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NFL Week 3 Review | American Football

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In a different NFL episode, Hamish discusses the events of Week 3 in a solo episode. He highlights the winners and losers coming out of the weekend's action. We hand out some player awards for outstanding performances and make some adjustments to the preseason playoff picture predictions.

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Welcome back to the on the wall podcast, another episode of the greatest potty going round and we're back again to talk about the NFL. Not joined by the boys today, Curtis and Pilch, so we'd decided to split the NFL episode up. So I'm going to take care of the review today and then we're going to come back tomorrow. Might be two days between in terms of when their release, but we'll talk about fantasy and the week four preview then. So stay tuned for that episode. But for now we're going to pay attention to week three. I'm going to chat about the winners and loses coming out of this weekend, going to chat about the best players that the week and we're also going to chat about my how my playoff picture has changed over these first three weeks. So starting with the winners, first of all, the record breakers. It was an awesome week in terms of records, the records of late that have been broken. Really I can't think of many apart from like Brady and breeze and rodgers and stuff breaking quarterback records. But apart from that I can't think of too many. But on this weekend that we were treated to to well, one was a tying record. The MOM was a like a breaking record to obviously the famous one Justin Tucker kicking a sixty yard field goal, the best kicker of in NFL history, and like the context to not only break the record but to do it well, a following a fourth and nineteen, thirty yard completion by Lamar Jackson to put him in field goal range. But to see all the wind for his team just makes it even more sweeter. I reckon they'll. Hey, just sat on the crossbar, bounced up. It bounced so high that like you weren't sure which side of the goal it was going to fall into it first, and it just trickled over to that side. And Yeah, it's pretty awesome to see. Like he's an underrated asset really for the Ravens to think that anytime you're within like wall, like I know they stamp at that black whenever you're within sixty six yards, like you can just kick a feel go like that's outrageous. But yeah, he's an absolute beast and underrated weapon for their offense. Well, I guess he's special teams, but for their points scoring capabilities. And in the other one, which Jamal Agnew of the Jacksonville Jaguar was who knows why, but Arizona had a pot shot. I think it was from further out than sixty six yards. Thing was like sixty eight on the stroke a half time and realistically you're just thinking, oh well, if he doesn't make it, we just stop this guy and it's halftime. But unfortunately it's sort of seems to be the way things for for cliffs kingsberry. But at the end of the day it's probably not the smartest played to let a guy try and that point to break the field goal record by four yards and he's not look like he's ever going to be close. Unless there was a huge breeze, I don't know. But Jamal, like you knew, returned it...

...a hundred nine yards, which is the furthest you physically can on an NFL field. So I think it's a third men to do in NFL history. Return the field goal for a touchdown. Put The jags back into that game. Actually, at one point I think they had like a seventy five percent win probability. So obviously they didn't end up winning the game, but that was a huge play by him and I guess the blockers around him and maybe not want to cliff Kings Rey's finest moment, but they were two massive winners from the game into huge positive talking points. Another big winners the bengals. I was hesitant to put this one in here because sort of cowboys in the same boat. They both looked good in their wins, but I must say I think I almost got more out of the opposition. If you go on. I mean they had the bangles beat the steelers pretty comfortably. The steelers do not look good at all. Their offense is disgraceful, like they can't run the ball and basically, well, I know Dante Johnson's injine, I know they have quite a few injuries on defense, but really the only way they can move the balls through drop downs to Nagi Harris and yeah, it's just not pretty easy. I think there was like a fourth and twenty or something and they checked it down to Naggie Harris and a legit look like it was the first read and then there was about five bangles defenders there. So Yeah, fair point of the Bangles. Their defense actually looks pretty decent start this season. I think tray Hendrikson and a few others have been good pickups for them and their offense, although it didn't look great and weak two it's been like we expect them to be pretty decent on offense. I've got a lot of weapons in the wideouts. I've got Joe Mix and they've got decent tight ends and they've obviously got big joey burrow. So yeah, Goodwin by them and these are sort of the wins that they need to take that next step. I think they're at the level now where we sort of back like, for example, this week against the jags on Thursday night football. We're expecting them to win that game and they're at that level. But then to go to the next step and sort of become a relevant team, they've got to start beating these you know, nine hundred and ten win teams like the steers who, especially when they don't play well here, like they've got to take their opportunities. They almost do against the bears, almost do it against the Vikings, but they finally they did against the Viking. Sorry, but almost slip that one up. But yeah, they did it. Sold got the job done here and they go to a one, which is pretty impressive. I pretty get them. So I only have six wins. Tough Division and all that stuff, but it looks like if they keep playing the way they're playing, they could easily win, you know, eight or nine games. So yeah, exciting times to be a bangles fan. You'd have to say hope or I don't know. I guess this Thursday night could be an interesting game. We'll talk about it tomorrow on the preview side of things, but we'll see. Our borrow goes against Lawrence and then my other big winners, the AFC west as a whole. I think this division sort of come out and will not come out of nowhere. They've been. There's been three solid teams and one really good team for a couple seasons and it looks like...

