It was definitely a weekend we were left saying “I didn’t see that one coming.” Many NFL teams left us not knowing where they stand. Buffalo dominating Minnesota, Washington beating Green Bay, Tennessee getting the win at Jacksonville, and Detroit victorious over New England all leaving quite the head scratcher this weekend.
The story this week and somewhat this season has been rookies, rookies, rookies. We started Thursday night with backup quarterback Baker Mayfield rallying the Cleveland Browns to their first victory in 635 days. He will be the backup no more! On Sunday we moved on to rookie Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen dominating the Minnesota Vikings and sparking them to their first win of the season. Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley scores 3 touchdowns in a losing effort. Arizona Cardinals backup QB Josh Rosen was thrown in to rally the troops to a win that couldn’t happen in a close game. A weekend the rookies reminded us of the old montage “That’s why they play the game.”
Here’s 10 takeaways from this weekends play:
We made history this weekend…
- Patrick Mahomes is ridiculously good. He sets the record for most touchdown passes thrown in the first three games of a season in NFL history. He passes Peyton Manning who held the record with 12 touchdowns in 2013 and Tom Brady who threw 11 touchdowns in the first three games back in 2011. Pretty good company to be keeping.
- “Fitzmagic” continues to roll. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Ryan Fitzpatrick becomes the first quarterback in NFL history to throw for over 400 yards in 3 consecutive games. No way the Bucs can bench him for Jameis Winston this week. I do think it’s possible that Fitz’s magic ends this week against the stout defense of the Chicago Bears. Seeing what Fitzpatrick had done this season Winston might be a great add to your fantasy team (especially if you lost Jimmy G this week) if he was dropped or not drafted because of the suspension.
- Drew Brees hits a milestone passing Brett Favre for most passing completions all time. He gets the win in overtime over Atlanta with 3 passing touchdowns and 2 rushing touchdowns. Brees continuing to show us last season was a fluke and age is just a number.
- Staying in the same game Matt Ryan put up massive fantasy numbers throwing for 5 touchdowns in the losing effort. It’s crazy how throwing for four or five touchdowns is becoming more the norm this season. That stat use to set records, now it’s just another day at the NFL office. Wonder if it has anything to do with the rule changes?
- All I got to say is “Jimmy G why couldn’t you just run out of bounds!” It was confirmed today as everyone feared Jimmy Garoppolo tore his ACL. That injury really puts a damper on the San Francisco 49ers offense and all their fantasy football stock for that matter.
- Andrew Luck gets replaced by Jacoby Brissett to throw the hail mary pass at the end of the game. Actions speak louder than words and that coaching decision doesn’t induce super confidence in Andrew Luck arm strength or TY Hilton fantasy value for the rest of the season.
- We know this is a lost season for the Arizona Cardinals. We’re just wondering if this is a lost season for David Johnson on our fantasy football teams? I say this as a fellow David Johnson owner ugh! Why didn’t I just take Alvin Kamara?
- The Baker Mayfield era is here! You might need him as a streaming quarterback this week with Cam Newton and Alex Smith on a bye and Jimmy G done for the season with an ACL. Check out Week 4 Waiver Wire pickups here.
- The shocker of the week had to be the Minnesota Vikings (playing at home) getting upset by the Buffalo Bills. The Bills were 16.5 point underdogs going into the game against the Vikings. It was the biggest NFL upset in 23 years and this game was never ever close. All I can think is Minnesota forgot they had to play a football game this weekend, and were looking to the big game they have with the LA Rams this Thursday night!
- I was kind of disappointed because no game ended in a tie this weekend.