NFL Early Games Recap

Was today Jake Locker's coming out party? [NFL Early Games Recap]

9/22/13 in NFL   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Blog Photo - NFL Early Games RecapThe early games today in Week 3 weren't quite as nuts as the previous week, but there were some fantastic finish and the usual NFL weirdness, because this league can't make sense for more than 5 minutes at a time. We'll start with what is so far the high point is a much maligned quarterback's career.

Tennessee 20, San Diego 17 Jake Locker has in many ways been considered the main hindrance to a successful Titans team. With the game on the line today though, he was anything but. Locker led the Titans to a game winning 94 yard touchdown drive with no timeouts. The game winning score came with 15 seconds left. San Diego tried a bizarre and hilarious final play, but to no avail. Tennessee improves to 2-1, look like a contender, and suddenly may not be as deficient at quarterback as once thought.

Cincinnati 34, Green Bay 30 When the Bengals scored on their opening drive, the Packers fumbled the ensuing kickoff, and the Bengals converted to go up 14-0, it looked like a disaster for Green Bay. When the Packers scored the next 30 points, it looked like the early issues had been resolved. When James Starks went out with an injury, no problem, because hey it's Franklin. Johnathan Franklin that is. Franklin looked great in his first action, until he fumbled late in the game, and the Bengals took it back for a touchdown that gave them that 34-30 lead. The Packers couldn't respond, and Cincinnati moves to 2-1 having scored the last 20 points of this game. Green Bay is now 1-2 with a really tough schedule ahead. Damn it.

Cleveland 31, Minnesota 27 All Hail Brian Hoyer. After what everyone assumed was a season tanking set of moves by the Browns, they go ahead and win today. Hoyer went 30/54 for 321 yards and 3 touchdowns (and 3 picks). The Browns scored on a fake field goal. Hoyer led Cleveland to the game winning drive that culminated in a 7 yard touchdown to Jordan Cameron with 51 seconds left.

Detroit 27, Washington 20 Washington's season on offense in a nutshell: RGIII throws a perfect deep ball for what looks like the game tying touchdown...but Aldrick Robinson let the ball hit the ground, so no catch. At least this time Washington scored an offensive touchdown in the first half (a 30 yard Alfred Morris run). Again though it wasn't enough, and the Lions win in Washington (and Landover) for the first time after 21 straight losses.

Baltimore 30, Houston 9 The Ravens led 17-9 at the half on the strength of a interception return and a punt return for a touchdown. The offense finally put some points on the board in the second half, but the defense was the star, keeping the Texans out of the end zone all day. Houston actually outgained Baltimore 264-236, but going 3-12 on third downs didn't help.

New England 23, Tampa Bay 3 Josh Freeman today: 19/41, 236 yards, 0 TD, 1 INT. The Patriots offense continue to show its issues aren't fixed, but given their competition, it didn't really matter.

Carolina 38, N.Y. Giants 0 Here is a visual representation of the Giants right now.

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New Orleans 31, Arizona 7 Jimmy Graham was unblockable (9 catches, 134 yards, 2 TD). Most of the Cardinals were.

Dallas 31, St. Louis 7 The Cowboys led 17-0 at the half and 24-0 shortly into the third quarter. The Rams averaged 2.9 yards per rush. Rushing isn't as big a deal as it used to be, but I'm pretty sure that's still bad.

What are your thoughts so far on Week 3?
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9/22/13   |   orangemen90   |   5785 respect

Upsets everywhere again!!!