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USA TODAY US Edition - - SPORTS - TV: Com­piled by Brian Allee-Walsh, Zac Jack­son, Jor­dan God­win, Scott Pi­to­niak, Arthur Arkush, Andy Fried­lan­der, Scott John­son, Howard Balzer. All times ET, pm., un­less oth­er­wise noted

Saints (1-2) vs. Dol­phins (1-1)

TV: Sun­day, 9:30 a.m., Wem­b­ley Sta­dium, Lon­don, Eng­land (Kevin Burkhardt, Charles Davis, Pam Oliver)

The matchup: New Or­leans turned the ta­bles on the pre­vi­ously un­beaten Carolina Pan­thers 34-13, then caught a team char­ter to play the Dol­phins in Eng­land. The Saints much-ma­ligned de­fense badly ex­posed Pan­thers QB Cam New­ton (four sacks, three in­ter­cep­tions. ... Mi­ami is com­ing off an in­ex­pli­ca­ble wire-to-wire 20-6 loss at the New York Jets, who had yielded the most points (66) com­ing in. Dol­phins QB Jay Cut­ler hopes to feast on a patch­work Saints sec­ondary that over­came the loss of CBs rookie Marshon Lat­ti­more (con­cus­sion) and Ster­ling Moore (chest).

Ti­tans (2-1) at Tex­ans (1-2)

TV: Sun­day, 1, CBS ( Kevin Har­lan, Rich Gan­non)

The matchup: One of the big bat­tles in this one will be along the front lines. Last sea­son Tex­ans DE Ja­dav­eon Clowney had a sack in Hous­ton’s 27-20 win over Ten­nessee. But dom­i­nat­ing LT Tay­lor Le­wan and the Ti­tans’ of­fen­sive line has al­lowed only two sacks through three games. ... Hous­ton was 23 sec­onds away from pulling off an up­set at New Eng­land, but Tom Brady’s five TD passes handed the Tex­ans a 36-33 loss. The Pa­tri­ots loss won’t sting as much if the Tex­ans can win an AFC South bat­tle this week. They are 8-2 against the Ti­tans in their last 10 meet­ings.

Jaguars (2-1) at Jets (1-2)

TV: Sun­day, 1, CBS (An­drew Cat­alon, James Lofton)

The matchup: The Jaguars won in Lon­don for the third year in a row, torch­ing the Ravens 44-7 as QB Blake Bor­tles played one of the best games of his ca­reer, throw­ing four TDs and no in­ter­cep­tions. The last time the Jaguars were 2-1 was in 2007, their last trip to the play­offs. ... If the Jets’ sec­ondary doesn’t keep an ex­tra eye on Jaguars’ 6-6 TE Marcedes Lewis (3 TD catches last week), ex­pect Bor­tles to con­tinue to ex­ploit Lewis’ mis­matches in the red zone.

Pan­thers (2-1) at Pa­tri­ots (2-1)

Sun­day, 1, Fox (Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin An­drews)

The matchup: New­ton con­tin­ues to feel the rust from off­sea­son surgery to re­pair a torn ro­ta­tor cuff in his right (throw­ing) shoul­der. He has four picks and three fum­bles and has been out of sync with his re­ceivers. Through three games, the Pan­thers of­fense has three TDs and eight FGs. New­ton might be with­out WR Kelvin Ben­jamin, who in­jured his knee last week and didn’t re­turn. ... For a record eighth time, Pats QB Tom Brady threw a game-win­ning TD pass in the fi­nal minute as New Eng­land avoided a 1-2 start. But the Pats’ patched-up de­fense yielded 426 yards to the Tex­ans.

Li­ons (2-1) at Vik­ings (2-1)

TV: Sun­day, 1, Fox (Thom Bren­na­man, Chris Spiel­man, Peter Schrager) The matchup: What ap­peared to be the 30th fourth- quar­ter/over­time come­back of QB Matthew Stafford’s ca­reer, a would-be TD pass to Golden Tate was over­turned on re­play, leav­ing the Li­ons and their fans in dis­be­lief. The Li­ons have seven INTs so far, sec­ond in the NFL and three fewer than all last sea­son. With Vik­ings lock­down CB Xavier Rhodes likely to stay with Tate out­side, it could be a big week for WR Marvin Jones and TE Eric Ebron. ... Vik­ings backup QB Case Keenum threw for 369 yards and three TDs in win vs. Tampa Bay and will start again with Sam Brad­ford (knee) out for an­other week. It’s been nearly a year since the Vik­ings have won con­sec­u­tive games.

