Top three NFL Week 3 surprises
The Browns began their tank of the 2013 season when they decided to trade Trent Richardson to the Colts for a first round draft pick and start Brian Hoyer at quarterback. Apparently, Hoyer didn't get the message. Making just his second career start, the third stringer threw for 321 yards and three touchdowns, leading the Browns to an improbable 31-27 victory in Minnesota. With a lack of a rushing game, the Browns turned to Hoyer to carry them Sunday and that's exactly what he did. For the Vikings, it has been the worst three weeks possible to start the season and Christian Ponder is still a huge question mark for this team. The Vikings will have a must win game next week and luckily they get the Steelers, who have played even worse than them. We could see Matt Cassel take over at QB sooner rather than later. For the Browns, it'll be shocking if Hoyer leads the offense to many more wins this season, and they have to the Bengals next week. Browns ownership likely won't be too mad if Hoyer plays like a third stringer so they can "tank for Teddy."
2. Panthers destroy winless Giants 38-0
The Giants were in dire need of a win Sunday down in Charlotte after losing their first two games. The Panthers didn’t show Big Blue any sympathy as they trounced Tom Coughlin’s squad in dominant fashion, shutting them out, 38-0. It was an embarrassing loss for the Giants in what has been a disastrous start to the 2013 season. Eli Manning has looked bad, but the Giants offensive line didn’t make the trip to the dirty south. The line provided no help to Manning, allowing him on the ground all day long. The defense wasn’t much better either, giving up 402 total yards in a game that puts the Giants in a tough spot with holes all over the field. Someone is going to have to kick this team in the rear in practice after the worst game in the Coughlin era. The road doesn’t get much easier for Big Blue as they have to head to Kansas City to face Andy Reid and the 3-0 Chiefs.
3. Colts hand Kaepernick first home loss as starter
The 49ers sure don’t look like the team that made the Super Bowl last year. Colin Kaepernick doesn’t look like the same elusive quarterback that had people calling him a top five QB. Sunday, the Colts stomped all over the 49ers in their own building. Kaepernick suffered his first home loss since taking over as the starter last season. The Colts defense was terrific against the pass, holding Kaepernick to just 150 yards and an interception. This Colts team has looked pretty good in their 2-1 start, and now they have the dynamic duo of Trent Richardson and Ahmad Bradshaw in the backfield, which makes Andrew Luck that much more dangerous. The Colts look like a playoff team, but right now it’s hard to say the same for the 49ers. That’s why they play 16 folks.