NFL Week 3 is going to boast some of the best games of the entire 2020 season. It concludes with the Baltimore Ravens hosting the Kansas City Chiefs in a potential AFC Championship Game preview.
Meanwhile, over in the NFC, the New Orleans Saints will host Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers in another potential playoff preview.
Here’s a look at the NFL Week 3 schedule with game-by-game predictions.
Miami Dolphins at Jacksonville Jaguars (Thursday Night Football)
Time/station: 8:20 PM EST, NBC
Dolphins-Jaguars point spread: Pick em
This all-Florida matchup will consist of young stud Gardner Minshew going up against grizzled veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick, the latter of whom might be on his last legs as a starter in South Beach. Fitzpatrick was not good in the Dolphins’ Week 1 loss to the New England Patriots.
That’s the major backstory heading into this “Thursday Night Football” tilt. Will Miami decide it’s time to give a certain first-round pick an opportunity under center?
As for the Jaguars, Minshew is coming off a brilliant 19-of-20 passing performance in an upset win over the Indianapolis Colts to open the season. He’ll have his hands full against a good Fins’ defense. With that said, expect Jacksonville to continue its surprising start to the season.
NFL Week 3 prediction: Jaguars 24, Dolphins 16
Las Vegas Raiders at New England Patriots
Time/station: 1:00 PM EST, CBS
Raiders-Patriots point spread: Patriots -6.5
Jon Gruden and Co. put up a heck of a Week 1 performance in a 34-30 win over the Carolina Panthers. Running back Josh Jacobs looks like a true star. Meanwhile, Derek Carr seems to be a vastly improved quarterback in his third season under Gruden.
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As for the Patriots, it does not seem like they missed a beat replacing Tom Brady with fellow former MVP Cam Newton. He excelled in a Week 1 win over the Miami Dolphins. The difference here will be New England’s defense. The Raiders have not faced a unit this good and will struggle to score.
NFL Week 3 prediction: Patriots 27, Raiders 13
Los Angeles Rams at Buffalo Bills
Time/station: 1:00 PM EST, Fox
Rams-Bills point spread: Bills -3
Fresh off extending Tre’Davious White, the Bills’ defense is a top-three unit by our calculations. Head coach Sean McDermott has done a hell of a job rebranding this team on the fly, as evidenced by Buffalo’s surprising playoff appearance last season. It doesn’t hurt that Josh Allen has turned into a complete quarterback under center.
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Despite their season-opening win over Dallas, there’s some issues for these Rams on both sides of the ball. Where are they going to get a pass rush behind Aaron Donald? Does Jared Goff have enough help at the skill positions? These questions will lead to a Week 3 loss in Western New York.
NFL Week 3 prediction: Bills 27, Rams 17
Houston Texans at Pittsburgh Steelers
Time/station: 1:00 PM ET, CBS
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