Week three is here. Two weeks down. 15 to go.

A last-second goal-line stand, a 58-yard walk-off field goal in overtime and (believe it or not) a “watermelon” onside kick to help overcome a 19-point halftime deficit? The NFL is just getting started on its 2020 script.

The Week 3 screenplay could be just as thrilling and better than what even Coppola could write.

SUPERSTARS DOING SUPERSTAR THINGS: MVP candidates are aplenty through two weeks. Several of those candidates will be on opposite sidelines this week.

Seattle and quarterback Russell Wilson, who leads the NFL in passer rating (140.0), touchdown passes (nine) and completion percentage (82.5), host Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys at 4:25 p.m. on FOX. Wilsonlast week became just the third team in the last 15 regular seasons to win after overcoming a two-score deficit in the final two minutes of regulation. Prescott passed for 450 yards and one touchdown while rushing for three touchdowns last week, becoming the first player with at least 400 passing yards and three rushing touchdowns in a single game in NFL history.

Reigning NFL MVP Lamam Jackson and his Ravens host reigning Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs on Monday Night Football at 8:15 p.m. on ESPN. Mahomes (81 touchdown passes in 33 games) averages 2.45 touchdown passes per game, the highest mark in NFL history (minimum 30 games), ahead of the two next-closest players, Peyton Manning (2.03) and Aaron Rodgers (2.02). Jackson, meanwhile, reached 2,000 career rushing yards in helping his team to a 2-0 start last week. This week, he needs 193 passing yards to reach 5,000 career and become the fastest player in NFL history (34 games) to reach 5,000 career passing yards and 2,000 rushing yards. Both clubs also met with 2-0 records in Week 3 of 2019.

The Patriots and Cam Newton, whose four rushing touchdowns are the most by a quarterback through the first two weeks in NFL annals, host Derreck Carr and undefeated Las Vegas Sunday at 1 p.m. on CBS. Newton, who has two rushing touchdowns in each of his first two games with New England, took sole possession of the NFL record among quarterbacks for most career games (eight) with at least two rushing touchdowns, surpassing Jack Kemp, Steve McNair and Pro Football Hall of Famers Otto Graham and Steve Young.

Buffalo quarterback Josh Allen, whose Bills team welcomes the 2-0 Los Angeles Rams on Sunday at 1 p.m. on FOX, passed for 417 yards with four touchdowns and zero interceptions for a 147.0 passer rating in the Bills’ 31-28 win last week. Allen, who has passed for 729 yards, six touchdowns and zero interceptions in the first two weeks of the 2020 season, is the fourth quarterback with at least 700 passing yards, six touchdown passes and zero interceptions through his team’s first two games of a season in NFL history, joining Tom Brady (2015), Patrick Mahomes (2019) and Peyton Manning (2013). On the other side, Rams quarterback Jared GoffF, the number 1 overall selection in the 2016 NFL Draft, is one of four quarterbacks since 2017 to have four games of three-or-more touchdown passes and a passer rating of at least 140. The others? Drew Brees, Ryan Tannehill and Russell Wilson).

Arizona quarterback Kyler Murray, the number 1 overall selection in the 2019 NFL Draft, hosts Matthew Stafford and Detroit on Sunday at 4:25 p.m. on FOX. Murray, who has passed for 516 yards and rushed for 158 this season, is the first quarterback in the Super Bowl era (1966-present) with at least 500 passing yards and 150 rushing yards through his team’s first two games of a season. His newly acquired target DeAndre Hopkins has a league-leading 22 receptions, the most ever by a player in his first two games with a new team.

Packers running back Aaron Jones, who averages 6.9 yards per carry and has a league-leading 234 rushing yards, takes Green Bay into New Orleans for Sunday Night Football at 8:20 p.m. on NBC in a prime-time matchup with Drew Brees and the Saints. The Packers, who have totaled 85 points and 1,010 net yards of offense in their 2-0 start, are the fourth team to score at least 80 points and register at least 1,000 net yards of offense through the first two weeks of a season in NFL history, joining the 2019 Baltimore Ravens, 1998 San Francsico 49ers and 1991 Buffalo Bills.

2-0 TEAMS ABOUND: Across the league, 11 teams have started 2-0, tied for the most in NFL history and most in 12 years. In addition to 2008, the NFL also had 11 clubs start the season 2-0 in 2006 and 1998.

Five of those 2-0 clubs – Arizona, Chicago, Las Vegas, the Los Angeles Rams and Pittsburgh – missed the playoffs in 2019. The Cardinals (5-10-1) finished last in the NFC West in 2019.

In 15 of the past 17 seasons, at least one NFL team won its division the season after finishing in last or tied for last place. In fact, of the 48 teams in league history to go from “worst-to-first,” 25 of them have done so in the past 17 years (2003-19), including an NFL-record three such teams in 2005 and 2006. Two teams during that span, the 2009 New Orleans Saints and the 2017 Philadelphia Eagles, won the Super Bowl after finishing in last place in their divisions the season before.

Last season, both Green Bay (NFC North) and San Francisco (NFC West) won their divisions after missing the postseason in 2018. At least two teams have won their divisions the season after missing the playoffs in 16 of the past 17 years.

COVERING THREE TIME ZONES: This week, three Pacific Time Zone clubs meet foes in the Eastern Time Zone on Sunday: San Francisco travels to East Rutherford for a 1 p.m. meeting with the New York Giants on FOX, the Los Angeles Rams travel to upstate New York for a 1 p.m. meeting with the Buffalo Bills on Fox and the Las Vegas Raiders head to Foxboro for a meeting with Cam Newtown and the New England Patriots at 1 p.m. on CBS.

Teams from the West Coast traveling to play teams from the Eastern Time Zone are 5-0 this season, with one win by each of the five teams that practice, eat and sleep three hours behind the teams they defeated. Over a longer stretch, since the beginning of 2019 and including playoffs, those teams are 20-4 (.833).

Won-loss records of Pacific Time Zone teams playing road games against teams from Eastern Time Zone, since 2019:

TEAM (W-L, PCT.)
Seattle (7-0, 1.000)
Los Angeles Rams 4-1, .800)
San Francisco (4-1, .800)
Los Angeles Chargers (3-1, .750)
Las Vegas (2-1, .667)
Totals (20-4, .833)

BATTLES OF THE UNBEATENS: This weekend’s slate includes two matchups of 2-0 teams: The Los Angeles Rams at Buffalo at 1 p.m. on FOX and Kansas City at Baltimore at 8:15 p.m. on ESPN. The Chiefs and Ravens actually met a year ago on Week 3 as 2-0 teams, with the Chiefs handing the Ravens one of their two regular-season losses in narrow fashion, 33-28. Mahomes passed for 374 yards and three touchdowns.

Since 2006, 17 games have featured 2-0 teams meeting in Week 3. The winners of those games have been harbingers of playoff fortunes and during that span, including the Chiefs last season, the winner of a matchup of 2-0 teams in Week 3 has gone on to the win the Super Bowl three times (Kansas City won Super Bowl LIV in 2019, New England won Super Bowl LI in 2016, and Indianapolis won Super Bowl XLI in 2006). Two other teams, the 2006 Chicago Bears and the 2010 Pittsburgh Steelers, lost the Super Bowl. And one team that lost a matchup of 2-0 teams, the 2010 Green Bay Packers, went on to win the Super Bowl.

IT’S NOT HOW YOU START, IT’S HOW YOU FINISH: While 11 teams have started 2-0, another 11 teams have opened 0-2. Every football season brings adversity. Overcoming that adversity has been a characteristic of NFL teams since first-year Packers coach Vince Lombardi replaced an injured Lamar McHan with a 17th-round draft choice named Bart Starr. Lombardi and Starr went on to win five NFL championships and capture the first two Super Bowls en route to enshrinement in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Forty-two years later, Tom BradyY, the 199th overall selection in the prior year’s draft, took over for injured starter Drew Bledsoe and led the 0-2 Patriots to a Super Bowl victory.

The NFL begins a 14-team playoff format this season, with two additional Wild Card teams, one each in AFC and NFC. From 1990-2019, during the era of the 12-team playoff format, at least four teams every season qualified for the playoffs after failing to make the postseason the year before. Last season, five teams that missed the postseason in 2018 – Buffalo (10-6), Green Bay (13-3), Minnesota (10-6), San Francisco (13-3) and Tennessee (9-7) – earned playoff berths.

