True or False? What we've learned in three weeks of NFL football
Three weeks of NFL football have pulled the curtain back on plenty of teams while others remain a mystery. We ask some of Covers Experts’ top handicappers what is TRUE and what is FALSE about NFL so far.
Teddy Covers -- “Kansas City is a legit 3-0, and their schedule sets up for more success in the weeks and months to come. After facing the struggling Giants this coming weekend, the Chiefs have Tennessee, Oakland, Houston, Cleveland and Buffalo on tap before their bye week, with four of their next five coming at home. Don't hand the division title to Denver just yet.”
Steve Merill -- “The AFC teams have out-played the so-called power conference NFC teams. The AFC is 11-3 SU and 11-2-1 ATS in head-to-head games. Two of the three NFC wins have come by the Bears as they beat the Bengals and the Steelers.”
Will Rogers -- “It's time for the Steelers to press the reset button. Pittsburgh's inability to run the football, poor offensive line play, and below average defense isn't likely to get better any time soon. The bad news for Steelers fans is, what you see is what you get, this team just doesn't have enough talent to compete anymore.”
Nick Parsons -- “The New England Patriots are the worst 3-0 team in the league. Who have the Pats beaten you ask? The Bills (barely), the Jets at home (barely) and a dysfunctional Buccaneers club last week. These three teams have a combined three wins between them as we head into Week 4.”
Bryan Power -- "The league has more parity than ever. Going into the Sunday Night game, 29 of the first 46 games this season had been decided by eight points or less. That makes underdogs, particularly larger ones, more attractive wagers. Week 3 saw both Cleveland and Indianapolis win outright taking a touchdown or more. Truth be told, save for Jacksonville, there aren't many bad teams in this league right now. And outside of Seattle and Denver, there aren't many dominant ones either."
Steve Merill -- “The Ravens have a good offense. Baltimore is averaging 23.7 points per game but they've totaled just 925 yards of total offense (308 per game). They rank No. 31 in yards per play at 4.3 with only Jacksonville worse at 3.5 yards per play so far this season.”
Marc Lawrence -- “While the Dolphins have been a pleasant surprise on the scoreboard at 3-0 this season, a look inside their numbers tells a different story as they've been out-yarded in all three contests. In fact, had they not moved the ball 75 yards in a game-winning drive to end the game against an injury-ravaged Atlanta defense, they would have been destroyed in the stats in Sunday's game.”
Ben Burns -- “The Giants will turn things around and make the playoffs? False. I used Carolina as my free play and the Panthers crushed the Giants by a score of 38-0. The general feeling about the Giants seems to be ‘they always start slowly; they'll be OK’. However, I'm not so sure that's the case this season. I think the Giants problems may prove to be a little bigger than believed.”
Nick Parsons -- “Let's give credit where credit is due. It's definitely a nice win for the Browns after all of the turmoil during the week. But I expect an immediate return to mediocrity. Now that the emotion of winning their first game of the year is out of the way, they now face a Bengals team which is coming off a big come from behind win over the Packers and which clearly has the advantage in all three phases of the game."