The Rams remain unbeaten in week 3 after a convincing win over the Buccaneers. Meanwhile, Justin Tucker sets a new NFL record. The Vikings shock the Seahawks and Los Angeles Chargers put an exclamation mark on the Kansas City Chiefs.
The game of the week
Los Angeles Rams (3-0) – Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-1)
Result: 34:24 (0: 0, 14: 7, 17:10, 3: 7)
- Now the defending champion has also been hit! The Bucs lost again for the first time after ten wins, so that their chance for a perfect season is gone.
- The Rams, on the other hand, remain undefeated and have built an impressive streak: Since Sean McVay took over the team in 2017, the Rams are now 40-0 after taking a lead at break.
- A very good-humored Matthew Stafford (27/38, 343 YDS, 4 TD) took care of this with dive-down passes to Tyler Higbee and Cooper Kupp – Chris Godwin had briefly equalized with a 2-yard TD run.
- Stafford got 343 yards, 4 touchdowns and no intervention. He is only the third QB who has thrown 4 touchdowns and no interception in a start against Tom Brady. His predecessors are Drew Brees (2 times) and Alex Smith.
- The fact that it was 14: 7 at break was also due to the fact that kicker Ryan Succop missed a field goal attempt from 55 yards in the final seconds of the first half. Previously, the Bucs had bad luck that a long run by Giovani Bernard was called off as a result of a Brady fumble, because a forward fumble may not be carried forward in the final two minutes of a half if a player other than the one who lost the fumble, conquered him …
- Shortly after the break, the Rams began to pull away. They opened the second half with a 75-yard touchdown pass from Stafford to DeSean Jackson. And after Tom Brady shortened the gap again with his patented QB sneak touchdown, the Rams followed up with a second Kupp TD.
- Jackson has 26 touchdowns from at least 60 yards, building his own NFL record. Tom Brady, meanwhile, broke the 80,000-yard mark in the regular season in this encounter and is the second QB to have succeeded. The first was Drew Brees.
- Then the Rams Defense held apart from a Brady TD pass to Bernard 1:10 minutes before the end of the game. Then the Bucs tried an onside kick, but it landed on the opponent.
Tennessee Titans (3-0) – Indianapolis Colts (1-2)
Result: 25:16 (7: 0, 7:10, 0: 3, 11: 3)
- The Colts went into the offseason with high expectations. Carson Wentz was brought in as the new quarterback, and the team was already about to hand over their own first round pick. After three games this season, the situation is very different. The Colts have zero wins and three losses, and the next five games include the Ravens, the 49ers and again the Titans. Indy’s season is already in serious danger.
- Carson Wentz was able to play through the entire game despite two sprained ankles. Wentz, however, was visibly hurt, he almost only acted in the short passing game and left some opportunities for big plays, for example a touchdown on Michael Pittman. Ultimately, he finished the game with a completion percentage of just 52.8 percent and only 5.2 yards per pass attempt.
- Ryan Tannehill was finally able to enjoy better pass protection on the other side. With 32 dropbacks, the quarterback was only dropped once. The central element of the Titans offense, however, was once again the running game about Derrick Henry. This got 28 carries and ran for 113 yards.
- The receiver duo of Julio Jones and AJ Brown has not yet been able to make their mark on the season. Against the Colts this was also because Brown had to leave the game injured. Jones recorded only three catches, while the hosts’ lead receiver tonight was Nick Westbrook-Ikhine, who caught a touchdown but also fumbled.
New York Giants (0-3) – Atlanta Falcons (1-2)
Result: 14:17 (3: 0, 3: 7, 0: 0, 8:10)
- The Giants’ false start is perfect! After the dramatic defeat against Washington the previous week, New York had to admit defeat this Sunday as closely as possible: With the clock running out, kicker Younghoe Koo sank the decisive field goal at 14:14 from 40 yards away.
- The Giants’ undoing was again a very conservative decision by their head coach: In the second half, Joe Judge decided against playing the down or the field goal and for a fourth-and-four at the opposing 39-yard line the punt. Riley Dixon punted the ball 34 yards.
- However, the offense around Matt Ryan was still not completely convincing. On average, Ryan threw the ball just 4.1 yards over the line of scrimmage – so he practically only acted in the short passing game. Accordingly, Cordarrelle Patterson, who was used more as a receiving back in Atlanta, was also the leading receiver. He got 82 yards with seven targets.