Over the last 30 seasons, since 1990, 30 teams have overcome 0-2 starts to secure playoff berths. Three of those clubs – the 1993 Dallas Cowboys, the 2001 New England Patriots and the 2007 New York Giants – won the Super Bowl and four of those clubs – the 1992 San Diego Chargers, the 1995 Detroit Lions, the 1998 Buffalo Bills and the 2018 Houston Texans – made the playoffs after an 0-3 start.

The 30 teams to advance to the playoffs after an 0-2 start, since 1990:

YEAR – TEAM (FINISH)
1990 – Houston Oilers (9-7)
1990 – New Orleans (8-8)
1990 – Philadelphia (10-6)
1991 – ATLANTA (10-6)
1992 – San Diego Chargers (11-5)+
1993 – Dallas (12-4)*
1993 – Pittsburgh (9-7)
1994 – New England (10-6)
1995 – Detroit ()10-6)+
1996 – New England (11-5)
1998 – Arizona (9-7)
1998 – Buffalo (10-6)+
1998 – New York Jets (12-4)
2001 – New England (11-5)*
2002 – Pittsburgh (10-5-1)
2002 – ATLANTA (9-6-1)
2003 – Philadelphia (12-4)
2006 – Kansas City (9-7)
2007 – New York Giants (10-6)*
2008 – Miami (11-5)
2008 – Minnesota (10-6)
2008 – San Diego Chargers (8-8)
2013 – Carolina (12-4)
2014 – Indianapolis (11-5)
2015 – Houston Texans (9-7)
2015 – Seattle (10-6)
2016 – Miami (10-6)
2017 – New Orleans (11-5)
2018 – Houston Texans (11-5)+
2018 – Seattle (10-6)

*Won Super Bowl
+Started season 0-3

SEVEN FROM SUNDAY – WEEK 2: A look at seven statistical highlights from games played during the 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Eastern windows on Sunday, September 20, the second week of the 2020 season.

11 teams – Arizona, Buffalo, Baltimore, Chicago, Green Bay, Kansas City, Las Vegas, the Los Angeles Rams, Pittsburgh, Seattle and Tennessee – improved to 2-0 on Sunday.

Three quarterbacks under the age of 25 – Buffalo’s Josh Allen, Cincinnati’s Joe Burrow and Jacksonville’s Gardner Minshew – each passed for at least 300 yards and three touchdowns in Week 2. It marks the third time in NFL history that three quarterbacks under the age of 25 have passed for 300 yards and three touchdowns in the same week, joining Week 10 of the 2019 season (Daniel Jones, Patrick Mahomes and KYler Murray) and Week 6 of the 2018 season (Patrick Mahomes, Mitchell Trubisky and Jameis Winston).

Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Hebert, the number 6 overall selection in the 2020 NFL Draft, passed for 311 yards with one touchdown and rushed for a touchdown in Week 2. Herbert joins Pro Football Hall of Famer Otto Graham (1950) and Cam Newton (2011) as the only players with at least 300 passing yards and a rushing touchdown in their first career game in NFL history.

Green Bay registered 488 net yards of offense in their 42-21 victory over Detroit in Week 2. In Week 1, the Packers recorded 522 net yards of offense in their 43-34 win at Minnesota. The Packers, who have totaled 85 points and 1,010 net yards of offense this season, are the fourth team to score at least 80 points and register at least 1,000 net yards of offense through the first two weeks of a season in NFL history, joining the 2019 Baltimore Ravens, 1998 San Francisco 49ers and 1991 Buffalo Bills.

Dallas, who trailed by nine points at the two-minute warning of the fourth quarter, defeated Atlanta, 40-39, in Week 2 on a 46-yard field goal by Greg Zuerlein as time expired. The Cowboys are the third team in the past 15 regular seasons to overcome a two-score deficit in the final two minutes and win in regulation, joining New England (December 8, 2013 vs. Cleveland) and San Diego (December 14, 2008 at Kansas City).

Dallas quarterback Dak Prescott passed for 450 yards with one touchdown and rushed for three touchdowns in the victory. Prescott is the first player with at least 400 passing yards and three rushing touchdowns in a single game in NFL history.

Prescott, currently in his fifth season, recorded his 16th career game with both a passing touchdown and a rushing touchdown, surpassing Steve Grogan (15 games) for the third-most such games by a player in his first five seasons. Only Cam Newton (31 games) and Daunte Culpepper (18) have more.

Atlanta wide receiver Calvin Ridley recorded 109 receiving yards and two touchdowns in Week 2. Ridley, who had 130 receiving yards and two touchdowns in Week 1, is the first player since Pro Football Hall of Famer Marvin Harrison (1999) to record at least 100 receiving yards and two touchdowns in each of his team’s first two games of a season.

Buffalo quarterback Josh Allen passed for 417 yards with four touchdowns and zero interceptions for a 147.0 passer rating in the Bills’ 31-28 win over Miami in Week 2. Allen, who has passed for 729 yards, six touchdowns and zero interceptions in the first two weeks of the 2020 season, is the fourth quarterback with at least 700 passing yards, six touchdown passes and zero interceptions through his team’s first two games of a season in NFL history, joining Tom Brady (2015), Patrick Mahomes (2019) and Peyton Manning (2013).

Pittsburgh rookie wide receiver Chase Claypoool, a native of Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada, registered an 84-yard touchdown reception in the Steelers’ 26-21 victory over Denver in Week 2. It marked the longest touchdown from scrimmage by a Canadian-born player in NFL history.

Tennessee kicker Stephen Gostkowski kicked a 49-yard field goal with 1:36 remaining to give the Titans a 33-30 victory over Jacksonville in Week 2. Gostkowski, who converted a 25-yard game-winning field goal with 17 seconds remaining in Week 1, is the first kicker since Adam Vinatieri (1999 with New England) to kick a game-winning field goal in the final two minutes of regulation in each of his team’s first two games of a season.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN WEEK 3:

OFFENSE IS KING: Through the first two weeks of the 2020 NFL season, there have been 186 total touchdowns and 1,611 total points scored, both the most in NFL history through Week 2.​

MOST TOUCHDOWNS IN FIRST TWO WEEKS, NFL HISTORY

MOST TOTAL POINTS IN FIRST TWO WEEKS, NFL HISTORY

SEASON – TOUCHDOWNS
2020 – 186
2018 – 174
2011 – 172
2015 – 170
2012 – 170

SEASON – TOTAL POINTS
2020 – 1,611
2012 – 1,556
2018 – 1,506
2011 – 1,502
2015 – 1,488

Quarterback play has also been at an unprecedented level, as 13 quarterbacks have a passer rating of 100 or higher (minimum 20 attempts) through two weeks, the most in NFL history through Week 2. Five of those quarterbacks are under the age of 26 – Buffalo’s JOSH ALLEN (122.9 rating), the Los Angeles Rams’ JARED GOFF (108.5), Baltimore’s LAMAR JACKSON (134.6), Kansas City’s PATRICK MAHOMES (104.0) and Jacksonville’s GARDNER MINSHEW (115.7). Overall, the league has a 96.2 passer rating, the highest in league annals through Week 2.

Last season, 11 quarterbacks had a passer rating of 100 or higher through the first three weeks, the most in league annals. This season has a chance to surpass that mark.

The seasons with the most quarterbacks with a passer rating of 100 or higher through the first three weeks in NFL history:

SEASON – QUARTERBACKS
2019 – 11
2018 – 10
2015 – 10
2007 – 10
2020 – 13*
*Through two weeks

MVP MATCHUP: Baltimore quarterback Lamar Jackson, the 2019 NFL MVP, and Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes the 2018 NFL MVP, will meet for the third time in their careers when the Ravens host the Chiefs Monday night in a battle of unbeatens. It will mark the first game in NFL history featuring two former league MVPs under the age of 26. ​

Monday’s showdown will be the fifth game in the last six years featuring the two most recent MVPs. The more recent winner has been victorious in the past two such meetings.

The past five meetings featuring the two most recent NFL MVPs:

MVPs (SEASON) – DATE (RESULT)
Lamar Jackson (2019) vs. Patrick Mahomes (2018) – September 28, 2020 (???)
Patrick Mahomes (2018) vs. Tom Brady (2017) – December 8, 2019 (Kansas City 23, New England 16)
Matt Ryan (2016) vs. Cam Newton (2015) – Decemer 31, 2017 (ATLANTA 22, Carolina 10)
Matt Ryan (2016) vs. Cam Newton (2015) – November 5, 2017 (Carolina 20, ATLANTA 17)
Aaron Rodgers (2014) vs. Peyton Manning (2013) – November 1, 2015 (Denver 29, Green Bay 10)

WILSON WOWS: Seattle quarterback Russell WilsonN enters Week 3 as the league’s leader in touchdown passes (nine) and passer rating (140.0). He is the fourth quarterback with at least nine touchdown passes through the first two weeks of a season in league annals, joining Drew Brees (2009), Patrick Mahomes (2018) and Peyton Manning (2013). Both Mahomes and Manning would go on to win league MVP that season.

