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NFL Week 3: Quarterbacks and replacements became Sunday heroes

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After another exhilarating weekend of NFL action we take a look at who starred in week three of the 2014 season.

Andrew Luck - Indianapolis Colts

It was only against the Jacksonville Jaguars but Andrew Luck's performance was something special. The Indianapolis Colts quarterback threw four touchdown passes as he clocked up 370 passing yards completing 31 out of 39 passes.

Those figures do not accurately reflect the dominance of Luck's performance however.
The final score was 17-44 to the Colts but by half-time the visitors were already 30 points ahead. Essentially, Luck eased off in the second half. Had he continued as he started the young quarterback would have likely finished up with 500+ yards.

Steve Smith Snr - Baltimore Ravens

New Raven Steve Smith is doing his best to prove the old adage that age is just a number. Heading into week three it already seemed that Steve Smith had supplanted Torrey Smith and the away trip to Cleveland simply served as the final nail in the coffin of Torrey Smith's career as a Ravens WR1.

Steve Smith finished the game with 101 yards off five receptions. That is over four times as many yards as Torrey Smith from only two more receptions.

Kirk Cousins - Washington Redskins & Nick Foles - Philadelphia Eagles

It seems only fair to put Cousins and Foles together as the pair of them turned in two scintillating performances in what was the most exciting game of the year so far.

Starting for the injured RGIII Cousins showed excellent pocket presence as he threw the ball 48 times, completed 30 putting up 427 yards, three touchdowns and just the one

Not to be outdone Nick Foles rose to the challenge throwing three touchdowns and 325 yards despite taking some monster hits from blitzing defenders.

Foles may have edged the battle in the end but it was a close run thing.

Rashad Jennings - New York Giants

The New York Giants offense struggled horribly for the first two weeks of the season but in week three there were signs of improvement as running back Rashad Jennings led
the Giants to a first win of the season.

Jennings rushed for 176 yards and one touchdown off 34 attempts. His performance might just have jump started the New York Giants season.

Jeremy Maclin - Philadelphia Eagles

Maclin finished the week three matchup against Washington with 154 yards and one touchdown off eight receptions. These yards were crucial in the Eagles narrow home win
over divisional rivals Washington.

Furthermore, getting these yards against DeSean Jackson's new team must have been especially pleasing as Philadelphia are counting on Maclin to replace the ex-Eagles wide receiver.

Knile Davis - Kansas City Chiefs

If your team is 0-2 and you find yourself replace its best rusher and best receiver then you need to deliver a top level performance. Knile Davis did just that rushing for 132
yards off 32 attempts for one touchdown at an average of 4.1 yards per carry.

Given Kansas City's paucity of top quality wide receivers you've got to wonder whether Andy Smith should follow the lead of Chip Kelly and, when the later is fit again, put
Davis and Jaamal Charles on the field at the same time.

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