- Kansas City Chiefs 3-0 (No Change)
- Atlanta Falcons 3-0 (Up 1)
- New England Patriots 2-1 (Up 3)
- Green Bay Packers 2-1 (Up 1)
- Oakland Raiders 2-1 (Down 3)
- Pittsburgh Steelers 2-1 (Down 2)
- Tennessee Titans 2-1 (Up 4)
- Denver Broncos 2-1 (Down 1)
- Dallas Cowboys 2-1 (Up 3)
- Detroit Lions 2-1 (No Change)
- Philadelphia Eagles 2-1 (Up 4)
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1-1 (Down 3)
- Minnesota Vikings 2-1 (Up 4)
- Seattle Seahawks 1-2 (Down 6)
- Washington Redskins 2-1 (Up 8)
- Carolina Panthers 2-1 (Down 3)
- Los Angeles Rams 2-1 (Up 4)
- Baltimore Ravens 2-1 (Down 4)
- Buffalo Bills 2-1 (Up 3)
- Jacksonville Jaguars 2-1 (Up 5)
- Miami Dolphins 1-1 (Down 5)
- Arizona Cardinals 1-2 (Down 4)
- New Orleans Saints 1-2 (Up 3)
- New York Giants 0-3 (Down 5)
- Chicago Bears 1-2 (Up 4)
- Los Angeles Chargers 0-3 (Down 6)
- Houston Texans 1-2 (Down 3)
- New York Jets 1-2 (Up 4)
- Indianapolis Colts 1-2 (Up 1)
- Cincinnati Bengals 0-3 (Down 3)
- Cleveland Browns 0-3 (Down 3)
- San Francisco 49ers 0-3 (Down 1)
After Donald Trump made “son of a bitch” comments, we saw NFL players, coaches and owners come together. A lot of teams stood on the sidelines and held arms during the national anthem, while some teams did not come out for the anthem at all. Some players sat on the sidelines, more than 100 players kneeled and LeSean McCoy continued to stretch during the anthem. The most impressive player was Alejandro Villanueva. His team, the Steelers, stayed in the locker room during the national anthem. However, Villanueva took his own stance and came out for the anthem by himself. He served overseas protecting our country and he was not ready to disrespect the flag that he fought so bravely for. He stood in the tunnel by himself, hand our heart during the anthem. I think he made the biggest statement of the day.
Back to football. The Chiefs and Falcons remain the only two undefeated teams in the NFL after three weeks. They can thank their star running backs for that. Devonta Freeman rushed for 106 yards and a touchdown, while hauling in 3 passes for 32 yards. Kareem Hunt, the NFL’s rising star, went for 172 rushing yards and a touchdown. These guys displayed how to “put the team on your back”.
The Giants and Seahawks continue to disappoint. However, both teams looked a bit better on offense this week. The passing game found its stride as Eli Manning threw for 366 yards and 3 touchdowns. Odell Beckham caught two of those touchdowns for 79 yards. After one of his touchdown receptions, he celebrated by peeing like a dog. Russell Wilson threw for 373 yards and 4 touchdowns. Doug Baldwin hauled in 10 catches for 105 yards and a touchdown. In the end, both teams took a loss. The Giants lost in dramatic fashion as Eagles’ rookie kicker Jake Elliott nailed a 61-yard field goal as time expired in regulation. The Giants fall to 0-3 and the Seahawks fall to 1-2.
We saw plenty of upsets in week three as well. The Jaguars destroyed the Ravens in London. They put up 44 points on what seemed to be a dominating Ravens’ defense, while giving up only 7 points. They shut out the Ravens for most of the game as that touchdown came with about 3 minutes to go in the game. After dominating the Cowboys and Ezekiel Elliott last week, the Broncos lost to the Bills 26-16 this week. Trevor Siemian came back down to Earth as he threw for 259 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions. The Bears beat the Steelers 23-17 in Chicago in overtime. Le’Veon Bell‘s struggles continued. He only saw 15 rushing attempts and totaled 61 yards on the ground. The Steelers’ run defense looked atrocious. Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen combined for 216 rushing yards and 3 rushing touchdowns. Minnesota destroyed the Buccaneers without Sam Bradford, 34-17. Jameis Winston turned the ball over FIVE times. He threw two interceptions, while losing the ball on a fumble twice. Case Keenum looked like a stud against the Bucs’ defense. He completed 25 of his 33 passes for 369 yards and 3 touchdowns. The Jets even won a game! They upset the Dolphins in NY, 20-6. The Dolphins run game was non-existent. Jay Ajayi rushed the ball 11 times for 16 yards. Ajayi was expected to have a huge game and the Jets just took him right out. Sunday Night Football gave us another upset. The Raiders traveled to Washington to face the Redskins and got pounded, 27-10. Derek Carr, Marshawn Lynch, Michael Crabtree and Amari Cooper were SHUT DOWN. Carr threw for 118 yards, 1 touchdown and 2 interceptions. Lynch rushed only 6 times for 18 yards, while adding just one reception out of the backfield. Crabtree and Cooper combined for two catches and 13 yards.
It was one crazy week of football, the best we have seen so far. We have some good match ups coming up next week and we can only hope that we see some of the same. Some of the games to keep an eye on are: Steelers at Ravens, Lions at Vikings and Raiders at Broncos.
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