NFL Scores Week 3: Most Surprising Results from Sunday's Action
Anything can happen in the NFL.
That proved to be true yet again in Week 3 of the 2013 season, as plenty of surprises took place across the league on Sunday. Whether it was a jaw-dropping finish that nobody expected or an elite team struggling to score, there was no shortage of excitement on the weekend slate.
That excitement should only continue into Sunday Night Football—a showdown between the Chicago Bears and Pittsburgh Steelers—and Monday Night Football, which features the Denver Broncos against the Oakland Raiders.
Let's take a look at the biggest surprises so far in Week 3.
|Tennessee 20, San Diego 17||Final|
|Cincinnati 34, Green Bay 30||Final|
|Dallas 31, St. Louis 7||Final|
|Cleveland 31, Minnesota 27||Final|
|New England 23, Tampa Bay 3||Final|
|New Orleans 31, Arizona 7||Final|
|Detroit 27, Washington 20||Final|
|Carolina 38, New York Giants 0||Final|
|Baltimore 30, Houston 9||Final|
|Kansas City 26, Philadelphia 16||Final|
|Miami 27, Atlanta 23||Final|
|New York Jets 27, Buffalo 20||Final|
|Indianapolis 27, San Francisco 7||Final|
|Seattle 45, Jacksonville 17||Final|
|Chicago 40, Pittsburgh 23||Final|
|Oakland at Denver (8:30 p.m. ET)||ESPN|
Jake Locker, Titans Execute Masterful Game-Winning TD Drive
Hypothetical situation: The NFL's best experts compile a list of quarterbacks they'd want with the ball with two minutes left and needing a touchdown. Where does Titans QB Jake Locker rank on that list? In the top 25, maybe?
So when Locker took over with 2:05 remaining, facing a 17-13 deficit against San Diego and the ball at his own 6-yard line, it's safe to say Tennessee was facing an improbable situation.
Is Jake Locker the answer at QB for Tennessee?
Then, the Titans went 94 yards—all through the air—and won the game with a touchdown pass to rookie Justin Hunter. It was his first career reception, and with 15 seconds remaining, it clinched the victory.
On the day, Locker finished with 299 yards—more than he tallied in his first two games combined—along with 68 yards on the ground. He's never looked more confident in the pocket and more accurate down the field, and his 62.2 completion percentage shows he was taking care of the ball as well.
The third-year quarterback has been facing the heat coming off a subpar 2012 campaign, and he is running out of time to win the fanbase over. Sunday's home opener should go a long way for the former first-round pick.
What QB Problems? Cleveland Browns' Brian Hoyer Dominates in Debut
Speaking of scorching quarterbacks who came into the weekend with low expectations, not much was expected of new Browns starter Brian Hoyer as he looked to bring stability to a long list of recent Cleveland QB failures.
But 322 yards, three touchdowns and a last-minute win later, Hoyer is being looked at quite differently after his team's 31-27 win over the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday.
Having just traded star running back Trent Richardson, the Browns went to the air early and often. Hoyer threw the ball 54 times and connected on 30, and the team carried the rock just 17 times. Hoyer also formed a new lethal combination with wide receiver Josh Gordon, who notched 146 yards on 10 catches and a score, and tight end Jordan Cameron, who caught three touchdowns.
The Browns were playing the now-0-3 Vikings, but if Cleveland's offensive attack can keep up like this, then who needs a running game?
New York Giants Shut Out Against Carolina, 38-0
Turnover problems have marred the New York Giants' first two games of the season, but their offense reached a new level of disgusting in a 38-0 mauling by the Carolina Panthers.
Eli Manning notched a 12-of-23 passing performance with just 119 yards through the air after two weeks of surpassing 350 yards. While he was able to carry the offense by way of 812 passing yards through the first two games, he was much less effective Sunday.
How many games will the G-Men win?
The always-contending Giants are now 0-3 on the season.
As ugly as the final score and stat line was, though, the Giants did show some level of improvement. After seven picks in the first two games, Manning was picked off just once Sunday. But heck, they'll take small victories where they can get them at this point.
Manning was sacked six times on the night, further putting down an offensive line that has played its part in the dysfunctional New York running game this season (60 team rushing yards in Sunday's loss).
Thing don't get much easier, as the Giants face a surprising 3-0 foe in the Kansas City Chiefs on the road next week. The season is young, but New York is headed in the wrong direction.
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