Upon Further Review - Week 3- Sept 24 2018

By: Nabeela Damji

Monday, September 24, 2018

Jets @ Browns

The Cleveland Browns are your SuperBowl Champions. 

Okay, they’re not even close, but after 635 winless days, it certainly felt like it for Browns fans.

Baker Mayfield replaced an injured Tyrod Taylor and showed everyone why the Brown selected him first overall. Cleveland, who got two 1-yard TD runs from Carlos Hyde beat the Jets 27-17 on Thursday Night. This was their first win since December 24th, 2016.

Cleveland trailed 14-0 at the half before Mayfield came in and led four scoring drives while going up against draft class buddy Sam Darnold. Mayfield finished 17 of 23 for 201 yards, and newly signed browns kicker Greg Joseph made 45 and 27-yard field goals before the ink on his contract had dried.

Isaiah Crowell had two touchdown runs for the Jets, and Darnold ended the game with his second loss in three starts. He completed 15 of 31 passes for 169 yards but threw two picks late in the fourth that proved costly.

Beers for everyone in Cleveland.


Bengals @ Panthers

In the battle of the kitty cats, the Panthers came out on top.

Cam Newton threw two TD passes, while Christian McCaffrey racked up a career-high 184 yards rushing in the Panthers 31-21 win over the Bengals.  Newton completed 15 of 24 passes for 150 yards and ran for 36 yards in the Panthers seventh straight home victory.

Last week, McCaffrey tied a franchise record with 14 receptions against the Falcons. This week, he became the first player in franchise history to post 100-yard receiving game and a 100-yard rushing game in back to back weeks. 

Andy Dalton was 29 of 46 with two touchdowns in the loss and was also intercepted four times in the loss, twice by Panthers rookie cornerback Donte Jackson. Tyler Boyd had a big game for the Bengals, with six catches for 132 yards and a score. Gio Bernard had 61 yards rushing on 12 carries and a TD.


Giants @ Texans

The Giants finally got into the win column. 

 The Texans.  Not so much.

 Good ol Eli Manning threw for 297 yards and two TD’s in the Giants 27-22 win over the still winless Texans.

The Giants, who had a 14-point lead after two quarters, had trouble moving the ball in the second half, with the Texans cutting the lead to five before Manning threw a 7-yard TD pass to Sterling Shepard with two minutes left.

Deshaun Watson threw a 4-yard pass to Lamar Miller with 1 second left to cut the lead to 27-22, but the Giants recovered the onside kick and it was game over. Watson threw for 285 yards and two TD’s in the loss for the Texans, who are off to their worst start since 2008 when they dropped their first four games.


Titans @ Jaguars

This game was sooooo eventful, guys.

Also, Marcus Mariota loves beating the Jaguars.   

The Titans beat the Jaguars with an amazing score of 9-6 on Sunday, for their third straight win in the series.  Mariota improved to 5-2 against the Jags, his most wins against any opponent. He completed 12 of 18 passes for 100 yards and for 51 more in the win.

The Jaguars, who were without running back Leonard Fournette, left tackle Cam Robinson and right guard A.J Cann, managed a less than stellar 232 yards and 12 first downs. The eight penalties didn’t help either.


49ers @ Chiefs


Patrick Mahomes. 

That is all. 

Okay, so I actually have to write about the game, so that’s not all, but whatever.


Mahomes threw three TD passes in the Chiefs 38-2 win over the 49ers on Sunday, keeping their record a squeaky clean 3-0-0. He finished with 314 yards passing in his first regular-season start at Arrowhead Stadium.

With TD passes to Chris Conley, Sammy Watkins, and Demetrius Harris, Mahomes broke the NFL record of 12 for most passing TD’s in the first three games of the season. Mahomes has 13 and passed a random guy named Tom Brady, and that dude in all those commercials who used to play football named Peyton Manning.

The Chiefs are the third team to score at lest 38 points in each of their first three games, joining the 2007 Pats and the 1967 Baltimore Colts.

