This was an absolute BONKERS week of NFL games.
Below is a recap of the 5 biggest storylines coming out of week 3.
Denver 20 @ Miami 70
Seventy freaking points…. in a NFL game.
Before Sunday there had only been 2 instances of a NFL team scoring 70 points or more in one game, and both instances occurred before 1970.
The Miami Dolphins have now added themselves to a very exclusive list.
The Miami attack is lethal – the speed they possess at every position is downright ridiculous.
And to think they did all of this without Jaylen Waddle!
However, the more important headline is about the team who GAVE up the 70 points.
For Denver that is flat out inexcusable.
To give up that many points pretty much signals that the team quit trying, which is NOT what you want to see in week 3 of the season.
What’s even more bizarre is last year the Broncos could not score any points, so it was up to the defense to keep them in games.
For most of last year the defense DID keep Denver in games.
Now, Denver cannot rely on it’s defense (or the offense) which signals bad news ahead….
Russell Wilson is not going to be a MVP caliber player, so it is up to the rest of the team to pick up the slack.
Chicago 10 @ Kansas City 41
The major storylines of this game did not even happy on the field.
By now I’m sure you are aware that Travis Kelce is (rumored to be) dating Taylor Swift.
So Kelce did what Kelce does and impressed Swift and company by scoring a touchdown on the way to an easy Chiefs victory.
For the Bears what is there left to say?
They are a mess, Justin Fields has complained about the coaching, the defensive coordinator resigned abruptly, and the Bears are not 0-3.
It is quickly becoming a make or break season for Fields – if the Bears get the number one pick this offseason look for them to take a new QB in Caleb Williams.
Dallas 16 @ Arizona 28
The lesson to be learned here is that ANY NFL TEAM CAN BEAT ANY OTHER NFL TEAM on any given day.
Ultimately, I think Arizona will have a bottom three record in the league, but they managed to pull off a shocker by beating the mighty Dallas Cowboys.
For Dallas, this is an embarrassing loss and pumps the brakes on Super Bowl talk.
The Cowboys are definitely in the top 8 of NFL teams but the lack of consistency compared to Philadelphia and San Francisco is a concern.
I expect Dallas will bounce back next week against New England, but a trip to San Francisco looms large in a couple weeks.
Los Angeles Rams 16 @ Cincinnati 19
Joe Burrow and the Bengals found a way.
Despite Burrow clearly being hobbled by his calf injury he managed to guide the Bengals to a victory.
For Cincinnati, it was a game they had to have – the chances of making the postseason with an 0-3 record are historically less than 3%.
Moving forward the clearest need is to get Burrow healthy.
He needs to have the ability to extend plays and move around the pocket.
The primary reason the Bengals won was because of their defense, and specifically their defensive line.
Matthew Stafford and the Rams could not handle the Cincinnati pass rush, which was the difference in the game.
Los Angeles is a work in progress and will continue to be for the rest of the season.
New Orleans 17 @ Green Bay 18
Heading into the fourth quarter the Packers were down 17-0.
Then the magic happened.
Aided by a Derek Carr injury the Packers rattled off 18 straight points to steal one away from the Saints.
It looks like Green Bay has managed to get another good quarterback in Jordan Love.
He has looked poised through each of his games and has done exceptionally well considering the pieces that were out through injury.
New Orleans will have to hope that Derek Carr does not miss too much time.
In between they will have to rely on Jameis Winston as well as a very stout defense.