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Youth was the theme for Week 3 of the NFL season. Daniel Jones made his first start and dazzled the NFL world. Lamar Jackson has elevated his game during his first full season as a starter by going toe-to-toe with Patrick Mahomes and the dynamic Kansas City Chiefs offense. And Kyle Allen took over the Carolina Panthers starting job and made the most of it with four touchdown passes in a win at Arizona. After a busy week in the NFL, here are my thoughts about the current happenings.
- The San Francisco 49ers must be one of the sloppiest 3-0 teams I have ever seen. They turned the ball over five times in their 24-20 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. Most teams would have taken advantage of those turnovers and won, but in this game, the 49ers defense held off a mostly inept Steelers offense. But San Francisco’s defense is nice so far. Let’s see if their offense can find consistency.
- Jacoby Brissett looks legit through three games. He has shown incredible poise in the pocket with the system he is in. He looks like a competent NFL starting quarterback and has filled in nicely after Andrew Luck retired. Is it possible that Andrew Luck retired abruptly because he knew Brissett would do just fine and that the Colts were in good hands?
- Ok, I was wrong about Lamar Jackson. He can throw the football well and even though he hasn’t played a good defense yet, and won’t until early November, he has still shown up to play well. He made some dynamic throws against the Kansas City Chiefs and was able to keep Baltimore in the game. I’m looking forward to seeing how he performs against the elite defenses of the NFL.
- The Philadelphia Eagles and Los Angeles Chargers are in unfortunate situations. The Eagles’ receiving corp is hampered by injuries with Alshon Jeffrey and DeSean Jackson missing time and the backups have a bad case of butterfingers as they dropped seven passes in their 27-24 loss to Detroit on Sunday. The Chargers really miss Derwin James along with Adrian Phillips as the Chargers’ defense struggled mightily in their 27-20 loss against the Houston Texans. The Chargers have three winless teams in their next three games. They need to win all three if they are going to have a good chance of making the playoffs and having a cushion when they play Kansas City. At least James will return sometime in November. As for Philadelphia, they play at Green Bay and at Minnesota in the next three weeks with a freebie against the Jets thrown in there. If their receivers cannot come through again and their stars get healthy, the Cowboys may lock up the division by November.
- Daniel Jones is so exciting, and he is going to be a fun quarterback to watch in this league. Jones is passionate as he was even pumping up his teammates as they were trailing Tampa Bay. Not only does he have great talent to show off, but finally, the New York Giants have hope and passion in their franchise. The last few years, the Giants were slogging along and a mess that had no end in sight. Now, the Giants’ future is built around a core of Saquon Barkley, Daniel Jones, Evan Engram, and Sterling Shepherd. They look promising and with another draft plus another free agency round or two, the Giants will be contenders once again.
- I mentioned last week that Seattle’s defense is very shaky and unless the defense steps up, the Seahawks are no better than they were last year. Their loss to the Drew Brees-less Saints at home was concerning. They looked like they had no clue how to tackle Alvin Kamara, and on top of that, the special teams got burned for a touchdown and Chris Carson has now lost three fumbles in three games. It really seems like Russell Wilson and Bobby Wagner are carrying an average at best team on their backs. Seattle cannot keep this up if they want to have any chance of defeating the mighty Los Angeles Rams.