Week #3 saw both DA BIRD and SAV go 8-8 with our picks. So at this point, I am still leading the season with a 26-22 Record, while Savage is now 21-27. This year has been anything but easy to pick so far…as the league seems more even this year. The Haves and Have Nots are a small portion of the entire league. In the NFC…The Seattle Seahawks, Chicago Bears, and New Orleans Saints are all 3-0 so far. In comparison, The New York Giants, Washington Redskins, Minnesota Vikings and Tampa Bay Buccaneers are all 0-3. Yes, that’s not a mistake folks…the Giants and Redskins are both 0-3. There is no misprint. The NFC LEAST has become like the OLD NFC WEST. The NFC at this point is anyone’s division and it appears that a team could even win the division with a 7-9 record as bad as these teams are at this point.
Now…let us travel to the AFC. The New England Patriots, Miami Dolphins, Denver Broncos, and Kansas City Chiefs are all 3-0 in the early going. The Pittsburgh Steelers and Jacksonville Jaguars are both 0-3. So if we do the math…there are Seven Unbeaten Teams and and Six teams without a win yet. The surprises so far has been the Kansas City Chiefs and Miami Dolphins in the AFC and the New Orleans Saints in the NFC. As far as disappointments thus far are the Pittsburgh Steelers, Minnesota Vikings, Washington Redskins and New York Giants who are all 0-3. The biggest surprise there are the Steelers and Giants, who have combined for five of the past ten Super Bowl Wins in the past ten years. The Jacksonville Jaguars are probably the only team that is right on schedule for a record close to the preseason picks.
Peyton Manning has set a record for a three game period by throwing 12 Touchdowns in the first three games. The Denver Broncos seem to be the toast of the AFC and have unlimited weapons. I would be buying a dog this week if I was the Eagles. Any team that has to face this offense has to be scared out of its wits at this point. The Seattle Seahawks and Chicago Bears are leading the NFC so far. The teams that have good records, but have played poorly are the New England Patriots and the New Orleans Saints, who have both escaped with some very close wins.
There were many standout players in Week #3 on both Offense and Defense. Of course, like always there was expected and also surprises. Let’s begin with the Quarterbacks. Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, and Brian Hoyer all passed for over 300 Yards and 3 Scores. Ben Rothlisberger, Geno Smith, Matt Stafford and RGIII also threw for over 300 Yards. Demarco Murray of the Cowboys and LeSean McCoy of the Eagles lead the way at running back rushing for over 150 yards and a score. Antonio Brown, Josh Gordon, Donnie Avery, Jimmy Graham, Calvin Jones and Julio Jones stole the show at receiver in Week #3. So far the Seattle Seahawks, Chicago Bears, Denver Broncos have been the most dominant defenses in the NFL.
In the Fantasy Realm, my team won giving me a 2-1 Record so far. Peyton Manning, Calvin Johnson and Antonio Gates were my top three scorers. A player that I left on the bench, that I was contemplating starting, Josh Gordon absolutely exploded. But who would have took that chance with Brian Hoyer starting his first game at Quarterback for the Cleveland Browns who had also traded their Franchise Running Back earlier in the week. That is why Fantasy Football still remains mostly luck. Its luck due to many factors. Injuries can kill your team. However, there is also skill involved in knowing the match ups. Savage’s team, The Deuce Droppers once again DROPPED A DEUCE. His team is lighting it up thus far. Many of our owners are eating crow for him drafting four Dallas Cowboys. Well, that is all I have for my weekly recap. Stay tuned for my blog on the Top 20 Running Backs of 1990-2010 and also my Week #4 picks and analysis. Everyone enjoy this beautiful Tuesday afternoon. THE ECHO BEACH LEAGUE is in full swing…HOLLA!