Another Sunday has passed, which means it’s time to analyze several risers and fallers, stars and duds, and wins and losses. Several players and teams in particular had their stocks dramatically rise after Week 3’s action, while others let us down and illustrated once again the unpredictability the league presents us on a weekly basis. So without further ado, let’s get into some of my major takeaways from Week 3 of the 2022 NFL season.

1. It’s time for some offensive changes in Pittsburgh.

In Week 1 against the Cincinnati Bengals, the Steel Curtain was able to carry Mike Tomlin’s squad to a victory, albeit barely. In Week 2 against the New England Patriots, the defense held strong once again allowing just 17 points. However, with Mitchell Trubisky and co. putting up a measly 14 points, the Steelers lost a pivotal game at home. And after a Week 3 performance in which the defense let up 29 points (6 of which were due to a failed lateral by the offense in a last-ditch effort to tie the game), it was once again the offense that failed to keep pace. Trubisky’s lack of an ability to push the ball downfield combined with offensive coordinator Matt Canada’s conservative nature have stirred up a ton of noise in the Steelers’ fan base. And with a first-round pick this past April in the waiting, calls for Kenny Pickett have only become louder.

2. The Miami Dolphins are a complete football team.

As a Patriots fan, this one hurts to admit. But it’s just true. We knew about the potential of the offense with Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle wreaking havoc on the Baltimore Ravens’ potent secondary. We also knew that taking arguably two of the league’s most explosive weapons (Hill and Waddle) would only elevate a quarterback who has received a great deal of criticism early on in his career. However, after a hard-fought 21-19 victory over what most would consider the best team in the NFL, the Buffalo Bills, it’s hard – if not impossible – to make the case that the Dolphins aren’t a legitimate playoff team now. First-year head coach Mike McDaniel has this team firing on all cylinders.

3. The Raiders are not making the playoffs.

Yes, I understand. The Las Vegas Raiders added Davante Adams and Chandler Jones to a team that went 10-7 and made the playoffs under an interim manager just last season. Yes, I understand that we’re only three games into the season. However, with a head coach who has a poor track record and a putrid offensive line, the Raiders find themselves 0-3 to start the year. Not great when you consider they play in the best division in football and that two of their losses have come to the lowly Cardinals and Titans. Maybe just MAYBE they can turn it around, but time is running out and I believe their playoff chances might be as well.

4. If the season ended today, Lamar Jackson would be the MVP.

I get it. You might be asking yourself, in a season in which Josh Allen and Jalen Hurts possess arguably better football teams and similarly strong resumes, how could Lamar Jackson be the MVP? And to that, I say that no single player in the league is more important to his team than Lamar Jackson. Already an MVP winner, it became evident in an injury-riddled year last season that the Baltimore Ravens simply cannot do without their top signal-caller. On top of that, he’s been unstoppable to start 2022. Possessing perhaps the most dynamic skill set of any player league wide, his displays against the Dolphins and Patriots in particular cemented his standing as the MVP of the league.

5. The Jaguars might actually be good, and the Chargers are toast.

One of the several shocks of Sunday’s slate came during the late afternoon, when the Jacksonville Jaguars took down the Los Angeles Chargers, 38-10. And while many, understandably, might see it as just “one of those games,” I think it might be a pretty good indicator of where both teams are headed this season. Doug Pederson seems to have injected a jolt of energy into the Jaguars’ program in addition to Trevor Lawrence, who now looks like the franchise quarterback he was billed to be. Meanwhile, Brandon Staley has the Chargers looking out of sorts, and there are injuries galore on both sides of the ball. Justin Herbert is playing with broken ribs, Rashawn Slater has already been ruled out for the season, and Joey Bosa is also facing a long-term absence. Ongoing injury problems for Keenan Allen, J.C. Jackson, and Corey Linsley only jeopardize their playoff chances even further.

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