Football is a weird sport.
While we would like to think that after decades of being played, a consensus would have been formed surrounding what it actually takes to win a football game, or at least put on a respectable performance.
There were three games Sunday that proved we are not at all close to forming that consensus.
Dolphins 31, Jets 28
Believe it or not, the best game of the early Sunday slate was the Jets against the Dolphins. It wasn't necessarily the best-played football, but it was the most exciting.
Josh McCown passed for three touchdowns and had one rushing score, while receiver Robby Anderson had the celebration of the year following his second touchdown of the season against the Dolphins.
Miami needed 17 points in the final quarter to pull even with the Jets in their season series and had to call on Matt Moore to get it done, after Jay Cutler left with a chest injury, though their stats were similar.
After the first meeting of the season featured cringe-worthy performances by both sides, a combination of eight total touchdowns was a surprisingly pleasant sight.
Bears 17, Panthers 3
Just looking at the box score, it's amazing Chicago won this game.
The Bears' Mitchell Trubisky completed 4 of 7 passes for 107 yards in his third career start and second win. Only one wide receiver caught a pass for Chicago, while 70 yards came on one play to running back Tarik Cohen.
The only two touchdowns of the game came from rookie safety Eddie Jackson, who scored on a 75-yard fumble return and a 76-yard interception return.
The Panthers limited Chicago to just five first downs, while picking up 20, and out-gaining their opponent 293 to 153 in net yards.
Vikings 24, Ravens 16
Generally, if a team settles for a field goal over a touchdown six times in one game, the result won't be the one they desired. Also, if a team hits six field goals, they should easily convert an extra point.
None of that was true in Minnesota.
The Vikings defiance against taking chances on fourth down proved to be the right call against the Ravens. Kai Forbath went six for six on his field goal attempts, but he couldn't get the ball past the right upright following the Vikings' only touchdown of the game.