Week 3 of the NFL season was one of the most unpredictable so far this season. It also so more controversy over the replacement referees. It was a very exciting group of games, so let’s take a look at 2centsworthofsports.com’s top 3 stories from this week in the NFL.
The Replacement Refs Blow The Game For The Packers
The replacement referees have been atrocious the season. They have missed many calls and made wrong ones as well. On Monday Night the stand in refs made the worst call of the season. In closing seconds of the final quarter with the Packers leading the Seahawks 12-7 the unthinkable happened. Seahawks QB Russell Wilson completed a pass to Wide Receiver Golden Tate for the win, or did he. What actually happened was Packers Defensive Back M.D. Jennings intercepted the pass and had it wrestled away from him by Tate while on the ground. The play was reviewed referee Wayne Elliot who stated ”the ruling on the field stands”. The Seattle faithful loved it but NFL fans everywhere were outraged. This seasons referee’s have been horrible and until the lock out ends with the veteran refs we might be seeing a lot more games end this way.
Many Strong Teams Upset By Unlikely Foes
The season has only seen a few up sets during the first two weeks of play. Week three brought with it many upsets. The lowly Jaguars defeated the Colts on the road by a score of 22-17, outscoring the Colts 19-3 in the second half. The Chiefs defeated the Saints in overtime 27-24. The Bengals beat the Redskins 38-31, with excellent play from their QB Andy Dalton who threw for over 300 yards and had 3 TD passes. The Titans stunned the Lions 44-41 in overtime. The 49ers were defeated in the Metro dome by the Vikings 24-13. The Steelers lost to the aiders 34-31, even though “Big” Ben Roethlisberger had a great game with 384 yards passing and 4 TD’s. It was a wild and crazy Sunday. Who know maybe we will see more of this as teams that have been lower level become stronger and more competitive.
Matt Schaub Takes An Illegal Hit And Losses Part Of His Ear
On Sunday afternoon the Houston Texans came into Denver to face the Broncos. What happened would be one of the most gruesome sights in recent memory. The Texans QB Matt Schaub dropped back for a pass and was tackled by two Broncos Defenders simultaneously. His helmet popped off and he immediately grabbed his ear. When he removed his hands from his head he was missing a chunk of the upper portion of his ear. Schaub showed his toughness and continued to play throwing for almost 300 yards and had 4 TD passes. The Texans won the game by a score of 31-25.
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The 2012 season is out of the gates and charging hard into the Fall. As anticipated the first week of NFL action brought much excitement and enjoyment as America’s number 1 sport began its new season. There were many potential story lines heading into week 1. Here are 2centsworthofsports.com’s Top 3 stories that developed on Sunday.
RG 3 Impresses In Rookie Debut
Robert Griffin III made his highly anticipated debut on Sunday in New Orleans against the Saints. Much like Cam Newton in his rookie season last year, RG3 rose to the occasion. Griffin lead the Redskins to a win over the Saints by a score of 40-32. More impressive than the victory were Griffin’s stats. Griffin was 19-26 with 320 yards passing, 42 yards rushing and 2 touchdowns. Griffin completed his first 7 passes for over 123 yards. The most exciting play came in the 1st quarter when Griffin connected with Wide Receiver Pierre Garcon for an 88 yard touchdown pass. That TD pass would be Griffins first in the NFL and is a hell of a way to start a career. A statement was made on Sunday, Griffin is as good as we thought he would be and he makes the Redskins a legitimate threat.
Peyton Manning Showed No Signs Of Rust In His Broncos Debut
One of the first major NFL stories of the past off season was where would Peyton Manning land in free agency. The answer was Denver but that left a question remaining, how would he perform? Manning sat out the entire 2011 season after having undergone neck surgery. On Sunday night in Prime Time, Manning and the Broncos hosted the Pittsburgh Steelers. Manning was back to his usual form going 19-26 with 253 yards passing and 2 touchdown passes. The Broncos beat the Steelers 31-19 in the first game of the season. Manning showed how ready he was to be back in football. It is safe to say he will continue to be one of the best QB’s in the league this season.
#1 Pick Andrew Luck Has A Rough Debut In Chicago
The first overall pick in April’s Draft, Andrew Luck took to the field with his Colts to face the Chicago Bears. Luck came out of college with the same expectations that he is NFL ready. He may very well be but Sunday did not treat Luck very well. The Colts were defeated by the Bears by a score of 41-21. Luck was 25-43 passing with 309 yards passing, 9 yards rushing, 1 touchdown and threw for 3 interceptions. The Bears defense was too much for the Colts line who just did not give Luck enough time to be comfortable. Luck’s 3 interceptions show he was not mentally ready for this game. However his other stats look promising. The problem for Luck this season will be that the Colts have not provided him with the best supporting cast. Week 2 will be a good opportunity to see how Luck can recover from a tough loss and move forward.
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It used to be that a new NFL quarterback had time to develop and flourish over multiple season, not anymore. There are many teams each year that need solutions for their QB position woes. They want it fast and the best way to go now is with a top ten QB, rather than the veteran back up or fallen starting QB. It is easier to go with a new QB and take a chance at their future. The old system of getting a veteran QB is going away because teams just don’t want to be stagnate anymore. Players like Cam Newton have done great things to changes the way teams look at top pick QB’s.
RG3 celebrates his 88-yard TD pass.
In April the Washington Redskins went in the direction that most teams are going. That direction is with a top pick QB to be the future of their franchise. With the second pick in the first round of the NFL Draft the Redskins selected Robert Griffin III (RG3). RG3 had an incredible final season at Baylor in 2011 and won the Heisman Trophy. RG3 has drawn many comparisons to Cam Newton, in terms of both athleticism and potential.
On Sunday RG3 made his highly anticipated regular season debut. He led his Redskins into New Orleans to face the Saints and one of the best QB’s in the league Drew Brees. Griffin got off to a great start completing his first 7 passes for 123 yards. One of those passes was an amazing 88 yard pass to Wide Receiver Pierre Garcon. Garcon was able to make it into the end zone for Griffin’s 1st NFL touchdown pass, which came in the 1st quarter. Griffin’s 2nd touchdown pass came in the second quarter, a 5 yard toss to Aldrick Robinson. Going into half time the Redskins were beating the Saints by a score of 20-14.
In the second half of the game Griffin led the Redskins down the field in position for 3 made field goal attempts. The Saints tried to comeback in the second half but with a just a field goal, two touchdown passes and a 2 point conversion it was just not enough. The Redskins won the game by a score of 40-32.
Griffin had an outstanding debut with 320 yards passing, 42 yards rushing, 2 touchdown passes and no interceptions. The Redskins might just be back in a big way. Griffin met all the expectations of the Redskin fans and his team, can he keep it up? That will be the fun thing to watch for this season.
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