Chicago Bears have won their opening two games of the season and now travel to Georgia looking to maintain their winning start.
The Bears (6/4 on the Moneyline) have ground out wins over Detroit Lions and New York Giants and now face an Atlanta Falcons team that have lost their opening two matches.
The two teams are more closely matched than the early season results would suggest, but doubts over the fitness of Falcons star wide receiver Julio Jones could prove significant.
Quarterback Mitch Trubisky has had a point to prove, as he holds onto the Bears’ starting role ahead of Nick Foles. The 26-year-old has thrown five touchdown passes in the first two wins and will relish the shootout with Atlanta star Matt Ryan.
Another team struggling in the early stages of the season are the Giants, who have lost their opening two games and host the San Francisco 49ers (11/4 to win NFC West).
Both teams have been beset with injury problems this week, but it’s last year’s beaten SuperBowl finalists that are having to cope with an ever-growing list of absentees.
Offensive line-man Nick Bosa is out for the year with ACL and cornerback Richard Sherman is also missing, while the 49ers also have fitness doubts over running-back Raheem Mostert and tight-end George Kittle.
The Giants though have lost star running back Saquon Barkley for the season, due to a torn ACL, and Sterling Shepard has been placed on IR due to a turf toe injury, while quarterback Daniel Jones’ confidence was hit last week, after being sacked four times against the Bears.
San Francisco’s roster will be tested particularly with Jimmy Garoppolo and Tevin Coleman also doubtful, but the niners (8/15 to win) should still have enough to see off one of the worst teams in the NFL.
The Giants city rivals look to be in worse position, with the New York Jets 0-2 and facing another defeat on Sunday when they travel to the Indianapolis Colts (2/11 Moneyline).
The Jets conceded 58 points across their opening two games and face a Colts team whose strength looks to be a solid defence. Indianapolis made three sacks and seven quarterback hits in the Week 2 win over the Vikings.