If Wilson, who had five touchdown passes in Week 2 and four touchdown passes in Week 1, has at least four touchdown passes on Sunday against Dallas (4:25 PM ET, FOX), he would become the first player with at least four touchdown passes in each of his team’s three games of a season in NFL history.

Additionally, Wilson would tie Patrick Mahomes (13 in 2018) for the most touchdown passes by a player through his team’s first three games of a season in league history.

The quarterbacks with the most touchdown passes through their team’s first three games of a season in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAM (SEASON – TOUCHDOWN PASSES IN TEAM’S FIRST THREE GAMES)

Patrick Mahomes – Kansas City (2018 – 13)

Peyton Manning – Denver (2013 – 12)
Tom Brady – New England (2011 – 11)
Russell Wilson – Seattle (2020 – 9)*
*Through first two games

DAK DASHES FOR SIX: Dallas quarterback Dak Prescott passed for 450 yards with one touchdown and rushed for three touchdowns last week, becoming the first player with at least 400 passing yards and three rushing touchdowns in a single game in NFL history.

Prescott now has 24 career rushing touchdowns, the most among quarterbacks since he entered the league in 2016. With a rushing touchdown on Sunday at Seattle, Prescott will become the fourth quarterback to rush for at least 25 touchdowns in his first five seasons in NFL history.

The quarterbacks with at least 25 rushing touchdowns in their first five seasons in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAM (RUSHING TOUCHDOWNS)
Cam Newton – Carolina (43)
Otto Graham – Cleveland (27) HOF
Daunte Culpepper – Minnesota (26)
Dak Prescott – Dallas (24)*
*In fifth season

CARSON TD CATCHER: Seattle running back Chris Carons had 108 scrimmage yards (72 rushing, 26 receiving) and a touchdown catch last week after recording two touchdown receptions in Week 1. Entering Week 3, Carson leads all NFL running backs with three touchdown receptions this season.

With a touchdown reception on Sunday against Dallas, Carson would become the fourth running back with a touchdown reception in each of their team’s first three games of a season in the Super Bowl era, joining Gary Anderson (1986), Curtis McClinton (1966) and Brian Westbrook (2005). McClinton had a touchdown reception in each of his team’s first four games of that season.

The running backs with touchdown reception in each of their team’s first three games of a season in the Super Bowl era:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON)
Brian Westbrook, Philadelphia (2005)
Gary Anderson, San Diego (1986)
Curtis McClinton, Kansas City (1966)
Chris Carson, Seattle (2020)*
*Through first two games

TOP BILLING: Buffalo quarterback Josh Allen passed for a career-high 417 yards with four touchdowns and zero interceptions for a 147.0 passer rating in the Bills’ Week 2 victory. Allen, who has passed for 729 yards, six touchdowns and zero interceptions through the first two weeks, is the fourth quarterback with at least 700 passing yards, six touchdown passes and zero interceptions through his team’s first two games of a season in NFL history.

With at least 300 passing yards, two touchdown passes and zero interceptions on Sunday against the Los Angeles Rams, Allen will become the third player with at least 300 passing yards, two touchdown passes and zero interceptions in each of his team’s first three games of a season in NFL history, joining Patrick Mahomes (2019) and Peyton Manning (2013). Mahomes won Super Bowl MVP and Manning won league MVP in those respective seasons.

The players with at least 300 passing yards, two touchdown passes and zero interceptions in each of their team’s first three games of a season in NFL history:

PLAYER, TEAM – SEASON
Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City – 2019
Peyton Manning, Denver – 2013
Josh Allen, Buffalo – 2020*
*Through first two games

TANNEHILL CONTINUES TO THRILL: Tennessee quarterback Ryan Tannehill passed for four touchdowns and zero interceptions last week in the Titans’ victory and now has six touchdowns and zero interceptions on the season.

Since Week 10 of the 2019 season, Tannehill has passed for at least two touchdowns with one or fewer interceptions in all nine games.

With at least two touchdown passes and one or fewer interceptions on Sunday at Minnesota Tannehill will become the fourth player in NFL history with at least two touchdown passes and one or fewer interceptions in at least 10 consecutive regular season games, joining Aaron Rodgers (13 consecutive games), Tom Brady (11) and Philip Rivers (10).

The players with the most consecutive games with at least two touchdown passes and one or fewer interceptions in NFL history:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASONS, CONSECUTIVE GAMES)
Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay (2011, 13)
Tom Brady, New England (2010-11, 11
Philip Rivers, Los Angeles Chargers (2017-18, 10)
Ryan Tannehilll Tennessee (2019-present, 9)*
*Active streak

RIDLEY ME THIS: Atlanta wide receiver Calvin Ridley leads the NFL with four touchdown receptions through two weeks and ties for the league lead with 239 receiving yards.

After recording 130 receiving yards and two touchdown receptions in Week 1 and 109 receiving yards and two touchdown receptions in Week 2, Ridley became the first player since Pro Football Hall of Famer Marvin Harrison (1999) to record at least 100 receiving yards and two touchdown receptions in each of his team’s first two games of a season.

With at least 100 receiving yards and a touchdown reception on Sunday against Chicago, Ridley will become the fifth player with at least 100 receiving yards and a touchdown reception in each of his team’s first three games of a season in NFL history, joining Pro Football Hall of Famers Marvin Harrison (1999), Randy Moss (2007) and Jerry Rice (1989) and Dwight Clark (1982),

The players with at least 100 receiving yards and a touchdown reception in each of their team’s first three games of a season in NFL history:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON)
Randy Moss, New England (2007) HOF
Marvin Harrison, Indianapolis (1999) HOF
Jerry RiceH, San Francisco (1989) HOF
Dwight Clark, San Francisco (1982)
Calvin Ridley, ATLANTA (2020)*
*Through first two games

WATT FAMIILY REUINION: Pittsburgh linebacker T.J. Watt ties for the NFL lead with 2.5 sacks through the first two weeks of the season, while Houston defensive end J.J. Watt ties for third in the league with 2 sacks.

The two brothers will be meeting for the first time in their NFL careers when the Steelers host the Texans on Sunday. Pittsburgh fullback Derek Watt, who faced each of his brothers in 2019 with the Chargers, will also be on the field on Sunday.

J.J. enters the game with 98 career sacks in 10 seasons, while T.J. has 37 career sacks in four seasons. Their 135 combined sacks are the fourth-most among pairs of brothers or father-son duos since 1982, counting instances in which each player recorded at least one sack.

The pairs of brothers or father-son duos with the most combined sacks since 1982, counting players in which each player recorded at least one sack:

PLAYERS – COMBINED SACKS
Clay/Clay Matthews – 161
HowieHOF/Chris Long – 154
John/Ervin Randle – 145.5 (HOF)+
J.J./T.J. Watt – 135*+
Arthur/Chandler Jones – 107+
*Both active
+Brothers

With at least two sacks on Sunday, J.J., playing in his 115th career game, will become the fourth-fastest player to reach 100 career sacks since 1982, when the individual sack became an official statistic.

The fastest players to reach 100 career sacks since 1982:

PLAYER – TEAMS (GAMES)
Reggie White – Philadlphia (96) HOF
DeMarcus Ware – Dalls (113)
Bruce Smith – Buffalo (114) HOF
Jared Allen – Kansas City and Minnesota (132)
Lawrence Taylor – New York Giants (122) HOF
J.J. Watt – Houston (114)*
*Has 98 sacks in 114 games

11 teams have yet to lose a game and they are all in action this week and at the end of the week, that number could drop as Baltimore and Kansas City, both 2-0 meet in Charm City in primetime. As for the picks for last week, we improved by one game, which while is not great, it’s still pretty good. For the week, 12-4. For the season 23-9. There’s still a lot of football on the docket between now and Super Bowl Sunday. Week three got underway in the Sunsine State as Miami picked up their first win in Jacksonville and ends in Charm City on Monday night as the defending Super Bowl champs face off against the Baltimore Ravens. With that, here are the Sunday and Monday picks for week three.

Chicago (2-0) at ATLANTA (0-2), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 709. The Windy City meets the Big Peach as Chicago makes its way to the Deep South for an early afternoon contest with the Atlanta Falcons. Atlanta looks to pick up their first win of the campaign, while Da Bears are looking to remain unbeaten.

