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The third week of the season opened with an NFC East rivalry game on Thursday night which saw the Giants capture their first victory by defeating the Redskins. This was a crucial contest for Big Blue after suffering two consecutive meltdowns in weeks one and two.

We are all witnesses to the greatness that is Julio Jones.

The Colts finally scored a touchdown in the first half of a game this season and escaped Tennessee with a lucky win.

Another week, another injury as Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger suffer an apparent left leg injury with initial reports estimating he’ll miss a minimum of weeks.

It is that time again to hit the rewind button and review, dissect and deconstruct Sunday’s games.

Week 3 NFL Game Recaps

 

39 ATLANTA vs. DALLAS 28

The Falcons are undefeated and have beaten three different NFC East opponents in the process.

  • QB Matt Ryan 24-36 285 YDS 2 TD 0 INT
  • RB Devonta Freeman 30 ATT 141 YDS 3 TD & 5 REC 52 YDS 0 TD
  • WR Julio Jones 12 REC 164 YDS 2 TD

Dallas dominated early by running all over Atlanta but collapsed in the second half. The Cowboys squandered an 11 point halftime lead and were shutout rest of the game.

  • QB Brandon Weeden 22-26 232 YDS 0 TD 1 INT
  • RB Joseph Randle 14 ATT 87 YDS 3 TD & 3 REC 27 YDS 0 TD
  • RB Lance Dunbar 10 REC 100 YDS 0 TD & 1 ATT 5 YDS 0 TD

 

28 CINCINNATI vs. BALTIMORE 24

The Red Rifle rides again as the Bengals improve to 3-0. Mister Dalton has thrown 8 touchdown passes versus 1 interception after three games.

  • QB Andy Dalton 20-32 383 YDS 3 TD 1 INT
  • WR AJ Green 10 REC 227YDS 2 TD
  • WR Marvin Jones 5 REC 94 YDS 1 TD

The Ravens remained winless after Sunday’s defeat and are now 0-3 on the season. Is Justin Forsett a one year wonder?

  • QB Joe Flacco 32-49 362 YDS 2 TD 1 INT
  • RB Justin Forsett 10 ATT 13 YDS 0 TD & 4 REC 16 YDS 0 TD
  • WR Steve Smith Sr. 13 REC 186 YDS 2 TD

 

22 NEW ORLEANS vs. CAROLINA 27

The Saints were without their field general and iron man as Drew Brees did not play due to a brusied rotator cuff injury. The Saints were competitive and backup quarterback Luke McCown performed admirably in defeat.

  • QB Luke McCown 31-38 310 YDS 0 TD 1 INT
  • RB Mark Ingram 14 ATT 50 YDS 1 TD & 5 ATT 49 REC 0 TD
  • WR Brandin Cooks 7 REC 79 YDS 0 TD

Is it crazy that the Panthers are perfect? Even with a favorable early season schedule and facing off against the Brees-less Saints, Carolina keeps on winning.

  • QB Cam Newton 20-31 315 YDS 2 TD 0 INT & 7 ATT 33 YDS 1 TD
  • TE Greg Olsen 8 REC 134 YDS 2 TD
  • WR Tedd Ginn Jr. 4 REC 93 YDS 0 TD

 

27 OAKLAND vs. CLEVELAND 20

Is there hope in the black hole? That’s back to back wins for the Raiders.

  • QB Derek Carr 21-27 241 YDS 2 TD 1 INT
  • RB Latavius Murray 16 ATT 88 YDS 0 TD & 1 REC 10 YDS 0 TD
  • WR Amari Cooper 8 REC 134 YDS 0 TD

The Browns continue to give their fan base no hope as the future looks bleak.

  • QB Josh McCown 28-49 341 YDS 2 TD 1 INT
  • TE Gary Barnidge 6 REC 105 YDS 1 TD
  • WR Travis Benjamin 4 REC 45 YDS 1 TD

 

9 TAMPA BAY vs. HOUSTON 19

It’s going to be a long season for the Buccaneers but hopefully one the provides a promising future for the 2015 overall pick.

  • QB Jameis Winston 17-36 261 YDS 1 TD 1 INT
  • RB Doug Martin 14 ATT 46 YDS 0 TD
  • WR Mike Evans 7 REC 101 YDS 0 TD

The Texas two-step as Alfred Blue did his best Arian Foster impersonation and DeAndre Hopkins was his usual Nuk bomb self asHouston won it’s first game of the season.

