After a week of diversion, here are the thoughts of Week 3

Eduardo Harari
BarnBurner Sports Writer


Monday, September 23, 2019

TORONTO. - With the Antonio Brown saga culminating with his statement of his departure from the NFL, we can now get to the business of the game.

Giants 32 - Buccaneers 31

A new era of Daniel Jones has the Giants fans shouting of the roof tops again after the departure of Eli Manning. Jones made his first start and quickly showed his easy moving demener as he stepped in an out of the pocket. He truly maneuvered his offensive line to a great comeback win over Tampa and showed why he is nick name is Danny Dimes.

Chiefs 33 - Ravens 28

Patrick Mahomes led another explosive attack, in which the Chiefs (3-0) scored 23 straight points to take a lead they would hang onto late. He had a 374-yard passing day giving him 1,195 in 3 games -- on pace for an unreal 6,373 yards. With the performance, he has passed HoF Kurt Warner for the most 300-plus passing yards in a QB's first 20 games with 13.

Patriots 30 - Jets 14

Brady threw two touchdowns to give him 524 for his career, untying him with the injured Drew Brees for the second-most career TD passes.

A first-place showdown against fellow undefeated Buffalo awaits in Week 4. 

Texans 27 - Chargers 20

Deshaun Watson is a true illusionist like Harry Houdini, David Copperfield and Evil Kenevil. The Texans playmaker escaped pressure with magical ease and fearless abandon time and again, repeatedly finding pass-catchers downfield.

Watson spread the ball around with ease, getting a chunk of gains, completing 73.5 percent of 34 attempts for 351 yards and three TDs.

Vikings 34 - Raiders 14

Dalvin Cook dazzled the fans again. Leading the league in rushing entering Week 3, Cook rushed for his third consecutive 100-yard game to start the season as he led the Vikings past the Raiders.

Cook sparkled for Minnesota (2-1) with 16 carries for 110 yards and a 1-yard second-quarter score as he spent much of the final quarter on the sideline in a blowout victory with a smile on.

Lions 27 - Eagles 24

This sunday's road win didn't come easy, although Detroit led for half. The Eagles had two opportunities in the final three minutes, but the Lions D didn't allow a first down on either drive. 

Colts 27 - Falcons 24

Everything went right for the Colts (2-1) in the first half and it was enough to hold on for the win. Frank Reich designed an impressive game plan and Jacoby Brissett executed it perfectly.

Brissett finished the game with a 28-for-37 day with 310 yards and two touchdowns. And after three weeks, Brissett put his name among legends like Manning and Unitas as the only Colts with a 115-plus passer rating in two of the first three weeks of the season.

Cowboys 31 - Dolphins 6

Dak Prescott did what he needed to do to lead the Cowboys to their first 3-0 start since 2008. Prescott (19-of-32, 246 yards, three TDs, one interception) completed just 59.4 percent of his passes against the league's worst defense, his lowest since Week 3 of last season.

Panthers 38 - Cardinals 20

Kyle Allen has more TDs in one game than Cam Newton has had in his last four regular season starts. Allen's stat line (19-of-26, 261 yards, 4 TDs, 144.4 passer rating) really turned heads.

Despite the 1-2 start, the Panthers' defense has been mostly solid in 2019. 

49ers 24 - Steelers 20

The offense finally showed up after the first half with two rushing touchdowns from Jeff Wilson then Jimmy Garoppolo found Dante Pettis in traffic to take the lead again in the fourth quarter. With 1:15 left in the game, the defensive line created a lot of pressure to stop the Steelers' offense on their final drive to seal the game. The Niner go into Week 4 undefeated for the first time since 1998.

Bills 21 - Bengals 17

The Bills' winning formula might not be pretty under Sean McDermott. Buffalo has scored just 66 points through three games, yet is 3-0 on the strength of its defense and Josh Allen's playmaking. He finished the day with 23 completions, 243 yards, 1 TD and 1 interception.

Packers 27 - Broncos 16

 Aaron Rodgers was forced to make a number of throws on the move and completed just 17 of his 29 attempts for 235 yards and a TD but he made the most of his chances; his connection with receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling (six catches, 99 yards), particularly, on a 40-yard TD bomb on the opening drive, proved deadly in the long run.

Saints 33 - Seahawks 27

The Saints (2-1) don't let down. Playing their fourth game since 2006 without Drew Brees, walked into Seattle and reaffirmed why they're still an NFC contender.

Teddy Bridgewater, made his second start since 2015, played a smart game more than anything. The veteran fired quickly and accurately (19 of 27, two TDs, no INTs) while throwing for only 177 yards.