40 things we learned in Week 3 of the 2016 NFL season

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40 things we learned in Week 3

The 40 things we learned from Week 3

1. You just can’t make up the Cleveland Browns. Stay strong, Dawg Pound. Or consider therapy.

2. Odell Beckham Jr. had another sideline meltdown. And almost another one in the locker room. Yep, this Josh Norman guy really knows how to get inside his helmet.

3. And this was on a day Beckham actually got the best of Norman. Thanks to ESPN Stats for this: Norman lined up across Beckham on 53 of Giants' 61 offensive plays. On those plays, Beckham had six receptions for 107 yards on nine targets.

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4. Carson Wentz and the Philadelphia Eagles beat the Pittsburgh Steelers. Badly. Wow. Guess it really is Wentzylvania.

5. Nothing like a little Detroit Lions defense for Aaron Rodgers to silence the critics.

6. That is the best we have seen Bills RB LeSean McCoy run since he left Philly.

7. Debate question No. 1 for presidential candidates on Monday night (if you're watching them instead of the Falcons and Saints): What constitutes a catch in the NFL?

8. Because once again we will hear from NFL refs guru Dean Blandino this week trying to explain calls.

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9. Everyone saw the end-zone interception in the third quarter by the Redskins. Except the NFL. They called it incomplete.

10. And there was the “touchdown catch” by Allen Robinson of the Jaguars. Everybody, including the refs, knew he didn’t complete the catch as he rules are stated. So, of course, it was overruled and Jacksonville was awarded a touchdown.

11. Blandino will come on state-owned TV (NFL Network) and try to convince us the league knows what it is doing in this area. And all we will think is, "C’mon, Dean, you’re calling heads or tails, aren’t you?"

12. We tried to tell you before the season the Eagles and Vikings would be the last undefeated teams in the NFC. OK, maybe we didn’t.

13. By the way, short memo to all the owners who passed on Mike Zimmer as a head coach: You messed up.

14. The Miami Dolphins observed a moment of silence to honor Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez, killed in a boating accident. As we all did. Sad.

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15. Thursday flashback: The live-stream on Twitter is much cooler than we thought it would be. (We would say more but had to keep this under 140 characters).

16. If you'd never heard of Tevin Coleman, he showed Monday night why you better pay attention to him (and the Falcons).

17. To all the Jets players who whined they wanted Ryan Fitzpatrick and not Geno Smith: Guess you now have some turnovers to go with your whine.

18. Fitzpatrick, by the way, gave new meaning to pick six, both throwing one and for being intercepted that many times.

19. If you didn’t see the one-handed interception by Patrick Peterson in the first half against the Bills, please do so now. We will wait for you to get back.

20. No, Bill Belichick does not walk on water. But we think it’s only because he chooses not to do it.

21. So that is the RB the Cowboys thought they were getting when they drafted Ezekiel Elliott.

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22. At one point Sunday: Cardinals had two fewer punts (5) than yards (7).

23. The Browns are letting Terrelle Pryor do everything. Quarterback. Receiver. Safety. We can’t wait for Cleveland's bye week. We are going to let him write the “40 things.” Hey, we need a bye week, too.

24. The haters gonna hate on Cam Newton after that performance. And we’re not going to defend him. He needs to play better than that.

25. The Rams scored a touchdown! The Rams scored a touchdown! And then they just kept on scoring. Wow.

26. The football gods were so shocked by the Rams’ offensive explosion they sent a lightning storm with two minutes to go so they could catch their breath.

27. The Broncos picked up five first downs on Bengals penalties. Some things never change.

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28. Andrew Siciliano of the Red Zone Channel had a great line after the Browns’ first possession: “It lacked everything but circus music.”

29. Rex Ryan. Coach of the Year. Just ask him.

30. For some reason, the Steelers just can’t live with success. Everybody builds them up, calls Big Ben the MVP … and then they lay an egg in Philly.

31. Ravens kicker Justin Tucker nailed his 13th career go-ahead field goal in the fourth quarter or overtime, most in the last five seasons.

32. Kansas City Chiefs CB Marcus Peters now has 13 interceptions in his first 21 games. Darrelle Revis and Deion Sanders had six apiece, for comparison.

33. Vikings defense. Eight sacks against Panthers. The most underrated unit in the NFL.

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34. The fact the Seahawks have to give weekly injury updates on QB Russell Wilson is not a good sign. Just sayin’.

35. Is Marcus Mariota regressing or is that just us thinking that?

36. Well after missing three field goals, you would think Cody Parkey’s stay in Cleveland will be short. Or he will be the starting QB next week. One or the other.

37. After an impressive start, the Bucs have reverted to playing like, well, the Bucs.

38. It’s another painful loss for the Chargers but, boy, did the Colts need that win Sunday.

39. Kirk Cousins is not very good at this clock management thing at the end of halves, is he?

40. Has Ryan Fitzpatrick thrown another interception yet?

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