Bills (2-1) at Fal­cons (3-0)

TV: Sun­day, 1, CBS (Greg Gum­bel, Trent Green, Jamie Er­dahl)

The matchup: Af­ter a week of lis­ten­ing to crit­ics clamor for him to be re­placed by rookie QB Nathan Peter­man, Ty­rod Tay­lor com­pleted a ca­reer-best 76.9% of his passes for two TDs in a 26-16 up­set of the Den­ver Bron­cos. RB LeShon McCoy has av­er­aged 1.15 yards per carry the last two games (30 yards on 26 car­ries). ... The show­down in this one pits Fal­cons QB Matt Ryan vs. Bills DBs. Ryan’s’s nine-game streak with­out an INT ended with three picks by Li­ons. Bills CBs E.J. Gaines and Tre’Davi­ous White and safeties Jor­dan Poyer and Micah Hyde have not al­lowed a TD pass this sea­son. Some­thing has to give.

Steel­ers (2-1) at Ravens (2-1)

TV: Sun­day, 1, CBS (Ian Ea­gle, Dan Fouts, Evan Wash­burn)

The matchup: Af­ter sit­ting out train­ing camp be­cause of a con­tract dis­pute, Steel­ers RB Le’Veon Bell is run­ning his way back into shape and the Steel­ers have been forc­ing him the ball. Two of­fen­sive line­men were in­jured dur­ing last week’s loss at Chicago, which com­pli­cated things for Bell and QB Ben Roeth­lis­berger, but the of­fense needs to be bet­ter. ... The Ravens went to Lon­don last week and were flat­tened by Jack­sonville. QB Joe Flacco threw for a ca­reer­low 28 yards and had a passer rat­ing of 12, also a ca­reer worst. Flacco needs some early com­ple­tions and suc­cess down the field for the of­fense to get some con­fi­dence.

Ben­gals (0-3) at Browns (0-3)

TV: Sun­day, 1, CBS (Spero Dedes, Adam Archuleta)

The matchup: The Ben­gals fi­nally scored their first TDs of the sea­son last week, but ran out of gas and lost at Green Bay in OT. WR A.J. Green had a big game and should see the op­por­tu­nity to do it again vs. a shaky Browns sec­ondary. The Ben­gals turned in their best pass-rush­ing game of the sea­son against Aaron Rodgers. ... Af­ter two solid de­fen­sive show­ings, the Browns gave up a bunch of big plays in a loss last week at In­di­anapo­lis. Rookie DeShone Kizer has been im­pres­sive enough to make the Browns think he even­tu­ally can be a fran­chise quar­ter­back. The Browns ex­pect No. 1 over­all pick DE Myles Gar­rett to make his NFL de­but three weeks af­ter a high an­kle sprain. Gar­rett was dis­rup­tive in the pre­sea­son and can boost pass rush vs. Cincin­nati’s strug­gling new tack­les.

Rams (2-1) at Cow­boys (2-1)

TV: Sun­day, 1, Fox (Chris My­ers, Daryl John­ston, Laura Ok­min)

The matchup: Los An­ge­les has scored more than 40 points in two of its three games. For a team that ranked last in the NFL in scor­ing last sea­son at 14 points a game, that’s enor­mous progress. QB Jared Goff ’s mat­u­ra­tion seems to be com­ing along nicely, and the Rams of­fense has been fol­low­ing his lead. ... The Cow­boys’ sec­ondary has been thinned by in­juries to CBs Nolan Car­roll and Chi­dobe Awuzie, which is a mat­ter of con­cern as they face speedy Rams WRs Sammy Watkins and WR Robert Woods.

Ea­gles (2-1) at Charg­ers (0-3)

TV: Sun­day, 4:05, Fox (Dick Stock­ton, Mark Sch­lereth, Shan­non Spake)

The matchup: The chal­lenge fac­ing Ea­gles coach Doug Ped­er­son is bring­ing his team back down to earth af­ter its im­prob­a­ble 27-24 win vs. the New York Gi­ants, thanks to a club-record

61-yard field goal by rookie K Jake El­liott as time ex­pired. ... The Charg­ers find them­selves 0-3 for the first time since 2003, and only three teams that started 0-3 have reached the post­sea­son since the league went to 12 play­off teams in 1990, in­clud­ing the

1992 Charg­ers, who opened 0-4. ... Look for the matchup be­tween Ea­gles LT Ja­son Peters and Charg­ers DE Melvin In­gram. Peters is a top blind-side tackle, while In­gram leads the NFL with 51⁄ 2 sacks.

