights out. This team, barring injury, is scary good. We’ll see how they do in their first road game of the year.
Prediction- Denver 24, Buffalo 6
Kansas City (2-0) @ LA Chargers (0-2)
The Chargers have started their new life in LA with two losses by a combined five points. They lost on a blocked FG against Denver in Week 1. They lost on a 54-yard FG with 1:06 left to play, then missed their own FG at the buzzer against the Dolphins in their home opener. Kansas City, on the other hand, has looked amazing in their two wins against the Patriots and the Eagles. Even though they lost Eric Berry for the season due to a ruptured Achilles’ tendon, Daniel Sorensen made his presence felt all game. The Chiefs’ pass rush harassed Carson Wentz all game long. If the Chargers can’t find a rushing attack, it could get ugly for Philip Rivers and company.
Prediction- Chiefs 28, Chargers 14
Atlanta (2-0) @ Detroit (2-0)
Atlanta looks like they took this offseason really seriously. They look bigger, faster, meaner and better on defense than they did last season when they went to the Super Bowl. The offense isn’t running as smoothly as they would like it to yet. When it does, the Falcons are going to be extremely difficult to beat. Detroit is barely recognizable on offense. They are balanced in their attack with a renewed emphasis on the running game. Detroit DE Ziggy Ansah surpassed his personal last season’s sack total in last week’s win against the Giants, taking down Eli Manning 3 times.
Prediction- Atlanta 24, Detroit 21