Entering Week 3 of the NFL season, either the Arizona Cardinals or Philadelphia Eagles will be 3-0, while the Baltimore Ravens or New England Patriots will drop to 1-2. The New Orleans Saints digging themselves into an 0-2 hole to start the year just puts the icing on the cake.
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We'll dig deeper and find out a bit more as we breakdown Week 3's top five priced games:
1. Giants at Panthers - Avg Price: $475, Low Price: $81 | Weekly Trend: +93%
After thwarting off an 0-2 start by throwing for more than 240 yards in the fourth quarter (and 510 yards overall) in Week 2, Eli Manning leads the defending champion New York Giants into Carolina for an offensive battle against the Panthers. The Giants will have their hands full against second-year quarterback Cam Newton, who found his mojo in a Week 2 win over the New Orleans Saints.
Carolina's pass defense is generally solid and has given Josh Freeman and Drew Brees some trouble through the first two weeks, so it will be very interesting to see if they can knock Manning down a peg or two after his career week. On the flip-side, the Giants' normally reliable defense has been gashed in two straight games to start the season and may not yet be equipped to handle the elusive Newton and his explosive weapons. One thing is for sure: it'll be one heck of a prime time event when they square off on Thursday Night Football in Week 3.
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2. Rams at Bears - Avg price: $402, Low Price: $148 | Weekly Trend: -7%
The St. Louis Rams have looked very sharp to start the season, narrowly missing out on a 1-0 start against the Detroit Lions, and then escaping an 0-2 hole with a win over the Redskins in Week 2. They'll travel to Chicago to take on the Bears as they try to get to 2-1 against an always nasty defense led by Brian Urlacher, while trying to force turnover-prone quarterback Jay Cutler into giving them the game.
Sam Bradford and Danny Amendola hooked up an insane 15 times in Week 2, but they will face a stiff test against a quality Bears pass defense that roughed up rookie Andrew Luck in his pro debut and made Aaron Rodgers look like a pedestrian passer last week. Chicago looks to be the favorite at home, but the moral of the story will likely be whether or not Cutler can rebound and keep himself from losing this one for the Bears.
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3. Packers at Seahawks - Avg Price: $371, Low Price: $149 | Weekly Trend: -11%
Monday Night Football is graced by the Green Bay Packers' presence in Week 3, but few can be completely sure just what Packers team will show up. Will this be the same team that delighted the NFL world en route to a 15-1 regular season record in 2011, or the one that has been slow to impress on offense in a 1-1 start to 2012?
Aaron Rodgers hasn't been quite himself through the first two weeks, although facing tough defenses in the 49ers and Bears has a lot to do with it. Week 3 might not be much of a picnic, either, as Rodgers and Co. go up against a solid Seahawks defense.
Seattle is backed by rookie quarterback and former cheesehead (University of Wisconsin) quarterback Russell Wilson, along with "beast mode" himself, running back Marshawn Lynch. Behind those two offensive weapons is a stingy defense that nearly beat the Cardinals and held Tony Romo and the Cowboys to just seven points in Week 2. Will Wilson and the Seahawks shock the Packers or will A-Rod and the Pack finally start to hit their stride?
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4. Patriots at Ravens - Avg Price: $336, Low Price: $110 | Weekly Trend: -8%
The 1-1 Patriots travel to Baltimore to take on the 1-1 Ravens this week in a rematch of last season's AFC title game. The Ravens narrowly missed out on a Super Bowl appearance thanks to a missed field goal by kicker Billy Cundiff, but now host New England with his replacement, Justin Tucker. The Patriots look similar as the last time these two teams met, but they will be without star tight end Aaron Hernandez, who is nursing a high ankle sprain.
Baltimore was bummed out by some questionable calls and a late Michael Vick touchdown last week, while the Patriots couldn't get past the Cardinals at home in Week 2. Both teams will be looking to avoid the drop to 1-2 in what will be one of the most heated contests of the week.
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It's no surprise that a Broncos game cracks the top-five priced list as Peyton Manning is always a draw and this time he's battling the 0-2 Texans. This is a classic toss-up game that carries the firepower to end up being an offensive shootout, but with Houston's tough defense and Manning's history of difficulty against 3-4 defensive schemes, it could shape out to be a grind-it-out defensive battle.
Manning was sharp in Week 1 but fell apart in Week 2 versus the Atlanta Falcons, tossing three picks in the first quarter alone. Despite all of the preseason hype, the Broncos are suddenly starting 1-2 in the face, while the undefeated Texans are still out to prove their solid 2011 campaign and playoff run was no fluke. This one figures to be a close, down to the wire battle.
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