1) Patriots/Bucs lived up to the hype
Most thought this game would be a mismatch; for some reason, people do not like to give Belichick credit. However, Belichick did what he does better than anyone, and that’s come up with defensive schemes that give his team a chance to win even when he is seriously outgunned. People forget before Brady Belichick was the mastermind behind two of the greatest Super Bowl upsets ever. As a Defensive Coordinator, he shut down the high-flying Bills in Super Bowl XXV and, as the head coach, shut down the greatest show on turf in Super Bowl XXXVI. In the end, the biggest thing I went away thing was that Tom Brady still looks in his prime, and the Bucs are still a threat to win a Super Bowl.
Once the Patriots get Jones some weapons, Mac Jones will shine! Jones made throws that a lot of veteran starters can’t even make on Sunday night. However, I wish that Belichick would have gone for it on fourth and three because I believe he is the kind of player who can make a pressure play like that. He has more poise than any other rookie quarterback, and he perfectly fits the Patriots system.
The Arizona Cardinals! That’s right; I said the Cardinals. The Cardinals went into Los Angeles and shut down a hot offense and shredded one of the best defenses in the NFL. Kyler Murray is playing at an MVP level. How many of you out there had the Cardinals and Raiders pegged as the last two undefeated teams in the NFL? Watch out for Arizona; they are for real. The most important stat in this game was that the Cardinals Air Raid ran the ball more than they threw it.
Hall of Famer Dick “Night Train” Lane’s single-season interception record of 14, a mark that has stood since 1952 and is generally regarded as one of the league’s most untouchable records, could be threatened this season as the Cowboys Trevon Diggs has gotten at least one interception in every game so far this season. This past Sunday got two more in the Cowboys win over the Panthers.
The simplest way for me is this stat? In the last three wins for the Dallas Cowboys, Dak Prescott had thrown for less than 240 yards in each victory. The Cowboys are looking like a complete team as the defensive is vastly improved this season, and the offense is much more balanced than it has been in the past. The Cowboys are going to run away with the NFC East.
The Bills are blowing people out; I will give you these are teams that they should be blowing out, but the Bills are impressing by completely dominating teams. The Bills are a complete team; they are well-coached and will run away with the AFC East.
The Ravens defense shut down the Broncos offense, and the Broncos impressive 3-0 start has now evaporated into Bronco fans panicking. The Broncos are a Wild Card contender, but this team still has limitations that need to be fixed. The Ravens, on the other hand, have injuries all over the place but the coaching staff in Baltimore always seems to find a way.
Everybody was freaking out about Chase’s dropped passes in the preseason, which was forgotten as Chase was named the NFL’s rookie in September. Now imagine what Chase could do if Bengals Coach Zac Taylor would throw the ball deep a little more often? Chase has proven so far to be unguardable.
The Browns completely dismantled a very talented Minnesota Vikings offense on the road on Sunday, and the Browns, as of right now, look like a serious Super Bowl contender.
The Bears beat the Lions on Sunday, but David Montgomery was hurt, and if he has to miss significant time, the Bears season will be over. Justin Fields played better in Sunday’s win, but he needs the help of Montgomery in the Bears backfield.
This isn’t Ohio State or Bowling Green, and Urban Meyer is finding that out. The Jags have now lost 19 straight games, and the big question is will Meyer be around long enough to break the 1976 Buccaneers 26 game losing streak? I hope he does make it that far because Meyer deserves that record!
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