Another week in the NFL has come and gone and there were certainly some interesting things that happened this past weekend. Philadelphia made a giant leap in the rankings after their dismantling of the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Panthers took the biggest plunge of the week after losing another game in an ugly fashion.
1.New England Patriots (3-0; Prev. 1)
New England won another game without Tom Brady, this one with Jacoby Brissett leading the charge. He missed some key throws, but their defense was able to shut out Brock Osweiler and the Texans. LeGarrette Blount was able to take advantage of the Texans defense for 105 yards and two touchdowns. Bill Belichick is defying the odds and taking advantage of other teams like only he can. This team will only be scarier once Tom Brady comes back. The Patriots have the Bills coming to town this week and shouldn’t have a problem getting their fourth win.
2. Denver Broncos (3-0; Prev. 3)
Trevor Siemian played the game of his life on Sunday against a good Cincinnati defense. He threw for 312 yards and four touchdowns and didn’t have to rely on the run for the first time this season. Both Emmanuel Sanders and Demaryius Thomas combined for 217 yards and three touchdowns allowing Siemian to look as good as he did. Von Miller was able to add to his sack total and this defense is making this team a threat in the AFC. They are going to Tampa Bay this week and should be interesting against a young quarterback that can move.
3. Minnesota Vikings (3-0; Prev. 4)
The Vikings have become the team to beat in the NFC with Sam Bradford as their quarterback and Jerick McKinnon as their running back. They have been able to beat two of the top contenders in two consecutive weeks and they just look better and better. Their defense has averaged three takeaways and a touchdown per week. Mike Zimmer has made this defense one of the best in the NFL and is able to put their offense in positions to make plays. This week they have another tough challenge as the Giants come in for a big game.
4. Pittsburgh Steelers (2-1; Prev. 2)
The Steelers had a terrible game all around on Sunday. Antonio Brown was able to go for 140 yards on twelve catches, but they were unable to do anything else in this game. Ben Roethlisberger only threw for 257 yards with no touchdowns and an interception. DeAngelo William only ran for 21 yards after being the league leader for the first two weeks of the season. Their defense allowed 34 points, two of the touchdowns through the air and the other two were on the ground. Their defense wasn’t regarded as the strength of this team to begin with, but they shouldn’t have allowed the Eagles to do what they were able to do. The Steelers have the Chiefs coming to town this week and need to play better if they want to win this game.
5. Green Bay Packers (2-1; Prev. 7)
The Green Bay Packers looked good early against the Lions, but they allowed Detroit to get back into the game towards the end. Aaron Rodgers was able to throw for 205 yards and four touchdowns and it looks like Jordy Nelson is back. Nelson accounted for 101 yards and two of Rodgers’ touchdowns. Eddie Lacy had his biggest game by far as he got his first 100-yard game of the season. They have a much needed bye week this week and they need to figure out how to live up to their potential.
6. Seattle Seahawks (2-1; Prev. 10)
The Seahawks had their breakout game this past Sunday against the 49ers. The Russell Wilson injury is very troubling because Treyvon Boykin showed that he is not ready for the NFL as he threw for an interception. Christine Michael broke out in this game when he rushed for 106 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Jimmy Graham also looked really good as he caught for 100 yards and a touchdown. Their defense was able to pick off Blaine Gabbert and hold him to 119 yards. They have a tough game this Sunday as they travel to New York to take on the Jets.
7. Kansas City Chiefs (2-1; Prev. 12)
The Chiefs completely dominated the Jets on defense. They were able to get six interceptions against a pretty good receiving unit and were able to force two fumbles. They were able to convert two of those turnovers for touchdowns and that was all that they needed to win the game, but they were able to get a field goal and another touchdown from Alex Smith to Travis Kelce. They probably won’t be able to play like that every week, but it does give hope that this team might be able to make a good run. This week they are going up against a good Steelers team in Pittsburgh.
8. Philadelphia Eagles (3-0; Prev. 17)
The Eagles played their best game on both sides of the ball on Sunday against a good Steelers team. Carson Wentz looks like one of the best quarterbacks in the league right now and is able to make his receivers open. He was able to get Darren Sproles involved for 128 receiving yards and a touchdown and was able to connect with Jordan Matthews for a touchdown as well. This also opened up the running game for another two touchdowns and 135 yards. The other thing that was impressive was their defense. Fletcher Cox was able disrupt the offense with two sacks and a forced fumble and Rodney McLeod was able to get his second interceptions of the game. They were able to hold the Steelers to three points as he helped them to their big win. The Eagles have the week off this week, but are going up to Detroit in week five.
