The NFL is admittedly all about wild, wild west early on.
With the NFL season in full swing, we’re getting a greater image of what to anticipate this season, and by means of three weeks, there are many surprises throughout the league, principally taking place out in the AFC and NFC West.
The 3-0 Cardinals sit tied with the Rams atop the NFC West proper now, with Kyler Murray’s MVP candidacy pushing Arizona nearer to contender than they’ve been lately. In the AFC, the undefeated Raiders and Broncos each sit tied atop the division — whereas the mighty Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs fall to 1-2 and in the cellar of the division.
The excellent news: It’s simply Week 3, so 14 video games remaining will doubtless inform the story.
Here are your Week 3 winners and losers:
- NFL Week 3 winners and losers
NFL Week 3 winners and losers
Winner: Daniel Jones, Giants
The Giants could have misplaced (once more) and wasted one other good Daniel Jones efficiency (once more) however Jones’ constructive development by means of the first three video games this season is a uncomfortable however honest trade-off for New York’s 0-3 begin.
Turnovers have plagued Jones by means of the first two years of his Giants profession, however this yr he is stored it fairly clear, and with that, he is limiting questions of his viability as a franchise passer shifting ahead for the Giants.
Not to say Jones has been excellent, as a result of that is not essentially the case: He nonetheless has the pocket consciousness of a toddler in a crib and his ball placement leaves one thing to be desired. But with out Darius Slayton and Sterling Shepard for many of Sunday’s matchup vs. the Falcons, Jones went 24-of-35 passing for 266 yards. No touchdowns, although.
Jones has been certainly one of the lone stars of the Giants’ early season — and he could keep that means if New York does not flip it round, and flip it round quick.
Loser: Matt Nagy, Bears
It could be the Windy City, however there is not any excuse for the Bears offense to blow like this.
The Bears have been handed an enormous, demoralizing L at the palms of the Myles Garrett and the Browns on Sunday. It was a loss so dangerous it ought to rely for 2.
Justin Fields was hit all recreation vs. the Browns, sacked 9 instances in the 26-6 drubbing. Fields was sacked 9 instances in the loss, throwing the ball 20 instances and connecting on simply six passes. Nagy and the teaching workers ought to maintain loads of duty for a way dangerous Fields received battered and how atrocious the offense seemed.
Just think about it: Knowing Fields was the passer of the future and can be in recreation sooner quite than later, the teaching workers’s incapacity to regulate — or worse, gameplan — for Fields’ distinctive skillset signifies that there appears to be little or no teaching taking place in Chicago. That cannot occur for a man in his fourth season as head coach.
Winner: Justin Tucker, Ravens
All the hype surrounding numbers this yr, abut “66” could be certainly one of the most spectacular.
Even with the assist of the crossbar, Justin Tucker ekeing in the 66-yard discipline objective to get the Ravens the win and escape Detroit with their second win of the season is barely an excellent factor. The kick masked Hollywood Brown’s two touchdown-pass drops and gave Baltimore an enormous win over a surprisingly gutty and gritty Lions crew.
Loser: Rookie quarterbacks
As it seems, possibly it’s best to give rookie passers greater than two weeks earlier than anointing them saviors, or busts or OK, or dangerous or something, actually.
The Bears’ Justin Fields, Patriots’ Mac Jones, Jaguars’ Trevor Lawrence and Jets’ Zach Wilson all have been cooked like soccer Sunday chili in Week 3, and all have been handed losses on Sunday. The Ls introduced the 2021 NFL Draft beginning QB information to a mixed 1-9 altogether, with Lawrence, Wilson and Fields all nonetheless trying to find their first win.
That could be unfair, contemplating all the conditions and expectations are totally different, however thus far, none of the rookie passers have precisely been lighting the league on fireplace. Wow. Consider that — Rookies taking part in poorly.
Who’da thunk it?
