NFL 2019: PAT on the Back (Week 3)
By Julie Voigt and Russell S. Baxter
Welcome to the conclusion of the third week of the NFL’s 100th season and the latest collaboration by Julie Voigt and Russell S. Baxter aka PFG VIBE. That’s Voigt’s Insights Baxter’s Expertise and we consistently bring our passion in covering the National Football League.
So here’s our latest work and the latest installment of our newest weekly staple. Both of us have once again made our picks for the top offensive and defensive players each week, as well as the top performance by a team.
Player and Team. PAT…on the Back.
Here are our Week 3 selections.
Offensive Player of the Week:
VI: QB Gardner Minshew, Jacksonville Jaguars
Again filling in for injured Jaguars’ quarterback Nick Foles, “Minshew Mania” has begun as he led Jacksonville to their first win of the season over the divisional-rival Tennessee Titans. On Thursday night, he threw for 204 yards and a pair of first-quarter touchdowns in a 20-7 victory. He’ll get the nod this Sunday at Denver and has been very impressive to date. Can he possibly lead this team to a divisional title?
BE: QB Daniel Jones, New York Giants
He was under duress throughout the game thanks to Buccaneers’ outside linebacker Shaquil Barrett. But in his first NFL start, the sixth overall pick in April’s draft overcome a couple of lost fumbles, threw for 336 yards and two scores, ran for a pair of touchdowns (the second with 1:16 to play) and rallied the Giants from a 28-10 halftime deficit for a thrilling 32-31 victory.
Defensive/Special Teams Player of the Week:
VI: PK Adam Vinatieri, Indianapolis Colts
After a very rough start this season, it’s safe to say that the future Hall of Famer has finally gotten his groove back. On Sunday, Vinatieri was right back on track with a perfect day at home against the Atlanta Falcons. Vinatieri connected on all three PAT attempts and on field goals of 49 and 21 yards, respectively. Perhaps this 24-year veteran just needed some encouragement from his home base family and fans.
BE: OLB Preston Smith, Green Bay Packers
The balanced Packers are off to a 3-0 start and their defense has really turned things around from recent seasons. Preston Smith was one of the team’s big offseason free-agent additions and has been solid. In Sunday’s 27-16 conquest of the Broncos, he totaled five tackles, three sacks and a forced fumble in the team’s latest victory. The former Washington Redskins’ standout has 4.5 quarterback traps in three games.
Team of the Week
VI: Buffalo Bills
For a team that had its share of struggles last season, to a 2019 that featured an unbelievable draft and free agency, the Bills have given not only their fans but the rest of the NFL something to talk about. Heading in to Week 4 with a 3-0 record and facing the New England Patriots, they will have to prove that they are ready to play against the six-time world champions – who also happen to be 3-0. May the better team win.
BE: Detroit Lions
Don’t look now and it’s very early, but Matt Patricia’s team is right in the midst of a tight race in the NFC North. After squandering an 18-point lead and settling for a tie in Week 1 at Arizona, the Lions have responded with wins over a pair of 2018 playoff participants in the Chargers and Eagles. Detroit’s defense and special teams got the job done at Philadelphia on Sunday as Patricia’s squad continues to be in the right place at the right time.
Julie Voigt (JulieNoted_PFG) and Russell S. Baxter (@BaxFootballGuru) are the co-founders of @pfgVIBE. Julie is also the Colts’ reporter for OurTurf Football while Russell writes for FanSided and NFL Spin Zone.