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Top 5 Games for NFL's Week 3 Schedule

Brady vs. Rodgers and a pair of key divisional clashes highlight the Week 3 slate.
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Now that we've reached Week 3 of the NFL season, offseason narratives are starting to fade into the background. Plus, injuries have scrambled plenty of playoff hopefuls' plans.

Related: NFL Power Rankings for Week 3

In August, plenty of fans might have circled Chiefs-Colts as one of the best games on this slate. But a brutal showing from Matt Ryan and an 0-1-1 start against (what we suspected were) the dregs of the AFC South have this game looking like a potential blowout,

But in spite of that, there are still several matchups worth circling for Week 3. After the honorable mention of Raiders-Titans, let's dive into the top five.

(Note: All games listed in ET)

Top 5 Games of Week 3

5. Ravens vs. Patriots, Sunday at 1 p.m.

Both teams have fallen to the Dolphins in disappointing fashion this season but remain in the thick of the AFC playoff hunt at 1-1. This game will be a good measuring stick to see which is a better threat. You never know when having a tiebreaker will come in handy.

4. 49ers vs. Broncos, Sunday at 8:20 p.m.

Just eight regular-season weeks ago, Jimmy Garoppolo and Russell Wilson faced off. Back then, the former was San Francisco's full-time starter and the latter was still in Seattle. Oh, how the times change. Still, this familiarity makes for an intriguing SNF game on an otherwise bleak prime-time slate.

3. Rams vs. Cardinals, Sunday at 4:25 p.m.

The NFC West has been a roller coaster this season, and these teams are riding in the front row. They both narrowly escaped Week 2 with wins after disappointing season-opening losses. The winner will emerge atop the division and in the driver's seat moving forward.

2. Bills vs. Dolphins, Sunday at 1 p.m.

The Dolphins have been one of the best surprises this season, and this matchup of 2-0 teams will be by far their biggest test yet. The Bills may have one of the most explosive offenses in the league. but the Dolphins will give them a run for their money with their own speedy attack.

1. Packers vs. Buccaneers, Sunday at 4:25 p.m.

Somehow this will only be the fifth head-to-head matchup between Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers — and it may well be the last one. Beyond the easy comparisons between quarterbacks, this game will matter immensely because the Packers and Bucs remain co-favorites for the NFC's No. 1 seed and all-important lone bye in the playoffs.