- Kyle Pitts is still waiting for his breakout game in the NFL. The tight end came with three targets only on two catches for 35 yards. A tight end of the guests was even allowed to catch a touchdown pass from Ryan, but this was backup Lee Smith.
Kansas City Chiefs (1-2) – Los Angeles Chargers (2-1)
Result: 24:30 (0: 0, 3:14, 14: 0, 7:16)
- The chiefs have a negative balance! How rare is that? It is the first time in Patrick Mahomes’ not so young career that Kansas City has suffered more defeats than wins. Particularly bad: With their 1-2 balance sheet, the Chiefs are now in last place in their own division.
- Justin Herbert undoubtedly became the match winner for the Chargers. After a rather cautious start to the offense, Herbert turned it up more and more as the evening progressed. The Chargers quarterback hit narrow windows again and again and brought several spectacular balls – even though Los Angeles was primarily a short passing game.
- Mike Williams’ breakout season goes on and on. Williams recorded 122 of the Chargers’ 281 passing yards and caught two touchdowns, including the game-winning one in the last minute of the game. In return, the Chiefs got the ball again, but with only 32 seconds left on the clock, the hosts were no longer close to a touchdown. Mahomes’ last pass ended up in a third-and-ten at the opponent’s 49-yard line under pressure in nowhere.
- Overall, the Chiefs Offense didn’t seem as unstoppable as it often makes the impression. The Chargers relied on Man Coverage for a large part of the Snaps and caused problems for KC. The reigning AFC champion cut himself again and again: Tyreek Hill and Clyde Edwards-Helaire both lost the ball once in a fumble, and Mahomes threw two interceptions: The first time, Marcus Kemp let the pass slip through his fingers, Asante Samuel caught the ball spectacularly. The second time, Mahomes beat Travis Kelce and Alohi Gilman was there.
- After the end of the game, Andy Reid’s health worries of a different nature. The Chiefs head coach was apparently rushed to hospital after the match. The Chiefs players are said to have been told that Reid was not in serious danger, it was purely a precautionary measure. The team announced later on Sunday evening that Reid’s condition was stable.
Pittsburgh Steelers (1-2) – Cincinnati Bengals (2-1)
Result: 10:24 (0: 7, 7: 7, 0:10, 3: 0)
- It is officially time to start worrying about Ben Roethlisberger – if it wasn’t there before anyway. Against the Bengals, the quarterback threw an unbelievable 19 (!) Passes at running back Najee Harris, including a dump-off pass at fourth-and-10, which of course could be stopped well before the first down. Roethlisberger’s attempts to bring Chase Claypool into play. The first ten passes on the wideout resulted in just 29 receiving yards.
- Meanwhile, the Steelers’ running game remains a huge construction site. Harris was only allowed to run the ball 14 times against Cincinnati (Roethlisberger had 63 dropbacks) and was hardly successful. If you take away your longest run over 20 yards, Pittsburgh’s first round pick in 13 runs came to just 20 yards – significantly less than two yards per run.
- Without top performers like Tyson Alualu and TJ Watt, the guests’ defense could not put their stamp on the game as hoped. Joe Burrow was never sacked, and the Steelers didn’t even have a quarterback hit. Burrow ended up finishing the game with as many touchdown passes as there were incompletions – three each.
- Ja’Marr Chase made a really good debut in the NFL, which the rookie underlined once more in his third game. Chase recorded his number three and four touchdown passes. No player in the league had any more at this point. Also convincing: running back Joe Mixon, who came against the strong front of the Steelers to five yards per run.
Seattle Seahawks – Minnesota Vikings
- The Vikings defense held their ground and the offense did what it did in previous weeks: score a lot. This time it was even possible without the injured Dalvin Cook. He was replaced by Alexander Mattison, who did a good job (112 yards). Incidentally, the defense had to allow more than 400 yards, but they held on at the important moments. The ghost of the second half continues to haunt Seattle. They scored zero against the Vikings, six against the Titans last week and only seven against the Colts in week 1. There’s work to be done.
Green Bay Packers – San Francisco 49ers
- The 49ers were very close to a win, but leaving 37 seconds for Aaron Rodgers is very risky. He brought Mason Crosby 51 yards from the goalposts and he was able to capitalize on the opportunity at 27-28 deficit. Davante Adams was crucial in this catch-up race with two catches for 42 yards. Very neat considering the nasty hit he had to deal with in the fourth quarter.
