Monday Morning Quarterback: The Good, The Bad Of Week 3
Chicago BearsPittsburgh Steelers
The Bears are rolling in the early going and Jay Cutler has been on top of his game. While he only threw for 159 yards, he made a huge run in the fourth quarter that kept a drive alive and a superb touchdown pass to Earl Bennett that clinched the game for the Bears.
Ben Roethlisberger threw for 406 yards and two touchdowns, but he also threw two interceptions and fumbled three times. The Steelers are in a big hole and unless Roethlisberger stops making mistakes, they won’t get out of it.
Seattle SeahawksJacksonville Jaguars
Russell Wilson did whatever he wanted to against the Jaguars, throwing four touchdown passes and completing 14-of-21 passes. The Jaguars were never in the game, and Wilson’s accuracy and confidence were a big part of that.
Chad Henne was in over his head against the Seahawks’ powerful defense. He threw for 235 yards but he did not throw a touchdown pass and he threw two interceptions.
Indianapolis ColtsSan Francisco 49ers
Andrew Luck did not have an overly impressive statistical game, but he directed the Colts’ offense with expertise, ran for a touchdown and he completed 18-of-27 passes for 164 yards. There was a certain maturity to his game that bodes very well for the Colts.
Colin Kaepernick is a very talented quarterback, but after two consecutive losses, he is learning that leading an NFL team is anything but easy. He was just 13-of-27 for 150 yards with no touchdowns and an interception.
New York JetsBuffalo Bills
Geno Smith is not a stellar quarterback, but he is doing a good enough job to keep the Jets competitive. He threw the game-winning touchdown pass to Santonio Holmes after the Bills had tied the game, and that shows a certain toughness.
E.J. Manuel was able to lead a comeback that allowed the Bills to come back from a 14-point deficit, but he was inaccurate when the game was on the line. He completed just 19-of-42 passes and missed several open receivers.
Miami DolphinsAtlanta Falcons
Ryan Tannehill continues to make big plays for the Dolphins. He completed 24-of-35 passes for 236 yards and two touchdowns. His late scoring pass gave the Dolphins an impressive win over a very good team.
Matt Ryan and his teammates did not sustain their effort. After a solid start, the Falcons appeared to lose their steam and that’s a problem. He threw for 238 yards and two touchdowns, but he was not at his best when the game was on the line.
Detroit LionsWashington Redskins
Matthew Stafford did a solid job of picking apart the Redskins’ defense, throwing for 385 yards and two touchdowns. Stafford is getting to become the big-game quarterback the Lions thought he would be when they drafted him.
While RGIII was better in this game than he was in the first two games of the season, he still is struggling with consistency and he lacks the explosiveness that he had last year. He threw for 326 yards, but he did not have a TD pass and he threw one interception.
Tennessee TitansSan Diego Chargers
Jake Locker may not be a star quarterback, but he was good enough to get the win against the Chargers when he threw a late TD pass to Justin Hunter. Locker threw for 299 yards and he did not throw an interception. Philip Rivers was nearly perfect, as he completed 20-of-24 passes for the Chargers and he did not throw an interception.
As sharp as Rivers was, he needed to sustain his drives and get the Chargers into the endzone at least one more time, and he could not do that.
New Orleans SaintsArizona Cardinals
Drew Brees simply takes charge and if he has a chance, he is not going to let victory slip through his fingers. He was dominant against the Cardinals as he threw for 342 yards and three TDs in the Saints’ one-sided victory.
Carson Palmer knows that he was not up to the challenge of trading punches with Brees. While it’s not quite that simple, he completed just 18-of-35 passes for 187 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions. That’s not going to help his team win a tough road game.
New England PatriotsTampa Bay Buccaneers
Tom Brady has not hit his stride yet this season, but he has been good enough to help the Patriots get to a 3-0 record. He completed 25-of-36 passes against the Bucs and his consistent play kept Tampa Bay’s defense from gaining any kind of foothold.
Greg Schiano has a problem. His team is not going to make any kind of progress as long as Josh Freeman remains as his quarterback. Freeman was ineffective against New England, completing just 19-of-41 passes.
Cleveland BrownsMinnesota Vikings
It appeared the Browns had little chance when they had to go with former third-string quarterback Brian Hoyer. However, Hoyer completed 30-of-54 passes for 321 yards and three touchdowns, including the game-winner to Jordan Cameron in the final stages of the fourth quarter.
Christian Ponder strikes again for the Vikings. He was unable to help the Vikings expand the lead after they took it in the second half or mount a feasible drive on the final possession. He puts the Vikings at a disadvantage nearly every week.
Dallas CowboysSt. Louis Rams
The Cowboys put away the Rams with a consistent effort from start to finish, and much of that was on Tony Romo, as he completed 17-of-24 passes for 210 yards with three touchdowns and he did not throw an interception.
Sam Bradford tried to get the Rams back in the game, but they were outclassed by the Cowboys in this game. Bradford played with the requisite effort and he did not throw an interception, but he was not quite good enough to direct more than one scoring drive.
Cincinnati BengalsGreen Bay Packers
While Andy Dalton missed on some of his longer passes, he completed 20-of-28 passes for 235 yards and two touchdowns. He looked sharp and confident against an aggressive defense.
While Aaron Rodgers threw for 244 yards and had the Packers’ offense percolating in the middle of the game, he threw two interception and he couldn’t help his team hold on to a 16-point second half lead.
Carolina PanthersNew York Giants
The numbers were excellent for Cam Newton, who was desperate for a good game and even more desperate for a victory. Newton threw three TD passes and also ran for one as he played within himself and took advantage of New York’s generous defense.
It’s falling apart for Eli Manning and there’s no other way to put it. He’s had three poor games and he could do nothing to get out from under Carolina’s overpowering pass rush.
Baltimore RavensHouston Texans
Joe Flacco is feeling a lot better about his team as they gave him support from the defense and a semblance of a running game and he was able to make the throws he needed to to beat a very good – but emotionless – Houston team.
There are no doubts about Matt Schaub’s intelligence or ability. However, you have to rise to the occasion every week in the NFL and he did not come through with his best effort against the Ravens.
Kansas City ChiefsPhiladelphia Eagles
Alex Smith is managing the game nicely. Quarterbacks may hate to hear that, but he did not throw any interceptions and he gave the Chiefs a chance to win even though he didn’t throw any touchdown passes.
Michael Vick looks a lot more comfortable in the Chip Kelly offense than he did under Andy Reid, but he struggled with his accuracy and completed just 13-of-30 passes. That’s not going to get it done.