Week 3 has come and gone. Inanimate objects were assaulted, rookies stole the show, kicks were missed, and coaches were pissed.
Hit it Al Michaels:
The matchup that everybody was looking forward to didn’t quite live up to expectations. That, of course, was the rematch between Odell Beckham and Josh Norman. It did start off rather…..odd, however:
There weren’t a whole lot of fireworks on the field, with Odell ultimately having the better game (7-121-0 on 11 targets). As shown in the video below, OBJ made a couple great plays on Norman at the end of the game, which included a stiff-arm to the face and a one-handed catch behind his coverage. Norman undercut an OBJ route at the goal line but was unable to come up with the ball.
However, Odell Beckham Jr. found a new enemy out there, the kicking net:
This is a key matchup to keep an eye on in weeks to come. The net did come out with a statement regarding the incident:
Maybe a little less inanimate object rage and a little more production on the field next time.
Washington Redskins 29 @ New York Giants 27
The Wentz Wagon continued to roll in Philadelphia, as Carson Wentz went 23/31 for 301 yards and 2 TDs, good for a 125.9 rating. Wentz now has a completion percentage of 65 to go with 769 yards, 5 TDs, and ZERO interceptions. The 2nd pick of this year’s draft is showing some poise and maturity out there in only his 3rd career game.
The Eagles took a high powered Steeler offense and held them to 251 yards. While Antonio Brown recorded 140 receiving yards, his longest connection with Big Ben was only 20 yards, so a secondary that is widely regarded as a weak unit held the league’s premier receiver to a dozen short catches. With Ryan Mathews and Zach Ertz out for the Eagles, Carson Wentz kept the ball rolling with connections to Darren Sproles (6-128-1) and dark horse candidate Dorial Green-Beckham (3-33-0). Once DGB learns the whole playbook and gets on the field for the majority of the snaps, he, Jordan Matthews, Ertz, Sproles, and Nelson Agholor can become one of the more formidable pass catching crews in the league.
Hey, Philly fans, just take it easy man.
Pittsburgh Steelers 3 @ Philadelphia Eagles 34
Loser: Matt Ryan’s Blocking Rating
Devonta Freeman (14-152-0) and Tevin Coleman (12-42-3) showed the New Orleans Saints ‘Who Dat’ on Monday Night Football. In a game that the Atlanta Falcons scored 45 points, Julio Jones was held to 1 reception for 16 yards. I don’t think that has happened in the history of time, dating back to Julio’s Alabama days. With a two-headed monster in the run game, the Falcons may finally be two dimensional enough to hang in there with the rest of the high scoring NFC South. Just stay away from having Matt Ryan lead block for Devonta Freeman, and you guys might be alright. Also, maybe stop giving up 30 points a game.
Atlanta Falcons 45 @ New Orleans Saints 32
Loser: Veteran QBs
It was a tough week for a few guys that have been in the league for awhile. First, we had Ryan Fitzpatrick laying an absolute egg against the Kansas City Chiefs. Six interceptions. SIX!!!
New York Jets 3 @ Kansas City Chiefs 24
Second, we had Carson Palmer coming into Buffalo as a 4 point favorite with a healthier threat in WR John Brown returning to take the majority of snaps. His end result:
Arizona Cardinals 18 @ Buffalo Bills 33
Finally, we had Cam Newton home as a 7 point favorite against the Minnesota Vikings. Coming off a huge week in which he connected with Kelvin Benjamin for 2 TDs, he came in and completed 3 more passes to his Vikings opponents than he did to Kelvin.
Minnesota Vikings 22 @ Carolina Panthers 10
Loser: Taylor Lewan
Down by a touchdown with a little over a minute left in the game, Titans QB Marcus Mariota hit rookie WR Tajae Sharpe for a 19 yard pass to get them down to the 3 yard line. As Sharpe fought to get another couple of yards, Tackle Taylor Lewan followed the play and ‘cleaned the pile.’ While this play didn’t result in any injuries and it looks like he actually hit his own guy, player safety has become a main priority in the NFL and Lewan was promptly penalized for unnecessary roughness. The 15 yard penalty was detrimental for the Titans, and they turned the ball over on downs to lose the game.
After the game, Kirk Herbstreit had some choice words for the Titans Tackle:
Oakland Raiders 17 @ Tennessee Titans 10
Winner: Terrelle Pryor (3-5 35 yards passing, 4-21-1 rushing, 6-144-0 receiving)
The Swiss Army Knife himself wound the clock back to 2010 and put on a show against the Miami Dolphins. With rookie QB Cody Kessler getting his first start, Terrelle Pryor came in as a change of pace guy as well as the go-to receiver (14 targets) in an incredible showcase of athleticism at the highest stage.
Not to brag buttttt I did say this two weeks ago:
Despite Pryor going Greg Jennings and putting the team on his back, it was 3 missed field goals by newly signed Kicker Cody Parkey that let the win slip right through the Browns’ fingertips in overtime.
Jump for joy, Jarvis.
Cleveland Browns 24 @ Miami Dolphins 30
Winner: Rookie QBs
Carson Wentz, who I talked about earlier, wasn’t the only successful rookie quarterback this week. We had two other rookies shine in nationally televised games. First was little known Patriots QB Jacoby Brissett on Thursday Night Football. Brissett brought a new dynamic to the Patriots play calling that hadn’t been seen possibly ever. He had numerous designed QB runs and ran a couple reads as well, which displayed his size, speed, and athleticism. For a 3rd string rookie QB with only 3 days to prepare, he did a damn good job.
Houston Texans 0 @ New England Patriots 27
The other rookie QB from the NFC East, Dak Prescott, had a pretty good showing on Sunday Night Football himself. He recorded both a passing and a rushing touchdown, and on the season he has 99 passes but a pick ain’t 1.
Chicago Bears 17 @ Dallas Cowboys 34
Meanwhile, 1st overall pick Jared Goff is out in public in his jersey to remind people who he is:
LA Rams 37 @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers 32
That’s all for this week. Until next time, watch this video of Cole Beasley being hit into prehistoric times: