Heading into Week 4 tonight, let's take a look back at my Week 3 takes for all 32 NFL teams.


Arizona Cardinals

The Take: They need DHOP much more than I thought.

Hollywood Brown had 140 yards against the Rams, yet Arizona failed to find the end zone all game. This offense will be capped until one of the best Red Zone targets in the NFL is free from his suspension.



Atlanta Falcons ​

The Take: They have a sneaky big 3.

I like the explosiveness that Atlanta’s new “Big 3” on offense has to offer. Cordarrelle Patterson, Drake London, and Kyle Pitts all had huge impacts on the Falcons 27-23 win over the Seahawks. Atlanta may not be a very good team this year, but I do enjoy watching these three.



Baltimore Ravens

The Take: There really is no answer for Lamar Jackson.

Lamar Jackson once again put on a show as he accounted for 5 total TDs against New England. Jackson now has 12 total TDs (10 passing (1st in the NFL) and 2 rushing) and he’s also 5th in rushing yards. There simply is no way to stop him.



Buffalo Bills

The Take: Don’t be concerned about a loss.

The Bills were down 4 starting DBs and still managed to hold the Dolphins to 21 points and 186 passing yards. There aren’t gonna be too many games when Josh Allen throws for 400 yards and the Bills only score 2 TDs. Despite a loss, this is still the best team in the NFL.



Carolina Panthers

The Take: The passing game is hard to watch.

If you took away Laviska Shenault turning a 0 yard catch into a 67yd TD, Baker Mayfield would have had 103 passing yards in the entire game. The running game looked good against a tough Saints defense, but the passing attack was hard to watch.



Chicago Bears

The Take: A win that didn’t feel like a win.

Look I’m a Bears fan and I’m happy we walked away with a win on Sunday. But honestly, this performance doesn’t make me happy at all. Khalil Herbert was a star filling in for an injured David Montgomery, but when the focus is on Justin Fields who went 8/17 with 0 TDs and 2 INTs, there is cause for concern. The coaching staff is doing nothing to help Fields succeed right now and that needs to change ASAP.


Cincinnati Bengals

The Take: We need more.

Handling the Jets is something that was expected for Cincinnati. If they’re going to prove they belong in the group of AFC contenders this season, they need to show me a lot more against stiffer competition.



Cleveland Browns

The Take: Keep the ball in Nick Chubb’s hands.

I’ve said it for years and I’ll keep saying it. Nick Chubb is the most underrated RB in the league. He showed his dominance in the Browns 29-17 Thursday night victory over Pittsburgh by turning 23 carries into 113 yards and a TD on 4.9 yards per carry. If the Browns want success, he’s their recipe.



Dallas Cowboys

The Take: Please let Tony Pollard be the lead back.

If you watch the Cowboys, you know Tony Pollard is the most talented back in their RB room. On Monday night against the Giants, Pollard turned 13 carries into 105 yards yet still received 2 carries less than Zeke.


Denver Broncos

The Take: The play calling is rough.

Aidan Cady and I talked after this game about how concerning it was that we could predict the Broncos play calls. Denver needs to become less predictable if they want to reach the potential this offense has.



Detroit Lions

The Take: You can tell this team isn’t used to winning.

Experience is huge for successful teams and you can tell the Lions don’t have that yet. Detroit entered the 4th quarter up 24-14 and lost 28-24. The Lions are going to be a good football team this year, but they need to learn how to kill a teams will once they’re up in the 4th quarter.



Green Bay Packers

The Take: Romeo Doubs has arrived.

The rookie 4th round receiver garnered a lot of media attention throughout training camp, but only had 6 catches through the first 2 games. That changed this week when Doubs turned 8 receptions into 73 yards and a TD. Aaron Rodgers seems to finally have trust in one of his young receivers and this will help unlock Green Bay’s passing attack.



Houston Texans

The Take: Use your weapons.

There is no way Brandin Cooks should have 2 catches for 22 yards against a suspect Chicago Bears defense. Houston is a very young team with unproven talent, and when you have a guy of Brandin Cooks’ caliber, you need to get him involved.



Indianapolis Colts

The Take: This is why they got Matt Ryan.

Matt Ryan’s game winning TD pass to Jelani Woods with 29 seconds left in the game is exactly why the Colts went out and got Ryan this offseason. Indy has needed a QB who can come up in the clutch, and Matty Ice did just that in a must win game for Indy.



Jacksonville Jaguars

The Take: Don’t be shocked.

I saw this win coming for Jacksonville this week. Doug Peterson is putting everything together and Trevor Lawrence is getting better and better each week. This team still has so much room to grow, but the Jags need to be taken seriously.



Kansas City Chiefs

The Take: Sloppy.

This was a trap game for the Chiefs. They faced an 0-2 Colts in desperate need of a win after getting shutout at home in Week 2. With that being said, Kansas City looked like a team who expected a free win in Week 3. KC is still figuring out life without Tyreek Hill, but one thing I know for sure is that Travis Kelce needs more than 4 receptions in a game.



Las Vegas Raiders

The Take: You should be concerned.

The Raiders have slipped up early this season. What was supposed to be a high flying offense has struggled to score and get Devante Adams involved. 36 yards is not enough for a guy who is one of the most dangerous weapons in the league. It takes time to get everyone settled in together, but in the NFL, time isn’t something you have…



Los Angeles Chargers

The Take: We’re seeing classic Charger traits.

Look, the injuries have killed the Chargers, but that does not explain the whole story in their 38-10 loss to the Jags. The Chargers run game is non-existent and it’s unacceptable that Mike Williams finished the game with 1 catch. In a year where the Chargers expectations are sky high, the inconsistencies are still here.




Los Angeles Rams

The Take: A win is a win, but this was underwhelming.

While the defense played well, the Rams offense is still very sluggish. The Rams are 2-1, but their offensive execution has not reflected a team that is ready to go back to back.



Miami Dolphins

The Take: The defense can do it too.

On a day where the Dolphins high powered offense only mustered up 21 points and Josh Allen threw for 400 yards, the Dolphins walked away with a 21-19 victory…



Minnesota Vikings

The Take: This one was needed.

After an abysmal Monday Night performance in Week 2, the Vikings completed a Week 3 4th quarter comeback to avoid what would have been a troublesome 1-2 start on the season.



New England Patriots

The Take: Don’t judge the defense from this.

The normally stingy Pats defense gave up 37 points to the seemingly unstoppable Lamar Jackson led Ravens offense. Their defense isn’t 37 points per game bad and expect them to look a lot better in the coming weeks.



New Orleans Saints

The Take: Get ready for the roller coaster.

The Saints getting manhandled by the Panthers was not what I was expecting to see in this game. New Orleans defense played well as always, but the Saints offense is a roller coaster. Get ready for the ride.



New York Giants

The Take: Daniel Jones stock down.

I was excited to watch a prime time Giants game for the sole reason of seeing some more from Daniel Jones. This is Jones’s last chance of cementing himself as the face of the Giants franchise, and from what I saw, it’s not looking good for Danny Dimes.



New York Jets

The Take: Let’s get Zach Wilson back.

It was fun watching Joe Flacco turn back the clock and air it out for a bit. But after Flacco’s 4 turnover performance, it's time to get Zach Wilson back on the field and continue his development. The Jets should be looking forward to having their hopeful future back out there this Sunday.



Philadelphia Eagles

The Take: They’re the top of the NFC.

Once again the Eagles looked the part of being one of the NFLs top dogs. The way they’ve been playing, they’re easily the top team in the NFC if not the entire NFL.



Pittsburgh Steelers

The Take: It’s not all Trubisky’s fault.

I know my take last week was that QB changes needed to come, but after watching the Steelers more closely on Thursday night, I quickly realized that there’s more to the Steelers issues than Trubisky.



San Francisco 49ers

The Take: Give Jimmy G some time.

The 49ers/Broncos Sunday Night game was anything but entertaining. San Francisco struggled to move the ball in Garoppolo’s first start of the season, but remember this is now the same roster that went to the NFC Championship last year. Expect the offense to regain its groove over the next couple of weeks.



Seattle Seahawks

The Take: Finish drives.

Seattle had 420 total yards of offense in their 27-23 loss to Atlanta – which means, Seattle is struggling to finish drives. Despite being able to move the ball, the Hawks settled for 3 field goals and mustered only 2 TDs on the day. If Seattle wants wins they need to reach the end zone when their offense is clicking.



Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Take: The injuries are killing them.

After a 14-12 loss to Aaron Rodgers and the Packers, you can’t help but think the Bucs would be 3-0 right now if Mike Evans (suspension), Chris Godwin, Julio Jones, and Donovan Smith all played on Sunday. When healthy, this Bucs team is still a Super Bowl contender.



Tennessee Titans

The Take: They finally worked Derek Henry in.

85 yards and a touchdown on 4.3 yards per carry was nice to see for King Henry who had been off to a very slow first couple of weeks. Another highlight was Henry’s 5 receptions for 58 yards. I’m hoping his involvement in the passing game will stick around.



Washington Commanders

The Take: They’re clearly not ready.

The Commanders struggled to score on Philly just as much as they struggled to stop them. Washington is showing they are nowhere near ready to compete with the Eagles for the division.



