NFL Week 3: 'Phins look to upset Bills, Brady vs Rodgers

Stefan Luciani
FiredUp Network Sports Writer


Sunday, September 25, 2022

It feels like just yesterday we were counting down the seconds to kickoff for the 2022/23 NFL season and in just the blink of an eye, we’re just a short time away from a full slate of Week 3 Sunday matchups. 


Week 2 was a wild one. Seven underdogs won their games straight up last week with a handful of them coming as a result of improbable second-half comebacks. As the season progresses and each week passes, we begin to learn more about every team and in doing so, are treated to some very interesting matchups. 


So without further adieu, let's dive right into the top three matchups of the day.


Sunday’s Can’t Miss Matchups. 


Buffalo Bills (2-0) at Miami Dolphins (2-0)

The Buffalo Bills are the team to beat right now. Yes, I know we’re just two weeks in, but they’ve been the team to beat since their brutal beatdown on the defending world champs in the Los Angeles Rams on primetime to open the season on the road. As if that wasn’t enough, they followed it up with another absolute humping of King Derrick Henry and the Tennessee Titans on this past week’s Monday night special. 


But the Dolphins are not to be taken lightly. 


Tua Tagovailoa seems to finally be finding form and surely it doesn’t hurt having the fastest receiver in the world out wide for you. They’re comeback over the Ravens last week was nothing short of brilliance as the southpaw threw for almost 470 yards and six - yes, you’re reading that correctly - touchdowns  with two of them going to Tyreek Hill. Second year player Jaylen Waddle has also proven himself a valuable weapon grabbing two touchdowns himself as the Dolphins now clearly boast some of the best wideouts in football. The pairing of Hill and Waddle combined for a whopping 361 yards alone in the victory.


Both teams come into this 2-0, but one must fall. 

Green Bay Packers (1-1) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-0)

This is a Tampa Bay team that for the first time since the arrival of Tom Brady, just looks off. They’re dealing with quite the injury bug as both Julio Jones and Chris Godwin missed last week’s matchup with the Saints. Jones is still questionable but Godwin is out again and is joined by Brady’s favourite redzone target in Mike Evans while he serves a one-game suspension for his part in last week’s fight night style brawl in Louisiana. 


The Packers looked awful in Week 1, there’s no sugar-coating it. But looked much better in Week 2 as reigning back-to-back MVP winner Aaron Rodgers comes to grips with the devastating loss of Devontae Adams. 


This one is a toss up, but whatever happens, who doesn’t love a little Rodgers vs Brady action? (You’re lying if you say you don’t)


Jacksonville Jaguars (1-1) at Los Angeles Chargers (1-1)

Yes, I said Jacksonville, relax before you start freaking out that I’m highlighting a Jacksonville Jaguars matchup as a can’t miss game. There is a method to my madness…most of the time.


The Los Angeles Chargers came into the season with very high expectations. So far, they’ve been very average. 


It’s not to say I’m concerned about that, nor are they blowing my mind. This is a Chargers team that looks to be finding their footing still. All the tools are there. Justin Herbert is a superstar and will be the face of that franchise for years to come. They have a strong offence with good backs and elusive receivers. They just need to get the gears turning. 


The Jaguars on the other hand. Well I’ll be honest, they don’t look that bad. Their thumping of theColts last week was a statement game (with that being said, the Colts are being exposed at the moment, but that's neither here nor there). Justin Herbert is a gametime decision with fractured rib cartilage, meaning this game could truly be a toss up.