Top Storylines from Week 3 in the NFL

If you were to tell me two years ago that a quarterback from North Dakota State and an irrelevant quarterback from Northwestern would be leading the NFL MVP vote after three weeks of the NFL season I would have thought you were insane. Carson Wentz is playing better than any player right now in football. He has a 103.8 Quarterback rating, has not thrown in an interception and is completing 64 percent of all of his throws. No one could have foreseen the Eagles thrashing Pittsburgh by 31 pts, yet it happened. The Eagles through three games have played better than any team in Football and all three of their games haven’t been remotely close. Former Northwestern Grad Trevor Siemian had one of the best performances of 2016 yesterday in the hostile confines of Paul Brown Stadium. Trevor threw touchdown passes of 41 and 55 yards, and had one of the best quarters of any player during his time in Cincy yesterday, completing 11 of 12 passes in the 4th quarter while the Broncos to 3-0.

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  • After a historically horrific offensive downfall on national TV during week 1 in San Fran, the Rams are now atop the NFC West. The “fire Jeff Fisher” chants have certainly subsided. Case Keenum threw for 196 yards and 2 TDs yesterday against the Bucs.
  • The Buffalo Bills were the biggest surprise story of the weekend. Just two weeks ago the Bills were gashed by a marginal journeyman quarterback in Ryan Fitzpatrick him to throw for 374 Yds. The Buffalo Bills this week played an elite passing attack featuring an all pro QB who had this best season last year in carson Palmer, and a first ballot Hall of Famer receiver Larry Fitzgerald still producing at an extremely productive rate. You would think the Arizona Cardinals would school Rex and Rob Ryan. That they would copy the Jets success rate or maybe exceed it. Except, the NFL is not predictable. Carson Palmer was in fact schooled by the same defense that allowed a 6 interception machine to stomp all over them. Boy, I am confused! Sometimes the combination of the urgency of an 0-2 team coming off eleven days rest, a team traveling three time zones east and a complacent Cardinals team can lead to bizarre results.
  • The Minnesota Vikings and Philadelphia Eagles are postseason contenders. The Eagles shut down Antonio Brown and Ben Roethlisberger. Safeties Rodney Mcleod and Malcolm Jenkins are playing at extremely high levels, Bradham and Hicks are turning in impressive performances and Fletcher Cox and Brandon Graham are unblockable right now. This Eagles defense has no holes. Minnesota’s defense might even be better than the Eagles. The Vikings have faced Cam Newton, and Aaron Rodgers, two top 5 quarterbacks and two of the more talented throwers to ever play the game. These two players went a combined 41-71 and 4 picks. Both the Packers and the Panthers failed to score over 14 points. This Vikings defense is for real.

CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 25: Danielle Hunter #99 of the Minnesota Vikings celebrates with teammates after sacking Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers for a safety during the game at Bank of America Stadium on September 25, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

  • The New York Giants take a step back, and the Washington Redskins are now going to 2-2. The Redskins happened to spark a comeback down 14-3. While utilizing the emotional edge set forth by Josh Norman, the Giants unraveled mentally. Odell Beckham acted like a maniac swinging his helmet into the kicking net, while tears were dripping down his face. Weston Richburg was ejected, and the Giants were more interesting in hitting the Redskins after the play then focusing on the tasks at hand. Bill Parcells probably was throwing his oranges at the TV set down in Florida. Now the Giants head on a tough two game roadtrip through the upper midwest where they will be playing against the Vikings and Packers on primetime networks.

 

 

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