We are still early in the 2021 NFL season and have already seen a whole list of surprises.
That will not stop in Week 3.
Teams are still finding their identities so early in the year and that means it is tough to gauge just how good or bad certain teams can be.
Let’s break down three teams who enter Week 3 as underdogs, ready to pull off the upset.
3. Green Bay Packers
Let’s not all sleep on the Green Bay Packers.
Aaron Rodgers and company had a disastrous Week 1 performance against the New Orleans Saints that had fans hitting the panic button after one game.
But they bounced back with a win over Detroit in Week 2 and are in primetime against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday night.
This is a 49ers team that nearly allowed the Lions to make a Week 1 comeback.
After that came an ugly, 17-11 win over the Philadelphia Eagles.
If Rodgers can play to his normal abilities, this will be an easy win for the Packers and could start to usher in the full Trey Lance era in San Francisco.
2. Chicago Bears
We focus on another rookie quarterback as the Chicago Bears travel to take on the Cleveland Browns.
Justin Fields is under center for the Bears in his first NFL start in one of the toughest road environments out there.
Breaking: Bears coach Matt Nagy announced that Justin Fields will start at QB against the Browns on Sunday. pic.twitter.com/smVzIh5TJJ
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) September 22, 2021
But this Browns team struggled against the Houston Texans in Week 2, at home, and even competent play from Fields could spell problems for the Cleveland defense.
So look for the Bears to have a good shot at stealing this one on the road.
1. Washington Football Team
The Washington Football Team is coming off some extra rest after a thrilling Thursday night win against the New York Giants.
Taylor Heinicke is in at quarterback again after going for over 300 yards in the win over the Giants.
Taylor Heinicke last 2 starts:
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— StatMuse (@statmuse) September 17, 2021
The Buffalo Bills are the opponent and based on NFL preseason projections, this should be an easy one for Buffalo.
However, the Bills offense struggled to do much of anything in Week 1 and while a 35-0 win over Miami last week was impressive, it came in a game when Tua Tagovailoa was knocked out early.
That changed the entire gameplan and the Dolphins could not recover.
The extra rest for Washington and the fact Josh Allen has looked shaky to start the year should have Bills have on upset alert.