Chiefs, Falcons only two 3-0 teams remaining in NFL
September 30, 2017 7:50 AM
by Bob Christ
For the time since 1995, the NFL enters Week 4 with only two unbeaten teams after six squads that were 2-0 tumbled last week. The 3-0 teams are Kansas City Chiefs and Atlanta Falcons. But they shouldn’t start making playoff plans yet.
For the time since 1995, the NFL enters Week 4 with only two unbeaten teams after six squads that were 2-0 tumbled last week.
The 3-0 teams are Kansas City and Atlanta. But they shouldn’t start making playoff plans yet. In 2016, four of the five teams that opened with three straight wins didn’t qualify for the postseason.
Also, for the second straight week, early risers will be able to catch another installment of the London series, with New Orleans facing Miami. It will be the 19th such games since 2007, and for the 19th time, fans won’t get to see two teams with winning records meet.
Now for a closer look at this week’s game. The odds are courtesy of Westgate Las Vegas. All times PDT:
New Orleans Saints (1-2) vs. Miami Dolphins (1-1), London
Time: 6:30 a.m.
Line: Saints by 3 (50.5)
Facts: Since the air-weary Dolphins escaped Miami preceding Hurricane Irma, they have flown to LA to Jersey and now England... New Orleans is coming off a 34-13 win at Carolina as a 5.5-point dog. Its beleaguered defense intercepted Cam Newton three times... Miami scored six points last week vs. a Jets team that yielded 45 a week earlier to Oakland... The Dolphins are making their fourth showing in London. In their most recent one, a 27-14 loss to NYJ in 2015, coach Joe Philbin was fired the next day... In N.O.’s last meeting with Miami, a 38-17 home win in 2013, QB Drew Brees threw for four TDs and had a 144.7 passer rating, a number he hasn’t reached the past four seasons.
Analysis: Miami QB Jay Cutler apparently isn’t the wonderman the team thought he’d be after making him a midsummer pickup out of the broadcast booth. If the Dolphins are to have much hope, they’ll need Jay Ayayi to step up after last week’s 16 yards on 11 rushes. The Saints, meanwhile, are on their annual charge back to .500 after opening 0-2 for the fourth straight season. WIth the Miami secondary allowing QBs a 79 percent success (that includes a game against NYJ’s Josh McCown), Brees should thrive.
Forecast: Saints 35, Dolphins 2