NFL Week 3: Top 5 Must-Watch Matchups
Top 5 Must-Watch Games For NFL Week 3
A couple reunions of former long-time employers and good old-fashion grudge matches highlight this week’s slate of NFL games.
The most intriguing reunion is Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid's return to Philadelphia, the city where he coached for 14 seasons. He left the organization as new head coach Chip Kelly was ushered in as a new era of Philadelphia Eagles football. He leaves franchise records for wins, win percentage and playoff wins behind as he starts the next chapter in his career with the Chiefs. Aside from Reid's return to Lincoln Financial Field, the competition on the field should be fierce as well.
Another game will see the reunion of one of the best head coach/quarterback combinations in recent NCAA history: Jim Harbaugh and Andrew Luck. Luck's Indianapolis Colts visit San Francisco and the former No. 1 overall pick will face his college head coach for the first time in what should be a very lengthy NFL career. Plus, Indianapolis will be welcoming running back Trent Richardson for his first game as a Colt. That gives reason for any football fan to tune in.
Finally, an offensive showdown will take place in Washington as Robert Griffin III welcomes Matthew Stafford and the Detroit Lions to town. Neither team plays defense particularly well, but both teams have prolific offenses. As long as Griffin III shakes off the first-half rust he's shown in the first two weeks of the season, then that game should be very high scoring and extremely entertaining to watch.
5. Kansas City Chiefs @ Philadelphia Eagles, 8:25 p.m. EST (9/19)
Atop the NFL storylines for Week 3 is Kansas City head coach Andy Reid's return to Philadelphia. Reid spent 14 years at the helm of the Eagles, but was fired by owner Jeffrey Lurie as he attempted to usher in a new era in Philly under new head coach Chip Kelly. Reid owns team records for total wins (120), win percentage (.609) and playoff wins (10), so it's safe to say his return to Lincoln Financial Field's opposing sideline is very much anticipated.
Plus, he's turned the NFL's worst team from a year ago into a winner. So if seeing Reid in a color other than green isn't reason enough to tune in on Thursday night, the competition should be. We'll see if Kelly is able to slow is high-speed offense a bit so that his defense will able to get enough rest on the sidelines. If not, Reid's veteran approach will be able to take advantage of Kelly's one-dimensional game plan and snag a win on the road from his former employer.
4. Green Bay Packers @ Cincinnati Bengals, 1:00 p.m. EST
As far as fierce competition goes, look no further than this Week 3 matchup between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Green Bay Packers. The Bengals have emerged as one of the best teams in the AFC, despite a Week 1 loss to the Chicago Bears. The Cincinnati defense is blossoming into a powerful being, allowing just 17 points per game so far this season. Match that up with the offensive powerhouse that is the Packers and Sunday's game could become a thrilling contest.
The Packers defense, however, is so impressive. Cincinnati quarterback Andy Dalton will be able to find holes in the Green Bay secondary, helping the Bengals offense keep pace with Green Bay. I may be stretching a bit, but these two teams are so good that this game could be possible Super Bowl preview.
3. Indianapolis Colts @ San Francisco 49ers, 4:25 p.m. EST
There are many storylines in this Week 3 matchup that will make Sunday's game worth watching, though the score line might not prove justifiable. First, there's the obvious: Indianapolis Colts star quarterback Andrew Luck will face his former college head coach Jim Harbaugh for the first time in his NFL career. Luck is a stud, there's no debating that, but Harbaugh can be immensely credited with Luck's NCAA successes at Stanford. Harbaugh coaching against his former wonder-child will be a sight to see for football fans.
Then there's the arrival of running back Trent Richardson, who was traded to the Colts from the Cleveland Browns in a shocking move on Thursday. He will help Indy's ground game tremendously and can make a huge difference in Sunday's matchup with the reigning NFC Champion San Francisco 49ers. Still, look for the 49ers to come out on top after their troubling loss last week in Seattle.
2. Houston Texans @ Baltimore Ravens, 1:00 p.m. EST
According to the Baltimore Sun, former Raven Ed Reed will make his Houston Texans debut on Sunday at the stadium he helped build. Reed's career in Baltimore lasted 11 seasons, saw nine trips to the Pro Bowl, and ended with his second Super Bowl championship in February. The 35-year-old's return to the field will also aid a Houston defense that is already succeeding, allowing the fourth-least amount of total yards through the first two weeks.
Ravens running back Ray Rice is doubtful for Sunday's game, so look for quarterback Joe Flacco to air it out quite a bit. Maybe one of his passes will find the hands of the Ravens' all-time interceptions leader. That would be a sight to see. Conversely, Texans wide-out Andre Johnson looks doubtful as well, as he has missed practice all this week. Look for the absence of the two stars to cancel each other out, causing Sunday to be a tight-knit affair.
1. Detroit Lions @ Washington Redskins, 1:00 p.m. EST
As long as Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III can find his grove in the first half Sunday, this matchup can become the offensive showdown of the week. There's a chance that little defense will be played in this game, and Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford and Griffin III will trade off scoring blows like a boxing match. If both electric offenses are sparking, this could be a very high-scoring game and an entertaining couple of hours on NFL Sunday.