NFL: Week 3 Game By Game Predictions and Analysis

With Week 3 of the NFL season set to begin tomorrow night, game predictions have to continue. Let’s dive into these football contests below.

Thursday, September 24

(0-2)Miami Dolphins at Jacksonville Jaguars(1-1) at 8:20 PM ET on NFL Network

I think the Jaguars are ready to lick their wounds after a tough loss in Nashville. Miami has been competitive in their first two games, both playoff teams from 2019. Still, they have work to do to find the first win. James Robinson has a big night toting the rock for the Jags. Jacksonville comes away with a 31-17 decision. 

Sunday, September 27

(1-1)San Francisco 49ers at New York Giants(0-2) at 1 PM ET on FOX

The Giants lost a key player in Saquon Barkley at running back, so the offense which struggles to score will have a difficult assignment this Sunday. Even with San Francisco’s injuries on both sides of the ball, the pass rush will get home versus Daniel Jones. The 49ers get the victory, 30-13 to sweep the two New Jersey teams. 

(2-0)Chicago Bears at Atlanta Falcons(0-2) at 1 PM ET on FOX

I am not sold on the Bears yet, but the schedule has been beneficial to them. The minds of the Falcons must be still spinning from squandering a twenty-point lead and failing to recover an onside kick. It is hard to envision it not having an effect on them, so Chicago gets a few turnovers. Short fields mean that David Montgomery gets fed. Chicago beats Atlanta 34-20. 

(1-1)Washington Football Team at Cleveland Browns(1-1) at 1 PM ET on FOX

Not having the services of Grant Delpit nor Greedy Williams has been part of the reason Baltimore and Cincinnati put up a lot of points against the Cleveland defense. Still, I think Myles Garrett will create another takeaway as he did this past Thursday. Dwayne Haskins will be charged up to play his first regular-season game in the state of Ohio professionally. Terry McLaurin will have a very good day again for Washington, but Jarvis Landry will make catches on third down in a close 24-23 decision to Cleveland. 

(2-0)Los Angeles Rams at Buffalo Bills(2-0) at 1 PM ET on FOX

The Rams defense will make Josh Allen’s day miserable with their pass rush. Los Angeles makes it two wins out of two in the Eastern Time Zone in a hard-fought defensive battle. A Jared Goff to Cooper Kupp touchdown midway through the fourth quarter gives the road team some separation. The final score in Buffalo between these unbeaten teams will be 23-9 for the away team. 

(0-2)Houston Texans at Pittsburgh Steelers(2-0) at 1 PM ET on CBS

This is a tough spot for the Texans with the way the schedule has started. Even without a crowd, Heinz Field is not an easy place to play. The Texans have had slow starts in the past, but their division looks competitive this year. I think Pittsburgh wins comfortably, forces many third and long situations for the Houston offense to force turnovers. Steelers 30 Texans 17 is how it finishes. 

(0-2)Cincinnati Bengals at Philadelphia Eagles(0-2) at 1 PM ET on CBS

I think Philadelphia’s situation is serious. It is really tough for the Eagles offensive line to protect. The Bengals will still find it hard to win games, but this week they put it together. C.J. Uzomah and Joe Mixon combined for 300 yards of offense. Joe Burrow gets the proper protection, getting plenty of time to throw. Past four in the afternoon local time, it finishes Cincinnati 25 Philadelphia 24. 

(2-0)Las Vegas Raiders at New England Patriots(1-1) at 1 PM ET on CBS

New England should feel good about the way they competed in Seattle on the field, giving themselves a chance to win. Though a long flight back, they are one day fresher than their next opponents, the Raiders. Las Vegas has their offense in gear, so the Patriots will continue to try the ball control route like the two games before. New England will give up points, but the defense makes stops in the red zone. Patriots bounce back, 27-20. 

(2-0)Tennessee Titans at Minnesota Vikings(0-2) at 1 PM ET on CBS

From the small sample size so far, Tennessee can move the ball and win a slugfest and a shootout. Minnesota may take away the run, but I like Ryan Tannehill to utilize Jonnu Smith and Adam Humphrey in the passing game. They will stretch out the Vikings defense and on the other side of the ball, Kenny Vaccaro and Malcolm Butler will keep the opposition in check. Titans 28 Vikings 17 the final score. 

(0-2)Carolina Panthers at Los Angeles Chargers(1-1) at 4:05 PM ET on CBS

Justin Herbert acquitted himself very nicely this past week, but I think the Panthers are due to put it all together. At 0-2, Carolina feels the pressure. Teddy Bridgewater had to press because his team was playing from behind last week. A fast start thanks to special teams put them ahead. Christian McCaffery will score another two touchdowns. It ends with the Panthers 29 and the Chargers 23. 

(0-2)New York Jets at Indianapolis Colts(1-1) 4:05 PM ET on CBS

The Colts shut down Minnesota’s offense last week, and they should fare well at home against a Jets that is not ready for prime time. Philip Rivers is putting up big numbers for his second NFL team. He will continue that trend combined with a solid running game consisting of Jonathan Taylor, Marlon Mack, and Nyheim Hines. Indianapolis gets their second straight win, 27-10. 

(1-1)Dallas Cowboys at Seattle Seahawks(2-0) at 4:25 PM ET on FOX

After a scare by the Patriots, I expect Seattle to play better on the defensive side of the ball. Dallas pays for early mistakes this time, falling behind. D.K. Metcalf gets carries, not just catches this week while Chris Carson has a big day. Seahawks 35 Cowboys 24 in the Pacific Northwest. 

(1-1)Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Denver Broncos(0-2) at 4:25 PM ET on FOX

Ordinarily, Tom Brady has found the Broncos to be a tough team to beat in Colorado, but Denver has not been good in close games. Tampa Bay is starting to assert themselves on offense and defense. The Bucs get the win, 31-14.

(0-2)Detroit Lions at Arizona Cardinals(2-0) at 4:25 PM ET on FOX

These NFL teams played to a tie last year after a late fourth-quarter comeback. The Cardinals will not need to scale as big of a deficit this time. Kenyan Drake and DeAndre Hopkins catch their share of passes and Kyler Murray does not need to use his legs as much. Arizona keeps pace with their NFC West counterparts to stay in first place. Arizona 31 Detroit 21 in Glendale. 

(2-0)Green Bay Packers at New Orleans Saints(1-1) at 8:20 PM ET on NBC

A quick NFL turnaround for the Saints after playing on Monday Night Football out west presents a challenge. I think the defense will be tired and Aaron Rodgers will keep getting the ball to Aaron Jones. The Packers offense is in sync, twice eclipsing the forty-point mark. Green Bay 34 New Orleans 28 in the Superdome. 

Monday, September 28

(2-0)Kansas City Chiefs at Baltimore Ravens(2-0) at 8:20 PM ET on ESPN

A fascinating encounter as Patrick Mahomes and Lamar Jackson square off for the third straight season and the first meeting in Baltimore. Kansas City looked ordinary for much of the game against the Chargers but showed the championship mettle. Still, Jackson takes another step up on the ladder. The game lives up to the billing as plenty of points are posted on the scoreboard. The Ravens play from in front, and it suits their game, 42-35. 

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Works cited: FOX, CBS, NBC, ESPN, NFL YouTube Channel, NFL app, Cleveland Browns app, Dan Patrick Show

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