1) Out with the old and in with the new
Big Ben, Drew Brees, Eli Manning, Cam Newton are all out and the new faces at quarterback performed well. Sunday was the anniversary of Brady replacing Bledsoe and Big Ben replacing Tommy Maddox, and while I am sure Brees will be back, as will Newton, this is it for Eli in New York barring an injury to Daniel Jones. I also doubt Big Ben can come back to be what he once was next year.
2) Any given Sunday is still true
The Panthers go to Arizona and win; the Saints win in Seattle with the feel-good story of the day in Teddy Bridgewater. Daniel Jones leads the Giants to a victory. All reasons why the NFL is so great, you just never truly know what can happen on a given Sunday.
3) The Browns have issues, but they will still be a playoff team
The Browns first seven games are killers and the offensive line is a mess, but the last half of the season the schedule gets much easier and with that will come a hot streak similar to last year’s.
4) The Patriots defense is giving up an average of a point a game
The Steelers got a field goal in week 1 and that is it for scoring on the Patriots defense. Special Teams gave up the touchdown to the Jets on Sunday. These Patriots have an easy division which should lead them to a home championship game against the high-flying Chiefs.
5) It’s a good thing Jerry Jones has deep pockets
The Cowboys are 3-0 and Dak, Coach Garrett, and Amari Cooper are all going to want new contracts. If this keeps up the three of them could break Jerry’s bank. No, they won’t but Jerry is going to have to pony up big-time soon.
6) Miami is not tanking, they may just be the worst team in NFL history
Only the 1922 Louisville Brecks (minus-134) and 1923 Rochester Jeffersons (minus-122) had a worse point differential than Miami’s after three games. But in the Dolphins defense, the game was relatively close at halftime.
7) Kirk Cousins is awesome when the opponent is not that good
After throwing away a possible win at Lambeau last week Cousins destroyed the vaunted Raiders defense on Sunday (That was sarcasm). The Vikings could be a Super Bowl contender if Cousins ever comes around in big spots, but I wouldn’t hold my breath on that one.
8) Good teams find a way, and believe it or not I am talking about the Lions
The Lions should be 3-0, instead, they are 2-0-1. The two wins are over the Chargers and eagles who most consider to be playoff teams. The Lions are not great on paper but the game is being played on field turf these days and the Lions are a hard-nosed gritty bunch who could end up in the playoffs before it’s all said and done.
9) A Wally Pipp moment for Cam
Panthers QB Kyle Allen, starting in place of injured Cam Newton, threw four TD passes in Sunday’s win at Arizona. Newton has four total TD passes in his past six starts, none in the last four. So, could Allen be the long-term answer in Carolina? I don’t know but we have seen stranger things, just ask Drew Bledsoe.