After a wild week 2 in the NFL, week 3 was a welcome return to “normal”. Sort of. There were still plenty of surprises this week to keep you on your toes. We had some major upsets, some major injuries and some major breakouts, so let’s get to it!
Washington Redskins vs. New York Giants
This was another brutal, messy Thursday night game. The Giants tried to lose another one down the stretch, but Washington just wouldn’t let them and made sure to fumble away a touchdown late in the game. Giants survive, 32-21.
Cincinnati Bengals vs Baltimore Ravens
A gritty, AFC North division game, these two teams have no love lost between them. And again, it was a battle down to the final whistle. This one went back and forth all the way to final drive before Andy Dalton tossed a 7-yard touchdown to A.J. “The Raven Killer” Green to seal the game, 28-24, Bengals.
Carolina Panthers vs. New Orleans Saints
This was supposed to be a blowout as Drew Brees was forced to sit out with an injury. But Luke McCown and the Saints offense held in there as Cam Newton and Greg Olsen dominated for the Panthers. Ultimately, Carolina’s dynamic duo prevailed as the Panthers intercepted a pass in the endzone to close it out, 27-22.
Oakland Raiders vs. Cleveland Browns
I’m not sure even Browns and Raiders fans were interested in this one. Nonetheless, they played. Oakland’s QB Derek Carr is beginning to make a name for himself as he’s led the Raiders to back to back close wins while throwing for over 300 yards. Raiders take this one, 27-20.
Atlanta Falcons vs. Dallas Cowboys
The Romo-less Cowboys held their own in this one as Joe Randle went crazy in the first quarter and finished with 3 touchdowns on the day. But it wasn’t enough to stop the high-flying Falcons’ passing game. Matt Ryan and Julio Jones tore up the Cowboy secondary en route to a 39-28 victory.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Houston Texans
Another early season clash of terrible teams, but somebody had to win, right? Houston opened up with a touchdown on the opening drive and Alfred Blue took it from there. He racked up 139 yards on the ground as the Texans held off Jameis Winston and the Bucs, 19-9.
Minnesota Vikings vs. San Diego Chargers
The Adrian Peterson reunion tour continues as he attempts to make up for lost time in 2014. Though it was close in the beginning, San Diego struggled and Minnesota pulled away in the second half with a defensive touchdown, allowing Peterson to grind out the clock the rest of the way. Vikings win easy, 31-14.
Jacksonville Jaguars vs. New England Patriots
The Jaguars may just forfeit this matchup next time. New England came out scoring early and often as Brady threw touchdown number 400 in his career. He celebrated by scoring even more. All in all, the Patriots dropped 51 on Jacksonville this week while the Jaguars could only muster 17. This was a blowout from the start.
Philadelphia Eagles vs. New York Jets
This is where things get weird. The Eagles have been awful. The Jets have been surprisingly good. So naturally, the Eagles win big. What? Yes, the Eagles, without rushing champ DeMarco Murray, posted 24 points on the tough Jets defense before halftime and coasted to victory in the second half. Oh, the NFL, you never know what you’re going to get.
Pittsburgh Steelers vs. St. Louis Rams
Continuing the theme of unexpected outcomes, the Eagles scored more points than these two combined. What was expected to be an offensive explosion turned into a gritty, defensive grind as Ben Roethlisberger went down with a sprained MCL. Enter Michael Vick, who was able to help the Steelers escape with a 12-6 “victory”. No touchdowns here, folks.
Indianapolis Colts vs. Tennessee Titans
The return of Luck. The Colts were down 13 points in the 4th quarter before the brilliant beard, Andrew Luck, led two late drives with touchdown passes to take the lead. It was much needed for a previously 0-2 Colts team as they somehow escaped with a 35-33 win.
Arizona Cardinals vs. San Francisco 49ers
Is it over yet? The 49ers received a ruthless beating from Arizona on Sunday. The Cardinals had 4 interceptions against Kaepernick and if you’re not careful, they’ll pick off anything you toss around the office and return that for a touchdown too. Carson Palmer, Larry Fitzgerald and Chris Johnson are partying like it’s 2009 with a 47-7 win.
Miami Dolphins vs. Buffalo Bills
Apparently a LeSean McCoy with 1.5 legs is plenty to get the job done for Buffalo. This one wasn’t close as the Bills dominated on the ground and through the air while the Dolphins looked like fish out of water. Yup, I went there. The Dolphins looked dazed and confused as Buffalo put a 41-14 whooping on them.
Seattle Seahawks vs. Chicago Bears
As expected, the Bears were completely outmatched heading into Seattle’s 12th man.With Wham Bam Kam Chancellor back and an 0-2 start, the Seahawks were not going to be denied their first victory of the year. Marshawn Lynch only played a little in this game, but Jimmy Graham made his presence felt as Seattle rolled to a 26-0 win.
Detroit Lions vs. Denver Broncos
Peyton doesn’t care what you or anyone else thinks about his arm, he’s still going to win. The dashing Denver defense battered an already bruised Matthew Stafford and the Lions just couldn’t do much against that stellar D. Peyton took care of the rest as the Broncos leave Detroit with a 24-12 victory.
Green Bay Packers vs. Kansas City Chiefs
The Monday night showdown wasn’t as close as the score may imply. Green Bay dominated both sides of the ball from the kickoff as Aaron Rodgers tossed 5 touchdowns on a hapless Chiefs secondary. KC tried to mount a late comeback and finally threw a touchdown to a wide receiver for the first time in 18 games, but it Green Bay was too much for them to handle. Pack win, 38-28.
And there it is, NFL week 3 in the books. There was a little of what you expected and a little of what you didn’t expect – and most of it was great. It’s time to retool your fantasy lineups, retool your DFS squads and make your picks because Week 4 is right around the corner. See ya next week!