Everything you need to know as kickoff approaches...
Beast Mode is battling a calf issue stemming from last week's loss and will be a game-time decision versus the Bears. UPDATE: NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported on Sunday that Lynch will play.
Rapoport reported Murray will play Sunday. Huff was added to the Eagles injury report on Saturday, and is questionable for Sunday. UPDATE: Murray will not play today.
It would be a semi-surprise if Revis sits, less so with Decker and Ivory. The running back looked hindered on Monday, so the Jets could play it safe with their starter. UPDATE: Rapoport reports that Ivory and Revis are expected to play, while Decker will not.
Witten was full-go on Friday and should be fine. We'd expect the vet to be Brandon Weeden's security blanket. Leary was limited on Thursday and Friday. UPDATE: Leary is out.
The Rams will make a decision on the first-round pick prior to the game. Don't expect him to be thrust into a heavy workload, even if he's active for the first time in his NFL career. UPDATE: Rapoport reported that Gurley will make his debut today, barring a pregame setback.
Green suffered two concussions in an 11-day span and must pass final protocol. Verrett and Fluker were both limited Friday. UPDATE:Rapoport reported Verrett is in and CB Brandon Flowers is out.
The Bucs are hopeful for a bigger impact the further he gets from the injury. UPDATE: Evans will play.
Albert didn't practice all week, his likely absence would be a big blow to Ryan Tannehill. Cameron and Miller were both limited on Thursday and Friday. UPDATE: Rapoport reports that Cameron and Miller are both expected to play.
Joeckel didn't practice on Friday. Robinson won't play. T.J. Yeldon will become the workhorse back. UPDATE: Lee will play.
The back was limited on Friday. UPDATE:Taliaferro will play.
Iupati could make his debut for the Cards. Ellington saw some practice reps Friday, which is a good sign, but he'll miss another week.
Both participated in individual drills Friday.
Key game-time decisions
All players questionable unless noted
- We will update as prognostications drift closer to game time.*
Bengals at Ravens -- 67 degrees / Rain (80 percent)
Saints at Panthers -- 69 degrees / Chance of rain (31 percent)
Raiders at Browns -- 67 degrees / Chance of rain (26 percent)
Eagles at Jets -- 69 degrees / Chance of rain after kickoff (28 percent)
Colts at Titans -- 77 degrees / Chance of rain (25 percent)
Bills at Dolphins -- 87 degrees / Thunderstorms (30 percent)
Three matchups that intrigue
Dalton has started the season on fire, throwing five touchdowns to zero interceptions while racking up a 120.3 passer rating. Historically against the Ravens, the Bengals passer, however, has struggled, tossing 12 INTs to just seven TDs in eight games with a meager 69.6 passer rating. A.J. Green and Tyler Eifert have eaten up secondaries this season and the Ravens' backend got chewed up by the Raiders last week. Baltimore must find a pass rush to disrupt Dalton -- who has yet to be sacked this season. If the Ravens are to avoid an 0-3 start, they will do so by pestering Dalton and forcing turnovers in a vital home game against a division foe.
Todd Bowles has continued his mastery of well-timed blitzes and a stout-run defense. The swarming Jets defense has forced 10 turnovers in just two games. The Eagles, on the other hand, have been disastrous up front. A cornucopia of blown blocks exasperated the ground struggles last week for Chip Kelly's offense, which has a combined 70 yards rushing through two weeks. Leonard Williams, Muhammad Wilkerson and company could continue the Eagles' poor start to the season by dominating the line of scrimmage and blowing up Sam Bradford often.
This might be a niche interest, but Peters' play has jumped off the screen so far this season. His physicality and speed make him an ideal cover man in today's NFL. Peters has an interception in each of his first two starts -- he could become the first rookie since 1978 to snag an INT in each of his first three games if he gets one Monday. However, he's facing Aaron Rodgers, the best football player in the cosmos. Rogers hasn't thrown an INT at Lambeau Field since Peters was a redshirt freshman at Washington (2012). I want to see if Rodgers challenges the rookie or just picks on the corner opposite Peters.
Did You Know?
In 2014, two of the 12 teams that reached the playoffs started 3-0: ARI, CIN; eight of the 12 started the season 2-1: BAL, CAR, DAL, DEN, DET, NE, PIT, SEA; two started the season 1-2: GB, IND; 0 of the 12 teams that reached the playoffs started the season 0-3.
