Week 3 provided me with the most thrilling slate of NFL games that I’ve seen in a long time. In a span of just a couple minutes, multiple games came down to the wire and ended on epic plays. From Eagles rookie Jake Elliott’s game-winning 61-yard field goal over the archrival Giants to Jordan Howard’s game-ending overtime touchdown rumble, these games were not only exciting but also changed the pecking order in the league.
- New England Patriots (2-1, last week 1)- Tom Brady’s poise was on display on the Patriots’ game-winning drive against Houston and his chemistry with new receiver Brandin Cooks should scare opponents across the league. The defense, however, is definitely an issue.
- Kansas City Chiefs (3-0, last week 2)- Another strong win for Kansas City, this one the first divisional victory of the season. Still not sold on the Chiefs beating the Patriots for the conference.
- Atlanta Falcons (3-0, last week 3)- The other 3-0 team in the NFL, the Falcons have beaten two NFC powers, the Packers and Lions, in their first two wins. I doubt that this year’s team is better than last year’s, but their Super Bowl hangover doesn’t seem steep enough for the Falcons to miss out on the playoffs.
- Oakland Raiders (2-1, last week 5)- The Raiders lost an ugly game to Washington in which they were dominated from start to finish. Week 4 against the Broncos will be a tough test for their highly touted but disappointing offense.
- Dallas Cowboys (2-1, last week 7)- The Cowboys didn’t look dominant against an Arizona team that will likely miss the playoffs, but I still think they have a stellar shot at winning the NFC title.
- Green Bay Packers (2-1, last week 8)-
- Pittsburgh Steelers (2-1, last week 6)- The Steelers laid an egg against a weak Bears team and have yet to show that they are the team that could topple New England.
- Denver Broncos (2-1, last week FFO)- Quarterback Trevor Siemian came back to Earth in the Broncos’ stunning loss to the Buffalo Bills and their match against the Raiders will show if the Buffalo loss was a fluke.
- Detroit Lions (2-1, last week FFO)- Rewarded with a record-breaking contract this offseason, Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford has opened the season at an MVP-level. Even after falling a yard short of a home victory against Atlanta, the Lions look like contenders in a wide-open conference.
- Philadelphia Eagles (2-1, last week FFO)- The Titans are a better team, but the Eagles are in a weaker conference and boast two quality divisional wins. If they keep it up, they’ll have a strong chance at winning the loaded NFC East and making a playoff run.
First Five Out: Buccaneers, Seahawks, Texans, Vikings, Panthers