We are back to our regularly scheduled content – 4 point stance time. This is where we’ll summarize what happened in the NFL in week 3 with 4 main points.
- Danny Dimes was born – The New York Giants started 0-2 on the year with Eli Manning as their starting quarterback. Earlier in the week, head coach Pat Shurmur said the 6th overall pick, Daniel Jones would be starting. Many people thought this was a huge reach when Jones was drafted. Jones wasn’t even expected to be picked in the top-15 by most teams, but instead the Giants “reached” for him at 6. However, all of that was put to rest for one magical Sunday. Daniel Jones, or as people are now saying, “Danny Dimes”, led the team down from 28-10 without their star running back Saquon Barkley, to a 32-31 win. Jones was 23/36, 336 yards, and 3 passing TDS. Plus, he did something that opened up the offense that Eli cannot do: 2 rushing touchdowns including the game-winner. Jones looks like the next star QB of the franchise and I’m interested to see how this develops next week against the Redskins (0-3).
- Mahomes bested Lamar 33-28 – In the game of the weekend, the Kansas City Chiefs beat the Ravens 33-28. Lamar was slightly off passing, going 22/43 for 271 yards, no TDS but 46 yards rushing and a touchdown. While Mahomes final stat line looked slightly better passing: 27/37, 374 yards, 3 TDS. While this game was 30-13 at the beginning of the 4th quarter, the Ravens came back to make this game tight at the end. Some are trying to call this the next Manning-Brady. While that may be a stretch, both of these quarterbacks looked poised for an amazing next 10 years. With the scare these QBs put into opposing defenses, I hope these teams play each other in the playoffs.
- We went 1-1 on big line covers – The Patriots (vs Jets) and the Cowboys (vs Dolphins) were historic favorites this week at 22.5 and 21.5 respectively. You’d have to go back to 1987 to find another time 2 lines were this high. I, of course, pick both to cover. The Patriots started off to a 30-0 lead. In the third quarter, the Jets punted away, and due to a Julian Edelman injury, Gunnar Olszewski was back to return the punt. He muffed it at the 20-yard line and the ball took a couple bad bounces before the Jets recovered it in the end zone for a touchdown. Okay, 30-7, Patriots are still covering. Later in the fourth quarter, Belichick inexcusably takes Brady out. On backup quarterback Jarrett Stidham’s first pass, he throws a pick-6 to make it 30-14. The Jets are now covering. Next possession, Brady comes back in and the Patriots run out the clock. In the Cowboys game, this one started off a bit slower. Josh Rosen really showed some life in the first-half even taking the Dolphins to the Cowboys 3-yard line. The first-half score ended at 10-6 Dallas. Then, Zeke/Tony Pollard took over to lead the Cowboys to 3 second-half touchdowns for the win 31-6. Patriots don’t cover, Cowboys do.
- The Saints are doing fine without Drew Brees – Drew Brees suffered a significant thumb injury in week 2 against the Rams is now going to miss 8-9 weeks, which means Teddy Bridgewater is now the starter. If that name sounds familiar, he was a former first-round pick in 2015 of Minnesota. He led his team to the playoffs and then suffered a knee injury that cost him 2 years of his career. Working his way back from a significant injury, he has caught on with the Saints as the highest-paid backup QB in the league. However, there were still doubts about if he could lead the team to a win on the road in Seattle in his first meaningful start in 2+ years. Given they were +5.5, many had picked Seattle or put them in money-line parlays. Those concerns are no-longer after the Saints came out for a team win of 33-27. Bridgewater did not look that rusty, throwing for 177 yards and 2 touchdowns. He also had some great help from his other teammates. The Saints returned a punt and a fumble for a touchdown, while star running back Alvin Kamara had 150 total yards and 2 TDS. We’ll see if Bridgewater can keep it up in another big game against the Cowboys next week.
Do you agree that these were the 4 most important storylines of the week 3 NFL season? What would you have liked to see? Comment below and let me know!