As the third week of NFL action commences, it is clear which squads are primed for successful campaigns and those struggling to gain traction. Seven franchises head into Week 3 with an unblemished record, while eight are still seeking their first victory.
These early games have shone a spotlight on the strengths and weaknesses of each team. The performances of certain franchises both offensively and defensively hold key insights into their potential trajectories as the season continues to unfold.
For the Arizona Cardinals, half-time adjustments, or lack thereof, are proving formidable. This is evident in the number of points and yards allowed in the second half of games. The Cardinals have suffered through blowing leads at the midway point in both of their losses, suggesting that their issues lie on both coaching and execution.
On the eastern seaboard, Atlanta’s potent running back, Bijan Robinson, has been making an immediate impact. He was instrumental in the Falcon’s triumph over Green Bay, rushing for 124 yards and totaling 172 scrimmage yards. Robinson’s contributions on critical fourth-down situations exemplified his potential dominance in the season ahead.
In Baltimore, Lamar Jackson’s adeptness at integrating into Todd Monken’s system has been a pleasant surprise. Jackson’s precise throws demonstrated the progress he has made under Monken’s tutelage, bolstered by a well-balanced Ravens offense.
Buffalo’s reliance on Josh Allen’s running in past seasons seemed to be reduced, as evident by the team’s ground game during its resounding victory over the Raiders. Allen’s improved passing combined with excellent performances by the running corps may spell a promising season for the Bills.
Meanwhile, some teams are struggling with line injuries and issues with their quarterback. In Houston, the Texans had four starters on their offensive line out, which had a visible impact on their loss to the Colts. In New Orleans, Derek Carr, despite a subpar performance, was able to rely on a redoubtable defense to secure a victory against the Panthers.
With the regular season in full swing, Week 3 will provide a crucial litmus test for these teams and will set the stage for what’s to come in subsequent weeks of exhilarating NFL action. Remember, a season isn’t made or broken after two weeks, and plenty of football remains.