The Week 3 NFL schedule for the 2021 season is stacked with nice matchups, and we’ve got you lined with what that you must know heading into the weekend. Our NFL Nation reporters deliver us the most important keys to each recreation, a daring prediction for every matchup and, after all, last rating picks.
Moreover, ESPN Stats & Data supplies an enormous stat to know for every contest, and our Football Power Index (FPI) goes contained in the numbers with a matchup score (on a scale of 1 to 100) and a recreation projection. ESPN researcher Kyle Soppe arms out useful fantasy football and betting nuggets as properly. The whole lot you wish to know is right here in a single spot that will help you prepare for a loaded weekend of NFL football.
Let’s get into the total Week 3 slate, together with an enormous AFC West showdown between Justin Herbert and Patrick Mahomes — each coming off losses — a gathering of No. 1 total picks in Jacksonville, Tom Brady vs. Matthew Stafford in Los Angeles and a possible offensive explosion on Sunday evening between the Packers and 49ers. All of it culminates with a Monday Evening Soccer matchup between the Eagles and the Cowboys on ESPN. (Recreation instances are Sunday except in any other case famous.)
Thursday: CAR 24, HOU 9
1 p.m. ET | CBS
Matchup score: 67.6 | Spread: KC -6.5 (54.5)
What to look at for: Chargers QB Justin Herbert carved up the Chiefs twice final season, throwing for greater than 300 yards in every recreation and mixing for 4 landing passes with one interception. He may discover the going even simpler this time round towards a Chiefs protection that’s permitting opponents to finish 72% of their passes and is profitable within the cross rush at a league-low charge of 26.2%. The Chiefs want an enormous recreation from pass-rushers Chris Jones and Frank Clark, or it might be an extended day. — Adam Teicher
Daring prediction: Herbert will bounce again in an enormous manner with greater than 350 passing yards and a number of touchdowns — and a win. He had an off recreation final week towards Dallas, throwing just one landing cross with two interceptions. But when final season’s video games towards the Chiefs are any indication of what’s to return, this daring prediction is a secure wager. — Shelley Smith
Stat to know: Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes boasts a 16-2 file as a starter in division video games over his NFL profession, with 35 TD passes to simply eight interceptions in these video games. Since Complete QBR was first tracked in 2006, Mahomes is one in every of three QBs with a 70-plus profession QBR in division play, forward of Peyton Manning and Tom Brady (minimal 15 begins).
What to know for fantasy: Two of L.A. receiver Mike Williams‘ high 4 profession fantasy video games have are available Kansas Metropolis — together with 22.8 factors in Week 17 of final season. See Week 3 rankings.
Betting nugget: The over has cashed in every of the previous three video games these two groups have performed at Arrowhead Stadium, with the Chargers overlaying the quantity twice. Read more.
Smith’s choose: Chargers 31, Chiefs 27
Teicher’s choose: Chiefs 34, Chargers 31
FPI prediction: KC, 72.5% (by a median of 8.5 factors)
Matchup must-reads: Chargers need to clean up penalties, turnovers to compete with Chiefs, AFC’s best … Mahomes says more to incident than shown in video of brother pouring water on fan … Chiefs don’t have a championship defense right now … Behind Hill, Chiefs continue a wide receiver by committee approach
1 p.m. ET | FOX
Matchup score: 65.5 | Spread: NE -3 (42)
What to look at for: The Patriots’ run protection has been shaky — the Jets totaled 152 yards on 31 carries with a 4.9-yard common — and the Saints wish to get operating again Alvin Kamara going after eight carries for five yards vs. the Panthers in Week 2. So that is the matchup throughout the matchup. “In case you have been attempting to construct an ideal again, he basically provides you all the things you want,” Patriots linebacker Dont’a Hightower mentioned of Kamara. — Mike Reiss
Daring prediction: Saints QB Jameis Winston will probably be held underneath 230 passing yards for the third straight week. It will not be as ugly as final week at Carolina, when the Saints’ total offense was held to simply 128 yards and 6 first downs due to safety points. However it is going to be arduous to have a “get proper” recreation towards the Patriots’ stingy protection, which ranks high 5 within the NFL via two weeks in factors allowed (11.5 per recreation) and yards allowed (297.5 per recreation). — Mike Triplett
Stat to know: The Saints’ 128 yards in Week 2 have been the fewest in a recreation underneath coach Sean Payton since 2006. They’ve by no means had fewer than 250 yards in a number of video games in a season underneath Payton.
