Top 5 Passing Matchups Week 3

Footballguys Staff takes you through the Top 5 Passing Matchups for Week 3


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Dallas at Seattle

The Cowboys passing game has been built with dynamism and diversity in mind, and it paid off handsomely in last Sunday’s wild rally. After a Week 1 full of checkdowns, Prescott stormed the Falcons for the final three quarters, ending with 450 yards at 9.6 per attempt. In Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup, and CeeDee Lamb, Prescott is stacked with explosive weapons to target on all levels of the field. As a team, they’re well-equipped to post big numbers regardless of opponent or game script.

The Seahawks enter Week 3 on the worst two-game pass defense stretch of the Pete Carroll era. They’ve allowed Matt Ryan and Cam Newton to throw for 450 and 397 yards respectively, with 4 different wideouts recording 114 yards or more. (In fact, 6 receivers have topped 72, including the likes of Russell Gage and Damiere Byrd.) The cornerback group took on more depth in the offseason, adding Quinton Dunbar to start opposite 2019 breakout star Shaquil Griffin. But neither Dunbar nor Griffin has been able to contain the downfield throw thus far, helping opponents to a 116.3 passer rating when targeting wideouts. The Seahawks will also suit up at less than full strength this week, with edge man Bruce Irvin out for the year and nickel back Marquise Blair unlikely to play. Blair is the bigger loss - he isn’t a special player, but his absence will put even more pressure on Jamal Adams, who struggled noticeably against New England, to make plays on the throw. This is shaping up as another blow-up spot for Prescott, provided he keeps trusting his receivers through the Seahawks’ shaky press coverage.

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