49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo threw for 251 yards and two TD’s in the loss. He left late in the fourth quarter after his knee buckled during a scramble on the sideline.


Raiders @ Dolphins

So, the Dolphins are undefeated.  

And you’re a liar if you tell me you knew that was coming. You’re also a liar if you tell me you didn’t think the Raiders would be this bad.

Because they are.

By the end, the Dolphins were high fiving on their way to the end zone because who has time to wait to celebrate?

Albert Wilson and Jakeem Grant sprinted side by side like two peas in a pod for a clinching TD, as the Dolphins beat the Raiders 28-20 on Sunday.

Wilson threw a 52-yard TD pass to put Miami up in the fourth quarter and then hit another 74-yard TD that sealed the deal.

Raiders QB Derek Carr threw for 345 yards and was intercepted twice in the loss.

The Dolphins are 3-0 for the third time since 1998, while the Raiders are 0-3 for the first time since 2014 when they went 0-10.  They have blown a second-half lead in all three games this season.


Bills @ Vikings

27-6.   For the Bills.  The Bills won.  Against the Vikings.

Josh Allen’s three TD’s gave the 16 1/2-point underdog Bills their first tick in the win column on Sunday. Allen, the seventh overall pick in the draft, completed 15 of 22 passes for 196 yards. On the flipside, Allen took three sacks and fumbled three times, but the Bills were there to recover all of them.

Kirk Cousins had three turnovers and lost a fumble on a third-down sack inside Minnesota’s 20-yard line on each of his two possessions. Cousins finished 40 of 55 for 296  yards and was sacked four times.  The Bills had built a commanding 27-0 lead at the half in Minnesota, where the Vikings had won 10 of their last 11 games.  With running back Dalvin Cook inactive, the Vikings set a franchise record for fewest rushing attempts with six.

Colts @ Eagles

If anyone cares, Carson Wentz is back.

Wentz threw a TD pass on his first drive in nine months to give the Eagles a 20-16 win over the Colts on Sunday

 So that’ll do it.

Adam Vinatieri tied Morten Andersen’s career record of 565 field goals, but the Colts were unable to take advantage of the two turnovers by Wentz in the second half.

Wentz finished the game 25 of 27 for 255 yards, one TD and one pick. On the other side, Luck finished 25 of 40 for 164 yards and one TD.


Packers @ Redskins

On three, everyone feel bad for Clay Matthews…


*feels bad*


While the Packers were busy complaining about roughing-the-passer penalties, Adrian Peterson ran for 120 yards and had a pair of two-yard scores in the Redskins 31-17 win over Green Bay. Alex Smith threw two TD passes in the win.

Washington was up 28-10 at the half, with TD passes to Jamison Crowder, Paul Richardson and two to AP.  Peterson’s career total of 102 rushing TD’s broke a tie set by Marshall Faulk and Shaun Alexander and moved him to 7th place in NFL history.

Smith was 12 for 20 for 220 yards, but his streak of 156 consecutive passes without an interception (the longest active streak in the league) ended in the second quarter.


Aaron “Ironman” Rodgers finished 27 of 44 for 265 yards and two TD’s, one to Geronimo Allison, and the other to Davante Adams in the loss.  He was sacked four times.


Broncos @ Ravens

The Ravens handed the Broncos their first loss of the season with a 27-14 win at home on Sunday.

Joe Flacco went 25 of 40 without an interception for 277 yards and a TD, and the Ravens got 68 yards rushing from Alex Collins.  Javorious Allen caught a 12-yard TD pass, and Baltimore made 20 first downs, totaled 342 yards and converted half of its third down attempts.

Case Keenum was 22 of 34 doe 192 yards, and the Broncos were flagged 13 times for 120 yards.

Saints @ Falcons

If you didn’t scream “don’t run Drew you’re 40 years old you’re gonna die” at your TV, are you really a Saints fan?

