Which games can you watch on Foxtel this week? Here's our previews.As we roll into Week 3 of the regular season we find ourselves with some surprisingly successful teams. Most notably, the 2-0 Miami Dolphins. The 'Fins be on pay TV this weekend, facing the Atlanta Falcons. You can check out our previews below. Don't forget to check out our full TV Guide here. Steelers vs. Bears preview provided by Matt Caelli. -
Atlanta Falcons @ Miami DolphinsWhen and where: September 23, Sun Life Stadium, Miami, Florida. Coverage: LIVE on Fox Sports (via Foxtel), 6:00 AM AEST. The 2-0 Miami Dolphins are coming out of a nice win over the talented Indianapolis Colts in Week 2. They're currently tied for the lead in the AFC East and will want to keep pace with the Patriots moving forward. The Dolphins had three big performances last week. Firstly, they got free-agent signing Mike Wallace working in the offence to the tune of nine catches for 115 yards and a touchdown. Then, they got the run game going with Lamar Miller, who rushed 14 times for 69 yards and a touchdown. Finally they got a surprise boost from tight end Charles Clay, who had five catches for 109 yards and one rushing touchdown (yes, they gave him the ball for a goal-line carry.) Quarterback Ryan Tannehill will be hoping all three get going once again against the Falcons. Helping him earn the 'W' will be a very effective defensive front and a sneaky-good secondary. The Dolphins could be better on defence than they are on offence. The 1-1 Falcons are coming out of a win themselves, beating the St. Louis Rams in Week 2. They're currently behind their rivals, the 2-0 New Orleans Saints, in the NFC South. Most concerning for the Falcons is the recent spate of injuries. They lost defensive end Kroy Biermann for the year, linebacker Sean Weatherspoon for eight games and running back Steven Jackson for a few weeks (at least). Oh, and receiver Roddy White is still questionable, too. Of course, they have quarterback Matt Ryan, who looks to be set for a career year. He will need to continue to make good use of the fantastic Julio Jones to keep his team afloat. Watch out for: DE Cameron Wake. Wake is a monster, and already has 2.5 sacks on the season. He'll be vitally important in keeping Matt Ryan uncomfortable in the pocket. Final word and prediction: The Falcons have suffered some nasty injury losses, and unless they can get Roddy White back up to speed quick, it's not looking good. Still, I have to believe that the experienced Matty Ice will get the job done against the still-learning Ryan Tannehill. I'm picking the Falcons to win 28-24.
Chicago Bears @ Pittsburgh SteelersWhen and where: Monday September 23, Heinz Field, Pennsylvania. Coverage: LIVE on ESPN (via Foxtel), 10:20 AM AEST. NBC’s Sunday Night Football this week features a pair of teams which seem to be moving in opposite directions. The Chicago Bears (2-0) are off to a perfect start under new Head Coach Marc Trestman, while the Pittsburgh Steelers (0-2) are still searching for their first win of the season. Chicago’s hiring of Marc Trestman, a Canadian Football League coach with no prior NFL head coaching experience, was heavily criticised when it happened, however the move seems to be paying dividends as the Bears look to be one of the strongest teams in the league through two weeks. Jay Cutler is playing solid football, and while the defence has been up and down, the team has shown mental strength by coming back to win from a pair of 4th quarter deficits. Pittsburgh, however, looks a shadow of the team which went to the Super Bowl in 2011. The Steelers’ offence has shown an inability to get anything done, and while the defence has done a good job of limiting opposing teams, the offensive ineptitude is just too much for Pittsburgh to overcome. QB Ben Roethlisberger will need to come up with something special if the Steelers want any hope of winning this game. Watch out for: RB Matt Forte has been a big part of Chicago’s success in the past, however he hasn’t managed to make a significant impact yet this season. Look for him to break out this week against a dispirited Pittsburgh team, and put up a couple of touchdowns. Final word and prediction: This game looks pretty straight forward. Chicago are playing very well, Pittsburgh are playing very badly, and it would take something big to change the fortunes of both teams. The Bears will leave Heinz Field the victors. Chicago win 31-10. - How do you think these games will turn out? Let us know in the comments section below!