THE NFL STORY: WEEK #3
So Pittsburgh, Minnesota, Washington, and the NY Giants are all 0-3. Okay, NOW your fans can panic.
KANSAS CITY (3-0) 26
Philadelphia (1-2) 16
THE STATS: Andy Reid 3-0 start with Chiefs.
THE STORY: I know they don't actually have this award, but if they did, to whom would you give a "Comeback Coach of the Year" award?
San Diego (1-2) 17
TENNESSEE (2-1) 20
THE STATS: Tennessee QB Jake Locker 23-37-299-0-1 TD, 96.6 rating.
THE STORY: Neither team stands much chance in very difficult divisions of a very difficult conference.
CLEVELAND (1-2) 31
Minnesota (0-3) 27
THE STATS: Cleveland QB Brian Hoyer 30-54-321-3-3 TD, 68.5 rating in 2nd NFL start.
THE STORY: True fact: With only 5 NFC teams having a winning record, Minnesota's 0-3 record leaves them only 1 game out of a wild card berth at this point.
Tampa Bay (0-3) 3
NEW ENGLAND (3-0) 23
THE STATS: Tampa Bay QB Josh Freeman 43-94-571-3-2 TD, 59.3 rating over first 3 games.
THE STORY: After a poor start, the Buccaneers have benched Josh Freeman. Time to add Mike Glennon (rookie, North Carolina State) to
your fantasy roster.
Houston (2-1) 9
BALTIMORE (2-1) 30
THE STATS: Houston triple threat: Arian Foster 54 yards rushing, Andre Johnson 36 yards receiving; Matt Schaub 194 yards passing.
THE STORY: Ravens defense hasn't allowed a touchdown since opening week 49-27 loss to Denver.
St. Louis (1-2) 7
DALLAS (2-1) 31
THE STATS: Dallas RB DeMarco Murray 26-175-1 TD.
THE STORY: Dallas is the only NFC East team to win a game in the past two weeks.
Arizona (1-2) 7
NEW ORLEANS (3-0) 31
THE STATS: New Orleans TE Jimmy Graham 9-15-134-2 TD.
THE STORY: Saints have started 3-0, virtually wiping out the memory of last year's 7-9 clunker in the wake of the NFL suspensions. This makes 2012 a lost year for the Saints. Kinda like when Bobby was killed off for a year on Dallas. Or every year that Lance Armstrong won the Tour de France.
DETROIT (2-1) 27
Washington (0-3) 20
THE STATS: Detroit 2 receivers with 100+ yards (Nate Burleson (6-116); Calvin Johnson 7-115-1 TD).
THE STORY: NFC East now an NFL-worst 3-9 on the season.
Green Bay (1-2) 30
CINCINNATI (2-1) 34
THE STATS: Teams evenly split 8 turnovers.
THE STORY: This is how Cincinnati won the game, according to the official boxscore, the final score coming with 3:47 remaining: "Johnathan Franklin rushed to the right for no gain. Johnathan Franklin fumbled. Reggie Nelson recovered fumble and returned for 6 yards. Reggie Nelson fumbled. Terence Newman recovered fumble and returned for 58 yards."
NY Giants (0-3) 0
CAROLINA (1-2) 38
THE STATS: NY Giants offense: 10 first downs, 150 total yards, Eli Manning sacked 7 times.
THE STORY: The Manning with the worst record at Thanksgiving has to do the dishes. Eli is already shopping for the Dawn.
Atlanta (1-2) 23
MIAMI (3-0) 27
THE STATS: Miami trailed in time of possession 37:09 to 22:51, and led for only 38 seconds.
THE STORY: If I had told you that one of these teams would start 3-0, and one would start at 1-2....
INDIANAPOLIS (2-1) 27
San Francisco(1-2) 7
THE STATS: Indianapolis just 1 penalty, 1 sack given up, 0 turnovers.
THE STORY: Giving up 15 more points per game than you score. Is this any way to get back to the Super Bowl?
Jacksonville (0-3) 17
SEATTLE (3-0) 45
THE STATS: Seattle TE Zack Miller 2-5-2 TDs.
THE STORY: Turns out that the 19.5 point spread wasn't enough.
Buffalo (1-2) 20
NY JETS (2-1) 27
THE STATS: NY Jets 20 penalties for 168 yards.
THE STORY: The Jets had so many penalties, its a wonder that they didn't get sanctioned by the NCAA.
CHICAGO (3-0) 40
Pittsburgh (0-3) 23
THE STATS: Chicago defense INT for TD, fumble return for TD.
THE STORY: Chicago was the only NFC team to beat an AFC team (AFC wins the weekend (1-6).
Oakland (1-2) 21
DENVER (3-0) 37
THE STATS: Denver 31 first downs to 13 for Oakland.
THE STORY: Peyton Manning has thrown for only 5 TDs since his opening week 7 TDs. Time to sell him in fantasy.
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