NFL Week 3 Games to Watch

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Here are the top five games to watch for Week 3 of the 2014 NFL season:

 

  1. Chicago Bears at New York Jets

These teams are both 1-1, and they were each involved in wild comebacks last week. Unfortunately for the Jets, they were on the wrong side of the comeback. They managed to blow an 18-point lead at Green Bay, but they were impressive and got some bad luck along the way. We knew how good the Jets’ front seven was heading into the season, but the effectiveness of their running game has taken everyone by surprise. The offensive line has been great, and Chris Ivory is averaging 6.3 yards per carry. The same cannot be said about the Bears’ running game, but their passing attack was as good as advertised last Sunday. Jay Cutler led his team to a 17-point comeback on the road against the 49ers, and Brandon Marshall caught three touchdowns in the contest. Against a Jets secondary that was just torched by Aaron Rodgers and Jordy Nelson, they might be able to repeat their performances.

Edge: Chicago

The Bears’ secondary is decimated by injuries, but luckily they shouldn’t be too worried about getting torn up by Geno Smith. Cutler and his receivers should have another big game, and I like the Bears to win on Monday night.

 

  1. Pittsburgh Steelers at Carolina Panthers

The good news for the Panthers is they have Cam Newton back, but the bad news is that they will be without Greg Hardy. The Pro Bowl defensive end has finally been suspended from the team, but the Carolina front seven should still be fine without him. If Newton plays as well as he did last week, then this team will be solid on both sides of the ball. Pittsburgh needs a win following a 26-6 loss last week against Baltimore, and they got three extra days of rest for this game. The Ben Roethlisberger to Antonio Brown has been great, but besides them the team has been very average. The defense will have to be way better if they are going to stop Newton and Co.

Edge: Carolina

I think this will be a low scoring game, and I’ll take the home team to come out on top. I don’t think Cam Newton has to be sensational for them to win; he just can’t turn the ball over. The defense should slow down Le’Veon Bell, and I don’t expect Roethlisberger to tear up the secondary. I’m going with Carolina.

 

  1. Green Bay Packers at Detroit Lions

Both of these NFC North teams are at .500, so the outcome of this game will really shake up the division. Green Bay pulled off an improbable comeback last Sunday against the Jets, mainly because Aaron Rodgers and Jordy Nelson could not be stopped. Nelson had 209 receiving yards in the game, and there is no doubt that he is now one of the league’s premier receivers. But in this game, he will be sharing the field with the best receiver in the league. Calvin Johnson has been his usual, dominant self so far this year. The Packers will have to get a lot of pressure on Matthew Stafford, or else the Lions offense will shred their defense.

Edge: Detroit

This game will be an absolute shootout, and I think the Lions will pull it out for a huge win. Green Bay’s defense has looked terrible, and the Detroit offense has been known to be unstoppable at home. Aaron Rodgers is good enough to keep his team in the game until the end, but I like the Lions to get the victory.

 

  1. San Francisco 49ers at Arizona Cardinals

Arizona is 2-0 and atop the mighty NFC West, but they will be without their starting quarterback once again in this one. Carson Palmer is out, so Drew Stanton will get the nod for the second straight week. Stanton was mediocre against the Giants last week, but he did enough to earn a win for his team. Luckily for him, the Cardinals defense is almost good enough to win games on their own. They can force turnovers as much as anyone, and Colin Kaepernick threw three of them last Sunday. Kaepernick will have to be way better in this one if the 49ers are going to win. He usually plays well in big games, so I think the entire 49ers offense will rebound nicely.

Edge: San Francisco

The Cardinals are for real and have a legitimate chance at making the playoffs, but I don’t like Stanton’s chances against the 49ers defense. Throw in solid performances from Kaepernick and Frank Gore, and that should be enough for the 49ers to move to 2-1.

 

  1. Denver Broncos at Seattle Seahawks

Well, you had to see this coming. This rematch of last year’s Super Bowl is the most anticipated regular season game I can recall in a long time. It’s no secret that Seattle absolutely embarrassed Denver in the Super Bowl, so Peyton Manning is out for revenge. The Broncos offense has picked off right where they left off last regular season, and the team is 2-0. And with its new additions, the defense has been much improved too. The Seahawks are coming off of a pretty shocking defeat against the Chargers, and the Legion of Boom looked vulnerable for the first time in a while. But this is a home game, which makes all of the difference for the Seahawks. Russell Wilson ups his game when they are in Seattle, and the rest of the team should as well. This one feels more like a playoff game than a regular season game.

Edge: Seattle

This one will be much closer than the Super Bowl, but I still think Seattle will come out on top. The Seahawks offense is just too good at home, and the defense will return to form. Peyton Manning will get his numbers, but he won’t get the win.


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