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NFL Week 3 Predictions, Odds, Schedule for Every Game

  • Week 3 kicks off with Carolina vs Houston on Thursday Night
  • Plenty of divisional matchups as teams look to set the early pace
  • Tampa Bay vs Rams looks like the matchup of the week – NFC Championship preview?

Carolina Panthers (2-0) vs Houston Texans (1-1)

Schedule

  • Where: NRG Stadium, Houston, Texas
  • When: Thursday, September 23, 8:20PM ET
  • How to watch: NFL Network

Odds

It was so easy to look at Houston and assume they would be blown out every week this season, but they followed up on an impressive opening win by keeping it competitive against Cleveland in a Week 2 loss.

Tyrod Taylor went down with a hamstring injury which puts his availability in doubt here, but it also reduces any potential mobility which hurts his game. A look at Sam Darnold’s start compared to Zach Wilson suggests it might just be something about New York that hurts young QB’s, and he looks well placed to lead his team to a 3-0 start to the season here.

Predicted Winner: Carolina Panthers

Arizona Cardinals (2-0) vs Jacksonville Jaguars (0-2)

Schedule

  • Where: TIAA Bank Field, Jacksonville, Florida
  • When: Sunday, September 26, 1:00PM ET
  • How to watch: FOX

Odds

The Jags looked like they would at least keep things competitive this year after making improvements and drafting Trevor Lawrence, but the rumors about Urban Meyer leaving are already there and they don’t look good on the field either.

The Cardinals on the other hand look like they can explode at any moment so points are likely, and there’s simply no way that Jacksonville have enough to keep up with them.

Arizona would’ve lost to the Vikings if it wasn’t for a late FG miss, so that should also give them a wake up call.

Predicted Winner: Arizona Cardinals

Atlanta Falcons (0-2) vs New York Giants (0-2)

Schedule

  • Where: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ
  • When: Sunday, September 26, 1:00PM ET
  • How to watch: FOX

Odds

In many ways, there were things to like about the Giants in their loss in Week 2. Daniel Jones showed some playmaking ability and Saquon Barkley is such a huge addition to this team, but they’ve also demonstrated that they will find a multitude of ways to beat themselves too.

The Falcons are a horrible team to watch so far and this has the feel of an early “stick a fork in them” game where a loss ends any realistic playoff hopes, but Atlanta may be in that territory already when you look at their division.

It’s sad to think that Matt Ryan is probably being tasked to guide this team to an awful record that will also allow the franchise to take his replacement in the Draft, but it does appear to be the case.

Predicted Winner: New York Giants

Baltimore Ravens (1-1) vs Detroit Lions (0-2)

Schedule

  • Where: Ford Field, Detroit, MI
  • When: Sunday, September 26, 1:00PM ET
  • How to watch: CBS

Odds

Detroit put up a good fight against Green Bay in the first half of their Week 2 loss, but you can see they don’t really believe that they can go on to win games, while the defense could have a horrible time trying to defend Lamar Jackson.

Baltimore’s win over KC was impressive and it shows they should still be seen as a playoff contender this season despite some rotten injury luck, and this one shouldn’t be close.

Predicted winner: Baltimore Ravens

Chicago Bears (1-1) vs Cleveland Browns (1-1)

Schedule

  • Where: FirstEnergy Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio
  • When: Sunday, September 26, 1:00PM ET
  • How to watch: FOX

Odds

Chicago fought their way to a much-needed win over the Bengals to bring themselves back to 1-1 for the year, but that win owed a lot to the defense and a huge pick-six from Roquan Smith.

Andy Dalton picked up an injury so it’s likely that Justin Fields will start the game, so the fans will be hoping this is the sliding doors moment where he takes his chance and doesn’t give up the starting gig. That’s easier said than done against a very good Cleveland team who have too many weapons on offense, and the Browns look good for the win here.

