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The NFL games to watch in Week 3

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The NFL games to watch in Week 3

As we hurtle into Week 3 of the NFL season, we’re still no closer to knowing just what the heck is going on. Teams that were supposed to be good have looked bad and some that are supposed to be bad are….less awful.

That sets up some really interesting games this week, several of which Corey Griffin and I broke down on our most recent podcast.

Three of those I especially am interested in, so let’s break those down to give you something to do between now and the Green Bay kickoff Monday night.

Eagles at Jets

I grew up watching the Jets so a 2-0 start does make me smile, but they aren’t the interesting part of this equation.

Chip Kelly and the Eagles are. It’s something we’ve talked about before but it’s still a question mark – what is going on with Kelly’s plan? Of course, the bigger question is, what is happening with Sam Bradford? Because Kelly’s plan needs Bradford to be successful and we really thought the offensive scheme was a great fit for Bradford, who played in something like it in college.

Bradford has looked lost though, and while some if it is just his expression, his decision-making has been largely awful.

We can talk about DeMarco Murray already being hurt or the young receivers looking like, well, young receivers, but ultimately there is a strong feeling that Bradford is who Kelly lives or dies with. After all, they traded a pretty decent quarterback in Nick Foles for Bradford, a guy who is often hurt and rarely looks good.

Getting the offense going against the Jets defense is a tough thing and I don’t imagine it will happen. But every week it doesn’t is another week where the questions and pressure mounts.

Colts at Titans

Speaking of pressure and wilting quarterbacks, man does Andrew Luck look bad. Another subject we touched on before, but as bad as he looked against the Bills (and he looked awful), he looked even worse against the Jets with multiple turnovers.

We often talk about how great Luck is because he can do so many exceptional things, but I think we sometimes forget how young he is. Really, he’s a risk taker, and sometimes that backfires (are Packers fans acquainted with such a person?).

There are a lot more problems here – defensively and offensively – and this game should be an easy win. However, Marcus Mariota has been impressive so far and the Titans defense isn’t bad.

Imagine the Colts open with three losses.

Broncos at Lions

The Detroit Lions and Denver Broncos have had similar seasons so far in terms of missing the bar on some high hopes. For the Broncos, they’ve been able to overcome an underperforming offense on the strength of a dominating defense.

For the Lions, they’re offense has been shaky and their defense has been inconsistent. In the preseason, they looked exceptionally good, especially around the defensive line. In the first two weeks they haven’t been quite as effective, and it was especially shocking to see them stymied by what had been an awful Minnesota Vikings offensive line the week before.

What’s worse is, unlike some years in the past, the offense isn’t playing well enough to overcome a sputtering defense.

Now, the Broncos offense is no great shakes right now. The zone blocking scheme Gary Kubiak has installed isn’t exactly up to par yet and Peyton Manning looks old right now. Last week saw the team move away from the run game for a bit, and that worked.

So which will it be for Denver? Back to the run game with some passing or go back to the All-Manning, All-the-time offense?

And if they do either, can Detroit show up and stop it?

Denver is a solid team.

Is Detroit as bad as they have looked?

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