Tom Brady leads the league is passing yards and continues to show why he is a first ballot Hall of Famer at 40 years old:

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The New England Patriots might have barely escaped the Houston Texans 36-33 this past weekend but Tom Brady is still lighting it up at 40 years old. Brady has put together an astonishing 8 touchdowns and 0 interceptions for the season and it seems like every year the Patriots quarterback is blowing us away with a nearly perfect stat line. In fact Tom Brady has thrown under 10 interceptions in a season since 2013 when he threw 11. One of the most important aspects of playing the quarterback position is to avoid turnovers and it seems like Brady does that just as well as anyone. Take in account last season for example when Brady finished the year with only 2 interceptions for the whole year. Keep in mind the eighteenth year veteran was suspended for four games but still he did a remarkable job of protecting the football in 2016. The two other amazing stats from Brady’s totals are the 62,674 passing yards and 464 passing touchdowns which are both 4th best of all time only surpassed by Peyton Manning, Brett Favre, and Drew Brees. It’s going to be tough to pass all of those guys but if Brady is throwing like this he actually might be able to play a couple more seasons. At some point the 2000 NFL Draft Pick has to hang it up, however Tom Brady has been adamant that he could play several more years. With 5 touchdowns last week against Houston it’s hard to doubt Brady and New England will be right back in the mix to win another Vince Lombardi Trophy at the end of the season. Of course Brady has won 5 Super Bowls throughout his career which is more than anyone else. So when you’re watching the savvy veteran operate on Sundays you’re watching easily the clutches quarterback to ever play the game. It truly is a gift to witness Tom Brady command the Patriots offense.

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DeMarcus Lawrence’s 3 sacks help the Cowboys clip the Cardinals’ wings 28-17 in a Monday Night Football showdown:

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The Dallas Cowboys took on the Arizona Cardinals in this week’s Monday Night Football match up and DeMarcus Lawrence was the most impressive player on the field recording 3 sacks. Lawrence was flat out unstoppable for the Cowboys defensive and he frequently pressured Carson Palmer on drop backs. That kept the Cardinals signal caller on his heels all night and eventually shifted the momentum in Dallas’ favor. Dak Prescott took advantage of all the opportunities that the Cowboys defense presented him and Prescott ended up finishing the game with 183 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 0 interceptions. Ezekiel Elliott ran hard in this contest too, he ended up rushing for 80 yards and 1 touchdown. While in the passing game Dez Bryant and Brice Butler played extremely well. Bryant showed why he is regarded as the “x factor” on a 15 yard touchdown reception plowing through several Arizona defenders for the score. Additionally Brice Butler continued to prove his value to this offense by putting up 90 yards and 1 touchdown. On the defensive side of things Sean Lee led Dallas in tackles, he amassed 8 tackles for the night. Maliek Collins also had a strong performance he contributed 5 tackles and 2 sacks to the Cowboys defensive efforts. Believe it or not Carson Palmer played exceptionally well in this game, Palmer threw for 325 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 0 interceptions. Larry Fitzgerald was nothing short of spectacular for the Cardinals offense as well. He put on a clinic against the Cowboys defense and tallied up 149 yards and 1 touchdown reception. Tyvon Branch was Arizona’s most notable defender, he went for a team high 11 tackles. Tyrann Mathieu also recorded 4 tackles for the birds. The Cowboys were certainly impressive in this win, they went on the road in a hostile environment and took it to Bruce Arians team. Dallas is 2-1 on the year and is tied with Philadelphia and Washington for the top spot in the NFC East. If the Cowboys can continue to be this sound defensively they will be very tough to beat moving forward.

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Stefon Diggs is putting together a terrific start to the 2017 season, the Viking receiver has already hauled in 4 touchdowns receptions:

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Minnesota Vikings third year receiver Stefon Diggs has came along way since joining the NFL back 2015 and so far Diggs has been the Vikings most prolific receiver. After 3 weeks of NFL action Diggs has managed to haul in 4 touchdown receptions and that’s huge considering Sam Bradford has missed the last two games. With Minnesota’s starting quarterback out of the line up someone had to step up and Stefon Diggs has answered the call playing some of his best football ever. Diggs career high for touchdowns in a season was 4 during his rookie season two years ago. To think we are only three games into the season and Diggs has already matched his career high totals just shows how much the young receiver has developed since becoming a pro. Minnesota has to be extremely happy about that and truthfully the 23 year old receiver has done his part in keeping the Vikings winning season hopes alive. Diggs has been complimented nicely by Adam Thielen who has also really came alive for Minnesota. Together this tandem has done a great job of making plays in the passing game and really the only thing the Vikings are missing is their starting QB. When Bradford comes back there’s a serious chance Diggs and Thielen could greatly improve their production. That’s because Bradford is much more aware than Case Keenum and he can deliver strikes with greater ease. The Vikings will take on the Detroit Lions in their next match up, Detroit has made strides defensively from the Lions of the past. So Diggs will have to do everything he can to get the best of players like Glover Quin and Darius Slay. That won’t be easy to do at all but keep in mind Diggs has bested just about everyone he has lined up against, so you have to like his odds with whoever he takes on. One thing is for certain Stefon Diggs has emerged into an elite receiver in the National Football League and that says a lot about the work Diggs has put in. In a league full of talented receivers Stefon Diggs is still rising above the competition.

