Dominant Performances From The Green Bay Packers And New England Patriots Headline Week 3 In The NFL

Week 3 in the NFL certainly produced fewer upsets than last week’s historically crazy slate of Week 2 games. As the sample size of games continues to grow, teams are beginning to reveal their true colors. Let’s dive right in and look at what we’ve learned from this past week.

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Washington Redskins vs. New York Giants
Wrist StretchDon’t worry everyone, Kirk Cousins is still terrible. Also, the Giants failed to blow their fourth quarter lead, even though they tried their best after allowing a touchdown that was miraculously fumbled for a touchback, and a 105-yard kickoff return. There will be zero playoff implications when these two teams meet again in Week 12.
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Atlanta Falcons vs. Dallas Cowboys
Wrist StretchJulio Jones attracted so much attention that he was able to open running lanes for Devonta Freeman to score three touchdowns. Julio Jones should be crowned the league’s MVP for that alone. The Dallas Cowboys showed off how little faith they have in Brandon Weeden, with the quarterback failing to connect with any wide receiver not named Cole Beasley. Until Romo returns, the one-dimensional Cowboys offense will struggle.
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Cincinnati Bengals vs. Baltimore Ravens
Wrist StretchAt some point, you would think the Ravens would figure out a way to slow A.J. Green down. These teams play twice a year, and after each game, Ravens head coach John Harbaugh must cry himself to sleep. The Ravens might want to consider trading their entire roster to Cincinnati in exchange for the All-Pro wideout. On second thought, the Bengals wouldn’t accept that trade.
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New Orleans Saints vs. Carolina Panthers
Wrist StretchLuke McCown was less terrible than we expected, and Cam Newton is clearly very sensitive about his age. The Panthers are still the worst undefeated team in the NFL.
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Oakland Raiders vs. Cleveland Browns
Wrist StretchThis game was much less sloppy than one might expect from a Raiders-Browns showdown. It’s still too early to tell if this is because both teams are on the upswing, or if both defenses made the offenses look good. Knowing both of these franchises, it’s probably the latter.
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Houston Texans
Wrist StretchAfter Mike Evans was targeted 17 times by Winston, perhaps it would be a good idea for Vincent Jackson to introduce himself to the rookie quarterback. If not, the Buccaneers predictable passing attack is going to result in the team picking first overall in back-to-back drafts. For the Texans, they desperately need Arian Foster back, but Alfred Blue at least proved he can rattle off 10-yard runs if there is literally no one there to stop him.
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San Diego Chargers vs. Minnesota Vikings
Wrist StretchThe Chargers look completely lost on offense and defense, and Philip Rivers’ fiery attitude won’t exactly help them remain optimistic. For the Vikings, it has to be considered at least a bit ironic that Peterson went out and scored his first touchdown(s) of the season hours after his wife gave birth to their son. In case anyone was concerned, even at 30 years old, he is still really good. But if this team is to make the playoffs like many experts predicted, Teddy Bridgewater better start improving.
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Jacksonville Jaguars vs. New England Patriots
Wrist StretchIt’s hard to tell if this was the Patriots merely clicking on all cylinders, or if the Jaguars aren’t worthy of playing on the same field as New England. Either way, you get the impression that if these teams played each other 16 times, the Patriots would win by at least 20 every game.
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Philadelphia Eagles vs. New York Jets
Wrist StretchChip Kelly can finally stop being discussed for one week after his Eagles pulled out an improbable win on the road. All it took was special teams magic, poor throws by Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, and a lateral attempt that Brandon Marshall referred to as “the worst play in NFL history” for the Eagles to get their first win of the season.
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Pittsburgh Steelers vs. St. Louis Rams
Wrist StretchIt wouldn’t feel like a true NFL season unless Michael Vick got to take the field. After Ben Roethlisberger suffered a gruesome left leg injury, fans were immediately reminded of just how bad Vick is these days. Despite Pittsburgh being unable to move the ball, the Rams offense proved to be even more inept. Only scoring six points against a less than stellar Pittsburgh defense, the 34 points the Rams scored against Seattle in Week 1 now feels like even more of a fluke.
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Indianapolis Colts vs. Tennessee Titans
Wrist StretchThe Colts seemed poised to drop to 0-3 on the season, but Andrew Luck led a miraculous comeback. It was the first sense of heartbreak rookie Marcus Mariota has experienced, and as a member of the Tennessee Titans, you can guarantee it won’t be his last.
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San Francisco 49ers vs. Arizona Cardinals
Wrist StretchColin Kaepernick has played so poorly that calls for Blaine Gabbert to replace him don’t seem too far-fetched. There might not be any NFL franchise in a worse position right now than San Francisco. The Arizona Cardinals on the other hand look like one of the best teams in the NFL. As long as Carson Palmer stays healthy, this might very well be the Cardinals’ year.
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Buffalo Bills vs. Miami Dolphins
Wrist StretchThe Miami Dolphins are awful. It’s hard to determine whether the blame should fall on head coach Joe Philbin, quarterback Ryan Tannehill or the entire roster as a whole, but the Dolphins have certainly been a huge disappointment thus far. One more loss like that and Philbin might want to start applying for some high school coaching gigs.
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Chicago Bears vs. Seattle Seahawks
Wrist StretchThe Chicago Bears made history during their 26-0 defeat. They were the first team in 35 years to have every possession result in a punt. It’s actually an impressive feat by them when you realize they didn’t turn the ball over, never went for it on fourth down, and were never close enough to kick a field goal. It seems like these are the kinds of records Bears fans will be celebrating this year. Seattle got their first victory, but the team certainly isn’t clicking on all cylinders quite yet.
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Denver Broncos vs. Detroit Lions
Wrist StretchPeyton Manning continues to do just enough to put his defense in position to win games. Golden Tate mentioned this week that opposing players know what plays the Lions will be running. This is hardly a surprise, as game film of the Lions over the past seven years just shows Stafford forcing the ball to Calvin Johnson (whether he is open or not). Until Stafford learns to make better decisions, this team will continue to stink.
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Kansas City Chiefs vs. Green Bay Packers
Wrist StretchThe Packers are just too good at Lambeau Field. Unless Aaron Rodgers goes down with an injury or the Arizona Cardinals go 16-0, it’s hard to imagine the Packers not riding home-field advantage into Super Bowl 50.
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