Since the playoffs expanded to 12 teams in 1990, 75 percent of teams (93 of 124) that started the season 3-0 went on to make the playoffs.
Over the previous five seasons, teams made extra points at a rate of 99.4 percent. This season with the longer extra point, teams are 146/155 (94.2 percent).
Divisions by Winning Percentage after Week 2
Dalton has yet to be sacked this season -- one of two QBs to start both games and not be sacked (Carson Palmer).
A.J. Green has gone five straight games with fewer than 100 receiving yards -- tied for second-longest streak of career (had a six-game drought in 2013).
Cincinnati's defense has allowed 16.0 points per game (fourth in NFL) with two-plus takeaways in each game this season (five total; T-3rd in NFL).
Since the team's inception in 1996, the Baltimore Ravens have never started the season 0-3. They're the only NFL team never to start 0-3.
Baltimore has rushed the ball on 37.8 percent of offensive drives (22nd in NFL). The Ravens rushed the ball on 43.9 percent of offensive drives in 2014 (ninth in NFL). Baltimore has scored a touchdown on 28.6 percent of red zone opportunities (third-worst in NFL).
Justin Forsett through two games: 29 carries, 111 yards; eight receptions, 25 yards -- 3.8 yards per carry (last season led all RBs in YPC with 5.39).
The Saints have scored 19 points in both games this season. New Orleans was not held under 20 points in back-to-back games in 2014 and has not been held under 20 points in three straight games since 2009-2010 (four straight, spanning seasons).
New Orleans has given up two-plus sacks allowed in six straight games -- four sacks allowed Week 2 versus Buccaneers.
With Drew Brees' shoulder injury, Luke McCown will start Sunday. In his previous nine NFL starts, his teams have averaged 12.4 points per game. In Brees' career in New Orleans, the Saints have averaged 27.6 points per game in his starts. Including non-starts, McCown has nine TDs, 14 INTs and a passer rating of 68.3 for his career. McCown has thrown one NFL pass since 2012.
Mark Ingram's 2015 season: 25 carries, 77 yards and one TD, 3.1 yards per carry -- leads team with 11 receptions.
The Saints' defense has allowed 26-plus points in each of first two games, No. 27 scoring defense this season (28.5 PPG) and is giving up an opposing passer rating of 119.5 this season (30th in NFL).
Rookie linebacker Hau'oli Kikaha: 12 tackles, 1.0 sack and two forced fumbles -- leads team in tackles and forced fumbles (tied for lead in sacks).
The Panthers are averaging 4.38 yards per play this season -- 31st in NFL -- and own the NFL's No. 31 passing offense this season (168.0 YPG).
Through two games, Newton has compiled his career worst: completion percentage (52.9), passing yards per game (185.0), yards per completion (10.3), yards per attempt (5.4) and passer rating (71.3).
Jonathan Stewart's 2015 season: 35 carries, 118 yards. He has not topped 65 yards rushing in a game this season.
Panthers' dominant defense: Allowing 13.0 PPG this season (second fewest in NFL -- Jets, 8.5 PPG); giving up 17 points-or-less in six straight games -- longest active streak in NFL. Allowed just 3.82 yards per play -- fewest in NFL. Opponents have converted only 25.8 percent of third downs -- second best in NFL (Broncos).
Amari Cooper's 2015 season: 12 receptions, 156 yards and TD (Week 2: seven receptions, 109 receiving yards, TD). Cooper became the fourth Raiders first-year player to have a 100-yard receiving game in the team's first two games, joining Denarius Moore (2011), Mike Siani (1972) and Jack Larscheid (1960).
Oakland's defense is surrendering 444.5 yards per game (most in NFL) -- ranked 21st in 2014 with 357.6 yards per game allowed. The Raiders do not have a sack in two games in 2015.
Cleveland Defense: 160.0 rushing YPG allowed -- most in NFL. Ranked last in 2014 with 141.6 rushing YPG allowed.
Stupidly irrelevant laughable ludicrously irresponsible stat of the day: Since the beginning of the 2013 season, the Cowboys have run 2,109 offensive plays. Tony Romo and Dez Bryant have been on the field for all but 62 of them. However, the Cowboys have actually been more successful with both of them off the field, averaging 6.48 yards per play compared with them both on the field (6.00 yards per play).
Terrance Williams: Nine receptions, 144 yards, one TD (Week 2 sans Bryant: four receptions, 84 yards, TD).