  • QB Ryan Mallett 24-39 228 YDS 1 TD 1 INT
    RB Alfred Blue 31 ATT 139 YDS 1 TD
    WR DeAndre Hopkins 8 REC 101 YDS 1 TD

 

14 SAN DIEGO vs. MINNESOTA 31

These traveling Chargers were not super on Sunday as they dropped their second consecutive road game and fell to 1-2 after three games.

  • QB Philip Rivers 21-34 246 YDS 1 TD 1 INT
  • RB Melvin Gordon 14 ATT 51 YDS 0 TD
  • WR Keenan Allen 12 REC 133 YDS 2 TD

The Vikings rode their workhorse back Adrian Peterson to victory as he scored his first rushing touchdown since 2013.

  • QB Teddy Bridgewater 13-24 121 YDS 0 TD 1 INT
  • RB Adrian Peterson 20 ATT 126 YDS 2 TD
  • WR Mike Wallace 3 REC 49 YDS 0 TD

 

17 JACKSONVILLE vs. NEW ENGLAND 51

Can we give the Jaguars a mulligan this week? This is an improving team but one that was no match for the defending Super Bowl champions.

  • QB Blake Bortles 14-21 207 YDS 1 TD 0 INT & 6 ATT 23 YDS 1 TD
  • WR Allen Hurns 21 ATT 78 YDS 0 TD & 2 REC 20 YDS 0 TD
  • WR Allen Robinson 2 REC 29 YDS 0 TD

The Brady bunch preformed their weekly version of excellence as they routed Jacksonville. The Patriots have scored 28, 40 and 51 points in three games.

  • QB Tom Brady 33-42 358 2 TD 0 INT
  • RB LaGarrett Blount 18 ATT 53 YDS 1 TD & 3 REC 5 YDS 0 TD
  • TE Rob Gronkowski 4 REC 69 YDS 0 YDS

 

24 EAGLES vs. NEW YORK JETS 17

The Eagles soared above the Jets in the Meadowland en route to their first win of the season. They were without running back DeMarco Murray but Ryan Mathews was the bell cow and Sproles the spark plug with an 89 yard punt return in this contest.

  • QB Sam Bradford 30-46 363 1 TD 0 INT
  • RB RyanMathews 25 ATT 108 YDS 0 TD & 2 REC 20 YDS 1 TD
  • RB Darren Sproles 11 ATT 17 YDS 1 TD & 4 REC 19 YDS 0 TD  & 89 YD PUNT RET TD

 

12 PITTSBURGH vs. ST.LOUIS 6

The Steelers welcomed back their star running back Le’Veon Bell from his suspension and then lost their leader and quarterback for 4-6 weeks with an MCL sprain.

  • QB Ben Roethlisberger 20-24 192 YDS 0 TD 1 INT
  • RB Le’Veon Bell 19 ATT 62 YDS 1 TD & 7 REC 70 YDS 0 TD
  • WR Antonio Brown 11 REC 108 YDS 0 TD

The highly anticipated Todd Gurley debut fell flat as the Rams were unable to accomplish anything offensively. The future of the franchise only accumulated 7 touches on Sunday versus Pittsburgh but expect him to become an integral part of their offense as the season progresses.

  • QB Nick Foles 19-28 197 YDS 0 TD 1 INT
  • RB Todd Gurley 6 ATT 9 YDS 0 TD & 1 REC 5 YDS 0 TD
  • WR Kenny Britt 7 REC 102 YDS 0 TD

 

35 INDIANAPOLIS vs. TENNESSEE 33

It is still early in the season but after three games the Colts are 1-2 and Andrew Luck has 5 touchdowns and 7 interceptions.

  • QB Andrew Luck 18-30 260 YDS 2 TD 2 INT
  • RB Frank Gore 14 ATT 86 YDS 2 TD & 1 REC 8 YDS 0 TD
  • TY Hilton 4 REC 94 YDS 0 TD

The Titans fell apart in the fourth quarter and came up short on an imaginative 2 point conversion attempt.

