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4 best games for Week 3

Touchdown Wire logo Touchdown Wire 9/20/2017 Michael Colangelo

Honestly, this week isn't filled with the best matchups. There are three games between 2-0 teams versus 0-2 teams. That's not very exciting unless those 0-2 teams stumbled out of the gate, but the Browns, Bears, and Bills were expected to struggle. There's still some fun games on the board. Here are the best games for the NFL's third week:

Houston Texans at New England Patriots

This a rematch of last year's divisional round playoff game that saw the Texans defense put up a great fight against the Patriots offense. Now the Texans have J.J. Watt back for this game - they didn't have him last year - and Tom Brady can't feel comfortable looking across the line at Watt, Jadevon Clowney and Whitney Mercilus.

The Texans had 10 days to prepare for this game meaning Deshaun Watson got a crash course in what the Patriots defense likes to do. Bill Belichick is 15-5 against rookie quarterbacks. That's not a good sign for Watson.

The Patriots don't even know what receivers they will have available for the game. Chris Hogan has a nagging knee injury. Phillip Dorsett was banged up in his short time on the field last week. Danny Amendola is coming back from concussion protocol. Rob Gronkowski is dealing with a groin injury. The Patriots receiving corps is an orthopedic surgeons waiting room right now.

Somehow the Patriots are favored by 13 points in this game. The Texans offense hasn't exactly done much this year, but that's a lot of points.

New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles

It's a rule that all media covering the NFL must mention at least one NFC East matchup per week.

There's that, but this game is almost a must-win for the Giants. Their offense has looked terrible. Their offensive line looks like one of the worst in football. They can't run. They can't protect Eli Manning. Odell Beckham Jr. looks to be their only playmaker as Sterling Shephard has disappeared and Brandon Marshall looks like the shell of his former self.

This is all playing into the Eagles hands. They have an aggressive front four that can get to the quarterback. They lack depth in the secondary, but if they get to Manning quick enough that shouldn't matter.

Carson Wentz continues to improve, and the Eagles had a hail-mary shot last week against the Chiefs to put the game into overtime. The Eagles can really hurt the Giants playoff chances with a win at home.

Atlanta Falcons at Detroit Lions

The Lions are the surprise 2-0 team in the NFL. They stand atop the NFC North by themselves. Now they get the previous NFC champion coming into their building.

If the Lions want to make a statement this is it. They will have to play fast and score a lot of points to keep up with the Falcons. The Falcons dismantled the NFC North favorite Packers last week. Now they look to take out the Lions.

The Falcons offense is downright scary when it's hitting on all cylinders, but their defense was eye-opening last week. They are ultra-athletic and they fly all over the field. Their passing defense has vastly improved now that Desmond Trufant has returned as their shutdown corner. The Super Bowl hangover isn't effecting them yet.

Seattle Seahawks at Tennessee Titans

Show me something Tennessee. We all heard how the Titans were finally back to being a contender in the AFC South. They promptly lost their first game at home against the Oakland Raiders. They recovered against the Jaguars, but if the Titans want to be taken seriously, it's time for a statement home win against a Super Bowl contender.

The Seahawks need to fix their offense, and they need to do it sooner than later. The offseason was plagued with talk of a locker room rift between the offense and the defense. The offense's performance the last few weeks won't help.

Their offensive line has been one of the worst in the league during the first two weeks. They need a quick fix. Tom Cable is running out of time to fix his offensive line unit. The Seahawks falling to 1-2 isn't the end of the world, but things would be a lot easier with a win on Sunday.

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Baltimore Ravens running back Alex Collins (34) is stopped by Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Jordan Willis (75) and free safety George Iloka (43) during the first half of an NFL football game in Baltimore, Sunday, Dec 31, 2017. 2017-18 NFL season



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