1. Louisville stuns Florida State– It was by far the game of the week. Number two facing number ten and it was the first top ten battle of the young season. Florida State came in with some confidence and Louisville sprung up in the rankings after two wins all because of Lamar Jackson. Florida State was the favorite to win the game but it didn’t necessarily turn out that way. Louisville dominated from the first quarter to the last and never let their foot off the gas. Lamar Jackson also had another solid all-around game. The Seminoles were just outplayed, outcoached and outhustled. Louisville won by 43, 63-20.
2. Patriots hold on for victory– It was the second game without Tom Brady and we all wondered what Jimmy Garoppolo would do for an encore after winning his first career NFL game last week in Arizona. He came out firing on all cylinders and at one point, he had no incompletions. In the second quarter, he injured his shoulder and was unable to return. Rookie Jacoby Brissett finished the game for the Patriots and the defense struggled to stop the Dolphins in the second half but they still won and sit at 2-0. In the words of Bill Belichick himself, it’s on to the Houston Texans.
3. Steelers beat Bengals in playoff rematch– I was really looking forward to this one. This was their first time meeting since that epic playoff battle that saw the Bengals fall in dramatic fashion. The Steelers are impressing me out the gate. DeAngelo Williams has filled in very well for Le’Veon Bell and their offense is clicking as we expected. The defense shut down A.J. Green and forced Andy Dalton to look elsewhere. An impressive win over the defending AFC North champs.
4. Packers struggle in Minnesota– The Vikings opened their new stadium and did it against a familiar face in Green Bay. This would be a different looking Packers offense the Vikings defense would see compared to the two times they saw them last year. So Jordy was back and that didn’t phase the Vikings at all. They were up for the challenge and the secondary really held their own against that Packers offense. Rodgers looked uncomfortable all game long and the Packers should’ve been blown out considering how many times they fumbled the football along with turning it over.
5. Alabama overcomes 21 point deficit to beat Ole Miss– The Rebels have been them two years in a row including a battle in Tuscaloosa last September. Could they make it three in a row? It sure looked that way in the first half of the game. Ole Miss just looked like the faster and stronger team and once again, Alabama struggled with the little things. The second half, things looked much different and that’s the thing with Alabama, they can beat you in low scoring affairs and they can outduel you and put points up and that’s exactly what they had to do to beat Ole Miss was score.