NFL Team Grades for Week 3

Richard Janvrin@@RichardJanvrinFeatured ColumnistSeptember 25, 2017

NFL Team Grades for Week 3

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    Week 3 of the 2017 NFL season followed this general trend: For every great performance, there was an equally abominable outing.  

    The week kicked off with the game of the year, as the Los Angeles Rams and the San Francisco 49ers combined for 80 points in the highest-scoring Thursday Night Football game ever.

    Sunday's action started early with the first London game of the season, although the Baltimore Ravens didn't show up ready to play against the Jacksonville Jaguars. From there, underdogs started pulling off upsets left and right.

    How did your favorite team fare in Week 3? Let's get to the grades.

Arizona Cardinals

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    Week 3 Opponent: vs. Dallas Cowboys

    Score: Lost 28-17

    The first quarter of Monday Night Football was so in favor of the Arizona Cardinals that you would have thought that the Cowboys had no chance.

    The Cardinals had the ball for almost the entire quarter.

    Beyond the first quarter, though, the Cardinals offensive line struggled and could not contain the Cowboys pass rush—especially defensive end Demarcus Lawrence.

    Carson Palmer delivered numerous beautiful passes to Larry Fitzgerald, but Fitzgerald's routes and ability to come down with the ball were arguably more beautiful.

    Defensively, the Cardinals played OK, minus a few big plays.

    Bottom line: If your offensive line cannot stop a three-man pass rush and gives up six sacks and allows the quarterback to get hit 11 times, it's going to be tough to win.

    By the way: Bruce Arians, you've got to kick a field goal at the end of the game there. What are you doing?

    Week 3 Grade: B-

    Season Average Grade: C-

Atlanta Falcons

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    Week 3 Opponent: @ Detroit Lions

    Score: Won 30-26

    Thanks in part to a controversial ending, the Atlanta Falcons went on the road and took down the Lions.

    Had Matt Ryan not thrown three interceptions (including a pick-six), the Falcons likely would have blown out Detroit. Running backs Tevin Coleman and Devonta Freeman were electric all game, as the duo tallied 152 rushing yards and a touchdown on 27 carries.

    Ryan atoned for his three picks by going 24-of-35 for 294 yards and two touchdowns, including a 40-yard catch-and-run score for Taylor Gabriel.

    Lions wide receiver Golden Tate appeared to score the go-ahead touchdown on 3rd-and-1 with only eight seconds remaining, but after review, he was ruled down by contact just inches shy from the goal line. That ruling was accompanied by a 10-second runoff, which ended the game before Detroit had a chance to win it on fourth down.

    As a result, the Falcons moved to 3-0 on the year.

    Week 3 Grade: B+

    Season Average Grade: B+

Baltimore Ravens

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    Week 3 Opponent: @ Jacksonville Jaguars

    Score: Lost 44-7

    It appears as though only one team boarded its flight to London this week.

    The Baltimore Ravens put on the worst representation of professional football in recent memory against the Jaguars on Sunday. Joe Flacco finished the first half with just eight passing yards. When the Ravens mercifully pulled him at the start of the fourth quarter, he was 8-of-18 for 28 yards and two interceptions.

    What should the Ravens do with Flacco moving forward? If the defense hadn't generated 10 turnovers over the first two weeks, who knows where this Ravens team would be.

    Week 3 Grade: F

    Season Average Grade: C+

Buffalo Bills

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    Week 3 Opponent: vs. Denver Broncos

    Score: Won 26-16

    Heading into Sunday, this game had the makings of a defensive showdown. The Buffalo Bills ended up winning that battle, as they forced two interceptions, had three sacks and hit Broncos quarterback Trevor Siemian five times.

    Buffalo struggled to move the ball on the ground against Denver, averaging just under 2.3 yards per carry. Mike Tolbert was the Bills' leading rusher with 41 yards on 11 carries, while LeSean McCoy toted the rock 14 times for only 21 yards.

    Tyrod Taylor played solid, mistake-free football, tossing two touchdown passes and just six incompletions.

    After scoring only three points in a loss against the Carolina Panthers in Week 2, the Bills rebounded well to take down the vaunted Broncos. Buffalo's offense did its job.

