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MIAMI, Sept. 23 (UPI) — High-octane NFL games top the weekend sports schedule, after dozens of college football battles. A Buffalo Bills-Miami Dolphins split test and an Aaron Rodgers-Tom Brady duel are the most anticipated matchups.
The President’s Cup golf tournament, dozens of MLB and soccer games from around the world, the NASCAR playoffs and boxing title fights are also expected to entertain sports fans Friday through Sunday.
But the Week 3 NFL slate will get the most attention on TV, phone and tablet screens as all 32 teams take to the field. The Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers started the schedule with an AFC North Thursday night football match.
Sunday’s schedule features nine games with kickoffs at 1 p.m. EDT. Four more games will be broadcast as part of the second wave of Sunday afternoon games. The Denver Broncos will next host the San Francisco 49ers on NBC Sunday night football.
The Dolphins and Bills will face off in an AFC East Division game, highlighting the 1 p.m. Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is coming off a career-best performance with six touchdowns and 469 yards. Allen’s Bills boast the most scoring offense in the NFL.
“We understand that they are a very good team,” Tagovailoa told reporters on Wednesday. “It’s no secret. Everyone knows they’re a very good team. They’re tough defensively, they’re explosive offensively.
“For us, we’re just looking to play the way we play and play the way we’ve been playing for the last two weeks and we’ll go there, they’ll do our best and we’ll get theirs.”
The Dolphins and Bills game will air on CBS.
Allen, the NFL MVP favorite, and the Bills beat the Los Angeles Rams and Tennessee Titans 72-17 in their first two games. The Dolphins beat the New England Patriots 20-7 in Week 1 and eluded the Baltimore Ravens 42-38 in a Week 2 thriller.
The Bills have won their last seven games against the Dolphins. The Dolphins’ last win over the Bills was on Dec. 2, 2018. The Bills beat the Dolphins 35-0 last year in Miami Gardens, Florida. They also recorded a 26-11 home win over the Dolphins. The Bills averaged 36.8 points per game during their seven-game winning streak against the Dolphins.
“They’ve put up a lot of points,” Bills coach Sean McDermott told reporters Thursday. “They’re doing a great job offensively. Dolphins Coach [Mike McDaniel] does a great job of putting them in a position to succeed. It will be a big challenge for us.”
The Bills are favored by 5.5 points.
The Kansas City Chiefs and Philadelphia Eagles join the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Bills as the only 2-0 teams with games scheduled for Sunday afternoon.
The Chiefs will face the Indianapolis Colts at 1 p.m. on CBS. The New England Patriots will host the Ravens at the same time on Fox. The Eagles will also face the Washington Commanders at 1 p.m. on Fox.
Brady’s undefeated Buccaneers will meet Rodgers’ Green Bay Packers 1-1 at 4:25 p.m. Sunday on Fox. Teams led by Brady are 3-2 in head-to-head matchups against teams led by Rodgers. The Brady Buccaneers have beaten the Rodgers Packers twice in 2020-21, including in the NFC Championship Game en route to a Super Bowl title.
“He’s a great competitor,” Rodgers told reporters Wednesday when asked about Brady. “I love watching him play and enjoying the years and the memories of watching. We’ve played a few times over the years. I have a lot of respect for his game and what he’s accomplished in this league.”
Brady ranks first in NFL history with 626 career touchdown passes. Rodgers ranks fifth, with 451.
The Packers lost to the Minnesota Vikings and beat the Chicago Bears to start the season. The Buccaneers beat the New Orleans Saints and Dallas Cowboys. The Buccaneers are favored by 3 points over the Packers.
The Broncos host the 49ers at 8:20 p.m. Sunday on NBC. The New York Giants will host the Dallas Cowboys on Monday night in the final game of Week 3.
Weekend schedule (every hour EDT)
International Friendly: USMNT vs Japan at 8:25 a.m. on ESPN2
Presidents Cup: Second round from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Golf Channel
Virginia at Syracuse at 7 p.m. on ESPN
Nevada at Air Force at 8 p.m. on FS1
Boise State at UTEP at 9 p.m. on CBSSN
Red Sox at the Yankees at 7 p.m. on Apple TV+
Cardinals at the Dodgers at 10 p.m. on Apple TV+
Presidents Cup: third round from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. on Golf Channel; 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on NBC
Kent State at Georgia at Noon on ESPN+
Maryland Michigan at noon on Fox
Clemson at Wake Forest at Noon on ABC
Central Michigan at Penn State at Noon on Big Ten Network
Baylor at Iowa State at noon on ESPN2
Rhode Island to Pittsburgh at noon on the ACC network
Missouri at Noon Auburn on ESPN
Duke in Kansas at noon on FS1
Middle Tennessee at Miami at 3:30 p.m. on the ACC Network
Texas at Texas Tech at 3:30 p.m. on ESPN
Florida at Tennessee at 3:30 p.m. on CBS
Indiana at Cincinnati at 3:30 p.m. on ESPN2
Toledo at San Diego State at 3:30 p.m. on FS1
Notre Dame of North Carolina at 3:30 p.m. on ABC
Tulsa at Ole Miss at 4 p.m. on SEC Network
Oregon at Washington State at 4 p.m. on Fox
Northern Illinois at Kentucky at 7 p.m. on ESPN2
Arkansas vs. Texas A&M at 7 p.m. on ESPN
Iowa at Rutgers at 7 p.m. on FS1
Vanderbilt at Alabama at 7:30 p.m. on SEC Network
Wisconsin at Ohio State at 7:30 p.m. on ABC
UConn at NC State at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN3
Kansas State at Oklahoma at 8 p.m. on Fox
USC at Oregon State at 9:30 p.m. on the Pac-12 Network
Wyoming at BYU at 10:15 p.m. on ESPN2
Utah at Arizona State at 10:30 p.m. on ESPN
Stanford at Washington at 10:30 p.m. on FS1
Red Sox at Yankees at 1:05 p.m. on MLB Network
MLS: Los Angeles Galaxy at San Jose at 10 p.m. on ESPN+
Presidents Cup: Final round from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on NBC
Saints at Panthers at 1 p.m. on Fox
Texas at Bears at 1 p.m. on CBS
Chiefs at Colts at 1 p.m. on CBS
Bills at Dolphins at 1 p.m. on CBS
Lions at Vikings at 1 p.m. on Fox
Ravens at Patriots at 1 p.m. on Fox
Bengals at Jets at 1 p.m. on CBS
Raiders at Titans at 1 p.m. on Fox
Eagles at Commanders at 1 p.m. on Fox
Jaguars at Chargers at 4:05 p.m. on CBS
Rams at Cardinals at 4:25 p.m. on Fox
Falcons at Seahawks at 4:25 p.m. on Fox
Packers at Buccaneers at 4:25 p.m. on Fox
49ers at the Broncos at 8:20 p.m. on NBC
Cup Series Round of 12 AutoTrader EchoPark Automotive 500 at 3:30 p.m. on USA Network
Red Sox at Yankees at 7 p.m. on ESPN