Matchups, predictions for a pair of NFL games featuring Eagles rivals in Week 3

  • Week 3 of the NFL season is here.
  • The Giants are a laughingstock.
  • Can the Commanders stay frisky against their biggest test?
  • The Cowboys get their shot at Jonathan Gannon.
Sam Howell, Washington Commanders
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Washington Commanders Versus Buffalo Bills

In any of the last five years, it would normally have been easy to look at games featuring Washington and think you were in for a boring affair or that Cards and Commanders stink. You’d be right to say that, but that’s not so much the case this season so far.

Bills offense versus Commanders defense

The Bills' offense looked out of sorts in Week 1. Quarterback Josh Allen put the ball in harm's way as if he didn't care who wound up with it. He threw three interceptions in Buffalo's opener, and each one looked worse than the last.

He righted the ship in Week 2 by throwing for 274 yards and three touchdowns. He looked like the Josh Allen that instills fear in your heart. Also, the Bills finally learned that running backs can be offensive weapons. Three Bills tailbacks combined for 178 yards and two touchdowns. 

It does have to be noted that the Bills played the Las Vegas Raiders in Week 2, and their defense stinks. The Commander's defense, as it turns out, doesn’t really stink. They have only allowed 109 rushing yards per game and they only allowed a single rushing touchdown through two games.

The Commanders are allowing just under 200 passing yards per game. Much of that success is the result of a stout pass rush. Their defensive linemen (Montez Sweat, Jonathan Allen, Daron Payne, and Chase Young) have combined for 6.5 sacks and 14 pressures. Their jobs are to muck things up and they do a pretty good job at doing so.