Arizona Cardinals

The Take: There’s not much besides Kyler Murray.

If it weren’t for Murray’s heroics, the Cardinals would’ve been blown out by the Raiders. The Cardinals have work to do but as long as they’ve got Kyler Murray, they’re a threat to win games.



Atlanta Falcons ​

The Take: Don’t let the score fool you.

Atlanta lost 31-27 to the Rams and the score is a little deceptive. The Falcons were massively outplayed for the majority of the game and if it weren’t for a Rams meltdown, the scoreboard would have shown that too.



Baltimore Ravens

The Take: Lamar can’t play defense.

318 passing yards, 3 passing TDs, 119 rushing yards and 1 rushing TD. I mean, what else can Lamar Jackson do? He helped put 38 points up on the board and watched his defense choke a game away.



Buffalo Bills

The Take: Dominating.

This one’s pretty simple. There’s really not too much to say about the Bills besides the fact that they dominated the Titans on all cylinders.



Carolina Panthers

The Take: Start out fast!

The Panthers fumbled the opening kickoff and then fumbled on their next possession of the game. It’s hard to win games when you start like that…



Chicago Bears

The Take: Aaron Rodgers owns you.

Look, I'm a Bears fan, but I’m not gonna deny it. Rodgers has some ownership of the franchise. After another beatdown on Sunday Night Football, Rodgers is now 23-5 against the Bears in his career.



Cincinnati Bengals

The Take: Last year seems more like a fluke than the standard.

I don’t know if this is true or not, but as of right now the Bengals don’t look like a very good football team. It makes you wonder, was last year’s Super Bowl run a stroke of good fortune?



Cleveland Browns

The Take: F*** their fans

This isn’t targeted at all Browns fans because I know there are some good ones out there. In the home opener we saw….

  • T-shirts saying “B**** give me a massage!”

  • A father and his young son holdings signs where one read “F*** them Ho**” and “Free Watson”

  • 2 jersey’s with Watson’s #4 on them, but instead of having the last name read “Watson,” one jersey read “Rubbing” and the other “Tugging”

  • A massage table set up at a tailgate that had a sign on it reading “Happy endings are not illegal”

This is just disgusting and insensitive.



Dallas Cowboys

The Take: Big Time Rush.

With no Dak Prescott, everyone counted Dallas out against Cincinnati and someone forgot to tell replacement QB Cooper Rush. Rush threw for 253 yards and a TD and kept the turnover sheet blank as he led the Cowboys to a big Week 2 win.



Denver Broncos

The Take: This is not how things were supposed to go.

After a rough showing at Seattle in Russell Wilson’s return home, Wilson and the Broncos disappointed in their home opener against the Texans. Yes, they walked away with a win, but for the sky high expectations for WIlson and the Broncos, (like winning the Super Bowl as I predicted) this hasn’t been the start to the season we were hoping to see.



Detroit Lions

The Take: It’s Aman-Ra St. Brown’s world and we’re just living in it.

9 catches, 116 yards, 2 Touchdowns, 2 carries, 68 rushing yards. The offseason hype around St. Brown is legit and he’s quickly making a name for himself as one of the league's next young superstar receivers.



Green Bay Packers

The Take: There never should have been concern.

People were wondering if the Packers were done for after a week 1 loss to the Vikings (the same thing happened last season after a brutal week 1 loss to the Saints…). However, the Pack got right back on track with a drubbing of the Bears on Sunday Night Football. They’re back to looking like the juggernaut of the NFC North that they are.



Houston Texans

The Take: Open up the playbook.

A stout Denver Broncos defense made it hard on Houston all game, but the whole point of this season is finding out if Davis Love can be the future of the franchise. I want to see Houston start to open up the playbook and see what they’ve got in Love.



Indianapolis Colts

The Take: There should be concern.

I’m not one to get too worked up about an 0-2 start, but getting shutout in Jacksonville is not where the Colts should be right now. I’m expecting them to be a lot better moving forward, but they’re behind where they should be.



Jacksonville Jaguars

The Take: Lawrence is figuring it out.

In Jacksonville’s 24-0 victory over the division rival Colts, Trevor Lawrence delivered his best NFL performance yet by going 25/30 for 235 yards, 2 TDs (and most importantly no interceptions). His 121.5 quarterback rating (QBR) was the highest of his career. After an underwhelming rookie season, T-Law is starting to figure things out.



Kansas City Chiefs

The Take: The short yardage offense is an issue.

Yes I know the Chiefs put up 27 points in their victory over the Chargers, but I hated the Chiefs play calling in short yardage and 3rd down situations. The calls seemed either very predictable or too fancy. This led to a lot of shortened drives. If they keep this up teams will start to take advantage.



