Call them cheaters, call them liars, call them whatever you would like. But the fact of the matter is the New England Patriots have come out firing on all cylinders to start the 2015 season.

After shredding through the Buffalo Bills’ defense last week, quarterback Tom Brady and the Pats put up 51 points against the defenseless Jacksonville Jaguars. Brady was Brady, completing 33 of 42 passes for 358 yards and two touchdowns. Running back LeGarrette Blount had a huge game, finishing with 78 yards and a season-high three TDs. There was also history made during this game. Brady became the fourth quarterback in history to tally 400 passing TDs, joining all-time greats Peyton Manning, Dan Marino and Brett Favre.

The Pats are now 3-0, and it’s hard to find any other team in the league that can knock them off. Their hot start is reminiscent of 2007, when the Pats went undefeated in the regular season. They thrashed each and every opponent in the 2007 season, just as they’ve done so far here in 2015. The Pats are certainly making a case that they may very well defend their Super Bowl title.

After giving away two games due to sloppy football, the New York Giants finally received a much-needed win against a horrendous Washington Redskins’ team. The G-men controlled much of the game, forcing Redskins QB Kirk Cousins to throw two interceptions. Eli Manning was phenomenal, throwing for 279 yards and two TDs. Despite being 1-2, the Giants find themselves tied for second in the National Football Conference East, along with the Eagles and Redskins.

Speaking of the Eagles, they also won their first game of the season against the favored New York Jets, 24-17. Although they were without RB Demarco Murray and linebacker Kiko Alonso, the Eagles were sparked by RB Darren Sproles who finished with a rushing TD and an impressive 89-yard punt return TD.

The Jets (2-1) were grounded back to reality after starting 2-0. QB Ryan Fitzpatrick was rattled, throwing for three INTs, two of which came on back-to-back drives in the fourth quarter. Their running game was nonexistent with team-leading rusher Chris Ivory sidelined due to an injured hamstring. This loss exhibited again to Jets fans that although they have one of the top defenses in the league, they’re still without a true difference maker at the QB position.

There are still seven undefeated teams after the conclusion of week three. It doesn’t surprise us that the Pats are undefeated. But in Atlanta, nobody foresaw the Falcons’ red-hot start. They marched into Dallas on Sunday and scored 22 unanswered points in the second half against the Tony Romo-less Cowboys 39-28. Wide receiver Julio Jones put on a show, recording 12 catches for 164 yards and two TDs. QB Matt Ryan and Jones have formed quite the QB-WR duo, one of the best duos in the league.

The Cincinnati Bengals have gotten off to a surprise 3-0 start. They held off a Ravens’ (0-3) comeback in the fourth quarter, holding on for a 28-24 victory. QB Andy Dalton was sharp, throwing for 383 yards, three TDs and no turnovers. Two of the TDs went to star receiver A.J. Green, who finished with two TDs and a whopping 227 receiving yards to go along with 10 receptions.

In Arizona, QB Carson Palmer and the Cardinals crushed the 49ers 47-7. They too are undefeated at 3-0. It was a huge game for former 2,000-yard rusher Chris Johnson, who piled up 110 yards on 22 carries and two TDs. WR Larry Fitzgerald also had a big game for the Cards, finishing with nine catches, 134 yards and two TDs.

As we approach week four (already nearly a quarter through the season), some notable games include the Jets and the Dolphins. They are playing in London, which has become a ritual for the NFL over the past few seasons. The G-men take on Rex Ryan’s Buffalo Bills, and the 3-0 Denver Broncos face the Minnesota Vikings. The Patriots do not play this week, as they are on bye.

 

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