The Ravens benched starting quarterback Joe Flacco prior to the fourth quarter during a dismal performance in Sunday’s 44-7 loss to the Jaguars in London.
Flacco was 8 of 18 for only 28 yards and two interceptions and has thrown at least one interception in nine straight games.
The Raiders, who bring one of the NFL’s best offenses with them, lead the NFL with 71 points as Derek Carr is completing 75 percent of his passes for 492 yards and five touchdowns with zero interceptions. The Redskins can’t just focus on trying to shut down Oakland’s air attack because Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch is looking like Beast Mode again.
The best way for Washington to pull off the upset is to control the clock, which puts the onus on quarterback Kirk Cousins and running back Rob Kelley to help out their defense.
Following a disappointing effort in a 42-17 loss to the Broncos, Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott will look to get on track against a Cardinals defense that has been stout against the run. Arizona has allowed just 79 rushing yards per game, good for 10th in the league.
Second-year Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott, who also struggled against the Broncos, will try to soften the Cardinals defense through the air to set up Elliott on the ground.
After entering Week 2 healthy, the Bills carry a couple of notable injuries into Week 3. On Friday, defensive tackle Marcell Dareus (sprained ankle) and left tackle Cordy Glenn (foot) were both ruled out of Sunday’s game against the Broncos. Expect the Bills to start rookie Dion Dawkins at left tackle and Adolphus Washington at defensive tackle. — Mike Rodak