SportsPulse: Week Three had such a lot motion we offer a jumbo sized model of overreactions this week. Mackenzie Salmon reacts to the entire greatest storylines from a wild Sunday within the NFL.


The 32 issues we realized from Week Three of the 2020 NFL season:

1. Regardless that the political aftermath of Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s dying will certainly stay contentious, it used to be great to look a bipartisan – and, it gave the impression, nationwide – outpouring for the Affiliate Best Court docket Justice, who died Sept. 18. The “Infamous RBG” used to be a number one suggest for girls’s rights and gender equality in fresh many years, so optimistically she used to be smiling someplace given NFL historical past used to be made Sunday in Cleveland. The Browns-Washington sport used to be the primary to characteristic a feminine respectable (down pass judgement on Sarah Thomas) in addition to feminine soccer staffers on every sideline, Jennifer King an intern and offensive assistant for Washington whilst Callie Brownson serves as Cleveland’s leader of team of workers. Ginsburg wasn’t a sports activities fan, however she would have indubitably liked such growth in an business lengthy monopolized via males.

2. It is absurdly early to provide Seahawks QB Russell Wilson the MVP nod – regardless that apparently he is a near-virtual lock to a minimum of get that elusive vote his 12 months – however there is not any denying he is the front-runner as September involves a detailed. Russ has been cooking all month, changing into the primary participant in league historical past to throw a minimum of 4 TD passes within the opening 3 video games of a season.

2a. Wilson hung 5 extra TD moves on Dallas, together with the sport winner to WR DK Metcalf within the ultimate two mins, giving Seattle its first Three-Zero get started since 2013 – the one season the Seahawks completed a season with a Tremendous Bowl victory.

2b. Wilson now has a league-best 14 TD passes (probably the most ever thru 3 weeks), which places him on tempo to throw 75 – a determine that may shatter Peyton Manning’s document via 20.

2c. Wilson’s 76.7% of completion fee and 139.Zero passer score would additionally identify NFL marks in the event that they dangle up all 12 months.

second. However beware that Seahawks protection, which has surrendered greater than 450 yards and a minimum of 25 issues in all 3 video games this season – particularly problematic if S Jamal Adams’ groin damage lingers.

2e. So, Mr. Metcalf, what is the level of lifting all the ones weights if you will showboat like a tender DeSean Jackson and provides away TDs via now not protective the ball sooner than you may have in fact scored? Additionally, you are now not serving to Russ’ MVP credentials …

2f. However a minimum of you leveraged all the ones muscle tissues to make up in your gaffe when Seattle in reality wanted it.

Three. Salutations to Colts QB Philip Rivers. He began his 227th consecutive regular-season sport, a streak moment simplest to Brett Favre’s (297), and was the 6th member of the 400 landing cross membership and 6th participant to cross for 60,000 profession passing yards.

3a. Indianapolis’ offense accounted for 20 issues Sunday, its protection accounted for 16 … and the Jets had seven.

3b. The Jets are the one staff that has now not held a lead this season.

four. Cowboys QB Dak Prescott aired it out a career-high 57 occasions in Sunday’s loss. Whilst that could be a pleasant knowledge level when his contract negotiations resume in 2021, Dallas would more than likely be sensible to attempt for a lot better stability than its 21 runs (6 via Prescott) towards the Seahawks. The pass-heavy method used to be forgivable in Week Three taking into consideration Seattle entered the sport with the league’s second-ranked run protection, and it would’ve been more uncomplicated to throw towards a unit that struggles to hurry the passer when beginning OTs Tyron Smith and L. a.’el Collins proceed to stay unavailable.

five. Raiders trainer Jon Gruden used to be training in New England for the primary time for the reason that “Tuck Rule” sport, the Silver and Black’s notorious loss within the 2001 playoffs and person who helped springboard the Patriots dynasty. Gruden can return to Las Vegas content material that his up to now undefeated staff absolutely earned Sunday’s 36-20 defeat.

5a. Since Gruden and Invoice Belichick closing matched wits with those respective groups, the Patriots have gained six of 9 Tremendous Bowl journeys and greater than 76% in their video games. In the meantime, the Raiders hired 9 head coaches between Gruden’s stints, attaining the playoffs two times and winnings 36% in their contests.

6. Slightly the road for Buccaneers Professional Bowl WR Mike Evans, who had two catches for two yards … and two TDs. Someplace, former Tampa Bay FB Mike Alstott is beaming.

7. More odd line for Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald, who had one reception for Zero yards on 3 goals.

eight. Rams enthusiasts have each proper to be livid given officers stole what used to be a deserved win at Buffalo with a extremely suspect cross interference name 21 seconds clear of the general gun on a play that are meant to have sealed a 32-28 victory. However, the refs additionally talented L.A. that travel to Tremendous Bowl LIII, so it is nonetheless now not correct to mention issues have evened out.

