When we think about great upsets or surprising outcomes, a few names come to mind.
- The 1980 Olympic Hockey Team, defeated the Russians and went on to win the gold medal.
- 1985 Villanova Wildcats defeated the Georgetown Hoyas to win the college basketball championship.
- February 11, 1990, Buster Douglas a 42-1 underdog, knocks out Mike Tyson.
- The 2007 New York Giants, defeating the 16-0 New England Patriots to win the Super bowl’
- Comedian Pauly Shore, making more than three movies, no one believed that could happen. Ever!
Week 3 of the NFL was full of surprises and upset. I can’t remember the last time this many underdogs won on Sunday.
Here are 5 things the Sports Whisperer learned in Week 3.
5)The Titans beat the Seahawks at their own game, 33-27.
DeMarco Murray had a 75-yard touchdown run and Marcus Mariota was 20 for 32, with two touchdowns passes, as the Titans physically imposed their will on the Seahawks. This game was 9—7 at halftime before the Titans scored 21 points in the 3rd quarter. The Titans rushed for 195 yards, that is something Seattle is not used to. I still don’t like the play calling from head coach Mike Mularkey. He has a thoroughbred in Mariota and continues to be conservative. Let the former Heisman trophy winner and Oregon Ducks legend, run and throw a combined 40 times per game.
4) The Steelers continue to play to their competition.
In 2014, the New York Jets finished the season 4-12, one of those victories came at home against the Steelers 20-13. Watching that game upset me because if the Jets would have lost that game they probably would have drafted Marcus Mariota. The Steelers came into Met Life Stadium and played uninspired football. Pittsburgh played the same type of game on Sunday losing to the hapless Bears 23-17 in overtime. In three games this season, Le’Veon Bell has rushed 52 times for 180 yards. He has been beyond disappointing. It looks like the holdout during the preseason has affected him. If the Steelers want to go far in the playoffs Bell has got to get back to his Pro-bowl stats.
3) Can anyone stop Tom Brady….NO!
That Patriots defeated the Houston Texans 36-33. The Texans are considered by many to have one of the best defenses in the league. Brady’s stat line, 25-35 378 yards and 5 touchdown passes. It has been three games now where the Patriots defense has struggled, but with that said, rookie QB, Deshaun Watson threw and ran for over 340 yards and had two touchdown passes in a tough place to play. If he continues to play well Houston can be a force down the road.
2) Are the Eagles the class of the NFC East?
Don’t look now, but the Eagles are playing the best football out of anyone in this division. The Giants are 0-3 and both the Cowboys and Redskins are 2-1. With a three way tie after three weeks, yhe NFC east is still up for grabs but I like the Eagles chances. Carson Wentz is completing 62% of his passes, has 5 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. This team will get better on offense as the season goes on because they have three new players contributing. Once this team gets familiar with RB, LaGarrette Blount, WR’s Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith they will put up points in bunches. The Eagles should have a better second half of the season than the first half, that is a scary thought for the rest of the NFC. They are way ahead of schedule and I like them to win this division.
#1) Are the Chiefs the best team in the NFL?
What if I told you that Kansas City had the best all-around player in the NFL, would you believe me? Rookie running back Kareem Hunt is averaging 8.5 yards per carry. He is also averaging 15.2 yards per catch. With him in the backfield the Chiefs can open up the passing game for Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce. Their defense is as good as anyone in the league. If Justin Houston can get back to his Pro-Bowl days this team can be a legitimate threat to win the Super Bowl. I am not a fan of Alex Smith but when this team plays from the lead, he can be very effective.
Jay Cutler made the Jets defense look like the 1985 Bears. Miami is in trouble, they lost to the terrible Jets 20-6. If Cutler is Miami’s answer, they better change the question.
So, did the entire Ravens team make it through customs? They didn’t even show up and Jacksonville beat them in London, 44-7. If this was a fight it would have been stopped at halftime when the Jags led 23-0. Dear NFL, please don’t send any more teams to London. No one wants to play there.
Aaron Rodgers, one of the top 3 quarterbacks of al-time is now 1-7 in overtime. Rodgers led his team in the fourth quarter and overtime to defeat a desperate Bengals team 27-24. Cincinnati is now 0-3. Marvin Lewis should be fired sooner rather than later.
What is wrong with Cam Newton? The Panthers lost to the 0-2 Saints, 34-13. Newton threw 3 interceptions. For the season, he only has 2 touchdown passes and 4 ints. He doesn’t look right at all.
Atlanta beat Detroit in a heart-breaker, 30-26. Lions coach Jim Caldwell will always come up short against good and elite coaches.
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