Week 3 is going to be ugly for some NFL fans.
While plenty of games have come down to the wire in the first two weeks of the season, Week 3 features some matchups that are going to get ugly fast—and never get better.
Believe it or not, parity does exist in the NFL, but fans sure won't know it by the time these games are over. The following is what occurs when teams stuck in limbo or the beginning stages of a rebuild meet a Super Bowl contender.
For fans that enjoy fireworks, this is the weekend to tune in attentively.
|Away Team||Home Team||Prediction|
|Kansas City Chiefs||Philadelphia Eagles||Chiefs|
|San Diego Chargers||Tennessee Titans||Chargers|
|Cleveland Browns||Minnesota Vikings||Vikings|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||New England Patriots||Patriots|
|Houston Texans||Baltimore Ravens||Texans|
|St. Louis Rams||Dallas Cowboys||Rams|
|Arizona Cardinals||New Orleans Saints||Saints|
|Detroit Lions||Washington Redskins||Redskins|
|Green Bay Packers||Cincinnati Bengals||Packers|
|New York Giants||Carolina Panthers||Giants|
|Atlanta Falcons||Miami Dolphins||Dolphins|
|Indianapolis Colts||San Francisco 49ers||49ers|
|Jacksonville Jaguars||Seattle Seahawks||Seahawks|
|Buffalo Bills||New York Jets||Bills|
|Chicago Bears||Pittsburgh Steelers||Bears|
|Oakland Raiders||Denver Broncos||Broncos|
New Orleans Saints Embarrass Arizona
The elite offensive units of old have returned to New Orleans along with head coach Sean Payton.
New Orleans already has a top-five offense this season with Drew Brees under center. What is even more concerning—especially for a team like the Arizona Cardinals—is a defensive unit under new coordinator Rob Ryan that has played well.
The Saints defense held an impressive Atlanta offense to just 17 points in Week 1.
That's horrible news for the Cardinals offense made even worse by Darren Urban of the team's website reporting that No. 1 receiver Larry Fitzgerald is dealing with a nagging hamstring issue.
WR @LarryFitzgerald , when told there was a school of thought he should sit Sunday to rest his hamstring: "Never been to that school before"— Darren Urban (@Cardschatter) September 19, 2013
Last week, the Cardinals squeaked out a win over Detroit, but Fitzgerald only caught two passes for 33 yards. Defensively, Arizona will have issues accounting for Jimmy Graham, Marques Colston and a host of other weapons.
In New Orleans, this one will turn into a shootout quickly and Arizona simply doesn't have enough to keep up with the Saints.
Prediction: Saints 35, Cardinals 13
Denver Broncos Smash Oakland
Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos are unstoppable. The numbers don't lie—Manning has already thrown for 769 yards and nine touchdowns while the Broncos have scored 41 or more points in two games.
For Oakland, the numbers do lie—the Raiders have the No. 4 overall defense, but only thanks to a matchup with the miserable Jacksonville Jaguars.
Oakland has not looked horrible on offense thanks to quarterback Terrelle Pryor and his 505 total yards through a combination of passing and rushing, but he will in no way be able to keep pace with Manning.
With Manning on fire, there is no way the Broncos score under 30 points. Meanwhile, both the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens and Eli Manning's New York Giants failed to produce that number against the Broncos.
Denver's defense has not been tasked with stopping a read-option before, but Manning is too hot to lose regardless of his defense.
Prediction: Broncos 42, Raiders 23
Seattle Seahawks Obliterate Jacksonville
Turn away from the television because this is going to get graphic.
According to The Big Lead, the Jaguars are the 10th-biggest underdog in NFL history this week. There's a reason for that—Seattle is primed for a Super Bowl and Jacksonville is in the early stages of a serious rebuild.
Jacksonville has scored all of 11 points in two games and surrenders 174 yards on the ground per game.
The only real hope for Jacksonville is to ride running back Maurice Jones-Drew all game. However, John Oehser of the team's official site reports that MJD may not even play:
Mjd won't practice today. Bradley says status for Sunday is up on the air. Swelling still bothering him.— John Oehser (@JohnOehser) September 19, 2013
Oh, boy. Seattle has allowed opponents to score 10 points this year. Last week, the defense allowed only a field goal to the vaunted San Francisco offense orchestrated by Colin Kaepernick.
The Seattle offense has not been overly impressive so far, but there's no better way to get things running at full capacity than a matchup with the Jaguars.
Prediction: Seahawks 30, Jaguars 17
All stats courtesy of NFL.com.
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