9 takeaways from week 3

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Sunday Rundown recaps the most important developments in the day’s action and examines the significance of these events going forward.

Josh Allen is chaos

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In the Buffalo Bills’ 35-32 win over the Los Angeles Rams, which was somehow much wilder than that tight score suggests, quarterback Josh Allen made his strongest argument yet. against its many skeptics. He also always found a way to be maddeningly hilarious.

Allen bet Buffalo with a 28-3 lead only to get the Rams back to Storm 32-28 – because 28-3 leads in NFL games are toxic, apparently. Then came Allen’s winning record, who went into the books as having consumed 11 plays, 75 yards and 4:15. But Allen made things a lot weirder than that.

He took a sack, passed 22 yards on third and 22, mistakenly attempted a fullback who bounced out of bounds and was called up for a 15-yard face mask while trying to dodge a sack , when the bills could least afford to lose 15 meters. He also completed a 17-yard pass on third and 25 which set up a fourth and 8 that fell incomplete but still resulted in a first down due to an uncertain pass interference call. . He then found Tyler Kroft for a touchdown 15 seconds from the end. And that was it. The bills win.

It’ll probably be like that with Allen – a lot of promises mixed with a lot of exasperation. It can be exhilarating. It can be irritating. It’s going to get a lot of people’s attention, even if it’s just to see what might happen next. As it stands, the Bills are 3-0 and are all alone in first place in the AFC East.

Can someone stop Russell Wilson?

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The Seattle Seahawks quarterback keeps pushing his MVP case. Yes, we are still only in September, but his numbers are staggering.

Wilson threw for 315 yards and five more touchdowns in a 38-31 win over the Cowboys, and he could have had another TD pass if DK Metcalf hadn’t shot a Léon Lett in the first trimester. Wilson also paraded the Seahawks 75 yards in eight plays in just 2:12 on the winning drive, which included a clutch completion to Greg Olsen in the fourth and third. Ho-hum.

The Seahawks are next at the Miami Dolphins before returning home to face the winless Minnesota Vikings and then into their week off. The way Wilson plays, it’s unclear how many TD passes he’ll have by then.

OMG, the Falcons

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The Atlanta Falcons took a 16-point lead over the Chicago Bears in the 6:30 finals just a week after blowing a 20-point lead over the Dallas Cowboys, which featured a curling routine on a stroke. foot in play.

For those who score at home, these are consecutive losses despite a probability of winning greater than 98% in the fourth quarter of both games. How is it possible? And how long before Dan Quinn gets his key fob from the facility?

Probably gonna do it for Trubisky in Chicago

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Let’s not forget who the Falcons defeat came against: Bears quarterback Nick Foles.

Foles rebounded in the league – five teams in nine seasons in the NFL – but he also beat Tom Brady to win a Super Bowl in one of his two stops with the Philadelphia Eagles. It was three years ago and two teams.

Chicago traded Foles this offseason as insurance for Mitchell Trubisky. Foles’ role as a backup officially lasted exactly two and a half games. He threw three touchdowns and one interception, and that was enough.

Unless an injury or a large facial transplant, it’s safe to assume the labor is Foles’s. The Bears have previously declined to pick Trubisky’s fifth-year option for 2021, so he’ll likely play elsewhere next season.

A tie that tells the story of two QBs

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The Cincinnati Eagles and Bengals ended in a 23-23 draw – both teams are 0-2-1 – but there was a lot more to like about Joe Burrow’s performance for Cincinnati than what Carson Wentz has. shown for Philadelphia.

Burrow completed 31 of 44 passes to nine different receivers for 312 yards, two touchdowns and zero interceptions. He has also been sacked eight times and beaten 18 times. He clearly needs more help from his offensive line, but he’s not returning the ball either – just an interception and a lost fumble in three games.

Wentz is also having issues with his offensive line, but he continues to make a lot of mistakes. He threw a measly 4.8 yards per attempt and two more interceptions – giving him six on the season. Unlike Burrow, who was only playing his third game in the NFL, Wentz is in his fourth season and his (expensive) second contract, with a rookie the Eagles just drafted in the second round looking over his shoulder. .

Burrow and Wentz may have finished tied, but while the former has time to improve, the latter has a growing legion of skeptics wondering when he’ll finally do it.

New York bad football

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The New York Giants lost 36-9 at home to the San Francisco 49ers, who have half their team in an infirmary. The New York Jets, meanwhile, lost 36-7 to the Indianapolis Colts. By the time you read this Daniel Jones may have groped again and Sam Darnold may have thrown another pick-6. It’s so bad in the Big Apple.

Over the course of six games combined, the Jets and Giants did not earn any wins and were outscored by a total of 98 points, or more than 16 per game. October won’t arrive until Thursday, but it’s already possible to imagine the two New York teams vying for the top two picks in next year’s draft.

Good Pittsburgh Defense

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After spotting the Houston Texans with a 21-17 lead at halftime, the Pittsburgh Steelers blocked their opponents for the remainder of the time allowing just 51 total yards and two first downs. Yes, it was against Deshaun Watson.

The Texans only played 14 games during the entire second half. Watson, who was 14 for 18 for 202 yards, two touchdowns and a 150.5 passer rating in the first half, was sacked in three of those games. David Johnson ran the ball four times in the second period for three yards.

The Steelers used glue and duct tape to erect an 8-8 season last year without Ben Roethlisberger, and they pulled off that feat thanks to their defense, which led the league in sacks and takeaways. . They are now 3-0 with a trip to the Tenessee Titans 3-0.

Gronk finally gets involved

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After catching just two assists and being targeted just four times in two games, Rob Gronkowski was the Tampa By Buccaneers’ leading wide receiver in a 28-10 win over the Denver Broncos. Brady threw him seven times, and six resulted in completions for 48 yards. It was like 2014 again, except in pewter.

It’s unclear what all of this means except that Gronk may have supplanted Cameron Brate on the Extreme Depths chart. Brate has barely played this season and he has yet to be targeted on Sunday.

The score is up, up, up

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The first two weeks of the season produced more points than any year in NFL history. This trend continued into week three, with 14 teams scoring at least 30 points. And Kansas City Chiefs-Baltimore Ravens is yet to come.

It’s football now, at all levels. Offensive coaches have discovered the efficiency of the passing game, all forms of deception and the use of space; rule changes instituted in the name of both player safety (wink) and a desire for more excitement have only encouraged this reality. Meanwhile, your friendly Neighborhood Defensive Coordinator can only apply antacids and turn around uncomfortably as he tries to sleep on a cot in his office.

Dom Cosentino is Senior Feature Film Writer at theScore.



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