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Banged-up Rams are making too many mistakes, and even in the weak NFC West falling to 0-3 could be too deep a hole. Avoiding it might be insurmountable if Steven Jackson is not recovered from his right leg problems.

The Ravens are angry about their second-week showing at Tennessee after romping past Pittsburgh in their opener.

“That is one thing that I have always liked about our team _ we always bounce back,” Ray Lewis said.

New York Jets (2-0) at Oakland (1-1)

Bouncing back will be crucial for the Raiders after their seesaw loss at Buffalo in which they blew a 21-3 lead. Oakland will try to power the ball on the ground, which often plays into the Jets‘ hands.

Should Jason Campbell be forced to throw often, he’ll do it against a defense that had four picks of Luke McCown in a 32-3 romp past Jacksonville. New York’s five interceptions lead the league.

Jacksonville (1-1) at Carolina (0-2)

Rookie QBs at the forefront here, with Cam Newton already establishing himself as a playmaker in Carolina. Now, fellow first-rounder Blaine Gabbert takes over for the Jaguars.

If Brady doesn’t beat him to it at Buffalo, Newton could become the first passer with more than 400 yards in three consecutive games. An auspicious debut at the least, even if the Panthers haven’t won.

Gabbert has Maurice Jones-Drew to carry the running load and a prominent tight end in Marcedes Lewis if he is recovered from a right calf injury. Gabbert also has the ball probably for the remainder of 2011 if he stays healthy.

“We think he has a chance to be a franchise-type quarterback,” coach Jack Del Rio said. “He’s getting a chance now to be our starting quarterback and become that guy.”

San Francisco (1-1) at Cincinnati (1-1)

If you remember when this was a Super Bowl matchup, you’re no kid.

Neither the Niners nor the Bengals resembles a Super Bowl team now as each searches for its identity.

New coach Jim Harbaugh was criticized for keeping a 55-yard field goal on the board and not accepting a late-game penalty that would have given San Francisco a first down deep in Dallas territory last week. The Cowboys rallied to win in overtime.

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