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Week 3 of the NFL season is in the book. A lot of things, both good and bad happened this week And for the NFC East, it was a pretty ugly week for the division.
The following teams are still without a defeat: Seattle, Green Bay, Chicago, Pittsburgh, Kansas City, Tennessee, and Buffalo.
The following teams are still without a win: New York Jets and Giants, Houston, Denver, Cincinnati, Philadelphia, Minnesota, and Atlanta.
The Monday night showdown between Super Bowl favorites, Kansas City and Baltimore, lived up to the hype, for one of those two teams. The other battle of the unbeaten (Los Angeles Rams/Buffalo Bills) was one of the games of the week. Buffalo blew a big lead late and then recaptured the lead and then the victory. Aaron Rodgers continued his red-hot start and led the Packers to a 37-30 victory over the New Orleans Saints.
The Cleveland Browns improved to 2-1 with a 34-20 victory over Washington. This marks the first time since 2014 the Browns have had a winning record. Cleveland went 2,114 days without a winning record. Next week will be an early-season test when the Browns travel to Dallas, who sports a record of 1-2.
Now, let’s get into some more storylines from Week 3.
Atlanta does it again.
There is absolutely no way the Falcons could possibly blow another lead of 15+ points in the fourth quarter, right?
Atlanta choked yet another game away in which they led by 15 or more points in the fourth quarter. This time they held a 26-10 lead over the Chicago Bears, let by former Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles, who replaced Mitchell Trubisky in the third quarter.
All three fourth-quarter touchdowns for the Bears came in the final six-and-a-half minutes of the game. Foles threw touchdown passes to Jimmy Graham (3 yards, two-point conversion failed, 26-16), Allen Robinson (short pass that turned into a 37-yard touchdown, 26-23), and Anthony Miller (28-yard score with 1:53 left, 30-26.) Matt Ryan would throw the sealing interception to seal the deal and the collapse.
The Falcons became the first team in NFL history to blow two 15-point leads in the same season and they did it in back-to-back weeks. Yikes.
Chicago improved to 3-0 for the first time since 2013 and will look to continue their winning ways next week when they host Indianapolis. Atlanta will have an extra day to get ready for Week 4 when they travel to Green Bay on Monday Night Football. Things could get ugly for Atlanta and that could, and should spell the end of the Dan Quinn era. Ryan is 0-3 for the first time in his career.
Mahomes, Chiefs get the best of Jackson, Ravens.
The most hyped game of the 2020 season was no doubt the Week 3 matchup of Baltimore hosting Kansas City. Last week the Ravens overtook the Chiefs as the Super Bowl favorites, the first time since the odds came out in February that the Chiefs were not the favorite.
Those odds could yet again change after the Chiefs took care of the Ravens 34-20 on Monday Night Football, led by Patrick Mahomes.
Mahomes was yet again spectacular, throwing for 385 yards and four touchdowns and also rushed in a score. Some of the throws that he made were mind-blowing, but we should all be used to this by now. Mahomes made it look easy out there on Monday night against a team that loves to bring the blitz. That did not matter as Mahomes was not sacked once.
On the flip side of the marquee matchup, Lamar Jackson struggled. He completed just 15 of 28 passes for 97 yards and a touchdown. He did have 83 yards on the ground, but it was no match for the reigning, defending Super Bowl champions. This was one of the worst games Jackson has played in his young career.
Clyde Edwards-Helaire continued to impress in his rookie campaign. He was involved in both the rushing and passing games, racking up 134 yards on 25 touches. It still baffles my mind how the Chiefs were able to win the Super Bowl and then snag Edwards-Helaire with the 32nd pick in the draft.
These two teams could potentially square off yet again come playoff time, but we still have a way to go for that to possibly come to fruition. If these two powerhouses are neck-and-neck down the stretch, the Chiefs will hold the tiebreaker should the teams be tied. That could be crucial with just the top seed getting a bye this year.
The NFC Least is lousy.
The worst division in football is the NFC East, or as I like to call it, the NFC Least.
Not one of the four teams has a winning record, the only division in the NFL without a winning team. Two teams have a single win and the other two are winless still.
Washington leads the division by virtue of divisional record (1-0) at 1-2. As aforementioned, they fell to the Browns this week.
Dallas looks like the best team in the division, but also sport a 1-2 record. The Cowboys were expected to be in a shootout this week with Russell Wilson and the Seahawks and a shootout it was. Seattle won 37-30 to improve to 30-0.
The Giants fell to 0-3 after a 36-9 beat down courtesy of the San Francisco 49ers. After the injury to Saquon Barkley, there isn’t hope for the G-Men this season.
The Philadelphia Eagles were the only team to not lose this week, however, they did not win either as they tied 23-23 with the winless Bengals. On fourth down in overtime with 19 seconds left, the Eagles elected to punt the ball away after getting out of field goal position due to a false start penalty. Why would you not go for it on fourth down in overtime with 19 seconds left?
Quarterbacks that played well in Week 3
- Patrick Mahomes – KC – 31-42, 385 yards, 4 touchdowns, rush TD – W
- Dak Prescott – DAL – 37-57, 472 yards, 3 touchdowns, 2 interceptions – L
- Nick Mullens – SF – 26-36, 343 yards, touchdown – W
- Josh Allen – BUF – 24-33, 311 yards, 4 touchdowns, interception, rush TD – W
- Justin Herbert – LAC – 35-49, 330 yards, touchdown, interception – L
- Russell Wilson – SEA – 27-40, 315 yards, 5 touchdowns – W
Running backs that played well in Week 3
- Dalvin Cook – MIN – 22 carries, 181 yards, touchdown – L
- Derrick Henry – TEN – 26 carries, 119 yards, 2 touchdowns – W
- Sony Michel – NE – 9 carries, 117 yards – W
- Darrell Henderson Jr. – LAR – 20 carries, 114 yards, touchdown – L
- Nick Chubb – CLE – 19 carries, 108 yards, 2 touchdowns – W
- James Conner – PIT – 18 carries, 109 yards, touchdown – W
- Alvin Kamara – NO – 6 carries, 58 yards, 13 receptions, 139 yards, 2 touchdowns – L
Wide receivers that played well in Week 3
- Justin Jefferson – MIN – 7 catches, 175 yards, touchdown – L
- Allen Lazard – GB – 6 catches, 146 yards, touchdown – W
- Michael Gallup – DAL – 6 catches, 138 yards, touchdown – L
- DeAndre Hopkins – ARI – 10 catches, 137 yards – L
- Keenan Allen – LAC – 13 catches, 132 yards, touchdown – L
- Tyler Boyd – CIN – 9 catches, 125 yards – T
- Tyler Lockett – SEA – 9 catches, 100 yards, 3 touchdowns – W
Key Week 4 Matchups
Pittsburgh (3-0) @ Tennessee (3-0)
New England (2-1) @ Kansas City (3-0)
Buffalo (3-0) @ Las Vegas (2-1)
Cleveland (2-1) @ Dallas (1-2)
Indianapolis (2-1) @ Chicago (3-0)
That wraps it up for Week 3. Hit me up on Twitter @KingEdward15 to discuss all things NFL.
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