The NFL is ready to usher in the latest week of games, and as always there is going to be plenty to look forward to.
Week 2 certainly delivered for NFL fans in a big way, with incredible comebacks from the likes of the Miami Dolphins, Arizona Cardinals and New York Jets, sensational plays from the likes of Kyler Murray and plenty of other talking points besides.
But as is the way with the NFL, you can’t focus on the past for too long because the league is already getting ready for what is set to come next as they get ready for Week 3, a week that has its fair share of storylines coming out of it as well.
With all 32 teams set to play, there are a lot of intricacies and twists and turns that are set to take place, but we’ve gone to the trouble of picking out what we think are the 5 most important to look out for, including one bit of potential history, for this week in the National Football League.
In no particular order:
Trouble time for Trubisky?
There can be no arguments that the Pittsburgh Steelers offense is struggling right now, ranking 30th in terms of total yards and joint-30th when it comes to yards per play, and as they showed against the New England Patriots, if the defence isn’t there to bail them out with turnovers and field position, they don’t look like a team that can put up great numbers behind the ‘safe’ option of Mitch Trubisky.
If they want explosive plays and to really kick things into gear, then it might be time to give Kenny Pickett the keys, because with an extra few days before their next game after tonight’s matchup, if Trubiksy struggles, this would be the perfect time to start to blend the rookie into the system ahead of their game with the New York Jets.
Last chance saloon for some teams
As we mentioned last week, going 0-2 to start the season can be hard for a team to make the playoffs, well much worse can be said for those who will be looking to bounce back after going 0-3, as there is reportedly just a 3% chance of doing so once you lose that 3rd game to start the season, meaning it is pretty much time to go into ‘tank mode’.
So for the Tennessee Titans, Las Vegas Raiders, Cincinnati Bengals, Carolina Panthers and Atlanta Falcons, it really is ‘put up or shut up’ time for them if they’re to have any chance of making it into the postseason.
A real benchmark game for Tua Tagovailoa and the Miami Dolphins
It’s fair to say that there was a lot of curiosity when it came to the Miami Dolphins this season as we looked forward to seeing what would happen with Tua Tagovailoa and the offense as they welcomed Tyreek Hill into the mix, especially with some of the concerns that were emerging during the preseason with regards to his accuracy.
Well it’s fair to say that he and the rest of the team answered a lot of critics during their game against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 2, after overcoming a New England team in Week 1 that haven’t looked too convincing so far, but now they face a really daunting test in the Buffalo Bills. A win isn’t necessarily vital, or indeed likely for them, but if they can put on a decent show and keep the score close, we’ll really know what their capabilities are.
A chance for Micah Parsons to enter the history books
Dallas Cowboys star Micah Parsons has shown during his brief stint in the NFL so far that he is a stud of an outside linebacker, registering 13 sacks last year on his way to winning Defensive Rookie of the Year and making a great start this year with a further 4 sacks, 4 tackles for loss and 7 quarterback hits. It’s no wonder people are already comparing him to Hall of Famer Lawrence Taylor, but this week he has a chance to cement himself in the history books and really cement his place as a perennial All-Pro calibre player for years to come.
Micah Parsons on pace this season for 34 sacks and 60 QB hits pic.twitter.com/jHRTTZNzzs— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) September 19, 2022
With three sacks against the New York Giants on Monday night, he would break the record for most sacks by a player in their first 20 games in the NFL, breaking the current mark of 19 set by Los Angeles Chargers star Joey Bosa. Do that, and there really is no telling what the limit is going to be for the 23-year-old in this league.
The end of an era
Sunday will mark, quite possibly, the final time that we see the G.O.A.T Tom Brady take on the man who has been challenging him for that status for years in the form of Aaron Rodgers as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers take on the Green Bay Packers at Raymond James Stadium.
With 8 Super Bowl titles and 7 NFL MVPs between them, these two have dominated the footballing landscape for the best part of two decades, but because they were in separate conferences for so long, meetings between the two of them were rare. Now though we could be seeing it for the last time, and with playoff seeding implications likely at stake even at this early stage, expect the two of them to put on a show to mark the occasion.
We are aware this could come back to backfire on us if Brady comes back yet again next season (which would not surprise us), but we’ll take our chances.