1.The New England Patriots‘ Offense Is Unstoppable
Touchdown, Field Goal, Field Goal, Touchdown, Field Goal, Touchdown, Touchdown, Touchdown, Touchdown; Nine Possessions, Nine Drives Resulting In Points.
The Patriots are the best offenseive team in the NFL. Through their first three games this season, the Patriots are averaging 39.7 points per game and 446.3 yards per game. Tom Brady is playing better than he ever has; he’s thrown nine touchdowns and has yet to throw an interception. Let’s compare these three games to his first three games in 2007. In 07, through three games Brady had one more touchdown and interception than he does this season, but he had less yards and a lower completion percentage. Not only does Brady have better numbers, but also the overall offense is more balanced. The team has an unstoppable force in Rob Gronkowski; he’s literally unstoppable. He’s too fast for linebackers to cover him, but to physical for cornerbacks. Barring an injury, Gronkowski is on pace for the best receiving season by a tight end in the history of the NFL. The teams’ number one receiver, Julian Edelman is a better version of their 07-slot receiver Wes Welker. Unlike Welker, Edelman is durable, and can run multiple routes. Edelman can cut across the middle, run fade routes, and can run the ball on an end around. Their running game is much more dynamic. They have the power back in LeGarrette Blount, who finished with three touchdowns yesterday, and they have Dion Lewis, who every week, looks more and more like the steal of the off-season. He catches the ball, breaks tackles, and has the elusiveness and the vision to get by defenders. This team will be one of the best of all time.
- The Dolphins Are In BIG Trouble.
After a disappointing 41-14 loss to the Bills yesterday, the Dolphins find themselves at the bottom of the AFC East with a record of 1-2. Not only does this team have a losing record, but they have arguably looked like the worst team in the NFL. If it weren’t for a Jarvis Landry punt return in week one, the Dolphins could very easily be 0-3.
The offense’s running game has been non-existent; averaging a mere 3.4 yards per carry. Ryan Tannehill has not played to expectations after receiving a massive contract this off-season. Yesterday he threw three interceptions, two of which could have been easily avoided if he hadn’t tried to force a throw that was not needed. Their offensive line is abysmal in pass and run protection. Tannehill is currently being hit on over 40 percent of his drop backs, by far the most of any quarterback in the NFL.
The defense is supposed to be the staple of this team, but through three games they have given up 74 points and in two of their three games failed to record a sack.
- Adrian Peterson Is Back
Yesterday, Peterson recorded his second straight 100-yard performance, finishing with 126 rushing yards and two touchdowns. Not only has Peterson put up numbers, he has also looked more comfortable in each game. After a disappointing week one, in which he only received 10 rushes, Peterson’s workload has increased and so has his production. The explosiveness we have grown accustom to seeing out of Peterson was back in full force yesterday, and it was no more evident than on than when he plowed over a defender in in route to a 43 yard touchdown run.
“The body felt good, the mind was in a great place, and yeah- I think I’m back” Peterson said.
With Peterson officially back, the Vikings are an extremely dangerous team in the NFC. With the Cowboys, Lions and Saints all dealing with an abundance of injuries, it suddenly seems very likely that the Vikings could very well end up with one of the NFC wild cards.
Yesterday, Roethlisberger left the game against the Rams with a sprained MCL. According to multiple reports, he will be out four to six weeks. These next four to six games for the Steelers will be critical in determining how this season goes.
Prior to the injury, the Steelers were by far the second best team in the AFC, but now, there are huge questions surrounding this team. Yes, the best running back in the NFL just returned from suspension. Yes, they have the best receiver in the NFL on their roster. Yes, they have one of the best coaches in the NFL, but with Michael Vick at quarterback, the Steelers’ offense can only do so much.
Yesterday, Vick finished with 38 yards on six passing attempts. It was a small sample size, but I do not think Vick will be able to play a level that the Steelers need in order to be an elite team.
Just look at their next four games. Home against Baltimore on a short week, at the Chargers in primetime, home against the Cardinals, and then at the Chiefs. All four of those games would have been tough, even with Roethlisberger. The easiest game on the schedule might be the Ravens, who are 0-3, but could very easily be 3-0. If the Steelers finish 0-4 in those four games (something I think is very possible) than their entire season could go down the drain.
- The Lions Are In For A Long Year
Through three games, the Lions have looked abysmal. Despite, only losing by a combined 27 points, the Lions have looked much worse, and it will only get worse from here on out. Their next two games are against the Seahawks and Cardinals, two of the best teams in the entire NFL. Their offensive line is one of the worst in the NFL. Quarterback Matt Stafford is constantly hit when he drops back to throw. Last night, I counted at least three times in which an untouched Broncos’ defender sacked Stafford. With one of the toughest schedules in the NFL, the Lions could very well find themselves with one of the worst records in the NFL by season’s end.
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By Sean Mason
Spark Sports NFL Analyst