It’s hard to believe that the National Football League is already three weeks into the season. While some teams are excelling, such as the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Rams, others, like the Pittsburgh Steelers and Denver Broncos, are falling fast.
There were definitely some winners that came out of their third game of the season feeling happier than others. Here are our winners of Week 3.
The New York Giants made a bold move after two straight losses to start the season, benching veteran quarterback Eli Manning in favor of rookie Daniel Jones. And boy, did it pay off.
Jones had a sensational debut, leading the Giants to a comeback victory over the Bucs for their first win over the season. The rookie’s performance was historically good, as he became the first rookie quarterback in the Super Bowl era to throw for 300 yards and 2+ touchdowns along with 2+ rushing touchdowns in a game. Jones will look to continue his momentum and establish himself as a young star in the game as the season continues.
Los Angeles Rams
The Rams didn’t put in their most dominant performance on Sunday night in Cleveland, but it was enough to get the win. And what a win it was.
The Browns were looking to capitalize on their status as one of the league’s most-hyped teams, but the Rams’ defense absolutely shut down their passing attack led by Baker Mayfield. They held the Browns to only 270 total yards and did enough on offense to move to 3-0, which gives them a 2-game lead in the NFC West. The division is a tough one, with the 49ers and Seahawks both threatening, but the Rams are still a clear favorite after their big win.
New Orleans Saints
No Drew Brees? No problem for the Saints in their Week 3 win at the previously-undefeated Seahawks.
Teddy Bridgewater showed that he is a more-than-capable backup to take over for Brees during his injury absence in the team’s 33-27 shootout win in the rain at CenturyLink Field. Bridgewater threw for 177 yards and 2 touchdowns, showing that he’ll be a steady hand to guide the team until their veteran superstar can return.
Kansas City Chiefs
The Chiefs-Ravens matchup on Sunday afternoon was the league’s premier game of the weekend, and Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs came out on top with a tight 33-28 win.
Their win cements the Chiefs as the commanding leaders in the AFC West, as they hold a 2-game lead over the rest of the division. Patrick Mahomes has shown no signs of slowing down after his 2018 MVP season, a development that has Chiefs fans dreaming big. Could they take down Tom Brady and the Patriots to win the AFC? It certainly seems possible.