By Ray Hamill
Week three in the NFL has an abundance of intriguing matchups, but these five stand out.
Washington (1-1) at Philly (2-0)
The Eagles had to fight from behind in each of their opening two games, but produced a clutch performance to pull out a thrilling win at Indy Monday night.
This is the first of two meetings between the two favorites in the NFC East and could go a long way toward deciding what is expected to be a tight division race.
The Eagles have home-field advantage, which could prove to be the difference, but they are also coming off a short week, while the Redskins will be hoping Kirk Cousins continues to show he’s a better option than RG III.
If that’s the case, the Redskins should be serious contenders in the East.
Denver (2-0) at Seattle (1-1)
A rematch of last season’s Super Bowl, this should give us a clear indication as to how improved the Broncos are over February’s humiliation. It simply doesn’t get any more difficult than traveling to Seattle.
The Broncos and Seahawks are the best two teams in the NFL and this is a matchup no fan will want to miss.
San Francisco (1-1) at Arizona (2-0)
With victories over the Chargers and Giants, the Cardinals are off to an impressive start, but their first division game will be a much sterner test, especially with the Niners desperate to put Sunday night’s embarrassment behind them.
If the Cardinals win this one, they’ll already be two games up on the Niners with the tiebreaker, which is essentially a three-game lead before the end of September.
It might be early still, but this is almost a must-win for San Francisco.
Green Bay (1-1) at Detroit (1-1)
Another early pivotal division battle between two teams likely to be battling for the NFC North in December.
As for which version of either team turns up, your guess is as good as mine, but it should be a great matchup nonetheless.
Baltimore (1-1) at Cleveland (1-1)
The Browns versus the former Browns is always an intriguing showdown, especially this season with each playing better than expected.
Each needs the win to keep in touch with the Bengals in the division race.