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Kirwan
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Nine teams relied on a backup running back -- and it's only Week 3. Starting a season with three RBs on a roster might not be enough.
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There should be plenty of offense is Sunday's Super Bowl rematch but defense will likely have the final say. Elsewhere, the Colts and Saints face must-win games.
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We'll get some answers to nagging questions in Week 3 when the Broncos and Seahawks meet in a Super Bowl rematch and the 49ers and Cards clash.
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A trio of ex-Michigan State quarterbacks fighting to establish themselves did well in Week 2, while a trio of QBs who thrive in domes struggled outdoors.
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History suggests starting 0-2 is very bad for your playoff hopes. New England is hoping to avoid that fate. What about the Chargers, Chiefs and Bears? Meanwhile, Buffalo and Houston are poised to improve to 2-0.
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If you believe the Super Bowl goes through the NFC West -- as many do -- the Cardinals are looking to join the party atop the division with the Seahawks and Niners.
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In Week 1, we've seen several marquee quarterbacks lose to lower-paid counterparts and a return to normalcy in the penalty department.
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Losing Wes Welker is a big blow for the Broncos. How will they respond when the Colts visit Denver? Down south, Tom Brady tries to reverse his South Florida slump.
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Don't expect a Super Bowl hangover for the Seahawks, who look as sharp as ever, but the offseason distractions are really starting to add up for the 49ers.
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The Browns (12) and Dolphins (11) lead the way for rookies making the roster. Is that a good or bad thing? Plenty of teams also enter the season with do-or-die QB situations and unproven kickers.

Pat Kirwan has been around the league since 1972, serving in a variety of roles. He was a scout for the Cardinals and Buccaneers, a coach for the Jets as well as the team's Director of Player Administration where he negotiated contracts and managed the team's salary cap. He is the author of Take Your Eye Off the Ball: How to Watch Football by Knowing Where to Look, and the host of Sirius NFL Radio's Moving the Chains.
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