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Steelers-Eagles intrastate duel only Week 3 matchup of unbeatens

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger leads the NFL with six touchdown passes through the season’s first two weeks. Unbeaten Pittsburgh visits unbeaten Philadelphia on Sunday afternoon.
Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger leads the NFL with six touchdown passes through the season’s first two weeks. Unbeaten Pittsburgh visits unbeaten Philadelphia on Sunday afternoon. AP

Cardinals (1-1) at Bills (0-2)

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Line: Cardinals by 4

Arizona rebounded from a Week 1 loss with a 40-7 win over the Buccaneers. Through two weeks, quarterback Carson Palmer ranks fifth in the league in passer rating (113.7). Buffalo is looking for new life following a change at offensive coordinator, despite putting up 31 points and allowing 493 yards to the Jets last week.

Vikings (2-0) at Panthers (1-1)

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Line: Panthers by 7

Injured Minnesota running back Adrian Peterson will miss a large portion of the season. However, quarterback Sam Bradford looked elite in his Vikings debut, throwing for 286 yards and two touchdowns. Carolina quarterback Cam Newton looked like his MVP-winning-self, throwing for 353 yards and four touchdowns against the 49ers.

Broncos (2-0) at Bengals (1-1)

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Line: Bengals by 3

This is a matchup of two AFC powerhouses that haven’t missed the playoffs in the past five seasons. Denver continues to follow its Super Bowl win with strong showings. Cincinnati, on the other hand, now looks up to the Steelers in the AFC North, after winning the division in two of the past three years.

Lions (1-1) at Packers (1-1)

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Line: Packers by 7

Both NFC North teams are struggling to find consistency. Detroit and its sixth-ranked offense will try to win at Lambeau Field for only the second time since 1991. The Lions face a Green Bay offense that has struggled to find success and ranks 29th in total offense after two games.

Ravens (2-0) at Jaguars (0-2)

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Line: Ravens by 1

Baltimore, one of two AFC North unbeatens, boasts the league’s best pass defense. Something must give in a matchup against Jacksonville’s fifth-ranked passing attack, led by quarterback Blake Bortles and his stable of weapons. The Jaguars, a trendy preseason pick to make the playoffs, are trying to avoid their third 0-3 start in four seasons.

Browns (0-2) at Dolphins (0-2)

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Line: Dolphins by 9

Rookie third-round pick Cody Kessler becomes Cleveland’s fifth starting quarterback in the team’s last five games, following Johnny Manziel, Austin Davis, Robert Griffin III and Josh McCown. Only nine points separate Miami from a 2-0 record. The Dolphins’ shortcomings in the first two weeks put them at risk of starting the season three games back in the AFC East after only three weeks.

Redskins (0-2) at Giants (2-0)

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Line: Giants by 3

Washington, which won the NFC East last season, is in danger of starting 0-3 with two division losses. New York’s off-season spending has transformed its 32nd-ranked defense into a top-10 unit. Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. will lineup against Redskins cornerback Josh Norman for the first time since their overly physical matchup last season.

Raiders (1-1) at Titans (1-1)

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Line: Raiders by 1

Two young teams that are trying to find consistency. Oakland ranks first in yards gained (470 per game) and last in yards allowed (517.5 per game). Tennessee is aiming for back-to-back wins for the first time since Week 16 and 17 of the 2013 season.

49ers (1-1) at Seahawks (1-1)

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Line: Seahawks by 10

All teams are 1-1 in the wide open NFC West. Seattle and sore-ankled quarterback Russell Wilson have scored 15 points on the season. After shutting out the Rams in Week 1, San Francisco is back to the drawing board after allowing 46 points and 529 yards to the Panthers.

Rams (1-1) at Buccaneers (1-1)

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Line: Buccaneers by 5

The Rams haven’t scored a touchdown through two games since returning to Los Angeles. Offensive ineptitude has overshadowed a top-10 defense. Tampa Bay will be without running back Doug Martin, putting more of a load on the shoulders of quarterback Jameis Winston.

Chargers (1-1) at Colts (0-2)

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Line: Colts by 1  1/2

Through two weeks, San Diego has lost its top wide receiver and one of its top running backs, but it was still able to jump ahead by 35 against the Jaguars and look sharp on offense. Indianapolis, which has struggled to protect quarterback Andrew Luck, can move to within a game of the Texans in the AFC South with a win.

Jets (1-1) at Chiefs (1-1)

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Line: Chiefs by 3

New York is flying high after a 374-yard, turnover-free performance by quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. Kansas City has been shaky on offense, allowing seven sacks in two games. Three turnovers contributed to its downfall last week. This game could end up having implications in the AFC wild-card race at season’s end.

Steelers (2-0) at Eagles (2-0)

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Line: Steelers by 3  1/2

Philadelphia comes into Week 3 with the NFL’s highest point differential (+34) after blowouts of winless Cleveland and Chicago. Rookie quarterback Carson Wentz has yet to turn the ball over. Pittsburgh, led by Ben Roethlisberger and his NFL-best six touchdown passes, has a similar point differential (+31) after rolling past 2015 division winners Washington and Cincinnati.

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