    Week 3 Grade: B+

    Season Average Grade: B

Carolina Panthers

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    Week 3 Opponent: vs. New Orleans Saints

    Score: Lost 34-13

    The Carolina Panthers got outplayed on both ends of the ball in Week 3.

    The defense couldn't stop Saints quarterback Drew Brees or the run game. The offense couldn't get anything going both before and after Kelvin Benjamin went down with a left knee injury, and Cam Newton threw three interceptions and no touchdowns.

    On the bright side, the Panthers believe Benjamin avoided a major knee injury, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. 

    Newton has only topped 200 passing yards once this season and has three total touchdowns and four interceptions. One can only wonder whether his shoulder is bothering him more than we know.

    Week 3 Grade: F

    Season Average Grade: C

Chicago Bears

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    Week 3 Opponent: vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

    Score: Won 23-17

    After almost beating the Atlanta Falcons in Week 1, the Chicago Bears got throttled by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. On Sunday, they continued their topsy-turvy season with a walk-off victory in overtime against the Steelers.

    Mike Glennon didn't do much against Pittsburgh, as he finished 15-of-22 for only 101 yards, one touchdown and an interception. The Bears only needed him to game-manage while their running back duo of Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen carried the load, rushing for a combined 216 yards and two scores on 35 carries.

    The defense did its job containing Le'Veon Bell for the majority of the day, but it had a tough time shutting down Antonio Brown. After all, who doesn't?

    But oh yeah: Marcus Cooper—what are you doing? Come on, man.

    Glennon likely saved his job for a bit longer. Rookie quarterback Mitchell Trubisky is still on hold.

    Week 3 Grade: B+

    Season Average Grade: C+

Cincinnati Bengals

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    Week 3 Opponent: @ Green Bay Packers

    Score: Lost 27-24

    New Bengals offensive coordinator Bill Lazor breathed life into a moribund Cincinnati team, but it wasn't enough to beat the Packers on their own turf.

    Andy Dalton looked serviceable, and the Packers couldn't defend A.J. Green, who finished with 111 yards and a touchdown on 10 receptions. Williams Jackson III's pick-six staked the Bengals to a 21-7 lead in the second quarter, but Aaron Rodgers did Aaron Rodgers things to help the Packers rally back. 

    After the Bengals went three-and-out to start overtime, Rodgers completed a 72-yard pass to Geronimo Allison to set up the game-winning field-goal attempt.

    Though the Bengals looked far better Sunday than they did in Weeks 1 and 2, that's a small consolation prize given their 0-3 start to the season.

    Week 3 Grade: B-

    Season Average Grade: D

Cleveland Browns

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    Week 3 Opponent: @ Indianapolis Colts

    Score: Lost 31-28

    Although they made the final score respectable, the Cleveland Browns got blown out for most of Sunday.

    This game was another example of how young the Browns are and how their play-calling isn't helping them. Rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer threw the ball 47 times, while Isaiah Crowell had just 12 carries. Duke Johnson was electric, but he only touched the ball eight times all afternoon.

    The final score may not suggest it, but it's time to start wondering whether head coach Hue Jackson's job might be in jeopardy.

    Also of note: Kizer has to stop expecting protection when he holds the ball for four-plus seconds.

    Week 3 Grade: C

    Season Average Grade: C

Dallas Cowboys

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    Week 3 Opponent: @ Arizona Cardinals

    Score: Won 28-17

    After the first quarter, the Dallas Cowboys just rolled through their game in Week 3 against the Cardinals.

    In the first quarter they couldn't do anything. That's meant literally—they had the ball for only like just over a minute.

    After that terrible quarter, the Cowboys pass rush was unstoppable as they harassed Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer all night long. Defensive end Demarcus Lawrence was unconscious with three sacks.

    Offensively, Ezekiel Elliott finally got it going, Dez Bryant made an incredible effort play plowing through multiple defenders for a score and Brice Butler—wow. He definitely needs more playing time.

    With all that said, the Cowboys could not convert on third-down all night long, converting just two-of-9 tries.

    In the secondary, the Cowboys still have plenty of work. They got absolutely abused by Larry Fitzgerald.

    There are still some kinks to work out, but the Cowboys rebounded well after a poor first quarter. 

