NFL Week 3 preview: 49ers v Colts a highlight, pressure on Eli Manning and Cam Newton

Eli Manning

If the first two weeks are anything to go by week 3 in the NFL will see some brilliant action.

We have seen big offensive plays with QBs putting up astonishing stats, despite this era of offence Seattle’s defence showed there was still room for hard-nosed defences in the NFL.

The stifled the explosive 49ers offense on Sunday night in a comfortable divisional win; the Seahawks might just be the best team in the League right now.

This week sees yet more intriguing matchups including two of the most historic teams in the NFL, Pittsburgh and Chicago, going head to head at Heinz Field.

Meanwhile in San Francisco it will be great to see two of the youngest and most talented quarterbacks square off as the 49ers take on the Indianapolis Colts, Colin Kaepernick v Andrew Luck will be a matchup that we could be seeing for the next decade.

The Jacksonville Jaguars struggling offence will have to face up against a Seahawks D that is riding the crest of a wave at the minute.

The Jags, who are coming to London in October, have not yet managed to hit double figure in points in a game yet and you can’t really see this changing against Seattle.

We will see if a number of 0-2 teams can start to turn around their season, New York Giants travel to Carolina with the plan to put two poor displays behind them. Eli Manning will look to stem the flow of interceptions, 7 in two games is not the kind of form he should be showing, but Panthers Cam Newton will be under pressure to find a first win after two narrow losses in his opening games.

Pittsburgh Steelers take the field on Sunday Night football knowing that a loss would essentially end any playoff hopes, teams that start the season 0-2 have a 12 per cent chance of playing in January.

For a team like Pittsburgh it will be unthinkable to drop to 0-3 but they face a confident Chicago Bears team.

Though there may be still hope as three 0-2 teams have gone on to win the Super Bowl; The 1993 Dallas Cowboys, 2001 New England Patriots and the 2007 New York Giants. So this week will be crucial for so many teams.

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