The 2023 NFL Week 3 schedule boasts an impressive lineup of games, and we've got you covered with all the essential information leading up to the weekend.
Dive into the complete Week 3 schedule, featuring highlights such as an AFC East clash between the Patriots and Jets, an exciting showdown between Justin Herbert and Kirk Cousins, and a face-off between two promising first-round rookie running backs. The weekend concludes with a "Monday Night Football" doubleheader: the Eagles face the Buccaneers at 7:15 p.m. ET on ABC/ESPN+, followed by the Rams taking on the Bengals at 8:15 p.m. ET on ESPN/ESPN2.
Notably, the game on Sunday will feature the eighth overall pick, Bijan Robinson, from Atlanta, and the Lions' twelfth overall pick, Jahmyr Gibbs. While Gibbs aspires to be the top running back, he acknowledges Robinson's impressive performance. It's worth mentioning that Robinson and Gibbs are the first pair of running backs selected in the top 12 picks of the draft since 2017 when Leonard Fournette and Christian McCaffrey were chosen fourth and eighth, respectively.
Considering the injuries to Detroit's offensive line, with Taylor Decker dealing with an ankle issue and Halapoulivaati Vaitai nursing a left knee injury, Falcons' defensive end Calais Campbell achieves a personal milestone by recording his 100th career sack during the second quarter. This accomplishment is part of the Falcons' three-sack performance against
Detroit, which would double their sack total for the season.
Notably, Robinson currently ranks second in the NFL with 180 rushing yards and leads all running backs with 10 receptions this season.
Sunday's matchup will hinge on the outcome of the battle occurring beyond the quarterback's protection zone. The pivotal question is whether the Bills' quarterback Josh Allen or Washington's defense will prevail in this aspect. Washington has allowed the second-highest number of extended dropbacks outside the pocket in the NFL, tallying 16, but impressively ranks fourth in completion percentage during such plays, at 33.3%. In contrast, Allen has excelled outside the pocket, throwing for three touchdowns, a performance tied for first in the
NFL, and accumulating the fifth-highest yards (79).
Moving on to the situation concerning Joe Burrow's availability on Sunday, the Cincinnati quarterback's status remains day-to-day as he continues his recovery from a strained right calf, an injury that resurfaced in Week 2. Whether it's Burrow under center or backup QB Jake Browning, the Bengals' offense, which currently ranks last in total yards per game (212.0), will face a formidable Rams defense that ranks sixth in the NFL in total yards allowed per game this season, averaging 272.5 yards surrendered per game.