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Brady-Rodgers, Bills-Dolphins, Ravens-Pats Head NFL Week 3

Tua Tagovailoa and Lamar Jackson played an entertaining quarterback duel last week in Baltimorewhile Tagovailoa’s Miami Dolphins recovered from a 21-point deficit in the fourth quarter to beat Jackson’s Ravens.

Both quarterbacks and their teams will be back in the spotlight on Sunday, taking part in very intriguing week 3 matchups. The Dolphins face the Buffalo Bills in a 2-0 team AFC East encounter. The Ravens will take on the New England Patriots in Foxborough, Massachusetts, with the loser of that game ending the season in a dire situation, 1-2.

The third Sunday of the NFL’s regular season will also see a clash of legendary quarterbacks, with Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers playing a game in Tampa in the late afternoon.

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The Bills-Dolphins and Ravens-Patriots games are part of the early afternoon. The Bills have so far lived up to their reputation as the league’s Super Bowl favorite. They beat the Los Angeles Rams, the defending Super Bowl champions, and the Tennessee Titans, last season’s No. 1 AFC playoff, by a combined margin of 72-17.

Now they have to head out to play a warm-weather game over a short work week against a promising Dolphins team with a souped-up passing game. Tagovailoa threw for 469 yards and six touchdowns in Sunday’s 42-38 win over the Ravens.

“We performed offensively on all cylinders,” Tagovailoa said after that game. “And when there were times when we didn’t execute, no one panicked. Everyone just came back into the huddle and we regrouped.”

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The Dolphins bridged deficits of 28-7 at half time and 35-14 in the fourth quarter. They scored 28 points in the final 13 minutes of the game and coach Mike McDaniel started his post-game press conference by asking, “Is anyone else tired?”

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The Ravens renew their sometimes spirited rivalry with the Patriots as they try to get back up the victory column. Jackson is coming off a brilliant performance against the Dolphins. He became the first quarterback in NFL history to have a touchdown pass and a touchdown run of at least 75 yards each in the same game.

“There are challenges every week,” Patriots coach Bill Belichick said mid-week. “But the Ravens certainly have a lot going for the quarterback, his passing game, the running game, his ability to make elusive extended plays, the explosiveness of their receivers and tight ends and him.”

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Belichick even had to chuckle when asked if Jackson had answered the questions about his pocket-passing skills he faced entering the NFL.

“No doubt,” Belichick said. “He’s the type of player who is an MVP candidate. I think he’s more than answered it. Let’s see what his contract is. That’ll answer it.”

Brady and Rodgers will be shooting it for the fifth time in their richly decorated careers. Brady has won three of the four meetings so far.

Brady has thrown a modest 402 yards in two games this season, but the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, led by their defense, start 2-0. Rodgers’ Green Bay Packers are 1-1 after a regroup to defeat the Chicago Bears at home last Sunday after a season-opening loss to Minnesota.

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