Betting nugget: Unders are 6-3 within the 9 cases New England has been favored since Tom Brady took his skills to Tampa Bay. Read more.
Damien Woody cannot consider Bart Scott is declaring Sunday a must-win situation for the 1-1 Patriots.
Triplett’s choose: Patriots 23, Saints 20
Reiss’ choose: Patriots 20, Saints 17
FPI prediction: NE, 58.6% (by a median of three.1 factors)
1 p.m. ET | FOX
Matchup score: 64.2 | Spread: BUF -7.5 (45.5)
What to look at for: The Washington protection got here into the season with excessive expectations however has began the 12 months ranked No. 25 in yards allowed and No. 17 in factors allowed. Towards a Payments offensive line that’s nonetheless bettering, the defensive entrance ought to have a possibility to take a step ahead. With Buffalo quarterback Josh Allen nonetheless getting right into a rhythm, making his day troublesome — because the Steelers did in Week 1 — would go a good distance towards a possible upset. If the Payments’ offense has its manner, nevertheless, Washington might be in for an extended day. — Alaina Getzenberg
Daring prediction: Payments receiver Stefon Diggs will surpass 100 yards for the primary time this season, as Allen proves correct sufficient to hit an enormous play or two. Diggs had seven 100-yard video games final season however has gained simply 69 and 60 yards, respectively, within the first two video games of this season. In three video games vs. Washington, he has surpassed 143 yards twice, albeit towards a distinct group than he’ll face Sunday. However Washington has allowed some large performs and benefitted from close to misses. — John Keim
Stat to know: Washington has misplaced 5 straight highway video games on the Payments, and all by double digits. Its final highway win on the Payments was in Week 8 of the 1987 season.
What to know for fantasy: Allen has been held underneath 18 fantasy factors in each video games this season, a complete he eclipsed in every of his last 5 video games of final season. On Sunday, he takes on the fifth-best protection when it comes to defending fantasy quarterbacks for the reason that starting of final season. See Week 3 rankings.
Betting nugget: Washington has gained three of its previous 5 as an underdog outright, and it went 4-1 towards the unfold (ATS) in these video games. Read more.
Keim’s choose: Payments 23, Washington 16
Getzenberg’s choose: Payments 24, Washington 10
FPI prediction: BUF, 71.0% (by a median of seven.9 factors)
Matchup must-reads: Washington must fix defense as QB gauntlet awaits … How Bills’ Moss made the most of second chances vs. Dolphins … Heinicke’s composure reminds teammate of Seattle’s Wilson … Buffalo-Washington matchup will have a decidedly Carolina feel
1 p.m. ET | FOX
Matchup score: 50.1 | Spread: CLE -7 (45.5)
What to look at for: How will Bears rookie QB Justin Fields carry out in his first profession begin? Chicago’s future at quarterback has arrived, as the previous Ohio State star returns to the Buckeye State. He’s the Bears’ thirty sixth completely different beginning quarterback since 1989 — the second most within the NFL over that span behind the Browns (37). — Jake Trotter
Daring prediction: Fields will rush for 2 touchdowns. He’s nonetheless a work-in-progress within the passing recreation, however there is no such thing as a denying his capacity to run with the soccer. Do not be shocked if Fields additionally finishes with near 100 dashing yards in his NFL regular-season beginning debut. — Jeff Dickerson
Stat to know: Browns QB Baker Mayfield has a 81.6% completion proportion this season, the best in NFL. The most effective completion proportion by a Browns quarterback via the staff’s first three video games is 75.8% by Milt Plum in 1960 (minimal 20 cross makes an attempt).
Stephen A. Smith explains why he is involved about Justin Fields getting his first begin for the Bears towards the Browns.
What to know for fantasy: Chicago operating again David Montgomery has posted greater than 18.5 fantasy factors in a highway recreation 5 instances throughout his profession, and 4 have are available his previous 4 alternatives. See Week 3 rankings.
Betting nugget: They not often play the AFC North, however after overlaying final week towards the Bengals, the Bears are 7-0-2 ATS towards the division over the previous decade. And so they have lined every of their previous three video games towards Cleveland. Read more.
