NFL Week 3 Recap


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The NFL season is 18 weeks long but it already feels as if the season is going as fast as it came. Week 3 is in the books. Let’s take a look at how each team performed and who a bye week would benefit, as well as the top performers throughout the league this week.

Week 3 started off on Thursday night, September 22nd, between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Cleveland Browns. The Steelers were looking to bounce back after a tough loss against Mac Jones and the New England Patriots while the Cleveland Browns looked for a win coming off of a devastating 31-30 loss against Joe Flacco and the New York Jets. Luck favored the Browns this week as they pulled away from the Steelers with a final score of 29-17.

Browns running back Nick Chubb led the Browns to a victory with 113 rushing yards and a touchdown on his stat sheet while teammate wide receiver Amari Cooper provided 101 yards receiving on 7 catches and a touchdown as well. The Steelers have fallen into a 2 game skid as the top performer of the game was running back Najee Harris who provided only 61 total scrimmage yards and a rushing touchdown. The Cleveland Browns will be in Atlanta taking on the Falcons in week 4 while the Pittsburgh Steelers will look to put the losing streak behind them at home against the New York Jets.

Sunday morning’s games were somewhat predictable if one were to look in depth at the teams this season however there are a couple of in-game surprises within the morning mix. Let’s start off with the Sunday morning game between the Miami Dolphins and the Buffalo Bills. Divisional rivals that are undefeated were sure to put on a show in Hard Rock Stadium however, the result of the game may shock you. It seems as if the message of the week between these two teams were to contain the offensive playmakers and that is what both sides did for the more known stars of their respective teams.

A late fourth-quarter mistake between Bills offensive coordinator Ken Dorsey and the Bills’ offense led to the Super Bowl favorite Bills’ first loss of the season with the final score of 21-19. Quarterback Josh Allen of the Bills continues to have a stellar season completing 42 of 63 passes for 400 yards and two touchdowns however it was not enough shockingly with the numbers that Allen put up for Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa to lead the Dolphins in a winning effort.

The Miami quarterback only completed 13 of his 18 pass attempts for 186 yards and a touchdown however during the game it seems as if the Dolphins made a questionable choice bringing Tagovailoa back in the game after suffering what seemed to be a concussion after hitting the back of his head on the turf and wobbling after Tua got back up for the next play. The NFL is now investigating the Miami Dolphins as to whether or not they correctly followed concussion protocol for Tagovailoa. More to come with more information.

The Jacksonville Jaguars continue to shock the league as they come into SoFi Stadium against the Los Angeles Chargers and rout them with a final score of 38-10. Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawerence continues his hot streak completing 28 of 39 passes for 262 yards and three passing touchdowns while some would argue MVP-caliber quarterback Justin Herbert completed 25 of 45 passes for 297 passing yards to go with a touchdown and an interception. Can the Jags continue their hot streak? The Chargers were a good test but they face another test against Jalen Hurts and the Philadelphia Eagles while the Chargers look to bounce back from the loss against Jacksonville when they go on the road to face Davis Mills and the Houston Texans.

Las Vegas Raider fans should be showing a significant amount of concern for their team after suffering a devastating loss to the Arizona Cardinals last week and adding a close comeback effort against the Tennessee Titans with a final score of 24-22. Raiders quarterback Derek Carr continued to produce decent numbers completing 26 of 44 passes for 303 yards to go with a pair of touchdowns and an interception including one to their biggest acquisition Davante Adams however, Adams was responsible for an unsettling 36 receiving yards while Mack Hollins was the star for the Silver and Black bringing in 158 receiving yards in a monster effort.

For the Titans, who else but Derrick Henry right? The former Crimson Tide running back provided 143 scrimmage yards and a touchdown in a hard-fought victory to gain momentum in the AFC South. The Titans will be on the road in week 4 against Johnathan Taylor and the Indianapolis Colts who came off of a shocking upset against the Kansas City Chiefs, while Derek Carr and the Raiders look for their first win when Russell Wilson and the Denver Broncos come into town.

Finally, let’s into the defense-filled game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Denver Broncos. Between the two teams, there were a total of 17 punts and only 21 points scored. Don’t read too much into that though as the final score may shock you. The 49ers had what seemed to be a game-sealing drive however a fumble from 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo resulted in Denver getting the last laugh scoring a late touchdown to put the game on ice 11-10. Yes, you read the score right, 11-10. There aren’t any standouts in this game except for maybe both punters as 49ers punter Mitch Wishnowsky punted seven times for a combined 362 yards and Denver punter Corliss Waitman punted ten times for a combined 476 yards. There is not much to add here besides the game being a snoozer unless you are a defensive-minded fan.

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