As fans, we look at a weekend's matchup on paper and proclaim a clearly inferior team to have no chance. This weekend has the potential to showcase multiple games that are decided before kickoff. Every week has games like these, with one team needing a lot of luck to pull out a win.
This week is crucial in the NFL season. Teams that are 2-0 look for an even hotter start by winning their first three games. Teams that are 1-1 would be on the right side of .500 with a win, while avoiding falling into a pack of mediocre teams. The 0-2 teams become desperate and try to save their season by avoiding the 0-3 start.
Week 3 may decide a team's fate and some team's matchups don't suit them well. So let's go into some Week 3 matchups in which one team clearly has no chance.
The Kansas City Chiefs haven't gotten off to a great start. Alright, their start has been nightmarish. After making the playoffs last year and winning the AFC West, the Chiefs have been the biggest disappointment of the young season so far.
After being embarrassed at home by the Buffalo Bills in Week 1, the Chiefs traveled north to Detroit to face a rejuvenated Lions' team, where they were again embarrassed. Now, Jamaal Charles is out for the year after tearing his ACL in Week 2, which severely weakens the offense.
Now the 0-2 Chiefs travel to play San Diego, who are already upset after losing to New England in Week 2. With the Chiefs being listed as 14.5-point underdogs on the road, nobody is giving them a chance in this game.
Take the Chargers in a blowout.
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Without Peyton Manning, the Colts have slumped to an 0-2 start. Kerry Collins has struggled at quarterback after he arrived to training camp late. The Colts do not have the same swagger now as they do when No. 18 is at the helm.
The Steelers come into Indianapolis with a 1-1 record. After losing to Baltimore in Week 1, the Steelers are looking to climb over the .500 mark. The Steelers have been motivated by people who are saying that their defense is too old. The Steelers enter this game as 10.5-point favorites.
The Colts may hang around, but they will not win this game.
After being the bandwagon team of training camp for the umpteenth time, the Houston Texans are taking advantage of the Peyton Manning-less Colts and taking a stranglehold on the AFC South.
The Texans have a date with the New Orleans Saints on Sunday in the Superdome. The Texans are talented, but not that talented. This game may be closer on paper than people may think, but after beating a bad Colts team and a Dolphins team who can't win at home, the Saints will be serving humble pie to the Texans on Sunday.
Even if Michael Vick does not play, the Giants will still not beat the Eagles on the road. Why? Because the Eagles are better than the Giants as a team.
The Giants have not played well in their first two games. Yes, they are 1-1, but they didn't look spectacular against the Rams, and the defense was terrible at times. Steven Jackson didn't even play. The Eagles have more weapons than the Redskins and Rams, two teams the Giants struggled to stop.
On offense, the Giants got into sync against the Rams and put points on the board. However, at times in that game, as well as the Redskins game, the offense was putrid. With Nnamdi Asomugha and the Eagles' secondary, the Giants are going to struggle.
These matchups would seem to not be a contest on Sunday. Having said that, this is the NFL and on any given Sunday a team can fall flat and lose a winnable game. Don't count the underdogs in these games out, but they should struggle on Sunday.
We'll have a better knowledge of who the true contenders are after Week 3. The four teams that should take care of business in this slideshow are among the true contenders of the NFL. All they have to do now is win their winnable games this week to get that recognition.
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