Dickerson’s choose: Browns 24, Bears 21
Trotter’s choose: Browns 27, Bears 23
FPI prediction: CLE, 70.3% (by a median of seven.6 factors)
1 p.m. ET | CBS
Matchup score: 43.1 | Spread: BAL -8 (50)
What to look at for: Can the Lions repair their errors and put collectively an entire recreation? Towards San Francisco in Week 1, they began poor earlier than ending sturdy. Then towards Inexperienced Bay in Week 2, they bought off to a sizzling begin and folded late. This weekend, they’re up towards one of many league’s most dynamic stars in Ravens QB Lamar Jackson. The Lions need to keep away from an 0-3 begin for first time since 2015, whereas this Baltimore staff enters Ford Area with 41 straight video games with 100 dashing yards — the second-longest streak in NFL historical past. — Eric Woodyard
Daring prediction: The Ravens’ protection is not going to enable a landing after giving up the second-most factors within the NFL over the primary two weeks. After not blitzing towards Kansas Metropolis, Baltimore will get again to its aggressive type of protection in Detroit. Of their solely assembly towards Lions QB Jared Goff, the Ravens intercepted him twice and compelled him to throw off-target on 22.2% of his passes (Goff was then with the Rams). — Jamison Hensley
Stat to know: Jackson has 4 straight video games with 80 dashing yards — the longest streak of his profession.
What to know for fantasy: Lions tight finish T.J. Hockenson had by no means had a recreation with not less than eight catches and a landing in his NFL profession getting into this season. Nonetheless, he’s the one participant within the NFL who has produced that stat line in each Weeks 1 and a couple of this 12 months. See Week 3 rankings.
Betting nugget: Goff is 0-3 ATS in his profession as a double-digit highway underdog, and Baltimore has lined every of its previous three video games towards Detroit. Read more.
Hensley’s choose: Ravens 31, Lions 9
Woodyard’s choose: Ravens 31, Lions 17
FPI prediction: BAL, 71.2% (by a median of 8.0 factors)
Matchup must-reads: Letdown after emotional win? Ravens’ Jackson ranks among best at avoiding upsets … Lions are looking to trade LB Collins … Jackson misses practice Thursday with illness, but source says he’s OK for Sunday
1 p.m. ET | CBS
Matchup score: 42.0 | Spread: PIT -3 (43.5)
What to look at for: Steelers edge rusher T.J. Watt and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger are banged up getting into Sunday’s AFC North matchup. Roethlisberger, who’s 24-8 towards the Bengals, may be capable of play via the ache of the left pec injury, but when the Steelers’ embattled offensive line cannot stand up to a cross rush led by Bengals defensive finish Trey Hendrickson, it might be one other lengthy day for the QB. Defensively, the Steelers have a rash of accidents that would make it troublesome to defend the deep ball from Bengals signal-caller Joe Burrow — one thing Pittsburgh did not do properly within the loss towards the Raiders. — Brooke Pryor
Daring prediction: Steelers operating again Najee Harris will get 150 scrimmage yards. The Steelers have had fewer than 100 dashing yards in eight straight video games, the longest energetic streak in NFL. However they need to be capable of get favorable matchups for Harris in the midst of the sector towards Cincinnati. — Ben Child
Stat to know: Pittsburgh receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster has gone 23 straight video games with out reaching 100 receiving yards, the longest streak of his profession. On the opposite sideline, Bengals receiver Ja’Marr Chase has the possibility to develop into the second participant in NFL historical past with a landing catch of not less than 40 yards in every of his first three profession video games (Billy Howton in 1952).
Keyshawn Johnson outlines why the Steelers have to be involved about Ben Roethlisberger’s pectoral damage on account of his age and their poor offensive line play.
What to know for fantasy: Cincinnati operating again Joe Mixon has touched the ball 51 instances in his previous three video games towards the Steelers and hasn’t scored as soon as. See Week 3 rankings.
Betting nugget: The Steelers have lined six of their previous eight residence video games towards the Bengals. Read more.