Predicted Winner: Cleveland Browns

Cincinnati Bengals (1-1) vs Pittsburgh Steelers (1-1)

Schedule

  • Where: Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, PA
  • When: Sunday, September 26, 1:00PM ET
  • How to watch: CBS

Odds

This already has the look of a low-scoring affair with a ferocious Steelers defense which will get after Joe Burrow, while Big Ben and the offense just don’t look like they have the explosion needed to put up points quickly, so everything has to be fought and scrapped for.

The Bengals struggled against a strong Bears defense and this should be an even bigger test, so the Steelers will expect to come out with the win – probably with a defensive score.

Predicted Winner: Pittsburgh Steelers

Indianapolis Colts (0-2) vs Tennessee Titans (1-1)

Schedule

  • Where: Nissan Stadium, Nashville, TN
  • When: Sunday, September 26, 1:00PM ET
  • How to watch: CBS

Odds

The Colts put up a real fight against the Rams in Week 2, but they also lost Carson Wentz and it looks like Jacob Eason is going to start in Week 3, something which is a real issue for a team that’s trying to get a win to kick-start their season.

The Titans looked to be in real trouble against Seattle as a second blowout loss in a row was on the table until they staged a late comeback and won in OT, so they should build on that momentum from here.

Predicted Winner: Titans Win

Los Angeles Chargers (1-1) vs Kansas City Chiefs (1-1)

Schedule

  • Where: GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, MO
  • When: Sunday, September 26, 1:00PM ET
  • How to watch: CBS

Odds

The Chiefs took an L in Baltimore in a game of the year contender on Sunday night, but does that mean the bubble is burst? Probably not.

They did struggle to contain the running of Lamar Jackson but that will happen to most teams, while they were burned with a bone-headed INT from Mahomes to turn the momentum but he’s also made his name attempting plays like that. They also would’ve run out the clock and attempted a game-winning FG if it wasn’t for a fumble so there’s no need to panic.

As for the Chargers, Justin Herbert did some brilliant things and some poor things against Dallas, but Kansas should bounce back with the win here.

Predicted Winner: Kansas City Chiefs

New Orleans Saints (1-1) vs New England Patriots (1-1)

Schedule

  • Where: Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, MA
  • When: Sunday, September 26, 1:00PM ET
  • How to watch: FOX

Odds

The box score doesn’t always tell you everything, and this looks like a fascinating matchup between two teams who don’t really know who they are yet. The Saints followed up an outstanding win over the Packers with a heavy defeat to the Panthers, but it’s also worth remembering that they had a ton of Covid disruption on top of the issues with Hurricane Ida so it’s not unexpected.

The Pats crushed the Jets so you would presume they are back on track, but Zach Wilson gifted several awful INTs and the Pats O-Line was downright dreadful, so the offense still seems incapable of anything other than runs or screen passes.

This is likely to be tight but the Pats can’t stop the run just now and their linebackers look particularly slow, so this could be Alvin Kamara’s day to put up huge numbers in Gillette.

Predicted Winner: New Orleans Saints

Washington Football Team (1-1) vs Buffalo Bills (1-1)

Schedule

  • Where: Highmark Stadium, Orchard Park, NY
  • When: Sunday, September 26, 1:00PM ET
  • How to watch: FOX

Odds

Buffalo bounced back from a disappointing opening day loss to crush Miami, but Washington are a harder team to figure out as their highly-touted defensive front isn’t looking overly dominating so far.

Josh Allen was more impressive in Week 2 but his completion percentage was just over 50%, so it still suggests that he can be affected by this defense and Taylor Heinicke will certainly give Washington a chance.

We still expect Buffalo to emerge victorious from this one.

Predicted Winner: Buffalo Bills

Miami Dolphins (1-1) vs Las Vegas Raiders (2-0)

Schedule

  • Where: Allegiant Stadium, Paradise, Nevada
  • When: Sunday, September 26, 4:05PM ET
  • How to watch: CBS

Odds

There was plenty of talk about how much Miami really believed in Tua before the season, but he was forced off with an injury today and it looks like he might miss a few weeks. That injury came after a busted play by the O-Line and that wasn’t the only time it happened in the game, so it’s hard to see Jacoby Brissett coming in and doing much better.