Winner: Matthew Stafford, Rams
Stafford’s nationwide coming-out social gathering is off to an incredible begin with the 3-0 Rams knocking off the defending champion Buccaneers on Sunday afternoon. Stafford has been cash thus far for Sean McVay, definitely rewarding the religion for Les Snead and the Rams to ship two future first-round picks to the Lions for his companies.
LA’s divorce with Jared Goff has labored out properly for everyone concerned: Stafford threw for 343 yards and three touchdowns in the win on Sunday, whereas Goff will get a second likelihood at beginning in Detroit, and he hasn’t precisely blown the alternative simply but. That counts for one thing, proper?
Loser: Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers
The Steelers’ scenario feels eerily acquainted to that of what the Giants went although with Eli Manning in 2019: Saddled with ageing franchise passers and fairly dangerous offensive traces, the each groups opted to draft operating backs in an effort to take the strain off their QBs and masks points elsewhere.
While the choices for future passer weren’t precisely rampant (they by no means are) this previous offseason for Pittsburgh, the Steelers opted to pick Najee Harris in the first spherical to attempt and masks the problems with Roethlisberger. That hasn’t precisely labored thus far, and the 39-year-old appears to be like markedly worse at his level than he did final yr.
With a one-TD, two-INT efficiency on Sunday, the Steelers fell to 1-2 on the yr and at the moment are gazing a division that could be primed to cross them by, with every crew boasting a younger QB of their very own.
Here’s hoping Roethlisberger and the Steelers do not remorse their resolution to run it again once more. So far, it does not look promising.
Winner: Broncos protection
Even with out Bradley Chubb, the Broncos protection destroyed the Jets at residence and pushed Denver to their first 3-0 begin since 2016, the final yr of Peyton Manning’s tenure.
Yes, the win was towards the hapless, winless Jets, however good defenses reap the benefits of dangerous offenses and do not relaxation on their laurels and popularity. We’ll see how far Teddy Bridgewater can carry the offense, however the Denver protection thus far is definitely holding up its finish of the cut price: They’ve allowed simply 26 factors by means of their first three video games. That’ll play.
Loser: John Mara, Giants
Mara, Giants proprietor, was booed by Giants followers throughout the Eli Manning quantity retirement ceremony on Sunday afternoon. That’s not an incredible search for a reasonably proud NFL franchise.
But, who can blame the Giants devoted? New York is 0-3 and received pantsed by the Falcons at the buzzer on Sunday afternoon. What’s worse: They’re really losing good video games from Daniel Jones, who has been fairly turnover-free by means of three video games thus far this season.
The Giants are dealing with a troublesome stretch of their schedule, with highway video games vs. the Saints and Cowboys earlier than returning residence to play the Rams. It’s early, however their playoff window may slam shut if they do not decide up some wins in the coming weeks.
Winner: Los Angeles soccer
The Rams and Stafford appear to be early Super Bowl contenders.
The Chargers and Justin Herbert appear to be reliable threats in the AFC West after upending the Chiefs on Sunday.
While there have been extra Cowboys followers in attendance final Sunday than there have been Chargers followers, Justin Herbert will be sure you make it possible for will not be the case shifting ahead if he continues to play how he did on Sunday.
Loser: New York soccer
I imply, good god, can it get any worse for New York soccer?
The Jets and Giants are a mixed 0-6 to start out the season and they as soon as once more are winless in the month of September.
The worst half about it: Both NYC groups aren’t precisely discovering new methods to lose. The Jets have seemed noncompetitive by means of three video games and the Giants have misplaced heartbreakers by means of their first three video games. Same previous tune and dance.
The losses by the #Giants and #Jets imply they closed the month a mixed 0-6. Over the final 10 seasons, the NY groups are 20-49 in September, with only one profitable opening month for every crew in that span.
The NFL’s largest market. Two groups. Irrelevant earlier than October. Again.
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) September 26, 2021
Maybe one day NYC pigskin followers can get by means of September with out trying ahead to Knicks basketball.
Well, there’s at all times subsequent yr, Jets and Giants followers. Again.