NFL TV Schedule Week 3: How to Watch Sunday's Games

Maxwell OgdenCorrespondent IIISeptember 19, 2013

HOUSTON, TX- OCTOBER 21: Justin Forsett #28 of the Houston Texans is tackled by Jameel McClain #53 of the Baltimore Ravens and Bernard Pollard #31 of the Baltimore Ravens on October 21, 2012 at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas. Texas won 43 to 13. (Photo by Thomas B. Shea/Getty Images)
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Another edition of Thursday Night Football signals the beginning of Week 3 of the 2013 NFL regular season. With 32 teams all looking to earn wins before the bye weeks begin, a sense of urgency is growing.

The question is, how can you watch the action transpire?


Green Bay Packers at Cincinnati Bengals

CINCINNATI, OH - AUGUST 23: Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers looks to pass the football against the Cincinnati Bengals during a preseason NFL game at Paul Brown Stadium on August 23, 2012 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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Date: Sunday, Sept. 22

Time: 1:00 p.m. ET


Both the Cincinnati Bengals and Green Bay Packers have been labeled as dark-horse contenders to reach Super Bowl XLVIII. Green Bay won the title as recently as 2010-11, making it less of an underdog, but each team has been overshadowed by the big names in their respective conferences.

With the Packers coming to visit the Bengals in Cincinnati, we'll be able to gauge just how legitimate they are.

There aren't many questions about Green Bay, as it blew out the Washington Redskins during Week 2 and lost a nail-biter to the San Francisco 49ers in Week 1. Aaron Rodgers is still at the top of his craft, and with or without running back Eddie Lacy, this offense will flourish.

Should he practice on Friday, Lacy will end up playing.

For what it's worth, James Starks ran for 132 yards and a touchdown in Lacy's absence last week.

The Bengals have significantly more riding on this game, as they hope to prove their status as a true contender. Despite possessing an inexperienced offense, Cincinnati is being built up as a team that could compete for the AFC crown.

Week 1 displayed the youth via a penalty-filled 24-21 loss at the Chicago Bears, while Week 2 showed this team's progress as the Bengals defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers 20-10 on Monday Night Football.

The Bengals possess one of the NFL's best defenses and have for the past two seasons. With that being said, Rodgers has made a living by picking apart elite units, and this one will come down to whether or not Andy Dalton can match him.

Dalton has been strong through two weeks, but going toe-to-toe with Rodgers is another conversation.


Houston Texans at Baltimore Ravens

HOUSTON, TX- OCTOBER 21: J.J. Watt #99 of the Houston Texans tries to block Joe Flacco #5 of the Baltimore Ravens pass on October 21, 2012 at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas. Texas won 43 to 13. (Photo by Thomas B. Shea/Getty Images)
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Date: Sunday, Sept. 22

Time: 1:00 p.m. ET


The Houston Texans will travel to play the Baltimore Ravens in a battle between two teams that have been underwhelming through two weeks. The Ravens are 1-1 after winning the Super Bowl just last season, while Houston is an uninspiring 2-0.

Even still, this game could go a long way toward determining who will be the second seed in the AFC.

The Texans have won consecutive close calls, winning 31-28 against the San Diego Chargers in Week 1 and taking a 30-24 overtime win over the Tennessee Titans in Week 2. While that may concern you, it's worth noting that Houston has been battling injuries yet still displayed a champion's resolve.

If that's not reason enough to watch this game, try the facts that Ed Reed will be returning to Baltimore and Ray Lewis will join the Ring of Honor.

Honoring the legends of years past is wonderful, but neither Reed nor Lewis would be pleased with the way Baltimore is playing.

Thus far, the Ravens own a 49-27 loss at the Denver Broncos and a 14-6 home win over the Cleveland Browns. Ray Rice has run for 72 yards through two games, and Joe Flacco has been sacked six times.

That's bad news for a quarterback preparing to face reigning sacks leader J.J. Watt.

If the Ravens win this game, they would be a 2-1 football team that owns at least a share of the lead in the AFC North. Should Houston achieve victory, it would continue to own an outright lead in the AFC South.

In a conference with more question marks than answers, this game is critical.


Chicago Bears at Pittsburgh Steelers

CINCINNATI, OH - SEPTEMBER 16:  Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers smiles on the sideline in the second quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on September 16, 2013 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Andy Lyons
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Date: Sunday, Sept. 22

Time: 8:30 p.m. ET


The Chicago Bears are 2-0, owning consecutive victories over teams that reached the playoffs in 2012. The Pittsburgh Steelers are 0-2, losing to teams with young quarterbacks who would have once feared the black and yellow.

A record of 0-3 could spell the end of Pittsburgh's postseason dreams, while 3-0 could make Chicago a favorite in the NFC.

The source of the Bears' success has been balance, as Jay Cutler, Matt Forte and Brandon Marshall have led a monstrous offensive charge. Meanwhile, Tim Jennings and Charles Tillman continue to force turnovers. Offensively, Forte has 252 yards of total offense, and Marshall has 217 yards off receptions.

As for Cutler, he's quietly becoming the best fourth-quarter quarterback in the league.

That's a number, not an opinion.

The Steelers have received an inspiring effort from Ben Roethlisberger, but Pittsburgh just doesn't have enough talent. Maurkice Pouncey is out for the season, and at this point, the Steelers couldn't buy a quality rushing attempt.

Through two games, Pittsburgh has 75.0 total rushing yards and zero rushing touchdowns on 31 attempts.

Going up against a Bears defense that held Adrian Peterson to 3.8 yards per carry, things don't look good for the Steelers. In turn, there's a possibility that we'll see the NFL's most decorated franchise drop to 0-3.

We can pretend it's on Roethlisberger and head coach Mike Tomlin, but the front office has failed to put quality pieces together in Pittsburgh. Chicago has a great chance to benefit from that truth and reach 3-0.

Will you be watching?