Dallas' defense has allowed fewer than 300 total yards in each of its first two games -- gave up fewer than 300 yards in just three of 16 games last season. Ranks in the top 10 in points per game allowed (18.0; tied-sixth), total yards per game (257.5; third), rushing yards per game allowed (53.0, first) and passing yards per game (204.5, ninth).
Though the Falcons are 2-0 this season and went 6-10 in 2014, they have been averaging essentially the same PPG: 2015: 25.0 PPG; 2014: 23.8 PPG.
Matt Ryan has to love Kyle Shanahan's offense. Through two games the quarterback has earned 661 yards, three TD, two INT and a 93.8 passer rating. He's on pace for 5,288 yards, which would obliterate his career high of 4,719 (2011). Ryan's 330.5 passing yards per game trails only Tom Brady and Ben Roethlisberger.
All Hail Julio! Julio Jones' 2015 season: 22 receptions, 276 yards and two TD (on 26 targets). The receiver is on pace for 176 receptions, 2,208 receiving yards and 16 TDs. Ryan has completed 22 of 26 pass attempts targeted for Jones (84.6 percent) this season. 84.6 percent!!!!!
The Bucs' offense has given up three-plus sacks in six straight games -- one-plus sack allowed in 34 straight games dating back to Week 1, 2013 (longest active streak -- Seahawks second with 24).
Jameis Winston: 55.6 completion percentage, 208.5 passing YPG, three TD, two INT, 83.6 passer rating and sacked seven times. The No. 1 overall pick ranks 28th in completion percentage (55.6), 25th in passing yards per game (208.5), 23rd in passer rating (83.6) and tied for 11th with three passing touchdowns.
Prior to the Bucs' Week 2 win in New Orleans, the last rookie QB taken No. 1 to win a September road game was John Elway in 1983.
The Bucs' defense has allowed opponents to scored touchdowns on 100 percent of red zone drives this season (7/7).
Mallett's 2015 season: 342 passing yards, two TDs, one INT and 66.8 passer rating.
The Texans' defense has been nothing special, ranking 27th in takeaways (1), 26th in rushing yards allowed (134.5), 19th in points per game allowed (25.5) and 12th in total yards given up (340.0).
Philip Rivers has the best completion percentage in the NFL heading into Week 3 at 81.2 percent. Think about that for a second: 81.2. That's insane. He hasn't done it on 18 passes either, but rather completing 56 of 69 passes over two weeks.
Melvin Gordon's Week 2: 16 carries, 88 yards (5.5 yards per rush) -- three carries of 20-plus yards (most of any player in Week 2).
Teddy Bridgewater isn't likely to light it up, having passed for just 384 pass yards through two weeks -- 28th in NFL.
Blake Bortles Week 2: 18-of-33 passing, 273 pass yards, two TD, zero INTs and a 102.2 passer rating (career-high passer rating). Week 2 was the first game of Bortles' career with multiple TD passes and no INTs and also the first game of Bortles' career with no sacks taken. Bortles has never started and won a game on the road (0-6).
The Patriots rank second in total offense (434.0 YPG) and points (34.0 PPG) through two weeks. New England also leads the NFL in passing yards (366.0 YPG).
Rob Gronkowski's 2015 season: 12 receptions, 207 receiving yards (17.3 average) and four TDs. Gronk has gone eight straight games with a receiving TD, including playoffs -- the longest active streak in NFL. The last game without a TD: Week 13, 2014 at Green Bay. The NFL record since 1960 (including playoffs) is 12 straight games with a reception TD by Jerry Rice in 1987. No TE since 1960 has caught a TD in nine straight games, including playoffs.
DeMarco Murray has rushed for just 11 yards in two games, the lowest figure for any defending rushing champion since the merger in 1970 (excludes guys who did not play). Second to Murray on the list is Barry Sanders, who started the 1997 season with 53 rushing yards in his first two games.
Murray is only averaging 0.5 yards per rush through two games. The next lowest running back this season is Devonta Freeman, averaging four times what Murray is at 2.0 yards per rush (minimum 13 attempts).
Sam Bradford's 2015 season: 66.3 comp percent, 560 pass yards, two TDs, four INTs and a 72.3 passer rating -- two-straight games with multiple INT (T-longest streak of career).
High-priced Byron Maxwell has been terrible through two games. The corner has been targeted 18 times (T-7th most), allowed 13 completions (T-second worst), allowed 224 yards (second worst) and given up 12.4 yards per target (second worst).
