Big plays are great, but for most NFL teams, the red zone is where they really want to be. The same applies to NFL fans. Thankfully, you won't have to battle your way to get into the RedZone this weekend; all you need is a Sling subscription.
All Sling subscribers will get a free preview of NFL RedZone this Sunday, September 26. As usual, RedZone provides seven hours of non-stop, commercial-free NFL coverage during the window of Sunday afternoon games. Since Bye Weeks haven’t yet started, 13 games will air on RedZone this weekend, a full platter of touchdowns, pick-sixes, safeties, and yes, the occasional field goal.
To get you ready for the action, here’s a quick look at all of the matchups coming to RedZone in Week 3, along with DraftKings odds, players to watch and more. To get the most NFL football on Sling, sign up for Sling Orange + Blue with Sports Extras using the link at the bottom of this page.
Early Window (1pm ET Kickoffs)
(0-2) Indianapolis Colts at (1-1) Tennessee Titans
Current DraftKings Odds: Titans -5.5; O/U: 48
Player to watch: Titans RB Derrick Henry
Up 24-9 at halftime in Sunday’s game between the Titans and Seahawks, it looked like Seattle was well on their way to a comfortable home win. Then Derrick Henry put the team on his broad shoulders and carried them to a stunning 33-30 overtime win. The Titans running back scored three touchdowns in the second half, finishing with 182 yards on the ground while hauling in six catches for a career-high 55 receiving yards. After gaining just 58 rushing yards in the Titans season-opening loss to the Cardinals, King Henry now leads the NFL in rushing yards, rushing touchdowns, and attempts.
(0-2) Atlanta Falcons at (0-2) New York Giants
Current DraftKings Odds: Giants -3; O/U: 48.5
Player to Watch: Falcons TE Kyle Pitts
Florida tight end Kyle Pitts was hyped as the best TE in a generation when the Falcons drafted him with the fourth overall pick in the 2021 draft. His NFL debut was inauspicious, but last week against the Bucs, Pitts pulled in five catches for a team-leading 73 yards, including an athletic grab that went for 24. While he still hasn’t reached the end zone, Pitts is beginning to flash some of the promise that made him a top 5 pick.
(1-1) LA Chargers at (1-1) Kansas City Chiefs
Current DraftKings Odds: Chiefs -6.5; O/U: 55.5
Player to Watch: Chargers QB Justin Herbert
Yes, Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes is probably the most electrifying player in the NFL. Still, it’s Justin Herbert, his counterpart for LA, that we’ll be watching on Sunday. After winning Offensive Rookie of the Year last year, Herbert has dipped slightly in his sophomore season, throwing three picks in his first two games. However, his 675 passing yards are ranked 4th through two weeks and he completed over 75 percent of his passes against Dallas. Herbert is still just 23-years-old, so it's very likely we see he and Mahomes battle it out twice a season for many years to come.
(1-1) Cincinnati Bengals at (1-1) Pittsburgh Steelers
Current DraftKings odds: Steelers -3.5; O/U: 44
Player to Watch: Bengals WR Ja’Marr Chase
There was a lot of confusion when the Bengals selected wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase instead of an offensive lineman with the fifth overall pick in this year’s draft. But after helping lead LSU to a national championship in 2019, it looks like Chase and his college teammate Joe Burrow have rediscovered their connection. A week after hauling in a 50-yard TD against the Vikings, Chase snagged a 42-yard TD against the Bears, making him the first rookie receiver since Sammy White in 1976 to record two TDs of at least 40 yards. And there are 15 more games to play.
(1-1) Chicago Bears at (1-1) Cleveland Browns
Current DraftKings Odds: Browns -7; O/U: 46
Player to Watch: Bears QB Justin Fields
Bears coach Matt Nagy is playing coy with the injury to starting QB Andy Dalton, but it’s looking like rookie QB Justin Fields will be getting the start in Sunday’s showdown with the Browns. That’s undoubtedly a relief to impatient Chicago fans who have been waiting decades for a legitimate franchise QB. Fields took over for an injured Dalton in the second quarter of Sunday’s win over the Bengals and although his numbers weren’t great—6-of-13 passing for 60 yards and a pick to go with 30 yards on the ground—his athleticism and playmaking ability will be crucial if the Bears are to beat the Browns on the road.
(1-1) Baltimore Ravens at (0-2) Detroit Lions
Current DraftKings Odds: Lions +9; O/U: 49.5
Player to Watch: Ravens QB Lamar Jackson
He may have thrown two first-quarter picks, but Ravens QB Lamar Jackson got one of the biggest wins of his career on Sunday night when Baltimore defeated the Chiefs 36-35. It was another sensational performance from the former MVP; Jackson completed 18-of-26 passes for 239 yards (including a ridiculous jump-pass for a score) while running 16 times for 107 yards and two TDs. Jackson is now third in the NFL in rushing yards, and in Sunday’s win, he became just the fifth player in league history to reach 3,000 career rushing yards in fewer than 500 touches.
(1-1) New Orleans Saints at (1-1) New England Patriots
Current DraftKings Odds: Patriots -3; O/U: 41.5
Player to Watch: Saints QB Jameis Winston
As strange as it is to see someone other than Drew Brees starting at QB for the New Orleans Saints, Jameis Winston acquitted himself well in New Orleans’ Week 1 blowout of Green Bay. Yet only a week after throwing just one more incompletion (6) than touchdown (5), Winston fell back down to earth, tossing two picks and completing just 11-of-22 passes in the Saints' loss to the Panthers. Schizophrenic play has been the defining trait of Jameis’ career thus far, so it should be fun to see which of his personalities shows up in Sunday’s game against the Pats.
