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The NFL starts taking shape in Week 3...

Baltimore Ravens QB Lamar Jackson
Javaris Jamar Javarison-Lamar
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Cincinnati Bengals (0-2) at Buffalo Bills (2-0)

Well how about this AFC matchup. A winless Bengals side (predictable) against an undefeated Bills team (come again...).

The Bengals looked lively in Week 1 on the road against the Seattle Seahawks losing a one-point game before being trounced at home by the San Francisco 49ers. Now they head out on a two-game road run with the Bills and Pittsburgh Steelers. The schedule doesn’t look pretty upon returning home. This isn’t a must-win if only because the Bengals aren’t in must-win circumstances. A loss here catapults them into the tank tier with first-year Head Coach Zac Taylor set to navigate a 2019 season that’s built less around on-field results and more around off-field recalibration.

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand the Bills. I mentioned on a recent episode of Turf Show Radio that the Bills could easily run out to a 5-1 record. Posting a 2-0 record with two away games offers them a chance to boost the home crowd going into this home opener. If they get this one under their belt, get ready for a Bills hype-up.

Miami Dolphins (0-2) at Dallas Cowboys (2-0)

Neat.

Denver Broncos (0-2) at Green Bay Packers (2-0)

Neat?

Atlanta Falcons (1-1) at Indianapolis Colts (1-1)

Ok, what in the hell of the hall of half hocks is this?

The Falcons came up short against the Minnesota Vikings in Minneapolis before course-correcting against the Philadelphia Eagles at home in Week 2. Their schedule only gets more complicated after this.

Meanwhile, the Colts saw QB Andrew Luck retire prior to the start of the season before going a respectable 1-1 on a two-game road swing against the Los Angeles Chargers and Tennessee Titans leading into this one. If they hold home field here, we’re talking about a 2-1 that could suddenly take command of the wide open AFC South.

Baltimore Ravens (2-0) at Kansas City Chiefs (2-0)

AFC Championship preview?

Oakland Raiders (1-1) at Minnesota Vikings (1-1)

How am I not supposed to treat this game for the strangeness it provides?

Oakland is coming out of their offseason drama (and wow, was there a lot of it) without an obvious winnable game for a month.

Minnesota has this home gift before the schedule gets much tougher beyond. Trap game?

New York Jets (0-2) at New England Patriots (2-0)

Neat.

Detroit Lions (1-0-1) at Philadelphia Eagles (1-1)

Upset alert?

Detroit is coming in looking to mess with the middle of the NFC, and well they should be. Philadelphia is...looking to act as if they’re not looking to mess with the middle of the NFC.

Fight!