...all four going to be pretty good this year. We've obviously got two undefeated teams. The raiders got the job done just against the dolphins. It wasn't their most impressive win, but the dolphins are a pretty good team, which people might have gotten after their fit first two weeks, but they got the job done. There go three no. The BRONCOS, despite playing opponents with a combined record of all nine, have gone through no themselves and look pretty like they look like an interesting team. And then you've got the AFC reigning champions in the Kansas City chiefs, and then you got a team who just beat the AFC reigning champions, in the charges. So yeah, big winners out of this weekend. Obviously two of them extended their streak and then the chargers beat the chiefs. Obviously the chiefs aren't really win they're coming out of the week but yeah, the Division as a whole, for me it's overtaken the AFC north. The Ravens aren't looking as dominant this year, despite beating the chiefs last week, and then the steers don't look good at all. So for me this is the second best. Now still got the NFC west in the number one seed. I might need to see a little bit more consistency from the AFC west to give them that number one spot, but it's definitely one and I like comparing the divisions for some reason I find it fascinating. So yes, that is definitely one to watch and I guess from the other end of the scale. I know I didn't mean to talk about this, but interesting to see whether the NFC east gets overtakes the AFC south. The AC souths looking pretty bad this year. Losers number one I've got Chicago bears and Matt Naggy in particular. I just think this loss is really, really poor. I've forgotten to writ in the exact scores down here, but I think they lost like like thirty two six or something. Obviously Justin fields was starting, so there was a lot of hype around it. Browns weren't that good in week two against the Texans. However. They come out of it with a record of one and two, their only wind coming against the Bengals, where they almost coughed up I think it was like a twenty point lead at one point, and I I think Matt Maggie's jobs in real danger here. He's sort of been like there's been talks of him being fired for quite a while now, and then, I think a lot of people I think he was sort of lucky in the fact that true Biscay got used as a scapegoat. But now they're brought in Dalton, who must have been a qub he liked the look of, and they've drafted fields and yeah, it doesn't like. I'm not blaming. I'm really hesitant on putting blame on players in their first like six games or whatever because, like you go back and look at like, for example, I looked at the history books. I went back and looked at Tom Brady's first season, the goat of the sport, and I think he had like ten games in his first season where he was the regular starter. of We had a passer rating of less than like seventy five. So I think after the likes of, you know, Justin Herbert and stuff, who've come out and there rook a year and been really impressive, I think everyone's too quick to judge these young quarterbacks. But I know they go at a high picks and there's a lot of like excitement about...

