The Giants had a great game against the Buccaneers. As I mentioned in my post The New York Giants And The Quarterback Transition last week the Giants were the eighth team outside of the playoffs of ten in the NFC. As hoped the Giants won and the Cardinals lost. At the site playoffstatus.com this moved the Giants from an 82% probability of not making the playoffs down to a 68% probability of missing the playoffs. They moved from the eighth team outside to tie for the third team of ten outside the playoffs.
This week again hoping for a Giants victory against Washington. In the playoff hunt rooting for a loss by the any of the three teams outside the playoffs that are tie or in a better position. Those teams are the Vikings, Seahawks and the Bears. Since the Vikings play the Bears there will be one loss. It would be best if the Vikings lost but a Bear loss is okay too. The Seahawks play the Cardinals in Arizona.
For these three games I take a look at each team’s most exciting weapon.
Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky had the second best completion percentage (80.65%) in week three with 25 completions for 231 yards and three passing touchdowns in their 31-15 win over Washington. His three touchdowns was also tie for second best in week three. The Bears defense also played exceptional for a solid all team performance. The Bears are the only team this season to have a +4 turnover margin game. There were a total of 14 games last season with a 4+ turnover margin. Here are those games over last season and this.
Giants rookie quarterback Daniel Jones is one of only ten quarterbacks that in their first career start had a 60% or better completion percentage, 300+ passing yards, 2+ passing touchdowns and 7+ passing yards per attempt. He was the only one among those ten that also had 2 rushing touchdowns. Here is the list sorted by rushing touchdowns.
Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson joins Daniel Jones as the only two quarterbacks in week three that had two passing touchdowns and two rushing touchdowns. In week three Wilson became one of four quarterbacks that have had 400+ passing yards in a game this season. Here are the four sorted by rushing touchdowns.
Cardinal rookie quarterback Kyler Murray is one of eight rookie quarterbacks all-time to have 800+ passing yards in their first three starts. Of those eight Murray had the fourth best passer rating with 79.
Viking running back Dalvin Cook leads all backs thru week three in rushing yards (375), in rushing yards per attempt (6.58), in yards from scrimmage (454), and is second in rushing touchdowns (4). For rushing yards per attempt a minimum of 11 attempts is used. In NFL history there are only six running backs that for the first three games of a season had 300+ rushing yards, 4+ rushing touchdowns, 6.0+ rushing average and 50+ receiving yards. Here they are sorted in descending yards from scrimmage.
Redskins rookie receiver Terry McLaurin is one of only nine players all-time to have a receiving touchdown in each of his first three rookie starts. He is the only rookie receiver ever that thru his first three starts had 250+ receiving yards, a 65% catch percent, 10+ yards per target and 3 receiving touchdowns. Here are the all-time players that had a receiving touchdown in each of their first three starts.