3 (Non-Vikings) Games to Watch in Week 3

The Vikings are just about ready to host the Bills at U.S. Bank Stadium for the first time on Sunday.

The rare trip by Buffalo to Minnesota is just the sixth ever and is scheduled to kick off at noon (CT).

Here are three non-Vikings games to watch this weekend.

Chargers (1-1) at Rams (2-0)

Kickoff: 3:05 p.m. (CT)

TV: CBS (markets include Los Angeles, Green Bay, Kansas City, Houston, New Orleans, Atlanta, Indianapolis, Philadelphia and New York).

Sirius: 136 (LAC), 82 (LAR) | XM: 382 (LAC), 227 (LAR)

Overview

This game won’t air in the Twin Cities, but NFL Red Zone or Sunday Ticket subscribers will have an opportunity to turn the page and get a quick look at Minnesota’s opponent in Week 4.

The Chargers offense has averaged 445 yards and 29.5 points per game. The Rams have averaged 398.5 yards and 33.5 points per game so far.

Melvin Gordon (Chargers) and Todd Gurley (Rams) are two of three players with at least 3,000 scrimmage yards and 25 touchdowns since 2016. Ezekiel Elliott is the other.

The tipping point in this battle of recent re-additions to L.A. could be on defense. The Rams (based in L.A. from 1946-94 and 2016-present) have been the stingiest in the league, allowing just 6.5 per game through two weeks. The Chargers, who played their inaugural 1960 season in Los Angeles and moved back in 2017, have allowed 29.0 per game.

Chargers Notes

Philip Rivers is trying for his fourth consecutive game with at least three passing touchdowns and a passer rating of 100 or higher. Rivers is one of three quarterbacks in 2018 with at least 600 passing yards and six or more touchdowns. Kirk Cousins and Ryan Fitzpatrick are the other two.

Keenan Allen has 1,048 receiving yards and four touchdowns in his past eight games against NFC teams.

Cornerback Casey Hayward is the only NFL player with at least 10 interceptions and 40 or more passes defended (43) since 2016.

Rams Notes

Jared Goff is 6-1 and has passed for 1,781 yards and 15 touchdowns with only four interceptions for a passer rating of 103.3 in his past seven starts, a stretch that began after Goff and the Rams visited the Vikings. Goff had a rating of 79.2, passing for 225 yards at Minnesota on Nov. 19.

Offseason acquisition Brandin Cooks had seven receptions for 159 yards against Arizona in Week 2.

Cornerback Marcus Peters, who also joined the Rams this offseason, did well against the Chargers when he was with the Chiefs. Peters totaled four interceptions, a forced fumble and seven passes defended in his previous three games against the Chargers.

Bears (1-1) at Cardinals (0-2)

Watch/Listen

Kickoff: 3:25 p.m. (CT)

TV: FOX (all of Minnesota and North Dakota, plus most of South Dakota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Illinois, Missouri, Indiana, Michigan and Arizona)

Sirius: 135 (CHI), 81 (AZ) | XM: 381 (CHI), 226 (AZ)

Overview

While much of the country will receive Dallas at Seattle, the areas mentioned above will see former Vikings QB Sam Bradford try to rally the 3-points-per-game-so-far Cardinals against the Bears, who lead the NFL with 10 sacks. Minnesota will host Arizona in Week 6, visit Chicago on Nov. 18 and host the Bears on Dec. 30.

Bears Notes

Mitchell Trubisky passed for two touchdowns in one game for the first time in his career in leading Chicago past Seattle on Monday.

Allen Robinson tied a career high with 10 catches against the Seahawks.

Khalil Mack has 2.0 sacks, two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and interception returned for a touchdown in his first two games with the Bears.

Cardinals Notes

Bradford has totaled four touchdowns and one interception for a combined passer rating of 94.4 in his past three starts against Chicago (all three were with the Vikings).

Larry Fitzgerald had eight receptions for 112 yards and three touchdowns the last time he faced Chicago (Sept. 20, 2015). Fitzgerald needs one more receiving touchdown to tie Tony Gonzalez (111) for seventh all-time.

In his past seven home games, Chandler Jones has totaled 8.0 sacks, 13 tackles for loss and two forced fumbles.

Steelers (0-1-1) at Buccaneers (2-0)

Watch/Listen

Kickoff: 7:15 p.m. (CT)

National TV: ESPN

National Radio: Westwood One

Sirius: 81 (PIT), 83 (TB) | XM: 226 (PIT), 225 (TB)

Overview

Just like everyone predicted, right? The winless Steelers and undefeated Buccaneers in a particularly compelling interconference game on Monday Night Football.

Steelers Notes

Ben Roethlisberger (51,852 career passing yards) overtook John Elway (51,475) for seventh all-time with a 452-yard day against the Chiefs last week.

Le’Veon Bell’s backup James Conner leads the NFL with 257 scrimmage yards in 2018.

T.J. Watt ranks third in the NFL with 3.0 sacks this season.

Buccaneers Notes

Ryan Fitzpatrick became the third player in NFL history to have four or more touchdown passes in the first two games of a team’s season. He also joined Dan Marino and Billy Volek as the only three players who have thrown for 400 or more yards and at least four touchdowns in consecutive weeks.

DeSean Jackson has 23 career touchdowns of 60 yards or longer, which is tied with Jerry Rice for the most in NFL history.

Lavonte David has 36 tackles, a forced fumble and three fumble recoveries in his past four home games, and his 15 forced fumbles since 2014 are the most in the NFL.

Full Week 3 Schedule

Noon (CT) Sunday Games

Saints (1-1) at Falcons (1-1)

Broncos (2-0) at Ravens (1-1)

Bengals (2-0) at Panthers (1-1)

Giants (0-2) at Texans (0-2)

Titans (1-1) at Jaguars (2-0)

49ers (1-1) at Chiefs (2-0)

Raiders (0-2) at Dolphins (2-0)

Bills (0-2) at Vikings (1-0-1)

Colts (1-1) at Eagles (1-1)

Packers (1-0-1) at Redskins (1-1)

3:05 p.m. (CT) Sunday Game

Chargers (1-1) at Rams (2-0)

3:25 p.m. (CT) Sunday Games

Bears (1-1) at Cardinals (0-2)

Cowboys (1-1) at Seahawks (0-2)

7:20 p.m. (CT) Sunday Night Football

Patriots (1-1) at Lions (0-2)

7:15 p.m. (CT) Monday Night Football

Steelers (0-1-1) at Buccaneers (2-0)

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