NFL Week 3: Three-And-Out
A wild Week 3 in the NFL taught us a few things. It taught us that it's too early to know what to expect. It taught us that Drew Brees has thrown more completions than any quarterback, ever. It taught us that we've seen more touchdowns through three weeks than ever before. It also taught us that Clay Matthews can't catch a break. Get your Week 3 recap faster than a Patriots three-and-out.
1st Down: Upsets (Lions & Bills)
The Detroit Lions (1-2) upset New England (1-2) and handed the Pats their second straight loss (26-10) in the Sunday night game last night. It was the first meeting between Lions' coach Matt Patricia and his former mentor Bill Belichick. Tom Brady was held to just 133 yards on 14 completions. Detroit running back Kerryon Johnson rushed for 101 yards, breaking the Lions drought of 70 games without a 100-yard rusher.
After the Buffalo Bills (1-2) ugly first two weeks (outscored 78-23), they jumped out to a 27-0 lead on the Minnesota Vikings (1-1-1) yesterday, then coasted through the second half to a 27-6 win. Rookie quarterback Josh Allen threw for one touchdown and ran for two more. Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins was forced to throw the ball 55 times with the Vikings playing from behind. Just six points...
2nd Down: Unbeatens (Chiefs, Dolphins, Rams)
The Kansas City Chiefs are for real. We keep waiting for Patrick Mahomes to come back down to Earth, and we'll have to wait another week. The Chiefs beat the 49ers 38-27 behind Mahomes' three touchdowns. He's now thrown 13 TDs and 0 INTs through three weeks. The Chiefs have scored 38 or more points in all three games.
The Miami Dolphins might just be good enough to get back to the playoffs and do some damage. Miami hasn't won a playoff game since 2000. They're 3-0 and just keep finding ways to win. Quarterback Ryan Tannehill threw for three touchdowns and ran for a fourth in their 28-20 win over the Raiders.
The Los Angeles Rams beat the Chargers (35-23) with an offense that can't be stopped. Quarterback Jared Goff completed 80 percent of his passes for 354 yards. The Rams ran for 171 yards (104 from running back Todd Gurley), and they've now outscored opponents 101-36 through three weeks.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are 2-0 and will meet the Pittsburgh Steelers in tonight's Monday night matchup.
3rd Down: Undecideds (Cowboys & Penalties)
The Dallas Cowboys had high hopes coming into 2018, but quarterback Dak Prescott has less than 500 yards and just two touchdowns through three weeks, and the Cowboys are 1-2 after a 24-13 loss to the Seahawks yesterday. They're averaging just 13 points per game.
Packers linebacker Clay Matthews made headlines all week after a questionable roughing the passer penalty was called on him in last week's game against the Vikings. Then, the same thing happened yesterday against the Redskins. Matthews couldn't believe it. Neither could we. And the two-hand touch era in the NFL inches closer... You be the judge.
Oh, San Fran. The 49ers finally started to feel something again, and just like that, it's gone. The franchise found their QB of the future in Jimmy Garoppolo. They added running back Jerrick McKinnon in the offseason. It was supposed to be a new beginning in the Bay area. McKinnon tore his ACL in the preseason, and now it looks like Garoppolo has, too. At 1-2, the 49ers will have to punt on the 2018 season.