Las Vegas Raiders

The Take: They aren’t ready yet.

The Cardinals represented a great chance for the Raiders to pick up their first win of the season, but instead, they dropped to 0-2. At the end of the 3rd quarter, the Raiders were up 23-7. The fact they lost this game shows me they’re not ready to be a real player in the AFC.



Los Angeles Chargers

The Take: Catch the damn ball!

This one is solely directed at the Chargers DBs who dropped what I counted as 4 INTs in their 24-27 loss to the Chiefs. You tell me how that would have affected the final score….



Los Angeles Rams

The Take: Learn to close.

The Rams were up 28-3 at one point in this game. The final score ws 31-27… if the Rams want to make it back to the Super Bowl, they need to learn to finish against teams much better than the Falcons.



Miami Dolphins

The Take: It’s Tua time.

Throughout his entire career, Tua’s got the short end of the stick. For the first time ever, he finally has a roster around him that’s built to win. He showed he’s ready by tossing 6TDs and 469 yards in a miraculous come from behind victory over the Ravens.



Minnesota Vikings

The Take: Don’t play on Prime-Time.

This one’s completely out of the Vikings control, but Kirk Cousins and prime-time games just don’t mix. Kirk went 27/46 for a lowly 221 yards and 1 TD to go along with 3 INTs. Cousins is now 10-18 in prime-time games and an atrocious 2-10 when he appears on Monday Night Football.



New England Patriots

The Take: They’re just a bit boring.

I want to see the Patriots open up this playbook and let Mac Jones relive his senior year at Alabama. However, until that happens, Patriots football isn’t going to be the most exciting thing in the world. But hey, a win is a win.



New Orleans Saints

The Take: Their offense will determine how far they can go.

Granted, the Saints faced a tough Tampa Bay defense in Week 2, but they were only able to muster up 10 points. This won’t cut it if they’re looking to make it back to the postseason.



New York Giants

The Take: Brian Dabol >>>>>>>>>> Joe Judge

The G-Men still have a lot of work to do, but after a 2-0 start we’re already seeing how much better Brian Dabol is as a head coach than Joe Judge. For the first time in years the Giants are actually a competitive team.



New York Jets

The Take: Joe Flacco’s still got it.

Cool Joe was on full display against the Browns as he tossed 4 TD passes in the Jets crazy comeback win. He flashed his clutchness by throwing 2 of those TDs in the final 2 minutes of the game. Once Zach Wilson comes back it's his team, but in the meantime, it's fun watching Flacco turn back the clock.



Philadelphia Eagles

The Take: Jalen Hurts is him.

Hurts lit it up both through the air and on the ground vs the Minnesota Vikings in primetime on Monday night. I’ve been saying it all offseason – Hurts is the long term answer for Philly, and he showed it in Week 2.


Pittsburgh Steelers

The Take: QB changes need to come.

I was a big proponent for Mitch Trubisky getting a chance at starting again, but the Steelers offense seemed capped with Trubisky at the helm against the Patriots. He’ll likely get a couple more weeks before a change happens, but if Trubisky doesn't step it up in the next game or two, he’s gonna be watching Kenny Pickett from the sidelines.



San Francisco 49ers

The Take: This just sucks.

San Francisco will be just fine with Jimmy Garoppolo, but losing Trey Lance for the season really hurts. The 9ers were all set to hand the keys over to Lance this season and that plan is now delayed another year.



Seattle Seahawks

The Take: They’re back to where we thought they’d be.

The spoiling of Russell Wilson’s return to Seattle may have been more about the moment than the Seattle being a good football team. On Sunday, the Hawks mustered up a lowly 216 total yards of offense and came back to reality losing to San Francisco 27-7.



Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Take: Brady finally did it.

The Bucs 20-10 win on Sunday marked the first time Brady has beaten the Saints in the regular season since he joined the Bucs. There’s not much Tom Brady can’t do and beating the Saints on Sunday made that list even shorter.



Tennessee Titans

The Take: Run, run, pass, punt.

This might be the most predictable offense in the NFL and Tennessee is going to need to change some things moving forward. Yes, you have Derrick Henry; but until this team threatens defenses somewhat through the air on first and second down, it’s going to be very hard to get King Henry going.


Washington Commanders

The Take: A tale of 2 teams.

It seems like Washington threw out 2 different teams for each half in Sunday’s game against the Lions. Detroit outscored Washington 22-0 in the first half, but Washington won the second half 27-14. It leaves me wondering what Washington could be if they played a full 4 quarters?



This article is an expansion off of some of the things you will hear on Episode 9 of the ShaunsTake Podcast with special guest Al "Ski" McClain.


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