Trio of backup quarterbacks highlight wild third week in NFL


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Kyle McKee, Sports Editor

Week 3 of the NFL season marked the first time since the 2003, that either Ben Roethlisberger, Drew Brees or Eli Manning were not starting for their respective organizations.

Roethlisberger and Brees are injured so their backups — Mason Rudolph and Teddy Bridgewater — took over the starting role.

For the Pittsburgh Steelers, Rudolph did not play well at all against the San Francisco 49ers and showed why he is a back-up quarterback.

The Steelers’ defense played exceptionaly, forcing four fumbles, recovering three of them and catching two interceptions from 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo.

However, Rudolph and the offense could not capitalize on the defense’s success.

Rudolph finished the day with less than 200 yards passing and 1 interception thrown.

On the brighter side, newly acquired safety, Minkah Fitzpatrick, had an incredible debut as a Steeler.

Fitzpatrick finished the game with an interception, a forced fumble and five tackles.

Everyone wrote off the New Orleans Saints after news broke that Brees would miss a considerable amount of the season.

However, the Saints played their best game yet of this young season on the road at one of the toughest places to play in the NFL – Century Field Link, home of the Seattle Seahawks.

Teddy Bridgewater did not do anything special, but he played solid football. Bridgewater finished with only 177 passing yards and two touchdowns, but had a quarterback rating of 112.7.

The big news for the Saints was the coming-out party of Alvin Kamara.

Coming into the season, there were huge expectations for Kamara, especially with former Saints running back Mark Ingram leaving the team in free agency.

However, Kamara struggled in the Saints’ first two games of the season, be it that they played two of the best run defenses in the league in the Houston Texans and the Los Angeles Rams.

Against the Seahawks, Kamara balled out with over 150 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns.

The biggest storyline coming out of Week 3 is the emergence of rookie quarterback, Daniel Jones. The New York Giants decided to bench Manning in favor of Jones.

With this announcement happening early in the week, there was a lot of interest into how the rookie quarterback would look in his first career start.

The entire world was in utter disbelief when the Giants selected Jones with the sixth pick in the 2019 draft.

Everyone laughed at them and believed it was a terrible decision.

The Giants were on the road against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and started off slow, but Jones went off in the second half.

The Giants scored 22 of their 32 points in the second half and Jones looked like the second coming of the better Manning quarterback, Peyton. Jones provided a spark to the Giants’ offense that has looked nonexistent for years.

He finished the day with over 300 passing yards, two passing touchdowns and 28 rushing yards with two rushing touchdowns.

He had the best debut for a quarterback in Giants history, almost doubling Manning and Phil Simms’ numbers in their debuts.

With all that said, they beat the Buccaneers, who are not a good football team, to say the least.

Additionally, star running back Saquon Barkley suffered an ankle injury in the game and is expected to miss four to eight weeks.

It was not all great news for Giants fans, but the biggest news is that they might have found
their future quarterback.

The most anticipated game of the season was the Kansas City Chiefs against the Baltimore Ravens and it lived up to the hype.

Patrick Mahomes continued to do things with the football that defy logic.

The no-look passes, the pinpoint accuracy, the ability to elude defenders and the throws on the run are an incredible thing to watch.

Mahomes revolutionized the quarterback position and is by far the best in the game right now.

Every week it seems like he has over 300 yards passing and at least three touchdowns. A year after throwing 50 touchdown passes, he is on pace to reach 60 this season.

The Chiefs got the win in Arrowhead Stadium against the Ravens, 33-28.

On the other side of the football, second-year quarterback Lamar Jackson struggled against the Chiefs defense and finishing with a total quarterback rating of 54.1, according to ESPN.

However, even though Jackson struggled, his ability to throw on the run and evade defenders as a pure runner is reminiscent of a young Michael Vick. Just because the Ravens lost, they should not be slept on as Super Bowl contenders.