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NFL Week 3 preview

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
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24th September, 2020
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Week 3 of the NFL season is already here. Here are my predictions for all 16 games.

Dolphins vs Jaguars
The Dolphins and Ryan Fitzpatrick are coming off a close loss to the Bills and the Jags are coming off a loss to the Titans. I like the Jaguars and Gardner Minshew to get the win 24-17.

Texans vs Steelers
The Texans got outplayed last week against Lamar Jackson and the Ravens, while the Steelers had a close win against the Broncos. Deshaun Watson should bounce back against an exceptionally good Steelers defence and win 24-21.

Bengals vs Eagles
I’ve loved what I have seen from Joe Burrow so far and have been less than impressed with Carson Wentz. Philly should be winning this, but they are not playing good football. I smell an upset here, Bengals to win 20-17.

49ers vs Giants
Both teams suffered horrendous injuries over the weekend with the 49ers getting decimated. Losing Saquon Barkley for the season is bad for the Giants and now teams can tee off on young Daniel Jones. Even with all their injuries, the 49ers win this one and easily 31-14.

Daniel Jones NFL

(Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Raiders vs Patriots
The Raiders are coming off a great win over Drew Brees while Cam Newton should have beaten Russell Wilson and the Seahawks. This has all the ingredients of a great matchup. Newton gets the job done in this one 28-24.

Titans vs Vikings
Ryan Tannehill has been a great pick up for the Titans and he has been playing well in the first two weeks. The same can not be said for Kirk Cousins who has been flat out dreadful, especially last week where he threw three picks. Titans win this and win it well 28-13.

Washington vs Browns
Baker Mayfield was serviceable last win in a win over the Bengals while Dwayne Haskins got blown out by the Cardinals. The Browns should walk through this one if they are serious. Cleveland wins 31-10.

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Rams vs Bills
A great match up here. The Rams offense against the Bills’ great defence. This is a toss-up, both sides have played great football so far. It will be a close one, Josh Allen gets the win here 31-28.

Bears vs Falcons
How did Atlanta blow that game? I’m still trying to understand that, but will they be scarred by it this week? Chicago sits at 2-0 but barely got past the Giants. Matt Ryan and company should be winning this one but after last week there are doubts. Falcons win 24-17.

Panthers vs Chargers
Teddy Bridgewater struggled with only putting up seven points through three quarters against Brady and the Bucs while Justin Herbert was unlucky to lose to Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs. Herbert will start thanks to Tyrod Taylor’s ridiculous collapsed lung and he will get his first win as a pro. Chargers win 28-17.

Jets vs Colts
Phillip Rivers got his first win as a Colt last week while the Jets were flattened by San Francisco, Rivers has his way with the Jets and puts up some serious numbers. Colts win 34-13.

Cowboys vs Seahawks
One of the games of the week. Dallas should not have won last week and the same could be said about the Seahawks had Julian Edelman caught that pass from Cam Newton late in the game. Both sides have serious weapons and bad defences.

It will come down to the quarterbacks, Russell Wilson v Dak Prescott. Expect a lot of points but do you take Wilson over Prescott? I have faith in Dallas for some reason. Cowboys win against the odds 34-31.

Dak Prescott runs with the ball

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Bucs vs Broncos
Brady got his first win last week against the Panthers while the Broncos lost Drew Lock and the game to the Steelers but only just. Brady will get the win here and should do it with relative ease. Buccs win 28-13.

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Lions vs Cardinals
Kyler Murray is playing lights out now while Detroit has given up double-digit leads in both games this year. This time it will be the Cards who get up by double digits and they will not look back. Look for DeAndre Hopkins and Murray to have huge days here. Cardinals win 28-10.

Packers vs Saints
Aaron Rodgers is back to his former Super Bowl-winning form and is slinging it while Aaron Jones is running wild. New Orleans had a horrible loss to the Raiders last week and Drew Brees looked every bit of his age without his star receiver in Michael Thomas and he will be without him again.

This could get ugly for the Saints. Rodgers can throw all over the Saints secondary to go to 3-0. Packers win 31-20.

Chiefs vs Ravens
The best for last. What a matchup this will be. The last two MVPs, the two best quarterbacks in the league and favourites to meet in the AFC championship game.

It is a toss of the coin, but I like Lamar Jackson in this one for the simple fact that the Chiefs struggled against a rookie quarterback last week and needed overtime. Still, it could go either way, but I like the Ravens. Baltimore wins 38-35.

Lamar Jackson watches on the sidelines

(AP Photo/Gary Landers)

So, there are my predictions for Week 3 of the NFL season. We have some seriously good matchups this week with lots of points to get put up in some games.

Mahomes and Jackson in the game of the week are going to be must-watch TV while Cowboys vs Seahawks and Packers vs Saints are two others that will determine a lot about each team.

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What a week of football we have coming up.