Child’s choose: Steelers 17, Bengals 13
Pryor’s choose: Steelers 23, Bengals 16
FPI prediction: PIT, 62.9% (by a median of 4.7 factors)
1 p.m. ET | CBS
Matchup score: 41.3 | Spread: TEN -5 (48)
What to look at for: The Titans’ banged-up offensive line is dealing with a Colts run protection that’s permitting an uncharacteristic 120 yards per recreation on the bottom. Over the previous three seasons, the Colts’ run protection allowed 100 or extra dashing yards solely thrice. No matter who is obstructing, anticipate the Titans to offer operating again Derrick Henry the ball early and sometimes. Henry picked up 100 or extra yards in every of his previous three video games dealing with the Colts. — Turron Davenport
Daring prediction: Titans receivers A.J. Brown and Julio Jones will every have 100 yards, and Henry can have not less than 100 yards on the bottom. The Colts’ protection, as linebacker Darius Leonard mentioned, has struggled placing collectively 4 quarters of constant play for a season and a half. Leonard and Co. will battle stopping the run and defending the cross with Brown and Jones lined up on the skin and Henry taking the handoffs. Within the opening weeks, the Seahawks’ Tyler Lockett and the Rams’ Cooper Kupp every had 100 yards receiving towards the Colts. — Mike Wells
Stat to know: Tennessee’s Jones has 59 profession video games with 100 receiving yards, tied with Marvin Harrison for the third most in NFL historical past (behind Jerry Rice with 76 and Randy Moss with 64).
What to know for fantasy: The Colts noticed a receiver rating over 17 fantasy factors in each conferences with the Titans final season. See Week 3 rankings.
Betting nugget: The Colts are 8-1 outright (7-2 ATS) of their previous 9 journeys to Tennessee. Read more.
Wells’ choose: Titans 30, Colts 13
Davenport’s choose: Titans 28, Colts 17
FPI prediction: TEN, 58.5% (by a median of three.1 factors)
Matchup must-reads: At 0-2, Colts need Wentz to protect himself from himself … Tannehill and Jones’ chemistry heats up in Week 2 for Titans … With Wentz injured, fair to question Colts’ QB depth … Titans RB Henry looks to keep 100-yard streak alive against Colts
1 p.m. ET | FOX
Matchup score: 35.0 | Spread: ARI -7.5 (51.5)
What to look at for: This isn’t an excellent matchup for the Jaguars. They’ve given up 619 yards and 4 passing touchdowns, they usually have not created a turnover of their two losses. The quarterbacks they’ve confronted? Tyrod Taylor and Teddy Bridgewater. Stable gamers however not higher echelon QBs. Now comes Arizona’s Kyler Murray, who has thrown for 689 yards and 7 touchdowns (with three interceptions) in victories over Tennessee and Minnesota. — Mike DiRocco
Daring prediction: Murray will throw for 450 yards and three touchdowns whereas operating for an additional 100 yards and a landing. He’s looking for to develop into the primary Cardinals participant with back-to-back 400-yard passing video games and may tie Carson Palmer (three) for essentially the most 400-yard passing video games in franchise historical past. — Josh Weinfuss
Stat to know: The Jaguars have misplaced 17 straight video games. With a loss, they’d tie the 1972-73 Houston Oilers for the fifth-longest shedding streak in NFL historical past.
Area Yates makes a case for why Rondale Moore is value having in your fantasy staff.
Betting nugget: Arizona has lined every of its previous three video games towards Jacksonville, and the Jags have did not cowl every of their previous three video games as a house underdog. Read more.
Weinfuss’ choose: Cardinals 41, Jaguars 20
DiRocco’s choose: Arizona 33, Jaguars 17
FPI prediction: ARI, 65.4% (by a median of 5.6 factors)
Matchup must-reads: What Cardinals’ Murray, Jaguars’ Lawrence could have made in NIL dollars … Meyer ‘concerned’ that kicker Lambo is no longer Lambomatic for Jaguars … ‘Frustrated’ Cardinals QB Murray has higher expectations than 2-0
1 p.m. ET | FOX
Matchup score: 25.1 | Spread: NYG -3 (47.5)
What to look at for: It is a battle of 0-2 groups, and it is getting late early for these two groups. Who not less than needs to fake they’re going to be a playoff contender this season? Neither staff can afford to lose this one. Atlanta is looking for to keep away from eight straight losses for the primary time since 1996, whereas New York is trying to forestall consecutive 0-3 begins for the second time in franchise historical past (1995-96). It is a kind of video games. — Jordan Raanan
Daring prediction: Giants operating again Saquon Barkley will return to type with 150 yards dashing and a few touchdowns. The Falcons have the sixth-worst run protection within the league (4.9 yards per carry) and have but to face a top-flight operating again. For some time, Barkley was thought-about that. Coming off an damage final season and having 10 days of relaxation, this is perhaps the healthiest Barkley has been shortly. — Michael Rothstein
Stat to know: Receiver Sterling Shepard has not less than seven receptions for 70 yards in 4 straight video games, the second longest such streak by a Giants participant since 1950 (Odell Beckham Jr. had six straight in 2014).
