Chiefs and Seahawks: Top Super Bowl Contenders
Ryne Oshiro, Staff Writer
Going into the fourth week of the National Football League (NFL), the Kansas City Chiefs look poised to win the championship again, the Seattle Seahawks seemingly continue to squeak out wins, and fantasy football owners are smiling cheek to cheek. Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes and his Chiefs continue to overmatch their opponents, and although it is very early in the season, it almost seems as if they are a shoe in for another Super Bowl title. As if the fast-paced offense could not get any stronger, in the off-season the Chiefs drafted Louisiana State University running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire to add to what seems like an unstoppable offense. The Chiefs, as of week three in the regular season, are 3-0 and sit alone atop the AFC West division.
So how does the rest of the NFL stack up against the reigning Super Bowl champions? For starters, week two proved to be what will be known as the big injury week of the NFL season, especially for the San Francisco 49ers. As the 49ers looked to bounce back from a week one loss, things went downhill fast, losing their top defensive linemen and previous Rookie of the Year Nick Bosa to an ACL tear. A few plays later, Solomon Thomas went down with an injury as well. If injuries couldn’t get any worse, starting quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo also suffered a knee injury in the game, as well as starting running back Raheem Mostert. Following all the injuries sustained, the 49ers managed to still win the game against the New York Jets. In week three, six starters were put on the injured list.
As for the rest of the NFL, notable names such as Saquon Barkley is also done for the year after suffering an ACL tear. Denver Broncos prized starting quarterback Drew Lock will be out for 3-6 weeks with an AC joint injury in his shoulder. Christian McCaffery also suffered an ankle injury that will land him 3-6 weeks on the injured list. These are just a few of the numerous injuries that occured in that horrendous week.
As for the hometown Seattle Seahawks, the new motto of “Let Russ Cook,” has gained popularity, seemingly meaning to let superstar quarterback Russell Wilson go out there and provide some fireworks for the Seahawks offense. It seemed to fare positively as through the first three week of the season, Wilson broke the record for most touchdown passes thrown, with 14 touchdowns in only three games played. Another crazy fact being thrown around is that Wilson has never received a single MVP vote in his nine seasons in the NFL. With Russ cooking, the Seahawks are 3-0 and just like the Chiefs, are also at the top of their respective division.
As for fantasy football, names such as Josh Allen, Alvin Kamara, and Calvin Ridley come to mind. The Buffalo Bills starting quarterback is second in fantasy points, trailing only Wilson in that department. Kamara leads the entire fantasy league and the running back position with over 105 points. The top wide receiver in points is Atlanta Falcon, Calvin Ridley with a touch above 80 points in points per reception leagues. As the weeks pass, fantasy owners will continue to make their moves in hopes of making the playoffs in their leagues, and eventually win. As weeks go on so will the lingering idea of injuries, in a COVID-19 ridden season.