Rainy Tuesday’s are awful, especially in New England, but it does allow for Noontime Sports to consider the good, bad and ugly from week three of the NFL.
Undefeated Teams: As of Tuesday, the NFL is left with three undefeated teams, which are the Chicago Bears, Kansas City Chiefs and Pittsburgh Steelers. Yet, which one of these squads is actually and truly legit?
It would have to be the Steelers. The reason is not because ESPN has them ranked first overall in their “power rankings,” but it is because their defense has demolished opposing offenses and quarterback Charlie Batch looks like a fresh-faced college senior. Their running attack of Rashard Mendenhall has been a key factor and might we add that their offense ranks third in rushing yards.
The Steelers completely embarrassed the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday and their offense was clicking on all cylinders, but so was the defense. Through three games the Steelers defense has recorded 10 sacks and in five interceptions. Outside linebacker James Harrison is off to a fast start with 17 solo tackles, 3 sacks and two fumble recoveries.
The Steelers will face the Baltimore Ravens in a pivotal AFC North match up on Sunday and with a win, they can go into their bye week with a 4-0 record. They will also want to rest up because they will face the Miami Dolphins and New Orleans Saints before October is officially over.
Season’s Saved and Lost: It is too early to say that any team is officially done or out of the playoff race, but the Dallas Cowboys and Minnesota Vikings salvaged their 2010 campaigns by beating their week three opponents and earning their first victories of the season. Both squad’s head into their bye week combined for two wins, but hopefully, they can figure out their own individual issues.
The Cowboys need to utilize their running game more and the Vikings need to keep feeding Adrian Peterson the rock. Also, where have the defenses been? Dallas and Minnesota have quality defenses, but both units have not played up to their potential.
As for a team that is on the downhill, the San Francisco 49ers, head coach Mike Singletary decided what was best for his team was to fire his offensive coordinator, Jimmy Raye. Although, if quarterback Alex Smith continues to be unimpressive, then could Stanford University’s own, Trent Edwards, possibly have a new job? The 49ers were picked as a unanimously to win their division, but currently, they are the only squad in the NFC West with a goose egg in the win column.
18 Game Season: Week 3 ended on Monday with the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers battling it out on the Soldiers Field gridiron, but that wasn’t the only primetime event that was occurring in the Midwest because Indianapolis Colts general manager, Bill Polian, was talking about a possible 18-game schedule on the radio.
Certainly, this has been a major topic amongst many NFL officials, including commissioner Roger Goodell, but Colts quarterback, Peyton Manning explained in an article from ProFootballTalk, that having an 18-game schedule would not be beneficial nor help teams prepare for an upcoming season. It would cut down training camps and limit squads the chance to come together as a unit and form an identity. Although, every season 12 teams qualify for the playoffs, so that means they are already having to play an additional 17th, 18th, 19th or 20th game, so technically doesn’t the NFL already has an 18-game season?
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