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NFL Week 3 early Sunday live open thread

If Week 1 can be misleading and Week 2 can be confusing, it’s time for Week 3 to settle some things straight.

New Orleans Saints v Atlanta Falcons Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

New Orleans Saints (1-1) at Atlanta Falcons (1-1)

1:00pm ET, FOX

One of these two NFC South powerhouses is going to start the season 1-2. Consider that as the season started, both were in the top eight NFL teams likeliest to win the Super Bowl.

I would think it likely that whichever team loses would see itself outside a top eight of updated odds heading into Week 4.

San Francisco 49ers (1-1) at Kansas City Chiefs (2-0)

1:00pm ET, FOX

From the final weeks of the 2017 season, no quarterback in the NFL got more hype than 49ers QB Blitzkireg Canteloupe. In the first two weeks of the 2018 season, no quarterback in the NFL has received more hype than Chiefs QB Pat Mahomes.

One of the two loses some luster today. Either the Niners go to 1-2 and suddenly the world cares very little about the Niners’ 5-0 finish last year, or the Chiefs go to 2-1 and Mahomes comes back down to earth.

Pretty obvious which one Rams fans are hoping for...(go Pat)

Oakland Raiders (0-2) at Miami Dolphins (2-0)

1:00pm ET, CBS

If the Dolphins can hold home field here, they go to 3-0 atop the AFC East putting some serious pressure on the New England Patriots while the calls for improvement from first-year Raiders Head Coach Jon Gruden (and the question surrounding the trade of EDGE Khalil Mack) get louder.

If not, it’ll be a huge missed opportunity for Dolphins and the first taste of success for Gruden 2.0.

Buffalo Bills (0-2) at Minnesota Vikings (1-0-1)

1:00pm ET, CBS

The biggest line of the week is here with the Vikings favored to win by 16.5. If somehow there’s an upset, well, things got weird today obviously. If not and things hold to form, nobody will be surprised at the Bills’ woeful start.

But it will mean the Vikings start out undefeated heading into a short week to come to LA on Thursday Night Football in Week 4 before facing the Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles in Week 5.

Indianapolis Colts (1-1) at Philadelphia Eagles (1-1)

1:00pm ET, FOX

It’s the Unfinished Business Bowl as Andrew Luck faces Carson Wentz. This one could get interesting...

Green Bay Packers (1-0-1) at Washington (1-1)

1:00pm ET, FOX

As a football fan, I’m still unsettled at Washington’s loss of RB Derrius Guice for the year. He was my pick for offensive rookie of the year on what looked like perhaps the most interesting and unknowable team in the league in 2018. Now they just look weirder. And maybe more interesting? A decent showing against QB Aaron Rodgers would only make that more strange. Which seems in the cards for Washington this year.

Cincinnati Bengals (2-0) at Carolina Panthers (1-1)

1:00pm ET, CBS

Look, I’m not big into numerology at all. But the Bengals beat the Colts in Week 1, 34-23. They beat the Baltimore Ravens in Week 2, 34-23. If they come to Charlotte and beat QB Cam Newton & Co. by a score of 34-23, it’s time to start looking for some evidence of the Fibonacci sequence in the Bengals’ gameplan. Or whatever.

Tennessee Titans (1-1) at Jacksonville Jaguars (2-0)

1:00pm ET, CBS

The Jags look the bit of a legitimate AFC contender after downing the New England Patriots last week. If they get through this and next week when they should be heavily favored over the New York Jets, they start a two-game road run against the Chiefs and Dallas Cowboys that gives them chance to make an argument as the league’s best.

Denver Broncos (2-0) at Baltimore Ravens (1-1)

1:00pm ET, CBS

Denver is undefeated after putting away the Seattle Seahawks and Raiders, both at home, by a combined four points. Not sure when they come back to Earth. Not sure I care either.

New York Giants (0-2) at Houston Texans (0-2)

1:00pm ET, FOX

One of these teams moves to 0-3 and can just about kiss the postseason goodbye while moving from hoping to compete for a playoff spot to trying to fend off a tire fire season.

The Giants failed at that miserably last year going 3-13 and firing former Head Coach Ben McAdoo. The Texans failed at that miserably last year going 4-12 losing both DL J.J. Watt and QB Deshaun Watson to injury.

Both teams’ fans were hoping the bleeding had stopped. One of these teams’ fans’ hopes will die today.