Week 3: The Catch Up
It didn’t take long for the NFL to start rolling along in a strong way. From the big surprises, to teams’ massive disappointments, let’s take a look at the primetime games that week three of the NFL season had in store for us.
No Quarterback? No Problem. Patriots Shutout Texans On Thursday Night Football
Tom Brady was suspended for the first four games over Deflategate, his promising backup, Jimmy Garoppolo, couldn’t play with a shoulder injury, and star tight-end Rob Gronkowski was playing on an injured hamstring. The Patriots are done, right? Well, third-string quarterback Jacoby Brissett thinks different.
With strong play from their third-round rookie, the Patriots pulled a surprising 27-0 victory over the young and upcoming Houston Texans in Foxborough on Thursday night. Now 3-0, it’s hard to rule out the Patriots as heavy Super Bowl contenders moving forward when they come back to full strength.
Josh Norman Versus Odell Beckham Jr. Part 2
It’s easy to tell that Pro-Bowl cornerback Josh Norman and wide-receiver Odell Beckham Jr. have a major feud with each other after their heavy brawl in last year’s matchup. This time around, things are different.
Norman spurned the Carolina Panthers and signed with division rival, Washington Redskins, in a stunning move over the summer. So, yes, we will be seeing this matchup twice a year from now on. During Sunday’s game, both Beckham and Norman battled it out heartily as the game went down to the wire. Norman’s team got the upper hand, however, as the Redskins pulled out a 29-27 victory over the Giants to avoid going 0-3.
Bad News Bears: Cowboys cruise in Sunday Night Matchup
It had been a little over a year since “America’s Team” got a win on its home field, but that changed Sunday night when the Cowboys blitzed their way to a 31-17 victory over the Chicago Bears. Rookie quarterback Dak Prescott has been a pleasant surprise this season and he was just as good Sunday night to lead the Cowboys to a 2-1 record.
As it pertains to the Bears, it hasn’t even been close to the ideal start. Dealing with an array of injuries on the defensive end, including starting quarterback Jay Cutler, the team found themselves well short-handed for Sunday night’s primetime game. Things will only get worse before they get better after the team’s second straight year starting 0-3.
Falcons outlast Saints in Monday Night Shootout
If you’re a fan of touchdowns, touchdowns, and more touchdowns, you weren’t disappointed Monday Night when the Saints took on divisional rivals Falcons in the Superdome. Quarterback Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons offense were rolling all over the Saints non-existent defense, dropping 45 points and showing no signs of slowing down whatsoever. In a game where star wide-receiver Julio Jones only managed one catch, the Falcons were still able to put up 442 total yards.
There was not much Saints star quarterback Drew Brees could do as his defense couldn’t hold the fort down to end the team’s current home losing streak. Now starting 0-3, the Saints will have a tough task next week at San Diego.
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