The first two weeks of the 2011 NFL season was a mixed bag of inconsistent play that was hindered further by newly implemented rules, as well as a few record-setting moments by a pair of rookies in Cam Newton and Ben Tate.
Tate, of the Houston Texans, is not considered a rookie technically because he made the Texans squad last year. He did, however, get hurt in preseason and missed the entire 2010 season, so he is a rookie in my opinion.
Newton has gotten off to a nice start on the suddenly pass-happy Carolina Panthers. He is on his way to being the best quarterback chosen first overall in a draft since Peyton Manning was in 1998, though stars like Matt Stafford, Michael Vick, Sam Bradford, Eli Manning and Matt Ryan may beg to differ.
A lot of long-running rivalries resume this week, headed by such historic confrontations like the Green Bay Packers versus the Chicago Bears. Newer ones, like the Atlanta Falcons against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, are showing great promise because of all of the young and talented players each franchise has on their rosters.
While a few fans may not deem the third week of an NFL season as important as the weeks that will soon follow, the 16-game schedule certainly gives a sense of desperation of winning now. Maybe the NFC West applies even less to this theory, considering they are 2-6 overall right now.
Here is a look at how Week 3 will go, followed by power rankings that will certainly change drastically in just a few days.