NFL Scores Week 3: Analyzing Sunday's Most Shocking Results

Mike HoagCorrespondent IISeptember 23, 2013

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 22:  Andrew Luck #12 of the Indianapolis Colts celebrates after scoring in the fourth quarter against the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park on September 22, 2013 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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Week 3 in the NFL was one of the most exciting in recent memory. It’s hard to remember a weekend with as many high-scoring games and surprising results.

It also was the season's first group of blowouts, too. Seattle demolished Jacksonville as expected, but there were some other lopsided results that we truly didn’t expect.

The Indianapolis Colts hammered the San Francisco 49ers, although the game was closer than the final score indicated. In Carolina, though, there was nothing close nor misleading about the Panthers’ 38-0 shellacking of the New York Giants.

Below is a look at three of the most noteworthy blowouts from Week 3, as well as all of the scores from Sunday leading up to Monday Night Football.


Week 3 NFL Scores

Kansas City 26, Philadelphia 16

Seattle 45, Jacksonville 17

Indianapolis 27, San Francisco 7

New York Jets 27, Buffalo 20

Miami 27, Atlanta 23

Baltimore 30, Houston 9

Detroit 27, Washington 20

New Orleans 31, Arizona 7

New England 23, Tampa Bay 3

Cleveland 31, Minnesota 27

Tennessee 20, San Diego 17

Dallas 31, St. Louis 7

Green Bay 30, Cincinnati 34

Carolina 38, New York Giants 0

Chicago 40, Pittsburgh 23


Indianapolis 27, San Francisco 7

After the San Francisco 49ers were pummeled by Seattle last week, we knew there were problems brewing in the Bay Area. What we didn’t know, though, was whether or not their struggles were overblown by a dominant Seahawks team or if they was a legitimate reason to start worrying.

Commence worrying.

On Sunday, the 49ers were pounded on the ground by the Colts' tandem of Trent Richardson and Ahmad Bradshaw. Even Andrew Luck got in on the action by outrushing Colin Kaepernick, the more well-known mobile quarterback for San Francisco. The Colts punished the Niners at the line of scrimmage, allowing Bradshaw to dominate in the second half.

While the Niners were still in the game late, their inability to move the football eventually got the better of them. Kaepernick and the 49ers' young receivers couldn’t make up for the absence of Vernon Davis, as San Francisco was inept on offense. The Colts dominated the time of possession by nearly 13 minutes to eventually wear down and knock out the reeling 49ers' defense.


Baltimore 30, Houston 9

So much for the decline of the Baltimore Ravens’ defense. Since getting annihilated by Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos in Week 1, the Ravens have allowed a total of just five field goals to Cleveland and Houston in their next two games.

Baltimore's defense was the story of this one. Despite gaining just 246 yards in total offense, the Ravens easily routed the Houston Texans on their home field. Credit that to two touchdowns by Baltimore's defense and special teams.

Ravens linebacker Daryl Smith picked off Matt Houston quarterback Schaub and returned the errant throw for a 37-yard touchdown to put the Ravens ahead, 10-6. Minutes later, Tandon Doss’ 82-yard punt return put the Ravens up by 11 in the closing moments of the first half.

The Ravens pitched a second-half shutout for the second week in a row by holding the Texans to just 107 yards of total offense after halftime. That’s a big improvement from Week 1 when Manning and the Broncos unleashed a blitzkrieg of offensive power.


Cleveland 31, Minnesota 27

The Cleveland Browns were supposed to be tanking for a top quarterback in the 2014 NFL draft. At least that’s what everyone assumed after the events of last week in Cleveland. The Browns dealt their former first-round draft pick, running back Trent Richardson, to the Indianapolis Colts and named third-string quarterback Brian Hoyer as their starter for Week 3 against Minnesota.

It turns out that Ravens CEO Joe Banner meant what he said during a press conference following the trade when he dispelled any notions that the Browns were folding their tents this season, via Mary Kay Cabot of The Plain Dealer. The Browns’ tough defense sacked Christian Ponder six times and limited Adrian Peterson to just 88 yards on 3.5 yards per carry.

Browns head coach Rob Chudzinski pulled out all the stops to help spark the Browns, including a successful fake punt and fake field goal, to lead Cleveland to its first win of the 2013 season.

Beating the Vikings doesn’t mean that the Browns are out of "tank mode", but it was a surprising and encouraging sign for a struggling franchise.


New York Giants 0, Carolina 38

There’s not much to say about this one. The 38-0 score in Carolina’s favor is shocking, but it isn’t even really indicative of how badly the Panthers dismantled the winless Giants in this one.

Eli Manning was harassed all game, sacked seven times and held to just 119 yards on 12-of-23 passing. The team’s maligned rushing attack didn’t fare much better either against the stout Panthers' rush defense. The Giants managed just 60 yards on 16 carries—32 yards of which came on a 14-yard scramble by Manning and an 18-yarder by David Wilson.

The Panthers moved the ball almost at will throughout the game. Cam Newton threw three touchdowns and ran in another as Carolina put up over 400 yards of total offense.