words_Jordan Hagedorn

Last week’s Top 3 Match-Ups gave us fantastic finishes, with the Saints losing to the Falcons in OT, the Jets putting the Dolphins away late in the fourth quarter and the Bears capitalizing on Green Bay penalties and a late turnover on Monday Night Football.

The Falcons took advantage of Garrett Hartley’s missed 29-yard field goal in OT, stealing a 27-24 victory over the defending Super Bowl Champs.

The Jets and Dolphins went back-and-forth on Sunday Night. LaDainian Tomlinson had a 1-yard TD with 1:55 left in the fourth quarter to give the Jets an 8-point lead and eventually the 31-23 win.

The Packers had 18 penalties and made a costly turnover with a little over two minutes left in the game, giving the Bears a huge opportunity to try to win the game. The Packers were called for pass interference on second down, allowing the Bears to run most of the time off the clock. Kicker Robbie Gould sealed the deal by hitting the game-winning 19-yard field goal to give Chicago a 20-17 win and the outright lead over their NFC North rival.

Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers
The undefeated Steelers look to improve to 4-0 when they host the Ravens on Sunday. Led by QB Charlie Batch, Pittsburgh throttled the Buccaneers last week 38-13 in Tampa Bay. The Ravens are coming off a 7-point win over the Browns last week, during which their off-season acquisition Anquan Boldin had 3 TDs, making him our Week 3 Player of the Week. The Ravens and Steelers have had some great battles over the years and are always in the mix for the AFC North crown. This is the final game that Steelers QB Big Ben Roethlisberger has to sit out before returning from his four-game suspension. Ray Lewis and his Ravens defense are always ready, so look for this to be one of the best games of Week 4.

Washington Redskins at Philadelphia Eagles
NFC East rivals meet this week with a story that extends beyond the game. In the off-season, the Eagles traded franchise quarterback Donovan McNabb to the Redskins in favor of their young backup Kevin Kolb. It was a move that left NFL analysts and fans everywhere scratching their heads. Philadelphia fans booed McNabb when he was selected #2 overall in the 1999 Draft and, even though Donovan led the Eagles to the Super Bowl in 2005, the fans in Philly never really warmed up to him.

Last year, when QB Michael Vick was re-instated to the NFL, McNabb was one of the guys that welcomed him to Philadelphia with open arms. Now the Eagles’ quarterback situation has taken an interesting turn. Kolb was injured in a Week 1 loss to the Packers, so Vick took his place. Although Kolb is now healthy, Eagles’ head coach Andy Reid has named Vick the starter.

There will be some bitter feelings on the field this week between the Skins and Eagles, so this should be one of the most intense games of the year. The players feel like they have something to prove and whatever organization comes out on the losing end of this match-up will undoubtedly be searching for answers.

New England Patriots at Miami Dolphins
The Patriots and Dolphins are tied for second place in the AFC East, but if the Jets slip, the winner of this match-up will take sole possession of first place. The Pats are coming off a 38-30 win over the Bills, while the Fish lost a close Sunday night game to the Jets. The Patriots’ only loss also came to the Jets, when they were held scoreless in the second half of a 28-14 defeat.