NFL week three preview: Chiefs need to bounce back, while Rams can upset the Buccaneers

Patrick Mahomes and his Chiefs need to bounce back but will find it tough against the LA Chargers, while the Rams can upset Tom Brady's winning streak on a football-packed Sunday.

Another three winners for our NFL expert Paul Higham last week means he's full of confidence for Week Three's Sunday preview, as the Chiefs look for a big bounce back game.

However, hosting the LA Chargers is a tough game for Patrick Mahomes' side. Elsewhere, the Chicago Bears are travelling to the Cleveland Browns, Brady's Buccaneers face the Rams, and the Vikings welcome the Seattle Seahawks to Minnessota.

Los Angeles Chargers @ Kansas City Chiefs

After losing last time out against the Baltimore Ravens, the Kansas City Chiefs face a huge bounce back game but not the ideal bounce back opposition as the Los Angeles Chargers go to Arrowhead with a point to prove themselves.

Chargers QB Justin Herbert made a few mistakes last week, a raft of penalties cost him and his side at least one touchdown and plenty of yardage in their narrow loss to the Cowboys.

And, Herbert had plenty of success against the Chiefs in his rookie season last year with two 300-yard games and four passing TDs with just one interception.

Kansas City have been very welcoming to opposing QBs this season as well with their friendly pass rush so far the worst in the league at winning their battles while overall only the Texans have allowed more than their whopping 938 yards.

All eyes will be on Patrick Mahomes, and with LA suffering from defensive injury problems the Chiefs will score their points, it just depends if Herbert and the Chargers can convert chances of their own - if he can then the Bolts will be a big problem.

Andy Reid really needs to start getting more out of his Chiefs defence, they can't keep leaving it to Mahomes to pile up 30 points every week just to stand a chance, and at 5/2 to win straight up the Chargers really do look like a value play.

However, I'm playing it a bit safer though, especially with the Chiefs being at home. So, although I still don't fully trust the Chiefs to win, I trust both sides enough to land a decent amount of points in a game that usually covers the total.

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Chicago Bears @ Cleveland Browns

Rookie Justin Fields will start for the Chicago Bears, which will appease many fan's wishes, but he better make the most of it as Head Coach Matt Nagy has already stated that he'll be replaced by Andy Dalton once the veteran is fit.

But this is a good game to miss for Dalton against a Cleveland Browns defence that has not been the best, but still boasts plenty of quality and will be mixing things up to confuse and hassle the rookie on his return to Ohio, where he starred in college.

Fields insists he's ready, and he's already scored a rushing TD in his limited action to date so don't be surprised if he has to do more with his legs than his arm as he tries to adjust to life in the NFL.

It's much tougher to read defences, find gaps and make throws than it is to use your physical gifts. I'll be going high on Fields' rushing yards and also fancy him to throw an interception but score a rushing TD.

The Browns are set to have big-name receiver Odell Beckham Jr back after almost a year out with injury. Don't expect too much too soon but Beckham should find his way into the end zone in the next few weeks.

Cleveland have given up big plays in the first two weeks but whether Fields can take advantage of that deficiency is another matter. Whether the Bears defence is as good as it looked last week is also in doubt.

All in all, we're sticking with an outcome here and no matter how you see the teams performing you can't see a blowout win in any scenario. The NFL has been littered with tight games this season and this is a standout candidate for another.

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Los Angeles Rams

What a game this is between two of the outright Super Bowl favourites in what looks nailed-on to be a playoff meeting in the NFC later this season.

Tom Brady has nine passing TDs in two games but now the Bucs come up against one of the top-ranked defences from last season and a team that's gone 2-0 and look stronger than ever.

Matt Stafford has slotted in with ease and his 599 passing yards are the second most a Rams QB has thrown in the first two weeks in 20 years.

The former Lions triggerman offers coach Sean McVay much more scope to call adventurous plays, he can make things happen on the run and has a cannon of an arm to spark huge plays downfield to a group of speedy receivers.

Rams receiver Cooper Kupp has been the main beneficiary as he's opened the season with successive 100-yard games with a complimentary TD, another would see him become just the fourth man to do that over the first three games.

This is a serious match-up with quality all over the field - the Bucs are narrow 1.5pt favourites, but that just tells you that the bookies are also clueless to who will take the win on Sunday. My thoughts are that whoever can slow down the opposing QB will edge it.

Brady did get sacked three times and was hit five more times by Atlanta's middling defence last week, and that's a worry facing Aaron Donald and LA's fearsome pass rushing unit. They're aiming to be the first team to keep Tampa Bay under 30 points in 10 games.

This is more of a sit back and enjoy it game which can go either way, but I also think that the Rams defence can make a big statement. However, it'll be a close one, so whoever you're backing - tag on a win by less than a touchdown and you can't go wrong.

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Seattle Seahawks @ Minnesota Vikings

These two teams impressed in patches last week despite losing, and now the Vikings return home to Minnesota to play at their impressive home stadium in front of fans for the first time in 636 days. Expect it to be loud.

And they'll need every advantage possible if they're to finally beat Russell Wilson. The Seahawks QB is 7-0 against the Vikings - but Seattle have shown weaknesses and Minnesota have plenty of attacking options to trouble them.

Kirk Cousins has thrown multiple TD passes with no interceptions in four straight games and that's the longest such streak in the league currently. In Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen they have two great receivers and running back Dalvin Cook could be key to their offence.

Derrick Henry steamrolled the Seahawks last week to the tune of 182 yards - the most rushing yards allowed since Pete Carroll took charge in Seattle 11 years ago.

Both teams managed to throw away victories last week, with Seattle squandering a big lead to lose in overtime to Tennessee while Minnesota should've beaten the highly-rated Cardinals in Arizona but for kicker Greg Joseph to miss a sitter in a late game-winning kick.

That puts the Vikings performance above that of Seattle and with home advantage, Cousins finally has a great chance to beat his team's arch nemesis.

I'll be looking at Thielen and Cook to score touchdowns along with Seattle's Tyler Lockett, the underrated receiver who looks impossible to cover at times and loves a big-play score.

In the result markets though, the Vikings are odds-against so worth backing straight up, but I can't see anything other than a deluge of points so we get some decent odds, and a couple of points in our favour in case of another close call.

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