1. Vikings have a big day against the Panthers– We’ve seen how the Vikings have fared without Adrian Peterson so it was only fitting to think the same, right? Wrong. Carolina got off to a fast start then after that, it was all Minnesota. They impressed me especially on the defensive side of things. They sacked Cam Newton a total of eight times and really shut down that Panthers offense. They’re 3-0 and atop the NFC North right now.
2. Patriots shut down Texans– Let’s recap this once more. Brady is still suspended, Gronk returned but was very limited with that lingering hamstring issue and the Patriots were now down to their 3rd string quarterback with a Texans defense that hadn’t allowed a touchdown in six quarters coming to town. As they always do, the Patriots found another way to win and credit Bill Belichick and his game planning ways once again. They established the run and relied on the defense to make plays and both worked perfectly.
3. Wisconsin makes a statement in East Lansing– Over the years, they’ve played a lot of classics and we were all hoping that the same thing would happen in this battle too. Wisconsin entered with a lot of questions about their offense and could they score? They silenced a lot of people and got a quality victory on the road in a tough place to play over a well-coached football team. They’ve beat one team in that stacked Big Ten East and now move on to face another one next Saturday at the Big House in Ann Arbor.
4. Rodgers has a big day in Lambeau opener– Let’s be real, the Packers looked terrible last week against Minnesota and couldn’t get the offense going. Yesterday was a different story and I mean that in a really good way. There’s a reason why I refer to Aaron Rodgers as “like that” because he simply makes plays, like that. He just made it look way too easy against the Lions and threw four touchdown passes in the first half. Remember when they played the Lions last season at Lambeau? Detroit got the win. Yesterday, they saw a completely different looking offense.
5. Wentz has a big day against Steelers– The Keystone State battle. Both teams had been playing really well entering this one and the Eagles just looked like a much different team than the ones we saw when Chip Kelly was the head coach. The Eagles soared in this one and never looked back and I’ve never seen the Steelers play so poorly. The Eagles are 3-0 for the first time in seven seasons.