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Sam Darnold and Panthers are 3-0. Plus, expert picks, fantasy advice and all the NFL Week 3 essentials you need.

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Sam Darnold (14) celebrates his first quarter touchdown run with teammates. Troy Taormina, USA TODAY Sports

It's Week 3 and we've already learned why Aaron Rodgers is growing out his hair . Before we dig even deeper, enjoy these:

About last night: Carolina Panthers 24, Houston Texans 9 – The Sam Darnold career revival continues as he helped the Panthers improve to 3-0 on the season (first time since their Super Bowl season of 2015). Tempering some of the enthusiasm in Carolina was an injury suffered by Christian McCaffrey .

Game of the Week: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Los Angeles Rams – The Rams went all-in when they made the blockbuster trade to get quarterback Matthew Stafford. Now, the red-hot defending Super Bowl champion Buccaneers come into SoFi Stadium in the Rams' first big measuring stick for their championship hopes.

Sneaky-Good Game of the Week: Chicago Bears at Cleveland Browns – It might be the dawn of a new era for the Bears, who hope Justin Fields is the team's answer at quarterback for years to come. For the Browns, Baker Mayfield might have Odell Beckham Jr. back while Jarvis Landry is out at least three weeks .

Survivor Pool Game of the Week: New York Jets at Denver Broncos – The choice this week is the Broncos, who have won seven of their last 10 against the Jets and going for their first 3-0 start since 2016. Sparking their early season success has been Teddy Bridgewater , who has a QB rating of 120.7 through two games. Jets rookie QB Zach Wilson is coming off a four-interception game . Full disclosure: Previous picks were the Rams (Week 1) and Buccaneers (Week 2)✅.

Week 3: Picks, analysis and more

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Justin Fields will make his first - of what Bears fans hope will be many - start on Sunday. Jon Durr, USA TODAY Sports

Fantasy football: Get your lineup right

Our fantasy football experts have valuable advice to get the most out of your lineup.

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The Broncos are one of two unbeaten AFC teams thanks to the play of Teddy Bridgewater. Mark J. Rebilas, USA TODAY Sports

NFL Week 3 schedule

Thursday

Panthers 24, Texans 9

Sunday

Indianapolis Colts at Tennessee Titans , 1 p.m. ET (CBS)

Atlanta Falcons at New York Giants , 1 p.m. ET (FOX)

Los Angeles Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs , 1 p.m. ET (CBS)

Cincinnati Bengals at Pittsburgh Steelers , 1 p.m. ET (CBS)

Chicago Bears at Cleveland Browns , 1 p.m. ET (FOX)

Baltimore Ravens at Detroit Lions , 1 p.m. ET (CBS)

New Orleans Saints at New England Patriots , 1 p.m. ET (FOX)

Arizona Cardinals at Jacksonville Jaguars , 1 p.m. ET (FOX)

Washington Football Team at Buffalo Bills , 1 p.m. ET (FOX)

New York Jets at Denver Broncos , 4:05 p.m. ET (CBS)

Miami Dolphins at Las Vegas Raiders , 4:05 p.m. ET (CBS)

Seattle Seahawks at Minnesota Vikings , 4:25 p.m. ET (FOX)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Los Angeles Rams , 4:25 p.m. ET (FOX)

Green Bay Packers at San Francisco 49ers , 8:20 p.m. ET (NBC)

Monday

Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys , 8:15 p.m. ET (ESPN/ESPN2)

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Aaron Donald and the Rams host Tom Brady and the Buccaneers in one of Week 3's best matchups. Evan Russell, USA TODAY Sports

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