Tuesday, September 27, 2016

NFL - Week Three Review

The Philadelphia Eagles made a big statement with their 34-3 blowout win against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday afternoon.
Not only did they improve to 3-0 with the home victory, but they also boast the top scoring defense in pro football, allowing only 27 points through the first three games. Rookie quarterback Carson Wentz threw for 301 yards and two touchdowns while the Eagles defense limited Pittsburgh to just 251 yards in offense while sacking Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger four times.
The Denver Broncos also went to 3-0 with a 29-17 road win at Cincinnati as QB Trevor Siemian (pictured right) had four TD passes to go with 312 pass yards to earn the Heftyinfo NFL Player of the Week. The Broncos defense forced two turnovers in the win.
The New England Patriots (3-0) served notice they are one of the top teams in the NFL with a 27-0 shutout victory at home last Thursday night over the Houston Texans (2-1) as they won without starting QB Tom Brady (suspended) and backup Jimmy Garoppolo (injury) as third string QB Jacoby Brissett scored a rushing touchdown and running back LeGarrette Blount scored two touchdowns while rushing for 105 yards in the rout.

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The Dallas Cowboys rocked the visiting Chicago Bears, 31-17 on Sunday Night Football as rookie QB Dak Prescott had a scoring run and a TD pass to lead the way . . .   The Kansas City Chiefs smothered the visiting New York Jets 24-3 as the defense intercepted SIX passes by Jets QB Ryan Fitzpatrick and scored twice, on a fumble return and a pick-six interception by Derrick Johnson . . .  The Washington Redskins surprised the host New York Giants, 29-27 to earn their first of the season as kicker Dustin Hopkins made five field goals and QB Kirk Cousins threw two TD passes. The defense intercepted Giants QB Eli Manning twice, including in the final minute to seal the win . . .  Green Bay won its home opener 34-27 against the Detroit Lions as QB Aaron Rodgers had four TD passes and withstood a furious second half comeback by Detroit, which trailed 31-3 at one point of the game. Lions QB Matthew Stafford had three TD passes in the loss  . . .  The Oakland Raiders (2-1) won at Tennessee, 17-10 behind a TD run by Latavius Murray and a TD pass by QB Derek Carr . . .  The Los Angeles Rams won on the road against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 37-32 as Case Keenum (two TD passes) outlasted Bucs QB Jameis Winston (three TD passes, 405 pass yards) and the defense scored a touchdown . . .  Seattle throttled the visiting San Francisco 49ers, 37-18 as RB Christine Michael ran for 106 yards and two scores . . .  The Miami Dolphins won 30-24 in OT against the visiting Cleveland Browns as RB Jay Ajayi scored the winning touchdown with an 11-yard run . . .  The Minnesota Vikings knocked out the Carolina Panthers, 22-10 as their defense sacked Panthers QB Cam Newton EIGHT times and also intercepted three passes . . .   The Buffalo Bills blew out the visiting Arizona Cardinals, 33-18 as the defense picked off four passes and also scored a TD off a fumble return . . .  The Baltimore Ravens (3-0) survived in Jacksonville, 19-17 as kicker Justin Tucker nailed a game winning 54-yard field goal in the final minute . . .  The Indianapolis Colts won a back and forth game at home, 26-22 against the San Diego Chargers for their first win of the season. Colts QB Andrew Luck hooked up with wide receiver T.Y. Hilton for a 63-yard scoring pass with just over a minute left in regulation to decide the game . . .  The Atlanta Falcons (2-1) blew out the host New Orleans Saints, 45-32 on Monday night as RB Tevin Coleman rushed for three touchdowns, QB Matt Ryan passed for two TDs, and Deion Jones returned an interception 90 yards for a score to help Atlanta keep the Saints winless. Falcons RB Devonta Freeman rushed for 152 yards in the win.

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