Looking at the Top 10 Storylines From Week 3 of the 2013 NFL Season
Top 10 Storylines From Week 3
Just when you thought the 2013 NFL season couldn't get any more exciting for football fans--Week 3 happened.
From the San Francisco 49ers falling at home to the Indianapolis Colts to the Cincinnati Bengals pulling off a miraculous victory thanks to a late fumble by the Green Bay Packers, there are plenty of great storylines to discuss from Week 3 as numerous teams made huge statements while others continued to struggle.
Be honest--how many of you thought the Packers, 49ers, and Atlanta Falcons would be 1-2 heading into Week 4? Better yet, how many of you thought the Miami Dolphins and Chicago Bears would be 3-0 while the New York Giants and Washington Redskins remain winless?
Week 3 did not disappoint football fans as there are plenty of great headlines to take away from Sunday and Thursday. Without wasting any more time, here's a look at the top storylines from Week 3 of the 2013 NFL season.
10. Baltimore Ravens Show Why They're Defending Champions
Despite being the defending Super Bowl champions, there was a reason for concern over the Baltimore Ravens after the first two weeks after being blown out by the Denver Broncos in Week 1 and barely getting by the Cleveland Browns in Week 2. On Sunday, the Ravens made a huge statement when it comes to being contenders in the AFC with a monster win over the Houston Texans.
Best part is--they managed to do so without Ray Rice.
9. Washington Redskins Fall to 0-3
Another week, another loss for the Washington Redskins as the concerns surrounding Robert Griffin III's knee continue. Griffin's numbers (32 of 50 for for 326 yards with one interception) may not have been all that bad, but he failed to get anything consistent going on offense once again--leaving this team in the basement of the NFC East with the Giants at 0-3.
8. New York Jets Improve to 2-1
The New York Jets were picked as a team who many expected to win four games at most during the 2013 season--so it's kind of a big deal they're off to a 2-1 start. Sure, they may not have faced the toughest competition other than the New England Patriots, but give Geno Smith and this team credit for pulling out two close wins this early in the season.
7. Andy Reid Gets Revenge on Former Team
The Kansas City Chiefs have been one of the biggest surprises of the early 2013 NFL season so far as they're off to a 3-0 start--with their latest win coming last Thursday against the Philadelphia Eagles. If there was any game Chiefs head coach Andy Reid wanted to win the most this season, it was this one after spending the last 14 years in Philadelphia and there's a good chance we won't see a bigger smile on Reid's face than the one we saw last Thursday night--that is unless the Chiefs manage to win the Super Bowl.
6. New York Giants Hit New Low in Shutout
The New York Giants entered Week 3 facing a must win, but they couldn't even manage to score a single point against the Carolina Panthers. To say their offensive line is terrible would be the understatement of the century and at this rate it's difficult to see Eli Manning lasting the whole season without suffering an injury.
5. Cincinnati Bengals Pull Off Shocking Win Against Green Bay Packers
First, the Cincinnati Bengals jumped out to a 14-0 lead before the Green Bay Packers took a single snap on offense. Then, the Packers scored 30 unanswered points to make it seem like they were well on their way to 2-1.
So how did the Bengals respond in one of the most exciting games from Week 3? By scoring 20 unanswered points of their own--including a 58-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown after Green Bay decided to go for it on fourth down late in the final quarter.
4. Brian Hoyer Leads Cleveland Browns to Unexpected Win
After trading Trent Richardson to the Indianapolis Colts, there was no way the Cleveland Browns were going to beat the Minnesota Vikings with Brian Hoyer at quarterback, right?
Hoyer gave hope to a fan base that has been frustrated with the organization this week after trading their best player and with all of the questions surrounding Brandon Weeden--it will be interesting to see how the former Michigan State star does over the rest of the season after his impressive performance (three touchdowns) against the Vikings.
3. Miami Dolphins Are For Real
If there were still any doubters over the Miami Dolphins heading into Week 3--they certainly aren't doubting this team any more.
The Dolphins were considered a sleeper team to keep an eye on in 2013, but nobody could have predicted them to start the year off with a 3-0 record. If they can beat teams like the Indianapolis Colts and Atlanta Falcons, they can beat any team.
2. San Francisco 49ers Struggle Again
What happened to the San Francisco 49ers team that looked like the best in the NFC in Week 1 against the Green Bay Packers? For a team that represented the NFC in the Super Bowl last year, the 49ers look like they're falling apart fast after an embarrassing loss at home to the Indianapolis Colts at home--the first loss at home in Colin Kaepernick's career.
1. Pittsburgh Steelers Fall to 0-3, Chicago Bears Improve to 3-0
Here's a sentence nobody could have predicted would be true at the beginning of the season--the Pittsburgh Steelers are 0-3 heading into Week 4.
While the Chicago Bears deserve all of the credit in the world for displaying their best performance of the season so far on the road, the main headline from this game is how the Steelers failed to come through once again. You know it's bad when a team trails the Browns in the division standings and unfortunately for the Steelers--that's exactly the case.
By the way, anyone questioning Jay Cutler's toughness needs to learn a thing or two about football after seeing the way he leaned in with his shoulder and took a shot like a man during that one run in the second half.