More points had been scored across the first two weeks of the 2020 NFL season than any other year in NFL history. That trend continued in week three as offenses remain dominant and defenses continue to chase. Defensive coordinators are having it rough through the first couple weeks, but no rougher than Las Vegas Sports Book. Despite no fans, the action has been great through these first couple weeks, and the COVID-19 impact very limited. In fact, it rarely comes up in discussions, which is great for a number of obvious reasons.
Lets take a look at the biggest headlines from week 3.
Cancel New York Football
The New York Giants and Jets are the two worst teams in the NFL. Period. The Jets were blown out this weekend by the Colts 36-7 and the Giants were blown out at home by the wounded 49ers 36-9. Both teams are 0-3 and neither have shown much life.
Optimism remains for Giants’ fans that the new coaching regime will right the ship, but that’s being hopeful. For the Jets, they are a disaster, with a coaching staff that needs to be sent packing and a roster that lacks talent everywhere you look. If you want for entertaining football in New York in 2020, you’ll have to go upstate to Buffalo.
The Pack Are Back
Aaron Rodgers doesn’t care that you thought he was done. The Packers also don’t care that you called their 2019 season a fluke. They are off to a hot 3-0 start, which was capped off by a 37-30 win over the New Orleans Saints on Sunday night. Rodgers and his offense was without star wideout Devante Adams, but they still put up 37 points (or more) for the third consecutive week. Matt LaFleur’s system showed signs last year. Now in year two, it is thriving. The Packers are among the top 2 teams in the NFC so far.
Russell Wilson Early MVP Candidate
Whose the other NFC team up there with the Packers? That would be the Seattle Seahawks. They are 3-0 as well, after defeating the Cowboys in a 38-31 shootout. Russell Wilson is already running away with the MVP trophy this year and we aren’t even in month two. The shifty veteran has more touchdown passes through three weeks than any other quarterback in NFL history (14). The previous record was 13 set by Patrick Mahomes in 2018.
The Seahawks defense isn’t quite where it needs to be, but they have talent on that side of the ball. On offense, Russ is spreading it around to all his weapons. He’s complemented by Chris Carson, who leads their rushing attack.
Seattle and Green Bay look to be on a collision course for the NFC Championship, which would be a rematch of the 2019 NFC Divisional Round.
Kyler Murray Is Human
The red hot Arizona Cardinals came down to earth this Sunday. They lost at home to the 0-2 Detroit Lions on a Matt Prater game-winning field goal. Arizona has no one to blame but themselves. They had control of this one for a better portion of the afternoon, but the three interceptions by Murray were the difference maker.
Detroit did a great job keeping Kyler in the pocket, where he forced some throws that were just plain bad decisions. It’s a strategy other teams will replicate in future matchups against the budding star quarterback. Arizona has to feel like they let a great chance to go to 3-0 slip away. It’s a game that could cost them come playoff time.
Tom Brady And Cam Newton Both Winning And Having Fun
Cam has made replacing Tom Brady in New England look easy. He led the Pats to a 36-20 win over the previously 2-0 Las Vegas Raiders on Sunday. It wasn’t Cam’s best statistical performance, but he made the plays with both his legs and arm when necessary. It was a very Brady like performance, in the sense that he did what was necessary to get a comfortable win for his team. Rex Burkhead had three touchdowns, as the Patriots continued to display a powerful rushing attack.
Brady and his Bucs went up to Denver to take on a wounded Broncos team. Mile High Stadium is a place that has not treated Brady kindly in his career, but last Sunday he had no issues. His Bucs beat the Broncos comfortably, 28-10 on three Brady touchdown passes. Now 2-1 and in first place in the NFC South, the Bucs are quickly picking up momentum after dropping their opener to the New Orleans Saints.
Teams You Didn’t Think Would Be 3-0 To Start
The Tennessee Titans, Pittsburgh Steelers and Buffalo Bills are all undefeated through the first three weeks of the NFL season. All three are good teams and all three had playoff expectations at the start of the season. However, it wasn’t expected that both of these teams would look like contenders for a Super Bowl.
Tennessee picked up right where they left off last year, and Ryan Tannehill is even better than he was when he took over for Marcus Mariotta last season. Ben Roethelisberger has returned for the Steelers and is looking more and more like the Big Ben of old. Couple that with one of the best defenses in the league, and the Steelers are big trouble for any opponent.
Buffalo is taking a different approach this season. Last year, the team was known for its defense, this year it is the offense that’s carrying the load. “We will out score you” is the operative phrase. The Bills have scored over 30 points in each of their first 3 games, with Josh Allen being one of the best fantasy (and actual) quarterbacks of the early 2020 season.
These three teams should give Kansas City and Baltimore a run for the money come playoff time, as those two gridiron forces face off tonight on Monday Night Football.