Da Bears made their home opener agaisnt the NeW York Giants a success with their 17-13 win at Soldier Field last Sunday. Chicago led 17-0 at the intermission thanks to a pair of TD passes from Mitchell Trubisky and a field goal by Chris Santos before Big Blue would own the second half, scoring their points unchallenged. Chicago out-rushed the Giants 135-75, with Bears RB David Montgomery leading all rushers with 82 yards (Saquan Barkley led the Giants with 28 yards before being knocked out of the contest). Trubisky threw for 190 with the two TDs, even though he was sacked twice and picked off twice, while Giants signal caller Daniel Johes threw for 241 yards with four sacks and an interception. Chicago was 9 of 16 on third down tries (Da Bears were perfect in their only fourth down attempt) and ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 34:29, while the Giants held the pigskin for 25:31, while going 3 of 13 on third down, 3 of 3 on fourth down.

Atlanta watched victory fall from their grasp last Sunday in Arlington as Dallas would storm back in the final quarter, scoring 16 points in the final 4:57 seconds of the contest unchallenged and come away 40-39 winners at AT&T Stadium. The Falcons led 29-10 at the intermission, scoring their first 20 points of the game unchallenged before the Cowboys clawed their way back, using three rushing TDs from Dak Prescott and then the Falcons’ failure to recover an onside kick, which allowed Dallas to use up the final 1:49 of the contest, ending when Greg Zuerlein connected on a 46-yard field goal as time expired. Dallas outrushed Atlanta 125-113 with RB Todd Gurley leading Atlanta with 61 yards, while Ezekiel Elliott lead all rushers with 89 yards and a TD. Prescott threw for 450 yards and a passing TD (he had three rushing TDs, all in the second half), while Matt Ryan threw for 273 yards and four TDs (two to WR Calvin Ridley; Ridley had seven catches for 109 yards; both Ryan and Prescott were sacked once but did not throw an interception). Atlanta was 8 of 17 on third down tries (they were 2 of 2 on fourth down) and actually ruled the clock, keeping the pigskin for 33:48, while Dallas kept the ball for 26:12 (including the final 1:49 of the contest) and went 7 of 13 on third down, 0 of 2 on fourth down.

Da Bears lead the series 14-13 and Chicago has outscored Atlanta 515-470. Their last meeting was at Soldier Field in 2017 and the Falcons prevailed 23-17 (Chicago’s last win came in the Big Peach in 2014 by a final of 27-13). The boys and girls in Vegas like the Falcons at home, favoring them by 3 with a 47 1/2 over/under. A streak will end in the Big Peach this weekend. Da Bears could make it closer than the 3 but Atlanta rises up and prevails at home.

Los Angeles Rams (2-0) at Buffalo (2-0), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 710. A pair of 2-0 teams meet in upstate New York Sunday afternoon as the Jared Goff-led Los Angeles Rams travel to Orchard Park to face off against the Buffalo Bills, who sit in first place in the AFC East. Both teams were road winners in their games last week.

The Rams took care of business in the City of Brotherly Love as Goff and the Rams took care of Philadelphia 37-19 at Lincoln Financial Field. Los Angeles led from start to finish, taking a 21-16 lead with them to the break and never looked back. Los Angeles out-rushed Philadelphia 191-121 and Goff threw for 267 yards and three TD passes to TE Tyler Higbee with one sack but no interceptions, while Carson Wentz was picked off twice with no TD passes, throwing for 242 yards in the home opening loss. Both teams were 7 of 12 on third down; the Rams were 1 of 1 on fourth down, while the Eagles were 0 for 1 and the clock was on the side of the Rams, who kept the ball for 31:13 to Philadelphia’s 28:47.

Buffalo ruined Miami’s home opener at Hard Rock Stadium and managed to hold off the Dolphins 31-28 Sunday afternoon. Buffalo led 17-10 at the intermission before Miami managed to keep things close, outscoring the Bills 18-14 in the final 30 minutes of play, making the contest a 3-point affair with 49 seconds when Fitzpatrick and TE Mike Gesicki connected on an 8-yard TD pass and a two-point conversion from Fitzpatrick to WR Preston Williams. Miami then attempted an onside kick, which Buffalo recovered, allowing the Bills to run out the clock and take the win. Buffalo outrushed Miami 111-99 and Fitzpatrick threw for 328 yards and a pair of TDs (he was sacked three times), while Bills QB Josh Allen threw for 417 yards and four TDs with a sack but no interceptions. Miami was 5 of 12 on third down, 0 of 1 on fourth down and actually ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 31:05, while the Bills, keeping the ball for 28:55, went 5 for 10 on third down.

Buffalo leads the series 7-5 (which includes games that were played in Anaheim, St. Louis and old War Memorial Stadium) and the Bills have outscored the Rams 292-239. Buffalo’s last win in the series came in 2016 in Los Angeles by a final of 30-19, while the Rams’ last win in the series came in Orchard Park in 2012, with the Rams coming away from upstate New York 15-12 winners. The Bills are favored by 2 1/2 in upstate New York and the over/under’s 48. Both numbers make a lot of sense and both teams are unbeaten. In the end, someone’s win streak will come to an end. Sorry, Bills fans, cicle the wagons if you want but the Rams take this one and covers the 2 1/2.

Washington (1-1) at Cleveland (1-1), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 711. A pair of teams looking to improve from last season meet along the shores of Lake Erie as Washington travels to Cleveland for a date with Baker Mayfield and the Cleveland Browns.

Washington tried to get themselves on track against Arizona and Kyler Murray but in the end, it was the Desert Angry Birds coming away 30-15 winners at State Farm Stadium. Arizona took a 20-0 lead with them to the break before Washington would win the second half, outscoring Arizona 15-10 in the final 15 minutes of play. Washington would find themselves out-rushed by the Desert Angry Birds 160-117 and Dwyane Haskins threw for 223 yards and a TD (he was sacked four times but did not throw an interception), while Murray threw for 286 yards with a TD, three sacks and an interception. Washington went 4 of 12 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down and they would hold on to the ball for 26:15, while the Desert Angry Birds ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 33:45, while going 7 of 17 on third down, 2 of 2 on fourth down.

Cleveland and Baker Mauyfield picked up their first win of the 2020 season at home last Thursday night as they took care of Joe Burrow and the Cincinnait Bengals 35-30. Leading 21-10 at the break, the Browns managed to hold off their AFC North and instate rivals in the second half as the Bengals outscored them 17-14. Nick Chubb ran amok in the home opener for the Browns, tallying 124 yards and a pair of TDs as Cleveland out-rushed Cincinnati 215-68 and Mayfield threw for 215 yards and a pair of TDs with an interception but no sacks, while Burrows threw for 316 yards with three TDs and three sacks. Cleveland went 5 of 8 on third down (they were 1 of 2 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 26:21, while the Bengals ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 33:39, while going 8 of 18 on third down, 5 of 5 on fourth down.

Cleveland holds a 33-12-1 lead in the series (which includes contests that were played at Cleveland Municipal Stadium and RFK Stadium) and have outscored Washington 1,142-763. However… Washington has come away with wins in the last three meetings, including a 31-20 victory in Landover in 2016 (Cleveland’s last win came in 2004 along the shores of Lake Erie by a final of 17-13). Clevleand’s favored by 7 and the over/under’s 44. Cleveland takes this one at home but expect Washington to keep it closer than the 7.

Tennessee (2-0) at Minnesota (0-2), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 705. Going in opposite directions, the Tennessee Titans travel to the Land of 10,000 Lakes to face off against

Tennessee held off a late Jacksonville rally last Sunday in the Music City as the Titans prevailed 33-30 at Nissan Stadium. Once again, it was Stephen Gostkowski saving Tennessee, with the Titans using an 8-play, 29-yard drive that used 1:53 of clock, to break a 30-30 tie with 96 seconds left in regulation, with Gostkowski connecting on a 49-yard field to take the lead for good. Jacksonville and Minshew had tied the contest up with 7:25 left when Minshew and RB Chris Thompson connected on a 14-yard TD pass.

Jacksonville would get the ball back and would get as close as their 45-yard line before Minshew’s pass was picked off by LB Harold Landry to end the drive and the threat. Jacksonville out-rushed Tennessee 165-123 with Jaguars rookie RB James Robinson leading all rushers with 102 yards and a TD, while Tennessee was led by Derek Henry with 84 yards rushing. Minshew threw for 339 yards with three TDs (Minshew was sacked twice and threw a pair of interceptions), while Ryan Tannehill threw for 239 yards and four TDs (two to TE Jonnu Smith) with a sack but no interceptions.

