Some games just seem too lopsided to even bother dealing with. That leads to the question, why do they play the game in the first place then? Every week we see upsets happen in the NFL, nothing is ever set in stone. For instance, we saw the Seahawks fall to the Rams in week one and the Buccaneers defeat the Saints this past week, among other upsets.
Let’s take a look at some realistic upsets to watch for in week 3:
Atlanta Falcons @ Dallas Cowboys
Of any team in the NFL, the Cowboys have been the unluckiest after losing their most important players in back-to-back weeks after both, Dez Bryant and Tony Romo will miss an extended amount of time due to injuries. While they are 2-0 and playing at home, “America’s Team” enters the game with Atlanta as the underdog. The tandem of Matt Ryan and Julio Jones look to rule the air. In order for a victory, Dallas’ defense will have to play lights out and limit what Ryan can do in the passing game. The offense for the Cowboys will fail to get consistent production, so their defense will need to come to play. Wouldn’t it be something if Brandon Weeden led them to a victory?
Indianapolis Colts @ Tennessee Titans
What would happen if the Colts started the season 0-3? Would hell freeze over? Would pigs start flying? It wouldn’t be too far-fetched to think at that point. Andrew Luck and the Colts haven’t lived up to expectations by any means and put up horrible display this past Monday Night against the Jets. Entering their division opener against Tennessee, they need a win more than ever and face tremendous pressure. Can the Titans take advantage of a low confident Indy team? Marcus Mariota will be the X factor if the Titans want to pull of an upset, he will need to match his performance in week 1.
Philadelphia Eagles @ New York Jets
If you were to tell me before the season started that entering this week 3 matchup one team would be 2-0 and one team would be 0-2, I would know exactly who you’d be talking about. However, I would be wrong. What a change of fortunes for the Eagles and Jets. With all the off-season moves Philadelphia made, many expected them to be a contender in the NFC. While the Jets acquired some key pieces over the off-season and made strides, many didn’t think they were ready to compete, just yet. The Eagles have gotten off to arguably the worst offensive start in franchise history whereas the Jets have been clicking on all cylinders. There’s no better time for the Eagles to step up than against arguably the best defense in the league. Sam Bradford desperately needs to step up and help the Eagles avoid an 0-3 start to the season.
San Francisco 49ers @ Arizona Cardinals
The Cardinals have emerged as one of the top contenders in the NFC after starting 2-0. Many were pessimistic regarding the 49ers entering the season based on their offseason which was filled with negative headlines. San Francisco surprised the NFL world in week one with a victory as they shutdown Adrian Peterson; although they allowed 43 points last week to Pittsburgh. The 49ers have a chance to make a statement in their division opener against an upstart Cardinals team. The young defense for San Fran will need to step up and rattle Carson Palmer early on while Colin Kaepernick and Carlos Hyde pave the way for the offense. The 49ers actually won the last matchup with the Cards, a win in week 3 would be huge.