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Its Huddle presenter Hannah Wilkes looks forward to Week 3 of the NFL, including her standout game and advice on Fantasy Football; Her Huddle is a new bi-weekly show to celebrate the stories of women working in and around the NFL; listen on Spotify or watch on Sky Sports NFL

Last update: 09/22/22 11:40 a.m.

New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley looked close to his best this season again

New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley looked close to his best this season again

There’s no sport so completely capable of making the “experts” look misinformed, the analyzes look circumspect and the fans throw up their hands in disbelief like the NFL. Two weeks played this season and the count of “phrases I never thought I’d write” on NFL Twitter is through the roof.

In just two weeks we’ve had more unlikely wins than we can count, pre-season favorites stutter, players who made huge off-season moves have no impact, kickers lose collectively their ability to simply do their job, and Josh Allen dethrones Derrick Henry as king of stiff arms. And we saw Travis Kelce look like a rag doll.

That’s why we love this game. That’s why Scott Hanson so brilliantly styles “The Witching Hour” on RedZone. That’s why Pick Ems is a game for fools and Fantasy Football is an addictive roller coaster. On several season preview podcasts, I repeatedly said “we really don’t know anything until a snap is played.” We’re two weeks away and we still don’t know anything. Except for one thing we already knew: the Bills are expected to lift the Lombardi in February.

Three things to watch out for in week three

1. The Undefeated

Miami, Buffalo, Chiefs, Eagles, Giants, Tampa Bay. Just six teams means this season is tied with 2012 for the fewest undefeated teams in the second week since the league expanded to 32 teams in 2002. *mic drop*.

Without causing too much outrage, one could say that three of them are a total surprise.

The Giants are arguably the worst 2-0 team we’ve seen in a long time; they’re tied for 20th in the league in total offense, 31st in passing and they’re terrible on third down. With a Monday Night Football game against the Cooper Rush-led Cowboys, there’s a good chance they’ll go 3-0 before hosting Chicago in Week 4. A Giants team 4-0 against the Packers in London? Isn’t that an intriguing prospect?

2. Tua Time

Is it now? It looks like this after a monster win over the Ravens thanks to 469 yards and six touchdowns. He proved he could do it, Mike McDaniel praised his team and asked them to “keep proving me right”, and Tua’s criticisms were silenced for the time being. A match in the third week against the gorgeous Bills’ defense will likely provide a reality check, but under McDaniel, with this Ravens game as proof, Tua could be on his way to a third-year breakout. Kind of like Josh Allen. Ah, the symmetry.

Miami Dolphins' Tua Tagovailoa had a career-best six touchdowns as he led his team to a sensational win over the Baltimore Ravens

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Miami Dolphins’ Tua Tagovailoa had a career-best six touchdowns as he led his team to a sensational win over the Baltimore Ravens

Miami Dolphins’ Tua Tagovailoa had a career-best six touchdowns as he led his team to a sensational win over the Baltimore Ravens

3. Be aggressive, be, be, aggressive (on the fourth try)

We had, according to NFL Research, 295 points scored after halftime by teams trailing by more than one possession, and we had a flurry of teams overcoming big fourth-quarter deficits to snatch a win, could the reason lie in the trend continuing to charge on the fourth down?

As fans, we love to see it. Analysts love to criticize him when things go wrong (see Brandon Staley circa 2021) but there’s no slowing down in coaches ready to back their QB with 46 converted fourth attempts in two weeks, the most since tracking was introduced play-by-play. in 1991. Again, according to NFL Research’s Clever Cats.

Tellingly, the Dolphins and Giants are both perfect in their fourth down conversion attempts so far this season (a “sentence I never thought I’d write” to add to the tally) and that’s the kind of high-risk, high-reward strategy that gets us off the couch on a Sunday night.

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Game of the week

The fifth edition of Brady vs Rodgers. Need I say more? (Yes, depending on the publisher).

OK. This will most likely/should be the last time these two meet and, given Brady’s brief flirtation with retirement, this is basically the 12-on-12 bonus edition. Brady has a record of 3-1 in their previous meetings as starters and Rodgers’ young receivers will have taken a huge leap to keep it from going 4-1 against a stacked Bucs secondary.

As of this writing, Julio Jones and Chris Godwin are still questionable, and Mike Evans is suspended (though he’s appealing), so Brady may be entirely dependent on Scotty Miller.

Aaron Rodgers became the fifth player to reach 450 touchdown passes in NFL history when he assisted Aaron Jones in the Green Bay Packers' 27-10 win over the Chicago Bears.

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Aaron Rodgers became the fifth player to reach 450 touchdown passes in NFL history when he assisted Aaron Jones in the Green Bay Packers’ 27-10 win over the Chicago Bears.

Aaron Rodgers became the fifth player to reach 450 touchdown passes in NFL history when he assisted Aaron Jones in the Green Bay Packers’ 27-10 win over the Chicago Bears.

If both of these guys are burnt out at WR, it will truly be a showdown as to who has the skills to orchestrate a win for their team.

Or a defensive slogging match. Either way, it’s still Rodgers vs. Brady. Always there for that.

Fantastic tip of the week

Last season I was allegedly the “self-proclaimed Sky Sports Fantasy Guru”. My performance in five (too) leagues means I have to give up such a grand title.

However, what I lack in real skills, I enthusiastically make up for, so I will wholeheartedly advise you to choose Jared Goff if you are in one of the 95% of leagues where he is not registered; someone has to throw the ball to Amon-Ra St Brown and the Lions have a pretty amiable schedule. If nothing else, he’s great cover for your QB1.

New York Jets wide receiver Garrett Wilson said their win from behind against the Cleveland Browns was

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New York Jets wide receiver Garrett Wilson said their win from behind against the Cleveland Browns was “indescribable” and said he and his teammates were trying to prove something every game.

New York Jets wide receiver Garrett Wilson said their win from behind against the Cleveland Browns was “indescribable” and said he and his teammates were trying to prove something every game.

Likewise, if your opponents are still sleeping Garrett Wilson and Jahan Dotson two weeks of evidence is enough to convince me that they should be on your list.

If you’re streaming defenses this week, you need the Chiefs against the Colts who have already allowed Matty Ice to be sacked seven times and give away the ball five times in 120 minutes of football. Yeah.

Her Huddle is a new bi-weekly show to celebrate the stories of women working in and around the NFL; listen on Spotify or watch on Sky Sports NFL.



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