Week 3 of the NFL season was exciting per usual; here’s a recap of each game’s action this week.
The Jags matched up with the Dolphins for the Thursday night game. The Dolphins dominated Jacksonville 31-13. Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for 160 yards and two touchdowns in the victory.
The Houston Texans traveled to Pittsburg to face the Steelers. Ben Roethlisberger threw for 237 yards and two touchdowns, while James Conner ran for 109 yards and a touchdown. Deshaun Watson was under duress all game as the Steelers sacked him five times and picked him off once. Pittsburg won 28-21, moving on to 3-0, as Houston falls to 0-3.
Russell Wilson and red hot Seahawks hosted the Dallas Cowboys, who are coming off of the crazy comeback victory against Atlanta. Once again, Russell Wilson was amazing as he lit up Dallas’ defense for 315 yards and five touchdowns. Wilson has 14 passing touchdowns in the first three games, which is an NFL record. Dak was great as well, as he threw for 472 yards and three scores, but his two interceptions ultimately led to the Cowboys loss. Seattle won 38-31 to stay undefeated this season.
Once again, the Falcons blow a double-digit fourth quarter; this time, the Chicago Bears turn. Mitch Trubisky couldn’t get it done in the first half, but Nick Foles brung it home for Chicago threw for 188 yards and three touchdowns. The Bears scored 20 unanswered in the fourth quarter to win 30-26 and stay 3-0. Falcons fall to 0-3 on the season.
The Bills and Rams both looked to maintain their perfect records as they matched up in the Buffalo Sunday. Josh Allen and the Bills outlasted the Rams in the fourth quarter, as they took home the victory, 35-32.
The Cleveland Browns played the Washington Football Team at home. Nick Chubb led the way for Cleveland on the ground. Chubb ran for 108 yards and two touchdowns. Washington’s young QB Dwayne Haskins Jr. struggled, throwing three interceptions in the loss.
The Minnesota Vikings looked to get their offense back on track and avoid going 0-3 against the Tennesee Titans in Week 3. Rookie WR Justin Jefferson had a breakout game with seven receptions, 175 yards, and a touchdown. Dalvin Cook was unstoppable on the ground as well, rushing for 181 yards and a touchdown. But it wasn’t enough for the victory. Stephen Gostkowski was 6/6 on field goals, and that pushed Tennesee over the edge along with Derrick Henry’s two touchdowns. The Titans won 31-30.
The New England Patriots took on the Las Vegas Raiders at home. The Pats defense shut down the star of Week 2, Darren Waller, for only two receptions and 9 yards. New England also forced three fumbled and recovered all 3. The offense wasn’t pretty for New England, but they still managed to score 36 points. They rushed for a total of 250 yards in the win. The final score was 36-20.
The hobble 49ers shut down the also hobbled New York Giants in their away victory. 49ers held the Giants to just 9 points. Nate Mullens was great for San Francisco, filling in Jimmy Garoppolo’s shoes. Mullens threw for 343 yards and a touchdown in the 36-9 victory.
The Philadelphia Eagles and Cincinnati Bengals were both trying to avoid going 0-3 in their first three games. Ironically, both teams did complete this goal, but there was no winner. The Bengals and Eagles tied at 23, making both their records 0-2-1. Joe Burrow threw for 312 yards and two touchdowns, to continue to impress with individual play. The final score was 23-23.
The Indianapolis Colts dominated the New York Jets at home, 36-7. Sam Darnold had a rough game, throwing three interceptions and finishing with a 12.3 QBR. The Colts defense scored two touchdowns off of turnovers. Phillip Rivers also became the 6th quarterback in NFL history to throw for 400 touchdowns, joining Dan Marino, Brett Favre, Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, and Drew Brees.
The Christian McCaffrey-less Carolina Panthers traveled to LA to battle the Chargers. Teddy Bridgewater threw for 235 yards with a 78% completion percentage. The Chargers came close to winning on the final play on a “hook and ladder” play that failed as time expired. The Panthers escaped with a 21-16 victory for there first win of the season.
Tampa Bay goes to Mile High and defeat the Broncos 28-10. Tom Brady threw for 297 yards and three touchdowns. Mike Evans had a weird but efficient stat line. Evans had two receptions, two yards, and two touchdowns. All in all, the Bucs move on to 2-1 with the win.
Detroit picks up their first win over the Cardinals. The Lions defense forced Kyler Murray, who was playing great in the first two weeks, to throw three interceptions. Matt Stafford threw for 270 yards and two touchdowns in the victory for Detroit. The final score was 26-23 as Detroit picked up there first victory of the season.
And in the Sunday Night game, two veteran QBs in Drew Brees and Aaron Rodgers faced off. For New Orleans, Brees bounced back from a rough game in Oakland as he threw for 288 yards and three touchdowns. Alvin Kamara was dynamic for the Saints as he had 13 catches for 139 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed for another 58 yards. For Green Bay, Allen Lazard was Aaron Rodgers’s primary target, with Davante Adams inactive. Lazard came down with six receptions for 146 yards and a touchdown. That helped Green Bay secure the 37-30 victory to maintain undefeated on the season.
In the Monday Night Game, the last Two MVPs Lamar Jackson and Pat Mahomes, will face off. Last season, the Ravens fell just short of a comeback. The Chiefs won 33-28. Now, these teams are arguably the best and most complete teams in the league and will be on a collision course in the AFC championship. This could be a preview of what we may see later on this season. Tune in tonight on ESPN at 8 pm ET for this matchup between two young superstar quarterbacks.
by: Cam Deloatch