After watching the Week 3 matchups, Scouts Inc. shares 10 key observations:
1. The New York Giants' emerging wide receivers are creating big plays downfield: Mario Manningham and Steve Smith are a very solid pair of starting wideouts for the Giants. Smith is a superb route runner with excellent body control and reliable hands. He is exceptional out of the slot. Manningham has more big-play flair, and exceptional burst and lateral agility. He already is beginning to dictate coverage schemes. Domenik Hixon remains in the fold, and promising first-rounder Hakeem Nicks should return before long. This is an up-and-coming stable that also contributes as edge blockers for the Giants' vaunted run game. Many thought the Giants would be in big trouble without Plaxico Burress, but that simply isn't the case. It also must be noted that QB Eli Manning is playing at a very high level right now, and while his receivers often used to make him look better than he might have been, the opposite is true now.
2. The Cleveland Browns have big QB issues: There isn't a team in more dire straits right now than the Browns. Coach Eric Mangini benched Brady Quinn on Sunday after another dismal showing from the former first-round pick. But it didn't really matter, as Derek Anderson was terrible. Anderson's lack of athletic ability is astounding. As has been a problem throughout his NFL career, Anderson doesn't value the football and tries to use his big arm to force passes into tight coverage when he should just throw the ball away. His second (of three) interceptions Sunday, when he threw a deep ball into triple coverage, was inexcusable.