What to know for fantasy: Atlanta operating again Cordarrelle Patterson had 9 touches to Mike Davis‘ 18 in Week 1, however Patterson vastly narrowed the hole in Week 2 (12 to 16). See Week 3 rankings.
Betting nugget: Over tickets have cashed in 5 of Atlanta’s previous seven video games performed in September — and hit final week earlier than the fourth quarter even kicked off. Read more.
Rothstein’s choose: Giants 27, Falcons 24
Raanan’s choose: Giants 31, Falcons 13
FPI prediction: NYG, 63.2% (by a median of 4.8 factors)
Matchup must-reads: Understanding the growth of Pitts through Atlanta’s first two games … Giants’ Golladay says outburst was directed at Garrett, not Jones … Toney’s Giants career begins with a lot of noise, little production
4:05 p.m. ET | CBS
Matchup score: 43.2 | Spread: LV -4 (44)
What to look at for: The Raiders’ out of the blue fierce cross rush faces a leaky Dolphins offensive line and backup QB Jacoby Brissett. Brissett just isn’t solely 11-19 and among the many worst in QBR (47.3) and yards per try (6.5) over the previous 5 seasons, however he’s additionally the one QB within the league with not less than 25 begins to finish lower than 60% of his passes. Plus, he has been pressured on 34% of his dropbacks since 2017. Enter Raiders edge rushers Maxx Crosby and Yannick Ngakoue, who had 11 mixed pressures final week at Pittsburgh and every pressured a fumble. — Paul Gutierrez
Daring prediction: Raiders QB Derek Carr can have fewer than 300 passing yards. He leads the league in passing yards via two video games (817), however Miami’s protection has the expertise to match up with Las Vegas’ playmakers and can restrict Carr on Sunday. — Marcel Louis-Jacques
Stat to know: Las Vegas leads the NFL with a 38.4% run cease win charge this season, whereas Miami’s run block win charge ranks sixth.
Keyshawn Johnson explains to Stephen A. Smith why he’d want to play with Derek Carr over Russell Wilson or Kyler Murray.
What to know for fantasy: Carr is QB8 via two weeks and leads the NFL in passing by 128 yards. See Week 3 rankings.
Betting nugget: The underneath has hit simply as soon as in Vegas for the reason that Raiders relocated (Week 10 final season vs. Denver). Read more.
Louis-Jacques’ choose: Raiders 21, Dolphins 13
Gutierrez’s choose: Raiders 27, Dolphins 16
FPI prediction: LV, 62.4% (by a median of 4.5 factors)
Matchup must-reads: Tagovailoa ‘week-to-week’ with fractured ribs … Is it time to go all-in on the Raiders? … Is Raiders’ reimagined defense real, or a mirage? … Carr overcomes ankle scare to continue Raiders’ historic early-season groove
4:05 p.m. ET | CBS
Matchup score: 40.8 | Spread: DEN -10.5 (41.5)
What to look at for: How will Jets rookie quarterback Zach Wilson navigate Vic Fangio’s defensive scheme? With upgrades to the Broncos’ secondary, head coach Fangio has deployed an even bigger number of coverages than the staff did within the earlier two seasons. Exterior linebacker Von Miller has additionally come out of the gate sturdy with three sacks and 5 tackles for loss. Wilson, in the meantime, is tied for the league lead in interceptions with 5 and has been sacked greater than every other quarterback (10). — Jeff Legwold
Daring prediction: Broncos QB Teddy Bridgewater will proceed his sizzling begin and throw for 300 yards and two touchdowns. The Jets’ protection has performed surprisingly properly in some areas, however it’s nonetheless giving up too many explosive performs, having allowed 10 completions of 15 yards or extra. Bridgewater will dissect their younger cross protection. — Wealthy Cimini
Stat to know: Broncos receiver Courtland Sutton is averaging 20.1 air yards per goal (second within the NFL). He averaged 12.6 over his profession getting into 2021 season.
