Without any exhibition games during training camp, Week 1 had a preseason vibe throughout the league. In Week 2, the league experienced one of the worst waves of injuries in more than two decades when several high-profile players were carried off the field. On Sunday, 10 winless NFL teams will seek their first victories of the season in Week 3.
Super Bowl hopefuls, New England and New Orleans, both lost during primetime in last week’s Gotta Get Unstuck Games of the Week. The Patriots and Saints are 1-1, and are looking to bounce back with victories after ugly losses.
The NFL scheduled their best game of Week 3 for a Monday Night Football battle between the top two teams in the AFC. The defending champion Kansas City Chiefs head to Baltimore to take on Lamar Jackson and the Ravens.
The LA Rams and Buffalo Bills are the only other battle of undefeated 2-0 teams in Week 3.
Here’s OG’s quickie preview and weekly rundown of NFL Week 3 games in five minutes or less.
Perfect Teams: Rams, Bills, Raiders, Seahawks
Las Vegas Raiders (2-0) at New England Patriots (1-1) … Undefeated Las Vegas heads to Foxboro. It’s never fun to play against Bill Belichick, especially after he’s lost a game. You know he slept for like 35 minutes the entire week as he studied all of the possible film footage of everyone on the Raiders. LINE: New England -5.5
LA Rams (2-0) at Buffalo Bills (2-0) … The Rams finally found some running backs (Malcolm Brown and Cam Akers), but they’re dinged up. Josh Allen and the Bills are undefeated against the NFL’s junior varsity squad with easy wins against the Miami Dolphins and the NY Jets. This will be the first real test of the season for the Bills Mafia. LINE: Buffalo -2.5
Dallas Cowboys (1-1) at Seattle Seahawks (2-0) … Dallas should be 0-2. The Cowboys are lucky the Atlanta Falcons special teams nodded out like a bunch of Tenderloin junkies, allowing them to recover an onside kick, which led to a come-from-behind win in Week 2. Meanwhile, Russell Wilson tossed nine touchdowns in two games for the Seahawks, making himself the new favorite for NFL MVP. Plus, the defense stonewalled Cam Newton on a game-winning goal-line stand to knock off Belichick and the Pats last week. LINE: Seattle -5
— NFL (@NFL) September 21, 2020
2-0 vs. 0-2
Houston Texans (0-2) at Pittsburgh Steelers (2-0) … Houston is no longer a threat without HOF WR DeAndre Hopkins. DeShaun Watson and the Texans have become mere cannon fodder. The unbeaten Steelers are fighting injuries, but Big Ben remains healthy … for now. LINE: Pittsburgh -4
Chicago Bears (2-0) at Atlanta Falcons (0-2) … The Falcons are the best winless team in the NFL, which isn’t saying much. The Bears are the worst 2-0 team in the league. Matty Ice vs. Mitchy Trubisky. Everyone is still talking about that atrocious onside kick. LINE: Atlanta -2
.@DallasCowboys recover the onside kick!
— NFL (@NFL) September 20, 2020
New Coaches Seek W’s
Washington Football (1-1) at Cleveland Browns (1-1) … Don’t overlook this game that’s set up for a high-scoring affair. Washington QB Dwayne Haskins returns to Ohio with his favorite wideout (aka Scary Terry McLaurin) for a chance to whip Baker Mayfield in front of only 10% of the menacing Dog Pound. LINE: Cleveland -7
Carolina Panthers (0-2) at LA Chargers (1-1) … Tyrod Taylor is still out with a punctured lung, but backup QB and rookie Justin Herbert showed flashes of brilliance in his pro debut against the Super Bowl champs. Without the CMAC attack, the Panthers will continue to remain winless until Christian McCaffrey returns to action. LINE: LA Chargers -6
Justin Herbert delivers a strike for his first career TD pass! #BoltUp
— NFL (@NFL) September 20, 2020
Hot-Seat Coaches: Gase & Patricia
New York Jets (0-2) at Indianapolis Colts (1-1) … We’re fading the LOL Jets every week this season until they fire Adam Gase. The way the Jets played last week, you could give me another six points and I’d still fade the winless LOL Jets. LINE: Indy -11
Detroit Lions (0-2) at Arizona Cardinals (2-0) … Is it just me, or is anyone else wondering why this line isn’t much higher — like at a touchdown or more? What do the bookies know that I don’t? Kyler Murray gets better with every play and, in turn, so do the Cardinals. Meanwhile, Matt Patricia’s days are numbered as head coach of the winless Detroit Kittens. The former defensive wunderkind and Belichick disciple started this year with another losing streak. LINE: Arizona -5.5
Kyler and the Cardinals are ballin out 🔥
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) September 20, 2020
Home Dog Alert: Vikes, G-Men, Donkeys
Tennessee Titans (2-0) at Minnesota Vikings (0-2) … The winless Vikes are feeling desperate with another tough game to start the season. Mike Zimmer is on the short-list of who will be the first coach to get fired. Kirk Cousins’ offense generated a whopping 175 yards in Week 2 (generating almost half their offense in garbage time on a drive late in the 4Q that led to a meaningless touchdown). LINE: Tennessee -2.5
San Francisco 49ers (1-1) at New York Giants (0-2) … The Niners aren’t thrilled that they have to play at MetLife Stadium for a second Sunday in a row after they lost a couple of players to ACL injuries thanks to the sticky new turf. The Giants are bad again, but they’re so damn lucky that the New York Jets are even worse, so it keeps them off the front pages of the tabloids. LINE: San Francisco -3.5
Tampa Bay Bucs (1-1) at Denver Broncos (0-2) … Denver lost their starting QB Drew Lock and WR Courtland Sutton last week. Tom Brady finally notched his first win in a Bucs uniform. LINE: Tampa -5.5.
Poo Emoji Game of the Week
Cincinnati Bengals (0-2) at Philadelphia Eagles (0-2) … Normally, this would be the “Degen Game of the Week,” but I’m trying to attract more Millennials and Zoomers to sports betting, thus the emoji header. Philly is a rough town. The canned crowd audience and digital fans unleashed boos upon Carson Wentz when he stunk up the joint in Week 2. LINE: Cincy +5
SNF: Green Bay Packers (2-0) at New Orleans Saints (1-1) … The Packers’ high-flying offense looks awesome, averaging 44.5 points per game. The Saints offense looks like they’re been on a four-day bender in the French Quarter drowning too many Hurricane cocktails. Drew Brees’ age caught up to him and, without Michael Thomas (ankle) to throw deep bombs to, he’s evolved into a dink and dump screen passer. LINE: Green Bay +3
MNF: Kansas City (2-0) at Baltimore Ravens (2-0) … Whenever two great teams play each other, I tend to back the team getting points. It’s rare to see a team as good as the Chiefs getting three-plus. You can’t ask for a better MNF match up than Patrick Mahomes vs. Lamar Jackson. LINE: Kansas City +3.5
Don’t forget to check out our special preview of the final two games of the Week 3 NFL schedule, otherwise known as the Gotta Get Unstuck Games of the Week.