Another week, another crazy slate of NFL games. Here are the biggest surprises from this weekend’s games.
Giants And Jets Get First Wins In OT
New York was an NFL wasteland through the first three weeks of the season. Both the Giants and Jets were winless coming into the weekend. Matchups with the Saints and Titans didn’t appear to be the games to get them in the win column, but both New York squads had other ideas.
Daniel Jones threw for 400 yards, a pair of touchdowns, and Saquon Barkley accounted for 126 total yards and two scores as the Giants took down the Saints in overtime. John Ross made a grand return to relevance with a 52-yard touchdown catch. Meanwhile, Zach Wilson threw for 300 yards and two touchdowns in the Jets overtime win against the Titans. Corey Davis and Keelan Cole combined for over 200 yards receiving. Neither team had boasted an efficient passing attack coming into the weekend, but both teams found a way to make it happen and get wins. Perhaps this will be a turning point for both of these struggling franchises.
Cardinals Show That They Are One Of The NFL’s Elite
Even though the Cardinals were 3-0 coming into this matchup, many people still had their hesitations. On the other side, people were ready to put this Rams team into the NFC Championship after they beat the Buccaneers with relative ease. However, the Cardinals showed that the Rams are more vulnerable than they appeared and that they are not to be taken lightly.
The passing attack was very balanced as they had three different receivers go for more than 60 yards. Kyler Murray threw for 268 yards and a pair of scores. Chase Edmonds also compiled 120 total yards. The difference-maker, however, was the Cardinals winning the turnover battle 2-0. Arizona capitalized the most prominent way, scoring touchdowns off of both turnovers. They took an 11 point lead into halftime and never looked back, leaving LA with a 17 point win in a vast division road game. The Cardinals now sit atop the division and are the only undefeated team left in the NFC.
Mac Jones Outplays Brady, But Pats Miss Game Winning FG
In one of the most anticipated matchups in NFL history, Tom Brady returned to Foxboro for the first time since joining the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. However, Mr. Brady wasn’t the star of this show. Rookie Mac Jones did seemingly everything he needed to do to win this game. He threw for 275 yards and two touchdowns (he did have one interception). He shined brighter than Brady, who had just 269 yards and didn’t have a touchdown.
The game as a whole started slow but ended with a bang. After just 13 points combined in the first half, there were five scores in the final six possessions of the game. With just over a minute left, the Patriots needed just a field goal to win. Jones got them within striking distance. However, Nick Folk missed a 56-yard field goal, and the Buccaneers escaped with a 19-17 victory. Belichick and the rookie almost spoiled the return of Brady. Almost.