Week 3 of the NFL is in the books and here are five things we learned from weekend’s action.
Seattle establish themselves as Super Bowl favourites
Last week’s mauling of the 49ers might have established them as firm contenders for the title but Sunday’s brutal dispatching of the hapless Jaguars backed up their credentials. Often after a big win there is a slight come down opening the door for a major shock but Pete Carroll and the Seahawks saw to the Jaguars in a professional manner.
Colts are for real
If you didn’t think Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts had enough quality to threaten team this season you may have to think again. They dominated the San Francisco 49ers from beginning to end on Sunday night, the 27-7 score line was completely justified as the Colts controlled the ball and stifled the potentially dangerous 49ers offense. What was expected to be a close match up turned into a one sided affair. They will now look to battle Houston for the AFC South title.
AFC East is going to be a wild ride
New England rule this division and there is very rarely any kind of sustained challenge. This year, however, could be different because the Miami Dolphins have started 3-0 and the Jets surprisingly are just off the pace at 2-1. With Brady and Patriots struggling offensively it could be a close run race, this one will seemingly run on until week 17. The division holds so many fierce rivalries so it is sure to be an exciting season.
We will have a winless showdown in London
Wembley Stadium will host two 0-3 teams on Sunday when the Pittsburgh Steelers take on the Minnesota Vikings. It may not be the matchup many wanted but we will see two teams desperate to get a win on the board. It will definitely make for a great contest and the London crowd should expect to be royally entertained, especially with Adrian Peterson present.
Jets defense is fearsome
For all the off season talk about how bad the New York Jets will be this season many failed to mention that their defense is still a force to be reckoned with. Rex Ryan might have his critics as a head coach but no one can argue about his defensive coaching, the Jets currently have the 3rd best defense in the NFL. With their offense led by Geno Smith they will be relying on their defense to restrict opposition teams. So far so good for New York.
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