1) With the image of the NFL taking a hit of late, they could have used some goodwill with this weeks games. As these stories from SB Nation show, the goodwill was outweighed by plenty of dumbassery.
- Drew Brees gets suplexed, tries to start a fight
- 49ers and Cardinals fans involved in bloody stadium brawl
- Eagles-Washington brawl after Nick Foles hurt
- Eagles fans get in massive stadium brawl
- Jim Harbaugh's salty postgame handshake in 3 photos
2) The Sunday Night game featured some history as the Pittsburgh Steelers had two running backs go over the century mark in the same game for the first time since 1986. Le'Veon Bell had 147 yards on 21 carries and LeGarrette Blount went for 10/118/1. So in the high profile, prime time game of the week, the two Pittsburgh players most dominant in their 37-19 win over the Carolina Panthers, were the same two players that were busted for marijuana possession a of couple weeks ago.
My favorite quote from the filed complaint.
"I didn't know that you could get a DUI for being high. I smoked two hours ago. I am not high anymore. I am perfectly fine. Why would I be getting high if I had to get on a plane to make it to my game?"
Yes, he's "perfectly fine." Driving around, smoking up, with a bag of weed in the car from a recent purchase. Perfectly fine.
3) I saw this over the weekend and I had to share. 'Stop f---ing doing that': Katie Nolan's 5 simple rules for NFL players
4) Is there something wrong with LeSean McCoy? Last year he led the NFL is rushing and yards from scrimmage and this year not so much. He averaged 5.1 yards per carry and 10.4 yards per reception in 2013.
Through three games this year he has only 175 yards (2.9 ypc) rushing and 64 receiving yards (6.4 ypr).
5) Teddy Bridgewater didn't look overwhelmed in his NFL debut, in fact he looked like a guy that should have been starting from day 1. An injury to Matt Cassel means we'll be seeing Teddy for the next few weeks.
He will be without his big tight end however, as Kyle Rudolph is going to miss about 6 weeks with hernia surgery.
6) It wasn't as smooth a debut for fellow rookie QB Blake Bortles. He played the entire second half for the Jacksonville Jaguars, but he threw a couple of picks along with his 2 TDs and 223 yards.
I've said it before and I'll say it again. I truly believe that if you draft a QB high, and your playoff aspirations are mostly nonexistent, you should play the kid. If he 'buckles under the spotlight', then you picked the wrong guy anyway.
7) Speaking of the Jags, which is the worse team, them or the Tampa Bay Buccaneers?
8) Speaking of those two bad teams, did you realize that newly unretired linebacker James Harrison will be able to get his timing down and work himself back into shape against the Bucs in week 4 and the Jags in week 5?
The injury riddled linebacking corps of the Pittsburgh Steelers will benefit from the experience of the 36 year old Harrison, but the neatest part of the story is that Harrison asked his kids for permission before agreeing to join the Steelers.
9) I didn't think Kirk Cousins looked a guy ready to lead a franchise last year when he filled in for Robert Griffin III, but the experience seemed to have paid dividends. He was solid all through preseason and through a game and a half he looks like the "guy". I would not be surprised to see Washington seriously consider getting out of the RGIII business.
10) Guess who's leading the NFL in interceptions with 3?
Guess who's tied atop the leader-board for forced fumbles after three games with 2?
Chicago Bears' cornerback Kyle Fuller is not only making an early case for rookie of the year, but after high profile performances in Prime Time, he might push for a spot in the Pro Bowl.