NFL Week 3
NFL Week 3: Upsets and High Hopes for Eagles Fans
By: Dane Hoover
The past week in the NFL was nothing short of a wild week of football in more ways than one.
Perhaps the biggest theme of week three was the multiple huge upsets that shocked football fans everywhere. The biggest being the surprising Indianapolis Colts victory over Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs. The game was close from the start, with plenty of sacks on both ends, and multiple fumbles on the Colts offense, yet they still mustered out a 20-17 victory over the Chiefs thanks to a Jelani Woods touchdown with only 29 seconds left in the game. Which some might think 29 seconds and three timeouts is plenty of times for Patrick Mahomes to get back in field goal range and tie it or even get a touchdown for the win. After marching down the field and getting close within field goal range, a tipped pass which lead to a Colts interception sealed the game, giving Kansas City their first loss and the Colts their first win.
The second upset of the week happened in Los Angeles as the Chargers got eaten alive by the Jacksonville Jaguars in a 38-10 win. Although Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert was playing with injured ribs, the Jaguars never let up the pressure on defense, and conducted an offensive onslaught the whole game. Jags quarterback Trevor Lawrence had a stellar performance completing 28 out of 39 pass attempts for 262 yards, with three touchdowns and no interceptions. Lawrence found wide receivers Zay Jones and Christian Kirk who each recorded more than 70 yards and a touchdown. While Jacksonville’s running back James Robinson also had a stellar game, recording 17 carries for 100 yards and a touchdown to further aid the Jaguars upset over the Chargers. The Jaguars are heading to Philadelphia to play the undefeated Eagles this coming week where Jags Head Coach Doug Pederson will be returning to play against his previous team.
Finally, the last upset of the week happened in Miami, as the Dolphins defeated a red-hot Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills. Even though Allen put up incredible numbers throwing for 400 yards, 47 rushing yards and two touchdowns, it still wasn’t enough to beat the Dolphins. The game itself was odd, the bills demolished the Dolphins in almost every stat imaginable besides the score. However, the Dolphins barely won due to bad communication and timing on the Bills last drive, running out of time to kick a game tying field goal. Making the Dolphins one of two teams to remain undefeated after their 19-21 win.
HIGH HOPES FOR EAGLES FANS
With the Eagles being one of the only two teams to remain undefeated, as well as being in first place in the NFC East division. Eagles fans are starting to become more confident and have higher hopes for this years season. It was high speculation that Jalen Hurts wasn’t or is not starting QB or franchise QB caliber. But as of now he is starting to prove his worth. Currently Hurts has the third most amount of passing yards in the NFL with 916, behind Tua Tagovailoa and Josh Allen, only 98 yards behind the first-place spot. But Hurts isn’t the only one giving Eagles fans hope, as Devonta Smith had an absolute impeccable game against Washington. Putting up 168 yards in only 8 catches for a touchdown. More than double his yards in his previous game. Not to mention the Eagles defense recorded 9 sacks against Washington, giving Carson Wentz a welled deserved welcome back to Philly.