5 Takeaways From Week 3
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Week 3 from the NFL has come and gone, and while teams like the Patriots and Chiefs are having starts many were expecting of the gate, there's been a few surprises from other teams. Also a rookie QB making another improbable comeback in his debut.
1. The Packers Have A Defence
Your read that title right. The Packers are 3-0 to start the season, their first 3-0 season since 2015. While the Pack still have some tweaking to do in the Matt Lafleur offence, it's the defence that has gotten people taking Green Bay seriously. The Packers defence has given up just under 12 points (second best in the league) and have quietly been giving opposing quarterbacks trouble. The money that has gone to the defence, is producing the right results. Preston Smith has stood out. He's earned an interception, a forced fumble and 4.5 sacks in the first three games. He's been chasing down quarterbacks and might have a career year in his first season in Green Bay. Jaire Alexander has been living up to his potential this season. He's been all over the field, and has been doing a good job defending against the teams top receivers. If it wasn't for the Packers new and improved defence, Green Bay wouldn't be perfect going into week 4.
2. What Sophomore Slump?
Pat Mahomes can't do no wrong right now. Through the first three weeks he's got 10 touchdowns and 0 interceptions. His pass completion percentage is over 70 percent and he's almost surpassed 1,200 passing yards, both categories he's leading the league. Mahomes in 20 career games has hit 60 touchdowns and has won 16 of his first 20 starts. Facing off against another promising young quarterback in Baltimore's Lamar Jackson, Mahomes took him to school and once again showed that he's the cream of the crop of his class. Kansas City's offence is averaging over 33 points (third best in the league), and are always a threat when Mahomes is starting. The train keeps chugging along as the Chief's face the Lions next week.
3. AB Out of The NFL
Well I don't want to dwell too much on Antonio Brown and his release from New England, but AB looks to be done with football for now. Brown is going back to school at the University of Central Michigan, taking online classes. In what has been a rather sad offseason, it seems the NFL maybe done with him as well.
4. Winston and Mariota Not Fitting the Bill
Year 5 of the Mariota and Winston experiment hasn't worked well for either the Titans or Bucs. Since being drafted 1st overall in 2015, Winston has thrown the most interceptions and has more turnovers during that span than any other QB in the league. Jameis’ play has held them back to be frank. He's lost his starting job in the past and the window is slowly closing for him being a starter. If the Bucs can't win with Jameis then the experiment is a bust and so is his career.
Mariota has shown spurts of being a franchise and then spurts of being a very average NFL QB. One week he'll throw 2 TDS and pass for over 250 yards, but other weeks he’ll look lost. He's not like Winston who's a turnover machine but he's ineffective at controlling the game nonetheless. Next season he's a free agent and whether or not he stays with Tennessee remains to be seen, but both Winston and Mariota could be in very different situations come next season.
5. Jones Leads Wild Comeback
The Era of Daniel Jones has started out with a bang. The rookie “Danny Dimes” mounted a comeback that even his predecessor Eli Manning couldn't do. Despite losing Barkley with an injury, Jones was able to get his team the win with 2 late rushing TD’s. It might still be a long season for the Giants, but the big comeback might be the first glimmer of hope the Giants wanted to see from their future QB.