What to know for fantasy: Three quarterbacks have accomplished 70% of their passes and scored 20 fantasy factors in each weeks this season: Patrick Mahomes, Russell Wilson and Bridgewater. See Week 3 rankings.
Betting nugget: New York has lined only one recreation in September since 2019 (1-7 ATS over that span). And total for the reason that begin of final season, it’s 6-12 ATS, the worst cowl proportion within the NFL. Read more.
Cimini’s choose: Broncos 31, Jets 14
Legwold’s choose: Broncos 30, Jets 12
FPI prediction: DEN, 76.8% (by a median of 10.4 factors)
Matchup must-reads: Franklin-Myers’ path: 0-30 in HS, Super Bowl sack, reboot with Jets … Broncos LB Chubb set for ankle surgery … Does Wilson’s four-INT game rank among Jets’ all-time QB clunkers? … Left or right side, Broncos’ Miller wants to play where there’s action … Broncos’ Fangio, Jets’ Saleh in the minority as coaches with defensive backgrounds
4:25 p.m. ET | FOX
Matchup score: 82.2 | Spread: TB -1 (55.5)
What to look at for:The undefeated Rams have Tremendous Bowl aspirations, which suggests a Week 3 matchup towards the defending Tremendous Bowl champion Bucs can present a barometer of how they measure up. Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady is off to sizzling begin with 9 passing touchdowns, and Rams QB Matthew Stafford has rapidly settled into L.A. after 12 seasons in Detroit, offering an anticipated spark within the offense. His 599 passing yards are the second most via two video games by a Rams QB over previous 20 seasons (Sam Bradford had 651 in 2013). This matchup might be a preview of the NFC championship recreation. — Lindsey Thiry
Daring prediction: Buccaneers defensive sort out Ndamukong Suh will shut out the sport by forcing a Stafford turnover and returning it for a landing. The final time the Bucs performed the Rams in L.A. in 2019, Suh closed it out with a 37-yard fumble return for a landing. He’ll relish the possibility to do it once more in L.A. and towards his former Lions QB. — Jenna Laine
Stat to know: Rams receiver Cooper Kupp can develop into the fourth participant within the Tremendous Bowl period with 100 receiving yards and a TD reception in every of the primary three video games in a season (Randy Moss in 2007, Marvin Harrison in 1999, Jerry Rice in 1989 and Dwight Clark in 1982).
Area Yates and Daniel Dopp element how despite the fact that the Rams are a troublesome matchup for Tom Brady, they are going to nonetheless begin him.
Betting nugget: Tampa Bay has lined eight of its previous 11 video games, courting again to final season (together with the playoffs). However Los Angeles has lined seven of its previous eight conferences with the Bucs. Read more.
Laine’s choose: Buccaneers 31, Rams 28
Thiry’s choose: Rams 28, Buccaneers 26
FPI prediction: LAR, 55.3% (by a median of two.0 factors)
4:25 p.m. ET | FOX
Matchup score: 63.8 | Spread: SEA -1 (55.5)
What to look at for: The Seahawks and Vikings may as properly be in the identical division, contemplating that is the fourth assembly between the 2 groups within the common season since 2018. Seattle QB Russell Wilson has a 7-0 file towards Minnesota, tied for second greatest by any energetic QB towards anybody opponent. The winless Vikings are at a crucial juncture as they start a stretch that would resolve the course of the season. Happily for Minnesota, these subsequent two are at residence, the primary time in 636 days that followers will pack into U.S. Financial institution Stadium. — Courtney Cronin
Daring prediction: Both Adam Thielen or Justin Jefferson will high 100 yards receiving for the Vikings. It is one other unhealthy matchup for the Seahawks’ protection. Seattle cornerback Tre Flowers had his points in protection final week, getting beat deep by each Julio Jones and A.J. Brown. If he fails to remain on high once more Sunday, here is a bonus prediction: You will see Sidney Jones IV come off the bench to switch him. — Brady Henderson
Stat to know: Minnesota QB Kirk Cousins has 4 straight video games with a number of cross touchdowns and no interceptions. That is the longest streak in franchise historical past and the longest energetic streak in NFL. However the Vikings are simply 1-3 in these video games.
What to know for fantasy: For the reason that starting of final season, Seattle receiver Tyler Lockett averages 34% extra fantasy factors per recreation than DK Metcalf in highway video games and is liable for three of this duo’s 4 25-plus level efforts over that pattern. See Week 3 rankings.