Gi­ants (0-3) at Buc­ca­neers (1-1)

TV: Sun­day, 4:05, Fox (Kenny Al­bert, Ronde Bar­ber, Tiki Bar­ber and Kristina Pink)

The matchup: It could be time for the Gi­ants to panic af­ter last week’s last-sec­ond loss at Philadel­phia. The odds of a team mak­ing the play­offs af­ter open­ing 0-3 are mi­nus­cule. The good news is the Gi­ants of­fense fi­nally showed its po­ten­tial with a 24point fourth quar­ter, trig­gered by WR Odell Beck­ham Jr. ... The Bucs put lit­tle de­fen­sive pres­sure on Vik­ings backup QB Case Keenum and were torched re­peat­edly, while the list of in­jured de­fend­ers con­tin­ues to grow. Af­ter their most re­cent loss, LB Lavonte David was on crutches, DT Ger­ald McCoy was in a walk­ing boot and DEs Noah Spence and Robert Ay­ers, CBs Ver­non Hargreaves, Ryan Smith and Brent Grimes, LB Kwon Alexan­der and DT Chris Baker all were af­fected.

49ers (0-3) at Car­di­nals (1-2)

TV: Sun­day, 4:05, Fox (Sam Rosen, David Diehl, Jen­nifer Hale)

The matchup: There are signs the Kyle Shana­han era in San Fran­cisco is headed in a dif­fer­ent di­rec­tion than its pre­de­ces­sors. The 49ers fol­lowed a de­fen­sive bat­tle in Seat­tle with an of­fen­sive out­burst last week. One com­mon thread was RB Car­los Hyde, who shred­ded the Sea­hawks’ run de­fense with two long bursts and scored two TDs vs. the Rams. But the 49ers have al­lowed 122 points (30.5 per game) while los­ing their last four meet­ings with Ari­zona. ... Since RB David John­son’s in­jury, the Car­di­nals have had myr­iad is­sues with an of­fense that used to be among the NFL’s best. RB Chris John­son, 32, was re-signed to take over but was held to 17 yards on 12 car­ries by the Cow­boys.

Raiders (2-1) at Bron­cos (2-1)

TV: Sun­day, 4:25, CBS (Jim Nantz, Tony Romo, Tracy Wolf­son)

The matchup: This is a re­bound game for both teams. On Mon­day, the Raiders were out­classed in a 27-10 loss at Wash­ing­ton. Their long­est pos­ses­sion was 2:48, and they had five pos­ses­sions of three plays and four of four plays. The Raiders had shown prom­ise the first two weeks be­fore the ground game was shut down by the Red­skins. ... The com­bined passer rat­ing of Raiders QB Derek Carr and Bron­cos QB Trevor Siemian last week was 111.1. They com­bined to get sacked seven times and in­ter­cepted four times. Bron­cos CBs Aqib Talib and Chris Har­ris Jr. rou­tinely shut down re­ceivers, and will try to stop Raiders WRs Amari Cooper and Michael Crab­tree.

Colts (1-2) at Sea­hawks (1-2)

TV: Sun­day, 8:30, NBC (Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya)

The matchup: Hav­ing held off Cleve­land to prove that they’re not the NFL’s worst team, the Colts may be re­minded this week that they’re far from the best. This could be the Colts’ fi­nal start be­fore QB An­drew Luck’s re­turn. CB Von­tae Davis (groin), how­ever, is ex­pected back back af­ter miss­ing the first three games. He’ll try to slow WR Doug Bald­win, Seat­tle’s best of­fen­sive weapon. The Sea­hawks are prime-time war­riors. They have beaten their last three prime-time foes by a com­bined score of 90-16.

Red­skins (2-1) at Chiefs (3-0)

TV: Mon­day, 8:30, ESPN (Sean McDonough, Jon Gru­den)

The matchup: The big ques­tions about the Red­skins — QB Kirk Cousins play­ing his sec­ond sea­son on a fran­chise ten­der, and the re­for­mu­lated re­ceiv­ing corps — seem smaller af­ter they dom­i­nated the Raiders Sun­day night. The matchup to watch here is Red­skins CB Josh Nor­man vs. Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill, who had five re­cep­tions for 77 yards and a 30-yard TD in Kansas City’s win vs. the Charg­ers.. The Chiefs have strug­gled of­fen­sively, but one bright spot is rookie RB Ka­reem Hunt, whose 538 yards is the sec­ond-high­est to­tal by a first-year player in league his­tory through three games of an NFL ca­reer.

BRAD MILLS, USA TODAY SPORTS

Quar­ter­back Derek Carr (4) and the Oak­land Raiders visit the Den­ver Bron­cos on Sun­day.

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