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NFL Week 3 Preview

Week 3 of the NFL season is officially upon us and there is yet another full slate of great games.

We start things off in New England with the Houston Texans coming to face off with the Patriots on Thursday Night Football.  Both teams are 2-0 and are looking to stay out in front of their respective decisions after only 4 days removed from week 2.  JJ Watt and the Texans defense is looking to pounce on the wounded animal that is the Patriots offense after Jimmy Garoppolo’s level 2 AC sprain in his shoulder on Sunday.  Rookie Jacoby Brissett will make his first career start in prime time, and there is a good chance that Garoppolo will be limited if he even is on the active roster.  He is listed as doubtful and Bill Belichick said it will be a game time decision as to whether or not he dresses, and Brissett will start the game.  WR Julian Edelman is now the emergency quarterback for New England after he was a college quarterback at Kent State.  The Texans offense is loaded with weapons with newly acquired QB Brock Osweiler having rookie Will Fuller and and Deandre Hopkins at receiver.  It will truly be a test for the Patriots defense, but with Belichick on the sideline for New England they should never be counted out.

Week 3 features one of the most anticipated matchups of the season when the Redskins travel to East Rutherford, New Jersey to face the New York Giants.  But in this situation the game is secondary to the matchup between Odell Beckham Jr. and Josh Norman, in a rematch of their epic game last season when Norman played for the Carolina Panthers.  There has been no love lost between the two over the past several months and if history repeats itself, it should be one of the great rivalries in the NFL for the next several years.  As far as the game itself, it has divisional implications on the line, and the Giants are looking to take the next step towards gaining control of the NFC East and getting back to the playoffs.

The Pennsylvania state championship will be decided in Philadelphia this Sunday when the Pittsburgh Steelers play against the Eagles.  Both teams are 2-0 and the Eagles are coming off of a big win in Chicago on Monday night against the Bears.  The Carson Wentz hype has only been building, and it will be a great challenge for him against James Harrison and the Steelers defense.  Should Wentz have another big game, he will become one of the clear front runners for rookie of the year as the Steelers remain one of the best defenses in the league.  The Steelers are looking to spoil Wentz’ day and look to build momentum after a huge win over division rival Cincinnati last Sunday.  It is the last game the Steelers will be without Leveon Bell, whose suspension ends after Sunday, and if they go 3-0 in his absence, they will prove themselves to be one of the frontrunners to represent the AFC in the Super Bowl in February.

There will be many other important games this week that will help separate a lot of teams as either contenders or pretenders.  It will be another great week of NFL football!

Pat’s Picks:          (8-8)

HOU @ NE          New England Patriots

ARI @ BUF          Arizona Cardinals

OAK @ TEN         Oakland Raiders

WSH @ NYG       New York Giants

CLE @ MIA          Miami Dolphins

BAL @ JAX           Baltimore Ravens

DET @ GB            Detroit Lions

DEN @ CIN          Denver Broncos

MIN @ CAR        Carolina Panthers

LA @ TB                Los Angeles Rams

SF @ SEA             Seattle Seahawks

NYJ @ KC             Kansas City Chiefs

SD @ IND             Indianapolis Colts

PIT @ PHI            Pittsburgh Steelers

CHI @ DAL           Dallas Cowboys

ATL @ NO            Atlanta Falcons

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