Thoughts on Week 3 – Part 3

by Omar Barakat. 0 Comments

Here are some more quick thoughts on the action from week three of the NFL season.

 

The Baltimore Ravens defeated the New England Patriots in a rematch of last year's AFC Championship 31-30 thanks to a Justin Tucker 27 yard field goal as time expired.  However, the night will be remembered for the bravery shown by Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith.  At 2:00 am on the day of the game, Smith was informed of the death of his 19 year old brother Tevin James.  Smith, who has a close relationship with all of his siblings, rushed hone to be with his family.  Smith returned later in the day to suit up and help his team.  He would go on to have six catches for 127 yards and two touchdowns.  It was truly inspiring.

 

As for the rest of the game, the Ravens offense was on, accumulating 503 yards on offense.  Not to be outdone, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady lit it up to his two main wide receivers.  Wes Welker had 8 catches for 142 yards while Brandon Lloyd had 9 catches for 108 yards.  While the Patriots could not run the ball effectively, the Ravens received a solid performance from Ray Rice.  He had 101 yards on 20 carries.

 

Thanks to the replacement officials, this game set a dubious record.  There were 13 penalties called that resulted in first downs.  The previous record was 12.  If you watched the game, you know a number of those calls were suspect to say the least.

 

We all saw the Seattle Seahawks highly questionable win over the Green Bay Packers thanks to a Hail Mary interception incorrectly ruled a catch, so I am not going to go through the details again.  Every sports and non-sports channel has done that to the point of overkill.  What I will add is the news of the comebacks of JaMarcus Russell and Ryan Leaf.  Once they heard you can throw a game winning interception, they figured they had it made.  Thank you, Thank you.  I will be here all week.

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