After two weeks, the cream is rising to the top in the NFL, and we have the crème de la crème of the Week 3 matchups right here. To know which games inside the games you should watch, read on.

Something’s Gotta Give in These Week 3 Matchups

It’s still early, we’ve only just started the third week of the NFL season. But teams are starting to take shape, and we are beginning to see with more clarity their strengths and their weaknesses.

And that’s what makes the NFL such a great sport. Every week there are strengths going against strengths, the best offensive line matching up against the best defensive lines. The best wide receivers facing top tier cornerbacks. It’s the matchups inside the game that make Sundays in the fall so special.

Buffalo Pass Defense vs. Miami Wide Receivers

The Bills are off to a start befitting of their Super Bowl favorite status. But as great as Josh Allen has been, this defense is what really sets them apart. They started off by putting the clamps on last year’s Super Bowl winner the Rams, and then shut down the AFC’s No. 1 seed from 2021, the Titans. Now it’s time to face the team that scored 28 fourth quarter points, the Miami Dolphins.

Cold, Hard Football Facts has the most complete matchup stats in the business, and they have the Bills ranked first in the league in Defensive Real Quarterback Rating and Defensive Passer Rating. They are also first in Defensive Real Passing Yds/Attempt.

The trio of Tua Tagovailoa, Jaylen Waddle, and Tyreek Hill have the Dolphins ranked fifth in Real Quarterback Rating, fourth in Offensive Passer Rating, and fourth in Real Passing Yds/Attempt.

When the dust settles in Miami the Bills will either still be the best defense in football, or Tua, Waddle, and Hill will have uncovered a weakness.

Philadelphia Pass Defense vs. Carson Wentz

This is of course a fun revenge matchup for Carson Wentz, getting to take on the team where he starred to begin his career, and then was unceremoniously dumped.

But above the personal matchup, this is a game between division rivals that sees strength meeting strength. Cold, Hard Football Facts has the Eagles defense ranked third in both Defensive Real Quarterback Rating and Defensive Passer Rating, and that’s no surprise after they shut down Justin Jefferson and the Vikings offense.

Wentz has Terry McLaurin and rookie Jahan Dotson and he leads an offense ranked eighth in Real Quarterback Rating and sixth Offensive Passer Rating. Wentz wants to win this game as badly as any in his career, and he has the weapons on the outside that could make it happen.

Lamar Jackson vs. Bill Belichick — from the Washington Football Team vs. Baltimore Ravens at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland. October 4, 2020 (All-Pro Reels Photography)

The Ravens vs. Patriots conjures up images of the back-to-back AFC Championship Games they played in 2012 and 2013, with each team winning once. It’s John Harbaugh vs. Bill Belichick and the memories of Tom Brady vs. Ray Lewis.

Now it’s Lamar Jackson, coming off an unreal performance against the Dolphins, facing Belichick and a Patriots defense that held the Miami offense to 13 points.

Jackson and the Ravens rank second in Real Quarterback Rating and third in Offensive Passer Rating. He’s playing like an MVP, but Belichick is still the master planner. Which man comes out on top this Sunday?


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