Ryan Fitzpatrick's 2015: 37-of-58 passing, 423 passing yards, four TDs, two INTs and a 94.3 passer rating.
The Jets have 10 takeaways in two games in 2015. Gang Green had 13 takeaways in 2014, fewest in NFL.
Last week, Ben Roethlisberger became the eighth quarterback to ever throw for 350 or more yards in the first two games of the season. He has a chance to become just the fourth QB to throw for 350 or more yards in the first three games of the season, joining Drew Bledsoe in 1994, Kurt Warner in 2000 and Tom Brady in 2011.
Roethlisberger has 10 completions that traveled at least 20 yards in the air, which isn't just the most in the NFL, it's double the amount of the second closest QBs. Here's how the 10 pass plays of 20-plus yards (most in NFL) break down: five to Antonio Brown (T-most in NFL), three to Darrius Heyward-Bey, two to Markus Wheaton. Big Ben leads the NFL with 11.1 yards per attempt.
The Steelers' pass defense has allowed six pass TDs with 0 INTs and has allowed two-plus passing TDs in 11 of the last 12 games. Pittsburgh has allowed an opponent passer rating of 123.0 (second-worst in NFL), but its seven sacks are tied for fourth-most in the NFL.
The Rams' offense hasn't sustained drives. St. Louis has one 10-play drive this season (one of three teams in NFL with one or fewer such drives), zero drives of five-plus minutes (only team in NFL with 0) and 23:57 time of possession (31st in NFL).
St. Louis defense: eight sacks this season (T-second in NFL).
Rams have allowed an opponent completion percentage of 80.9 (second-worst in NFL). Roethlisberger has a completion percentage of 72.3 in 2015 (8th in NFL).
The Colts have started 0-2 for the second consecutive season. They made the playoffs last year, advancing all the way to the AFC Championship Game. However, no team has ever made the playoffs in consecutive seasons after starting each of those seasons 0-2. The Colts are 14-2 following a loss since 2012. Indy has not lost three-straight games since losing 13 straight in 2011.
Last season Andrew Luck threw 15 TDs and 12 INTs on passes that traveled more than 10 yards beyond the line of scrimmage. However, through two games this season, Luck has yet to throw a TD and all five of his INTs are on such passes. Luck's passer rating of 12.6 on passes of 10-plus air yards is the lowest in the NFL among starting QBs.
Per Pro Football Focus, Luck has the worst accuracy percentage through two games. Factoring out receiver drops, spikes and throwaways, Luck's accuracy percentage is 59.3, slightly worse than Ryan Mallett's 61.5.
Donte Moncrief's 2015 season: 19 targets, 13 receptions (leads team), 168 receiving yards and two TD -- one TD reception in back-to-back games (longest streak of career).
Mariota is 0-8 in his career on passes 20-plus yards beyond the line of scrimmage. By contrast he's 34 of 45 on passes under 20 yards, completing 75.6 percent with a 6-to-0 TD-to-INT ratio and a 147.8 passer rating.
Bishop Sankey had 12 rushing attempts in each game this season. Week 1: 12 rushes, 74 yards (6.2 avg.), TD (also had reception TD); Week 2: 12 rushes, 42 yards (3.5 avg.).
The Titans' defense allowed fewer than 275 yards total offense in each of their first two games after allowing fewer than 275 yards total offense only once last season. The D has also given up fewer than 200 passing yards in each of the first two games. Its allowed fewer than 200 passing yards in four of the last five contests.
Colin Kaepernick's 2015 season: 69.4 completion percent, 250.0 pass YPG, two TD, zero INT and a 98.1 passer rating. Kap has not thrown an INT in five straight games -- longest streak of career as a starter --141 attempts in those five contests.
Niners lead the NFL with 11 runs of 10-plus yards.
The Niners' defense is giving up 6.61 yards per play this season (most in NFL). The unit did not record a sack in Week 2 and had 24 sacks in the previous seven games.
The Cards' offense has been ridiculously efficient: 65 offensive points scored (second in NFL; Patriots, 68), zero sacks (tied for fewest; Cincinnati) with a 52.6 percent conversion rate on third down (best in the NFL). Arizona is also just one of three teams without a dropped pass this season (Seahawks and Packers).
Carson Palmer's 2015 season: 64.3 completion percentage, 246.0 passing YPG, seven TD, INT, 124.4 passer rating, T-most TD passes in NFL this season with the third-highest passer rating.