...it, but I think sometimes the criticism comes into early. So I don't really blame the fields for this. They have the Detroit Lions. Actually, just more on last week's game. Sorry if there is a bit of wind being picked up in the MIC, but fields got sacked nine times, which is outrageous. Like that is crazy. Getting sacked nine times. That's unheard of and you don't was still injured and that's why I field started. So that's a concern moving forward. There was only six first downs achieved and there was only forty seven total yards and net like, accounting for the sack yards they are and they had one passing yard, which is just unheard of. I think the margin in the total yards between the two teens was upwards of three hundred and like forty. So yeah, pretty horrible loss for the bears. Nothing really went well for them. They've got the lines this week but, as I mentioned, Dalton is still injured fields. They might not want to go with him again because you know that you don't want him to develops and bad habits. So it could be over to nick foles, who probably wasn't expecting to play it all this year, but I think that's probably the best option, to be honest, right now. Yeah, the lines is a musk win, to be honest. I think if they lose, you so you could see Naggie out the door straightaway. But following the lines, this is our rageous they've got the raiders, who are currently undefeated. They've got the Green Bay packers, who are you know, they just they made the NFC championship game last year. You got the reigning Super Bowl champions in Tampa, then you got Sam Fran then you got Pittsburgh and you got Baltimore. So six really tough opponents and you'd have to say, six pretty good defenses against a real bad offense at the moment in Chicago. So, like they have to win this game against the Lions. They just have to. And even if they win this one, you I could like if they win one of those six, I'd be impressed, to be honest. So that what that would put them in three and they would put them in three and seven. So like, yeah, it's just it's not looking good at all for Chicago and I think I gave them. Actually, I think I gave them six wins, so that could be pretty accurate, to be honest. But you're not a good week at all for them. Next I've got the New York giants. This was a musk win for them, to be honest, and now there's heads being called for. People are off the coach, Joe Judge, they're off the GM, they're off the offensive coordinator and it's just not going well at all for them. They I was looking at the stats. They had more time in possession than Atlanta, they had more passing yards, they had more rush yards, they had less sacks, same amount of turnovers, yet they still manage to lose, like they're just not an efficient offense to only score fourteen, teen, fourteen points against this Falcon's defense. It's just not good enough. Daniel Jones is playing well and they're still not getting the job done. Makes them go oh and three. And the thing is, like they're not even a bad team. It's just some of the decisions that are made like above the players and coaches and yeah, like...

...there I think in red zone percentage, the amount of times they score and they enter the red zone. I think their third last in the competition. And Yeah, it's just really pour them out. I was watching the highlights of the game. The amount of times Jones sort of like well, usually doesn't have protection, so he has to go outside the pocket, but he sort of just stands there and I don't know if he's seeing tough throws in tight spaces that he just doesn't want to take on or if there's just genuinely no one open because the players aren't being schemed well, which is sort of what I lean towards because, yeah, like, I don't know, it's their offensive coordinated. We saw in Dallas he was pretty bad. So yeah, I do not think he'll last too long there. To be honest, I really worried for Joe Judge as well and the GM while not that I'm worried, I don't really care. What the greatest respect, they go oh three, and they've also got a really hard schedule coming up. The next seven games really really tough. So if they go one and nine, two and eight, would not be shocked and I actually tip this team to win eight games. So yeah, really bad times in New York for both teams, to be fair. And like this is a perfect example. Like I don want to bag out this kid because he could easily turn into a good player, but it's like why did they draft tone in the first round, like it's just outrageous. Like wide receivers probably the position they need least. Like it's just ridiculous. He's not even like he's hardly playing any stats. He's like their fifth or sixth wide receiver on the depth charge. Just like that's the sort of decision making that you just question what's happening here. So, yeah, I don't know, it's a basket case at the moment. You got to feel for the giants. And then my third loser is the Washington defense. What was meant to be. I was this into a podcast today and all of them actually tipped Washington to win that division. I Tip Dallas, but I did tip Washington to win I think nine games, and we all thought that because their defense was going to be great. Last year it was third best in the competition when it comes to expected points allowed her play, and currently it's ranked twenty eight. And they've played. They played the giants, so you can't even say they've had a hard shot. or Yes, the buffalo bills are good team. Yes, the charges were good team, but yeah, it's just not good enough. They're D line, still getting pressure. So yeah, there's lineback at issues, the secondary issues, and it's got to be addressed quickly, otherwise this season will pretty quickly get away from them, especially with the form that Dallas showing, because I don't think this team. Who Comes second when you got the likes of the NFC West? I think in the other three NFC divisions I think you're going to be struggling to get a wild card, to be honest, because those NFC west teams look so good. So, yeah, they've really got to start pulling their act together. In the defense has got a really harden up because that's not good enough. Coughing up forty three points to the bills when you're meant to be a top five defense is just outrageous and they're not going to be able to win any games because, quite frankly, their offense is...