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Kirk Cousins was nearly perfect in the Redskins 27-10 win over the Raiders, Chris Thompson goes over 100 yards receiving:

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The Washington Redskins took it to the Oakland Raiders in a Sunday Night Football contest and Kirk Cousins was a big reason Washington handled the Raiders so easily. Cousins was nearly perfect in this match up throwing for 365 yards, 3 touchdowns, and 0 interceptions. Not only was that stat line impressive Cousins also finished with 25 completions out of 30 passing attempts. When the Redskins quarterback plays this well this team is nearly unstoppable and give a lot of credit to the offensive line for only surrendering 1 sack. Chris Thompson was pretty special for Washington too, Thompson hauled in 150 yards and 1 touchdown through the air. Thompson added 38 yards on the ground as well and looked like an impact player all night long for the Redskins. Other notable performances were turned in by Vernon Davis and Josh Doctson who both caught a touchdown for Washington. Docton’s TD reception was especially impressive because not only did he show off his tremendous leaping ability, it was also his first ever touchdown reception. On the opposite sideline nobody really had it going on for the Raiders. Derek Carr struggled in this game finishing with 112 passing yards, 1 touchdown, and 2 interceptions. Marshawn Lynch, Michael Crabtree, and Amari Cooper were all kept in check for most of the game too. Jared Cook did end up catching a touchdown reception for Oakland in the 3rd quarter but other than that there wasn’t much happening for the Raiders. Defensively the Redskins were very impressive, Zach Brown was everywhere registering 10 total tackles. While Ryan Kerrigan, Preston Smith, and Jonathan Allen all put a sack for Washington’s pass rush. Corey James was Oakland’s best defender he had 12 tackles and a forced fumble. Karl Joseph made his presence felt with 8 tackles for the Silver and Black as well. Jay Gruden’s team improves to 2-1 on the year and could end up being a serious competitor in the NFC East when things are all said and done. Especially if Cousins and the Redskins defense can maintain the level of excellence they played with against the Raiders. It was pretty special night at FedEx Field.

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Jordan Howard’s 138 yards and 2 touchdowns help the Bears beat the Steelers in overtime 23-17:

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The Chicago Bears were in an absolute dog fight against the Pittsburgh Steelers but the Bears prevailed in the end. Jordan Howard was spectacular for Chicago’s offense rushing for 138 yard and 2 touchdowns on the day. Howard actually scored the game winning touchdown in overtime and pretty much willed the Bears to victory. Tarik Cohen was also a big part of Chicago’s success, the back up running back recorded 78 rushing yards for the day and was a nice spark plug when Howard was off the field. The combination of Howard and Cohen combined for over 200 rushing yards and this is definitely the winning formula for the Bears moving forward. Mike Glennon didn’t give Chicago much output in this contest he ended up with 101 passing yards, 1 touchdown, and 1 interception. Glennon will have to be better if John Fox’s team wants to keep putting up wins but luckily this team at least has a rushing attack to keep them competitive. Ben Roethlisberger had a mediocre day for his own standards, Roethlisberger put up 235 yards, 1 touchdown, and 0 interceptions. That wasn’t enough to get it done in this match up so Roethlisberger will have to do more in the Steelers next game to get this team back in the win column. Le’Veon Bell scored a touchdown and added 61 yards on the ground for Pittsburgh. While Antonio Brown had a big day going over the 100 yards receiving mark and hauling in 1 touchdown catch. On the defensive side of things Danny Trevathan led the way for the Bears with 10 tackles. Bryce Callahan, Pernell McPhee, and Willie Young all added a sack too. Pittsburgh got a nice outing from Ryan Shazier who had 11 tackles and 2 forced fumbles. J.J Wilcox had a solid performance for the Steelers as well, he had 5 tackles and an interception. Give credit to Bears in this one they did what they needed to do to beat a tough Steelers team. It’s not easy to earn a victory in the National Football League but Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen put the team on their back and made some magic happen.

