Wednesday Morning QB (Week 3)

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There is an old saying many of the leagues throughout the sports world that a season can’t be won at the start of the season but it can sure be lost.

The saying essentially means that it doesn’t matter how you start it’s more about how you finish but digging yourself a hole early in a season makes it that much tougher.

When a team begins the year by losing they are already putting themselves in a disadvantage as they now have to win a number of games just to get back to even, let alone start winning.

In the NFL there seems to be a mark in the season that determines whether a team is going to struggle all year or if they are going to compete.

That mark is the third week of the season and for a very good reason.

There has never been a team to make it to the Super Bowl that started the season with an 0-3 record and only five teams in the history of the NFL have ever even made the playoffs starting with that record.

In the league it is almost a kiss of death to start the season 0-3 and for a good reason.

To make the playoffs in the NFL it is widely considered that teams need to win at least 10 games in the season, 11 or more if they want to win a division.

Starting 0-3 means that a team now has 13 more games to earn ten wins, giving them a margin of error of around four games.

Not to mention if the losses came at the hands of teams that they are going to compete against for those playoff spots.

It is conceivable that a team has already lost the head to head matchup against three teams that could all be fighting for a wild card spot at the end of the year.

It is not impossible for a team to dig out of the hole but often an 0-3 start shows signs of bigger issues inside the team that need to be changed.

Those changes might not take effect right away, often changes don’t take effect immediately, meaning that they may pile up a few more losses and soon be eliminated.

Heading into Week 3 this year there were a surprising number of teams that were at risk of starting their year 0-3.

The Baltimore Ravens, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, Detroit Lions, Chicago Bears, New Orleans Saints, and Seattle Seahawks had all started 0-2.football-sidebar

They entered the third week looking to avoid that dreaded 0-3 record and an almost sure death sentence to their season.

Some teams picked up a win and were saved from crawling out of the hole but four teams didn’t survive the week.

The Detroit Lions took a loss to the Broncos while the New Orleans Saints, without their starting quarterback, lost a close one to the Panthers.

The Ravens lost a back and forth battle with the division rival Bengals and the Chicago Bears lost to the Seahawks in a battle of two winless teams.

The four teams have all had a rough start to the year but this could be a different year than most in terms of starting 0-3.

The Bears seem to be ready to shut it down this year after trading away two key pieces and possibly being ready to trade away more.

Meanwhile the rest of the teams are far more skilled than their records show.

Detroit still has one of the best passing attacks in the league with Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson and have the ability and talent to compete.

Meanwhile the Saints are a team that has plenty of offensive firepower when Drew Brees is playing.

The Ravens didn’t lose by much in their Week 3 game keeping up with a very good Bengals team right until the end.

Although the Bears seem like they don’t want to make a run this year the rest of the 0-3 teams are more than capable of getting back to winning than before.

It is an interesting start to the season for some teams that were expected to be better and if any of them makes the playoffs they will be only the sixth team in NFL history.

If more than one teams makes their way back to the playoffs it will be a historic season and the watch for how far they can go will begin.

Fifth Quarter:
(Thoughts on Week 3 in the NFL)

Big Ben Goes Down
The Pittsburgh Steelers are no longer a defensive team as Ben Roethlisberger leads one of the best offences in the league but that run could be over for much of the year as Roethlisberger will miss 4-6 weeks with a PCL sprain that changes the outlook for the Steelers

The Chicago Fire Sale
The Chicago Bears have started the season 0-3 and they don’t seem to be encouraged about their chances as the day after losing their third game they traded away Jared Allen and Jonathan Bostic as they seem to be already building for the future

The 400 Club
There is no question that Tom Brady is one of the best quarterbacks to play the game whether you like him or not and this week he made a stronger case throwing his 400th touchdown pass becoming only the fourth player in NFL history to do so

Newton vs. Hochuli
After their big win against the Saints on Sunday Cam Newton held his usual post-game press conference where he said that he didn’t get a call because, according to referee Ed Hochuli he wasn’t “old enough” to get the call, Hochuli denies that is what he said

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Key Scores:
Atlanta Falcons 39 – 28 Dallas Cowboys
– The Falcons went down early as they took on the banged up Cowboys but the defence stepped up and shut out the Cowboys in the second half while Julio Jones and Matt Ryan helped to put up 22 points in the second half

Cincinnati Bengals 28 – 24 Baltimore Ravens
– The Bengals and the Ravens went back and forth in one of the best games of the week where neither team seemed to have much of a defence at the end of the game but in the end it was the Bengals who came out on top handing the Ravens their third loss

Indianapolis Colts 35 – 33 Tennessee Titans
– The Colts fans were getting concerned as Andrew Luck did not look a lot like himself at the start of the season and although he wasn’t great all game he threw two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to bring them past the Titans

Green Bay Packers 38 – 28 Kansas City Chiefs
– It was a true test for the chiefs who had looked promising in the first two weeks despite losing a close one in Week 2 as they looked to challenge one of the best teams in the league and although they showed promising moments they didn’t have an answer for Aaron Rodgers

Next Week:
Baltimore Ravens vs. Pittsburgh Steelers (Thursday October 1st; 8:25 pm ET)
– The Ravens are 0-3 and the Steelers are without their starting quarterback but it won’t matter in this match-up as two of the most bitter rivals in the league face-off on national TV with plenty to prove in Week 4

New York Jets vs. Miami Dolphins (Sunday October 4th; 1:00 pm ET)
– The Jets are looking far better than anyone expected with a suffocating defence but last week it couldn’t stop the Eagles as they look for some retribution against the Dolphins who might be without a coach if they don’t start winning

Green Bay Packers vs. San Francisco 49ers (Sunday October 4th; 4:25 pm ET)
– The revenge tour continues for Rodgers and the Packers as they have consistently had issues in beating the Niners and after getting over the Seahawks in Week 2 they try to do the same against San Francisco team that is struggling right now

Dallas Cowboys vs. New Orleans Saints (Sunday October 4th; 8:30 pm ET)
– The Cowboys are without their starting quarterback and receiver but last week they looked promising until a terrible second half, they will try to finish the game as the Saints look to win their first game as Brees returns to the lineup after missing Week 3

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