Week 3 Early Game Action
We are in the early stages of the 1PM games in week 3. The games are all fairly close as I am writing this. The most shocking score for me so far is the Browns winning over the Vikings 14-7, as Josh Gordon returned from suspension to have almost 100 yards receiving in the first quarter. There are reports that the Browns are shopping him, so if he gets dealt to a contender, he is going to be a difference maker. As someone who started the Vikings defense, they don’t look too good. I expected them to dismantle Brian Hoyer and the lack of a running game in Cleveland after the Trent Richardson trade. The Bengals took a 14 point lead over the Packers very quickly, and that is something I didn’t see coming. However, the Packers just took the lead at the half. Jermichael Finley left the game with a concussion, so that’s one less weapon for Aaron Rodgers in the passing game.
The Rams are currently down 17 to the Cowboys. Maybe the Rams just aren’t as good as everyone thought they would be this year. They’ve been getting outplayed by a wide margin in the first half of games so far this year. Let’s see if they have another second half comeback up their sleeve.
For the late games, the marquee matchup is Andrew Luck going against his former college coach, Jim Harbaugh. Trent Richardson will play his first game as a member of the Colts, but I would expect a limited snap count since he won’t know the full offensive playbook. Vernon Davis may be out for the Niners, so keep an eye on Vance McDonald, the SF rookie TE, as a candidate to have a breakout game. The Falcons-Dolphins game should also be a good game. The Falcons passing game should do well again, as long as their suspect offensive line can keep the Dolphins pass rush at bay long enough for Matt Ryan to find his open receivers. The Bills-Jets and Jaguars-Seahawks games could prove to be unwatchable, especially the Seattle game. At least you have EJ Manuel and Geno Smith going head to head in the Bills-Jets game. The Sunday night game should be a good game, but I expect the Bears to pull it out because they have an actual offense and the Steelers have looked pathetic on offense so far this season. I wouldn’t trust any Steelers offensive players in this game. Start Matt Forte and Brandon Marshall as you usually would for Chicago, even against a pretty good Steelers defense.