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Derek Carr has been perfect up to this point with 5 touchdowns and 0 interceptions, Carr is the main reason the Raiders are 2-0:

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The story all off-season was whether or not Derek Carr was going to be able to bounce back from his broken fibula he endured last season? Now we know Carr has not only bounced back, he is playing some of his best football ever. The Raiders are 2-0 on the year and Carr has been exceptional throwing for 5 touchdowns and 0 interceptions. The ability to put up a large amount of production and eliminate turnovers completely has hands down been the recipe for success for Carr. Even before the 2017 season started we knew this guy had some of the best arm talent in the entire league. Carr has raised the bar for even his own expectations and lets be honest the Raiders could be a legitimate Super Bowl contender when the postseason gets here. The Raiders would have had a chance to hoist the Lombardi Trophy in 2016 but Carr wasn’t able to participate in the playoffs. Oakland has their gunslinger back at the helm now and if Carr can stay healthy this team is a serious threat in the AFC. Another underlining story to this team’s success has been the rapport Michael Crabtree and Carr have developed. Crabtree leads the entire National Football League with 3 touchdown receptions and the veteran receiver has been flat out dominant in the red zone. Carr knows he can always trust Crabtree to make a big play and those two have made plenty of those since the tandem was formed back in 2015. When you also add Marshawn Lynch to this mix to handle the rushing attack, it becomes clear the Raiders can get it done in every facet of the game. Lynch could end up being the x-factor for this team down the stretch because sooner or later the Raiders will have to set the tone by pounding the rock. When this team is churning out a 100 yard rusher each week and throwing for 300 hundred yards through the air every game. That’s when the Oakland will hit their full stride and they will be nearly unstoppable on the football field. Expect the Raiders to get to level very soon.

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The Carolina Panthers have the topped ranked defense after two weeks of action, they completely shut opponents down:

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The Carolina Panthers have been absolutely dominant after two weeks of NFL action surrendering only 196 yards to both opponents. When a defense is allowing under 100 yards a game they will get acknowledged quickly and clearly this is the backbone of Ron Rivera’s team. In the past Cam Newton and Kelvin Benjamin were known for turning heads but now Luke Kuechly, Thomas Davis, and Julius Peppers are making their mark down in Carolina. The Panthers have only given up 6 points all year so that tells you just how fantastic they’ve been and if they keep playing like this Carolina should be a playoff team. Maybe the most fundamental trait of successful football is playing outstanding defense and two recent Super Bowl Champions (Broncos and Seahawks) proved that’s still the winning formula. Carolina isn’t necessarily emulating what those teams did instead they get it done with their own style of play. That’s mainly made up of outstanding linebacker play and a good presence upfront. Obviously when you’re talking about the Panthers defense you have to start with the veteran Linebacker Thomas Davis. Davis has been outstanding so far leading the team in tackles with 14. Thomas Davis has also added 1 sack too so he is getting it done as a run stopper and a pass rusher. Luke Kuechly is the other stand out at the linebacker position. Kuechly has contributed 12 tackles and is always a force in the middle of the field defensively for Carolina. Julius Peppers leads the team in sacks with 2.5 on the year. The addition of Peppers has disrupted opposing quarterbacks and it gives the Panthers another gear on the defensive line. That acquisition alone has put Carolina in the elite category and Peppers is a big reason this team is ranked number 1 in the league defensively. Carolina has gotten a boost from Mario Addison and Wes Horton too, each guy has a sack this season and will be counted on to make significant contributions throughout the season. Together all of these players have gelled well and helped this franchise achieve a very impressive start in 2017. If Carolina can maintain this padlock style of defense the Panthers are going to challenge the Falcons in the NFC South. Remember defense wins championships.

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Carson Wentz is currently a top 5 quarterback in terms of passing yards, the Eagles need their young QB to keep up his high level of play:

