With another week in the books, football analyst Wade Zanchetta takes a look at the biggest stories from week three in the NFL.
Texas Size Shootout
The Dallas Cowboys fell to 1-2 after Dak Prescott threw an interception on the final drive of their game against the Seattle Seahawks.The game would end 38-31.
While Prescott and the Cowboys offence faltered in the final minutes, the game should have never been in reach. Thanks to D.K. Metcalf’s blunder on the goalline early in the game, Dallas hung around long enough to make a push.
As both teams continually put up points, the two NFC squads will be limited down the stretch by their poor defences. Seattle showed an inability to get to the passer, while Dallas was torn to shreds by Russell Wilson and the Seahawks.
Here comes that BAAADDD MAN!
Sunday night in New Orleans, the Saints hosted Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers who were without their top pass catcher in Davante Adams who was out with a hamstring injury.
Rodgers did not miss a beat without Adams as he threw for 283 yards and three touchdowns in the 37-30 victory while adding highlight reel plays throughout the game.
When the game seemed to be close late in the fourth quarter, Rodgers led his team down the field and closed out the exciting Sunday night affair with a play action touchdown to Robert Tonyan.
After yet another top level performance, Rodgers has planted himself amongst the early year candidates for MVP. If he could win it this season, it would be the third of his career.
All hail the Chiefs!
Monday night’s clash between the two reigning MVP’s, Patrick Mahomes and Lamar Jackson, was hyped up to be a monstrous game and ended up being quite lopsided.
It was clear that the defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs were miles ahead of the Baltimore Ravens and stuffed Jackson in his tracks. While Mahomes threw for four touchdowns and added one more on the ground, Jackson was held to 180 total yards.
Mahomes was nearly untouchable against the Ravens blitzing defence as he recorded 240 yards and three touchdowns when pressured by Don Martindale’s defence.
With plenty of games left to be played, these two will look towards another matchup hopefully coming in the postseason.
Starting to Struggle
Mitchell Trubisky of the Chicago Bears said so long to his starting job and hello to his brand new clipboard as he was pulled in favour of Nick Foles during their game against the Atlanta Falcons.
While Trubisky watched from the sideline, Foles led the Bears to a comeback victory and earned coach Matt Nagy’s support as he announced Monday that Foles would take over as starter.
Now on the hot seat is Carson Wentz of the struggling Philadelphia Eagles. Wentz turned the ball over twice, almost lost a fumble and looked out of sorts against the Cincinnati Bengals as the two teams played to a tie on Sunday. Jalen Hurts, the Eagles second round pick, took two snaps and ran both of them.
With a rough schedule ahead including San Francisco, Pittsburgh, and Baltimore, expect things to get worse before anything improves.
Buffalo hangs on…
After leading 28-3 early in the third quarter, the Los Angeles Rams came storming back and almost stole the game from the Buffalo Bills. Thanks to a questionable pass interference call late in the game, Bills quarterback Josh Allen was able to find Tyler Kroft for the game winning touchdown in the 35-32 victory.
The main takeaway from this game however, is that the Rams are going to be serious trouble for anyone they match up against. Coach Sean McVay’s creative schemes mixed with Jared Goff distributing the ball to Cooper Kupp, Robert Woods, and Tyler Higbee will be tough to stop all season long.
Once the team’s defensive stars Jalen Ramsey and Aaron Donald begin to slow teams down, watch out for the new look Rams later on in the season.
Take a look back at Wade’s thoughts after week two as well.
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