NFL Week 3: Breaking records, huge upsets, and key injuries 

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Its only Week 3 in the NFL, and we have broken records, gigantic upsets and losses that are already becoming major headlines for the league.

Two quarterbacks this weekend has had astonishing performances, carrying their teams to solid victories and elevating themselves to be the best in the NFL right now. While these players are on the opposite ends of the spectrum, in terms of their careers, they are both playing lights out.

Future Hall of Famer, Drew Brees, adds to his legendary stature with setting one of the most respected records for a quarterback in a 43-37 win over the Falcons in overtime. Drew Brees just passed Brett Favre this Sunday for having most completions in NFL history, over 6,300.

6,300 completed passes?! That’s crazy.

Another quarterback that is playing at an extremely high level is Kansas City Chiefs Quarterback, Patrick Mahomes.

Mahomes, 23, is arguably the hottest quarterback in the league right now with his play, throwing for over 13 touchdowns in just three games. His 13-TD streak is more than Peyton Manning and Tom Brady, most in league history in first three games with one team.

Looks like the Patrick Mahomes hype will continue.

Nearly the first quarter of the NFL has been filled with interesting calls, huge upsets, and just weird games. This weekend got a little stranger when the Buffalo Bills annihilated the Minnesota Vikings at home 27-6.

You could ask anyone in the country, whether your betting or not, there is no way the Buffalo Bills have an ideal chance against the Minnesota Vikings (especially at Minnesota). According to the Chicago Tribune, Vegas odds say the Bills-Vikings game was the biggest upset since the 1995 Redskins-Cowboys.

The Buffalo Bills snapped their 6-game losing streak with an incredible defensive performance, and with some help from Rookie QB Josh Allen. The No. 5 overall pick showed promise with revitalizing the Bills offense, but the win was more about the defense.

The Bills certainly got after the football, sacking Vikings QB Kirk Cousins and causing him to turn the ball over three times. This was a game changer, giving the Bills numerous opportunities to score.

The football world was shocked, and I was to say the least, especially after the first two games they stunk it up in Buffalo. I guess Josh Allen redeemed himself…for now.

The Los Angeles Rams are continuing to prove that they are a Super Bowl-caliber team, after another dominating win over the San Diego Chargers (aka LA Chargers), 35-23. Unfortunately for the Rams, the focus on this game was not the win.

Pro Bowl cornerbacks Aqib Talib and Marcus Peters, have suffered lower leg injuries- causing them both to leave the game, and wear a walking boot. According to the Bleacher Report, the star cornerbacks undergone an ankle sprain, which will most likely cause them to miss Thursday’s game against Minnesota.

When first hearing about the injury, there is reason to panic, but after identifying the injury as a sprain, it is somewhat of a relief. The injury should keep Talib and Peters out for the next two weeks or so, but hopefully will be back shortly after that.

Another key injury this Sunday was the 49ers’ QB Jimmy Garoppolo, as he is ‘heartbroken’ waiting for an MRI on his left knee. According to the NFL, Garoppolo might have suffered an ACL tear in his knee.

Hopefully the MRI doesn’t go as the 49ers fear, as their QB prospect could be out for the remainder of the season.

Garoppolo has just signed an enormous five-year contract worth over $137.5 million this past off season, it would be catastrophic for him not to live up to his potential. The 49ers QB apparently suffered the injury while fighting for extra yardage, instead of just going out of bounds.

It is hard to see key injuries already in Week 3, but it is a part of the game. We all rooting for you Garoppolo.

I was going to add the Patriots-Lions game in my upsets section, but New England isn’t nearly the team who they were last year, so I didn’t regard it as much of an upset. In fact, odds makers are starting to bet against the Pats, for they are an extremely vulnerable team in the NFL right now.

Is the Tom Brady-Bill Belicheck era in jeopardy?

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The QB Carousel that is the 2018 NFL Draft 

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This time of the year means everyone and their grandmother are presenting their mock version of the NFL Draft, however they vary dramatically in 2018.

The infamous Mel Kiper, Todd McShay normally have similar opinions in most cases, but their predictions this year tend to be very different.

It’s interesting to see all the various scenarios for just the top 10, based on the NFL experts and media. I don’t think anyone really knows exactly who’s going where in this draft.

There is one thing for certain this year, at least two, three (maybe four) quarterbacks could very easily be drafted in the top 10.

Mel Kiper unveiled his list of the top 4 quarterbacks that could be drafted in the first round, showing each different traits.

According to ESPN, Mel Kiper lists QB with:

  1. Best arm – Josh Allen

Compares with Matthew Stafford, and the arm strength of the former great pitcher Randy Johnson.

2. Best legs – Lamar Jackson

His accuracy is questionable, but the speed and athleticism are undeniable; Jackson’s explosiveness will translate
into the NFL effectively.

3. Best heart: Sam Darnold

He has great overall character, shows a lot of adversity and performs very well under-duress.

4. Best mind: Josh Rosen

I agree with experts that he is certainly a NFL QB, and his ‘Tom Brady-like’ approach make him ready for the professional level.

There is a lot that goes into this year’s draft, A LOT.

From cornerbacks to linebackers, and all the way to guards, experts range defensive players all over the place in the first round. A big favorite on defense is Denzel Ward, Ohio State CB, who is projected to be in the top 10.

Ward is the essential proto-type of a NFL cornerback, standing at 5’11″ and 191 lbs., his speed/ability will translate in the league.

There are so many scenarios for defensive players, especially top prospects LB Roquan Smith and G Quenton Nelson, who are both also believed to be taken in the first round. Nelson might go in the top 5, according to NFL scouts.

Smith is another question though, while he is a top 10 talent, he might drop slightly depending on how the QB situation plays out.

Thinking about the first round, who is going where is starting to make my head spin. So I’m going to make this quick, here’s the top ten of my NFL Mock Draft:

1. Sam Darnold

His overall character and ability to have adversity at all times makes him the perfect candidate to lead the Browns.

2. Saquon Barkley

While everyone thinks the Giants are drafting Bradley Chubb, New York address their running back issue and takes the best
player in the draft.

3. Josh Rosen

A few weeks ago Josh Rosen and the New York Jets seemed a sure-thing, I’m going to remind everyone that it will remain the
same.

4. Bradley Chubb

The Browns lock down Chubb with no. 4 overall, giving more balance to the defense.

5. Josh Allen

The Bills go sell their soul with trading two first round picks and a fifth rounder to Denver Broncos for the fifth overall.

6. Quenton Nelson

Put the trade rumors with the Miami Dolphins aside, the Colts add the best guard in the draft to help protect Andrew Luck.

7. Derwin James

James is one of the most physical defensive backs who can make an impact right away, but might be traded back based on the
QB scenario.

8. Denzel Ward

Bears spent a lot of money on offense this offseason, it’s time for them to lock down the best CB in the draft to balance
out their defense.

9. Tremaine Edmunds

49ers need speed and ability on there defense, Edmunds will address that.

10.  Roquan Smith

Raiders will take the other top linebacker in the draft, if Ward doesn’t fall to no. 10.

This is going to be one hell of a draft.

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