(2-0) Arizona Cardinals at (0-2) Jacksonville Jaguars
Current DraftKings Odds: Jaguars +7.5; O/U: 51.5
Player to Watch: Cardinals QB Kyler Murray
Maybe it's because he plays in the desert, but it feels like we’re not paying enough attention to the play of Cardinals QB Kyler Murray. In the first two weeks of the season, Murray has made several inhuman throws, including this preposterous, physics-defying 77-yard TD to Rondale Moore. Murray hasn’t been perfect, and the Cardinals needed luck to escape with a win against the Vikings. But it feels like Murray makes at least one of these types of throws a game, an insanely high average for one of the NFL’s brightest young stars.
(1-1) Washington at (1-1) Buffalo Bills
Current DraftKings Odds: Bills -8; O/U: 46
Player to Watch: Washington WR Terry McLaurin
Washington may have been fortunate to pull off the win against the Giants in the season premiere of Thursday Night Football, but they never would have been in position to win if it weren’t for the play of young wideout Terry McLaurin. Scary Terry hauled in a career-high 11 catches for 107 yards and a touchdown in the victory, and through two weeks, he’s tied for fifth in the NFL in receptions with 15. Even more impressive, McLaurin is doing it all with a rotating cast of QBs; as Washington Realm observed, McLaurin has played with 10 different starting QBs in 32 career games, a new passer every three starts on average.
Late Games (4:05/ 4:25pm ET kickoff)
(0-2) New York Jets at (2-0) Denver Broncos
Current DraftKings Odds: Broncos -10.5; O/U: 41
Player to Watch: Broncos QB Teddy Bridgewater
The quarterback position has been the Broncos’ biggest issue since Peyton Manning retired five years ago. New starter Teddy Bridgewater has answered the call in his first two starts for Denver, completing 77 percent of his passes through two games along with four touchdowns and, most importantly, zero interceptions. He’s ahead of stars like Patrick Mahomes and Matthew Stafford in QBR and, after the team went winless in September over the past two seasons, has the Broncos off to a 2-0 start.
(1-1) Miami Dolphins at (2-0) Las Vegas Raiders
Current DraftKings Odds: Raiders -3.5; O/U: 45
Player to Watch: Raiders QB Derek Carr
As great as all of the aforementioned quarterbacks have been, it’s Raiders QB Derek Carr that’s off to the hottest start. Despite facing two of the best defenses in the AFC in Baltimore and Pittsburgh, the Raiders lead the NFL in total offense thanks to Carr’s otherworldly play. His 817 yards are tops in the league through two weeks, and in both wins, he led his team to fourth quarter comebacks. It’s obviously still very early but if the Raiders can hold on and earn a playoff berth in the tough AFC West, Derek Carr could become the Raiders first MVP since Rich Gannon in 2002.
(2-0) Tampa Bay Buccaneers at (2-0) Los Angeles Rams
Current DraftKings Odds: Rams +1; O/U: 55.5
Player to Watch: Rams DT Aaron Donald
Although it's only Week 3, this is the only game between two undefeated teams. We know all about the greatness of Tom Brady and Matthew Stafford, but this game could be decided by both teams’ defensive stars. In that category, they don’t get much better than Aaron Donald, the Defensive Player of the Year winner three out of the last four years. The secret to beating Tom Brady has always been to pressure him, and few defensive tackles have ever been better at disrupting the quarterback than Donald. This should be the game of the week.
(1-1) Seattle Seahawks at (0-2) Minnesota Vikings
Current DraftKings Odds: Vikings +2; O/U: 55.5
Player to Watch: Seahawks WR Tyler Lockett
The final RedZone game should be loaded with big plays and no receiver has made more of those through the first two weeks of the season than Tyler Lockett. Seattle’s veteran receiver has been the go-to weapon for Russell Wilson, amassing 278 yards and three touchdowns in two games. Most of those yards have come on big plays, as Lockett is averaging an incredible 23.2 yards per catch. Minnesota gave up a number of long passes to the Cardinals, so it’s looking like another great week for those who have Lockett starting on their fantasy teams.
To watch highlights from all of these games, tune-in to NFL RedZone on Sling beginning at 1pm ET on Sunday. The full Week 3 schedule is below.
Week 3 - Sep. 23-27
|Thur. Sep. 23|
|8:20pm||Panthers at Texans||NFL Network||Sling Blue|
|Sun. Sep. 26|
|1:00pm||Washington at Bills||FOX*||Select Markets/ Locals*|
|1:00pm||Bears at Browns||FOX*||Select Markets/ Locals*|
|1:00pm||Saints at Patriots||FOX*||Select Markets/ Locals*|
|1:00pm||Falcons at Giants||FOX*||Select Markets/ Locals*|
|1:00pm||Ravens at Lions||CBS*||Locals*|
|1:00pm||Cardinals at Jaguars||FOX*||Select Markets/ Locals*|
|1:00pm||Colts at Titans||CBS*||Locals*|
|1:00pm||Chargers at Chiefs||CBS*||Locals*|
|1:00pm||Bengals at Steelers||CBS*||Locals*|
|4:05pm||Jets at Broncos||CBS*||Locals*|
|4:05pm||Dolphins at Raiders||CBS*||Locals*|
|4:25pm||Buccaneers at Rams||FOX*||Select Markets/ Locals*|
|4:25pm||Seahawks at Vikings||FOX*||Select Markets/ Locals*|
|8:20pm||Packers at 49ers||NBC*||Select Markets/ Locals*|
|Mon. Sep. 27|
|8:15pm||Eagles at Cowboys||ESPN||Sling Orange|