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10 Things We Learned From Week 3

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1. The Cardinals Are Dominating Their Opponents

The Cardinals are giving the Patriots a run for their money to be the best team in the league. Through three weeks, Arizona has outscored their opponents 126-49. No, they haven’t had the toughest schedule so far, but they have been impressive to say the least. At the moment, they may be the most complete team in the game.

 

2. It’s a Pass-Heavy League

We all know that the NFL has transitioned to be a pass-happy league. Teams like the Seahawks and Cowboys are rare with the way they look to run the ball first. Quarterbacks in general had very good games this week. A total of 12 quarterbacks gained over 300 yards passing the ball. That is almost half of the starters in the NFL!

 

3. DeMarco Murray’s Stock Falling

Through the first two games of the season, DeMarco Murray ran for 11 yards on 21 carries. He was unable to play this week, and Ryan Mathews took advantage of the opportunity. He ran for 108 yards on 25 carries. Even though Murray will definitely be the starter when he is back in the lineup, Mathews has earned himself a few more touches. This will obviously hurt Murray’s value at least some, and could hurt it even more if he doesn’t play well the next time he is out there.

 

4. Fitzgerald is Still Elite Screenshot_2015-09-28-20-42-19-1

If you follow me on Twitter @FantasyFlurry then you know that I have been talking Larry Fitzgerald up for awhile. I gave a stat a few weeks ago that said if we took Fitzgerald’s stats from the six games he had with Palmer last season, then projected them out over a full season, he would have finished with 85 catches, 1288 yards and 5 touchdowns. So far this season he has 23 catches, 333 yards and 5 touchdowns. Where did Larry Fitgerald go? He never left.

 

5. The Falcons Finally Have a Running Game

The Falcons have been missing a running game for awhile, and it looks like they have one this season. Week one, rookie Tevin Coleman totaled 80 yards rushing, which is solid. Devonta Freeman was alone in the backfield this week since the rookie was out with a rib injury. Freeman was able to get 141 rushing yards and three touchdowns to go along with 5 catches for 52 yards. If the two running backs continue to run like this, the offense will be absolutely deadly with the play action.

 

6. The Bengals Could Run Away With AFC North

The Bengals topped the Ravens in the “Must-Watch Showdown” this week to get their third win of the season. The Bengals are alone at the top of the division with the Steelers right behind them with two wins. Unfortunately for the Steelers, Ben Rothlisberger will be out 4-6 weeks, and backup Michael Vick did not look good in his brief time Sunday.

 

7. Amari Cooper is The Real Dealcooper

Cooper has been causing the opposing defense trouble so far this season. In the last two weeks, he has totaled 15 catches for 243 yards and a touchdown. He is on track for 106 catches, 1546 yards and 5 touchdowns, which would be an unbelievable year for any wide receiver. It makes it even more impressive that he’s a rookie with a second-year quarterback.

 

8. The Raiders Can’t Cover Tight Ends

The Raiders are playing better this season than we thought they would, but their coverage on tight ends is absolutely atrocious. They gave up 9 catches, 104 yards and 2 touchdowns to Tyler Eifert week one, 5 catches, 88 yards and 2 touchdowns to Crockett Gillmore week two, then 6 catches, 105 yards and 1 touchdown to Gary Barnidge this week. These are not elite tight ends, but they are putting up elite, Gronk-like numbers against this defense. The Raiders’ schedule going forward is Bears, Broncos, Chargers, Jets, Steelers, Vikings, Lions, Titans. Playing these teams’ starting tight ends could be a very good choice for you in daily leagues.

 

9. Colts Fans Should Be Nervous

Let’s start with good news: the Colts extend their division winning streak to 14 consecutive wins! Yay! Bad news: the offense is not looking good. Andrew Luck has always turned the ball over too much, but he also had production to back it up. It seems like now he only throws interceptions, in the first three quarters at least. It doesn’t help when T.Y. Hilton is still dealing with knee soreness, Dwayne Allen is out with an ankle injury, and Andre Johnson moves like a turtle. Lucky for them, they play the Jaguars this week, so they have a good chance to extend their streak to 15.

 

10. The Bears Appear to Have Already Given Up

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If you watched this team play the Seahawks, you saw a team who didn’t want to be there. The Bears had 10 possessions on Sunday, and punted on every single one. They also attempted only 17 passes. There is no excuse for that, even with Jimmy Clausen at quarterback.  John Fox has been known to not be very aggressive, but come on! The Bears were not playing to win the game, they were playing to lose by as little points as possible. That is why they kept the clock moving, and punted it so Seattle would have had to keep going the length of the field. After the game, they traded DE Jared Allen to the Panthers for a draft pick. It sure seems like that organization has their mind on 2016 draft day, and they are taking this time to figure out which quarterback they will bring in to be the starter next season.

 

One Comment

  1. Jeff

    September 30, 2015 at 3:26 pm

    I thought the same thing watching the Bears, the offense just didn’t care!

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