NFL Week 3 Wrap-up
The Dolphins shocked the Panthers with a last second field goal, to give them a 27-24 win. The Dolphins are now 2-1, and the Panthers are 1-2 (although the Panthers' win came against the defending Champions). If Nick Saban can muster 8 wins out of this squad, coach of the year should be a lock. As for the Panthers, they are in a highly competitive division, so every loss hurts.
The Michael Vick show proved to be more than the Buffalo Bills could handle, as Atlanta rolled, 24-16. The Bills have had a dissapointing last couple of weeks, especially on defense. Thought by many to be a playoff contender, they need to get better fast if they have postseason aspirations. And they'll have to do so without Takeo Spikes, who ruptured his Achilles' tendon and will have to miss the rest of the season.
Eli Manning proved more than capable of handling the pressure of playing in the city he once spurned, but the Giants' defense wasn't up to the task, and the Chargers won 45-23. LaDanian Tomlinson (don't call him "LT") had about a skillion yards and almost as many fantasy points. The Chargers' 0-2 start had them in seriously hot water, and while this win took off a lot of pressure, the next 5 weeks are all very losable games for San Diego. We'll find a lot out about this team very quickly.
The Jaguars topped the Jets in overtime, 26-20. New York lost two quarterbacks to injury in the game, including losing their starter for apparently the entire season. Unless the J-E-T-S do something dramatic and quickly, there is no way they are headed for the postseason this time around. As for the Jaguars, they are now 2-1 and have the next two weeks at home against potential playoff teams in Denver and Cincinnati. It might cause a bit of consternation amongst Jaguar fans that their team had to go to overtime to win a game against a team who's starting QB threw for only 76 yards, but remember that in this League no road win is cheap. Especially in conference.
And in the game of the week, it was the New England Patriots 23, Pittsburgh Steelers 20. Tom Brady once again established that he is the NFL's coolest customer, going 12-12 in the 4th quarter against a team that is as good as any team they'll play, in an environment that is as tough as any in football. This game had a playoff atmosphere, and will very possibly have big time playoff implications. I got one question, though: how come the Patriots always play the Colts at home, and the Steelers on the road?
Other results from Sunday: the Bengals are 3-0 after beating the Bears, but we're waiting for them to play a good team. The Raiders are 0-3 after losing to the Eagles, but we're waiting for them to play a bad team. Tampa Bay won in Lambeau by a point, in a game my friend Tristan swears was referee robbery. The Colts are 3-0 after beating Cleveland, but something appears to be wrong with their offense. The Rams and Titans, shells of the teams that went to the Super Bowl a few years back, played another thriller, with the Rams coming out on top 31-27. The Vikings finally looked good, against an exhausted and road-weary Saints team (which, sadly, does not appear to be headed for postseason play). Dallas staged a late comeback to beat San Francisco and screw my fantasy team. And Shawn Alexander ran all over the Cardinals as the Seahawks rolled, 37-12.
The Redskins, Ravens, Lions, and Texans had the week off.
Ok, look for the week 5 primer sometime Saturday. P&L...