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article imageOp-Ed: NFL Games of the Week – Week 3

By Mike Rossi     Sep 16, 2014 in Sports
Well that was an interesting…
Week 2 in the NFL left a number of fans – including this writer – scratching their heads.
How did the San Francisco 49ers blow a 17-point lead at the opening game for their new stadium against the Chicago Bears?
That vaunted Seattle defense looked downright incompetent against a San Diego Charger team that lost last week to the Arizona Cardinals.
Speaking of the Cardinals, they’re tops in the NFC West as one of only three teams in the NFL to start the season 2-0.
Oh God, and who could forget the Rams who, behind the arm of their third string quarterback, somehow beat a talented (on paper anyway) Tampa Bay Bucs team.
I could go on but I won’t. I’m too stunned and confused to dwell on it anymore. Week 2 was an anomaly and let’s leave it at that.
Heading into Week 3, here are the games to keep an eye on:
Washington at Philadelphia
For those who missed it, RG III’s ankle exploded last week on the infamously garbage turf that is FedEx Field.
The dislocated ankle is yet another major setback to the injury-prone quarterback who’s been unable to break a string of bad luck dating back that fateful day when Dan Snyder drafted him to join the hapless Washington Redskins organization.
But how about Kirk Cousins?!
Captain Kirk replaced Robert Griffin III following the aforementioned injury and never looked back, leading the Redskins to an absolute manhandling of…
The Jacksonville Jaguars.
Temper thy excitement people.
Still, Cousins has looked great at times over the past two years and rumors are swirling about his potential future as the STARTING quarterback of the Redskins. It will be interesting to see what he can do in Week 3 against…
…The Eagles, DeSean Jackson’s old team, who thus far this season have only found ways to win despite large and early deficits.
It’s also a division rivalry but neither of these teams has been consistently good enough during the last decade for that to matter. Sorry.
Baltimore at Cleveland
The Cleveland Browns have been so bad for so long they may be the one team in professional football that’s impossible to root against unless your team just happens to be playing them that particular week.
Even then it's still hard.
And yet, the Browns have done the seemingly impossible through the first two weeks of 2014…they’ve looked something along the lines of — dare I say it? — good.
Quarterback Brian Hoyer has led Cleveland to a very unlikely 1-1 start which could have easily been 2-0 if their defense managed to keep the Pittsburgh Steelers out of the endzone for more than five minutes.
Truthfully, I have nothing to say about Baltimore.This game is only about discovering if Cleveland can make winning an early-season habit for the first time since Bernie Kosar.
Denver at Seattle
A rematch of last year’s Super Bowl, need I say more?
Denver shored up their defense after losing in embarrassing fashion to the ‘Hawks in the final game of 2014 and they boast an offense still led by that Manning guy, whoever he is.
The Seahawks looked dominant in Week 1 versus Green Bay, but were massively upset in Week 2 against the Chargers, despite having 11 days to prepare for the game.
Even though the game is in the Emerald City, it’s hard to see Peyton losing to the same team in less than 12 months. My hunch is the Broncos leave Seattle in much better shape than they left New York last February.
Green Bay at Detroit
Although it lacks the bitterness of the Bears-Packers rivalry, there’ll be no love lost between these two divisional opponents when they line up opposite each other in Detroit.
Though they share the same record at 1-1, both teams enter Week 3 from decidedly different vantage points.
On the one hand, you have the Packers coming off a gutsy and hard-fought game against the New York Jets. Led by Aaron Rodgers' arm and some timely defense, the Pack managed to overcome an 18-point deficit for their first win of 2014.
On the other, you have Detroit who — despite an impressive Week 1 domination of the New York Giants — got absolutely demolished in Week 2 by a physical Carolina Panther football team.
Considering the game is at Ford Field, conventional wisdom would suggest the Lions have the advantage. But given the resilience of Green Bay and an offense led by a future Canton-hopeful Aaron Rodgers, it’s not easy to bet against the Pack.
Call it a hunch, but Detroit heads into Week 4 at 1-2.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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