By Russell S. Baxter
It is the reality that is the NFL you have often heard the expression on any given Sunday period of course when it comes to the NFL, that also means any Thursday night or Monday night or the occasional Saturday night.
Entering the third week of the 2018 season, the Arizona Cardinals, Buffalo Bills, Detroit Lions, Houston Texans, New York Giants, Oakland Raiders and Seattle Seahawks all sported 0-2 records. Meanwhile, both the 0-1-1 Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers were also seeking their first victory of the new season as well.
By the time the smoke cleared late Monday night in Tampa, only the Cardinals, Texans and Raiders were still looking for a win in ‘18. And it’s safe to say that were some stunning results in Week 3, in particular at Minnesota as well as in the Motor City.
Sean McDermott’s Bills had been stout scored a combined 78-23 in their first two games, losses to the Baltimore Ravens and Los Angeles Chargers. And they were not expected the fare well in the Twin Cities against a Vikings’ club that many feel could be Super Bowl bound. But led by the legs of rookie quarterback Josh Allen and a potent pass rush that spent most of the day in the Minnesota backfield, the Bills walked away with a stunning 27-6 victory.
Remember when the Lions were being embarrassed at home by the New York Jets, 48-17, in the season’s first Monday night game? On Sunday evening at home, for New England Patriots’ defensive coordinator Matt Patricia and his team humbled Bill Belichick and Tom Brady, 26-10. Both the Giants and Seahawks also cracked the win column for the first time this season.
On Thursday night in Cleveland, rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield came off the bench to rescue the Browns. And on Monday evening, the Steelers held off the previously-undefeated Buccaneers, 30-27.
Welcome to the rollercoaster known as the NFL.
Russell S. Baxter is the founder of ProFootballGuru.com and a member of the NFL media for 35 years and counting. You can follow him on Twitter at @BaxFootballGuru.
NFL 2018 Week 3: And the Meek Shall Finally Rise Up
By Russell S. Baxter