NFL Takeaway- Week 3
Week 3 has come and gone, leaving a wake of facts, figures, and questions behind it. So let’s dive in.
10. 4×400- Tom Brady once again gives us something to talk about. He has thrown 4 touchdowns, thrown for almost 500 yards, and now has thrown his 400th Touchdown pass. He joins the company of Dan Marino, Brett Favre, and Peyton Manning. The difference between him and those guys? He has 4 rings to their combined 3.
9. Turn Arounds- The Colts and Seahawks finally get victories. Although they came in different fashions. The Colts made a stop on a 2-point conversion to preserve the win, while the Seahawks blank the Chicago bears. Both teams will likely add to those totals this week. The Colts face a Jaguars team that was demolished last week. The Seahawks get the Lions, who make it look impossible for them to win.
8. Problems In The Bay- San Francisco looked lost on Sunday… Colin Kaepernick threw 4 interceptions, including 2 pick-6’s in the first quarter. The defense had no answer for the Cardinal’s offense. The task looks difficult for them again this week with Green Bay coming to town.
7. Big Loss- The Steelers will have a learning curve ahead of them after Ben Roethlisberger sustained a bruised bone and MCL strain. This will put the high-powered offense in the hands of the veteran, lefty Michael Vick. It will be interesting to see how the different playing style between the two quarterbacks changes the game.
6. High Flying Falcons- Atlanta was relatively stagnant in the first half as the Cowboys ran all over them. The second half we saw a scary good Falcons team, with Matt Ryan finding Julio Jones twice for scores. That coupled with the breakout performance from Devonta Freeman, make the Falcons look like they could contend to win the NFC.
5. Ground Breakers- Speaking of Devonta Freeman, what a week for running backs! Devonta Freeman, Joseph Randle, LeGarrette Blount, and Jamaal Charles all had 3 touchdowns. Frank Gore, Darren Sproles, Adrian Peterson, and Chris Johnson each scored 2 touchdowns. Those 8 guys had 20 of the 33 rushing touchdowns by running backs this week.
4. Passing League- Even though the running backs went off this week, there were still 11 quarterbacks that cleared the 300 yard mark (and another 7 were within 25 yards of 300).
3. Unable To Save- Luke McCown, Jimmy Clausen and Brandon Weeden were given the task to win in replacement of their starters. Their performances varied, but the results were the same. They all suffered losses. Clausen was the only one to not turn the ball over, but also only threw for 63 yards in a shutout. Weeden was praised for throwing a great ball, but was put into the Cowboys run game more. The bright side was his 22-26 passing. McCown also had a solid day, going 31-38 and clearing 300 yards. His team was in it until he threw an interception at the end.
2. Disappointments- The Ravens struggle continues. The offense is in a rut. This week is a must win against the Steelers. The Saints are far from them usual selves. They have lost 6 straight home games. Brees missed his first game in ages. They have a tough task this week with Dallas coming to town. Going into this season it was understood the 49ers may struggle defensively, but this team is struggling as a unit. They have been outscored 90-25 the last two weeks, and are going against Green Bay’s high scoring offense. All three of these teams may go to 0-4 this week.
1. Surprises- The start of the season looked dim for the Carolina Panthers. The loss of Kelvin Benjamin left the offense without its star receiver. It has hardly been seen though. They are 3-0, and Cam Newton is having a great start to the year. The Buffalo Bills have gone from a laughing-stock to a possible AFC power house. Their only loss is a shoot out against the Patriots, which they weren’t even so supposed to be close. Rex Ryan may have found his niche here. The Raiders are also 2-1. They are thriving offensively with their young players. Derek Carr is looking like a veteran in his second year. Latavius Murray is giving the backfield a solid running back that can stay healthy so far. Then there is Amari Cooper, he has cleared 100 yards in two games, both of those have been victories.
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