There were a lot of different storylines in the NFL in Week 3. Everything going on with Peyton Manning, the Patriots dominance, Big Ben going down, the Ravens and Colts mediocrity, Dallas' terrible situation, but here are my three biggest takeaways this week.
New England Should Book Their Tickets For Super Bowl 50
It's early in the season, but there doesn't look to be a more talented offense in all of the NFL. While they have question marks in the secondary, the Patriots Front 7 could make up for their lack of skill in the defensive backfield. If Malcolm Butler continue to grow into a top corner, and/or the Patriots are able to grab someone in a trade like the acquisition of Aquib Talib in 2012, the Patriots will be the clear favorites to win Super Bowl 50. It may be early in the season, but the Patriots could potentially go undefeated in the regular season because of a terrible out of conference schedule. However, the Patriots will remain focused on locking up that first round bye for the playoffs.
Its Tom Brady's world and we are all just living in it.
The Cowboys Are In Big, Big Trouble
Make no mistake about it, the former Oklahoma State QB is a fully capable backup. However, he isn't physically or mentally prepared to win the NFC East, let alone compete for a Super Bowl. Dez Bryant may be a little over a month from returning, but the bigger concern is Tony Romo. The drop off from Tony Romo is astounding, and comparing the two is a slap in the face to Romo. The Cowboys need to figure something out fast on both sides of the football, as they allowed 39 points to the Falcons at home. With Philly finally getting a win off of the overrated Jets and the Redskins squeaking by the Rams, there is a chance that the Cowboys will be in last place when Romo returns.
Pittsburgh Losing Big Ben Could Cost Them The Season
Prior to yesterday's game, I thought that the Steelers were the one team that could challenged the Patriots in the AFC. Last night, it was confirmed that Roethlisberger would be out at least 4-6 with an MCL sprain, an MRI confirmed. While this is good news considering how severe the injury looked, the Steelers are going to be a completely different team with Michael Vick under center instead of Big Ben. With the 3-0 Cincinnati Bengals in their division, and a tough 4 game stretch ahead (Ravens, Chargers, Cardinals, Chiefs), the Steelers are in a tough position. Michael Vick isn't your typical backup, as he is 59-50-1 in his career, but his ball security and effort appears to be an area of concern, as he demonstrated last year with the Jets.
By Pete Packowski @Pete_BBS