Incredibly, we are already three weeks into the season. This week, like every other, was an absolute treat which played host to some enthralling encounters, huge upsets and lots of standout performances. Let’s get into this weeks roundup of the NFL.
Cleveland end their drought
Where better to start than Cleveland.
Kicking off week 3, the Jets, led by gunslinger Sam Darnold, entered the DawgPound. Tyrod Taylor disappointed severely, as the Browns’ offence struggled early on. He exited the game under concussion protocol in the dying embers of the first half. Baker Mayfield then took to the field and hauled his team back to victory from a 14-0 deficit. The 21-17 victory ends a 635-day losing streak in Ohio.
Buffalo stun Minnesota
The Buffalo Bills dominated the Minnesota Vikings. Wait what? Yeah, the Bills looked a different team this week.
The defence looked absolutely hellbent on bouncing back from last week’s performance, holding Kirk Cousins to just 46 total yards in the first half, compiling three sacks and two forced fumbles in the process. Josh Allen amassed 235 total yards and three touchdowns.
The Bills won 27-6.
Can hear players yelling “You like that!?!” from Bills locker room as they return from field. Can’t imagine who that is referencing.
— Mike Rodak (@mikerodak) September 23, 2018
Brees goes into the record books
We were treated to a thriller in Atlanta.
Matt Ryan threw for 374 yards and five touchdowns, often making use of Calvin Ridley, who was fantastic. Fortunately for the Saints, Drew Brees was relentless. Totalling 396 passing yards and 3 touchdowns, he also rushed for 2 further touchdowns, including the game-winning play in overtime.
It was a record-breaking day for Brees, who broke Brett Favre’s pass completion record of 6,300. The record now stands at a grand total of 6,326 completions.
Ridley shines despite defeat
Calvin Ridley had a breakout performance for the Atlanta Falcons.
On just seven receptions, Ridley registered 146 receiving yards. He also scored three touchdowns. Ridley already has the same amount of touchdowns as Julio Jones had all of last year.
Have a day, Calvin Ridley!
The battle of Los Angeles
The Battle of L.A. was long overdue. We were treated to a fantastic game between the Rams and Chargers on Sunday night.
Sean McVay on Jared Goff’s play, “He’s not a system QB, he’s making plays that great players make.”
— Omar Ruiz (@OmarDRuiz) September 23, 2018
Lions shock Brady and co.
The Detroit Lions did the unthinkable in a tightly-contested game against the New England Patriots.
Darius “Big Play” Slay Jr. came up with a big interception in the second half maintaining the Lions’ lead. The 26-10 victory improves the Lions record to 1-2, whilst the Patriots have fallen to the same record.