NFL – Week 3 Preview

Strap yourselves in and get ready for another roller coaster ride that is a week in the National Football League. The twists and turns that must leave coaches and players stressed out to the eyeballs as some of the things I love most about covering this league, especially from the Sky Sports NFL studios for more than seven hours live on Sunday nights.

Here are three games that I think will serve up intriguing storylines in the coming days.

Los Angeles Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs… An aerial battle awaits

Both teams lost in Week 2 but I still feel good about the playoff chances of the Chargers and the Chiefs because they have absolute studs at quarterback in Justin Herbert and Patrick Mahomes. Watching this pair go toe to toe will be a real treat.

While Herbert his special – just check out some of his throws in the first two weeks of the season – the Chargers need to tidy up their game. There were too many drops in Week 1 and Week 2 saw two touchdowns wiped off the board with 12 penalties called against Brandon Staley’s men.

Quick Stats on Chargers at Chiefs

  • Through two games, the Chiefs have the worst statistical defense in the NFL; allowing 469 yards per contest.
  • Patrick Mahomes threw for an NFL-high 5,381 yards in his first 17 starts. Second in NFL history with 5,011 yards in 17 starts is Justin Herbert, of the Los Angeles Chargers.
  • Patrick Mahomes has been held under a 100 passer rating in each of his last three games against the Chargers but Kansas City have won those contests. Mahomes has a career rating of 97.5 against the Chargers – his lowest against any team.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Los Angeles Rams… NFC Championship Game preview?

If Los Angeles is all about star power, then this game should be right up the alley of the City of Angels. Tom Brady heads to LA having thrown nine touchdown passes in two wins and has a wealth of receiving talent at his disposal. Staring him down will be a Rams D led by superstars Aaron Donald and Jalen Ramsey.

It will be just as star-studded when the Rams have the ball. Matthew Stafford is off to a hot start as Sean McVay’s new quarterback and Cooper Kupp is close to unstoppable. But Tampa also boast a very good defense, making for an intriguing battle.

Quick Stats on Buccaneers at Rams

  • At the age of 44, Tom Brady will play an NFL game in Los Angeles for the first time. He’ll be hoping to get another shot on February 13 when the Super Bowl is played at SoFi Stadium.
  • Tom Brady’s nine touchdown passes are the second-most in NFL history through two games to start a season. The only player who has been more prolific to open a campaign was Patrick Mahomes, who threw 10 in 2018.
  • The Bucs have scored 30+ points in their last nine games. The Rams defense has not allowed 30+ points in any of their last 15 regular season contests.

Seattle Seahawks at Minnesota Vikings… Who bounces back from Week 2 disappointment?

The Vikings have been within inches of a 2-0 start to the season but find themselves winless. That has to leave them psychologically scarred, to some degree. And the Seahawks led by two touchdowns at home to Tennessee with 10 minutes remaining last week and somehow lost in overtime.

Neither side is looking particularly impressive on defense and that could make for an entertaining game with a lot of points. I expect both these quarterbacks – Russell Wilson (Seattle) and Kirk Cousins (Minnesota) to go bombs-away on offense. This may come down to one defense making just enough plays in a high-scoring outing.

Quick Stats on Seahawks at Vikings

  • Russell Wilson leads the NFL with a quarterback rating of 146.9 and also with a gaudy 11.1 yards per attempt.
  • Russell Wilson has beaten Kirk Cousins in each of the last three seasons and boasts a perfect 7-0 career record against the Vikings.
  • The Vikings are 0-2 despite becoming just the third team in NFL history (Washington in 1989 and New England in 1994) to gain 400+ yards and score 24+ points in each of their first two games to start the season.

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