As we dawn on the third week in October, we unleash what I like to call the month of upsets. This is where the surprise teams start to make their peak. This is usually where we can spot a contender, it’s also where the pretenders disguise themselves as top teams. A couple of upsets this weekend that shouldn’t be considered upsets. There’s a clear cut MVP of this league and he is playing lights out football. What’s going on with the legends? Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady each had pedestrian performances that has them searching for answers. There’s some answers to questions that are definite while others are still dependent on a few factors. Let’s dive in
Minnesota Vikings:Top 3 team in the NFC. Only the teams the played on Sunday night are currently better than this year’s version of the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC. The emergence of receivers not named Justin Jefferson has helped the third year wideout put up some eye popping stats. Their last four wins have all been by one score. They have won with Kirk Cousins leading them downfield for a game winning drive, they have won with the defense creating a turnover and they have won bleeding the clock out. They know how to win the close games and that’s more than you can say about a lot of teams, probably why the Vikes are 5-1, other teams aren’t. The Vikings opponent, the Miami Dolphins, once again had two receivers top 150 yards. With Tua Tagovailoa clearing protocol and on track to start next week, Miami could be getting healthy at the right time.
The New York Football Giants are relevant. The fact is, The NY Giants are going to be a tough out for any team. That’s on any given Sunday, thanks to the effects of great coaching. Brian Daboll has put the ball in the hands of the former No.2 overall pick Saquon Barkley. At the same asking the former No.6 overall pick Daniel Jones not to do too much, make the right play because it’s been the winning play. Barkley is the only running back in the league with atleast 70 rushing yards in every game this season. He hasn’t looked this good since his rookie season. The understatement of the game Sunday was the Giants defense. Two weeks ago, Lamar Jackson was the clear MVP of the league, the Giants forced two turnovers from Jackson to change the tide. Two scoring drives in the fourth along with first rounder Kayvon Thibodeaux forced the final of those two turnovers to seal the game for the Giants to improve to 5-1 on the season, last season the Giants overall record was 4-13. What a difference a year makes.
Panic time for Brady, Rodgers. The two future Hall of Famers took some tough losses on Sunday. Tom Brady watched a team that only mustered three points last week in Buffalo put up 20. That doesn’t sound like a lot but it is when you can only score 18. Pittsburgh lost their starting quarterback Kenny Pickett in the first half and returned to Mitch Trubisky who stepped in to throw a dart to Chase Claypool to help extend the lead. He also lead a drive that iced the game for the Steelers. Brady has been visibly upset with his offensive lineman, they haven’t been able to be in sync with the GOAT. With the emergence of the Vikings and Giants they might want to figure it out soon. Aaron Rodgers on the hand, has a lot more problems than Tampa Tom. The two-time reigning MVP has one reliable target in Randall Cobb who went down with a injury in their loss to the red-hot New York Jets. Rodgers doesn’t have a true number one option and if the run game isn’t their to help it’s impossible to hide the Packers deficiencies on offense. But it wasn’t just that side of the ball. The Packers had a punt blocked, the ball ran down there throat, and no answer for Quinnen Williams. Coach Robert Saleh said he has receipts. Calm down Coach, don’t do ‘em like that.
There’s a huge collision course set for Buffalo and Philadelphia to take place in Arizona. There’s a couple of teams that are rather close to these teams in each conference but, make no mistake the Bills and Eagles are at the top. Philadelphia answered the call at home against Dallas, albeit without Dak Prescott playing but the Eagles dictated the game. A 20-point second quarter set the tone. After the Cowboys scored the 17 to cut the deficit to a field goal, the Eagles changed the concept and regained control of the tempo. They are the most complete team in the conference. The tandem of Darius “Big Play” Slay and James Bradberry just might be the best in the league. A favorable schedule the rest of the way could mean a magical season in Philly. The Buffalo Bills continue to answer the call. Every tough task that comes their way gets attacked with aggression and finesse. Another duel in this Mahomes-Allen rivalry saw the Bills QB get his second straight regular season win at Arrowhead. Allen became the second QB to beat Mahomes twice in the regular season while adding another beautiful to his MVP campaign. At this point the award is his to lose. Stefon Diggs is playing as if he’s mad there wasn’t more talk about him being the best receiver in game to begin the year. That shouldn’t even be a question. Gabe Davis just might be the best no.2 option in the league (if not he’s second to DaVonta Smith). Von Miller showed why he is the missing piece on this defense. The former Super Bowl MVP had a pressure that lead to the game clinching pick by Taron Johnson. Oh, trust and believe, Patrick Mahomes has this game in the back of his mind. We want round two this season. Please Football Gods. Please. The end all is this, I haven’t seen any reason why the Philadelphia Eagles and Buffalo Bills won’t see each other in the Super Bowl.