8a. And perhaps this used to be a justified penalty given how the Rams proceed to penalize all people with the ones new uniforms. Gradient by no means wins (cc: Jaguars, Falcons).

8b. It used to be Rams trainer Sean McVay’s first “loss” in six profession 1 p.m. ET kickoffs.

nine. I have been sparring with #BillsMafia on social media lately in regards to the legitimacy of Buffalo’s undefeated get started. Welp, I believe justified. QB Josh Allen continues to accumulate MVP-caliber stats whilst concurrently making head-scratching performs. And, strangely, this protection in reality has bother ultimate, coughing up a 28-Three bulge Sunday sooner than its bailout. However a minimum of Expenses enthusiasts are good sufficient to understand their staff were given a present and can perceive after I energy rank the Rams forward of Buffalo this week.

10. You coulda been a contender, Austin Ekeler, you’ll want to’ve been anyone …

11. I am nervous for Bengals rookie QB Joe Burrow, who is been sacked 14 occasions in 3 begins – together with 8 takedowns via the Eagles on Sunday. Please, David Carr, have an intervention.

11a. I am nervous for Eagles QB Carson Wentz, who is thrown a couple of alternatives in 3 directly video games for the primary time in his profession. (The closing Philadelphia QB to undergo this type of stretch used to be Ron Jaworski 35 years in the past.) Wentz had posted seven INTs in every of the former 3 seasons however will fit that general with yet one more in 2020. 

11b. The closing time the Eagles had a tie used to be 2008 … to the Bengals. You’ll be able to recall that used to be the sport when QB Donovan McNabb did not know the time beyond regulation regulations.

11c. This used to be Cincinnati’s fourth tie since 2008 … however the ones are preferable to the losses Bengals enthusiasts most often bear.

12. If Wilson falters, Aaron Rodgers is mendacity in wait to assert his 3rd league MVP trophy. He has 9 TD passes (towards Zero INTs) and a 121.1 QB score following Inexperienced Bay’s 37-30 win at New Orleans. The Packers seem like a better-balanced staff than Seattle – particularly after they get WR Davante Adams again – regardless that the Seahawks’ reliance on Wilson is more likely to render Rodgers a gloomy horse when the time comes for particular person accolades.

12a. Additionally, rumors of Drew Brees’ death had been very much exaggerated. The Saints are going to be effective as soon as WR Michael Thomas returns.

13. It might be beautiful cool if Cowboys DE Aldon Smith, who closing performed in 2015, notches comeback participant of the 12 months honors. He sacked Wilson 3 times Sunday – no person within the league had greater than 2½ sacks thru Week 2 – giving him an NFL-leading 4 for the season.

14. How for much longer sooner than Dan Quinn will pay the associated fee for Atlanta’s disastrous Zero-Three get started? The person indelibly related to the Falcons’ Tremendous Bowl LI cave in has watched his extremely gifted squad implode the previous two weeks in spite of taking part in leads of a minimum of 16 issues. In keeping with Elias, Atlanta is the primary groups in league historical past (101 seasons) to lose two times after squandering a fourth-quarter benefit of a minimum of 15 issues. This would get unsightly – uglier – speedy with a travel to Inexperienced Bay up subsequent.

14a. Symmetry being what it’s, the Bears concurrently was the primary staff in NFL annals to win two video games in the similar season in spite of getting into the fourth quarter in the back of via a minimum of 16 issues.

14b. Atlanta is Zero-Three for the primary time since 2007, the season sooner than QB Matt Ryan used to be drafted. The opposite 10 occasions the Falcons began Zero-Three, they ignored postseason.

15. The Vikings are Zero-Three for the 6th time in franchise historical past and primary since 2013. They have got by no means recovered from this type of get started to achieve the playoffs.

16. The Broncos are Zero-Three in either one of their seasons below Vic Fangio. Denver hasn’t ever come again from this type of get started (six earlier circumstances) to crack the postseason box.

17. That is the second one time in 3 seasons the Texans have began Zero-Three. They rebounded to win the AFC South in 2018.

18. That is the Steelers’ first Three-Zero get started since 2010, the closing time they reached the Tremendous Bowl.

19. Additionally, two Watts are higher than one … sorry, J.J. (Sunday used to be the primary time all 3 Watt brothers – T.J. and Derek of the Steelers and the Texans’ J.J. – shared the similar NFL box.) Perhaps subsequent time, you guys must simply play tag … everybody can win then.