Minnesota watched a 3-0 lead at Indiapolis get away from them as the Colts would score 18 points unchallenged to come out on top 28-11 at Lucas Oil Stadium. The Colts, who picked up their first win in their home opener, would outscore the Vikings 28-8 in the last three quarters of action, taking a 15-3 lead with them to the intermission in the Hoosier State. The Vikings found themselves being held to 80 yards of rushing, while the Colts ran for 151 yards, with RB Jonahtan Taylor leading all rusher with 101 yards and a TD. Philip Rivers threw for 214 yards and a TD (he was sacked twice and threw an interception; TE Mo Alie Cox led all recivers with 111 yards), while Kirk Cousins threw for 113 yards with three sacks and three interceptions. The Colts were 3 of 11 on third down but had success on fourth down in their only attempt in the contest and ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 38:25, while the Vikings kept the pigskin for 21:35, while going 2 for 9 on third down.

Both clubs did quite well on third down tries in the Music City; Jacksonville went 10 of 14 (the Jaguars were 1 of 1 on fourth down), while the Titans were 7 of 11. Jacksonville actually ruled the clock, holding on to the ball for 33:22 to Tennessee’s 26:38.

The Vikings lead the series 9-4, which includes contests that were played in Houston when the Titans were known as the Oilers and have ourscored Tennessee 345-204. Minnesota has won the last two meetings in the series, including a 25-16 win in Nashville in 2016, while Tennessee’s last win came in the Music City, taking a 30-17 win in 2008. Tennessee’s favored by 2 1/2 in the Land of 10,000 Lakes and the over/under’s 47 1/2. The Titans want to stay 3-0, while the Vikings are looking for their first win. It won’t be this week. Titans cover the 2 1/2 in the Land of 10,000 Lakes and takes the road win.

Las Vegas (2-0) at New England (1-1), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV706. The Silver and Black make their way Eastward for a 10 a.m. Pacific Time kickoff in Foxboro against Cam Newton and the New England Patriots.

The Raiders opened the new Allegiant Stadium as they faced off agianst Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints Monday night and it would be the Raiders coming out on top 34-24 in prime time. The Raiders erased a 10-0 first quarter lead by New Orleans, pulling themselves to a 17-17 tie at the intermission before outpacing Brees and the Saints 17-7 in the final 30 minutes of play. Las Vegas out-rushed New Orleans 116-112 with Saints RB Alvin Kamara leading his team with 79 yards and a pair of TDs while Raiders RB Josh Jacobs leading all rushers with 88 yards. Derek Carr threw for 282 yards and three TDs and despite being sacked three times, did not throw an interception, while Brees threw for 312 yards and a TD with an interception. The Silver and Black went 10 of 17 on third down tries in the desert (they were perfect in fourth down tries, going 2 of 2) and the Raiders ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 36:18, while the Saints kept the pigskin for 23:42 and went 7 for 11 on third down.

New England and Cam Newton took Seattle and Wilson to the edge Sunday night in the land of Grunge, Salmon and Starbucks before the Seahawks would prevail at Century Link Field by a final of 35-30. Tied 14-14 at the intermission, Seattle pulled away from the Patiots in the second half, outscoing New England 21-16 in the final 30 minutes of action. Seattle out-rushed New England 154-67 and Wilson, despite throwing an interception to DB Devin McCourty for the game’s first scoring play, threw for 288 yards and five TDs, while Newton threw for 397 yards and a TD (Newton was sacked once, Wilson was sacked twice and Newton also threw an interception). Seattle went 3 for 7 on third down and ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 31:19, while the Patriots, who had the ball at Seattle’s 1-yard line when time expired, kept the ball for 28:41, going 7 of 12 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down.

Including games played in Los Angeles, Oakland and Fenway Park, the Patriots lead the series 17-14-1, have outscored the Silver and Black 768-733 and have won the last five meetings, including a 33-8 win in 2017 in Mexico City, while Las Vegas’ last win over the Pats came in 1994 in Foxboro by a final of 21-17. New England’s favored by 6 1/2 and the over/under’s 47 1/2. The Raiders would like nothing more than to get win number three on the road, while the Pats look to bounce back from their prime-time loss in the land of Grunge, Salmon and Starbucks. New England may not cover the 6 1/2 in Foxboro but they’ll take the win.

San Francisco (1-1) at New York Giants (0-2), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 712. The San Francisco 49ers conclude their trip to upstate New Jersey for an early afternoon (10 a.m. Pacific time) contest with the New York Giants at Met Life Stadium. The 49ers will look to pick up their second win in a week in the same facility, while the Giants look to pick up their first win.

The 49ers got a pair of TD passes from Jimmy Garrapolo in their 31-13 win over the New York Jets last Sunday. San Francisco led 21-3 at the intermission and never looked back, holding GangGreen in check. The 49ers out-rushed the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! 182-104 and Garoppolo threw for 131 yards and a pair of TDs before he left the contest with an injury, while Sam Darnold threw for 179 yards with a TD and a sack. San Francisco went 7 for 13 on third down tries and kept the ball for 32:13, while the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! kept the pigskin for 27:47 and went 5 of 14 on third down, 0 for 2 on fourth down.

Big Blue made things interesting in Chicago last Sunday but came up on the short end of a 17-13 decision to Da Bears at Soldier Field. The Giants trailed Chicago led 17-0 at the intermission thanks to a pair of TD passes from Mitchell Trubisky and a field goal by Chris Santos before Big Blue would own the second half, scoring their points unchallenged, using a pair of field goals by Greg Gano and a 1-yard TD run by RB Dion Lewis. Chicago out-rushed the Giants 135-75, with Bears RB David Montgomery leading all rushers with 82 yards (Saquan Barkley led the Giants with 28 yards before being knocked out of the contest). Trubisky threw for 190 with the two TDs, even though he was sacked twice and picked off twice, while Giants signal caller Daniel Johes threw for 241 yards with four sacks and an interception. Chicago was 9 of 16 on third down tries (Da Bears were perfect in their only fourth down attempt) and ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 34:29, while the Giants held the pigskin for 25:31, while going 3 of 13 on third down, 3 of 3 on fourth down.

The Giants lead the series 17-16 (includes contests that were played at Yankee Stadium, the Yale Bowl, Giants Stadium and Candlestick Park) and the Giants have outscored San Francisco 667-660. Big Blue’s last win in the series came on the West Coast in 2018, as they departed Levis Stadium 27-23 winners, while San Francisco’s last win came in 2017 (also on the West Coast) by a final of 31-21. San Francisco’s favored by 4 in upstate New Jersey and the over/under’s 41. Both numbers make a ton of sense and the Giants are actually better than their record but the 49ers leave the Meadowlands with two wins in a two-week span, covering

Cincinnati (0-2) at Philadelphia (0-2), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 707. A pair of teams looking for their first win of the 2020 campaign meet in the City of Brotherly Love as the Eagles host the Cincinnati Bengals at Lincoln Financial Field.

The Bengals dropped their second contest of the season, dropping a 35-30 decision to Baker Mayfield and the Cleveland Browns last Thursdasy night. Trailing 21-10 at the break, the Bengals would outscore Cleveland in the secondd half 17-14. Nick Chubb ran amok in the home opener for the Browns, tallying 124 yards and a pair of TDs as Cleveland out-rushed Cincinnati 215-68 and Mayfield threw for 215 yards and a pair of TDs with an interception but no sacks, while Burrows threw for 316 yards with three TDs and three sacks. Cleveland went 5 of 8 on third down (they were 1 of 2 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 26:21, while the Bengals ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 33:39, while going 8 of 18 on third down, 5 of 5 on fourth down.

Jared Goff and the The Rams took care of business in the City of Brotherly Love, ruining Philadelphia’s home opener to give the Eagles a 37-19 loss at Lincoln Financial Field. Philadelphia trailed from start to finish and could never get themselves on track, trailing 21-16 at the half. Los Angeles out-rushed Philadelphia 191-121 and Goff threw for 267 yards and three TD passes to TE Tyler Higbee with one sack but no interceptions, while Carson Wentz was picked off twice with no TD passes, throwing for 242 yards in the home opening loss. Both teams were 7 of 12 on third down; the Rams were 1 of 1 on fourth down, while the Eagles were 0 for 1 and the clock was on the side of the Rams, who kept the ball for 31:13 to Philadelphia’s 28:47.