9. Cincinnati Bengals (1-2; Prev. 5)
The Bengals had a rough week against the Broncos. They gave up 312 yards and four touchdowns to Trevor Siemian and couldn’t make a stop or get a turnover when they needed it. Andy Dalton was only able to throw for 206 yards and an interception. Jeremy Hill was able to rush for 97 yards and two touchdowns, but that was all that the Bengals could do offensively. They have the Dolphins coming in next week and they should be able to get their second win of the season.
10. Houston Texans (2-1; Prev. 8)
The Texans looked really bad against a team with a rookie quarterback that couldn’t throw the ball very far. The injury to Brian Cushing seems to be hurting them more than anyone thought that it would, Jadeveon Clowney wasn’t an impact and JJ Watt has been fighting with his injury. Watt has only had 1.5 sacks, eight tackles and no turnovers through three games and could miss the rest of the season with his reinjured back. One has to wonder if his back is affecting him in a bad way. Brock Osweiler could only manage 196 yards and an interception because the Patriots eliminated any possibility of big plays. Lamar Miller was able to rush for 80 yards, but couldn’t get in the end zone. They should be able to turn it around this week with some extra rest when the Titans come to Houston.
11. Arizona Cardinals (1-2; Prev. 6)
The Cardinals followed their amazing performance in week two with major loss in Buffalo. Carson Palmer did not look good, throwing four interceptions and no touchdowns. David Johnson had a really good game rushing for 83 yards and a touchdown, but that wasn’t enough to overcome their woes. Their defense limited Tyrod Taylor to just 119 yards passing with zero touchdowns and an interception, but he was able to rush for 76 yards and a touchdown. They also allowed LeSean McCoy to rush for 110 yards and two touchdowns. The Cardinals need to play better in those two facets of the game if they want to survive in their division. The Rams are coming to Arizona this week and the Cardinals desperately need this division game.
12. Oakland Raiders (2-1; Prev. 13)
The Oakland Raiders won their second game in a close matchup against the Titans. Derek Carr was efficient and their running game was good as a combination with DeAndre Washington and Latavius Murray. They combined for 94 yards and a touchdown. The one good thing about this team was that their defense showed up for the first time this season. They did give up 181 total rushing yards and a touchdown, but they were able to force three turnovers and limit Marcus Mariota to only 214 yards passing. They need to continue to improve if they want to make a run at the playoffs. This week they are traveling to Baltimore to face the Ravens.
13. New York Giants (2-1; Prev. 11)
The Giants finally fell this week and it was to the Kirk Cousins led Washington Redskins. The Giants were able to get one turnover and two sacks, but gave up 29 points to a team that had been having trouble scoring touchdowns. Eli Manning was able to throw for 350 yards and a touchdown, but also threw two crucial interceptions. They also got some bad news when their leading rusher, Shane Vereen, went down with a torn triceps and will miss at least the next eight weeks. They need Rashad Jennings to get back as soon as possible or they are going to have to rely on Orleans Darkwa. They need to figure things out quickly as they go to Minnesota to take on the Vikings.
14. Dallas Cowboys (2-1; Prev. 16)
Ezekiel Elliott finally looked like the number four pick in the draft pick when he hurdled for 140 yards. Dak Prescott was able to complete his first passing touchdown to Dez Bryant with another 248 yards passing. Prescott then ran for 36 yards and a touchdown. These two rookies are leading this team like ten year veterans and will only get better. The thing that should scare Dallas fans is the injuries along the offensive line. Tyron Smith missed the game and La’el Collins will be out for at least the next eight weeks. Ronald Leary is a starting caliber guard that will replace Collins, but beyond that, this line doesn’t have a lot of depth. This week this team will go into San Francisco for another game that they should be able to win.
15. Baltimore Ravens (3-0; Prev. 18)
The Baltimore Ravens haven’t lost yet, but they also haven’t face any fierce competition and they haven’t won any of their games decisively. Joe Flacco has thrown three touchdowns to four interceptions and their running game has averaged 82.3 yards per game and combined for one touchdown. Their defense was good this past week when they picked off Blake Bortles three times and were able to sack him four times. They have a challenge this week when the Raiders come to town for a pretty good matchup.
16. Carolina Panthers (1-2; Prev. 9)
The Panthers seem to have fallen off early this season and hasn’t looked particularly good so far. They haven’t been terrible to this point statistically, but Cam Newton seems to play poorly against good defenses. Against Denver and Minnesota, he threw for a combined 456 yards one touchdown and four interceptions. He has to play better going forward if this team has any chance at turning everything around. This week they are going to Atlanta and they need this win so they can be back in the driver’s seat for the NFC South.
