5 Questions From Week 3 In the NFL

NFL Week 3: Five Questions That Need Answers

9/24/12 in NFL   |   GeorgeMon   |   159 respect

September 23 2012; Denver, CO, USA; Houston Texans tight end Owen Daniels (81) reacts to his touchdown with wide receiver Kevin Walter (83) and tight end Garrett Graham (88) during the third quarter of the game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field. The Texans defeated the Broncos 31-25. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-US PRESSWIRE
Houston looked great against the Broncos, but could they be the best team in the NFL?

Could the Houston Texans actually be the best team in the league?
The Texans looked great against Peyton Manning and the Broncos on Sunday and are on a short list of teams that could be considered the best in the league: New York Giants, San Francisco 49ers, and Baltimore Ravens are the others. It’s still way too early in the season to tell, but the Texans have all the ingredients to make a deep playoff run. They play great defense, can run the ball and have a solid quarterback.
For all the attention flashy offensive teams have been getting over the last few years, there’s a formula for winning a Super Bowl and defense is one of the main factors. We will get some answers as to how good the Texans are in week 7 when they play the Ravens at home. They don’t necessarily have to win that game, they simply need to play well and prove that they can hang with the AFC juggernauts.
Was the field Goal at the end of the Ravens/Pats game really in between the uprights?
It’s hard to tell from the camera angles we were shown on TV. But the way last season ended for the Ravens I’m fine with them getting a little help from referee incompetence. The Pats usually get all the breaks, so it’s good to see things fall on the other side for once.
How devastating would it have been for Ravens fans to lose another game to the Patriots by a missed field goal? Sure, it’s only a regular season game, but Ravens fan might have gone crazy if they lost the same way again. But if I had to guess, I would say the field goal missed.
Are the Arizona Cardinals really 3-0?
Yes, the Kevin Kolb led Arizona Cardinals are 3-0 with wins over the Patriots and eagles. The Cards have also won 10 of their last 12 games and have a pretty easy schedule over the next four weeks and could go 7-0. Yes, 7-0! Over the next four weeks Arizona plays Miami at home, St. Louis away, Buffalo at home and Minnesota away.
Before the season started you could have gotten odds of over 1000-1 that Arizona would be the last undefeated team left. I'm guessing there are a few happy Cardinals fans that were just crazy enough to make that bet. But don’t get too excited about the Cards though, the second half of their schedule is pretty tough and they could just as easily lose 7 of their last 8 games.
The 49ers lost to the Vikings, time to be worried?
Not really. The 49ers had to lose to someone-- they weren’t going undefeated. The NFL is all about timing and a loss to the Vikings during week 3 of the season is a great game to lose. It gives Harbaugh something to scream about, reminds the team that they are not invincible, and sets them up to be extra aggressive over the next few weeks.
The only issue 49ers fan should be worried about is Randy Moss. He has been a non factor after week one and is at risk of losing interest pretty soon. Lucky for San Francisco, he is not a vital part of their offense and Davis and Manningham should be more than enough talent for Alex Smith to work with.
Were the Referees at fault for the hit on Darrius Heyward-Bey?
I don’t want to place all the blame on the referees here because dangerous hits happen all the time, but there was a moment during the Raiders/Steers game where it appeared that Derrius Heyward-Bey was seriously injured.
You cannot blame the refs for one hit during one play. But the over all issue is that they just to don’t have control over these games and players are more willing to make big hits or try to sneak in a penalty because there’s a good chance the refs will not see it or get it wrong. The NFL needs to fix this situation before a player is actually seriously injured.
George Monroy is a blogger that writes about sports, technology and movies. You can follow his movie blog at www.themoviegrind.com
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