  • QB Marcus Mariota 27-44 367 YDS 2 TD 2 INT
  • RB Antonio Andrews 12 ATT 49 YDS 1 TD
  • WR Kendall Wright 7 REC 95 YDS 1 TD & 1 ATT 13 YDS 0 TD

 

7 SAN FRANCISCO vs. ARIZONA 47

If I called Colin Kaepernick’s performance on Sunday awful that would be an understatement. Kaepernick continually threw the ball to the wrong team putting his team in an 28-0 deficit. The Niners apparently peaked in the season opener on Monday night.

  • QB Colin Kaepernick 9-19 67 YDS 0 TD 4 INT & 7 ATT 46 YDS 1 TD
  • RB Carlos Hyde 15 ATT 51 YDS 0 TD
  • WR Anquan Boldin 2 REC 16 YDS 0 TD

The Cardinals have been an offensive juggernaut but versus San Francisco their defense dominated early and often. There trio of Carson Palmer, rookie David Johnson and a revitalized Larry Fitzgerald is looking terrific.

  • QB Carson Palmer 20-32 311 YDS 2 TD 1 INT
  • RB Chris Johnson 22 ATT 110 YDS 2 TD & 1 REC 40 YDS 0 TD
  • WR Larry Fitzgerald 9 REC 134 YDS 2 TD

 

41 BUFFALO vs. MIAMI 14

In Tyrod we trust! The Bills rebounded in a big way with the help of Taylor’s three touchdown passes and a dominate defense display against the Dolphins.

  • QB Tyrod Taylor 21-29 277 YDS 3 TD 0 INT
  • RB Karlos Williams 12 ATT 110 YDS 1 TD
  • TE Charles Clay 5 REC 82 YDS 1 TD

If not for the heroic punt return by Jarvis Landry in the season opener at Washington the Dolphins would be winless on the season.

  • QB Ryan Tannehill 26-49 297 YDS 2 TD 3 INT
  • WR Rishard Matthew 6 REC 113 YDS 2 TD
  • WR Jarvis Landry 8 REC 67 YDS 0 TD

 

0 CHICAGO vs. SEATTLE 26

The Bears season was broken and buried before it ever got started. And with the first pick in the 2016 NFL draft the Bears select…

  • QB Jimmy Clausen 9-17 63 0 TD 0 INT & 3 ATT 13 YDS 0 TD
  • RB Matt Forte 20 ATT 74 YDS 0 TD
  • TE Martellus Bennett 4 REC 15 YDS 0 TD

Seattle’s rookies to the rescue as Tyler Lockett returned the second-half kickoff for a touchdown and Thomas Rawls provided the punch in the running game. Even Jimmy Graham got involved scoring a touchdown in the home Hawks’ home opener. The defense did it’s part holding the Bears to a total of 146 yards and welcome back Kam Chancellor.

  • QB Russell Wilson 20-30 235 YDS 1 TD 0 INT
  • RB Thomas Rawls 16 ATT 104 YDS 0 TD
  • TE Jimmy 7 REC 83 YDS 1 TD

 

24 DENVER vs. DETROIT 12

Peyton’s place is on primetime and the stories of his demise maybe premature. The Broncos are undefeated despite a sluggish offense but what is looking like a damn good offense.

  • QB Peyton Manning 31-42 324 YDS 2 TD 1 INT
  • WR Demaryius Thomas 9 REC 92 YDS 1 TD
  • WR Emmanuel Sanders 6 REC 87 YDS 0 TD

The Lions are getting back to their losing ways and a struggling quarterback is not the cure. The road doesn’t get any easier as the winless Lions travel to Seattle in week 4 on Monday night.

  • QB Matthew Stafford 31-45 282 YDS 1 TD 2 INT
  • RB Ameer Abdullah 8 ATT 23 YDS 0 TD & 2 REC 19 YDS 1 TD
  • WR Calvin Johnson 8 REC 77 YDS 0 TD

Hopefully, you came out on the good end of most of this Fantasy news.

Come back next week, when we share our takes on the Week 4 Game Recaps!

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Matt Modica enjoyed a decade-long career on Wall St. and then embarked on a second career in film production, while living in Los Angeles and Hawaii. Matt is currently the author of the 2015 Starting Pitching Index at CTMbaseball.com and he's a high stakes Fantasy enthusiast.
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