OUR SPORTS WORLD
1. Well, I might as well start with this: New England has outscored their opponents this season 107-17. And seven of those points allowed happened when rookie Jarrett Stidham threw a pick six in relief of Tom Brady. (Brady was back in the next series.) Like them or not, the Patriots handle their business ten times better than any other team in the NFL.
2. And as evidenced on this punt coverage play by Matthew Slater, they are ready for any situation.
3. The much hyped Chiefs/Ravens matchup lived up to their billing, a little. Patrick Mahomes was great as usual (1,195 yards, 10 TD’s, zero interceptions) and Lamar Jackson was fun to watch. But Jackson’s long lob and across the field passes are the kind of throws that give coaches nightmares. They were great to see at the time, but against a better defense, they are turnovers. And as for the Chiefs, their defense can’t just hope their offense out scores everybody.
4. Daniel Jones’ debut was impressive. He showed poise in the pocket and great athleticism in leading the Giants back from 18 down. In Eli Manning’s career, he’s 0-44 in those situations.
5. Have to say, I was a little disappointed by the New York overreaction headlines. Eli Jr? Dan-O-Mite? Come on, New York. You can be way more over-hyped than that. Remember Sam-ilton?
6. Lost with all the Jones talk was the injury to Saquon Barkley. A high ankle sprain may not sound like much, but for a running back, it could be a lingering problem all season.
7. After all the injuries to the old guard quarterbacks, it was good to see the next guys step up. Besides Daniel Jones, there were nice performances from the Panthers’ Kyle Allen, the Jaguars’ Gardener Minshew II, the Saints’ Teddy Bridgewater, the Colts’ Jacoby Brisett.
8. But one player that didn’t step up was Pittsburgh’s Mason Rudolph. It looks like the Steelers are going to have to win games on the ground and on defense.
9. The Niners might be the worst 3-0 team I’ve ever seen. But I’ll give San Francisco this, Pittsburgh only scored six points off of five 49er turnovers. Their defense is solid, but if the 49ers were a stock, I'd look to sell.
10. Great move by the Colts fans to give Adam Vinatieri a loud ovation after a tough start to his season. He went 5-of-5 on his kicks (two field goals and three extra points) in the Colts’ 27-24 home victory over the Falcons.
11, Another Charger game, another shaky performance from the offensive line, another blown lead, another loss, another slow start to the season. No team succumbs to injuries more often and fails to overcome them more than the Chargers. Luckily for them, they get the 0-3 Dolphins next. Miami has been outscored 133-16 in their first three games. That’s the worst record since 1950.
12. Miles Killebrew ripped Miles Sanders’ helmet right off his head and wasn’t called for a penalty? I guess since it wasn’t pass interference, they didn’t look that hard.