Quite Frankly: 10 Things about Week 3 in the NFL

September 26, 20112 Comments

Here goes the run down for Week 3:

  • Because of Vick’s fragility the NFC East is up for grabs.
    • The Giants 29 – 16 victory over the Eagles illustrates that the NFC East is probably the most wide open division in football. Pending what happens between Washington and Dallas on MNF you could very well be looking at a 4 team divisional race that goes down to the final weeks.
  • The Bills will win the AFC East.
    • It’s only Week 3 but the Bills have a resiliency about them that should keep them near the top of the AFC East all year. Besides, the Patriots defense is awful and the Jets have no identity on offense. Dare I say the Bills are the least flawed team in the division?
  • The Lions will win the NFC North.
    • This team is tough. Matt Stafford continues to perform at an MVP level and Ndamukong Suh is the most fierce defensive player since the late Reggie White terrorized offenses in the 90′s. The Packers are the Champs but I think this is the Lions year to make some noise.
  • Darren McFadden will lead the league in rushing.
    • Remember when it was rumored that Jerry Jones wanted to trade Marion Barber and draft picks in move up in the 2008 draft to select a young Darren McFadden out of Arkansas?

      After 3 weeks on the 2011 season I think you’re starting to see why Jones was so enamored with McFadden. McFadden has a rare blend of power and quickness that allows him to accelerate through holes and make big plays in the running game. The Raiders are going places this year and they will be riding McFadden all the way.

  • The 49ers are the best team in the NFC West.
    • If not for their Week 2 meltdown against the Cowboys the 49ers would be sitting at 3 – 0 in a division where no one is currently over .500. Nonetheless, at 2 – 1 it appears the 49ers may be the best of bad NFC West early on. Of course, since the winner of this division will probably only have 8 or 9 wins even the 0 – 3 St. Louis Rams are still alive until further notice.
  • The Ravens are the best team in the AFC.
    • After 3 weeks of football the Ravens pass the eye test as the best team in the AFC. Sure they suffered a week 2 loss at Tennessee, but I’m giving them a mulligan for that game since they absolutely clobbered the Rams yesterday and the Steelers in Week 1. The Ravens get another great test against the Jets this week.
  • Chad Ochocinco needs to loosen up.
    • Ochocinco has been ripped for his tweets and poor performance this season. I believe Ochocinco’s troubles can be attributed to the fact that he is not being himself. I think he is trying so hard to fit into the Patriot way he is losing the confidence and bravado that made him a great player with the Bengals. If Chad wants to make an impact this season he needs to find a balance between the old Ochocinco and the new reformed Chad.
  • The Colts will have the number one pick in the draft.
    • The Colts defensive effort against the AFC Champion Steelers was amazing and a testament to the pride that this team still has. However, Kerry Collins looks too old and Curtis Painter looks too green for the Colts to win more than two or three games this season. The only question now is whether it will be Andrew Luck, Matt Barkley, or Landry Jones?
  • The Atlanta Falcons might miss the playoffs.
    • This is hard for me to write just three weeks into the season, especially when you throw in the fact that I picked the Falcons to win the NFC South. But truth be told the Falcons would likely be 0 – 3 if not for Vick’s concussion in Week 2 which forced his early exit. At this point the Saints and Bucs look like better teams and something just seems out of sync with this Falcons team. I just can’t put my finger on it yet.
  • Defenses are the true victims of the lockout.
    • Touchdowns are up, passing yards are up, and scoring is up. So far the defense is lagging behind at a time of year when it is generally thought that defensive units are a step ahead of offensive ones. I think they will catch up as the season goes on but it has made for a lot of scoring plays early in the 2011 season.

2 comments to “Quite Frankly: 10 Things about Week 3 in the NFL”

  1. Good introduction of the subject matter plus the title is also catcy, making your blog post really interesting to read. This is also what I observed in the Bills, they won the AFC East easily.

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