The Bengals lead the series 9-3-1, they have outscored the Eagles 360-222 and have won the last two meetings, including a 32-14 win along the shores of the Ohio River in 2016, while Philadelphia’s last win came in the City of Brotherly Love in 2000 by a 16-7 final. Philly’s favored by 6 1/2 with a 47 over/under. If you want to take a pass on this one, by all means do so (unless you’re a fan of one of these teams). The Bengals will make it close but the Eagles fly to their first win of the 2020 campaign and could cover the 6 1/2.

Houston (0-2) at Pittsburgh (2-0), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 708. The Watt brothers (J.J. and T.J.) meet in the Steel City as Houston looks for their first win, facing off agianst the Pittsburgh Steelers and Ben Roethlisberger. The Texans look for their first win,

Baltimore held DeShaun Watson and the Texans in check last Sunday in the Lone Star State, as the Ravens would leave NRG Stadium with the 33-16 win last Sunday. Baltimore led 20-3 at the break, then floored the gas in the second half, outscoring the Texans 13-6 in the final 30 minutes of play. Baltimore easily out-rushed Houston 230-51 and Jackson threw for 204, while Waston threw for 275 yards (Watson had an interception; Watson and Jackson were each sacked four times and threw a TD pass). Baltimore went 5 of 14 on third down but had better luck on fourth down, going 2 of 2 and kept the ball for 34:51, while the Texans, who held on to the ball for 25:09, went 3 for 9 on third down, 0 for 1 on fourth down.

Pittsburgh held off Denver 26-21 at Heinz Field last Sunday. The Steelers led 17-3 at the intermission, then held off the Broncos in the final 30 minutes of play, as Denver outscored Pittsburgh 18-9. James Conner led all rushers with 106 yards and a TD as the Steelers out-rushed the Broncos 109-104 (Melvin Gordon led Denver with 70 yards) and Roethlisberger threw for 311 yards and a pair of TDs, while Jeff Driskel threw for 256 yards and a pair of TDs but was sacked six times (both Driskel and Roethlisberger threw an interception and Roethlisberger was sacked once). While the Steelers were a somewhat dismal 2 of 12 on third down, they struck paydirt on fourth down, going 1 of 2 and held the ball for 29:29, while the Broncos actually ruled the clock, keepng the ball for 30:31, while going 5 of 15 on third down, 0 for 2 on fourth down.

Pittsburgh leads the series 4-2 and the Steelers have outscored the Texans 145-94. Pittsburgh has won the last two meetings in the series, hte last win coming in 2017 in the Lone Star State by a final of 34-6, while Houston’s last win also came in the Lone Star State, as the Texans were 17-10 victors in 2011. Pittsburgh’s favored by 4 in the Steel City and the over/under’s 45. Pittsburgh’s looking to go 3-0, while the Texans are looking for win number one. That will have to wait a week. Steelers cover the 4 at home and takes the win in the Steel City.

New York Jets (0-2) at Indianapolis (1-1), 4:05 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 713. A struggling New York Jets team makes their way to the Hoosier State for a late-afternoon contest with the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium. GangGreen looks for their first win, while the Colts look for their second win at home.

GangGreen watched Jimmy Garrapolo and the San Francisco 49ers throw a pair of TD passes their 31-13 win over the New York Jets last Sunday. GangGreen could never get themselves on track, trailing 21-3 at the intermission. The 49ers out-rushed the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! 182-104 and Garoppolo threw for 131 yards and a pair of TDs before he left the contest with an injury, while Sam Darnold threw for 179 yards with a TD and a sack. San Francisco went 7 for 13 on third down tries and kept the ball for 32:13, while the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! kept the pigskin for 27:47 and went 5 of 14 on third down, 0 for 2 on fourth down.

Minnesota watched Philip Rivers and the Indianapolis Colts erase a 3-0 first quarter deficit, as the Colts would score 18 points unchallenged to come out on top 28-11 at Lucas Oil Stadium. The Colts, who picked up their first win in their home opener, would outscore the Vikings 28-8 in the last three quarters of action, taking a 15-3 lead with them to the intermission in the Hoosier State. The Vikings found themselves being held to 80 yards of rushing, while the Colts ran for 151 yards, with RB Jonahtan Taylor leading all rusher with 101 yards and a TD. Philip Rivers threw for 214 yards and a TD (he was sacked twice and threw an interception; TE Mo Alie Cox led all recivers with 111 yards), while Kirk Cousins threw for 113 yards with three sacks and three interceptions. The Colts were 3 of 11 on third down but had success on fourth down in their only attempt in the contest and ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 38:25, while the Vikings kept the pigskin for 21:35, while going 2 for 9 on third down.

Including games played in Baltimore, Shea Stadium and Giants Stadium, the Colts lead the series 41-29 but the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! have outscored the Colts 1,455-, Colts 1,441. GangGreen’s last win in the series came in 2018 in the Meadowlands and GangGreen would come away 42-34 winners, while the Colts took a 41-10 win in upstate New Jersey in 2016. The Colts find themselves as 10 point favorites with a 43 1/2 over/under. The 43 1/2 makes sense. The 10? Sounds a little steep. While GangGreen will make this one close, the Colts prevail and takes the win back home again in Indiana.

Carolina (1-1) at Los Angeles Chargers (1-1), 4:05 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 714. A pair of 1-1 teams meet in Inglewood as Carolina makes their way west for a early afternoon (Pacific Time) showdown with the Los Angeles Chargers. Both clubs enter the Sunday aftenoon contest on the West Coast with losses under their belts.

The Panthers found themselves running into a buzzsaw named Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last Sunday as the Bucs would leave Raymond James Stadium 31-17. Tampa Bay took a 21-o lead with them to the intermission, scoring those points unchalleged. Carolina would make it a closer contest in the firal 30 minutes of play, outscoring the Bucs 17-10. Tampa Bay our-rushed Carolina 122-87, with Bucs RB Leonard Fournette leading the way with 103 yards and a pair of TDs. Brady threw for 217 yards and a TD to Mike Evans, while being picked off once. Carolina’s Teddy Bridgewater threw for 367 yards with five sacks and a pair of interceptions (Panthers RB Collin McCaffery ran for 59 yards with a pair of TDs before leaving the contest with an injury). Carolina was 6 of 11 on third down tries in the Sunshine State (they were 1 of 2 on fourth down) and ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 34:32, while the Bucs, keeping the ball for 25:28, went 5 of 11 on third down.

The Chargers watched the defending Super Bowl champs rally from a 13-6 deficit in Inglewood in their home opener at SoFi Stadium, then pull themselves even in the final 30 minutes of regulation and watche as Harrison Butker connected on a 58-yard field goal with 1:55 left in overtime as Kansas City would take the 23-20 win. Butker sent the contest into overtime with a 30-yard field goal as time expired after Chargers K Michael Badgley connected on a 23-yard field goal with 2:27 left. The Chiefs would use all of the 2:27 as they would use a 12-play, 63-yard drive that ended with Butker tying things up and sending the contest into the extra period. The Chargers would win the toss to start the overtime and took the ball first, only to go three and out. It would be the last time the Chargers would see the football as the Chiefs would go on a 13-plays, 39-yard, using 5:52 of clock that ended with Butker’s game-winning field goal after Kansas City was called for a false start and the Chargers burned a timeout to ice Butker.

The Bolts managed to outrush their AFC/AFL rivals 183-125 and Mahomes threw for 302 yards and a pair of TDs (one to TE Travis Kelce, the other to WR Tyreek Hill), while Chargers QB Justin Hebert, taking over for Tyrod Taylor (rib), threw for 311 yards and a TD toss to WR Jalen Guyton (Mahomes was sacked once but did not throw an interception, while Herbert was sacked twice with a pick). Kansas City went 7 of 15 on third down but were perfect on fourth down (1 of 1) and kept the ball for 28:38, while the Chargers were rulers of the clock, keeping the pigskin for 39:27 and went 6 of 13 on third down, 1 of 2 on fourth down.

The Panthers lead the series 5-1 (which includes contests played in San Diego) and they have outscored the Bolts 147-93, Carolina’s last win in the series came in 2016 in Charlotte by a final of 28-16, while the Chargers’ lone win in the series came in 2004 in the Tar Heel State, coming away 17-6 winners. The Chargers are favored by 6 1/2 on the West Coast with a 44 over/under. If for nothing else, this one could wind up being somewhat entertaining. The Chargers may not cover the 6 1/2 but they take the win in Inglewood.

Detroit (0-2) at Arizona (2-0), 4:25 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 715. A pair of teams looking to break their playoff droughts meet in the desert as Detroit travels to Glendale to face off against the Arizona Cardinals.

