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Top storylines for Week 3 in the NFL

Top storylines for Week 3 in the NFL

By Jarom Moore, Contributor | Posted - Sep. 22, 2011 at 6:11 p.m.

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SALT LAKE CITY -- Week three of the NFL season has arrived and brought a lot of stories to look at for the rest of the season. There are injuries to be quarterbacks not named Manning, interesting teams looking to stay undefeated and division games after a week with none.

Here is the list of the top five NFL storylines for week 3.

5. Rookies battle in Carolina:Carolina's Cam Newton has been the talk of the NFL so far. He is second in the league in passing yards and shown why he was the number one pick. Jacksonville's Blaine Gabbert was Newton's chief contest for the first pick and ended up sliding to number 10. They will meet this week in Gabbert's first start. It will be the first time two rookies have faced each other since Jay Cutler and Matt Leinart in 2006.

4. Health of Romo and Vick: The NFC East is one of the most highly contested divisions in football and two of the most recognizable quarterbacks in the league reside there and on the injury list. Tony Romo brought the Cowboys back for an overtime win against the 49ers despite a broken rib and punctured lung. He is currently expected to play in Monday night's game against division-leading Redskins. Michael Vick got a concussion in the Eagles loss to the Falcons. Vick has practiced and is also expected to play.

3. Tom Brady vs. Ryan Fitzpatrick?:The Patriots travel to Buffalo in an unexpected game of two 2-0 teams. Tom Brady has put up crazy numbers so far and the Bills' Ryan Fitzpatrick has each put up seven touchdowns and one interception. The Patriots are the number one passing team and the Bills are the number one rushing team in the league. This game has all the potential to light up the scoreboard, but more importantly could be an early factor in the AFC East division race.

2. Division games: After a week two that featured no division games, due to lockout worries, week three has eight divisional games. Everyone in the NFC North and East will play inside their division. These divisions were decided a game or fewer last season, so these early season matchups will mean a lot. Another big divisional game will be Atlanta and Tampa Bay. The Bucs missed the playoff by a game last year and the Falcons won the division.

1. Contenders and pretenders: Are the Bills really good enough to challenge the Patriots? The Redskins are sitting atop the NFC East and look to extend their lead against the Cowboys. The Lions will play a divisional game against a struggling Minnesota team. The Texans will travel to New Orleans in a battle of high-powered offenses looking to take control of their destinies. This week is an opportunity for these teams to show that they belong, or like in years past start to fade away and join the pack. 76 percent of teams that start 3-0 make the playoffs. These teams may have been an underdog coming into the season, but if these players can get a win this weekend they will become favorites to win their division.


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