The season is a quarter of the way through and we still have no clue how to rate these teams. The NFC South looks pathetic and the AFC is wide open as a whole. Normally we can tell who will start to take off but there is still plenty of uncertainty. Drew Brees and Aaron Rodgers look mortal despite both having good (statistical days) yesterday. Here is how I saw it this week……
NYG 45 vs WAS 14
The Giants steadily improve offensively and the Redskins are heading nowhere fast. Hopefully now everyone will calm down the Kirk Cousins talk as a franchise QB. The guy had 5 turnovers that were terrible. This game proves the NFC East will come down to the last month of the season again.
RAVENS 38 vs PANTHERS 10
The Panthers are reeling with injuries to their backfield and the lack of a strong offensive line. Add the fact that Cam Newton isn’t fully healthy and you get major problems. Steve Smith had this game circled since the Panthers released him and he played like it. The Ravens totally dismantled a Panthers team that was dominant defensively last season.
PACKERS 38 vs BEARS 17
The Packers got rolling against a team that is decimated by injuries on defense so I don’t think they are completely out of the water yet. Jay Cutler dang near self imploded trying to bring the Bears back and Brandon Marshall is playing on one leg. Not good when that is your favorite target and essentially the engine to your offense. The Bears have to learn how to win home games with the same resolve as road games.
TEXANS 23 vs BILLS 17
The game was ripe for the Bills taking but unfortunately EJ MAnuel failed them again. Missing open guys and bad decisions has the Bills in neutral. The Texans wanted the Bills to have this game but the Bills could not grasp it. JJ Watt is amazing and now has the same amount of TD’s this season as Megatron….2
COLTS 41 vs TITANS 10
Andrew Luck was absolutely too much for a dismal Titans team that has a lack of direction and won’t feature two of their top offensive threats (Sankey/Hunter)…..The End
LIONS 24 vs JETS 17
The Lions essentially played without Calvin Johnson and were still able to get a tough win in New York. The Jets don’t have enough weapons to truly compete and it shows weekly. Geno Smith isn’t the biggest issue for a team who did not fully address the offense in the offseason.
DOLPHINS 38 vs RAIDERS 14
Nobody cared to follow this game but Ryan Tannehill made sure to play better with all the “benching” rumors swirling. Not hard to play better against a pathetic Raiders team that looks to be hoping for the offseason in week 4. The Raiders are worse than initially thought and should consider making some coaching changes.
BUCS 27 vs STEELERS 24
This was so predictble considering the Steelers love to let you down after a big win. The Steelers were missing Ike Taylor and Ryan Shazier on defense which caused problems with matchups. Mike Glennon should be the starter for the Bucs without question.
CHARGERS 33 JAGS 14
The Chargers are off to an impressive start this year and Phillip Rivers is an early MVP candidate. There was no doubt they would beat the Jags. Blake Bortles looks like the real deal at qb as the future of the Jags franchise.
VIKINGS 41 FALCONS 28
This was my upset of the week and it actually came to fruition. The Falcons are an awful road team especially when dealing with the outdoor elements. The Falcons defense leaves much to be desired and the Vikings had their way with them running the football. Teddy looks promising for the Vikings and could help the Vikings surprise some people. The Falcons lost two O-linemen and ended the game having to use their tigh end as the right tackle….Ouch
49ERS 26 EAGLES 21
A total desperation game for the Niners and they got a much needed win. Neither team looked that impressive but the Niners showed their trademark grit the fans have come to love. The Eagles were completely shut down offensively as the injuries along their offensive line caught up with them. Colin Kaepernick is still struggling but he did just enough to live another day.
COWBOYS 38 SAINTS 17
You can call it revenge or an emergence of some sorts but the Cowboys came to play. This game was probably the biggest surprise of all the NFL games especially when you factor in the manner in which it happen. Cowboys haven’t played a game this well since the mid 90’s and Rod Marinelli has the defense playing better than anticipated. The Saints need to take a long look in the mirror before this season gets away from them.
CHIEFS 41 PATRIOTS 14
The Patriots are not a good football team right now. The Chiefs aren’t as good as they looked last night, but a Monday Night game in KC is the perfect recipe to get a win versus New England. It is tough to play in KC and they used that crowd to get to Tom Brady early and often. The Patriots defense has been somewhat puzzling as they show brilliance and vulnerability all at one time. It got so bad the Patriots pulled Tom Brady. I say again. he is regressing but many want to blame everyone except Brady.