For the Clemson Tigers in the NFL, it was a good start to the season.
Receivers Mike Williams, DeAndre Hopkins and Tee Higgns all had touchdown catches. Hunter Renfrow is Mr. Consistency on a 2-0 Las Vegas Raiders team, where Trayvon Mullen, John Simpson and Clelin Ferrell also made an impact.
Isaiah Simmons appears to have a defined role for the Arizona Cardinals (2-0). The linebacker / safety hybrid has 17 tackles, one interception and one forced fumble in the first two weeks.
Sure, there’s Trevor Lawrence, who’s struggled to the tune of five interceptions on four TDs, but it’ll be better for the former Clemson star quarterback.
Week 3 offers some great clashes and big games as some teams try to keep going while others dig a hole. Here’s a look at a few showdowns involving the Tigers in the NFL, with the favorite team in brackets:
Arizona Cardinals (-7.5) vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
Here’s a game Clemson fans will definitely want to see at 1 p.m. Simmons will have the chance to take on his former teammate Lawrence. What Tiger Nation won’t see is a healthy Hopkins.
The star receiver is suffering from a rib injury and has been listed as questionable before the game. But it looks like he’ll dress up and tempt quarterback Kyler Murray. With two teams going in opposite directions, the 0-2 Jaguars are looking to play the spoiler in this one.
Cincinnati Bengals vs Pittsburgh Steelers (-2.5)
In one of the most competitive divisions in the NFL, this is a must-see at 1 p.m. for both 1-1 teams, who have at times looked impressive and underwhelming on offense this season.
However, the Bengals will take a hit at the receiver as it looks like Higgins will miss the game with a shoulder injury. It’s a tough break as he’s already recorded 10 catches for 118 yards and two touchdowns.
Los Angeles Chargers vs. Kansas City Chiefs (-7)
This could be one of the most entertaining matches of the week at 1 p.m. in terms of scores. Both teams have prolific offensive players, like Travis Kelce, Patrick Mahomes, Justin Herbert and Williams.
The former Clemson star has racked up 173 yards and two touchdowns in 15 catches so far this season. He’ll have the chance to add to those stats against a Chiefs defense of 10.4 yards per passing attempt in 2021.
Miami Dolphins vs. Las Vegas Raiders (-3.5)
The fun will be around 4:05 p.m. when Clemson’s Raiders reunite with former defensive tackle Christian Wilkins, who has a sack this season for Miami. But those good feelings won’t last long as both teams need this game.
The Raiders want to validate their early start while the Dolphins seek a road victory without quarterback Tua Tagovailoa.