Week three in the NFL was a week for the underdogs as some of the top ranked teams went down, as the bottom half of the list prevailed.
The Colts, Bears, Saints, and Jets all notched their first win of the season during week three, while the Broncos, Steelers, Panthers, Bucs, Lions, Dolphins, Ravens and Raiders all gained their first losses on the year. But to say the very least: Week three in the NFL was a wild one.
32. Cleveland Browns (0-3, Last Week: 27)
What a way to make your first catch in the NFL 😱
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) September 24, 2017
Cleveland had probably the easiest game on their schedule in Indianapolis. Although it was close, they allowed a team that they’re capable of beating do too much offensively. Plus you probably aren’t having the best game if your rookie QB Deshone Kizer is throwing the ball 47 times. Jacoby Brissett rushed for two touchdowns and threw for one as the Browns fell to 0-3 on the year.
31. San Francisco 49ers (0-3, Last Week: 26)
Thursday Night ended in disappointment after the 49ers fell just short of beating their division foes in the Rams. Brian Hoyer had his best game so far this season after he bounced back from the first play INT, throwing for 332 yards and two touchdowns. There’s clearly room for improvement, regarding the defense gave up 41 points in one game.
30. Indianapolis Colts (1-2, Last Week: 30)
Jacoby Brissett had his best outing in the win against Cleveland. He threw a touchdown and ran two in during their 31-28 victory in Lucas Oil Stadium. Although they squeaked passed with a win, it was probably the easiest game on their schedule. Until Andrew Luck comes back, I don’t see much happening for the Colts.
29. New York Jets (1-2, Last Week: 32)
The Jets dominantly beat the Dolphins. Shutting them out until the final play of the game. The NYJ defense looked superb in the teams first victory of the season. Although that is mostly their only positive, it’s a positive nonetheless in arguably the worst overall roster in the league.
28. Cincinnati Bengals (0-3, Last Week: 29)
The Bengals nearly took down the Packers in their best game of the season no debate. They should’ve beaten the Pack within regulation but the defense allowed a Jordy Nelson touchdown with 14 seconds left in the fourth quarter. The film taken from this game should help the Bengals find their first win very soon, they can build a lot off of this game. This week they’ll get the Browns, in which result in a W for one of the few winless teams left.
27. Chicago Bears (1-2, Last Week: 31)
Taking down the Steelers in week three, the Bears gain their first win of the year, but still showed signs of a bad football team. Jordan Howard showed that he is the best player on the football team, rushing for 140 yards and two touchdowns, while also leading the team in receiving. After losing in the first two weeks, the Bears get their first win and look to turn their season around.
26. Los Angeles Chargers (0-3, Last Week: 23)
.@melviningram has wreaked HAVOC through three weeks.
— Los Angeles Chargers (@Chargers) September 25, 2017
L.A. got dominated by the Chiefs in week three. This is a team that could’ve easily been 2-0 going into this game, but after a few unlucky breaks, they sit at 0-3 in their first season as the L.A. Chargers.
25. Miami Dolphins (1-1, Last Week: 17)
The Dolphins looked atrocious in their loss to the Jets. Jay Ajayi ran for only 16 yards, that’s an enormous key in their loss. They were being shut-out 20-0 until a pass to Davante Parker with zeroes on the clock resulted in a last second touchdown. Miami now has New Orleans in their home opener as they avoid to go below .500 early in the season.
24. Arizona Cardinals (1-2, Last Week: 22)
Carson Palmer threw for 325 yards in the loss to Dallas. They just couldn’t punch the ball into the endzone, plus their defense couldn’t slow Ezekiel Elliot and Dak Prescott down on Arizona’s side of the field. The talented defense that is in Arizona once again has shown that they are no longer in the elite tear of defenses.
23. New Orleans Saints (1-2, Last Week: 28)
Drew Brees and the Saints notched their first win of 2017 in their week three affair in Charlotte. Their defense who has, by far, been the worst in the NFL over the last few seasons, stepped up against Cam Newton, picking him off three times and forcing back-up QB Derek Anderson into the game. Along with the defense, the Saints passing game was superb. Drew Brees threw 22/27 and threw three touchdowns.
22. Los Angeles Rams (2-1, Last Week: 18)
— Los Angeles Rams (@RamsNFL) September 25, 2017
The Rams looked as if they were dominating at first, then allowing Brian Hoyer and the 49ers offense to have a field day. But although the defense looked suspect, the Rams young offense stays hot, as Jared Goff threw 292 yards and three touchdowns off 22 completions.
21. New York Giants (0-3, Last Week: 18)
The offensive line of the Giants has been god awful thus far. With very little talent at running back, Eli Manning and Odell Beckham Jr. have been set up for failure this season. They lost a close one on Sunday in Philadelphia after being shut-out for three quarters, losing the game 27-24. Their schedule doesn’t get easier, as they travel to Tampa to take on the Buccaneers.