    Week 3 Grade: B

    Season Average Grade: C+

Denver Broncos

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    Week 3 Opponent: @ Buffalo Bills

    Score: Lost 26-16

    The Broncos had a tough time against Buffalo. They did some nice things on offense, including getting Jamaal Charles going in the running game, but two interceptions from Trevor Siemian proved to be their kryptonite.

    Their defense did all it could with four sacks and eight quarterback hits, but Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor made some key throws.

    The Bills typically put up a tough fight at home, and the Broncos were their latest victim.

    Week 3 Grade: B-

    Season Average Grade: B

Detroit Lions

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    Week 3 Opponent: vs. Atlanta Falcons

    Score: Lost 30-26

    If you're a Detroit Lions fan, you feel robbed.

    After trailing early, the Lions rallied back only to lose on the final play of the game.

    Detroit again couldn't get anything going in the running game, as it averaged 3.7 yards per carry on the day. Quarterback Matthew Stafford didn't dazzle the Ford Field faithful, but the Lions defense picked up the slack.

    Although Detroit surrendered 30 points, it did come up with three interceptions, including a pick-six. Granted, had the Lions not allowed 30 points, they wouldn't have needed a last-second miracle to almost pull out a win.

    Week 3 Grade: B

    Season Average Grade: B

Green Bay Packers

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    Week 3 Opponent: vs. Cincinnati Bengals

    Score: Won 27-24

    After Aaron Rodgers threw a pick-six to William Jackson III early in the second quarter, Green Bay was facing a 21-7 deficit. It appeared as though Cincinnati would remain the only non-Packers team Rodgers had yet to beat.

    Then, in true Rodgers form, he started pulling rabbits out of hats left and right.

    Though the Packers allowed six sacks on the day and struggled to cover A.J. Green, Geronimo Allison covered up those mistakes with a huge 72-yard reception on Green Bay's first possession of overtime. Mason Crosby sealed the come-from-behind win two plays later.

    This was Rodgers' first-ever win in overtime, according to Zach Kruse of Packers Wire. That's hard to believe, isn't it?

    Week 3 Grade: B

    Season Average Grade: B

Houston Texans

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    Week 3 Opponent: @ New England Patriots

    Score: Lost 36-33

    Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson hardly looked like a rookie Sunday. He went into Foxborough and put up over 300 yards passing and two touchdowns to come within a couple plays of beating the Patriots.

    Although the Texans gave up 36 points, they sacked Tom Brady five times. Jadeveon Clowney returned a Brady fumble for a touchdown as well.

    Given how dreadful the Texans looked in Weeks 1 and 2, this was nothing short of incredible, even in defeat. Watson is continuing to develop rapidly, which provides hope for the future of this franchise.

    Week 3 Grade: B+

    Season Average Grade: C-

Indianapolis Colts

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    Week 3 Opponent: vs. Cleveland Browns

    Score: Won 31-28

    Though he was facing the lowly Browns, Jacoby Brissett was wonderful to watch in Week 3. Not only did he run for two touchdowns, but he also helped T.Y. Hilton go over 150 yards receiving on the day.

    The Colts defense picked off Browns rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer three times, but it almost allowed Cleveland to get back into this game. After Indianapolis opened up a 28-7 lead, the Browns reeled off three touchdowns in the final 16 minutes.

    Brissett's performance this week may end up being bittersweet, though: According to Chris Mortensen of ESPN, Andrew Luck is set to return to practice this week, and NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported he's targeting a return in Week 6. Either way, Brissett has shown he belongs in the NFL.

    Week 3 Grade: B-

    Season Average Grade: C-

Jacksonville Jaguars

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    Week 3 Opponent: vs. Baltimore Ravens

    Score: Won 44-7

    The Jacksonville Jaguars dominated the Ravens every which way Sunday.

    From four Blake Bortles touchdown passes to two interceptions on defense, the Jaguars were flawless. Though they committed nine penalties, that proved inconsequential. And hey, how about that fake punt?

    After the Tennessee Titans dominated them in Week 2, this was an encouraging response from the Jaguars. 

    Week 3 Grade: A+

    Season Average Grade: B

Kansas City Chiefs

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    Week 3 Opponent: @ Los Angeles Chargers

    Score: Won 24-10

    The score may appear as though this game was close, but it wasn't.

