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NFL Week 3 overreactions and reality checks: Jaguars best in AFC South? Bills can’t win big games?

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This week in the NFL hasn’t been as crazy as the first two weeks of the year, the return to normal life in the league is sort of. The Kansas City Chiefs and Buffalo Bills lost games on Sunday, a rarity for the league’s top two teams, while the Philadelphia Eagles and Miami Dolphins are the only teams in the league with a 3-0 score (undefeated). New York Giants play on Monday).

The league has been more competitive than ever, with 18 games by three points or less this season, the most such games in the first three weeks of a season in NFL history. There have been 25 games this season with six or fewer points, equal to the number of such games in 2013 in the first three weeks – and there is one game to be played on Monday night.

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While there are many teams in the NFL trying to sort themselves out, there is a lot of overreaction to Sunday’s results. These are the top reactions to every game in Week 3, and whether those storylines are overreactions or reality.

The Jaguars are the best team in AFC South

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Overreaction or Reality: reality

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The turn Doug Pederson took with this Jaguars team made him one of the early favorites for Coach of the Year. Jacksonville has a choke defense that has kept opponents just 5.0 points per game over the past two weeks, including holding the Chargers’ powerful offense by just 10 points in a dominant 38-10 victory on Sunday.

Trevor Lawrence is a completely different quarterback and has enough pass catchers to keep getting better as the season progresses. Christian Kirk was a problem for the opposing defense as he was a strong weapon in the slot. James Robinson is getting better every week, just nine months before Achilles burst.

Judging by how AFC South looked after three weeks, the Jaguars are the team to beat at the moment.

Jalen Hurts – MVP Candidate

Overreaction or Reality: reality

Hurts is the first player in NFL history to average 300 passing yards per game and 50 rushing yards per game after the first three games of the season. The Eagles quarterback put in another dominant performance against the Commander, throwing 22 of 35 passes for 340 yards with three touchdowns and zero interceptions for a passer rating of 123.5.

Hurts is one of six quarterbacks with a passer rating over 100 and seven touchdowns (four passes, three rushes). The Eagles start 3-0 and are one of two undefeated teams in the NFC after three weeks.

Hurts is not just an MVP candidate. He is one of the contenders for this award.

Josh McDaniels should be the first head coach to be fired this year

Overreaction or Reality: overreaction

McDaniels is proving he didn’t need to be given a second chance as head coach, as evidenced by a 0-3 start to the season – a season after the franchise made the playoffs with acting Rich Bisaccia. Despite starting 3-0, the Raiders’ three losses add up to 13 points, the third-lowest of any team that started 0-3 in the last 25 years.

Third down performance was horrendous against Titans (1 out of 12) and red zone conversions were just as bad (2 out of 6). McDaniels was supposed to improve Vegas in this regard, but could not achieve this with more weapons at his disposal.

Vegas shouldn’t be giving up on McDaniels just yet, but he’s in a hot spot. A 3-0 start is not what the Raiders imagined this offseason.

Bengals – and Joe Barrow – are back

Overreaction or Reality: overreaction

It was a game that Cincinnati needed after a rocky 0-2 start as the Bengals took a 20-6 lead over the Jets and never looked back. Joe Burrow looked like Joe Burrow again, completing 23 of 36 passes for 275 yards with three touchdowns, zero interceptions, and a 114.9 passer rating.

Cincinnati was 7 of 14 in third place, had only five misses, and only allowed two sacks (13 allowed in the first two games). Although a win was needed, the Bengals were scheduled to play the undefeated Dolphins on Thursday night before facing Lamar Jackson and the Ravens in Week 5 in another prime time matchup.

Separating the two games will keep the Bengals afloat, but they must defend Burrow and play better in the first half against stiffer competition. Then this overreaction becomes a reality.

Lamar Jackson is the main contender for the MVP title

Overreaction or Reality: reality

What Jackson did in three games is legendary. Jackson is the first player in the Super Bowl era to throw 10 touchdowns and 100 yards in three starts, throwing 18-of-29 for 218 yards with four touchdowns and one interception, and rushing for 107 yards and one interception. check.

