Player of the Week: Peyton Manning (32-37, 374 YDS, 3TD in win vs OAK)
Honorable Mentions: Bilal Powell NYJ, DeMarco Murray DAL, Antonio Brown PIT, Justin Houston KC
Goat of the Week: New York Giants
Honorable Mentions: Colin Kaepernick, The Philadelphia Eagles offensive line.
Here’s what happened around the NFL in Week 3:
– The NFL Network provided us with yet another sloppy Thursday Night affair as the Chiefs defeated the Eagles 26-16 in Andy Reid’s return to Philadelphia. We’ll have to keep an eye out to see if this trend continues, but this week’s matchup saw the Eagles turn the ball over 5 times, though LeSean McCoy played quite well, carrying the ball 20 times for 158 yards and a touchdown. Donnie Avery had seven catches for 141 yards for the Chiefs as they improved to 3-0 and will take on the winless New York Giants Sunday at 1 PM ET/10 AM PT in Kansas City.
– Even without any big name wide receivers healthy, Tom Brady and the New England Patriots continued to win football games, defeating the Buccanneers 23-3. Brady was 25-36 for 225 yards, 2 TDs and 1 INT, and hit three different receivers for at least 5 catches and 44 yards each. The Patriots defense did allow Josh Freeman to throw for 236 yards, but held the Bucs scoreless in the Red Zone, and will look to stay undefeated this coming Sunday night on NBC in Atlanta.
– The Giants were blitzed by the Carolina Panthers 38-0 to fall to 0-3 on the season for the first time since 1996. The Giants were outplayed in every aspect of the game and managed only 150 total yards and 10 first downs against a Carolina team that has not had a winning season since 2008. A particularly alarming note is the play of Eli Manning early in the season. Eli has always been somewhat turnover prone, but he has thrown 8 interceptions to only 5 touchdowns in 3 games this season. If the Giants are to turn it around any time soon, Eli needs to protect the ball and get his receivers (particularly Hakeem Nicks who expressed his anger in his lack of involvement this season) more involved in the game.
– The Seattle Seahawks stamped their name atop the tough NFC West with a 45-17 defeat of the Jaguars and the game wasn’t even that close. Say what you want about playing the Jaguars, but Seattle dominated on all fronts and showed everyone why they are being considered as a true Super Bowl contender. Russell Wilson continued his impressive start to the season with 4 more TD passes. The Seahawks improved to 3-0 on the season for the first time since 2006. Keep an eye out for these guys, they will be a fun team to watch all season long.
– The Geno Smith era in Jetland continued on Sunday with a hard fought 27-20 win over the Buffalo Bills. It looked like the Jets were going to win this one easily as the Jets were up 20-6 early in the 4th quarter before the Bills mounted a comeback and tied the game at 20. The Jets quickly regained the lead, however, when Geno Smith hit Santonio Holmes on a 69-yard touchdown pass to put the Jets up for good. Smith threw 2 touchdown passes on the day (the other a 51-yard pass to Stephen Hill). Smith also ran for a score and showed glimpses of the potential the Jets saw in him when they made him the starter. The future looks bright for Geno and the Jets, which is a lot to say after the circus that was their training camp QB competition.
– The quarterback for the Washington football team, Mr. Robert Griffin, was able to throw for 326 yards. That’s good. It stops about there, but the questions for the quarterback and the team have not stopped, as they lost 27-20 to the Detroit Lions. Griffin was “hit” (according to ESPN.com) 8 times, fumbled three times (losing it once), threw a pick and was unable to find the end zone. Matthew Stafford on the other hand was 25 of 42 for 385 yards, two touchdowns and an interception while relying heavily on Nate Burleson and Calvin “MegaTron” Johnson. Washington should hope to get their first win this coming week as they take on Terrelle Pryor and the lowly Raiders.
Keep an eye out for our selections to watch in Week 4 in the Weekend Watch List, later this week!