    The Kansas City Chiefs shut down the Chargers offense and picked off Philip Rivers three times. They didn't put up huge sack totals, but they did hit Rivers seven times.

    Both Tyreek Hill and Kareem Hunt exploded on offense as usual. Hill scored a 30-yard touchdown just minutes into the game, while Hunt finished with 172 rushing yards, 69 of which came on a game-icing touchdown scamper in the final two minutes.

    Rookie quarterback Patrick Mahomes will continue to sit, as the Chiefs look like they're the class of the AFC.

    Week 3 Grade: A

    Season Average Grade: A

Los Angeles Chargers

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    Week 3 Opponent: vs. Kansas City Chiefs

    Score: Lost 24-10

    If you started Philip Rivers in fantasy football this week, condolences for your inevitable loss. 

    Rivers ended three of the Chargers' first four possessions with interceptions, which helped the Chiefs race out to a 14-0 lead. From there, the Chiefs began playing a game of keep-away while Rivers continued to flounder against their ferocious defense.

    The Chargers sacked Alex Smith five times and Melvin Gordon scored an 11-yard touchdown, but highlights were few and far between for them Sunday.

    At 0-3, the Chargers now have a worse record than the New York Jets.

    So, there's that.

    Week 3 Grade: D-

    Season Average Grade: C-

Los Angeles Rams

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    Week 3 Opponent: @ San Francisco 49ers

    Score: Won 41-39

    Who expected Rams-Niners on Thursday Night Football to be the most entertaining game of the year? 

    On offense, the Rams were sublime. Jared Goff tied his career high with three touchdowns passes. Todd Gurley racked up nearly 140 yards of total offense and set a new career high with three touchdowns. After a slow start to his Rams career, Sammy Watkins broke out with six receptions for 106 yards and two scores. Robert Woods joined the party with 108 yards on six catches.

    As Rich Hribar of Rotoworld noted, this was the first time since 2006 that two Rams receivers had 100 or more receiving yards. The Rams also didn't allow Goff to get sacked all night, and they converted nearly 67 percent of their third-down plays.

    Though they conceded 39 points on the night, 10 of those resulted from fumbles on special teams. Aaron Donald also ended the Niners' comeback dreams with a ferocious sack of Brian Hoyer on 4th-and-20.

    Week 3 Grade: B+

    Season Average Grade: B

Miami Dolphins

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    Week 3 Opponent: @ New York Jets

    Score: Lost 20-6

    After a nice Week 2 win over the Los Angeles Chargers on the road, the Miami Dolphins were nowhere to be found Sunday against the Jets. 

    Nothing clicked for Miami in this game. Jay Cutler averaged just five yards per completion, while Jay Ajayi only had 16 rushing yards on 11 carries.

    Here's how bad it got: The Dolpins didn't convert a first down until the fourth quarter. If not for a last-second touchdown, they would have been shut out.

    Luckily, they face a get-right spot against the New Orleans Saints' paper-soft defense in London next week.

    Week 3 Grade: F

    Season Average Grade: C-

Minnesota Vikings

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    Week 3 Opponent: vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

    Score: Won 34-17

    No Sam Bradford, no problem.

    Though the Vikings were without their starting quarterback, backup Case Keenum opened the game with a seven-play, 75-yard touchdown drive and never looked back. He finished the day with 369 passing yards and three scores, while rookie running back Dalvin Cook chipped in nearly 170 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown. Stefon Diggs added eight receptions for 173 yards and two scores.

    Minnesota's defense, meanwhile, lit up Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston. He threw three interceptions and was sacked twice on the day.

    The win moved the Vikings to 2-1 on the season, which gives them more breathing room as they await Bradford's return.

    Week 3 Grade: A

    Season Average Grade: B+

New England Patriots

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    Week 3 Opponent: vs. Houston Texans

    Score: Won 36-33

    The Patriots allowed a rookie quarterback to light them up for 33 points, which raises some eyebrows. They notched two interceptions on the day, but the second one came at the end of the game on a Hail Mary.

    Thankfully, they have Tom Brady. 

    A week after Brady lit up the Saints for nearly 450 passing yards and three touchdowns, he one-upped himself Sunday, hanging 378 yards and five touchdowns on the Texans. Facing a five-point deficit with less than 2:30 remaining, Brady coolly dissected Houston's defense while guiding New England on an eight-play, 75-yard drive that ended with a 25-yard touchdown pass to Brandin Cooks.

