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Inside The Wheelhouse: NFL Week 3 Thoughts

Charlie Batch is filling in for Ben Roethlisberger.Week 3 in the 2010-2011 NFL Season is in the books. Week 3 has left us with 3 teams that are 3-0, teams that have saved a horrible start in this season so far and question marks regarding teams that are considered Super Bowl favorites. Here are some quick news & notes I noticed from Week 3 in the NFL.

The biggest surprise out of Week 3 that stands out to me is the three surprising remaining unbeatens left in the NFL. The Kansas City Chiefs, Chicago Bears and Pittsburgh Steelers enter Week 4 the last teams to not suffer a lost so far this season. While there will be some out there that can make a case for any of these teams, I at least did not see this coming at all.

[adinserter block=”1″]The Pittsburgh Steelers we know are a good team, we know that can be Super Bowl bound again if they can stay on track and prove they are a dominant force on both sides of the ball. But the big issue for them this season was that Ben Roethlisberger would be suspended for the first 4 games of the 2010-2011 NFL season. How could the Steelers win games with Dennis Dixon, Charlie Batch or Byron Leftwich under center?

Well they have done it so far this season by doing what has been their calling card the last couple of seasons in the NFL, the same seasons that included two Super Bowl Championships. We hear many people say and it is most definitely true when it comes to this Steelers team. Defense wins Championships.

The Steelers have done it behind quarterbacks that haven’t started in more then one game or a quarterback that hasn’t started in nearly five years. While the offense had many changes, the Super Bowl winning defense was healthy and intact. Giving Steeler fans hope going into this season and putting the league on notice that when “Big Ben” is back as the starting QB, they will be even more deadly then they are now at 3-0.

Kansas City is a team that really surprises me as being successful, while many people say they saw this coming. They have a ton of pieces in place, many pieces that helped the New England Patriots win Championships in the 2000s with nearly the same coaching staff and similar front office pieces. When you consider that tangible right there then it should be no surprise they are as successful as they are right now.

But if you just became a fan of the NFL in the last five years you are probably scratching your head and asking yourself “really are the Chiefs THAT good?” Well I wasn’t on the bandwagon at the start of the season for that very reason but they are making me a believer that they can be the best team in the AFC West this season. This team very well could eclipse the 10 win mark and beyond by the seasons end.

Finally the last of the unbeatens in the NFL is the team that surprises me the most as they are the best team in the NFC right now. As I am talking about the Chicago Bears, a team that plays in one of the most competitive divisions in the league. A team that at one time struggled with leadership problems is back atop the NFC and the NFC North as the most dominant team in the entire conference heading into Week 4.

They, like the Steelers, have once again reminded the NFL that they are a team that rests on its defense. Brian Urlacher is healthy again and Lance Briggs is looking the top linebacker he once was. The defense is once again scary and looks to be a competitive force in a Division that is completely stacked when it comes to talent.

Bears fans should also be happy with the incredible progression of quarterback Jay Cutler who is looking to challenge Aaron Rodgers as the NFC North’s best Quarterback. While he still makes questionable decisions in the pocket he has been able to provide the Chicago Bears with enough offense to contend as a top NFC team again. As the weeks progress his confidence should continue to climb and help him reach the mountain as one of the best NFC QBs. It’s amazing what a season can do for one Jay Cutler.

While discussing the NFC North there was a lot of news that went on this week for two other of the North’s teams in the Green Bay Packers & Minnesota Vikings.

Minnesota was able, along with the Dallas Cowboys, the prevent the hot seat of their head coaches from reaching a boiling point this week as they helped make their season a more profitable one by winning for the first time this season. It’s been well documented going into the 2010-2011 NFL season how good both of them might be, with some even thinking Super Bowl bound for the both of em. After starting 0-2 and finally winning in Week 3, they will still find themselves under a microscope until they live up to their potential.

[adinserter block=”2″]The Green Bay Packers were also another team with high hopes going into the season as team that could be hoisting up the trophy named after their all-time great head coach. In Week 3 they suffered a little bit of a setback as they played the Chicago Bears on Monday night. A game that saw the Packers beat themselves rather then the Bears beat them.

Green Bay suffered 18 penalties on their Monday night loss to the Bears, 20-17, in a game that literally saw a team beat itself. It was definitely part of the learning process for the Packers as the young team saw that your mistakes can actually cost yourselves an important game against a Divisional rival. The loss makes the Packers 2-1 and with a bad taste in their mouths heading into Week 4. It will be very interesting to see how Aaron Rodgers & the young Pack go into the game following this terrible loss.

There are some of my thoughts on Week 3 in the NFL, as always you can send me your thoughts via e-mail at I’d love to hear your thoughts throughout the season!

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