The San Francisco 49ers will look to end their two-game slide as they battle the Rams in St. Louis on Thursday to kick off Week 4 on the NFL Network.
The New Orleans Saints and Miami Dolphins will bring the week to a close on Monday Night Football on ESPN in a battle of undefeateds in a matchup that is more intriguing than the one that starts the week.
Meanwhile, there are a whole host of interesting contests to fill up Sunday.
This is not the week to have a thumb sprain on the remote hand.
Take a look at the broadcast schedule, and then I'll highlight the three games I'm most looking forward to.
|San Francisco 49ers @ St. Louis Rams||8:25 p.m. (Thursday)||NFL Network|
|Baltimore Ravens @ Buffalo Bills||1 p.m.||CBS|
|Cincinnati Bengals @ Cleveland Browns||1 p.m.||CBS|
|Chicago Bears @ Detroit Lions||1 p.m.||FOX|
|New York Giants @ Kansas City Chiefs||1 p.m.||FOX|
|Pittsburgh Steelers @ Minnesota Vikings||1 p.m.||CBS|
|Arizona Cardinals @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers||1 p.m.||FOX|
|Indianapolis Colts @ Jacksonville Jaguars||1 p.m.||CBS|
|Seattle Seahawks @ Houston Texans||1 p.m.||FOX|
|New York Jets @ Tennessee Titans||4:05 p.m.||CBS|
|Philadelphia Eagles @ Denver Broncos||4:25 p.m.||FOX|
|Washington Redskins @ Oakland Raiders||4:25 p.m.||FOX|
|Dallas Cowboys @ San Diego Chargers||4:25 p.m.||FOX|
|New England Patriots @ Atlanta Falcons||8:30 p.m.||NBC|
|Miami Dolphins @ New Orleans Saints||8:30 p.m. (Monday)||ESPN|
Seattle Seahawks vs. Houston Texans
Where: Reliant Stadium
When: Sunday, Sept. 29 at 1 p.m. ET
The Texans are off to a 2-1 start. That is a record worth feeling good about, but the team also has reasons to be concerned.
They are coming off a humbling 30-9 defeat to the Baltimore Ravens, and now they are hosting the undefeated Seahawks knowing a loss will push them back to .500.
Meanwhile, the Seahawks have looked outstanding this season. The last two weeks, Seattle has outscored their opponents 74-20. However, both of those games were in Seattle, and the last one was against the Jaguars.
This will be a chance for the Seahawks to prove their case as a Super Bowl favorite by beating a tough team on the road.
Seattle leads the league in pass defense, so the Texans would be wise to establish the run and then work off the play action to get their slumping offense back on track.
Chicago Bears vs. Detroit Lions
Where: Ford Field
When: Sunday, Sept. 29 at 1 p.m. ET
The Bears (3-0) can take firm control of the NFC North with a victory over the Lions (2-1). Chicago have looked excellent in this young season. The offensive line in particular has made big strides, and that makes a huge difference for this team.
While the Bears offense is not producing big numbers, it is playing sound football. And with more time to throw, Jay Cutler is a far more reliable quarterback. Meanwhile, the Bears defense is back creating more turnovers and scoring more touchdowns. Yet, they are just 24th in passing defense.
That defense will be tested in this one. If there's one thing we know the Lions can do, it is pass the ball. Detroit is second in the league in passing offense, and Calvin Johnson is just warming up. This offense will have to deal with absence of its second-leading receiver Nate Burleson:
Stafford: 82.6 comp% to Burleson this year; best QB-WR combo. RT @AdamSchefter: Nate Burleson broke his arm in an overnight car accident.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) September 24, 2013
Still, as long as Calvin Johnson is on the field, this offense will be dangerous.
Miami Dolphins vs. New Orleans Saints
Where: Mercedes-Benz Superdome
When: Monday, Sept. 30 at 8:30 p.m.
Last week, the Dolphins hosted the Saints' NFC North rival the Atlanta Falcons, and many felt Miami would be brought back to earth.
It didn't happen. The Dolphins pulled out a 27-23 victory to move to 3-0 on the season and set up this battle of undefeateds.
New Orleans has looked solid this year, especially at home. Of course, that is no surprise. The Saints have fantastic in the Superdome over the years.
At home, the Saints beat the Falcons by six in Week 1 and they trounced the Cardinals last week, 31-7.
The Saints will be looking to turn this one into a shootout. Obviously, Drew Brees and Sean Payton aren't afraid to get into a passing contest, and the Saints' pass defense has been greatly improved. In fact, New Orleans enters this game with the fourth-ranked pass defense in the league.