NFL Week 3 winners and losers
Week 3 winners
Marshawn Lynch: Yet again, the man known as "Beast Mode" came through at crunch time in CenturyLink Field. Lynch's 6-yard TD run in overtime prevented Peyton Manning from returning to the field and reprising his fourth-quarter heroics as the Seahawks beat the Broncos 26-20 in a Super Bowl rematch far superior to Super Bowl XLVIII.
Steelers defense: Stories of its demise may have been premature after Pittsburgh generated its first pair of turnovers in 2014 while posting three sacks and six quarterback hits in Carolina.
Nick Foles: After surviving a cheap shot from Redskins DL Chris Baker, who was ejected, the Eagles quarterback drove his team 76 yards for the go-ahead score in the fourth quarter while dragging what appeared to be an injured left arm. Philadelphia is 3-0 for the first time since 2004, the last year it reached the Super Bowl.
Giants offense: New York's 30 points exceeded its output from the first two weeks (28) while its 419 yards approached its output (538) entering the game. And the Texans are no slouches defensively, but they were gashed for a career-best 176 rushing yards by RB Rashad Jennings.
Bengals: Among the handful of 3-0 teams, Cincinnati has outscored its competition by an aggregate 47 points, easily the best figure in the league.
Philip Rivers: The Chargers quarterback has carried the Bolts past previously undefeated foes the past two weeks even though his running game has provided a scant 2.5-yard average over the last 74 attempts.
Ravens RBs: No. 1 back Ray Rice is a Raven no more. No. 2 back Bernard Pierce couldn't answer the bell Sunday due to a thigh injury. In stepped Lorenzo Taliaferro and Justin Forsett to combine for 154 rushing yards (at 5.3 yards a clip) while FB Kyle Juszczyk chipped in with 54 receiving yards, including a 9-yard TD. Give these players credit for on-field resilience while the off-field tempest around their bosses continues to rage.
Andrew Luck: The Colts quarterback passed for 370 yards and four TDs to help end the team's early season tailspin.
Knile Davis: No Jamaal Charles? No problem. Davis, his second-year understudy, galloped for 132 yards and a TD as the Chiefs cruised in Miami for their first win of 2014.
Dallas defense: Maligned for more than a year and seemingly due more derision as the Rams jumped to a 21-0 lead, the Cowboys took the ball away three times with LB Bruce Carter taking an Austin Davis INT 25 yards to pay dirt as Dallas roared back for a 34-31 triumph in St. Louis.
Tom Brady: With an assist from nose tackle turned defensive back Vince Wilfork, the Patriots star notched his 150th NFL victory a week after coach Bill Belichick earned his 200th.
Kirk Cousins: He wasn't perfect, but his 427 yards through the air led all Week 3 passers. The meter is officially running for the Redskins ... or Cousins' future NFL employer.
Week 3 losers
49er fortitude: For the second straight Sunday, they collapsed in the second half, this time picked apart by Cardinals backup QB Drew Stanton and undone by nine penalties for 107 yards.
Broncos offense: Since the start of the 2013 regular season, Denver has played 22 games, including postseason. Peyton Manning and Co. have averaged 35.6 points in the 20 games when they didn't face Seattle but have only 26 offensive points total in two games against the Seahawks.
Cam Newton: Worries about his offensive supporting cast resurfaced on a night he was battered by the Steelers in a game that quickly got away from the Panthers.
NFC Super Bowl aspirants east of Seattle: The Seahawks' escape was a blow to teams like the Saints, 49ers, Packers and others, who'd much rather host the champs in January than travel to the Emerald City.
Blidi Wreh-Wilson: On a play where he probably should've had a pick six, the Titans corner got beaten for an 18-yard TD ... caught by Bengals QB Andy Dalton.
Matt Cassel and Chad Henne: Injury (in Cassel's case) and ineffectiveness (in Henne's) could well mean these veteran quarterbacks have kissed away their final extended opportunities as NFL starters.
Blake Bortles: He may now be the man for the Jaguars ... but then again, have you seen his O-line? Don't be surprised if mental or physical shock therapy to Bortles forces Jacksonville to go back to Henne at some juncture.
Johnny Penalty: Browns rookie QB Johnny Manziel caught a pass from Brian Hoyer and raced 39 yards before whoofing after being pushed out of bounds by Ravens CB Jimmy Smith. One problem, Johnny ... it didn't count. Illegal shift on Cleveland, 5-yard penalty, re-play down.
Vikings CB Captain Munnerlyn: His suplex of Saints QB Drew Brees was gratuitous.
Lions LB Stephen Tulloch: He officially entered the Bill Gramatica Hall of Shame by injuring his knee during a post-sack celebration that knocked him out of Detroit's 19-7 win against Green Bay. (UPDATE: An MRI on Monday revealed Tulloch tore his ACL.)
Poor Packing: The Packers are now 0-2 on the road after another woeful showing in Detroit. The offense has been especially sorry, failing to protect QB Aaron Rodgers while allowing a safety and fumble return for a TD. "We scored seven, and we gave up nine with our offense. They didn't even need to score," lamented Rodgers.
Nate Freese: The Lions kicker missed another FG attempt — leaving the rookie 3-for-7 this season — adding blood in the water with veterans like Jay Feely and Connor Barth more than capable of stepping in. (UPDATE: The Lions signed former Eagle Alex Henery on Monday morning.)
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