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3 Intriguing Storylines and 3 Questions Entering NFL’s Week 3

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The first two weeks of the NFL season have come and gone. Here are three of the things that have intrigued me, and three questions for Week 3.

Patrick Mahomes

The Patrick Mahomes era in Kansas City has kicked off to a 2-0 start with the young gunslinger throwing ten touchdowns through the Chiefs’ first two games of the season, which is an NFL record. If that somehow doesn’t impress you, Mahomes is also averaging an insane 10.6 yards per attempt and has yet to throw an interception. The start Mahomes has gotten off to is vastly impressive, and people need to take notice.

Ryan Fitzpatrick

The Buccaneers were supposed to start the season 0-3 following the suspension of Jameis Winston. No one had them being 2-0 right now with wins on the road against last year’s division-winning New Orleans Saints and against the defending Superbowl champions Philadelphia Eagles, this is just like how no one had Fitzpatrick leading the entire league in touchdowns (8), yards (819) and yards per attempt (13.4) through two games. It doesn’t matter when Winston is back; you can’t put Fitzpatrick on the bench with the way he’s been playing.

Vontae Davis Retirement

This was just bizarre. Vontae Davis retired and left the stadium during halftime of the Buffalo Bills vs. Los Angeles Chargers game. Have you ever heard of a player doing that before? I know I haven’t. Later, Davis said, “This isn’t how I pictured retiring from the NFL.”

Three questions for Week 3

Jets/Browns Showdown: Cleveland is 1-32-1 under Hue Jackson. Despite that, they are favored to win Thursday night’s showdown against the New York Jets. They have come close the past two weeks, so will this be the game they snatch their first win since December 2016? For the Jets, on the other hand, a win would get the Sam Darnold era off to a positive 2-1 start. The Browns could have had Darnold in last April’s draft, will they have any regrets Thursday night?

How much will Josh Gordon impact the Patriots?: Just a day after getting smacked in the AFC title game rematch, the Patriots went out and traded for the former Cleveland Brown. The wide receiver position was looking like a major weakness for the Patriots, but the acquisition of Gordon and Julian Edelman returning in two weeks improves New England’s offense. After his long absence, Gordon has averaged 59 receiving yards per game and totaled two touchdowns in his past six games with mostly bad quarterback play. Those numbers should be expected to rise with Tom Brady throwing him the football.

Steelers/Buccaneers: Before the season, the Steelers were viewed as contenders, and the Buccaneers were in shambles. Now, the Buccaneers are atop the loaded NFC South and the Steelers are off to a disappointing start. Will Ryan Fitzpatrick continues his dominant stretch of football? Further, will the Steelers go on the road and pick up their first win of the season?

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