Unexpected (and expected): 49ers fall into a trap

(US Presswire)

When you talk about the unexpected for Week 3, the conversation might start and end with the Minnesota Vikings upset win over the San Francisco 49ers. Seriously, if somebody told you one of the trio of NFC North teams (Green Bay Packers, Detroit Lions and the Vikings) was going to knock off the 49ers, how many of you would have picked the Vikings?

And if you did say the Vikings, you’re only lying to yourself.

Almost more unexpected though, is the Saints, who are off to an 0-3 start. Sean Payton must be the early favorite for coach of the year. So what is the most unexpected: The 49ers loss or the Saints start? It might be too close to call.

Here’s a look at some of the other unexpected (and expected) from Week 3.

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Hope you started him
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Let’s not forget the football week begins Thursday. And hopefully, you had Andre Brown and Ramses Barden going in your fantasy league.

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Don’t throw it to stone hands
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The conventional wisdom is Tim Tebow is a football player first. Or maybe his long-term prospects are at tight end. Well, you don’t want to dismiss that scenario after one play. But Tebow needs to really work on his route running if we’re ever going to take that seriously.

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Iced out
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If this doesn’t end the practice of “icing the kicker,” it certainly should.

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Fumble!
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Recently, our Dave Dameshek published his list of things he never wanted to hear again. “BenJarvus Green-Ellis has never fumbled” didn’t make the list. But we can eliminate it forever, anyway, because the Law Firm fumbled against the Redskins on Sunday.

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Hat in hand
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Wow, I’ve never seen a Southwest “Wanna Get Away?” commercial happen for real.

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Schiano does it again
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano obviously didn’t let a stern lecture from Tom Coughlin deter him from trying to win again. But at some point, some team is going to try to run up the score on the Bucs, right?

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NFC West leaders
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(Rick Scuteri/Associated Press)

The Arizona Cardinals improved to 3-0 with a win over the Philadelphia Eagles in convincing fashion. And speaking of fashion, forgive me, but I’m starting to become fond of those black uniforms.

And it should be noted the Cardinals now lead the NFC West with a perfect mark.

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Game of the day
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Three of the morning games went to overtime, but it was the Lions and Titans affair that truly was the game of the day.

The Titans harkened back to the “Music City Miracle” with this gem of a play.

Then the Lions forced overtime when Titus Young grabbed this desperation heave from … Shaun Hill. And please, don’t call it a “Hail Mary.” There was only one “Hail Mary” and it was thrown by Roger Staubach.

And here is how the game ended. Really, this is the only way it could have gone down.

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