    The Pats started the season 0-1 after a dispiriting loss to the Chiefs in their opener, but they may not lose again this season. Brady is red-hot in his hunt for his sixth title.

    Week 3 Grade: A-

    Season Average Grade: A-

New Orleans Saints

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    Week 3 Opponent: @ Carolina Panthers

    Score: Won 34-13

    After starting the season 0-2, the Saints righted the ship in Week 3 by dropping 34 points on their division rivals.

    Drew Brees had his best game of the season, finishing an efficient 22-of-29 for 220 yards and three touchdowns. Michael Thomas followed suit with seven receptions for 87 yards and a score. New Orleans also ran the ball effectively, averaging 5.5 yards per carry with its three-headed backfield monster.

    The Saints defense, which gave up a combined 65 points to the Patriots and Vikings while failing to pick off a pass, intercepted Panthers quarterback Cam Newton three times and allowed just 14 points on the day. 

    When both the offense and defense play lights-out, that earns an A.

    Week 3 Grade: A

    Season Average Grade: B-

New York Giants

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    Week 3 Opponent: @ Philadelphia Ealges

    Score: Lost 27-24

    After being dead in the water for the first three quarters, the anemic New York Giants offense came back to life in the fourth quarter to score 24 points. While the G-Men lost on a last-second 61-yard field goal, Odell Beckham Jr. erupted for 79 yards and two touchdowns on nine catches.

    New York's beleaguered offensive line also didn't concede a sack against the Eagles' fearsome pass rush. Eli Manning did throw two interceptions, though.

    The Giants gave up less than 200 yards passing and sacked Carson Wentz three times, but they allowed two rushing touchdowns and nearly 200 yards on the ground.

    There's something to be said for the Giants' fourth-quarter resurgence. However, they now sit at the bottom of the NFC East at 0-3.

    Week 3 Grade: C+

    Season Average Grade: D+

New York Jets

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    Week 3 Opponent: vs. Miami Dolphins

    Score: Won 20-6

    The Jets came tantalizingly close to pitching a shutout against the Dolphins.

    While New York didn't put up huge offensive numbers, wide receiver Robby Anderson reeled in a 69-yard touchdown pass from Josh McCown, who had just five incompletions on the day.

    On defense, Jamal Adams was nothing short of spectacular as he got his first career sack.

    After the Oakland Raiders steamrolled the Jets in Week 2, it was fair to begin speculating when we might see either of their backup quarterbacks, Bryce Petty or Christian Hackenberg. McCown likely staved off all challengers for now by guiding the Jets to their first win of the season.

    Week 3 Grade: A

    Season Average Grade: C

Oakland Raiders

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    Week 3 Opponent: @ Washington Redskins

    Score: Lost 27-10

    What the happened to the Oakland Raiders in Week 3?

    Name one thing they did well against Washington.

    I'll wait.

    They were 0-11 on third down, Derek Carr had 85 passing yards heading into the team's final drive and Marshawn Lynch finished with 18 rushing yards.

    How is this even possible? 

    Week 3 Grade: F

    Season Average Grade: B-

Philadelphia Eagles

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    Week 3 Opponent: vs. New York Giants

    Score: Won 27-24

    The Eagles looked like they were going to coast to a victory after taking a 14-0 lead into the fourth quarter, but the Giants stormed back.

    Carson Wentz finished with a season-low 176 passing yards and a touchdown, but he also avoided turning the ball over for the first time all year. The Eagles also got their running game on track, averaging nearly five yards per carry as a team, but it appears as though they'll be without Darren Sproles indefinitely after he suffered what's believed to be a broken arm, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

    Wentz improbably drove the Eagles into field-goal range after starting a drive with just 13 seconds on the clock, and kicker Jake Elliott did the rest. The rookie drilled a 61-yard field goal as time expired to help the Eagles improve to 2-1 on the year.

    Week 3 Grade: B-

    Season Average Grade: C+

Pittsburgh Steelers

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    Week 3 Opponent: @ Chicago Bears

    Score: Lost 23-17

    What happens to the Pittsburgh Steelers on the road? It makes no sense.

