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5 Things We Learned From Week 3 Of The 2012-13 NFL Season

Submitted by on September 25, 2012 – 10:44 amNo Comment

Although I wrote that I planned on not watching the full slate of games during Week 3 of the 2012-13 NFL season, I ended up watching more than I thought. From the terrible New York Jets/Miami Dolphins game to the exhilarating (and poorly officiated!) New England Patriots/Baltimore Ravens game, there was actually a pretty decent amount of action on the field on Sunday. And, what did I learn from all of it? Well, that during the 2012-13 NFL season, it’s going to be damn-near impossible to predict what’s going to happen from week to week.

I learned a few other things as well. And, as I sat watching bits and pieces of the action on Sunday, I scribbled them down. Here are the 5 Things We Learned From Week 3 Of The 2012-13 NFL Season.

1. The Arizona Cardinals are really for real.

No, really. Although you could make the argument that the Cards were playing a Philadelphia Eagles team that wasn’t as good as its’ 2-0 record indicated, the Cardinals came up huge on defense, controlled the clock on offense, and let the world know that they’re going to be a serious contender in the NFC this season.

2. The Jets need a new quarterback.

What happened to Mark Sanchez? During Week 1 against the Buffalo Bills, he was unstoppable! Now, he’s struggling to move the ball. He’s missing guys who are wide open. And, he’s making the Jets look as bad as we thought they’d be this season. The Jets are 2-1, so it’s not time for them to panic just yet. But, if Sanchez keeps playing the way he’s been playing, it won’t be long before disaster strikes.

3. The Houston Texans might just be headed to the Super Bowl.

The Atlanta Falcons, too. While a number of other playoff teams have struggled at the beginning of the season (ugh, have you seen the New Orleans Saints play yet?), the Texans and Falcons have proven that they’re ready to live up to all the hype that surrounded both of them at the beginning of the season.

4. There is no such thing as a “sure thing” this season.

It’s Week 3—Week 3!—and I’m already out of my “suicide” NFL pool. If you’re not familiar with a “suicide” pool, it’s where you pick one team every single week to win their game straight up—without picking the same team twice during the course of the season. I won’t have to worry about that this season, because I had the Saints as my “suicide” team this week. And, they got knocked off by the Kansas City Chiefs. Did I mention that I only lasted until Week 3?! I’m bitter.

5. The replacement referees have to go.

You don’t think I was going to leave this out, did you? DID YOU?! I’ve been relatively kind to the replacement refs in recent weeks. But, what happened on Monday Night Football at the end of the Packers/Seahawks game was an abomination and the league can’t ever let it happen again. I actually think they’d be best served going ahead and reversing the ruling that was made at the end of the game and awarding a win to Green Bay. But, even if that doesn’t happen, they have to do everything they can to get the real refs back on the field. Enough is enough, guys. Make it happen this week.

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