With Week 3 of the NFL season here, the Boston Globe previews the action around the league:
Buffalo at Cleveland
Time: 1 p.m. Line: Bills by 3.
Records: Bills 1-1 (1-1 vs. spread), Browns 0-2 (1-0-1 vs. spread).
Comments: Disclaimer alert: Sometimes it’s not easy finding four key games in Week 3, so we bring you Bills-Browns . . . Cleveland posted 6 sacks last week . . . Bills are averaging 198 yards rushing per game . . . Browns’ Trent Richardson is first rookie to have 100-plus rushing yards, a rushing TD, and a TD catch in same game since Samkon “Gadzooks’’ Gado in 2005 . . . Player to watch: Bills’ C.J. Spiller (29 totes, 292 yards) is first player to average at least 10 yards per carry in teams first two games since Jim Brown in 1963.
NY Jets at Miami
Time: 1 p.m., Ch. 4 Line: Jets by 2½.
Records: Jets 1-1 (1-1 vs. spread), Dolphins 1-1 (1-1 vs. spread).
Comments: Jets lead the all-time series, 48-43-1, but Dolphins have won 5 of last 7 . . . DE Cameron Wake is 2 sacks shy of becoming seventh Dolphin with 30 . . . Miami DT Randy Starks had 2 INTs in last game against Jets (that’s right, a DT with 2 picks!) . . . Jets are 4-0 when Shonn Greene rushes for at least 100 yards (Gee, I think I’d give him the ball) . . . Jets’ Mark Sanchez has 6 TDs and a 90.1 passer rating in 3 games vs. Miami . . . Player to watch: Dolphins’ Reggie Bush has rushed for 100-plus yards in three straight at home.
Philadelphia at Arizona
Time: 4:05 p.m. Line: Eagles by 3½.
Records: Eagles 2-0 (0-2 vs. spread), Cardinals 2-0 (2-0 vs. spread).
Comments: You’re the biggest fibber if you had both these birds at 2-0 . . . Philly is first team ever to win first two games of season by 1 point . . . Cardinals haven’t been 3-0 since 1974 when they lived in St. Louis . . . Arizona WR Larry Fitzgerald has 698 career catches (including 1 last week) . . . Eagles’ Michael Vick is only NFLer with 7,000 passing yards and 1,000 rushing yards. He has three 300-plus passing efforts in a row . . . Player to watch: Cardinals QB Kevin Kolb faces his former team for first time. He has a 110.8 fourth-quarter rating.
Atlanta at San Diego
Time: 4:05 p.m. Line: Chargers by 3.
Records: Falcons 2-0 (2-0 vs. spread), Chargers 2-0 (2-0 vs. spread).
Comments: Ex-Charger Michael Turner will play despite last week’s DUI arrest . . . Since arriving in Atlanta in 2008, Turner’s rushed for 5,355 yards and added 51 rushing TDs . . . Philip Rivers is 200 yards shy of being third player in Charger franchise history with 25,000 passing yards (Dan Fouts, John Hadl) . . . Falcons TE Anthony Gonzalez has five 100-yard games vs. San Diego . . . Chargers TE Antonio Gates is 2 catches shy of 600 . . . Player to watch: Atlanta QB Matty “Ice’’ Ryan is 14-4 vs. the AFC and has an NFL-high 117.6 passer rating.
St. Louis at Chicago
Time: 1 p.m. Line: Bears by 7½.
Records: Rams 1-1 (2-0 vs. spread), Bears 1-1 (1-1 vs. spread).
Comments: Anyone else get the feeling Bears QB Jay “Cranky Pants’’ Cutler (4 INTs, 7 sacks last week) needs some decent linemen and a good PR person? . . . St Louis QB Sam Bradford last week posted a career-high 117.6 passer rating . . . Bears have NFL-high seven takeaways . . . Player to watch: Rams’ Danny Amendola had 15 catches for 160 yards vs. Redskins last week.
Tampa Bay at Dallas
Time: 1 p.m., Ch. 25 Line: Cowboys by 8.
Records: Buccaneers 1-1 (2-0 vs. spread), Cowboys 1-1 (1-1 vs. spread).
Comments: Cowboys gunning for their 450th win . . . Buccaneers tied for the NFL lead in INTs (5) and Bush League plays (1) . . . Tony Romo is one TD pass shy of passing Roger Staubach (153, all hail) for third on franchise list behind Troy Aikman (165) and Danny White (155) . . . Player to watch: Buccaneers’ Vincent Jackson had 5 catches for 128 yards and a TD last week.
San Francisco at Minnesota
Time: 1 p.m. Line: 49ers by 6½.
Records: 49ers 2-0 (2-0 vs. spread), Vikings 1-1 (0-2 vs. spread).
