NFL Week 3: What we learned
Chiefs 26, Eagles 16
In Philadelphia, Chip Kelly's high-powered offense stalled, committing five turnovers. Chiefs coach Andy Reid was victorious in his return to Philadelphia after receiving a standing ovation from the Philly faithful.
Bengals 34, Packers 30
In Cincinnati, The Bengals pulled out a wild win on the strength of a 58-yard fumble return by CB Terence Newman late in the fourth quarter. The teams traded rallies, each holding double digit leads during the contest. Green Bay became the only team in NFL history to trail by 14, then lead by 16 before losing the game.
Cowboys 31, Rams 7
In Dallas, the Cowboys' offense was in top form as they routed the visiting Rams. QB Tony Romo posted 3 TDs and was complemented by RB Demarco Murray's 175 rushing yards.
Titans 20, Chargers 17
In Nashville, Tennessee bested San Diego behind QB Jake Locker's late game heroics. The third-year quarterback connected with WR Justin Hunter to take the lead on a 34-yard touchdown pass with 15 seconds remaining in the game.
Browns 31, Vikings 27
In Minnesota, after being written-off following the deal that sent their franchise RB to Indy, the Browns rallied to stun the Vikings. QB Brian Hoyer threw a spectacular TD pass to TE Jordan Cameron with under a minute to play. Both Hoyer and Cameron finished the game with 3 TDs.
Patriots 23, Buccaneers 3
In Foxboro, Tom Brady apperaed to be back in rhythm as the Patriots easily handled the Buccaneers. The Pats posted 23 unanswered points, including two TD connections between Brady and rookie WR Kenbrell Thompkins.
Saints 31, Cardinals 7
In New Orleans, QB Drew Brees exploded for four total TDs as the Saints steamrolled the Cardinals. TE Jimmy Graham compiled 134 receiving yards and two TDs on nine catches.
Lions 27, Redskins 20
In Washington, Detroit pulled out a slim victory in a back and forth contest by capitalizing on Washington's two turnovers and general miscues. An 11-yard TD pass from Matthew Stafford to Calvin Johnson with just under four minutes left all but sealed the victory.
Panthers 38, Giants 0
In Charlotte, Cam Newton displayed his versatility and dominance, tallying four total touchdowns as the Panthers embarrassed the nose-diving Giants, pushing them to an 0-3 record.
Ravens 30, Texans 9
In Baltimore, the short-handed Ravens handily defeated the Texans. Baltimore's defense and special teams each contributed a return TD in the rout.
Dolphins 27, Falcons 23
In Miami, the Dolphins gritted out a win in a highly contested match-up. QB Ryan Tannehill threw the game-winning TD to TE Dion Sims with 38 seconds left in the game to propel the surprise Dolphins to a 3-0 mark.
Jets 27, Bills 20
In East Rutherford, the Jets overcame 20 penalties and general sloppy play to top the Bills. Bills RB C.J. Spiller left the game with a knee injury and is listed as questionable for Week 4 against the Ravens.
Colts 27, 49ers 7
In San Francisco, QB Andrew Luck led the Colts past QB Colin Kaepernick and the 49ers as the 49er offense looked anemic. Star LB Aldon Smith gave a statement of contrition and took a voluntary indefinite leave of absence after the game to deal with substance abuse issues.
Seahawks 45, Jaguars 17
In Seattle, the Seahawks absolutely demolished the Jaguars behind four TDs from QB Russell Wilson, vaulting the team to a 3-0 record.
Bears 40, Steelers 23
In Pittsburgh, the Bears forced five turnovers en route to a thorough shellacking of the Steelers. Dismal offensive line and running back play continued to plague Pittsburgh.
Broncos 37, Raiders 21
In Denver, QB Peyton Manning put on a near-flawless performance, throwing for three TDs and 374 yards with an 86.5 completion percentage in a contest that was never very much in question.