The Windup- The Week In Review (Week 3)

Raphael Haynes
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So three weeks in, have we learned anything new? There’s certainly a lot to talk about. Some teams answered the call whether their backs were against the wall or they were out to prove their overall dominance.

Bad Santa
It’s only September but I see the gift giving has come early. A few teams coming in to the week 0-2 were desperate for a win and their opponents were happy to secure it for them.

The Miami Dolphins blew a lead late to the Cleveland Browns and the teams went into overtime. Cleveland won the toss and they elected to kick off (???). Back and forth they go with both teams ending up having to punt. The Browns on their punt however sent it straight to Jarvis Landry who in turn brought it back across midfield. A few plays later, the Dolphins are in the end zone celebrating win number one. They say “Cleveland rocks”, seems more like they are getting rocked nowadays. The Washington Redskins were also winless going into their game versus the undefeated New York Giants. The game was pretty close with the
“G-men” driving late seemingly poised to end the game with a score. Then of course Eli Manning found an open target who unfortunately plays for the Redskins not the Giants. “A classic Eli Manning pick”, is what one fan called it when explaining what he saw. Oh well, The Giants are still 2-1. I don’t think this loss will destroy their season. Just tell Odell Beckham Jr. not to get into anymore altercations when he plays against Josh Norman, whether human or inanimate object.

The Buffalo Bills got the best gift of all. They were scheduled to play the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday but it seems Arizona forgot the memo and simply didn’t show up for the game. The four other teams coming in winless, Chicago Bears, Jacksonville Jaguars, the aforementioned Browns and the New Orleans Saints (we will double back to them in a sec) stayed that way. No end is in sight for these teams as they all seem to have good performances but can’t put a full game together, better luck next week.

Big and Bad 
The Minnesota Vikings, New England Patriots, Denver Broncos and Philadelphia Eagles have risen to the very top of the league. Their outstanding play and big performances have made them the early favorites to make the big dance. All four teams roll out stellar defenses and chock full of turnovers; the type of problems that cause nightmares for offensive coordinators. Each team can put up points when they have the lead. They step on opponents throats and keep scoring. Ironically, all of these teams had to go to an alternate plan at quarterback. The Pats have started two different signal callers in Tom Brady’s absence (on the longest 4 game suspension ever it seems). The Vikings traded a future 1st round pick for a former 1st overall pick in Sam Bradford to replace the injured Teddy Bridgewater. The Eagles were the team that made that trade with Minnesota and they have started 2nd overall pick Carson Wentz instead (smartest move this year). The Broncos have gone with little known Trevor Seimien after bringing in well known (more like the notorious) Mark Sanchez to replace the iconic Peyton Manning (retirement). These teams are clicking on all cylinders and should be a problem for every opponent they face.  

Predictions sure to come back and haunt me 
Mathew Stafford is third in the league with 985 passing yards. Marvin Jones has 405 of the yards in receptions (#1 in NFL). They will take their high flying act into Chicago to take on the (Hapless) Bears and I will take the “over” in what should be a wild one.

I think the Browns have a few wins in them this season ( three maybe). They play the Redskins this weekend and look for them to snatch their first win of the season in a turnover filled game.

The Colts lead their division in points scored and points given up. They take on a desperate Jacksonville team looking for their first win in London. I’ll take the Colts in an old fashion slober knocker.
See you next week!!!! 



Raphael Haynes

Atlanta, GA

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