Ian Evans’ NFL Week 3 Love-Hate Weekend Recap
ISM Co-Founder, Contributor
Another week, another love-hate weekend recap. From a tie game (seriously….) to backup quarterback drama and speculation, Week 3 had a plethora of stories, incredible plays, drama, and exciting matchups that not only lived up to the hype but delivered content and entertainment that every NFL fan needed. With that being said, let’s begin.
Love: Nick Foles
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Let’s face it, besides the first game of the year in which the Chicago Bears pulled off a comeback victory against the Detroit Lions, Mitch Trubisky is not living up to being the No.2 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. His number are decent, but could certainly be better, especially for an undefeated Chicago Bears team. Trubisky got benched in the 3rd quarter by head coach Matt Nagy for Nick Foles in hopes to correct his mistakes and somehow lead the Bears to a comeback victory. And boy did he deliver. Foles threw for 3 touchdowns in the 4th quarter alone as well as adding 188 yards to his stat line as well. The play that catapulted the Bears over the Falcons was when Foles, who was pressured heavily, threw a beautiful 28 yards touchdown strike to Anthony Miller with roughly under 2 minutes left to play. Because of his miraculous play, Foles has been named the starter for Week 4 against the Indianapolis Colts and frankly, no one should be surprised. It was about time he got the nod right?
Hate: The Philadelphia Eagles, Carson Wentz, and a tie….
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If there’s anything a sports fan simply detests, it’s when there is a no winner in the outcome of a professional sports game or match, specifically in basketball and football. Unlike the Premier League and other soccer matches where ties are relatively normal, a tie in the NFL and NBA would leave fans angry, disappointed or even perplexed. In the case of the Philadelphia Eagles, all three of those emotions apply. The Cincinnati Bengals and Philadelphia Eagles are now the first and hopefully only teams in the NFL to have a tie on their record as they played to a 23-23 tie. Carson Wentz played horrifically (29-47, 225 yards, 1TD, 2INT) to a point where rookie quarterback Jalen Hurts even played a snap. Wentz is flirting with the notion that even he could be benched for Hurts later on in the season just to see what Hurts could do with the offense. But the tie is mostly attributed to how the Eagles decided to play the last and final drive of the game.
On the last two plays of the drive, the Eagles could have decided to make some plays for the end zone. Instead, they elected to hand the ball off to Miles Sanders to get them within field goal range, which is a fair call. But the call that angered most fans watching this game was that after the false start call which then moved the Eagles just slightly out of field goal range. But instead of trying to kick a field goal with roughly 15-20 seconds left on the clock, I kid you not, the Eagles DECIDED TO PUNT THE BALL FROM THE 45-YARD LINE and give the ball back to the Bengals, which basically says that they were perfectly fine with a tie. What did they have to lose by going for the field goal? Nothing. Especially for a 0-2 team looking for their first win of the season, nothing to lose whatsoever. There’s a reason why the NFC East is one of the weakest divisions in football. Besides being in a division with Washington and New York, it’s the non-competitive play calls and horrible decision-making that are a testament to why no one takes that division seriously, and the Eagles and Carson Wentz proved it this past Sunday.
Love: Josh Allen
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The AFC East isn’t that great of a division, but there is some lethal competition that you can pick out from those 4 teams. Besides the Patriots who have a 2-1 record and are still showing that they are still a team everyone on their schedule should be worried about, the AFC East is led by the Buffalo Bills, and most their credit goes to Josh Allen. The Bills played a highly anticipated matchup against the Los Angeles Rams who came into the game 2-0. Josh Allen had himself a tremendous game throwing for 311 yards and 4 touchdowns. Allen is finding ways to utilize multiple targets as well as use his athleticism and strength to gain yards on the ground as well. Although Buffalo almost squandered a 25-point to the Rams, Allen willed Buffalo to a victory. Down 28-32 with 15 seconds left in the 4th quarter, Allen lofted a pretty touchdown pass to tight-end Tyler Kroft in the end zone to cement a 35-32 victory and remain undefeated. Allen is 2nd in both passing yards (1,038) and touchdowns (10) and is definitely in the MVP conversation. He’s only getting better with every game he plays.
Hate: The Atlanta Falcons……again.
