Here are some more quick thoughts on the action from week three of the NFL season.
The Minnesota Vikings scored an upset win over the San Francisco 49ers 24-13. At 2-1, the Vikings are a surprise ream early in the 2012 season. However, you have to figure the powerful 49ers either underestimated the Vikings or were looking ahead to next week's showdown with the New York Jets. A 1:00 pm game coming off of back to back wins against fellow NFC contenders in the Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions was a recipe for a letdown. My favorite play from the game was Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder's high floating touch pass to tight end Kyle Rudolph. It was a thing of beauty.
The Arizona Cardinals improved to 3-0 with a 27-6 win over the Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles biggest deficiency is in their offensive line. They simply cannot protect quarterback Michael Vick. This played right into the Cardinals strengths on the defensive side of the ball. Vick was hit or hurried almost every time he dropped back. He was sacked 5 times. The Eagles had three turnovers. This is becoming a trend for both teams. It marks the Cardinals 9th straight game with at least two sacks. As for the Eagles, they now have 12 turnovers in 3 games. The Cardinals are rising fast while the Eagles need to right ship asap.
The Oakland Raiders scored an impressive come from behind victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers 34-31. The Steelers were up 31-21 entering the fourth only to see the Raiders score a touchdown and two field goals to steal a win. Aside from the comeback, the big story from this game was the nasty helmet to helmet hit Steelers safety Ryan Mundy laid on Raiders receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey. It was a very scary hit, but it looks like Heyward-Bey will be just fine. I still cannot believe the replacement refs failed to throw a flag. How they missed it is beyond me.
The New York Jets defeated the Miami Dolphins 23-20 thanks in part to fins head coach Joe Philbin. The Jets lined up for a game winning field goal. Kicker Nick Folk's kicked was blocked by Miami. Unfortunately for the Dolphins, Philbin called timeout to freeze Folk. The re-kick was good. Unsurprisingly, Philbin still thinks it was the right call. I may be in the minority, but I think the more time you give the kicker, the better his odds are of scoring. He is less rushed and has time to catch his breath and properly set up. Also, the practice kick they get can't hurt either. So, it backfired against Philbin and Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan so far this year.