Week 3 of the NFL season started off with a Thursday night game from the New England Patriots, who were again the underdog without their star QB, or even their second-stringer. But the Pats found a way to come out on top. Not only did the Patriots win but they defeated the Houston Texans 27-0, led by a big game from running back LeGarrette Blount, who rushed for 105 yards and 2 touchdowns. (Week 4 didn’t go as well for the Pats, but we’re not going to talk about that today)
The week was not as action-packed with close games as earlier weeks had been. Only seven games were decided by one possession and none were decided by only one point. One nail-biter was the Miami Dolphins, who defeated the Cleveland Browns 30-24 in overtime after Browns kicker Cody Parkey missed a game-winning field goal to end regulation. In the bitter rivalry between the Washington Redskins and New York Giants, the Redskins won 29-27. Dustin Hopkins kicked five field goals including the game winner with 1:51 left in the game. The Baltimore Ravens kept alive their hopes for an undefeated season by defeating the Jacksonville Jaguars 19-17.
After week 3, five teams remained undefeated: the Baltimore Ravens, New England Patriots, Philadelphia Eagles, Denver Broncos and Minnesota Vikings. Three of these teams are being carried by rookie quarterbacks: Broncos’ Trevor Siemian, Patriots’ Jacoby Brissett and Jimmy Garoppolo, and Eagles’ Carson Wentz. The Vikings also picked up a new quarterback, Sam Bradford, after their QB Teddy Bridgewater was injured in Week 1.
There were a few other entertaining games from Week 3. The Kansas City Chiefs dominated the New York Jets 24-3 due to a terrific performance from the Chiefs defense, which forced a total of eight turnovers and two fumbles and scored two touchdowns. Jets QB Ryan Fitzpatrick also gave up six interceptions .
Standout players from Week 3 included Detroit Lions WR Marvin Jones, who caught for 205 yards and 2 touchdowns. For the Atlanta Falcons, RB Devonta Freeman had 200 total yards and a touchdown and RB Tevin Coleman had 90 total yards and three touchdowns.