Baltimore Ravens – Detroit Lions
- The Lions suffered a heartbreaking defeat at their own Ford Field against the Baltimore Ravens. With one minute left on the clock, the Lions took the lead with a field goal, but then Lamar Jackson was able to get his team to the halfway mark -after a 4th and 19 nota bene – to give Justin Tucker a chance to make history. The ball had to travel 66 yards to still win the Ravens. It would be the longest field goal in NFL history. The ball traveled through the air and landed on the crossbar… but bounced in anyway! A dramatic win for the Ravens and a day to remember for one of the greatest kickers in NFL history Justin Tucker.
Miami Dolphins – Las Vegas Raiders
Result: 28:31 (OT):
- The Las Vegas Raiders took overtime to put the Miami Dolphins aside. The Finnish, who forced a turnover for the 25th game in a row, kept pace with the undefeated Raiders the entire time. They even forced overtime with a 2-point conversion from Will Fuller. Even in overtime it was equal and both teams scored a field goal on their first attempt. Las Vegas got the ball back and Daniel Carlson was able to kick the decisive field goal between the posts with three seconds left on the clock. The Raiders remain unbeaten in the lead in the AFC West.
Arizona Cardinals – Jacksonville Jaguars
- The Arizona Cardinals are still undefeated in the NFL. They overcame the Jacksonville Jaguars in Florida, but had more trouble than they had previously thought. The play of the game came from the home team. Matt Prater tried to score a field goal from 68 yards, but came up short. Jamal Agnew caught the ball and ran all the way back to the Cardinals end zone to score the touchdown. A 109-yard field goal return; a Kick Six ! However, to no avail for the Jaguars. The Cardinals were the better team and Kyler Murray (28/34, 316 yards, INT, 19 rushing yards, 1 rushing TD) was the better quarterback and so it became a natural win for the Cardinals.
Washington Football Team – Buffalo Bills
- Josh Allen is back. He didn’t make his 2020 MVP form against the Pittsburgh Steelers and Miami Dolphins, but he did against the Washington Football Team. His final stat line was excellent: 32 completed passes from 43 attempts for 358 yards and four touchdowns. Allen was very mobile and as fast as water, which meant he couldn’t handle a single sack despite the strong Washington D-line. He kept one of Bill’s touchdowns to himself with a short rush. The Football Team never really got involved, except for a one-minute period with Bills leading 21–0. Antonio Gibsonran for 73 yards to a touchdown and a unique special teams carom led to another touchdown.
New Orleans Saints – New England Patriots
- Other than a tribute to the retired Julian Edelman at halftime, the Patriots fans had little to cheer about at Gillette Stadium. The visiting New Orleans Saints dominated the game from start to finish, taking a deserved and convincing win. Alvin Kamara was the big man for the Saints with 118 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown. With the Patriots, Mac Jones had remained clear in his first two games, but that changed against New Orleans. Jones threw three interceptions and never got any rhythm in his offense. A game to quickly forget for the Patriots. The Saints, on the other hand, are recovering after last week’s debacle against the Panthers.
Indianapolis Colts – Tennessee Titans
- Prior to the season, this was the game to look forward to in this division. However, with Carson Wentz in his current form and a sloppy Tennessee offense, the game missed a lot. Despite this, Derrick Henry was once again a joy to watch. He had 113 rushing yards and 31 receiving yards. With this he often kept the Titans on the field. Like last year, it shows how dependent Tennessee is on Henry. However, that is not a problem as long as he is just on the field.
Chicago Bears – Cleveland Browns
- Every NFL fan hoped the moment Justin Fields would take charge of the Chicago offense. That happened on Sunday against the Cleveland Browns. It turned out to be quite an anti-climax, however, as Fields finished the game with six completed passes out of 20 for just 68 yards. The rookie received no less than nine sacks, half of which came from Myles Garrett. At the Browns, Odell Beckham Jr. back. The injury-plagued receiver immediately accounted for 77 receiving yards from five caught balls.
New York Jets – Denver Broncos
- Is there still hope for the New York Jets? Against the Denver Broncos, rookie Zach Wilson and his cronies barely got anything done offensively. The Broncos got more than double the total yards of their opponents. Teddy Bridgewater didn’t even have to play great to keep an easy win at home. Wilson, for his part, again threw two interceptions. Dark clouds are gathering over the New York Jets season.