NFL Game Rankings: Week 3 Edition

9/20/13 in NFL   |   BlakeLovell   |   60 respect

 
Sep 8, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (6) passes during the second half against the Cincinnati Bengals at Soldier Field. Chicago won 24-21. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY SportsThe Andy Reid Bowl in Philadelphia got things started last night. Now, let's take a look at the best NFL games on the schedule this weekend. Get your DVR's ready.

5. San Diego Chargers (1-1) at Tennessee Titans (1-1) - 1 PM ET, CBS

Here are two teams that could potentially play the spoiler role in the AFC. Both sit at 1-1, and the ironic thing is, both should be undefeated had they not blown leads against the same team: the Houston Texans. Most people expected the Chargers to be way down this season, but they have started off playing solid football. The Chargers also benefit from having dominated this series in recent years, having won nine in a row against the Titans. But the Titans have one of their most balanced teams in several years, and are at home. They should change their luck on Sunday in Nashville.

4. Indianapolis Colts (1-1) at San Francisco 49ers (1-1) - 4:25 PM ET, CBS

So many storylines heading into this game. For starters, you have a big game between two teams who are certainly capable of repeating their playoff appearances a year ago. Next up, there's the Jim Harbaugh vs. Andrew Luck factor, since Harbaugh coached Luck at Stanford. And the Cleveland Browns added yet another story by trading Trent Richardson to the Colts a few days ago. Oh, and San Francisco's Pro Bowl defensive end Aldon Smith was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Expect this game to be a whole lot of fun.

3. Houston Texans (2-0) at Baltimore Ravens (1-1) - 1 PM ET, CBS

The Ravens haven't been all that impressive to start the season, and their pass defense needs some serious work. That's not good news seeing as though the Matt Schaub-led Texans are coming to town, and their former secondary star Ed Reed will be joining them. Andre Johnson should play, but unfortunately for the Ravens, Schaub has found another dangerous target in rookie wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins. Baltimore has a lot to prove on both sides of the ball here and will need to be at their best if they want to deny Houston a 3-0 start.

2. Green Bay Packers (1-1) at Cincinnati Bengals (1-1) - 1 PM ET, FOX

The Packers have allowed a ton of yards through the air thus far, but keep in mind that the Redskins were behind so much last week that they had to air it out pretty much the entire game. Still, containing AJ Green is priority number one for the Green Bay defense if they want to win this one. The Bengals obviously have their own concerns with Aaron Rodgers and his ridiculous aerial attack, so their might be quite a few touchdowns scored in Cincinnati on Sunday.

1. Chicago Bears (2-0) at Pittsburgh Steelers (0-2) - 8:30 PM ET, NBC

To say that the Steelers need to win this game would be a major understatement. They have to win this game. If Steeler fans think things are bad now, an 0-3 start would add even more fuel to the fire. The offense has been atrocious, which probably has the Bears defense licking their chops. As for the Bears offense, say what you want about Jay Cutler, but he's orchestrated two late fourth quarter drives this season to bring the Bears back to win the game. This is a case of two teams heading in opposite direction. However, it's hard to see the Steelers losing this must-win game at home.

Which game are you most looking forward to on Sunday?


 
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