The Raiders have won two games which looked difficult on paper so the momentum is with them, and the only way they lose this one is if they beat themselves – something that doesn’t look likely.

Predicted Winner: Las Vegas Raiders

New York Jets (0-2) vs Denver Broncos (2-0)

Schedule

  • Where: Empower Field at Mile High, Denver, Colorado
  • When: Sunday, September 26, 4:05PM ET
  • How to watch: CBS

Odds

This season was always going to be about gradual improvement for the Jets, but Zach Wilson through some genuinely troubling picks against the Pats in Week 2, and he’ll be similarly punished by a good Broncos defense if he tries that again.

The Broncos look good with Teddy Bridgewater and he won’t have to do anything extra-special to beat the Jets, so if they maintain their discipline on both sides of the ball then this should be a 3-0 start for Denver.

Predicted Winner: Denver Broncos

Seattle Seahawks (1-1) vs Minnesota Vikings (0-2)

Schedule

  • Where: U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, MN
  • When: Sunday, September 26, 4:25PM ET
  • How to watch: FOX

Odds

It was a tough loss for the Vikings to take in Week 2 after taking the early lead against Arizona, but there were also some troubling signs for this game.

They struggled to keep up with a super-mobile QB and Russell Wilson isn’t who you want to face under those circumstances, while Dalvin Cook also picked up a couple of knocks and this offense and their play-action game will be much weaker without him in it.

The Seahawks are demonstrating what many would’ve expected – the ability to score points and look explosive on offense, but they’ve also lost key defensive players so they will give up points going the other way.

The Vikings look like they don’t believe they can win games just now and the momentum is against them, so Seattle should bounce back from their OT loss to win this.

Predicted Winner: Seahawks Win

Tampa Bay Bucanneers (2-0) vs Los Angeles Rams (2-0)

Schedule

  • Where: SoFi Stadium, Inglewood, CA
  • When: Sunday, September 26, 4:25PM ET
  • How to watch: FOX

Odds

Tom Brady can be vulnerable at the start of the season when he’s trying to gel with new receivers, but that was never going to be the case when Tampa Bay returned all of their important starters from the Super Bowl victory.

This should be a fascinating matchup as Sean McVay likes to get creative on offense by merging the run and the pass to fool a defense, but Tampa are almost impossible to run on and they do have the ability to make opposing teams look one-dimensional on offense.

The real difference for the Rams this year is that Matt Stafford gives them the choice to keep throwing, but he’s notoriously awful against good teams with a career record of 8-65 against teams with a winning record when he played in Detroit, but this is his time to break out and prove that he and this team are contenders.

Predicted Winner: Los Angeles Rams

Green Bay Packers (1-1) vs San Francisco 49ers (2-0)

Schedule

  • Where: Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, CA
  • When: Sunday, September 26, 8:20PM ET
  • How to watch: NBC

Odds

Aaron Rodgers got the dominant victory that he needed to put that horror show from Week 1 to bed, but there are some serious issues with this Packers defense and Kevin King looks like he could be beaten on every single play.

Rodgers also grew into the win over Detroit when the Lions’ pash rush started to fall away, but there were occasions where it took some time for receivers to get open and this San Francisco defense should have an easier time getting home.

The 49ers have won both of their games but they haven’t looked convincing, so this could really go either way – but the home victory looks more likely.

Predicted Winner: 49ers Victory

Philadelphia Eagles (1-1) vs Dallas Cowboys (1-1)

Schedule

  • Where: AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX
  • When: Monday, September 27, 8:15PM ET
  • How to watch: ESPN

Odds

It was expected that the Eagles would be brought back down to Earth somewhat with a loss against the 49ers in Week 2, but they weren’t completely overrun and there were reasons to be positive despite the loss.

The Cowboys went almost in the other direction as they didn’t play as well as they did in their Week 1 loss, but they did come away from LA with the win.

Dak Prescott struggled with pressure throughout the game from the Chargers defense and his decision-making suffered, but his mobility could be the key to this one, and Dallas should emerge with the victory in this one.

Predicted Winner: Dallas Cowboys

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