Here are Derrick Gunn's five matchups to watch for Week 3 of the NFL season.
Ravens at Chiefs (Sunday, 1.p.m., CBS)
It’s Patrick Mahomes' world and everybody else is just living in it. He has seven TD passes in two games and is on pace for another 50-TD season. Lamar Jackson has also thrown seven TD strikes, but his have come against Miami and Arizona. The Chiefs' offense is putting up 477.5 yds and 34 points per game. The Ravens' defense is allowing only 13.5 points a game. They met last December in a 27-24 OT thriller that Kansas City won. With this one at Arrowhead, the Chiefs win by double digits.
Texans at Chargers (Sunday, 4:25 p.m., CBS)
Houston is hard to figure out. The Texans blew a late lead in Week 1 at New Orleans, then barely held on to survive against Jacksonville. Deshaun Watson, who was sacked a league-high 62 times in 2018, has already been dropped 10 times in two games. The Chargers could use holdout RB Melvin Gordon, but their run game has thrived without him. They rushed for 137 yards against Detroit and average 131 yards per game overall. The Chargers' injury list (S Adrian Phillips is on IR while TE Hunter Henry, S Derwin James, LT Russell Okung are unavailable for a while) is enough to make their fans cry. I like the Texans on the road in this one.
Saints at Seahawks (Sunday, 4:25 p.m., CBS)
New Orleans could be in trouble. Drew Brees had surgery on the thumb on his right passing hand Wednesday and the word is he could be out for at least six weeks. The question now is can Teddy Bridgewater hold it down until the future Hall of Famer returns? The faces have changed around Russell Wilson, but as Wilson goes so will the Seahawks. Seattle is off to a 2-0 start for the first time since 2013 when they went on to win the Super Bowl. I don’t think the 'Hawks are good enough to win the trophy this season, but they’re good enough to get by the Saints this week.
Rams at Browns (Sunday, 8:20 p.m., NBC)
Who are these Cleveland Browns? They got smoked in the season opener by Tennessee, then bounced back to manhandle the Jets. The Rams are who we thought they were — versatile on offense and attacking on defense. Baker Mayfield will get an up-close and personal look at the reigning Defensive Player of the Year, Aaron Donald. Some experts have picked the Browns to win the AFC North and make some noise in the playoffs. This could be their statement game on national TV. I think they have great potential, but not enough this time to beat the Rams.
Bears at Redskins (Monday, 8:15 p.m., ESPN)
The Bears' offense is still trying to find its footing. They didn’t score their first and only TD of the new season until late in the third quarter at Denver. Meanwhile, the Redskins as a whole are just not in sync. Their 0-2 start is bad enough, but their inability to run the ball effectively handcuffs the offense. This game could be ugly for a lot of reasons, but because of the Bears' defense, it will turn out to be a pretty nice win for da Bears.
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