Betting nugget: The Seahawks lined simply in Week 1 at Indianapolis, a optimistic signal after overlaying simply twice away from residence final season (their first time failing to cowl three highway video games in a season since 2010). Read more.
Henderson’s choose: Seahawks 23, Vikings 21
Cronin’s choose: Vikings 28, Seahawks 27
FPI prediction: SEA, 50.1% (by a median of 0.1 factors)
Matchup must-reads: Jones? Sherman? Where Seahawks could turn for spark at cornerback … Vikings, feeling ‘it’s time to get some wins,’ will play Cook despite ankle sprain … Seahawks’ uncharacteristic collapse lessens margin for error in tough NFC West … Zimmer defends Joseph as kicking woes continue to haunt Vikings
8:20 p.m. ET | NBC
Matchup score: 63.1 | Spread: SF -3.5 (50)
What to look at for: Can the 49ers’ cross rush do sufficient to assist their cornerbacks in a troublesome matchup? The Niners are skinny at nook after shedding Jason Verrett for the season, and the Packers deliver the stiffest take a look at but with QB Aaron Rodgers, WR Davante Adams and Co. coming to city. The most effective protection for San Francisco may truly be a dominant cross rush, which appears potential given the Niners are fifth within the league in cross rush wins and Inexperienced Bay has allowed 5 sacks via the primary two video games and continues to be with out star left sort out David Bakhtiari. — Nick Wagoner
Daring prediction: Brandon Aiyuk will lastly have an enormous day. Do not be shocked to see him catch not less than 5 passes for 70 yards and a rating. It is nearly unfathomable that the 49ers’ dynamic second-year receiver has just one catch for six yards thus far this season. However the Packers cannot get a cross rush (one sack via two video games) and have been susceptible to breakdowns in protection. That is an excellent mixture for opposing receivers. Inexperienced Bay continues to be shifting gamers round within the secondary, and with receiver Deebo Samuel to fret about, Aiyuk is sure to search out holes of their secondary. — Rob Demovsky
Stat to know: Samuel has 282 receiving yards this season, essentially the most by a 49ers participant via two video games in a season since Jerry Rice in 1989 (285).
Stephen A. Smith breaks down why his concern lies with the Packers’ protection relatively than the Aaron Rodgers-led offense.
What to know for fantasy: Rodgers has scored over 22 fantasy factors in 5 of his seven profession video games towards the Niners. See Week 3 rankings.
Betting nugget: The Packers have lined 4 of their previous 5 video games within the week after a Monday evening recreation, however unders are 3-2 in these video games. Read more.
Demovsky’s choose: 49ers 29, Packers 22
Wagoner’s choose: 49ers 34, Packers 24
FPI prediction: SF, 61.4% (by a median of 4.2 factors)
Matchup must-reads: Bad blood? Packers’ LaFleur says no even after 49ers’ run at Rodgers … Legacy of pressure: Playing quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers … 49ers prove they can win in vastly different ways
What to look at for: Can the Cowboys proceed to make the explosive play on offense? By two video games, the Cowboys have 35 performs of 10 or extra yards, the third most within the NFL. However the Eagles’ protection has not allowed many large performs in its first two video games, with simply 19 towards going for 10 yards or extra, which is the third fewest. It is also value noting that Cowboys QB Dak Prescott has seven interceptions in eight video games towards the Eagles, his most towards any opponent. — Todd Archer
Daring prediction: Dallas operating again Tony Pollard can have greater than 150 whole yards. That is properly throughout the realm of risk after he rushed for 109 yards and a landing with 31 receiving yards final week towards the Chargers. The Eagles’ zone-based scheme forces the opponent to methodically work its manner down the sector. There are yards available within the run recreation and beneath within the cross recreation, and Pollard will take benefit. — Tim McManus
Betting nugget: The house staff has lined every of the previous 5 matchups on this collection. The final highway cowl got here by the Cowboys in Week 10 of 2018. Read more.
McManus’ choose: Cowboys 28, Eagles 26
Archer’s choose: Cowboys 31, Eagles 23
FPI prediction: DAL, 67.1% (by a median of 6.3 factors)
Matchup must-reads: Cowboys’ Prescott and Eagles’ Hurts bring top-notch intangibles to QB duel … Cowboys overcome difficult week to build confidence for season ahead … Which Eagles need to step up in Graham’s absence? Start with Cox
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