...and built to score forty three points and never has been, never will be so well, never like this current team. So yeah, that's something that needs to be addressed in something I'm interested to see it how it goes on the weekend. The playoff picture for me that I've changed, so I'll just chat about my changes. I won't go through it all. I'm on the AFC side of things. I've changed my AFC south winners from the colts to the titans. I had the colts getting eleven wins, times ten wins. I think I might have I don't even think ten wins for the titans might be that far off, but they might get eleven. But I just think the colts. I still then they're going to be a good team. I think when SS injury has really like. He wasn't playing well pre injury, but I think it's definitely limit going to limit their play. But yeah, it's just not great in India right now. They've Gone Oh and three. They've had a tough schedule, but yeah, I think the game against the Times, I think, was a bit of a musk win for them, to be honest. And yes, I know they get to play the Texans twice and Jacks twice, but I don't really see how they make the playoffs from here. I would like to be shocked because I like the colts, but unfortunately no. So I've got my AFC south winners, the titans now and the colts out of the playoff race. My Wild cards are still I'm still back in Baltimore to get a wild card spot and then I'm changing my other to I was really high in the AFC east coming into the season and I don't I'm not one to change things to frequently, but a you know, it's content, but also be I truly do believe these because I don't think Miami haven't looked great at all. I know they could have beaten loss of agas on the weekend with Jacoby Brissett under center, which would have been a pretty impressive victory, but they didn't get the job done there and they now go one and two and they're only thing on their resume is a, you know, a grant, like a grinding, a bit of a grind against the parts. So who actually the other team I've got falling out of those wild card spots? I think Miami's definitely is still a chance because I don't have full faith in the AFC west just yet. But for now I'm taking Miami out. I'm definitely not for the Patriots will be there. So yeah, I'm more high on the dolphins of the PATS, but I'm moving them both out and I'm putting in the charges in the raiders. Yes, it's diff not to include the broncos because they are three. No, but I think their shared just been so easy. And the raiders, they've been some good teams. Their schedule doesn't actually get too much easier the raiders, but I think they've shown enough to deserve a wild card spot. And then the charges just beat Kansas, so they're shown enough as well. So I'm not look, I'm not completely sold on these teams. It's only three weeks in and a lot of you know it's a seventeen week season, but more eighteen weeks, seventeen games. But these are the two changes I'm gone with and if CE pretty happy my predictions over all. To be honest, I'm not changing much. I'm only changing my wild cards. I am removing the saints in the SEAHAWKS. I had the saints having eleven wins, Seahawks ten...

...wins. I don't know, don't like, I don't know. It's hard to tip against the saints and the Seahawks as well actually, for that matter of fact. But I'm tipping against the now the panthers have gone three, no, and I just think their schedule was so comfortable. As I mentioned last week on the podcast, I think they only play what I think the next time they play a team with a positive record from two thousand and twenty s week twelve. So yeah, I can really see it like and they play some hard teams like the cowboys and stuff, but I can definitely see a world where they go, I don't know, seven and four, eight and three, you know. So I just think they get the job done. To be honest. They have a really tough run home, but yeah, I don't know. I just think their record early out of the gate is going to be too good and I'm not completely sold on the offense. I don't trust Sam done will fully, but I think their defense is going to be good enough to win them some tough games. And then I'm putting in Arizona as well. I think Arizona look better than the seahawks right now. Offensively fairly similar, but I just think the Arizona Defense looks a lot better than the seahawks defense right now. The seahawks just got demolished by the Vikings and in particular Alexander Madison. So I'm more confident on the AFC changes than the NAC changes. But because you know, the saints and the Seahawks ice like the last five years have been two of the best teams in the NFL. So I am not confident on taking them out. But quite frankly, the panther schedule looks too good to be true and Arizona look really good right now. And finally, that moves me into my awards for the week. NFC Player of the week. I'm giving it to Davante Adams. He's had a few, a quiet of weeks. You'd like you know Davant Adams ever really has a quiet week. But Yeah, look he just turned it on against this Sam friends secondary human a rod just went to work the legit was a point where they're, especially in the second half, where I was like you didn't even really need to watch because you just knew it was going to happen to the red zone. And then it got interesting, but you just knew a rob was going to throw it to Davanta Adams, he was going to get separation. They were just going to work their way down the field. Yeah, twelve catches, a hundred thirty two yards and a TD. He was unguardable pretty much the whole game and yes, he had some easy matchups. For example, I think in the fourth quarter he was playing on a rookie quarterback at one point. But you can only be what's in front of you and he did that pretty much every snap and they even tried to kill him at one point. I don't know how he wasn't concussed personally, but he got up, played out the rest and had a huge saying that final drive Aaron Rodgers horable mentioned, he was awesome in this game, back to his best. I actually predicted in a rod clinic and me and Pilch got the packers upset right. So I'm not surprised that one bit, but yeah, unbelievable play. And also shout out to Matthew Stafford, who tore up the buccaneers in his home building, new home building in front of a star started crowd. So he's making a bit of a name for himself already in La AC player of the week. I'm actually not giving it.

