Dolphins (3-0) at Saints (3-0)
Time, TV: 8:40 p.m. Monday, ESPN.
Line: Saints by 6.5.
Notable: Since 1990, just over three quarters of NFL teams that have started off 3-0 have made it to the playoffs. So the only sane question to ask about this matchup is: Which team will have the edge when they inevitably meet in the Meadowlands Super Bowl? Let’s see, the Dolphins would be obviously be used to warmer weather in Miami, but the Saints play in a dome, so . . . oh, right, we’re probably getting a little too far ahead of ourselves here. Especially since both of these teams missed the playoffs last season (and, in Miami’s case, the season before that, and the season before that, and the season before that), so they’d simply like to get back to the postseason, then worry later about how cold New Jersey in February might be.
Fantasy scout: The Saints gave Khiry Robinson his first four carries of the season last week, and, sure, they came in garbage time, but the fact that they produced 38 yards should provide some incentive to give him more work. After all, that works out to a 9.5 yards-per-carry average, which compares nicely to the 3.2 YPC for which all other Saints ball-carriers have combined. Then there are the rumors that Mark Ingram is on the trading block; if he should make his way (slowly, of course) to another team, that would almost certainly open up even more playing time for Robinson.
Giants (0-3) at Chiefs (3-0)
Time (TV): 1 p.m., Ch. 5 (Fox).
Line: Chiefs by 4.5.
Notable: Eli Manning was sacked almost as many times in Carolina than “The Book of Manning” has been shown on ESPN’s family of networks, so the last thing he needs is to be fed to the buzzsaw that is this year’s Kansas City defense. The sharpest tooth in that saw belongs to linebacker Justin Houston, who already has 7.5 sacks and needs two more to set a record for the most by one player through the first four games of the season. If the Giants’ offensive line doesn’t improve, Houston will get there by halftime.
Fantasy scout: It hasn’t gotten better yet for David Wilson, but the Chiefs’ run defense (25th in the NFL) does provide a glimmer of hope. Should Wilson have another poor day, however, his talent and situation would still make him one of the better buy-low targets out there, and his owners would figure to be that much more eager to get him out of their miserable lives.
Ravens (2-1) at Bills (1-2)
Time (TV): 1 p.m., Ch. 9, 13 (CBS).
Line: Ravens by 3.
Notable:Bills stars C.J. Spiller and Mario Williams are insisting that their various ailments will not keep them off the field, which sounds about right. They’re just quadriceps and ankle injuries, respectively, which don’t sound nearly as bad as getting cracked in the head by a champagne bottle, right, Jacoby Jones? In fairness to Jones (who was already out with a knee injury), it is unclear what exactly happened to him, but fairness won’t matter much to opposing fans who won’t soon let him forget the name “Sweet Pea.”
Fantasy scout: Speaking of Spiller, he remains a fairly obvious buy-low condidate, but there is legitimate cause for concern that he won’t be a top-12, let alone top-five, back this year. Fred Jackson continues to look spry, E.J. Manuel continues to look like a rookie QB, and that schedule will continue to feature run-unfriendly defenses such as as Baltimore’s.