NFL Weather Report and Forecast Week 3: Gusty winds in the forecast on Sunday

The 2021 NFL season is underway, and to help you make the best fantasy decisions, here is the NFL weather forecast and report for Week 3.

NFL weather report and forecast for Week 3 games | Worry-free NFL weather 

With only a few games likely to see rain (but nothing worth making lineup changes), the rest of the Week 3 calendar should be smooth sailing weather-wise.

Indianapolis Colts at Tennessee Titans -6, O/U 47 | Sunday 1:00 PM ET

For those who drafted Jonathan Taylor, things look bleak — and that might be putting it lightly. He is averaging just 12 points per game and has yet to find the end zone. It’s been a stark contrast from the player we saw towards the end of the season. From Weeks 11-17 in 2020, Taylor was the RB3, scoring 23.1 points per game while rushing for 741 yards and scoring 8 total touchdowns. 

Trust me — better days are ahead for Taylor. He’s averaging 20 opportunities per game and is tied for the league lead in red-zone carries (12), with 7 coming from inside the 5-yard line. The touchdowns will come in due time, and Taylor will regress to the mean. Trust the process and his talent.

The Week 3 weather forecast in Tennessee should feature sunny skies, calm winds, and highs near 81 degrees.

Atlanta Falcons at New York Giants -2.5, O/U 47.5 | Sunday 1:00 PM ET

I know no one wants to admit it, but Daniel Jones is playing some darn good football. He’s posted a 64% completion rate, 516 yards, and 2 touchdowns, adding 122 yards and 2 more TDs on 15 carries. 

Get this — Jones (50.9) has more fantasy points than Russell Wilson (50.4), Lamar Jackson (50.2), Matthew Stafford (41.6), Dak Prescott (34.9), Josh Allen (33.9), Justin Herbert (28.1), and Aaron Rodgers (28.1). I bet you didn’t see that coming on draft day. 

No team in the NFL has allowed more fantasy points to QBs than the Atlanta Falcons at 29.05 per game. Jones has top-10 upside this week in fantasy.

The weather in East Rutherford will not be a concern for fantasy in Week 3. The current report calls for sunny skies, 9 mph winds, and highs near 74 degrees.

Cincinnati Bengals at Pittsburgh Steelers -3, O/U 43 | Sunday 1:00 PM ET

For those who have been keeping up with the injury report, you know Diontae Johnson is out with a knee injury. Meanwhile, Tee Higgins is unlikely to suit up thanks to a shoulder issue. As such, expect to see both Tyler Boyd and JuJu Smith-Schuster deployed in expanded roles. Of course, they’ll have to rely on Joe Burrow and Ben Roethlisberger, respectively, posting better days than they have thus far.

Expect 71-degree temperatures, 9 mph, and sunny skies in Pittsburgh for Week 3.

Chicago Bears at Cleveland Browns -7, O/U 44.5 | Sunday 1:00 PM ET

We have finally reached the Justin Fields era. Sure, it came via a knee bruise to Andy Dalton, but we have been clamoring for this moment ever since the Bears snagged Fields at pick No. 11 in the 2021 NFL Draft. 

Fields brings a dynamic that could reshape Chicago’s offense into a juggernaut. That is, as long as head coach Matt Nagy stays out of the way. Fields is a solid mid-range QB2 and could have over 80 rushing yards in his debut.

As for the Cleveland weather forecast in Week 3, expect near 70-degree temperatures, 10 mph winds, and mostly sunny skies.

New Orleans Saints at New England Patriots -3, O/U 43, | Sunday 1:00 PM ET

Do not be surprised if Foxborough looks like a mess during pregame coverage. Rain will move in during the overnight hours and could still be coming down in the morning. Nevertheless, it should clear up by kickoff. 

For my money, the enigma surrounding Jameis Winston is one of the great unanswered questions left in fantasy football. In Week 1, he set an NFL record for the fewest passing yards in a 5-touchdown game (148). But in Week 2, he came out and laid a massive egg, completing just 11 of 22 passes for 111 yards with 2 interceptions against the Panthers.

Winston went from the QB4 in Week 1 (29.6 points) to QB26 in Week 2 (10.3). For now, you cannot start Winston until this riddle is solved. However, don’t expect the answer key to come in Week 3 in a difficult matchup with the Patriots, who are No. 3 vs. QBs in fantasy.

The weather in Foxborough will not be a concern for fantasy in Week 3. The current report calls for partly sunny skies, 6 mph winds, and highs near 70 degrees.

Arizona Cardinals -8 at Jacksonville Jaguars, O/U 51.5 | Sunday 1:00 PM ET

Did you enjoy the Rondale Moore show last week? I hope so — an encore performance is slated to take place in just a few hours, and you have a front-row seat on your couch. 

Despite playing on just 28 snaps, Moore led the Cardinals with 8 targets, turning those into 114 yards on 7 receptions, including a 77-yard walk-in TD. Through two games, the second-round rookie leads Arizona’s jam-packed WR depth chart in targets (13).

Kyler Murray is playing at an MVP level, and the Cardinals play the Jaguars — possibly the worst team in the NFL — in Week 3. Add in DeAndre Hopkins at less than full strength, and I sure hope those who snagged Moore off waivers have him in their starting lineup.

Expect 86-degree temperatures, 6 mph winds, and sunny skies in Jacksonville.

New York Jets at Denver Broncos -10.5, O/U 42 | Sunday 4:05 PM ET

Anytime Teddy Bridgewater spends on the football field is a miracle given the horrific injury that nearly ended his career. But Teddy Two Gloves isn’t just playing —  he’s dominating.

Bridgewater put up another solid game in Week 2, completing 26 of 34 for 328 yards and 2 touchdowns in a win. Along the way, he is erasing the narrative that he is a check-down QB. 

In fact, no QB has attempted more 20+ yard throws this season. Not only is Bridgewater fifth in total intended air yards (668), but his average throw depth of 9.5 yards is second only to Trevor Lawrence (9.8), per Sports Info Solutions. He even has two receivers averaging almost 20 yards in average depth of target in Courtland Sutton (20) and KJ Hamler (19.7). Bridgewater is once again a prime streaming candidate in Week 3. 

As for the weather forecast in Week 3, expect Denver temperatures around 88-degrees, 8 mph winds that could gust to 12 mph, and clear skies.

Week 3 indoor games 

Because these NFL games are indoors, the weather conditions can be controlled. The teams below will play in optimal conditions, and the passing and kicking game will not be affected.

  • Baltimore Ravens -7.5 at Detroit Lions, O/U 50.5 | Sunday 1:00 PM ET
  • Miami Dolphins at Las Vegas Raiders -3.5, O/U 43.5 | Sunday 4:05 PM ET
  • Seattle Seahawks -2 at Minnesota Vikings, O/U 55 | Sunday 4:25 PM ET
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers -1 at Los Angeles Rams, O/U 55 | Sunday 4:25 PM ET
  • Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys -3.5, O/U 51.5 | Monday 8:15 PM ET

Tommy Garrett is a Fantasy Analyst for Pro Football Network and is a member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association (FSWA). You can read all of Tommy’s work here, listen to him on PFN’s Fantasy Football podcast, and check out his contributions in PFN’s free fantasy newsletter. Give him a follow on Twitter: @TommyGarrettPFN.

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