Drew Brees’ 1-yard run capped an 80-yard TD drive that gave the Saints a 43-27 win over the Falcons. A 7-yard score late in the fourth forced the game into overtime.  He passed for 396 yards and three TD’s and ran for two scores.  Alvin Kamara, whose 3-yard TD was overturned, ended the game with 15 catches for 124 yards and ran for 66 yards.


With his 14th completed pass, a17-yard TD to Michael Thomas in the second quarter, Brees became the NFL’s career leader in completed passes, breaking the record of 6,300 career completions set by Brett Favre. Thomas had 10 catches for 129 yards.  His 38 catches are the most by an NFL player in his teams first three games to start a season.  His 28 catches through two games were also a record.

Falcons QB Matt Ryan had his first career game with five scoring passes, and Calvin Ridley became the first Falcon rookie with three scoring catches in the loss. Ryan’s five touchdown passes tied the team record set by Wade Wilson in 1992. Ryan passed for 347 yards in the loss.


Chargers @ Rams

It had been a while since two NFL teams based in Los Angeles played each other.

So long, Rams QB Jared Goff was about a month old when it happened. 

Goff passed for 354 yards and three TD’s as the Rams beat the Chargers 35-23 on Sunday.

Cory Littleton blocked a punt in the end zone, and Blake Countess recovered it for an early TD for the Rams, who racked up 521 yards and are one of four unbeaten teams in the NFL this season.  Robert Woods caught two TD passes from Goff, and Cooper Kupp (wicked name yo) made a 53-yard scoring catch.

In the loss, Philip Rivers passed for 226 yards and had two TD passes to Mike Williams.


Bears @ Cardinals

The Bears are at the top of the NFC North, and the Cardinals are winless this season. 


This is real life.


Cody Parker’s third field goal of the game lifted the Bears to a 16-14 win over the Cardinals on Sunday. In the second half, the Bears forced turnovers on four consecutive Arizona possessions.

Sam Bradford threw two first-quarter TD passes to give the Cards a 14-0 lead, but after fumbling the ball late in the game, was replaced by rookie Josh Rosen.

The Bears intercepted three passes and recovered one fumble in the win.  Khalil Mack had two sacks, a tackle for a loss, a forced fumble and three QB hits.  

Cowboys @ Seahawks

With a 24-13 win over the Cowboys, it’s safe to say the Seahawks Bandwagon is open for business folks.

Russell Wilson threw Three TD passes in the first half alone, and Chris Carson added a 5-yard TD run early in the fourth to help Seattle win their 10th straight home opener.  

Dak Prescott was intercepted twice by Earl Thomas, and sacked five times, while Dallas had just 58 yards passing heading into the fourth quarter. Prescott finished 19 of 34 for 168 yards in the loss. Ezekiel Elliott had 127 yards on 16 carries.

Wilson was 16 of 26 for 192 yards and after being sacked a total of 12 times in the first two games, was sacked twice by a defense that was second in the league in sacks.  I’ve said sacks way too many times.


Patriots @ Lions

 I see you, Matt Patricia.

 Patricia and the Lions defeated the Patriots (yeah, you read that correctly) 26-10 on Sunday night. 

Lions rookie running back Kerryon Johnson had 101 yards rushing n 16 carries, becoming the first player to reach that mark for the Lions since Reggie Bush ran for 117 yards against the Packers in 2013. The Lions 70-game stretch without a 1---yard rusher was the longest since the NFL-AFL merger.

Tom Brady almost completed the comeback, pulling the Pats to within three with a 10-yard TD pass to James White early in the third.  That was as close as the Lions would let them get. Matthew Stafford responded with a 33-yard TD pass, and Darius Slay picked off Brady’s pass at the Detriot 15 in the fourth to seal the win.


Stafford was 27 of 36 for 262 yards, two TD’s and an interception. Brady was 12 of 24 for 113 yards with a TD and interception.  Belichick is 14-9 against former assistant coaches.