Week 3 of the 2019 season is done, and now we get another week of games to add to our information about each of these teams. What is our first impression of all of these first-time starts by new NFL quarterbacks? Are teams looking more good than bad, or is it more bad than good?
There are some key things to be gathered in every game and the following is what we should take away from this past weekend.
1. Jaguars 20, Titans 7
JAX – Don’t look now, but Gardner Minshew may have put forth a game to win over his teammates. He has five touchdowns to just one interception. Not bad for a 6th round draft choice. Also his most productive receivers are DJ Chark and Chris Conley, not Dede Westbrook.
TEN – Another game where the Titans come up with a lot of empty yardage in the passing game with no touchdowns to show for it. This is offense at its worst, where receivers go to die as Corey Davis and Tajae Sharpe fall further into obscurity.
2. Colts 27, Falcons 24
ATL – Devonta Freeman finally found a favorable matchup and was at least worth a flex start. Austin Hooper had a nice game, too and was the second option for Matt Ryan after Julio Jones but once again, the Falcons played from behind, down big, again to start the second half.
IND – How many games will it take before Jacoby Brissett gets credit? Like Minshew, he’s got five touchdowns and one pick, and even though he has just 336 yards, and is averaging 6.1 yards per attempt, he has his team in every game and now they’re 2-1. As for Marlon Mack and T.Y. Hilton, they’re still highly productive even without Andrew Luck retired.
3. Ravens 28, Chiefs 33
BAL – The Ravens were intent to establish the run and did so with three touchdowns by Mark Ingram and another by Lamar Jackson. Mark Andrews and Marquise Brown were busts but be encouraged by their seven and nine targets respectively.
KCC – I heard folks telling fantasy players not to chase players’ big weeks but the counterpoint to that is knowing when a player can string multiple weeks because of their matchups. See Demarcus Robinson and Mecole Hardman. Also, while LeSean McCoy scored twice, he was sixth in targets and Darrel Williams had more carries.