17. New York Jets (1-2; Prev. 14)
The Jets got beat up on Sunday by a good Chiefs team. Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for 188 yards and six interceptions. It is hard for any team to overcome that many interceptions, no matter what everyone else does. Matt Forte was only able to rush for 65 yards and couldn’t get the ball moving. Their defense only gave up one touchdown and a combined 315 total yards, but they just couldn’t overcome the Chiefs’ defense playing out of their minds. They have another tough matchup this week when the Seahawks come to town.
18. Atlanta Falcons (2-1; Prev. 25)
The Falcons have been able to play really well on offense all year long, even in week one when they lost. Matt Ryan has thrown for 970 yards, seven touchdowns, and only one interception threw three games this season. Their running back tandem might be the best in the league and the receiving squad is really good thanks to Julio Jones taking pressure off the rest of the team. Their defense has been troubling and will lose games for them if their offense isn’t on the entire time. They have allowed an average of 30 points per game and have been fortunate to come away with some wins despite that. This week they have a Panthers team coming in that has something to prove.
19. Washington Redskins (1-2; Prev. 21)
The Redskins won a must win game against the Giants. Kirk Cousins was able to throw for 296 yards and two touchdowns. DeSean Jackson had 96 yards and a touchdown, but limped off the field at one point and came back on to finish the game. That generally means that he is ok, but if it is a lingering issue, then that could cause concern. Their offensive line took two hits when Shawn Lauvao and Kory Lichtensteiger both had lower leg injuries, but both won’t miss a lot of time. The secondary also took two pretty big hits when DeAngelo Hall was lost for the season and Bashaud Breeland looks like he will miss a game or two with a high ankle sprain. These injuries loom over this team despite their win. They have the Browns coming to town this week and will hopefully be able to squeeze out the win.
20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-2; Prev. 15)
The Buccaneers lost a home game against the Rams in a high scoring matchup. Their defense gave up 37 points to a team that had only scored nine points in the previous two weeks. They didn’t allow a lot of yards in the game, but they did give up four touchdowns to a team that had not scored a touchdown going into this game. Jameis Winston looked a lot better and threw for 405 yards and three touchdowns last week. Chris Sims was able to rush for a touchdown, but was only able to run for 55 yards. This week they have a tough matchup when the Broncos come into town.
21. Indianapolis Colts (1-2; Prev. 22)
The Colts were able to squeeze out a victory against the Chargers on Sunday. Andrew Luck was able to throw for 331 yards and a touchdown and TY Hilton had his best game of the season. Hilton was able to get 174 yards and a touchdown and really helped Andrew Luck out. Frank Gore was able to rush for 82 yards and a touchdown to help compliment the passing game. Defensively, they were able to cause three turnovers and two sacks. They need to keep it up offensively to take advantage of a bad division. This week they are going to play the Jaguars in London and should be able to pull out another win.
22. Detroit Lions (1-2; Prev. 23)
The Lions got themselves into a big hole on Sunday against the Packers and when into halftime with a score of 31 – 10. They were able to climb back in the second half to make the score respectable, but fell short towards the end. Matthew Stafford was able to throw for 385 yards and three touchdowns, but that wasn’t enough to over come their deficit. Marvin Jones had the game of his life as he was able to catch for 205 yards and two of Stafford’s touchdowns. They weren’t really able to run the ball all that much because they were playing from behind for most of the game. If Abdullah had been in the lineup then this team might have been able to rush better, but it might not have made a large difference. The Lions are going to Chicago this week for a tough divisional game.
23. Los Angeles Rams (2-1; Prev. 28)
The Los Angeles Rams finally broke through offensively and was able to score four touchdowns. Todd Gurley was able to rush for 85 yards and two of the touchdowns. Case Keenum only threw for 190 yards but was able to complete two touchdown passes. Their defense was poor again and gave up 32 points to the Buccaneers. Jameis Winston was able to throw for 405 yards and three touchdowns on the Rams defense that had done so good the week before. The Rams have another tough divisional game this week when they travel to Arizona to face the Cardinals.
24. San Diego Chargers (1-2; Prev. 19)
The Chargers lost a tough game in Indianapolis on Sunday. Philip Rivers was unable to score a passing touchdown against a poor defense, but was able to throw for 326 yards. Melvin Gordon was only able to rush for 35 yards with a touchdown. They fumbled the ball three times between Rivers, Travis Benjamin, and Hunter Henry. Anytime an offense turns the ball over that many time it puts too much pressure on their defense. Andrew Luck was able to throw for 331 yards and a touchdown against this defense. Joey Bosa still hasn’t been able to get on the field yet and it is hampering the defense. They have the Saints coming into town this week and need the win to keep up with the rest of their division.
