2007 NFL Week 3 Preview

PHILADELPHIA — Week three will feature a variety of quality match-ups (three 2-0 vs. 2-0 games) from the league that knows parody. Ten NFL teams are off to a (2-0) start including Detroit (won three games last year), Washington (five), Houston (six), San Francisco (seven) and Green Bay and Pittsburgh (eight). There are also twelve teams that are even at (1-1) entering the weekend and another ten that are in a hole at (0-2) including 2006 playoff teams: Eagles, Jets, Saints, Giants, and Chiefs.

The teams that are (0-2) need to buckle down because only 18 teams since 1990 have qualified for the playoffs, but they still should have hope from the following teams that turned it around from a (0-2) start: Dallas Cowboys in 1993 (won Super Bowl XXVIII), the New England Patriots of 1996 (played in Super Bowl XXXI), the 2003 Eagles (Played in NFC Championship) and the 2001 Patriots (won Super Bowl XXXVI). If a team doesn’t make the leap to (1-2) and loses making their record (0-3), they can almost assuredly kiss their season good bye as only 2 teams have ever come back from that deep of a hole to make the playoffs.

Whether you are (0-2, 1-1, or 2-0) as future hall of famer Brett Favre recently said “You’ve got to play like you’re 0-2”. Also this weekend’s games kick off the NFL’s celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15-October 15). A Sunday night halftime show (Gloria Estefan) in Chicago will be featured when the Bears host the Dallas Cowboys on NBC.

So I say “Viva NFL” and enjoy the games.

Sunday, September 23

MIA (0-2) at NYJ (0-2) 1:00 PM CBS

This game of someone’s “0” has to go features to longtime AFC rivals trying to get their first win. Both teams are struggling to find a rhythm on offense and defense. Dolphins coach Cam Cameron is finding out that the NFL is where the “big boys” play and Jets coach Man-genius Eric Mangini is finding out how hard it is to play with a difficult schedule. The Jets expect to have quarterback Chad Pennington back from an ankle injury. Look for Miami quarterback Trent Green to continue to run for his life behind the porous Dolphins O-Line.

DET (2-0) at PHI (0-2) 1:00 PM FOX

This game could possibly be the beginning of something big for the Lions and the ending of an era for the Eagles. The Lions come in flying high after Jon Kitna returned from a concussion to to lead them over the Vikings. The Lions also have several quality weapons on offense that will be facing an Eagles team that is good defensively (need to pressure Kitna), but beat up. The game will also feature Donovan McNabb’s first game since his controversial comments on HBO regarding the scrutiny of black quarterbacks. The melodrama unfortunately is applying more pressure to McNabb, who doesn’t seem right coming off knee surgery (ACL). Make sure to watch the Eagles run pass ratio, which currently stands at the pass-happy mark of 63% (pass) to 37% (run).

SF (2-0) at PIT (2-0) 1:00 PM FOX

After hanging on to get two close wins, the Niners will have to prove they are for real traveling to Pittsburgh to take on the blitzing Steelers. The Steelers have been workman like in dominating two inferior AFC foes and I know Mike Tomlin will have them ready. Look for the Niners to try and pressure Big Ben, but the loss of OLB Manny Lawson for the season will hurt.

BUF (0-2) at NE (2-0) 1:00 PM CBS

This should be a tough AFC East divisional contest, but you have to favor the Patriots who are clicking on all cylinders. The Pats have dominated their first two games and they now face the beat up Bills led by erractic quarterback JP Losman. With the spy games totally behind them look for Patriots quarterback Tom Brady to go downtown to Randy Moss as the Bills are missing several key defensive players.

MIN (1-1) at KC (0-2) 1:00 PM FOX

After losing a heartbreaker to the Niners, the Vikings will want to wipe the bad taste of defeat from their mouth. The Chiefs, on the other hand are just trying to find consistency and a when after averaging just 6.5 points per game in their first two games. The Chiefs will need Larry Johnson to bring his lunch pale against the Vikings tough defense that has only allowed 11.5 points per game so far. The Chiefs should have one of the NFL’s best 12th men behind as they need assistance.

CLE (1-1) at OAK (0-2) 4:05 PM CBS

This is a match-up of two teams who we don’t know who they fully are. The Browns looked horrible in week one, but rebounded with a high scoring win over the Bengals in week two. The Raiders are the NFL’s scrappiest teams, fighting to the end including their heartbreaking loss to the Broncos last week, but they are inconsistent on offense (turnovers) and defense (not stopping teams). Raiders coach Lane Kiffin should desperately want this win as his team could be staring at 0-4 if they don’t watch out.

STL (0-2) at TB (1-1) 1:00 PM FOX

ARI (1-1) at BAL (1-1) 1:00 PM FOX

IND (2-0) at HOU (2-0) 1:00 PM CBS

SD (1-1) at GB (2-0) 1:00 PM CBS

JAC (1-1) at DEN (2-0) 4:05 PM CBS

CIN (1-1) at SEA (1-1) 4:05 PM CBS

NYG (0-2) at WAS (2-0) 4:15 PM FOX

CAR at ATL 4:15 PM FOX

DAL (2-0) at CHI (1-1) 8:15 PM NBC

MONDAY SEPTEMBER 24, 2007

Tennessee (1-1) at New Orleans (0-2) 8:30 PM ESPN

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