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The Philadelphia Eagles knew they were getting a good player when they drafted Carson Wentz a season ago but so far Wentz has been very impressive in terms of passing yards amassed. Wentz is currently a top 5 quarterback with 640 passing yards over his first two games and that is significantly better than Eli Manning who Wentz will face off against this weekend. If the Eagles want to come away with a win from that match up they will need Wentz to be at his best and that means he has to elevate his level of play against a tough Giants defense. New York has struggled so far with an 0-2 record but make no mistake about it they will present a challenge to Philadelphia. The Giants are going to be as hungry as ever to get their first win and Wentz has to do his best to control the time of possession in this contest. If Philly can keep their offense on the field and keep Manning on the sidelines that will go a long way in securing a win. Philadelphia should trust LeGarrette Blount and Darren Sproles in the ground game and then let Wentz work against a defense that is on their heels. Ultimately that will help the Eagles entire offense be optimized which should help Wentz continue to put up big numbers. That’s a much better strategy than forcing Carson Wentz to throw 40 times per game and then completely abandoning the running game. When that happen Wentz puts up big numbers but Philadelphia’s overall chances to win significantly diminish. It will be a much better scenario for Doug Pederson’s team to walk away from this weekend with a 2-1 record than it would be for Wentz to be the league leader in passing yards. A 1-2 record would completely undermine all the success Wentz has on the field so while the Eagles need their second year quarterback to be better than ever they also have to play the game with fundamentals. Regardless you have to praise the second year quarterback’s offensive output heading into this weekend.

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Todd Gurley scores 3 touchdowns to lead the Rams to a 41-39 victory over the 49ers, Watkins catches 2 TDs:

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The Los Angeles Rams are a completely different team than a season ago. After struggling to put together any offense during the Jeff Fisher era, Sean McVay has came in and completely changed the Rams culture. That has resulted in a whole lot of points being put on the board for Los Angeles and now this team has already put together two 40 point performances this year. Todd Gurley was especially impressive in the Rams win over the 49ers, Gurley scored 3 touchdowns and ran with heart the entire night. Whether it was with his initial burst or second effort attempts Gurley made San Francisco defenders pay all night and it was exciting to see the 3rd year player get back in his groove. Ultimately that paved the way for Jared Goff who responded by throwing for 3 throwing touchdowns in this game. Goff also looks like a brand new man and make no mistake about it the second year quarterback is the main reason Los Angeles has a wining record. Sammy Watkins has made the most of his time on the West Coast too, the former Bills receiver had 2 touchdowns in the Thursday night match up proving the change of scenery has benefited the former first round draft pick. When Goff, Gurley, and Watkins play like this the Rams are a lot of fun to watch and very tough to beat. In the opposite jerseys Brian Hoyer had a strong outing throwing for 2 touchdowns and over 300 yards. Carlos Hyde ran hard for most of the night as well churning out 2 touchdowns and 84 rushing yards. Pierre Garcon was San Francisco’s most notable receiver he hauled in 142 receiving yards. At the end of the day though the Niners were no match for the Rams potent offense and fell two points short of Los Angeles’ 41 points. Defensively Alec Ogletree played spectacular for LA recording 9 tackles. Connor Barwin and Aaron Donald both added a sack too. Jimmie Ford was the top performer for San Francisco’s defense he came up with 7 total tackles. DeForest Bucker also played well with 5 tackles and a forced fumble. Los Angeles improves to 2-1 on the season and should make a push for the NFC West division title. Kyle Shanahan’s team drops to 0-3 and they look like they could be in serious trouble.

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Toilet Bowl: 49ers, Colts, and Jets are the worst teams in football right now

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Everyone thought the Jets were going to be the worst team in football for the 2017 season but it appears New York has some competition for that title. The San Francisco 49ers are 0-3 right now and seem to be fading fast in the Kyle Shanahan era. Now that’s not to say Shanahan is a poor coach it’s more about how depleted the 49ers roster truly is. Chip Kelly couldn’t win with this team in 2016 and Kyle Shanahan can’t win with this team now. San Francisco will have to acquire as many talented free agents as they can in the off-season and also draft extremely well if they want to be competitive next season. The Colts are in pretty rough shape too. After Andrew Luck failed to recovery health wise from a shoulder injury Indianapolis hasn’t been able to find any rhythm on the field. The Colts did make a good move by acquiring Jacoby Brissett in a trade but until Jim Irsay’s team adds a whole bunch of competent players they are going to continue to struggle Finally the Jets are who we thought they were. After opting to sign Josh McCown to a $6 million contract New York has fallen to 0-2 on the year largely because McCown has failed to put up over 200 yards passing in either contest. The best quarterbacks in the league throw for 300 and even 400 yards per game, something McCown will have to do if he wants to prove he is worthy of a starting job. The Jets should have started Bryce Petty after his strong preseason performance and then allowed the 26 year old quarterback to grow. Instead they decided to go with a 38 year old QB who has a very short future ahead of him. To be honest the Jets might not be the worst team on this list either. San Francisco has a long way to go in order to play winning football and the Colts would have been the worst team by far had they not landed Jacoby Brissett.

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