    Le'Veon Bell came back to life and Antonio Brown continued to dominate all challengers, but Chicago annihilated Pittsburgh's defense. Led by Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen, the Bears hung 220 rushing yards and two touchdowns on the Steelers.

    The Steelers never led Sunday, although they did come back in the fourth quarter to tie and force overtime.

    They never touched the ball in overtime, though, as Bears running back Jordan Howard scampered for a 19-yard touchdown to seal the walk-off win.

    The Steelers have to figure out their road woes to be taken seriously as one of the AFC's premier teams.

    Week 3 Grade: C

    Season Average Grade: C+

San Francisco 49ers

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    Week 3 Opponent: vs. Los Angeles Rams

    Score: Lost 41-39

    If not for a couple of fumbles, the 49ers wouldn't have stood a chance against the Rams. With that said, they did a hell of a job staying competitive.

    Brian Hoyer threw an interception on the team's first play, but he soon atoned for that mistake. On the Niners' next drive, he led a 14-play, 85-yard march down the field which he capped with a nine-yard touchdown run on 3rd-and-4.

    Other than allowing four sacks, the Niners did all they could to stay in lockstep with the Rams' sizzling offense. Carlos Hyde, who left the game early with a hip injury, came back to score two touchdowns. Pierre Garcon erupted for a season-high 142 yards on seven receptions.

    Defensively, however, they failed to sack Rams quarterback Jared Goff and allowed Todd Gurley to rumble for three touchdowns. At least they prevented Gurley from scoring a fourth time with an impressive goal-line stand. 

    Who knows? If Robbie Gould hadn't missed an extra point, we could still be in overtime now.

    Week 3 Grade: B

    Season Average Grade: C+

Seattle Seahawks

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    Week 3 Opponent: @ Tennessee Titans

    Score: Lost 33-27

    A defensive showdown in the first half turned into a fireworks show late in Tennessee.

    The Seahawks allowed Marcus Mariota and the Titans to pick them apart defensively, as they forced zero turnovers and never sacked the Heisman Trophy winner. They also racked up 11 penalties for 98 yards on the day. 

    While Russell Wilson and Co. put up impressive fantasy football numbers, the Titans kicked their butts.

    Week 3 Grade: D+

    Season Average Grade: C- 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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    Week 3 Opponent: @ Minnesota Vikings

    Score: Lost 34-17

    The Tampa Bay Buccaneers laid an egg against Minnesota in Week 3.

    They never led against the Case Keenum-led Vikings and gave up nearly 500 yards of offense. Meanwhile, Jameis Winston threw three interceptions and didn't guide the offense to a touchdown until midway through the third quarter.

    Winston put up some impressive garbage-time stats, but that isn't good enough for a playoff hopeful like the Bucs.

    Week 3 Grade: F

    Season Average Grade: C

Tennessee Titans

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    Week 3 Opponent: vs. Seattle Seahawks

    Score: Won 33-27

    Big plays and hard-fought football in the trenches defined the Titans in Week 3.

    Thanks to a 75-yard touchdown run from DeMarco Murray and a 55-yard catch-and-run score from Rishard Matthews, the Titans pulled out their most impressive win of the season to date.

    Russell Wilson shredded the Tennessee defense as he tried to mount a furious comeback, but he was under siege all day. Though the Titans only sacked him once, they hit him 10 times on the day as they repeatedly overpowered Seattle's offensive line.

    This turned into a surprisingly high-scoring affair, but Mariota and Co. deserve credit for a second straight impressive win after their deflating season-opening loss against the Raiders.

    Week 3 Grade: B

    Season Average Grade: B-

Washington Redskins

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    Week 3 Opponent: vs. Oakland Raiders

    Score: Won 27-10

    While the Raiders failed to show up Sunday night, the same can't be said for Washington. 

    The defense had four sacks, two interceptions and a forced fumble while limiting Oakland to just 128 yards of total offense. Kirk Cousins, meanwhile, finished 25-of-30 for 365 passing yards and three touchdowns. 

    West Coast teams often struggle on the road when they fly east, but this game was on Sunday Night Football. The biological clock argument need not apply here. 

    Instead, give kudos to the Redskins for dominating the Raiders on both sides of the ball.

    Week 3 Grade: A+

    Season Average Grade: B