Monday Morning QB: Observations from Week 3
Stakes Content Team


Happy Monday, folks! Week 3 of the NFL season is in the books, and we’ve got some rapid reactions to catch you up on all the action from Sunday — and tonight, of course. Here’s a question and a comment about all 30 teams this week?


• Arizona Cardinals: Will the Cardinals draft outside the Top 5? They appeared to be tanking heading into this year, but are in the top half of the league in points scored through three weeks.


• Atlanta Falcons: How long will they stick with Desmond Ridder? With playoff hopes very much alive, a turn to capable veteran Taylor Heinicke may be in the cards sooner or later.


• Baltimore Ravens: Does their offense have another level? They’ve been okay under new OC Todd Monken, but shave still lacked explosiveness through three games.


• Buffalo Bills: Can they keep pace with the Dolphins? Their offense (75 PTS last two weeks) is clicking on all cylinders, but it’s not even the best in their division.


• Carolina Panthers: Will they regret the Bryce Young trade? The Panthers are careening towards another top 5 pick — but it belongs to Chicago.


• Chicago Bears: Will Matt Eberflus be the first coach fired? The Bears have never fired a coach midseason, but a 3-17 record, 13 straight losses, and nationally-reported organizational dysfunction speaks for itself.


• Cincinnati Bengals: Is tonight already their last chance to prove they can survive without a healthy Joe Burrow? At 0-2, it doesn’t look promising.


• Cleveland Browns: Sink or swim without Nick Chubb? Deshaun Watson looked better on Sunday, but they only got 51 yards on 28 rushes from Pierre Strong, Jerome Ford, & Kareem Hunt.


• Dallas Cowboys: Is there a #2 wide receiver present? This team looks good, but probably won’t make a run if CeeDee Lamb is 40% of their passing offense.


• Denver Broncos: Will Sean Payton publicly apologize to Nathaniel Hackett? Probably not, but for all that trash talk, Hackett never gave up 70 points in a game.


• Detroit Lions: Which defense is real? The one that just held Atlanta to six points? Or the one that allowed 37 to Seattle last week?


• Green Bay Packers: Which Jordan Love is real? The one that led them to 18 fourth quarter points, or the one that can’t execute bubble screens on fourth and short?


• Houston Texans: Is C.J. Stroud (906 YDS, 4 TD, 0 INT) already the Rookie of the Year?


• Indianapolis Colts: Will this be the best rushing team in football if/when Jonathan Taylor and Anthony Richardson return? They’ve hardly missed a beat with Zack Moss, who already has 210 yards in 2 games.


• Jacksonville Jaguars: Is it time to freak out? Two straight belly flops on offense might be a coincidence, but three times might be a pattern.


• Kansas City Chiefs: Can anyone bet against them come playoff time? The Bears are low-hanging fruit, but worries about Patrick Mahomes’ supporting cast might still be underestimating him.


• Las Vegas Raiders: How does this team improve? Not a lot is going right, and it’s still hard to see where any playoff-caliber upside can materialize.


• Los Angeles Chargers: Can the defense figure it out in time? They’re 28th in the NFL with 87 points allowed through three games, and at 1-2, the margin for error is razor-thin moving forward.


• Los Angeles Rams: Will tonight’s battle with the Eagles cement them as contenders, or throw new doubts on their season?


• Miami Dolphins: Is this a great offense, or a historic one? They might as well have reached the unthinkable, 80-year-old 73 points record, but for Mike McDaniel’s humility. They’d be on pace to shatter the 16-game-season record of 607 points (2013 Broncos) with multiple games to spare. How high can they go?


• Minnesota Vikings: Should they trade Kirk Cousins? They’re in the dreaded 0-3 hole, and if they think contention next year is far-fetched, they could load up on draft capital to find a new long-term QB.


• New England Patriots: Is Mac Jones the guy? Three games into year three in and we still don’t know.


• New Orleans Saints: How much time is Derek Carr missing? And can Jameis look like he did in 2021, when he spelled Drew Brees with a 14/3 INT/TD in 7 starts?


• New York Giants: How soon can they cut bait on that Daniel Jones contract? He’s not THIS bad, but he ain’t the guy, either.


• New York Jets: What QB do they trade for? This can’t go on much longer.


• Philadelphia Eagles: Will they finally click in full tonight against Tampa Bay, or will they continue to struggle with consistency on offense to supplement their dominant defense?


• Pittsburgh Steelers: How much can they win in spite of Kenny Pickett? They’ve already gotten away with two close Ws, but how many more will there be?


• San Francisco 49ers: Can they challenge Philadelphia for NFC supremacy again? It’s three games in and we already seem bound for an NFC Championship rematch.


• Seattle Seahawks: Are we underestimating them? The NFC West is an open brawl, but there’s a real path to a competitive 11-win season.


• Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Again, twice a coincidence, three times a pattern: Which will it be for Baker Mayfield tonight?


• Tennessee Titans: Can they hang around long enough to snag a playoff spot? 5 of their final 8 games are against division opponents, so if they can avoid falling apart, there’s still space to make a run.


• Washington Commanders: What’s Sam Howell got? He had a terrible game, and they won’t contend for the playoffs, but there’s enough on the roster for the QB to show them something.



That’s all for now! Check back tomorrow for our reaction to tonight’s MNF double-feature of Eagles/Buccaneers and Rams/Bengals! What’s the craziest thing YOU saw this week?




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