David Johnson's season: Five rushes for 42 yards, TD; two receptions, 58 yards, TD. His seven touches total 100 scrimmage yards and two TDs -- he added a 108-yard kickoff return TD. He's the first player since Timmy Brown in 1962 to score a TD on a rush, reception, and return over the first two games of a season.
This season, Tyrod Taylor has a passer rating of 23.3 on third down -- lowest in NFL among QBs with at least 10 pass attempts on third down.
Ndamukong Suh has yet to register a tackle for loss, nor has he sacked or hit a QB through his first two games. The last time Suh went back-to-back games in the same season without a tackle for loss, sack or QB hit was in 2011, his second NFL season (three straight).
Ryan Tannehill's Week 2 at Jacksonville: Completed 30 of 44 passes, 359 yards, two TD, 108.0 passer rating -- third-highest passing yardage of career -- ninth career 300-yard passing game (Dolphins are 4-5 in such games). Tannehill has thrown zero INTs in his last 150 passes (longest streak of career).
Matt Forte: 39 carries, 202 rushing yards, TD -- nine receptions, 67 receiving yards, third-most rushing yards in NFL this season (202). He leads all RBs in scrimmage yards (271).
The Bears' defense has allowed 30-plus points in each of the first two games this season -- 39.5 PPG allowed is the worst in the NFL this season. However, Chicago is allowing only 311.0 YPG (No. 7 total defense).
Seattle has allowed eight sacks in two games this season -- T-second most sacks allowed in the NFL (Titans, nine sacks allowed).
Jimmy Graham's 2015 season: Seven receptions, 62 yards and one TD (10 targets) -- fewest receptions and yards in Weeks 1-2 since 2010 (rookie season).
Seahawks' defensive ranks through two games: 29th in points per game allowed (30.5), 25th in yards per play (6.0), 21st in passing yards per game (255.0), 17th in total yards per game (356.5) -- ranked first in every category in 2014.
Peyton Manning has been sacked seven times, the most of his career through the first two games of a season. He is on pace to be sacked 56 times in 2015, which would be almost double his career high of 29 back in 2001.
Manning has yet to complete a pass of more than 20 yards downfield this season (0-8).
Manning has had a turnover returned for a TD in four straight games dating back to Week 16 of last season (three INT, one fumble). That's tied with Matt Schaub and A.J. Feeley for the longest such streak since 1991. Schaub's head coach during his streak was Gary Kubiak, while playing for the Houston Texans in 2013.
Manning hasn't been as impressive versus the blitz over his last seven games: 48.7 completion percentage; 61.5 passer rating.
The Broncos have recorded fewer than 300 yards of total offense in each of their first two games. It is their first stretch of back-to-back games with less than 300 yards of offense in the Manning-era. Denver did not record a single game with less than 300 yards of offense last season.
Through two games, Denver's offensive play selection: 47 runs, 97 passes (33.8 percent run/66.2 pass percent). In his 12 previous seasons as either offensive coordinator or head coach, Kubiak averaged 45.6 percent run/54.4 percent pass.
The Broncos' defense has earned seven takeaways (second-most in NFL) and six sacks (T-6th most in NFL).
The Lions' offense is averaging 53.5 rush YPG and 3.3 yards per carry -- only four rushing first downs in two games (fewest in NFL).
Matthew Stafford's 2015 season: 266.0 passing YPG, four TDs, three INTs and a 81.0 passer rating -- five-straight games with fewer than 300 passing yards; three-straight games with two-plus pass TDs.
Detroit's defense has given up 29.5 points per game (10.5 points higher than 2014), 416.5 yards per game (255 in '14), 269.5 passing yards per game (197.5) and 147.0 rushing yards (57.5).
With an interception against the Packers, Marcus Peters would become the first rookie since 1978 to intercept a pass in each of his team's first three games (LB John Anderson and CB Terry Jackson did so in 1978). However, it's been 15 straight games and 451 attempts since Aaron Rodgers threw his last interception at home. Both streaks are the longest in NFL history.
Chiefs QBs have not thrown a TD pass to a wide receiver in 21 straight games. In Rodgers' 105-start career, he has gone back-to-back games without a TD pass to a wide receiver only once (Weeks 16-17, 2009).
Jamaal Charles is looking for back-to-back 100 yard rushing games for the first time since Weeks 13 and 14, 2012.