NFL week three: studs and duds

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Kirk Cousins didn’t win the game against Philadelphia, but he was impressive, nonetheless. Cousins went 30 for 48, with 427 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. Notching a QB rating of 103.4, Washington doesn’t look to be missing the gimpy Robert Griffin III.

When the high-powered Green Bay offense only scores seven points, you know the Lions defense is doing something right. Detroit entered the game with an injury-plagued secondary which still held Rodgers to only 162 yards passing. The Lions also scored on a 40-yard fumble recovery.

The Bengals dug deep into the playbook for Mohamed Sanu’s touchdown strike to Andy Dalton. A bit of trickery ensued as Dalton pitched the ball to Sanu and then drifted out into the flat for the cross-field pass reception.

Dalton became the first quarterback in Bengals history to catch a touchdown pass. And Sanu is no slouch, either. In his career, he’s 4-for-4 passing for 166 yards and two touchdowns.

Andrew Luck bounced back in a big way against the Jacksonville Jaguars. After a subpar week two performance, Luck responded with four touchdown passes and 370 yards passing. The Colts dominated the Jags in a lopsided 44-17 victory, their first of the season.


Chris Baker laid a cheap shot on QB Nick Foles following an interception in the Redskins/Eagles game and was subsequently ejected from the game. Foles was nowhere near the action when Baker blindsided him with a vicious hit. A brawl broke out on the sidelines between the two teams and the interception was actually overturned.

The New England Patriots offensive line struggled all day against the Oakland Raiders. Tom Brady was sacked twice and faced constant pressure, including a few tough knockdowns and rushed throws. They also couldn’t open holes for the running game against one of the NFL’s worst rush defenses. The Patriots gained just 64 yards on the ground.

Chad Henne’s days as the starting quarterback for the Jaguars are over. After trailing the Colts at the half by a score of 30-0, Henne was benched in favor of this year’s third overall pick, Blake Bortles.

Bortles finally got Jacksonville on the board in the second half, throwing two touchdowns, but also threw two picks. The Jags have already announced that Bortles will start against the Chargers, leaving Henne once again holding the clipboard.

After celebrating a sack of Aaron Rodgers, Stephen Tulloch discount double-checked his way to a season-ending injury. The linebacker tore his ACL after mocking Rodgers’ notorious celebratory move. Karma or just dumb luck?

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