We are nearly done with week 3 of the NFL Season.
Before I get into Week 3’s preview (that will come out tomorrow) we have two Monday Night Football Games to look forward to…..
Philadelphia (2-0) @ Tampa Bay (2-0) 7:15 PM EST
One of these teams (Philadelphia) was expected to be 2-0.
The other (Tampa Bay) was not expected to be 2-0.
So how did we get here?
Through two games the Eagles have not looked quite as dominant as they did a year ago….
In week one, the offense largely sputtered against the Patriots, but you can attribute that to Bill Belichick’s great game planning.
In week two, Philly had a slow offensive start against the Vikings before running the ball on nearly every play on route to a victory.
Overall, the Eagles will always have a good chance to be a really good team as long as their offensive and defensive line remains a strength.
The key will be how in sync the rest of the offense looks, so look for Philadelphia to improve upon that tonight.
The opposition facing Philly is none other than the 2-0 Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
On the outside this was viewed as a transition year for Tampa Bay as they acclimatized to life without Tom Brady.
However, following the 2-0 start some are hopeful the Bucs could make some real noise this season.
Before we all get carried away let’s see how Baker Mayfield and Tampa Bay do against the Eagles defensive front.
If you are a Bucs fan it is encouraging that the line opened at Tampa Bay +6.5 and is down to Tampa Bay +5.
Maybe Mayfield and company can keep this a close game throughout?
Los Angeles Rams (1-1) @ Cincinnati (0-2) 8:15 PM EST
All eyes are on the Bengals quarterback heading into this one.
Will Joe Burrow play or not?
As of Monday afternoon reports are saying that he is trending towards playing.
Assuming he does play the question becomes how effective can he be?
Through the first two games Burrow and the Bengals have been completely out of sorts, which has put them behind in the loaded AFC.
If Cincinnati were to lose tonight they would become 0-3.
Only 2.4% of all NFL teams to start 0-3 have made the postseason, so clearly it would behoove Cincy not to drop this game.
In their way is a Los Angeles Rams team that is going through a transition of sorts.
Following years of going all in to get players through trading draft picks the Rams are having to make due without first round talent.
They seemed to have uncovered a gem for Matthew Stafford to throw to.
Puka Nacua, a wide receiver and 5th round NFL draft pick, has quickly become a fantasy football sensation.
Stafford, Nacua, and the rest of the Rams have the talent to steal this game, especially if Joe Burrow ends up not playing.
Currently the line is at Rams +3 (after opening at +6.5), but look for that to change once we get official word on Burrow’s injury status.
PS: This is also a Super Bowl rematch from just two years ago – it is amazing how much can change in just a two year span.