The season is still young and all hope is not lost (OK, maybe for the Dolphins and Jets).
Regardless, Week 3 still gives us fantastic quarterback matchups and teams facing early season tests, one of which comes to Seattle this weekend, without its best asset.
New Orleans Saints at Seattle Seahawks
1:25 p.m. on CBS
No Drew Brees? Yeah, that’s a problem for the Saints as they head to Seattle this Sunday.
Despite the hand injury that is sidelining Brees for the next six weeks, the Saints are very capable beating the Seahawks. They’ve got a proven quarterback, former pro-bowler Teddy Bridgewater, and dynamic weapons in Michael Thomas at the receiver spot and Alvin Kamara out of the backfield.
But the edge goes to Seattle. When you have an offense that seems to be finding its groove and a defense that could see Ziggy Ansah for the first time all year, it’s hard to call for an upset.
Pick: Seahawks 30-22
Baltimore Ravens at Kansas City Chiefs
10 a.m. on CBS
Two dynamic and young quarterbacks who are leading two of the best offenses in the league early in the season? Sign me up!
When the Chiefs and Ravens met a year ago, we were in the midst of “Mahomes Mania” for Kansas City, and Baltimore’s Lamar Jackson was coming into his own. Fast-forward to Sunday’s game, the Ravens rank as the league’s top offense, averaging just over 540 yards in their first two games, while the Chiefs aren’t far behind in third.
In some ways, this is the first test for Jackson this season. The Chiefs defense isn’t great by any stretch, but the crowd at Arrowhead Stadium is enough to make Jackson’s day much more difficult.
Pick: Chiefs 38-31
Atlanta Falcons at Indianapolis Colts
10 p.m. on CBS
This is a fun game involving two teams from the South Divisions of the NFC and AFC. It will serve as a test for Colts quarterback Jacoby Brissett. He was impressive in a losing effort at Los Angeles. Andrew Luck’s replacement looks to win his second game in a row, but it won’t be the Colts QB with a big day. Look for Atlanta’s Matt Ryan and Julio Jones to connect on a few scores.
Pick: Falcons 27-23
Houston Texans at Los Angeles Chargers
1:25 p.m. on CBS
Is it Week 3? Yes. But I feel very comfortable in saying that this has the possibility of a game being played on Wild Card weekend.
Two fantastic featured quarterbacks face off, with the Chargers Philip Rivers and Houston’s Deshaun Watson. Both teams are more than capable at rushing the passer, with Houston’s JJ Watt and LA’s young rusher Joey Bosa. This game could be a great lead-in to Sunday Night Football.
Pick: Chargers 41-38
Los Angeles Rams at Cleveland Browns
5:20 p.m. on NBC
America’s introduction to the Cleveland Browns continues with a Sunday Night Football showcase for the Browns as they take on the Los Angeles Rams.The Browns have not been on Sunday Night Football since 2008, but with the additions of Odell Beckham Jr, Jarvis Landry and Baker Mayfield, it makes sense.
This task of winning on Sunday is going to be difficult because the Rams are the defending NFC Champs, and they carry a dynamic defense. When you match that up with a young QB like Cleveland’s Mayfield? Give the advantage to the defense.
Pick: Rams 20-13