It's only Week 3 of the NFL season and injuries, especially to quarterbacks, are already making an impact. This is one of the main storylines to follow entering this week's games.
The quarterback carousel starts with "Thursday Night Football," which sees the Carolina Panthers, one of the surprise teams in the early going, taking on the Houston Texans. Rookie Davis Mills will make his first career NFL start for Houston after Tyrod Taylor left last week's game early due to a hamstring injury.
Justin Fields is another rookie set to make his first start on Sunday when Chicago takes on Cleveland. Andy Dalton suffered a knee injury last week and he was officially ruled out by head coach Matt Nagy on Wednesday morning. The early slate of games on Sunday also finds the Saints in Foxboro to take on the Patriots and a trio of divisional contests – Bengals at Steelers, Colts at Titans, and Chargers at Chiefs. Not to be left out of the quarterback injury bug, Ben Roethlisberger has a pec injury while Jacob Eason could start for Indianapolis with Carson Wentz dealing with sprains to both of his ankles.
The late-afternoon window includes Miami at Las Vegas, which could pit Jacoby Brissett against Nathan Peterman due to Tua Tagovailoa's ribs injury and Derek Carr's ankle issue (as well as the fact that Carr's original backup, Marcus Mariota, is currently on injured reserve). Carr is much more likely to play on Sunday, but the fact that he has already been called "questionable" by his head coach can't be ignored.
Fortunately, Sunday's marquee matchup (and for Week 3 as a whole) is not affected by the rash of quarterback injuries. The Rams will host the Buccaneers in what could be an NFC Championship Game preview. Regardless of how the season plays out, this game should offer evidence as to whether Matthew Stafford is the missing piece that makes Los Angeles a legitimate Super Bowl contender or if the defending champions are the undisputed top dogs in the NFC.
In prime time, Aaron Rodgers returns to his native California as his rejuvenated Packers will face off with the 49ers on "Sunday Night Football." Week 3 concludes with Philadelphia going up against Dallas on "Monday Night Football."
So which teams will come out on top in every NFL game in Week 3? Athlon's own Rob Doster (@AthlonDoster), and Ben Weinrib (@benweinrib), along with AthlonSports.com contributor Bryan Fischer (@BryanDFischer) predict the winners for every game this week.