What are the games you should be paying attention to in week 3?
I'll let you in on the scoop of some of the games I'll be watching.
First and foremost, I will highlight:
The Packers at the Lions Sunday 1:00PM ET.
So far the NFC North is tied with everyone in the division at 1-1. Some of those losses were uglier than others. Because everyone in the division is tied at 1-1, this divisional game is of the utmost importance.
I was a bit surprised when I looked at the stats of the game. It shouldn't surprise me that the Packers are ranked with the 24th offense. We haven't been very stellar lately. It's pretty shocking that our offense is worse than our defense, with our defense 19th overall.
In comparison, The Lions are ranked with the 10th overall offense and a defense that is 2nd overall. Those numbers do not instill confidence going into this game.
However, I did just watch the Lions shoot themselves in the foot this past Sunday against the Panthers. The Lions managed to slowly but surely fall so behind on the Panthers that there was no way to dig themselves out. Unless Reggie Bush has a ten foot clearing for him, he does not run the ball effectively.
Also, someone needs to send Stafford the memo that Calvin Johnson is not the only receiver on the team anymore. He could actually throw to Golden Tate -- that would open things up a bit. Stafford forced a few too many passes to Calvin and that cost them any chance of making a comeback ...
Like my Packers did against the Jets.
The Packers got down real early against the Jets. I'm still mystified how they were able to pull out the win on that one. The Pack need to be breathing a collective sigh of relief that they walked out of that game with a win. They should absolutely feel good about their ability to keep up the good fight, which ultimately allowed them to win, but GUYS! You should also be shitting yourselves with how badly you played in the first quarter last week.
Both the Lions and the Pack are going into this game with something to prove. Stafford needs to spread the ball around more and the Packers need to clean up the mistakes and play better defense.
This is anyone's game
Other games I will be keeping my eye on:
Ravens (1-1) at Browns (1-1) 1:00PM ET
This is an interesting game. The Ravens had a decisive win against the Steelers in week 2. Steelers, guys, you don't look so hot this season. As for the Browns, man, you gotta love a team that just beat the Saints and caused Sean Payton to lose his shit on the sideline. Really, that is just embarrassing. When things don't go right for Payton, he goes all tantrum. The Saints have been an NFC darling for many years as of late. Perhaps their run is over. Starting the season out 0-2 is not gonna sit well for New Orleans, but I digress.
All I really want to say is I hope the Browns win. It's like seeing the younger brother who's been kicked around the division year after year finally get a chance to come out on top. Good luck Browns, I'm rooting for you.
As for the Ravens, perhaps they found their rhythm? This divisional game will go a long way in helping eek out who's good, and who's just getting by.
Denver (2-0) at Seattle (1-1) 1:25PM ET.
Yadda, yadda, yadda. Super Bowl repeat game. Too much hype for this game and I don't really care. Seattle is going to be seething about the loss to the Chargers and are gonna come into this game angry. I hope Peyton serves them a piece of humble pie. Also, all those power rankings (okay, I'm looking at you NFL.com) out there that kissed the asses of Seattle after the GB game and were all the rage of repeat Super Bowl? Yeah, well those dumb-asses just got off the ass-kissing train and dropped Seattle to number 7, down 6 spots. Let's all settle down. And, seriously? You can't say one week they are going to for sure repeat, and then with one loss, drop them to number 7, after two games. Come on.
Lastly, I'd like to laugh at the Vikes. Ha ha. You idiots were sooooooo proud of yourselves from week one. Again, one game does not make a season. I do not wish ill of you. I just would like some perspective. No, you can't win one game and then lay claim to the NFC North title as if it were already set in stone.
To the New York Football GIants fans out there, no, you may not bench Eli. Remember the 2011 season? You guys asked for Tom Coughlin's head on a platter. You guys were gonna fire him! Small side note, you won the Super Bowl that year.