25. New Orleans Saints (0-3; Prev. 24)
The New Orleans Saints have looked good at times, but have lost all three of their games so far this season. Drew Brees was able to throw for 376 yards and three touchdowns against the Falcons despite Willie Sneed being out with a toe injury. The problem with this team was the defense. They gave up 45 points to the Falcons and allowed Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman run and catch for a combined 296 yards and four touchdowns. They can’t let the running backs beat them up or they will lose a lot more games. Next up they go to San Diego to face a Chargers team that they could beat, but can’t let Melvin Gordon run on them like the Falcons backs did.
26. Jacksonville Jaguars (0-3; Prev. 20)
The Jaguars had another tough week when they lost to the Ravens. Blake Bortles seems like he has regressed this season and threw for only 194 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions. Bortles has one of the best receiving squads and is currently unable to take advantage of that. TJ Yeldon and Chris Ivory combined for a grand total of 31 yards and no touchdowns. They need to turn this around quickly before they end up with another top five pick in the draft. The Colts are coming to town this week and the Jags need to win this game.
27. San Francisco 49ers (1-2; Prev. 26)
The San Francisco 49ers have dropped off significantly since their week one victory. Blaine Gabbert threw for 119 yards, an interception and no touchdowns against the Seahawks last week. People are wanting to see Colin Kaepernick, but Chip Kelly has said that he isn’t physically ready to be the starter. Carlos Hyde has been one of the bright spots of this team and rushed for 116 yards this past week with a touchdown. With them being so one sided, it will be interesting to see if other teams attack the run and make Gabbert beat them with his arm. Their defense has really fallen off in the last two weeks after shutting out the Rams in week one. They have allowed an average of 41.5 points per game, not including the game against the Rams. No team can win when they are allowing that many points, especially when they can’t score in the air. This week they are facing the Dallas Cowboys in San Francisco and will have to figure out a way to stop their rookie tandem of Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott.
28. Tennessee Titans (1-2; Prev. 27)
The Titans were unable to do a whole lot through the air against the Oakland Raiders last week. Marcus Mariota threw for 214 yards, two interceptions and had one lost fumble. He needs to progress more before this team is able to take a step forward. DeMarco Murray was able to rush for 114 yards and his first touchdown as a Titan, but that would be the only touchdown for the Titans on Sunday. Their defense actually did a pretty decent job as they held the Raiders to 17 points and caused an interception against Derek Carr. This week, they go to Houston to face a rested Texans team.
29. Buffalo Bills (1-2; Prev. 31)
The Buffalo Bills finally got their first win of the season at home against a good Arizona team. The Buffalo defense was able to force four interceptions and a fumble that was returned for a touchdown. LeSean McCoy had his best game as a Bill when he rushed for 110 yards and two touchdowns and helped lead his team to their victory. This win may have cooled Rex Ryan’s seat a little bit, but they need to keep winning for it to cool off completely. They have a tough matchup this week as they travel to New England, but they need to capitalize if they want to have a chance this season.
30. Miami Dolphins (1-2; Prev. 29)
Miami got their first win last week in overtime against one of the worst teams in the league. Their defense allowed Terrelle Pryor to throw for 35 yards, rush for 21 yards and a touchdown, and receive 144 yards. Ryan Tannehill was able to throw for 319 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions and allowed the Browns to stay in the game. Nothing about this team was really impressive other than the fact that they won. They have a tough challenge this week as they will be going to Cincinnati to face a desperate Bengals team.
31. Chicago Bears (0-3; Prev. 30)
The Bears looked bad again this week against another rookie quarterback, Dak Prescott. They weren’t able to sack him or cause any turnovers in the game. They need Danny Trevathan to come back as soon as possible before the ship is completely sunk. Chicago also suffered another blow when Jeremy Langford left in the third quarter due to an ankle injury. At this point, it doesn’t look like the Bears will be able to turn things around anytime soon. They have the Lions coming to town, and they will have a hard time against their receiving corps.
32. Cleveland Browns (0-3; Prev. 32)
The Browns certainly tried to get their first win this week, but ended up falling short in overtime against the Dolphins. Terrelle Pryor played out of his mind and might just be the best quarterback on the roster, despite the fact that he is supposed to be a receiver. The problem with this is that Pryor is the team’s best receiver at the moment with Corey Coleman out because of his injury and Josh Gordon still serving his suspension. They are traveling to Washington this week to face the Redskins.
My name is Sean, I have been a fan of the NFL for at least 25 years and want to get my thoughts out to the public. Please visit the main site for more posts