Some shocking developments in the 2013 NFL season after Week 3, three of the league’s anticipated contenders have failed to even come close to winning a football game. The Washington Redskins, the Pittsburgh Steelers, and the New York Giants are all winless at 0-3, a startling turn of events for all three teams, who certainly had to expect more success this season. On Sunday in Pittsburgh, the Steelers fell to the Chicago Bears, not unexpected, but rarely do you see a team roll up 40 pints in the Steel City. Between injuries and defections, this is nowhere near the Pittsburgh of the past few years.
In Charlotte, the Carolina Panthers were in a “must-win” frame of mind, and with the New York Giants visiting the Queen City, they figured what better time to treat their deserving fans to a victory. No one could have foreseen such a lopsided rout as Cam Newton and the Panthers rolled 38 – 0 over the G-Men. Word is Carolina Coach Ron Rivera’s job was on the line Sunday so for him, this was a “must – win”. The Giants remain stuck in a tie for the NFC East cellar with the Redskins at 0 – 3.
Sporting the worst defense in NFL history is not such a dubious honor, and it’s one that is killing any chance for a Redskins victory. Nearly 1,500 yards of offense has been surrendered in 3 games…….now, that is offensive indeed. To the average fan, it’s painfully obvious that QB Robert Griffin III is not the same QB he was in 2012, but for some reason the Redskins are convinced that he is fine and the team is improving. Washington’s next two games at Oakland and at Dallas, will define the 2013 season for Mike Shanahan and for RG-3.
Among the week’s winners were the Cincinnati Bengals, who’s miraculous 4th quarter comeback stunned Green Bay, the Patriots, Lions, Jets, Browns, and the world champion Ravens. Indianapolis shocked the 49ers in Frisco, leaving many questions about the immediate future of a San Francisco team that was believed to be headed to the Super Bowl. Russell Wilson, Richmond’s second favorite QB (behind RG-3) led the Seattle Seahawks to their third win with a win at Jacksonville. Dallas rolled over and through the St. Louis Rams 31 – 7, the NFC East’s only win of the day, and secures sole possession of first-place in the division going into Week 4.