If the first two weeks of the NFL season are about setting the table for what's to come, Week 3 is about proving yourself. Upsets can and will happen every week, but for the most part, teams are going to show that they are moving in one direction or another.
We have some idea of who the best of the best and worst of the worst are through two games, though impressions can change quickly with one great performance this week.
As always, CBS and Fox will carry the most important Week 3 games. Here is all the information you need to get you ready for the huge week ahead.
All times listed in ET
|St. Louis at Chicago||1 p.m.||Fox||Dick Stockton, John Lynch|
|Buffalo at Cleveland||1 p.m.||CBS||Spero Dedes, Steve Beuerlein|
|New York Jets at Miami||1 p.m.||CBS||Marv Albert, Rich Gannon|
|Cincinnati at Washington||1 p.m.||CBS||Kevin Harlan, Solomon Wilcots|
|Tampa Bay at Dallas||1 p.m.||Fox||Joe Buck, Troy Aikman|
|Jacksonville at Indianapolis||1 p.m.||CBS||Bill Macatee, Steve Tasker|
|San Francisco at Minnesota||1 p.m.||Fox||Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston|
|Kansas City at New Orleans||1 p.m.||CBS||Greg Gumbel, Dan Dierdorf|
|Detroit at Tennessee||1 p.m.||Fox||Ron Pitts, Mike Martz|
|Atlanta at San Diego||4:05 p.m.||Fox||Chris Myers, Tim Ryan|
|Philadelphia at Arizona||4:05 p.m.||Fox||Thom Brennaman, Brian Billick|
|Houston at Denver||4:25 p.m.||CBS||Jim Nantz, Phil Simms|
|Pittsburgh at Oakland||4:25 p.m.||CBS||Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts|
Biggest Matchup: Houston Texans at Denver Broncos
Which Team Needs To Make A Statement This Weekend?
Of all the interesting matchups this weekend, no single game provides more storyline fodder than the Texans traveling to the West Coast to take on the Broncos.
Some people are touting the Texans as the best team in the NFL, or at least in the conversation with San Francisco and Atlanta.
However, if you look at the competition the Texans have faced so far, we really don't know much about them. They have done what they are supposed to do, but beating Miami and Jacksonville is not exactly the most difficult two-game stretch.
On the other hand, the Broncos are still trying to find themselves and prove they belong in the conversation for one of the top teams in the league. They looked good against Pittsburgh in Week 1, then played a terrible first half against Atlanta to drop their record to 1-1.
The Texans can help cement their lofty status with a victory, while the Broncos can take a huge step forward if they hold their home turf.
Under-the-Radar Game: Kansas City Chiefs at New Orleans Saints
On paper, this game should be a blowout for the Saints. The Chiefs look like the worst team in the NFL after two weeks, allowing the most points (75) and being outscored by 34 points combined.
However, the Saints are falling apart at the seams. Even with the talents of Drew Brees, Pierre Thomas, et al. on offense, they are in desperate need of an impressive win. It won't be enough just to beat the Chiefs—anyone can do that. They need to look like they did in 2011.
If the Saints lost to the Chiefs, or even struggle, all that chatter you hear about them missing Sean Payton is going to get louder and louder.