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Another week means another opportunity to slander the Atlanta Falcons who keep folding games like origami. Because yes, you guessed it. The Atlanta Falcons blew YET ANOTHER surmountable lead. The Atlanta Falcons were up 26-10 to start the 4th quarter and this game looked all but over as Mitch Trubisky struggled to move the ball for Chicago. But as soon as Foles entered the game, the Falcons crumbled on both sides of the ball. The Bears in the 4th quarter scored 3 touchdowns in the span of 5 minutes. The Falcons did have some time on their final drive to try and march down the field to score. However, Matt Ryan decided to throw an interception near midfield, which sealed the deal. The Falcons blew a 16-point lead in the final 6:30 to suffer another crushing defeat to the Chicago Bears at home. You would think that after the Cowboys game that not only adjustments would be made, but that this team would be motivated to end that reputation of being “chokers” and losing big leads. I guess not. Dan Quinn’s job is 100% on the line this season because of first two losses and his hot seat is getting hotter and hotter, week by week.
Love: Women Representation
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Sunday was a historic day for the NFL, specifically for women who dream of working for the NFL within a team organization or the league itself. A milestone was set as on January 27th, 2020, the Cleveland-Washington game marked the first time in which two women coaches were on either sideline, as well as a female official on the field. Jennifer King plays a vital role Washington’s staff, while Callie Brownson is the chief of staff for the Cleveland Browns and head coach Kevin Stefanski. And finally, helping officiate the game was Sarah Thomas. This is a win for not only women in sports, but for women in general. These women are helping create opportunities for women in sports who dream of, want, and deserve these roles. For those little girls who dream of working in sports and expand women representation, they can look to King, Brownson, and Thomas as role models and trail blazers. Anything is possible. Nothing but respect for these women, and I hope they continue to keep up the incredible work.
Hate: Dwayne Haskins
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I think abysmal might be the word to describe Haskins performance against the Cleveland Browns. Turnovers were just a part of the story that was his play on Sunday. From consistent bad throws and the inability to read the Cleveland defense, to ignoring safeties and awful overthrows, Haskins had a game to forget. There were some points during the game where I thought he would be benched for Kyle Allen. Haskins threw for 224 yards, 2 touchdowns and 3, count them, 3 interceptions on the day. Haskins also accounted for 4 of the team’s 5 turnovers. Many believed that Haskins could be this franchise’s quarterback moving forward, but it may be time to press pause on that conversation. It is safe to say that Haskins cost them a victory Sunday afternoon. And to make matters worse, the Football Team plays the Baltimore Ravens next Sunday to try and get back on track. They need all the luck in the world at this point.
Love: Patrick Mahomes
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I said on the podcast The Impact with Ian Evans (shameless plug) that the Ravens would win this game. Man was I horrifically wrong, and I promise on my life not to doubt Mahomes ever again. He outplayed Lamar Jackson on Monday Night Football in convincing and spectacular fashion. I mean who doesn't love Patrick Mahomes? From throwing unreal throws with an immense amount of pressure on him, to the remarkable and jaw-dropping accuracy Mahomes has and shows on a weekly basis, he controlled the game from the minute he stepped on the field. He threw for 385 yards and 4 touchdowns as well as rushing for one early on in the 1st quarter. This game was a test to see if the reigning Super Bowl champion and MVP could still show that the AFC still belongs to him. Not only did Mahomes deliver, but he showed that the only way you can stop him is by keeping him off the field. The AFC will simply run through the Kansas City Chiefs thanks to Mahomes’ outstanding play. He’s not a half a billion dollar man for nothing.
*Pro Tip: Never call Patrick Mahomes by the name of Pat or Patty. You’ll anger his mother, and rightfully so. Mama knows best. See below.
Hate: Lamar Jackson
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This one is tough to write because I want to see Lamar Jackson succeed and prove the doubters wrong. But as amazing, gifted, and freakishly athletic as Jackson is, he looked very much so human Monday night. Jackson threw for his career low in throwing yards with 97. He did rush for 83 yards on 9 carries, but Kansas City found a way to stop the reigning MVP and make him uncomfortable in the pocket. Jackson had a hard time scrambling and making throws as well as finding his receivers downfield as well missing 13 passes on the night. He even gave up a fumble on a sack by Chris Jones as well which did not help in the slightest. Jackson’s body language visibly changed as he would occasionally slam the ball down when he got sacked or throw his arms in the air when a pass was dropped or a false start was called. He looked visibly frustrated and upset. It is easy to understand why Lamar Jackson called the Kansas City Chiefs their “kryptonite” after the 34-20 loss as he is 0-3 against them in his career. Hopefully that can change as his career progresses.