Stafford and the Lions watched Green Bay and Aaron Rodgers erase a 14-3 first quarter lead to come away from Lambeau Field with a 42-21 loss at Lambeau Field Sunday. Detroit trailed 17-14 at the intermission and the Lions running gane was held in check as Green Bay would out-rush Detroit 259-89 with Packers RB Aaron Jones leading the way with 168 yards and a pair of TDs. Rodgers threw for 240 yards with a sack but no interceptions, while Stafford threw for 244 yards with four sacks and an interception (both men threw a pair of TDs). Both teams went 6 of 12 on third down tries in the contest; Green Bay on fourth down was 1 of 1, while the Lions were 0 for 1 and the clock favored Green Bay, who kept the ball for 34:46 to Detroit’s 25:14.

The Desert Angry Birds made their home opener a successful one as kept Washington in check, as Arizona and Kyler Murray coming away 30-15 winners at State Farm Stadium. Arizona took a 20-0 lead with them to the break before Washington would win the second half, outscoring Arizona 15-10 in the final 15 minutes of play. Washington would find themselves out-rushed by the Desert Angry Birds 160-117 and Dwyane Haskins threw for 223 yards and a TD (he was sacked four times but did not throw an interception), while Murray threw for 286 yards with a TD, three sacks and an interception. Washington went 4 of 12 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down and they would hold on to the ball for 26:15, while the Desert Angry Birds ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 33:45, while going 7 of 17 on third down, 2 of 2 on fourth down.

Including those contests played in Chicago when the Cardinals called the Windy City home and games in St. Louis and Phoenix, games in Portsmouth when the Lions were known as the Spartans, games at Tiger Stadium and the Silverdome, Detroit leads the series 33-28-6 and have outscored the Desert Angry Birds 1,226-1,115. Their last meeting was last year in the desert in the season openter and they played to a 27-27 overtime tie (Detroit’s last win came in in the desert in 2018 by a final of 17-3, while Arizona took their last win in the Motor City in 2015 by a final of 42-17).

Detroit took a 17-3 lead with them to the intermission in the week one contest, only to see Arizona pull themselves even with 43 seconds left in regulation when Murray and WR Larry Fitzgerald connected on a 4-yard TD pass and a two-point try with Murray connecting on the try with WR Christian Kirk. Arizona’s Zane Gonzalez and Detroit’s Matt Prater would exchange field goals in the overtime and the Desert Angry Birds would get the ball with a chance to win the game in the extra period and they would get as close as Detroit’s 46-yard line before punting to the Lions.

Detroit then got the ball back for one last chance but could not cross their own 20-yard line, with the drive stalling at their 10-yard line to end the contest. Detroit out-rushed Arizona 116-112, with Cardinals RB David Johnson leading all rushers with 82 yards. Stafford threw for 385 yards and three TDs (one to Danny Amendola, the other to T.J. Hockerson), while Murray threw for 308 yards and a pair of TDs (one to Fitzgerald) in his pro debut (Murray was sacked five times and threw an interception, while Stafford was sacked three times). Detroit was 6 of 18 on third down tries in the desert, 0 of 1 o fourth down and kept the ball for 39:23, while Arizona kept the ball for 30:37 and went 9 of 22 on third down tries.

In the week one contest in the desert, Detroit was favored by 3 but the tie meant that no one covered the spread but the two clubs covered the 46 1/2 over/under with 54 points. Arizona’s favored by 6 and the over/under’s 54 1/2. We picked Arizona last year and we’re picking them again this year. Detroit will make it closer than the 6 but Arizona prevails in the desert with the Desert Angry Birds winning in Glendale.

Tampa Bay (1-1) at Denver (1-1), 4:25 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 716. Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers make their way westward tot face off against the Denver Broncos in the Mile High City.

Brady and the Buccaneers last Sunday took care of NFC South rival Carolina as the Bucs would leave Raymond James Stadium 31-17. Tampa Bay took a 21-0 lead with them to the intermission, scoring those points unchalleged. Carolina would make it a closer contest in the firal 30 minutes of play, outscoring the Bucs 17-10. Tampa Bay our-rushed Carolina 122-87, with Bucs RB Leonard Fournette leading the way with 103 yards and a pair of TDs. Brady threw for 217 yards and a TD to Mike Evans, while being picked off once. Carolina’s Teddy Bridgewater threw for 367 yards with five sacks and a pair of interceptions (Panthers RB Collin McCaffery ran for 59 yards with a pair of TDs before leaving the contest with an injury). Carolina was 6 of 11 on third down tries in the Sunshine State (they were 1 of 2 on fourth down) and ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 34:32, while the Bucs, keeping the ball for 25:28, went 5 of 11 on third down.

A late Denver rally fell short as Pittsburgh held off the Broncos 26-21 at Heinz Field last Sunday. The Steelers led 17-3 at the intermission, then held off the Broncos in the final 30 minutes of play, as Denver outscored Pittsburgh 18-9. James Conner led all rushers with 106 yards and a TD as the Steelers out-rushed the Broncos 109-104 (Melvin Gordon led Denver with 70 yards) and Roethlisberger threw for 311 yards and a pair of TDs, while Jeff Driskel threw for 256 yards and a pair of TDs but was sacked six times (both Driskel and Roethlisberger threw an interception and Roethlisberger was sacked once). While the Steelers were a somewhat dismal 2 of 12 on third down, they struck pay dirt on fourth down, going 1 of 2 and held the ball for 29:29, while the Broncos actually ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 30:31, while going 5 of 15 on third down, 0 for 2 on fourth down.

Denver leads the series 7-2, have outscored Tampa Bay 209-129 and the Broncos have won the last four meetings in the series, including a 27-7 win in the Sunshine State in 2016, while the Broncos’ last victory came in 1999 in the Sunshine State at old Tampa Stadium by a final of 13-10. Tampa Bay’s favored by 6 and the over/under’s 43 1/2. Both teams are better than their records but in the end, there’s only one winner. Denver prevails in the Mile High City and could cover the 6.

Dallas (1-1) at Seattle (2-0), 4:25 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 717. Dak Prescott vs. Russell Wilson. The two future Hall of Fame QBs meet in the land of Grunge, Salmon and Starbucks in a late afternoon contest at Century Link Field. Both clubs were close winners in their home openers.

Dallas snatched victory from the jaws of defeat last Sunday in Arlington as Atlanta failed to recover an onside kick, allowing them to run the clock out and come away 40-39 winners at AT&T Stadium. Dallas trailed the Falcons led 29-10 at the intermission, scoring their first 20 points of the game unchallenged before the Cowboys clawed their way back, using three rushing TDs from Dak Prescott and then the Falcons’ failure to recover an onside kick, which allowed Dallas to use up the final 1:49 of the contest, ending when Greg Zuerlein connected on a 46-yard field goal as time expired. Dallas outrushed Atlanta 125-113 with RB Todd Gurley leading Atlanta with 61 yards, while Ezekiel Elliott lead all rushers with 89 yards and a TD. Prescott threw for 450 yards and a passing TD (he had three rushing TDs, all in the second half), while Matt Ryan threw for 273 yards and four TDs (two to WR Calvin Ridley; Ridley had seven catches for 109 yards; both Ryan and Prescott were sacked once but did not throw an interception). Atlanta was 8 of 17 on third down tries (they were 2 of 2 on fourth down) and actually ruled the clock, keeping the pigskin for 33:48, while Dallas kept the ball for 26:12 (including the final 1:49 of the contest) and went 7 of 13 on third down, 0 of 2 on fourth down.

New England and Cam Newton took Seattle and Wilson to the edge Sunday night in the land of Grunge, Salmon and Starbucks before the Seahawks would prevail at Century Link Field by a final of 35-30. Tied 14-14 at the intermission, Seattle pulled away from the Patiots in the second half, outscoing New England 21-16 in the final 30 minutes of action. Seattle out-rushed New England 154-67 and Wilson, despite throwing an interception to DB Devin McCourty for the game’s first scoring play, threw for 288 yards and five TDs, while Newton threw for 397 yards and a TD (Newton was sacked once, Wilson was sacked twice and Newton also threw an interception). Seattle went 3 for 7 on third down and ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 31:19, while the Patriots, who had the ball at Seattle’s 1-yard line when time expired, kept the ball for 28:41, going 7 of 12 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down.

Dallas leads the series 10-8 and have outscored the Seahawks 424-328. Seattle has come away with wins in the last three meetings, including a 24-13 win in the land of Grunge, Salmon and Starbucks in 2018, while Dallas’ last win also came in the Pacfic Northwest by a final of 30-23 in 2014. Seattle’s favored by 5 in the Pacific Northwest and the over/under’s 55 1/2. Both teams barely survived at home last week and for the winner, it could put them closer to the post-season. Seattle may not cover the 5 in the land of Grunge, Salmon and Starbucks but they’ll stay unbeaten with the win.

