Monday, September 22, 2014

NFL - Week Three Review

The big rematch between the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos went to overtime, where the host Seahawks eventually won, 26-20 on a six-yard touchdown run by running back Marshawn Lynch.
Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning hit tight end Jacob Tamme for a 26-yard scoring pass with eighteen seconds left in regulation to complete an 80-yard drive with no timeouts left. The two-point conversion was good to force the extra session.
Seahawks QB Russell Wilson converted on running plays on third down to keep the OT drive moving before Lynch barreled in for the winning score to hand the Broncos their first loss of the season.
The Detroit Lions knocked off the visiting Green Bay Packers, 19-7 as the defense limited the Packers to only 223 yards in total offense while also getting a safety. Lions RB Reggie Bush scored on a 26-yard run to seal the victory in the final quarter.
The Philadelphia Eagles won at home, 37-34 over the Washington Redskins as QB Nick Foles had three TD passes (325 passing yards) to offset Kirk Cousins big game (427 yards passing and three TD passes) in a chippy game that saw both teams combine for 19 penalty flags and just over 200 yards in penalties.
Devin Hester sets NFL kick return TD record
Atlanta routed the visiting Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 56-14 last Thursday night behind three TD passes from QB Matt Ryan and a pair of touchdowns by WR-KR Devin Hester, the Heftyinfo NFL Player of the Week, who scored his NFL record 20th kick return touchdown on a 62-yard punt return. Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones also had two touchdowns to go with nine catches for 161 yards.
The New York Giants won their first game as they topped the visiting Houston Texans, 30-17 as QB Eli Manning had two TD passes and running back Rashad Jennings went for 176 rushing yards and also scored a touchdown.
Cincinnati went to 3-0 with a 33-7 drubbing against the visiting Tennessee Titans as QB Andy Dalton caught a touchdown pass and Gio Bernard ran for two more scores to pace the rout. The Bengals defense had two interceptions in the win.
The Indianapolis Colts rebounded from a tough Monday night loss to crush the host Jacksonville Jaguars, 44-17 as QB Andrew Luck threw four TD passes and the defense scored on a 47-yard interception return by Greg Toler.  Jags' rookie QB Blake Bortels saw his first action in the second half and had two TD passes and was named the team's starter next week at San Diego.
Dallas stormed back big time against the host St. Louis Rams in a 34-31 win, overcoming a 21-0 deficit as QB Tony Romo threw two scoring passes and the defense came up big after the slow start, getting a score off an interception and forcing three turnovers to make the difference. Rams QB Austin Davis had 327 passing yards and three touchdown passes in the loss.
The San Diego Chargers went into Buffalo and knocked off the undefeated Bills, 22-10 behind a solid defensive effort (three QB sacks and limiting Buffalo to 292 total yards) and a pair of touchdown passes by QB Philip Rivers to WR Eddie Royal. Chargers RB Danny Woodhead suffered a leg injury and it was reported he will miss the rest of the season following surgery on the leg.
Kansas City surprised the host Miami Dolphins, 34-15 behind a big game from RB Knile Davis (132 rushing yards and TD) and three TD passes by QB Alex Smith.
The Arizona Cardinals improved to 3-0 with a 23-14 home win against the San Francisco 49ers. The tough Arizona defense held the 'Niners to just 82 rushing yards while backup QB Drew Stanton had two TD passes to lead the way on offense.
The Baltimore Ravens beat the host Cleveland Browns, 23-21 as kicker Justin Tucker nailed his third field goal of the game, a 32-yard effort, as time expired to win it.
New Orleans got their first win of the season 20-9 against Minnesota as QB Drew Brees had two TD passes and the Saints defense held the Vikings to just 247 yards in offense, including only 59 yards rushing for the game. Minnesota QB Matt Cassel left the game with an ankle injury and was replaced by first round rookie Teddy Bridgewater.
The New England Patriots won a lack luster effort at home 16-9 against the Oakland Raiders as neither team gained 300 yards in offense.
The Sunday night game saw the visiting Pittsburgh Steelers blast the Carolina Panthers, 37-19 behind a big effort on the ground as running backs Le'Veon Bell (147 yards) and LeGarrette Blount (118 yards and a touchdown) led the way for 264 yards rushing and 454 total yardage for Pittsburgh on the night. Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger had two scoring passes and the defense sacked Panthers QB Cam Newton three times and held the Panthers to 42 rushing yards in the game.
The Chicago Bears topped the host New York Jets, 27-19 in the Monday Night Football game as QB Jay Cutler connected with tight end Martellus Bennett for two touchdowns and Ryan Mundy took an interception back 45 yards for a touchdown to get things started. Jets QB Geno Smith passed for 316 yards with a touchdown pass and two interceptions in the loss.

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