Comments: Alex Smith has thrown a 49ers franchise-record 216 straight passes without an INT . . . Randy Moss faces Minnesota for the first time. He had 574 catches, 9,142 yards, and 90 TDs as a Viking . . . Vikings Adrian Peterson has NFL-high 6,896 rushing yards and 66 rushing TDs since 2007 . . . Player to watch: San Fran LB Patrick Willis has 18 tackles and fumble recovery in two games vs. Minny.
Kansas City at New Orleans
Time: 1 p.m. Line: Saints by 9.
Records: Chiefs 0-2 (0-2 vs. spread), Saints 0-2 (0-2 vs. spread).
Comments: Saints leading receiver is RB Darren Sproles (18 catches, 163 yards) . . . Chiefs trying to avoid second straight 0-3 start; Saints haven’t been 0-3 since 2007 . . . Since 2010 season, KC’s Dwayne Bowe is third in league with 22 TD catches . . . Chiefs’ Matt Cassel is 10-5 with 24 TD passes vs. NFC . . . Player to watch: Saints’ Drew Brees has nine straight 300-yard passing games.
Cincinnati at Washington
Time: 1 p.m. Line: Redskins by 3.
Records: Bengals 1-1 (0-1-1 vs. spread), Redskins 1-1 (1-1 vs. spread).
Comments: All-time series is tied at 4-4 . . . Bengals are allowing a league-high 8.36 yards on first down . . . Bengals have been flagged only nine times, second fewest in AFC; Redskins have been whistled a league-high 23 times . . . Redskins’ Alfred Morris leads all rookies with 185 yards rushing . . . Player to watch: Cincy’s Andy Dalton tied career-high with three TD passes last week, posted career-best 128.2 passer rating.
Detroit at Tennessee
Time: 1 p.m. Line: Lions by 3½.
Records: Lions 1-1 (0-2 vs. spread), Titans 0-2 (0-2 vs. spread).
Comments: Detroit’s Ndamukong Suh tops the league with 16½ sacks since 2010 . . . Oh, how the mighty have fallen: Titans’ Chris Johnson has 21 yards on 19 carries . . . Tennessee has won 14 of last 17 games vs. NFC foes . . . Lions RB Kevin Smith has 7 TDs in 12 career games vs. AFC . . . Player to watch: Lions’ Matthew Stafford has thrown for 2,504 yards since December, most in NFL.
Jacksonville at Indianapolis
Time: 1 p.m. Line: Colts by 3.
Records: Jaguars 0-2 (1-1 vs. spread), Colts 1-1 (1-1 vs. spread).
Comments: Colts lead the all-time series, 15-7 but Jaguars have won last two, the last of which clinched the No. 1 pick for Indianapolis (hello, Andrew Luck, goodbye Peyton Manning) . . . Jags’ Josh Scobee has hit 13 straight FGs in September . . . Player to watch: Luck aims to join Bert Jones in 1973 and George Shaw in 1955 as only Colts’ rookies with passing TD in each of first three games.
Houston at Denver
Time: 4:25 p.m., Ch. 4 Line: Texans by 2.
Records: Texans 2-0 (2-0 vs. spread), Broncos 1-1 (1-1 vs. spread).
Comments: Peyton Manning is 16-2 all-time vs. Texans, of course he’s riding with new horses, now . . . Houston’s defense is first in total defense (196 yards per game), yards per play (4.08), yards passing (124), first downs allowed, (12) and points (8.5). Not bad . . . Texans’ Gary Kubiak seeks 50th win . . . Player to watch: Broncos K Matt Prater is 29 of 30 on field goals in the fourth quarter or overtime.
Pittsburgh at Oakland
Time: 4:25 p.m. Line: Steelers by 4½.
Records: Steelers 1-1 (1-1 vs. spread), Raiders 0-2 (0-2 vs. spread).
Comments: Carson Palmer averaging 342.8 yards passing in five home starts with Oakland . . . Raiders have worst average starting field position in league at the 19.3 yard line. Their opponents have best average starting position at 33.9 yards . . . Player to watch: Steelers’ Ben Roethlisberger 19 for 25 for 251 yards and three TDs on third down for 146.8 passer rating.
Green Bay at Seattle
Time: Monday, 8:30 p.m., ESPN Line: Packers by 3.
Records: Packers 1-1 (1-1 vs. spread), Seahawks 1-1 (1-1 vs. spread).
Comments: The Packers are making a “Monday Night Football’’ appearance for the 20th straight season (no shock) . . . Seattle’s .680 winning percentage (17-8) on Monday night is NFL’s best (huge shock) . . . Green Bay has won 18 straight when Aaron Rodgers posts a 100-plus passer rating . . . Player to watch: Seattle RB Marshawn Lynch (wasn’t he terrible as a Bill?) has rushed for at least 100 yards in six straight home games.