Wednesday Morning QB (NFL Week 3)

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The NFL would see plenty of interesting things in week 3 of the season as the headlines were full throughout the week. One of the most interesting stories of the week was one that had been played out over and over again. It is one of the most familiar stories in the NFL and it is becoming more common as the time moves on. The NFL is full of young millionaires who have never known the type of money they get when they sign their first deal. Becoming an instant millionaire is not as easy as it may seem and although it is much easy than the reverse it can have some terrible effects on the players. These players go from not being able to get anything that they want to getting anything at any time that they want. Add this new reality to the fact that these players play a sport that requires toughness and an attitude that requires a sense of invincibility and it creates a storm. These players grow up playing a sport that requires a sense of recklessness as they put their bodies on the line every single play. They need to feel like nothing can hurt them when they play and this attitude can stick with them when they are off the field. The money and the attitudes of these players can lead to a dangerous mix as players have access to anything and believe they are invincible. This has led to some tragic consequences for the NFL with DUIs increasing and players taking more liberties off of the field. Using drugs and drinking alcohol in excess is nothing new in the league as it has been going on for decades. The change has been in the amount of players caught under the influence while driving. This week another player would be caught as star linebacker for the San Francisco 49ers Aldon Smith would be arrested for DUI after police found his truck run up a tree 30 minutes outside of the 49ers’ facility. It was not the first time that Smith had been arrested for DUI as he was charged in 2012 in Miami. Smith has also been linked to a number of other issues including marijuana use and has become the example of what not to do outside of the football field. The more shocking part of this story was the response from the 49ers though as Smith was arrested on Friday but was bailed out and was practicing on Saturday. Instead of being reprimanded and sat on the bench for the things he did the 49ers would play him on Sunday like nothing had ever happened. Granted after the game Smith would enter rehab and be placed on the PUP list as well as listed as out indefinitely but the punishment would come too late. There were many reasons that led to Smith being in the game on Sunday and all are part of an alarming part of the NFL. The Niners would not be able to keep Smith out of the lineup on Sunday due to rules set out in the CBA. If he had been held out the NFLPA would have filed an appeal and he would have been dressed for the game anyway. Then there was the decision to start the star linebacker that came simply because he is one of the best. Instead of punishing him and keeping him off of the field, which may have also led to an NFLPA grievance, the Niners would start him. The issues surrounding Smith’s start on Sunday are one of the worst parts of he league as they teach nothing to players and to then young stars of the future. They essentially show that if you are good enough you can get away with putting your life and the lives of others at risk. The NFL has said that they want this type of behavior to be a focus as they hope to end the off field issues. Yet they continue to allow teams and ten NFLPA to dictate decisions that are so against the right thing to do. Yes Smith will enter rehab and try to get better which is a great thing but him being able to start only two days after being arrested is not right. He should have been in rehab after he was bailed out of jail on Saturday and not allowed to be a part of the team until he can get better. To allow a player who has been arrested to play because he is great send the completely wrong message to other players and to young fans. The NFL needs to start taking this seriously as it is becoming more than a secondary problem. Players continue to get in trouble and they continue to get away with it like nothing happened and it needs to stop.

 

Fifth Quarter:
(Four Quick Thoughts on Week 3)

Rocking the Boat
The Cleveland Browns would shock the NFL this week when they would trade Trent Richardson to the Indianapolis Colts for a first round pick as they would give the Colts two of the top three picks in the 2012 draft to prepare for a rebuild

More Records for Manning
Peyton Manning is on fire this season as his Monday Night game would break more records as he now holds the records for most TDs in the first 3 games and most consecutive TDs thrown without an interception to start the season

Another Star in Trouble
Jacoby Jones would be yet another player to get in trouble this week as he would be hit in the head with a champagne bottle at a fellow player’s birthday party only adding to the hectic week of off-field issues

 

NFL Standings

American Football Conference
AFC East:
1. New England Patriots (1.00)
2. Miami Dolphins (1.00)
3. New York Jets (.667)
4. Buffalo Bills (.333)
AFC North:
1. Cincinnati Bengals (.667)
2. Baltimore Ravens (.667)
3. Cleveland Browns (.333)
4. Pittsburgh Steelers (.000)
AFC South:
1. Houston Texans (.667)
2. Indianapolis Colts (.667)
3. Tennessee Titans (.667)
4. Jacksonville Jaguars (.000)
AFC West:
1. Kansas City Chiefs (1.00)
2. Denver Broncos (1.00)
3. Oakland Raiders (.333)
4. San Diego Chargers (.333)

 

National Football Conference:
NFC East:
1. Dallas Cowboys (.667)
2. Philadelphia Eagles (.333)
3. New York Giants (.000)
4. Washington Redskins (.000)
NFC North:
1. Chicago Bears (1.00)
2. Detroit Lions (.667)
3. Green Bay Packers (.333)
4. Minnesota Vikings (.000)
NFC South:
1. New Orleans Saints (1.00)
2. Carolina Panthers (.333)
3. Atlanta Falcons (.333)
4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (.000)
NFC West:
1. Seattle Seahawks (1.00)
2. St. Louis Rams (.333)
3. San Francisco 49ers (.333)
4. Arizona Cardinals (.333)

 

Key Scores:
Kansas City Chiefs 26 – 16 Philadelphia Eagles
– Andy Reid would return to the place where he spent the majority of his career as he would bring the undefeated Chiefs to Philadelphia and would keep them undefeated beating the high-powered offence of the Eagles

Cincinnati Bengals 34 – 30 Green Bay Packers
– In one of the strangest games of the week the Bengals would come out on top of the Packers after multiple momentum changes and a last-minute fumble by rookie RB Johnathan Franklin that was returned for a TD that would put them ahead for good

Cleveland Browns 31 – 27 Minnesota Vikings
– The Browns had been seen to be giving up on the season after trading Trent Richardson but a great performance by Jordan Cameron and Brian Hoyer would lead to the first win for the Browns and the third loss for the Vikings

Miami Dolphins 27 – 23 Atlanta Falcons
– The Dolphins continue to run through the season in surprising fashion as they would get their third win of the season against the very good Atlanta Falcons who were without their starting RB and with one of their star receivers still on the mend

 

Next Week:
San Francisco 49ers vs. St. Louis Rams (Thursday September 26th; 8:25 pm ET)
– The 49ers are in serious trouble as they looked great in their opening week but since then have been struggling as they look to win an important division game and to get back to their winning ways

Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Minnesota Vikings (Sunday September 29th; 1:00 pm ET)
– The NFL will travel to London, England once again but it will not be a game between two of the best as both teams have struggled so far this year and only one will come away with their first win of the season

Philadelphia Eagles vs. Denver Broncos (Sunday September 29th; 4:25 pm ET)
– The Eagles are looking to take their high-powered Chip Kelly offence into Denver and keep up with the best offence of the year with Peyton Manning leading the way and breaking records in almost every game

Miami Dolphins vs. New Orleans Saints (Monday September 30th; 8:40 pm ET)
– The Dolphins remain undefeated and they have faced their first test in the Falcons now they get their biggest test so far in the undefeated New Orleans Saints where they will prove if they are for real

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