Green Bay (2-0) at New Orleans (1-1), 8:20 p.m. on NBC. Aaron Rodgers vs. Drew Brees. Brawurst vs. Crawfish. A pair of future Hall of Fame QBs meet in the Big Easy as Green Bay and New Orleans meet in a prime time affair.

Green Bay and Rodgers manhandled Matthew Stafford their NFC North rivals from Detroit 42-21 at Lambeau Field Sunday. The Packers erased a 14-3 deficit at the end of the first quarter, taking a 17-14 lead with them to the intermission and tamed the Lions running gane, outrushing Detroit 259-89 with Packers RB Aaron Jones leading the way with 168 yards and a pair of TDs. Rodgers threw for 240 yards with a sack but no interceptions, while Stafford threw for 244 yards with four sacks and an interception (both men threw a pair of TDs). Both teams went 6 of 12 on third down tries in the contest; Green Bay on fourth down was 1 of 1, while the Lions were 0 for 1 and the clock favored Green Bay, who kept the ball for 34:46 to Detroit’s 25:14.

Brees and the Saints helped the Las Vegas Raiders open their new facility, Allegiant Stadium Monday night and it would be the Raiders coming out on top 34-24 in prime time. The Saints led 10-0 at the end of the first quarter, then found themselves tied at 17-17 tie at the intermission before they were outpaced 17-7 in the final 30 minutes of play. Las Vegas out-rushed New Orleans 116-112 with Saints RB Alvin Kamara leading his team with 79 yards and a pair of TDs while Raiders RB Josh Jacobs leading all rushers with 88 yards. Derek Carr threw for 282 yards and three TDs and despite being sacked three times, did not throw an interception, while Brees threw for 312 yards and a TD with an interception. The Silver and Black went 10 of 17 on third down tries in the desert (they were perfect in fourth down tries, going 2 of 2) and the Raiders ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 36:18, while the Saints kept the pigskin for 23:42 and went 7 for 11 on third down.

The Packers lead the series 16-9 (which includes games that were played in Milwaukee’s County Stadium and Tulane Stadium) and have outscored the Saints 697-588. The Saints have taken wins in the last two meetings, including a 26-17 win in 2017 at Lambeau Field (Green Bay’s last win over the Saints came in 2012 at Lambeau by a final of 28-27). Both teams have done well on Sunday night; Green Bay is 27-16 on Sunday night and split their two SNF meetings last year, while New Orleans is 21-14, with the Saints winning their only contest in weekend primetime. New Orleans is favored by 3 in the Sunday affair in the Big Easy and the over/under’s 51 1/2.

We’re also making this one “DRILL WORTHY!” (For those of you that know what The Drill is, you are excused. Everyone else, pay attention. We don’t want any rookie mistakes here, k?) After you go to the 9:30 mass on Sunday (the 4:30 vigil mass on Saturday counts as a mass attended, people! Don’t make us send the nuns after you! If we do, it is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OVER!), head to your favorite store (a trip to Wal Mart, Target, K-Mart or Costco counts) and get the vittles and the beverages (soda, beer, wine, coffee, et al… if you live in a state that allows the purchase of the items in question) and invite the co-workers, the neighbors (including that really cute kindergarden teacher that knows what to do with a cover-2 defense) and your cousin Connie (remember her? She’s the one that’s been married twice that’s just turned 61 last June and dates a 45-year old ex-Marine, who’s now the vice principal at the high school in your town. She’s also the one that ate an entire Oreo cheesecake, two bags of Cool Ranch Doritos, two bacon cheeseburgers with blue cheese and chugged two 2-liter Cokes at your Super Bowl party last year and didn’t gain a pound. You look at her and say to yourself, “what the hell?”)

The Saints are trying to right their ship, while the Packers want to stay unbeaten. Cheese beats crawfish. Packers cover the 3 in the Big Easy and pulls the Sunday night upset.

Kansas City (2-0) at Baltimore (2-0), 8:15 p.m. Monday on ESPN. Patrick Mahomes vs. Lamar Jackson. They meet again, this time in Charm City as week three closes out in Baltimore. The defending Super Bowl champs and the Ravens meet in prime time in a battle of unbeaten teams.

The defending Super Bowl champs rallied from a 13-6 deficit in Inglewood against the Los Angeles Chargers at SoFi Stadium, then rallied in the final 30 minutes of regulation and used a 58-yard field goal by Harrison Butker with 1:55 left in overtime to take the 23-20 win. Butker sent the contest into overtime with a 30-yard field goal as time expired after Chargers K Michael Badgley connected on a 23-yard field goal with 2:27 left. The Chiefs would use all of the 2:27 as they would use a 12-play, 63-yard drive that ended with Butker tying things up and sending the contest into the extra period. The Chargers would win the toss to start the overtime and took the ball first, only to go three and out. It would be the last time the Chargers would see the football as the Chiefs would go on a 13-plays, 39-yard, using 5:52 of clock that ended with Butker’s game-winning field goal after Kansas City was called for a false start and the Chargers burned a timeout to ice Butker.

The Bolts managed to outrush their AFC/AFL rivals 183-125 and Mahomes threw for 302 yards and a pair of TDs (one to TE Travis Kelce, the other to WR Tyreek Hill), while Chargers QB Justin Hebert, taking over for Tyrod Taylor (rib), threw for 311 yards and a TD toss to WR Jalen Guyton (Mahomes was sacked once but did not throw an interception, while Herbert was sacked twice with a pick). Kansas City went 7 of 15 on third down but were perfect on fourth down (1 of 1) and kept the ball for 28:38, while the Chargers were rulers of the clock, keeping the pigskin for 39:27 and went 6 of 13 on third down, 1 of 2 on fourth down.

Baltimore held DeShaun Watson and the Houston Texans in check last Sunday in the Lone Star State, as the Ravens would leave NRG Stadium with the 33-16 win last Sunday. Baltimore led 20-3 at the break, then floored the gas in the second half, outscoring the Texans 13-6 in the final 30 minutes of play. Baltimore easily out-rushed Houston 230-51 and Jackson threw for 204, while Waston threw for 275 yards (Watson had an interception; Watson and Jackson were each sacked four times and threw a TD pass). Baltimore went 5 of 14 on third down but had better luck on fourth down, going 2 of 2 and kept the ball for 34:51, while the Texans, who held on to the ball for 25:09, went 3 for 9 on third down, 0 for 1 on fourth down.

Kansas City leads the series 6-3, the Chiefs have outscored the Ravens 213-175 and have won the last three contests, including a 33-28 win at Arrowhead last year (Baltimore’s last win over the Chiefs came in 2012 at Arrowhead by final of 9-6). Their week three meeting at Arrowhead saw only two lead changes with Kansas City taking a 23-6 lead at the break, scoring all 23 points in the second quarter unchallenged (Baltimore led 6-0 at the end of the first quarter). The Ravens would outscore Kansas City 22-10 in the final 30 minutes of play, pulling to within 5 with 2:01 left when Jackson scored on a 1-yard run. Baltimore then went for the two-point try and failed, then could not recover the onside kick. Kansas City then got the ball back and ran out the clock to take the win in the Show-Me State. The Ravens out-rushed Kansas City 203-140 with Ravens RB Mark Ingram leading the way with 103 yards and three TDs. Jackson threw for 267 yards and had the rushing TD late in the contest and was sacked three times but tthrew no interceptions. As for Mahomes? 374 yards in the air with three TDs and while he was sacked once, he had no interceptions. Baltimore went 5 of 13 on third down (they were 3 of 4 on fourth down) and the Ravens actually ruled the clock, keeping the pigskin for 32:44 to Kansas City’s 27:16 (the Chiefs were 5 of 8 on third down, 0 of 1 on fourth down).

On Monday night, the Ravens are 13-11, while the Chiefs are 27-19. Both teams played one Monday night game in the 2019 season and both took wins. The Chiefs were 6 1/2 favorites at Arrowhead but came away 5 point winners. The two teams did manage to cover the 53 1/2 over/under by combining for 61 points. The boys and girls in Vegas like the Ravens as 3 1/2 point favorites in Charm City and the over/under’s 53 1/2. In the end, someone’s going to stay king of the mountain, while the other picks up their first loss. You might want to tape whatever’s on Monday night and watch this one. Chiefs pull off the upset in Charm City and takes the win, covering the 3 1/2.