Week 3 began with another win by the Carolina Panthers, making them 3-0. A surprise to many. Then, it ended with the Cowboys grabbing a commanding win over the Eagles.
Now, let’s look at all of the results in between and what that means for the outlook of the NFL conferences. Most importantly, what were the correct predictions for our PickStar Challenge for Week 3?
PickStar Challenge Week 3 Results
Here are the results from Week 3 of the PickStar Challenge.
Q1: How many yards will Derrick Henry rush for? (80+)
Derrick Henry does it again. In a big divisional game, Henry rushed for 113 yards. The Titans took down the Colts, 25-16. The Titans are now 2-1 and are alone atop the AFC South.
Q2: Will Baker Mayfield throw for at least 2 touchdowns? (No)
The offense for the Browns has seemed a little off. Definitely the passing game. The good news is the defense, which has dominated so far. Mayfield has been getting away with not throwing many TD passes thus far.
Q3: Who will win the game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and LA Rams? (Rams)
What a commanding performance by the Rams. After this game, they are the team to beat. Sean McVay and Matthew Stafford combine for a stellar offensive duo that could do great things in Los Angeles.
4. Will the Ravens record over 400 yards of total offense against the Lions? (No)
The Ravens didn’t produce as much offense as many though. If Marquise Brown limited his drops, it might’ve been different. Justin Tucker saved the day with a 66-yard field goal to win.
5. Over/Under 48.5 points in the Green Bay Packers @ San Francisco 49ers game? (Over)
There might have been some San Francisco fans celebrating early, but the 49ers gave Aaron Rodgers too much time for a comeback. With 27 points scored in the fourth quarter, the game total ended at 58.
6. Who will win the Philadelphia Eagles at @ Dallas Cowboys game? (Cowboys)
The Cowboys are good! Did I say that? Ezekiel Elliot finally had a big game, rushing for 95 yards and two TD’s. As of now, it looks like Dallas is going to win the NFC East.
Top of the NFC
After three weeks of football, we are getting a better feel for how these teams are going to end up at the end of the year. Of course, injuries and other factors could play a huge role, but there are some teams that stand out.
In the NFC, there are three undefeated teams – the Carolina Panthers, the Arizona Cardinals, and the Los Angeles Rams. The strongest has to be the LA Rams. Stafford has been exceptional at QB so far this season.
The Cardinals aren’t a surprise, but the Panthers are. But they haven’t exactly played any of the top teams quite yet.
The NFC West is going to be a dog fight. It’s the best division in football. But we can’t count out the Buccaneers, even after a loss to the Rams. Remember, they have Tom Brady!
And then there’s the Cowboys. Dak is back! And in a big way. I don’t see them having trouble in the NFC East.
Top of the AFC
There are two teams that are undefeated in the AFC, but I don’t think either team is the best in the division. The Las Vegas Raiders and Denver Broncos have squeaked out some wins, both playing a weak schedule so far.
But the Raiders did beat the Ravens, who should always be considered a contender with Lamar Jackson.
In the AFC East, it looks like the Bills are back on track after their opening loss to the Steelers, which only seems to look worse now.
I thought the Colts may be able to compete in the South, but they have too many problems keeping a quarterback healthy. Carson Wentz may not be the answer.
The Tennessee Titans will likely run away with the division and aren’t talked about near the top of the league as often as they should be. Henry only gets better when other teams get tired and banged up.
And yes, there is the Browns. I don’t know. Their defense is incredible, but it still seems like Mayfield struggles at times.
Looking Ahead to Week 4
As we look ahead, we will be coming out with another week of PickStar questions for Week 4 of the NFL. There will be six questions. If you get them all right, you’ll split the $1,000 prize with anyone else who also succeeds.
One of the biggest games of the week will be the Cardinals and the Rams. Both in the NFC West, these teams have high expectations for the season. It appears that LA will enter as the favorite, especially since they have home-field advantage.
But this is a great time for Kyler Murray and company. Could they pull this one out?
Sunday night is going to be a lot of fun! Tom Brady returns to New England to take on his old coach, Bill Belichick. Coming off a loss, I think Brady might light it up.
Monday night will be a west coast battle between the Chargers and Raiders. The Chargers are riding high after beating the Chiefs. If they play like that, the Raiders won’t be an issue.