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Here are your NFL Truths for Week 3:
10) Russell Wilson’s three-game start to the season is the greatest QB display we’ve ever seen.
It surpasses anything we saw from Peyton Manning in 2013, Tom Brady in 2007, Patrick Mahomes in 2018 and Lamar Jackson last season.
After Sunday’s 5-touchdown outing in a victory over the Cowboys, Wilson has opened the season tossing 14 TDs and just one interception.
The year Manning threw an NFL record 55 TDs for the Broncos, his three-game start included 10 TDs and one INT. He reached 14 TD passes in week 4. The year Brady finished with 50 TDs, he opened with 5 and 3 and reached 14 in week 7. When Mahomes threw 50, he began 7-1 and reached 14 in week 6.
I believe the best QB we’ve ever seen was Lamar Jackson’s 2019 campaign. Jackson tossed 36 touchdowns and 6 INTs. He rushed for 1,200 yards and another 7 TDs. Through three games last season, Jackson tossed 11 TDs and one interception. He rushed for 229 yards and zero TDs. He accounted for his 14th TD in week 5.
Wilson is on pace to throw 73 touchdowns and five interceptions. His lone interception is a pass that went directly through the hands of tight end Greg Olsen. Sunday, second-year receiver D.K. Metcalf gave away a Wilson touchdown pass when he was stripped from behind while nonchalantly jogging into the end zone.
Wilson is on a mission to reimagine what we think a quarterback can do in a single season. When he’s done, he’s going to force the Seahawks to tear up his contract and pay him more than Mahomes.
The abuse he endured from Richard Sherman and the Legion of Boom has made Wilson quite ruthless. Two years ago, Wilson and his wife Ciara gave Seattle a deadline to give him a new contract. The Seahawks met the deadline. Wilson and Ciara shot a video from their bed celebrating punking Seattle out of a record contract.
Wilson and Ciara are the rapper AMG and singer Rihanna. Bitch Betta Have My Money.
9) The Patriots easily handled the Raiders Sunday, but Cam Newton looked below average.
A week after throwing for 397 yards in a loss to the Seahawks, Newton threw for just 162 yards and a single TD. Last week, a lot of people argued the entire NFL looked foolish for not signing Newton this offseason.
You won’t hear that argument this week. Newton struggled with his accuracy all day Sunday. By the end of the first quarter, Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels adjusted his play calling and called for Newton to repeatedly dump the ball to running back Rex Burkhead and abandoned throwing the ball downfield.
Newton’s greatest consistency is his lack of consistency when it comes to throwing the ball. His mechanics are as inconsistent as his mood. He gets too emotionally high and too emotionally low.
Is Cam playing at a high enough level to beat the undefeated Buffalo Bills? I’m not sure. The next month will tell the Cam Newton story. The Pats face Kansas City, San Francisco and Buffalo.
Right now, for all the hype, Cam has 2 TD passes and 2 interceptions.
8) Titans pass-rusher Jadeveon Clowney is the Cam Newton of defensive players — too much talent for his own good.
Talent is a curse and a blessing. Too much talent is just all curse. It makes things too easy and allows you to cut corners. Clowney is another big-name player no one wanted to pay this offseason. He doesn’t have a sack through three games. Sunday, he nearly cost Tennessee the game when he erased a pick-6 by throwing a needless, illegal block.
Having won three games by a total of six points, Tennessee is off to an excellent start. The Titans will make the playoffs. Clowney might make some critical plays in an important game. But I think Tennessee made a mistake signing him.
7) Russell Wilson is going to win MVP, but Aaron Donald is the best player in football.
The Rams should be 3-0 today. The refs bailed out Buffalo in the final seconds with a completely bogus pass-interference call, which was likely a makeup call for a questionable interception ruling earlier in the game.
Whatever, midway through the fourth-quarter, with the Bills trying to ice the game, Donald single-handedly destroyed the Buffalo offensive line and quarterback Josh Allen with 2 sacks in a three-play stretch. The first sack knocked Buffalo out of field-goal range. The second sack stripped Allen of the football. Donald recovered the fumble.