I'm actually going to one receivers here in both awards. I'm giving it to Mike Williams. He's always been a bit like a big play guys. Got An amazing highlights reel, but he's never really been a consistent we can week out wide receiver, one type player, and I know keen Alan still there, but it looks like Mike Williams is to go to guy now. Two touchdowns this week. Again. You know, I stacked not necessarily on defense, but just a great chiefs team. Seven catches, a hundred and twenty two yards. Without him they probably don't get the job done because Herbert, you know, he just trust him to make those big catches in the primetime moments and he looks like he's true red zone outlet this year. So Mike Williams is set for a huge year. He started incredibly. He's always had the talent, but yeah, this looks like it could be the best year of his career by quite some margin. Honorable Mentions go to Herbert now. You obviously beat my homes and the chiefs, which is a a massive achievement and he was a huge regient reason behind it, and Josh Allen. He cut apart that highly rated at Washington defense offensive rookie of the week. And you meant to Jamar Chase. I was tempted by Naggie Harris because he did have a hundred and forty yards from scrimmage. But, with the greatest respect check downs, I don't rate them highly. I think he and he was only averaging like seven yards per reception. So yeah, with the greatest respect, I think Jamar chase deserves it over him. In the same game actually, and he was also on the winning team, which was another factor that he had to td's for catches for sixty five yards. It looks like. I think it's like he's third thirty plush yard td catch or something. I can't remember the start they were saying, but yeah, it looks like the connection between borrow and chase from lsu is still there. As transferred over to bengals colors, and that's really exciting for angles fans because you know they've already got t higgins, have got Tyler Boyd and, as I've mentioned before in the winter section, theyre just loaded on offense, except for that Oline, but that don't really need to be when Borro can just whip it out on one point five seconds to these absolute freaks. So yeah, he looks like he's a huge addition to that offense. Defensive Player of the week obviously my Scarrett. He goes to the top of the sack count, four and a half sacks against the bears for tack us for a lost six QB hits. I don't think Justin fields will like to see the side of Miles Garrett for like, you know, three seasons. If you can can avoid it. The bears are line just got absolutely torched by pretty much every player on the browns defense. But yeah, Miles Garrett had a field day. I was getting a bit worried because I had tipped in for defensive player of the year, had two quiet weeks early and then he just goes bang, four and a half sacks, top of the sack count, and now I'm confident again. So yeah, freakish performance, Freakish play out, beautiful team defensive performance really from the browns. Shitouts from the bears. But fair play, Miles Garrett. So that's going to be it for today's podcast. As I mentioned earlier, let me know your thoughts on week through the NFL. Let me...

...know your thoughts on the awards or my playoff picture. And if you came for more, tune in for tomorrow's NFL fantasy and NFL week for preview with the boys. It's going to be a real fun one and yes, thanks for tuning in. CHEEZ.

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