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NFL Trendsetters for Week 3

The games are becoming intriguing because it feels like no deficit is insurmountable and anything can happen on any given Sunday, Monday, or Thursdays. And away we go with the teams that earned NFL trends notice in Week 3.


Russell Wilson and the Seahawks

These birds are for real. Wilson is having an incredible start, adding to his brilliant career. He led Seattle to a lead over Dallas, fell behind, and found a way to pull out the victory.  Wilson has 14 TD passes through three weeks and does he throw a beautiful ball. Meanwhile, DK Metcalf managed to absolve his first-half gaffe by catching the game-winner.

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Nick Foles, Superhero

It was a matter of time before Mitchell Trubisky’s play forced the hand of Matt Nagy to go to the NFL’s best relief pitcher, Nick Foles. The Philly Superman got the call Sunday with Chicago trailing Atlanta and all he did was throw three TD passes in the final quarter of a come-from-behind victory. The Bears have overcome monster deficits in two of their first three games and Nagy appears to have no choice but to ask his reliever to become a starter.

Purple Pain

The Vikings had us all fooled. Minnesota was expected to be a big player in the NFC. It has managed to play itself into a sinkhole by losing its first three games. It will take a major miracle for the Vikings to find their way into the playoff race.

Philly Flops, Again

A tie is like kissing your sister is the adage. This one is an ugly knot for the Eagles and their fans. Doug Pederson’s great run is stumbling badly. If you can’t get a win against Washington or Cincinnati, there are big problems. The last time the Eagles started this poorly was 1999 when their quarterback for nine games was … Doug Pederson.

Speaking of Flops

Atlanta has had an astonishing run over the last seven days. The Falcons led the Cowboys by 15 points and fell apart. They led the Bears by 16 points in the fourth quarter and history repeated itself like a bad meal. Talk about feeling sick. How much more can Arthur Blank endure with Dan Quinn. Talk about coming up empty with games on the line.

Rotten Apple, I

The Giants are abysmal. They are 0-3 and getting clocked. The 49ers were decimated and they came into MetLife and embarrassed Big Blue. Here’s the question: If the Giants somehow are bad enough to land the first pick in the draft do they honestly consider passing on Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence and placing their future turnover-prone Daniel Jones? Speaking of the teams calling New Jersey home …


Rotten Apple, II

How bad have the Jets been? Their quarterback threw two Pick-Sixes and was sacked for a safety. That equals 16 points for Indianapolis in an absolute rout. Will Jets’ management dig in on Adam Gase rather than admitting a huge mistake? Or will he be banished by a second AFC East team?

Tough as Steel

The AFC North battles between the Steelers and Ravens are going to be incredible tussles. Pittsburgh has rebounded from a troubled 2019, which saw Ben Roethlisberger injured, to jump out of the blocks 3-0. This is a franchise that knows how to win and finds ways to do so consistently.

Same ol’ Song and Dance in New England

Bill Belichick is a magician and no one should be surprised. The Patriots are 2-1 after manhandling the Raiders, who looked so impressive Monday while upending New Orleans. Tom Brady is gone, multiple players opted out and it matters not. If Cam Newton had found the end zone at the end of the game in Seattle, this team would be 3-0.

Do You Believe in Buffalo?

What Bills team is the real one? The one that pasted the Rams to the tune of 28-3 in Orchard Park or the one that collapsed and saw the Rams take a lead that should have stood except for a phantom pass interference call that gave Josh Allen another life. The Bills won and are unbeaten but there have to be concerns over the way they nearly folded.

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