If Reggie White and Warren Sapp had a baby, his name would be Aaron Donald. I’ve never seen anything like Donald. He should finish second to Wilson in MVP balloting.
6) Fox Sports NFL broadcaster Brock Huard is special.
He reminds me of Joel Klatt and Kirk Herbstreit. In the college football broadcasting model, you don’t have to be a superstar player to become a superstar broadcaster. Herbstreit and Klatt had solid college careers. They are outstanding calling college football games.
Huard had a cup of coffee in the NFL, starting just four games in a lackluster three-year career. The NFL broadcasting model requires on-field stardom.
Cris Collinsworth played in a Super Bowl for the Bengals and in three Pro Bowls. Troy Aikman is in the Hall of Fame and won three Super Bowls. For a decade, Tony Romo was the Cowboys starting quarterback.
Brock Huard can be as good as Collinsworth, Aikman and Romo.
I loved his call of the Rams-Bills game. His analysis of Josh Allen’s battle with recklessness vs. fearlessness was top shelf.
A smart executive should invest in Huard’s brand. Find someone — a Warren Sharp — to work with Huard on writing an informed, weekly NFL column and then pair Huard with a host for a weekly podcast.
Huard is the kind of Monday Night Football solution ESPN should be exploring.
5) First three weeks of the season prove Jerry Jones was right not to overpay Dak Prescott.
The Cowboys should be 0-3 right now, instead they’re 1-2 thanks to Dan Quinn and the Falcons. Prescott is leading the league in passing yards, a meaningless stat.
Dak is a $30 million-a-year quarterback. He’s not on the same level as Patrick Mahomes, Lamar Jackson, Aaron Rodgers and Russell Wilson. Dak isn’t on the same level of Deshaun Watson, whose team is 0-3.
Dak is Jimmy Garoppolo. There’s nothing wrong with Jimmy G. I’m more than happy to have him as my starting quarterback, as long as he’s surrounded with great pieces.
4) Nick Foles is no better than Mitch Trubisky.
It’s great that Foles brought the Bears back against the Atlanta Falcons. Look, the Falcons are a whorehouse. Everybody eventually scores against the Falcons.
Can Foles sustain a high level of play over a 16-game schedule? No. Can he do it for the next 13 games? No. Foles is a middle reliever with the ability to close. He’s not an every-four-days starter. He proved that in Jacksonville. He proved it the year he accepted being a backup quarterback after winning a Super Bowl.
I’m not knocking Foles. I love his self-awareness.
If I’m Matt Nagy, I keep Trubisky as the starter and use Foles in spot duty when Trubisky struggles. I’d play two quarterbacks.
3) The Saints killed their mojo this offseason when Malcolm Jenkins and Michael Thomas executed a Black Lives Matter-inspired assassination of Drew Brees’ character.
Brees has never been the most talented NFL QB. His intangibles, particularly his leadership, are what made him great. The guy’s reputation was impeccable.
He was the guy New Orleans and the Saints rallied around. Jenkins and Thomas ruined that when they publicly criticized Brees because Brees had the audacity to defend standing for the national anthem.
Brees is no longer the leader of the Saints, who fell to 1-2 Sunday night. He’s a player on the team. It’s a tragedy what Jenkins and Thomas did to Brees, the NFL’s modern-day Walter Payton.
If the Saints miss the playoffs, blame Jenkins, Thomas and the media race hustlers.
2) I have no problem with Doug Pederson punting the ball in the final seconds of overtime and preserving the tie.
In the NFC East, a tie is nearly as valuable as a win. Seven or eight victories is all it’s going to take to win the NFC East.
A penalty forced Philly out of field-goal range. Why not protect the tie? Why give Cincinnati a chance to make one play and kick a game-winning field goal.
Sunday’s tie might make the difference in Philly winning the NFC East. It was a smart decision by Pederson.
1*) As of right now, I see a repeat of Super Bowl I, Kansas City vs. Green Bay.
State Farm will be quite happy watching Patrick Mahomes and Aaron Rodgers duel in the Super Bowl.
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