20. I assume the Buccaneers’ all-pewter uniforms had been sharp sufficient – however it in reality simply makes you would like the NFL regulations, which bar groups from the usage of exchange helmets, had been comfy. Are you able to consider Tom Brady within the Bucco Bruce headgear and monochrome Creamsicle?

21. Give the Bears deserved credit score for coming again at the Grimy Birds – thank you largely to reliever extraordinaire Nick Foles. But this may be about as flimsy a Three-Zero get started as any staff has loved in fresh reminiscence. In gentle of the civic state of Chicago in this day and age, let’s simply be at liberty for supporters of Da Bears.

21a. Foles, who is more likely to within the lineup for relatively some time, threw 3 fourth-quarter TD passes to finish the comeback … two weeks after Mitch Trubisky did the similar factor in Detroit.

21b. Bummer that Bears RB Tarik Cohen will have suffered a season-ending knee damage, however just right for him for signing that three-year contract extension the former weekend. 

22. Talking of flimsy Three-Zero begins, the Titans stay undefeated in spite of outscoring their warring parties via a collective six issues. Excellent factor they have solidified a place that undermined them closing 12 months – kicker – with Stephen Gostkowski arising large every week, together with six box targets in Sunday’s one-point break out at Minnesota.

22a. Gostkowski was the primary kicker for the reason that 1970 merger to drill a game-winning box function within the ultimate two mins of legislation in his staff’s first 3 video games of a season.

23. Cannot watch for Monday evening’s heavyweight struggle between the Chiefs and Ravens, the primary sport in NFL historical past to characteristic a couple of former league MVPs (Patrick Mahomes, Lamar Jackson) who’re each 25 years of age or more youthful.

24. Can watch for Thursday’s light-weight bout between the Broncos and Jets, one NFL Community is making an attempt to hype with Denver RB Melvin Gordon’s “comeback” and Jets QB Sam Darnold’s “doable.”

25. Excellent factor NBC’s telecast is not matter to Roger Goodell’s iron fist. The community continues to let sideline newshounds – Liam McHugh on the opener in Kansas Town and Jac Collinsworth in New Orleans on Sunday – plow through attending enthusiasts with out dressed in a masks. I do not need to see you guys fined $100Ok, however let’s be smarter?

26. Rookie Atlanta CB A.J. Terrell was the primary participant to pass over a sport this season whilst at the reserve/COVID-19 record, regardless that that does not essentially imply he has the virus. Frankly, a credit score to NFL gamers for being so disciplined all the way through the pandemic and strangely make this nearly a non-issue so far in relation to availability. 

27. San Francisco’s backups 2, New York Zero.

Cleveland Browns center linebacker B.J. Goodson (93) and cornerback Tavierre Thomas (20) rejoice after Goodson intercepted a cross all the way through the second one part towards the Washington Soccer Crew at FirstEnergy Stadium. (Picture: Ken Blaze, Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports activities)

28. The Browns are 2-1 for simply the second one time since 2002, the closing time Cleveland reached the playoffs, and primary since 2011. They have got scored a minimum of 30 issues in consecutive video games for the primary time in a decade. 

28a. No longer a more than happy Ohio homecoming for former Buckeyes stars Dwayne Haskins and Chase Younger, now of the Washington Soccer Crew. Younger, the second one decide of this 12 months’s draft, injured his groin and used to be knocked out of the matchup at Cleveland early. Haskins caught round however dedicated 4 turnovers in a 14-point loss to the Browns.

29. Congrats to Panthers trainer Matt Rhule, who notched his first NFL victory whilst placing Carolina within the win column for the primary time since Week nine of the 2019 season.

29a. Rhule’s triumph method simplest the Giants’ Joe Pass judgement on remains to be winless amongst this season’s 5 new head coaches.

30. Congrats to the Lions, too, who won for the first time since Week 8 of the 2019 season.

31. Beard > Mustache

31a. Additionally, Dolphins QB Ryan Fitzpatrick quieted the ones clamoring for rookie Tua Tagovailoa … whilst Jaguars QB Gardner Minshew, who playfully disrespected his “very elder” compatriot previous to Thursday evening’s assembly, will have reopened the door for many who need to see Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence in DUUUVAL nation subsequent 12 months.

31b. Regardless that given the best way Darnold is taking part in – two pick-sixes in Sunday’s 36-7 embarrassment at Indy – the winless Jets appear to be at the speedy observe for the coveted Lawrence draft put up.

32. Great to look Broncos QB Blake Bortles again within the league – and perhaps BB5 must be taking part in, too – but so disheartening that the @BortlesFacts Twitter feed has long gone darkish … it used to be dangerous sufficient announcing see you later to @CaptAndrewLuck.


Practice USA TODAY Sports activities’ Nate Davis on Twitter @ByNateDavis


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