Jackson has consecutive 100-yard games and is the first quarterback to have two consecutive games over 100 yards in his career. He has more passing and rushing touchdowns (12) in his first three games than in MVP season (eight). He also has more yards per carry (243) than in an MVP season (172) and averages slightly fewer yards per carry (8.5) in three games than an MVP year (8.6).

Jackson is the reason why Baltimore has a powerful offense and is an AFC contender. He is the MVP leader in three weeks.

The Bills cannot be taken seriously as Super Bowl favorites until they win games by one point.

Overreaction or Reality: reality

Buffalo was without six players in the starting lineup and had just had a tough game on the road in extreme heat, but found another way to lose the game by one score. 0-7 in one-point games since the start of last season, including a divisional playoff loss to the Chiefs (a game Buffalo should have ended).

The Bills have the longest active losing streak in one-point games in the NFL, although they had a 285-yard lead over the Dolphins. Buffalo was 11 of 18 in third place and 2 of 4 in the red zone. How did the Bills lose?

Josh Allen fumbled his own 10-yard line, resulting in a Dolphin score and a field goal forfeit due to a bad snap on a spike attempt. Tyler Bass missed a field goal and Gabe Davis scored a touchdown.

Buffalo are too good to keep losing one-point games, but the Bills need to put an end to those mistakes when the game is tight. The bills are loaded, but they must break this hex if they want to be the favorite for the conference they are being billed for.

Managers need to add a running back when the exchange deadline comes.

Overreaction or Reality: overreaction

Kansas City shouldn’t be ready to move in that direction just yet, but Andy Reid couldn’t like what he saw in Sunday’s loss to the Colts. Jerick McKinnon yelled at his teammates for their play, causing the Chiefs to average only 2.5 yards per carry and a total of 58 yards. Patrick Mahomes was the leader with 26 yards.

McKinnon only had seven carries for 20 yards, while rookie Isaiah Pacheco had three carries for nine yards. Clyde Edwards-Heler had seven carries without yards. The Chiefs’ offensive line wasn’t very good at creating holes, but running backs need to get better.

The Chiefs are only averaging 93 yards per game, and the total rushing has gone down week by week. The situation with running back is wary, but there is no reason to upgrade yet.

Tom Brady is starting to look like an aging quarterback

Overreaction or Reality: overreaction

Not ready to go down that rabbit hole just yet, even if Brady only has three touchdowns in three weeks and the Buccaneers haven’t scored more than 20 points in any of their three games yet.

Brady was 31 of 42 for 271 yards with a touchdown and no interceptions without Mike Evans, Chris Godwin and Julio Jones. He’s thrown at the likes of Russell Gage, Breshad Perryman, Jaylon Darden and Cole Beasley – not quite the band he retired for.

Evans, Godwin and Jones have played 13 snaps together this season, giving Brady the fewest passing touchdowns in three games and the lowest passer rating (89.2) since 2014. The 45-year-old man is finally showing his age.

Lions need to learn how to end games

Overreaction or Reality: reality

The Lions took a 10-point lead and lost 14-0 in the last quarter of a game they dominated at the start. In their five possessions in the fourth quarter, Detroit hit twice, flipped the ball on a down, missed a field goal, and Jared Goff desperately intercepted the ball after the Vikings took the lead.

Detroit went 27 games for 80 yards with no points. After hitting fourth and fourth by three with 1:14 remaining, Dan Campbell decided to attempt a 54-yard field goal to lift the Lions six points after going 4-for-6 earlier in the game on fourth try attempts. A confusing fourth down decision placed the Vikings in a good field position to advance and score the winning score.

It was a game where the Lions had to take the next step under Campbell. This team is better, but Campbell must not only want, but train them to win.

Jameis Winston is back in Tampa Bay

Overreaction or Reality: reality

Winston put in big numbers in the loss to the Panthers (25-of-41, 353 yards, TD) but threw two interceptions and failed to get Alvin Kamara on offense in his comeback. The Saints attack was inconsistent throughout the day as Winston struggled again…


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