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NFL Week 3 Sunday Live Thread

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The Rams escaped with a win over San Francisco on Thursday. Let’s watch the rest of the NFL shake out today.

Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, NC
Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, NC
Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

Early Games

Baltimore Ravens (2-0) at* Jacksonville Jaguars (1-1)

* - This game is being played at Wembley Stadium in London, England

I PREDICT A BLOWOUT, SOMETHING ALONG THE LINES OF 44-7 IN FAVOR OF THE JAGS.

As this one winds down, it’s hard not to send out a thought or two toward Week 6 when the Los Angeles Rams travel to Jacksonville. The Jags held the Houston Texans to just seven points in Week 1. They had the Ravens on a shutout until a garbage time touchdown a few minutes ago.

This is a defense with DE Calais Campbell and LB Myles Jack and DB Jalen Ramsey and a lot of talent..stay tuned.

Denver Broncos (2-0) at Buffalo Bills (1-1)

The AFC West is shaping up to be quite a battle with Denver, the Kansas City Chiefs and Oakland Raiders all at 2-0. That’s a three-way fight that could extend late into the season. If the 0-2 Los Angeles Chargers get things turned around and get in the mix, this could be the most contentious division in the NFL.

As for Buffalo, they’ve got some very tough games ahead. After this, they face a two-game road run before the bye in Week 7. They could be out of the AFC East at that point if they can’t get something positive out of this three-game stretch.

Pittsburgh Steelers (2-0) at Chicago Bears (0-2)

The early headline will be the Steelers’ decision to stay in the locker room during the national anthem to avoid any divisiveness between those players protesting and those not in a show of unity. The late headline will likely be the undefeated record for Pittsburgh and increased calls for Bears rookie QB Mitch Trubisky to start seeing the field.

Atlanta Falcons (2-0) at Detroit Lions (2-0)

Game of the day? Hard not to think so as it’s the only game between two undefeated teams.

Cleveland Browns (0-2) at Indianapolis Colts (0-2)

The anti-game of the day? Hey, someone gets to win!

(Please don’t end in a tie...)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-0) at Minnesota Vikings (1-1)

Very interesting game here. Tampa missed out on Week 1 due to the hurricanes while Minnesota has had to deal with a knee injury to QB Sam Bradford by going to QB Case Keenum. Can Keenum traverse the Bradford injury outage and keep Minnesota in the hunt? Big opportunity at home today.

Houston Texans (1-1) at New England Patriots (1-1)

This would have made for a great primetime game. One of these two is going to start off with a very, very disappointing 1-2 record...

Miami Dolphins (1-0) at New York Jets (0-2)

No.

New York Giants (0-2) at Philadelphia Eagles (1-1)

Similarly to the Texans-Patriots game, you’ve got two NFC East contenders looking to avoid a big loss today. The G-Men would be looking at 0-3 and even louder questions of Head Coach Ben McAdoo and QB Eli Manning while Philadelphia is hoping to shoot out to a 2-1 record atop a sagging NFC East.

New Orleans Saints (0-2) at Carolina Panthers (2-0)

Sure, we’re all expecting Carolina to win this. What’s interesting to me is where the Saints would go from there. Head Coach Sean Payton and QB Drew Brees reached the highest of highs winning Super Bowl XLIV. That was seven years ago.

They’ve gone 7-9 in four of the last five years. The defense is horrible. Drew Brees is 38-years old. Could be something big in the Big Easy if the Aints of old start out 0-3...

Late Games

Seattle Seahawks (1-1) at Tennessee Titans (1-1)

Another good matchup between two teams fighting to stave off a disappointing start. One of these two is going to be in a 1-2 hole...

Go Titans!

Cincinnati Bengals (0-2) at Green Bay Packers (1-1)

Gotta think the Pack hold home court here and send the Bengals to 0-3 which after last year’s 6-9-1 season should start asking the tough questions of Head Coach Marvin Lewis and QB Andy Dalton...

Kansas City Chiefs (2-0) at Los Angeles Chargers (0-2)

Yes, attendance will be part of the narrative, but this is a huge game. I mentioned the three-way race in the AFC West between Denver, Oakland and KC. If the Chiefs can get a road win to stay unblemished, it would be a huge boost heading into October. Gotta think the Chargers will be at max motivation to avoid 0-3...

Sunday Night Football

Oakland Raiders (2-0) at Washington Football Team That May Or May Not Protest During The Anthem (1-1)

Undefeated Oakland team in DC? This could be a lot of fun.