NFL Week 3: What we learned
It was another exciting week of NFL action, one which saw another Atlanta collapse, Mahomes take down Lamar and the Seahawks win again. Some big regular season battles took place in week 3 but what did we learn from the third week of NFL football.
Atlanta are kings of the bottle-
After their historic meltdown in week 2 against Dallas, it seemed like the Falcons were set to bounce right back and pick up their first win of the 2020 season. Up 26-10 with just 10 minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, easy close out right?
Not for the Falcons.
Over their next three possessions, the home team garnered just 1 yard of offence and gave up three touchdowns in eight minutes of game clock. Back to back collapses' complete.
Final score from Mercedes-Benz Stadium-Falcons 26-30 Bears.
Atlanta are starting to build a reputation, its just in the worst possible way. And things aren't going to get any easier as they travel to Wisconsin in week 4 for a match-up with the 3-0 Packers.
New York football is in big trouble-
Yes we were all well aware of how shit the Jets and Giants were before the season began but the manner of their defeats this past week really emphasized the pathetic level of football on show in New York.
The Jets were on the road against the Colts and managed just one touchdown during the entire game, which came in the first quarter. Eventually going down by by 29 points to an Indianapolis team that were 1-1 heading into week 3 and far from being the elite team that a win like this would suggest. Final score- Colts 36-7 Jets.
Meanwhile, it was a home game for the Giants as they took on last seasons SuperBowl runners-up, San Francisco at MetLife Stadium. The blue half of New York did slightly better in terms of offence as their injury plagued team put nine points on the board but like the Jets gave up four touchdowns and got their asses handed to them. Final score in New Jersey- Giants 9-36 49ers.
Both teams are 0-3 to start the season, which is not an unfamiliar occurrence for the New York duo. Its going to be another tough season for fans of Jets & Giants but week 3 was really disheartening.
Russell Wilson is determined to win his first MVP award-
Seahawks quarterback, Russell Wilson has long been considered the most underappreciated QB in the NFL and this season he seems more determined to prove to the world that he is the best.
Seattle are 3-0 to start the season and have already taken down the Patriots and the Cowboys in the early weeks of the season. The Seahawks are averaging 37 points a game and Russ is leading the way for Seattle and the league.
The 31 year old is throwing at a completion percentage of 76.7 to go with a total of 925 yards(308 per game) 14 touchdowns(five of which came in week 3 against the Cowboys) & just one interception through the first three games of the season. It would be near impossible for anyone to keep up this level of output but if Wilson can continue to dominate for the Seahawks, there is no way he wont win his first MVP award in 2020.
Green Bay can still find offence without Adams-
The biggest question heading into week 3 was whether or not we were going to see Davante Adams kit out for the Packers, their leading receiver picked up a slight hamstring strain in the week 2 win over Detroit. The Packers waited the whole week before announcing that Adams would not play versus the Saints. A huge component of the Green Bay offence gone but Rodgers and LeFleur showed the talent of the Packers team and found great offence from other sources.
In a great Sunday night battle, Rodgers threw three touchdown passes and Aaron Jones ran in another to push the Packers to a narrow win and a 3-0 start to the season. The Saints were also without their star receiver, Michael Thomas for the game but both teams went back and forth on the scoreboard before Rodgers found Tonyan Jr. in the N-Zone in the fourth to seal the win for Green Bay.
The Packers, who are averaging over 40 points a game to start the season, will be happy to welcome back Adams next week for the visit of Atlanta but they showed they can always find a way to win. Final score in New Orleans- Saints 30-37 Packers.
Mahomes' Chiefs still have the edge on Lamar's Ravens-
Arguably the most anticipated game of the season took place on the Monday Night Football as reigning Super Bowl champions, the Kansas City Chiefs traveled to Baltimore to take on reigning MVP Lamar Jackson and the Ravens.
Mahomes dominated the head to head with Jackson to lead his side to victory. The 2018 MVP threw for 385 yards, including 4 touchdown passes and a rushing TD of his own. While 2019 MVP, Jackson threw for just 97 yards and one touchdown, he did rush for 83 yards aswell but it wasn't enough to inspire his team.
The game didn't quite live up to the hype as Mahomes and the Chiefs eased to a 34-20 victory at M&T Bank Stadium. The final result proving that Baltimore still has a way to go to reach the level of the Chiefs.