What to expect in Week 3 of the 2017 NFL season
The Week 3 schedule is in, and there are a lot of exciting teams and players to watch, including some who are still trying to find their way into the league.
Here are our top five players for Week 3.1.
New England Patriots (6-0)Boston Patriots quarterback Tom Brady threw for 531 yards and four touchdowns against the Jets in his first NFL start.
The Patriots opened the season with a 10-3 record and are now 2-0.
The New England offense is loaded with weapons.
They lead the NFL in total offense with 1,078 yards, including 538 from Brady, who has thrown for over 1,500 yards in four consecutive games.
They have scored at least 40 points in each of their past five games.
New England is coming off its second straight victory against a division rival and the second win of the season for the Patriots.
This is a team that was already coming off a bye, and they’re getting a chance to take advantage of the schedule.2.
Baltimore Ravens (5-1)The Ravens have gone 4-0 in their past four games and have scored 20 points or more in four of those contests.
The Ravens are now averaging 35.8 points per game this season, the second-highest average in the league behind only the San Diego Chargers.
Baltimore has had a great first half, averaging 38.2 points per contest and is tied for the third-highest scoring total in the NFL behind only Green Bay and Arizona.
The defense is playing well as well, allowing only three points per outing to opposing quarterbacks.3.
Tennessee Titans (5.5-2)The Titans have struggled in the first half of the regular season, going 0-3 in the second half and losing three of their last four games.
However, they are playing better and are averaging 37.1 points per games in their last five.
Tennessee is allowing just 17.6 points per possession and has allowed just one quarterback to score 100-plus yards in their first five games, including No. 4-ranked quarterback Marcus Mariota in his debut.
The Titans defense has been effective against the run, allowing just three rushing touchdowns in the past five contests.
They are allowing just two running touchdowns per game in their four games, tied for second in the NFC and fourth in the AFC.
The Titans are also allowing just 21 rushing yards per game, tied with Atlanta for third-most in the League.
The Tennessee offense has had its struggles at times this season and is averaging just 22.3 points per opponent per game.
But the Titans have been able to move the ball with consistency, averaging more than 300 yards per contest in each game this year.4.
Pittsburgh Steelers (5 and 4)The Steelers are playing the best football of their young careers in Pittsburgh.
The Steelers are averaging 38 points per match in the two-game winning streak they have.
The team is allowing 30.4 points per team per match.
The only other team that is allowing more than 30 points per season is the Dallas Cowboys (29.6 per match).5.
Atlanta Falcons (5)The Falcons have been a bit of a surprise in the last two weeks.
They lost three straight games to start the season and have lost six of their first seven games.
But Atlanta is playing at a high level and has scored at a fast clip in the process.
The Falcons are averaging over 30 points a game and are tied for fifth in the AFL in scoring.
The Falcons defense has struggled this season with just 17 sacks and 18 forced fumbles.
They’re tied for ninth in the country with eight interceptions.
They’ve allowed just seven quarterbacks to throw for over 400 yards and three touchdowns.6.
New York Jets (5+1)There have been some big changes at quarterback for the Jets this season.
They dropped three straight and went 1-4 on the road.
But it hasn’t been enough to derail their hot start, as they have scored 28 points per home game.
This has been a solid team in the win column, averaging 37 points per matchup.
The Jets are averaging 34.4 yards per kickoff return, fourth in football.
The offense has been solid with a league-high 462 total yards per return, including 437 from quarterback Mark Sanchez.7.
Jacksonville Jaguars (4)Jags coach Gus Bradley’s squad is playing better in the red zone, allowing teams to score just 17 points per punt return, which is tied with the Seattle Seahawks for second-lowest in the National Football League.
They also are allowing 14.6 yards per punt, which ranks tied for 18th in the conference.
Jaguars are allowing quarterbacks to average just under 3.5 yards per pass attempt, which puts them in the top 10 in the nation in the number of attempts.
They rank first in the SEC in punts downed inside the opponent’s 10-yard line.8