In the NFL, nothing always goes according to plan.
Teams pegged by Las Vegas as heavy favorites found themselves on the losing end of scores in Week 3. While upsets are the norm in professional sports, Sunday’s scores were far more surprising than the usual. Here they are—the most-shocking results of the early afternoon.
3. Tennessee Titans 44, Detroit Lions 41
In what turned out to be the most exciting game of the year thus far, Tennessee earned their first regular-season win against a stacked Lions team. No one in their right mind picked Chris Johnson to outperform Calvin Johnson. He didn’t, but despite CJ rushing for just 24 yards, the Titans still came away with the W.
And that only makes their victory more incredible.
Tennessee scored on four plays of 60 yards or longer (an NFL record) to stun their former defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz in a wild shootout.
2. Kansas City Chiefs 27, New Orleans Saints 24
OK, New Orleans ran into a few hot teams to start the season. There was no way the Saints would fall to 0-3 on Sunday. Not on Drew Brees’ watch.
So much for that.
Jamaal Charles went off for 288 yards of total offense. Brees tossed three touchdowns (Matt Cassel didn’t get one), but Ryan Succop’s six field goals, including the game-winner in overtime, made the difference.
1. Minnesota Vikings 24, San Francisco 49ers 13
After edging out two NFC title contenders in the Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions, the lowly Vikings projected to be a cakewalk for the 49ers.
San Francisco, who was beginning to emerge as not only an NFC powerhouse, but a Super Bowl favorite, played sloppy all afternoon. Alex Smith and Frank Gore turned the ball over a total of three times and second-year pro Christian Ponder took advantage of their gaffes. Ponder threw for two scores and rushed for one more, picking apart a once-seemingly unstoppable 49ers defense.
David Daniels is a featured columnist at Bleacher Report and a syndicated writer.