It was an up and down day for the AFC West. All four teams had very tough opponents, a lot on the line, and it showed in the games.
The Kansas City Chiefs were the only undefeated team in the AFC West, the Los Angeles Chargers and Oakland Raiders had split the first two games, and the Denver Broncos were still looking for their first win of the 2019 season.
What would week 3 bring for the AFC West? Well, it was a rollercoaster for sure. One with expected losses, expected wins, and two games that were fantastic down to the last minute!
Week 3 is just about here. Let’s take a tour around the NFC North and see what’s been going around the division going into play on Sunday.
Let’s start with the Chicago Bears. What in the name of wild finishes was that? While I understand Broncos fans frustrations, a win is a win. And the biggest news out of that win? Kicker Eddy Pineiro. He was named the NFC Special Teams Player of the Week. Which is great news for the Bears faithful, especially after last years disappointing playoff loss. The Bears have found their guy! The Bears are heading to Washington to take on the Redskins on Monday Night Football. Hopefully, they can put all phases of their game together to get the win.
Every fall as the college football season comes to a close, all eyes turn to the NFL draft. Fans start their mocks, NFL teams start to prepare their boards. The Mel Kiper wannabes come out in droves. Fans begin their banter as to why their respective team should pick this player.
Flashback to January 7, 2019. The day of the 2019 College National Championship game. Clemson, behind true freshman quarterback Trevor Lawrence, and Alabama lead by sophomore sensation, QB Tua Tagovailoa. I bring this game up because I believe this is where it all began.
Regardless of the outcome of the game, scouts and fans had already begun to focus on these two starting quarterbacks. Tua Tagovailoa will be eligible for the 2020 NFL draft, while the other, Trevor Lawrence, will have to wait for eligibility in 2021. Per scouts and fans alike, both these college quarterbacks clearly have “Franchise” written all over them.
There are 9 teams in the NFL that are 2-0 going into week 3 of the 2019 season, with 5 being in the NFC, and 3 of them are in the NFC West. No other division can make that claim so that makes one wonder, will the NFC West be the best division in the league in 2019?
Yes, its only 2 weeks in. Yes, one could say that the NFC has had an easy start to their schedule. However, neither of these questions takes away from the fact that the NFC West is winning and sometimes winning big.
When people discussed the NFCW during the preseason, there were lots of questions. Could the Los Angeles Rams come back from their Super Bowl loss and be just as dominant? Will Seattle’s defense recover from losing the Legion of Boom and will quarterback Russell Wilson start throwing the ball more? Could the San Francisco 49ers be a contender with a healthy QB and team? Could a new head coach and rookie QB be the spark Arizona needed to save their team?
The answer to all of these questions, so far, has been a resounding yes.
With 53 seconds left on the clock, Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky moves in the pocket and fires a bullet to an open wide receiver Allen Robinson, who immediately falls to the ground. Both Trubisky and Coach Matt Nagy are hitting the timeout switch leaving one second on the clock.
The young kicker Eddy Pineiro was on the sidelines waiting for that chance to be the hero, to show this Bears team that he was worthy to be trusted and that he had their back.
From 53-yards the KICK IS GOOOOOOD!
The entire Bears team, coaches and fans jumped for joy as they Bears win, on the road in the toughest stadium to play in. (Cue applause meter.)
Football’s favorite little brother has had a lackluster past couple of years, starting with being benched for QB Geno Smith in 2017. When the Giants drafted Jones with their first pick in this past April’s draft, most thought that this was a sign that it was really going to be the end for Manning this year. Well, the Giants made it official yesterday.
Things got shaken up in the NFC South this weekend. The Carolina Panthers are winless while the other three teams are tied up in the standings at 1-1.
The most startling news is the thumb injury to New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees. Early reports indicate 6-8 weeks of recovery but if it really is “Gamekeepers Thumb,” he may be out all season.
Are the Tampa Bay Buccaneers or the Atlanta Falcons poised to take over the division? Let’s see what happened to them this week.
For the second week in a row, the Miami Dolphins have been outscored by double digits. After a complete thrashing by the Baltimore Ravens in week 1, the Dolphins looked to rebound against their AFC East rival New England Patriots.
After last week’s defensive break-downs, the Dolphins improved defensively, although the score might not reflect this. The defense held the Patriots to just 13 points in the first half. The second half is when the defense finally broke.
This week the offense can shoulder the blame. Only one stat I need to give you: Total yards per team. The Patriots had 381, whereas the Dolphins offense only complied 184 yards. Let’s be honest, most of these yards came after the game was out of reach.