Ebs’ Hot Takes: NFL Week 3

Saratoga Springs, NY – I has been a wild and wacky week in the NFL, starting Thursday night when the NewTyrod Taylor York Giants dismantled the Washington Redskins and ending with the Denver Broncos beating the Detroit Lions to go 3-0.

With so much to discuss, it’s best to just get started!

Here’s this week’s edition of Ebs’ Hot Takes:

The AFC East is a two-horse race. The New England Patriots are still King in the AFC East, for now. But besides the Patriots, the Buffalo Bills are really the only other threat.

The New York Jets put up a dismal showing against the Philadelphia Eagles, proving that New York can’t play from behind. And the Miami Dolphins are just bad.

While Buffalo lost to New England Week 2, the Bills have shown that they’re for real in Weeks 1 and 3. Not to mention Tyrod Taylor is legit.

OBJWeek 11 on Monday night is going to be one heck of a game.

Are the Giants the favorites in the NFC East? With Victor Cruz coming back to the starting lineup against the Bills this Sunday, there’s the possibility that the Giants’ best football is still ahead of them.

After Week 3, the Eagles look like the only team that is a real threat to New York within the division, and even the Eagles have their problems. I’m counting out the Dallas Cowboys – for now – with Tony Romo and Dez Bryant out for the near future. The Cowboys’ offense looks like a shell of itself without Romo.

The Cleveland Browns are a “scout team.” Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine had some harsh words to say after his team’s 27-20 home loss to the Oakland Raiders.

“There were times out there, and I didn’t mince words with the staff, that we looked like a scout team. . . In the NFL you have to be consistent,” Pettine said, via cleveland.com. “You have to play well throughout a game.”

One thing is for sure about this Browns unit, they would be much more successful if the coaching staff started Johnny Manziel at quarterback instead of Josh McCown. Hopefully the Browns can make the change at quarterback some point in the near future, because the AFC North is certainly up for grabs with Ben RoethlisbergerManning injured.

Peyton Manning’s still got it. Not only did Peyton Manning throw for over 300 yards for the first time this season Sunday night, he proved that he’s still the best signal caller in the NFL, and it didn’t come from the stat sheet.

On a crucial 3-and-6 from the Detroit 11-yard line, up by five points with less than three minutes remaining in regulation, Manning recognized the blitz, adjusted the offensive line’s blocking scheme and threw a strike to tight end Owen Daniels for six.

If Manning didn’t recognize the blitz, he would have certainly been sacked and the Broncos would have been forced to take a field goal instead. The outcome could have been much different.

Manning is still the Sheriff.

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DJ Eberle: The youngest of our team, DJ is also the largest. Offensive Tackle Large. In fact, this Albany native used OT for Western New England University - until he graduated in May of 2014. Like Junoir Blaber, he's a regular on Rugby Wrap Up - his dad played rugby with The Matts. His cross to bear, however, is his love for the Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres. As for baseball and basketball, it's the Yanks and Atlanta Hawks. Follow him on Twitter: @ByDJEberle.