NFL Week 3: Winners and Losers

Week 3 is officially in the books. Only the Atlanta Falcons and Kansas City Chiefs remain unbeaten on the year.

Teams such as the Cleveland Browns, Cincinnati Bengals, New York Giants, Los Angeles Chargers and San Francisco 49ers are all in search of their first wins.

Let’s continue to break down the three major winners and losers for week 3.


Sean McVay, Jared Goff and the Los Angeles Rams offense

“Greatest show on turf part 2?”

The Rams are new head coach and offensive guru Sean McVay have proven to be an offensive machine through the first three weeks. The Rams are off to a 2-1 start and have scored 46, 20, and 41 points. Not too bad for a rookie head coach and a second year quarterback with 10 career starts.

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Goff completed 22-for-28 passes for 292 yards and three touchdowns in the Thursday night win. Todd Gurley proved to be a workhorse getting 113 yards on the ground with two touchdowns. Gurley added 5 receptions for 36 yards and another scorer to his already impressive game.

The Rams have proved to be a legit factor through the first three weeks of the season. For more reading on Jared Goff click here.

Houston Texans: 

Yes, the Texans lost to the Patriots in Foxborough and are now 1-2 on the year but all is not bad. The Texans finally have found a quarterback.

During Bill O’Brien four year tenure, the Texans have started Case Keenum, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Brandon Weeden, Ryan Mallet, TJ Yates, Brian Hoyer, Brock Osweiler, Tom Savage and Deshaun Watson.

Photo: Matt West

Watson looks to be the guy to finally bring stability to the position.  Watson went point for point with Tom Brady in new England. Yes, Watson made some rookie mistakes (3rd career game) but he put his team in position to win the football game.

Watson completed 22 of 33 passes for 301 yards and two touchdowns with 2 interceptions. Watson carried the ball 8 times for 41 yards. Texans fans should be excited for whats to come of Watson potential.

Jake Elliot

61 yard field goal as time expires in just your second ever NFL game? The incredible kicked warranted Elliot to be carried off the field by is teammates and to warrant a spot on the list this week.

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Elliot was recently released from the Bengals practice squad and was signed by the Eagles after Caleb Sturgis had a groin injury and was forced to miss time. Now it looks as if Sturgis will be out of the job. No way Philadelphia can replace Elliot now.


New York Giants

Talk about heartbreak and seeing your season vanish after three games. A season filled with playoff expectations and the Giants may already be done after 3 games. The Giants are winless while every other team in the division is 2-1.

The Giants offense and the coaching was a joke through the first three quarters. Ben McAdoo made dumb decision after dumb decision. The Giants were saved by two incredible Odell Beckham touchdowns in the beginning of the 4th quarter. They then took the lead with a little over 7 minutes remaining in the fourth quarter when Sterling Sheppard had a 77 yard touchdown catch and run.


Photo: Tim Hawk 

The Eagles tied the game four plays later. The two teams traded field goals afterwards to leave the score at 24-24 with 51 seconds on the clock.

How a team losses a game in regulation without a turnover during a tie game with the ball with 51 seconds on the clock and a first down is unreal. Yet, that’s what the Giants did. A dumb penalty by right guard John Jerry negated a big gain on first down. Second down Shane Vereen inexcusably ran out of bounds on a 4 yard gain to lead to 3rd and 16. Evan Engram than got 14 yards back on third down but was short of the marker. Brad Wing shanks a punt for 25 yards and the Eagles get the ball on their 40.

A sideline toss from Wentz to Jeffery put the Eagles in position for Elliot’s 61 yarder. Just like that the season ended. Everything that could have went wrong for Giants in the final minute did.

Raiders Offense:

The Raiders looked completely out of sort and over matched by the Redskins defense Sunday night. The Raiders had three turnovers (a fumble and two interceptions from Derek Carr), 118 passing yards and only 32 rushing yards. Nothing they did was right.  Carr had a QB rating of 3.5 on the night and only averaged 3.8 yards per attempt. This was one of the worst performances by the Raiders in a while.

Joe Flacco and Ravens offense: 

Speaking of terrible offensive performance, the Ravens were better off not even showing up for their London game vs the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jaguars were considered for the “winners” section so we’ll give them credit here. A 2-1 start has given hope to the fan base and the defense looks pretty legit.

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Photo: Matthew Lewis

The Ravens though were just awful. The final score of 44-7 probably should have been worse. Joe Flacco was 8-for-18 passing for 28 yards. 28 YARDS! The running backs sucked too. Don’t be fooled by the final rushing numbers. That came in compete garbage time. The Ravens were dismantled in London in what was likely a long flight home. Joe Flacco looked far from Elite this past week.

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