Just another ho-hum week in the NFL, right?
Finally, we will begin to turn the page from those dreadful replacement marks to actual football with legitimate refs making awful calls instead of fake ones.
However, the story of Week 3 will play a significant role in shaping how Week 4 plays out in some key games:
NEW ENGLAND 31, BUFFALO 21 – When we last saw the Patriots, Bill Belichick attempted to run down a scab ref over Baltimore’s alleged game-winning field goal. Thanks to the Baltimore loss, the Patriots are under .500 for the first time since 2003. If they want to stay in a race for home-field advantage, they’ll need this game. The Texans are probably going to be the pace-setters in that department and falling another game into the hole is likely to mean New England is going to spend some quality time on the road during the playoffs. I’m not buying what Buffalo is selling yet.
GREEN BAY 37, NEW ORLEANS 20 – One of two things is going to happen in this game: 1. The Packers are going to blow away the Saints. 2. The Packers are going to blow away the Saints. Because of last Monday night’s events, I don’t think there is a lot of middle ground. Within 72 hours of Monday’s wild finish, t-shirts are already on sale to commemorate the event. Hence, the wound is still fresh. Green Bay is going to be angry and that should carry them through the early stages on Sunday. Plus, Green Bay’s offense finally gets a reprieve. Through three weeks, they’ve played the first, fifth, and the 12th ranked defenses (Seattle, Chicago, San Francisco respectively). New Orleans ranks 31st and has been a sieve through the first three games. Incredibly, New Orleans will drop to 0-4.
NEW YORK 24, PHILADELPHIA 20 – A battle for first place in the NFC East serves as one of Week 4’s marquee matchups. Quick fun fact about Sunday Night Football: The home team is 3-0. However, we’re due for a road victor and this situation reeks of that. Philly has turned it over 12 times through three games and is facing a Giants team that dismantled Carolina last week. Are the Eagles as awful as they showed last week in a dreadful loss at Arizona? Nope. They’ll play well and be motivated to play inspirational ball in front of the home fans. In fact, I think they’ll win the game if LeSean McCoy touches the rock over 20 times but in Andy Reid’s world, these things are dreamed about and rarely become a reality.
LAST WEEK: 2-1