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The NFL Weekly Recap: Week 3

In a very eventful week 3 in the NFL, we take a look and highlight the action from each game. No more than 6 teams squandered fourth-quarter leads.
Sep 27, 2020; Orchard Park, New York, USA; Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen (17) keeps Los Angeles Rams cornerback Troy Hill (22) away from a tackle by using a stiff arm in the third quarter at Bills Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Miami Dolphins beat the Jacksonville Jaguars comfortably 31-13

Dolphins QB Ryan Fitzpatrick played a solid game as he threw for 160 yards and 3 TD’s. The Dolphins main strength was avoiding mistakes from previous games as they had 0 turnovers all game. Gardner Minshew on the other hand threw for 275 yards but also had 1 interception and one fumble. The whole Jaguars offence looked out of sync as there were some essential drops on catchable passes.

The Atlanta Falcons blow a huge fourth-quarter lead for the second week in a row

The Falcons played well during the first three quarters and they entered the fourth with a 10-26 lead. The Bears, on the other hand, were struggling to find any rhythm and had to sub in backup quarterback Nick Foles, but then with 6 and a half minutes left one of the most impossible comebacks happened. Foles threw for 3 touchdowns in 6 minutes to come back and beat the Falcons 30-26. The Falcons are the first team in NFL history to blow a 15 point fourth-quarter lead in back-to-back weeks.

The Buffalo Bills survive against the Los Angeles Rams after blowing a 25-point lead

Another team that blew a huge lead were the Bills. Josh Allen once again looked amazing as he threw for 311 yards and 4 TD’s. Allen led a game-winning drive to put the final 32-35 score on the board with 15 seconds left. This thrilling game was ruined by bad calls from the referees against both teams.

Cleveland Browns running game led the team to a 20-34 win against Washington

Baker Mayfield played a solid game in which he avoided mistakes while head coach Kevin Stefanski kept focusing on the running game. With this win over Washington, the Browns have a winning record for the first time in six years. Hopefully, Kevin Stefanski and the Browns can keep up these performances.

Fourth-quarter heroics from clutch kicker Stephen Gostkowski saves the Tennessee Titans again

The Titans once again pull out a win on their final drive of the game. Dalvin Cook was able to keep the Minnesota Vikings in the game by running for 181 yards which took some pressure off the out of form Vikings QB Kirk Cousins. The game was decided by a great performance from Titans kicker Stephen Gostkowski who made 6 from 6 FG’s with a 55-yard game-winning kick.

The New England Patriots get a convincing 36-20 win over the Las Vegas Raiders

The Patriots took the lead in the second quarter and never gave it back. A strong running attack highlighted by Rex Burkhead’s 3 touchdowns was the game-winning factor for the Patriots.

The injury-riddled San Francisco 49ers demolish the New York Giants 36-9

Even though the 49ers have half their starters missing the 49ers still dominated the Giants. The 49ers immediately took the lead and kept extending throughout the game.

The struggling Philadelphia Eagles tie 23-23 with the Cincinnati Bengals

The struggle continues for the Eagles and Carson Wentz. Wentz threw 2 interceptions while Bengals’ rookie quarterback Joe Burrow looked very good again with over 300 yards passing for the 3rd week in a row with 2 TD passes. The Eagles were lucky to get a tie out of this game. If they want to compete for a playoff spot they will have to make big changes.

The Steelers keep their perfect record by beating the Housten Texans 21-28

The Houston Texans had a 4-point lead going into the second half but the Steelers defence stepped up and didn’t concede to the Texans for the rest of the game. The eventual game decider was Pittsburgh’s running back James Conner who had 109 rushing yards and scored the final touchdown.

The Colts defence shine to defeat the helpless New York Jets

The top-rated Indianapolis Colts defence only allowed 260 yards and seven points from the Jets. They also became the first defence in NFL history to score two pick-sixes and one safety in a game. The Colts offence also did their job as Phillip Rivers threw for his 400th career touchdown. The game ended 7-36.

The Carolina Panthers managed to win a low scoring game against the Los Angeles Chargers

Justin Herbert looked comfortable in only his second NFL start, but he made some costly mistakes including one fumble and one interception. The Panthers pulled out the win due to Panthers’ Kicker Joey Slye scoring five field goals.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat an injury-riddled Denver Broncos squad 28-10

Tom Brady had his first MVP performance of the season as he threw for almost 300 yards while also throwing 3 touchdowns. On the other side of the ball, the Buccaneers’ defence proved they are one of the best in the NFL. They only allowed 226 yards and intercepted the ball 2 times. They also kept constant pressure on the Broncos’ QB Jeff Driskell and completed 6 sacks in the game.

The Detroit Lions snap their 11-game losing streak by beating the Arizona Cardinals 26-23

After the first two weeks, you would think Kyler Murray could do no wrong, but he struggled to find the rhythm against Detroit. Murray threw 3 interceptions, but he never gave up with 65% completion and 2 TD’s in a close game against the Lions. The game-winning 39-yard field goal was kicked by Matt Prater as time expired to snatch the win.

Russel Wilson dominates as the Seahawks beat the Cowboys 31-38

Russel Wilson’s amazing start to the season continues as he threw for 5 touchdowns, including a dropped touchdown pass by DK Metcalf to beat the Dallas Cowboys. The touchdowns were needed as Dak Prescott again threw for more than 450 yards and 3 touchdowns. Prescott threw 2 crucial interceptions to keep the Seahawks on the winning front.

The Green Bay Packers edge out the New Orleans Saints 37-30

Even though Aaron Rodgers didn’t have his top receiver Devante Adams, the Packers still put up a strong offensive performance. Matt LaFleur and Rodgers seem to really click in their second season together and will try to repeat last season’s strong regular season. The Saints improved from last week, but they desperately need game-changing wide receiver Michael Thomas to return from injury.

The Baltimore Ravens lose the highly anticipated matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs 34-20

The Chiefs built up a 14 point lead in the second quarter and never gave it back. While Lamar Jackson was struggling as he had less than 200 combined yards, Mahomes proved why he is paid as much as he is. Mahomes threw for 385 yards and 4 touchdowns in a statement win. These 2 talented quarterbacks will meet again in the future, but right now Mahomes is winning their matchups 3-0.

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