The third week of NFL action saw a number of big games but today that are only three undefeated teams left plus three who haven't won yet.
Three Undefeateds Remain
There are three teams that are still on top of the NFL with three wins. The Philadelphia Eagles were -4 favorites against the Washington Redskins with a 50 point total. The game easily surpassed that total with a 37-34 Eagles win although the Redskins did beat the spread. The game had an ugly brawl after Nick Foles was hit during an interception return that was later overturned. This led to a brawl that caused several players on both sides to be ejected.
The Arizona Cardinals went to a 3-0 record in Drew Stanton's second start. The San Francisco 49ers had a 14-6 lead at the half but the team's ongoing second half struggles were to the Cardinals' benefit as the Cards went on for a 23-14 win. Stanton had three touchdown passes to John Brown in the third quarter. The 49ers were actually favored at -3. The game was under the 41 point total.
The Cincinnati Bengals are the third undefeated team left in the NFL. The Bengals were -6.5 favorites over the Tennessee Titans. The Bengals almost shut out the Titans with a 33-7 victory. This was highlighted by a play where Andy Dalton actually caught a touchdown pass from wide receiver Mohamed Sanu.
The Dallas Cowboys were favored at -2 against the St. Louis Rams this past weekend. However, the Rams had a 21-0 lead in the second quarter thanks to two Austin Davis touchdown passes and an interception return from Janoris Jenkins. The Cowboys came back with two touchdowns from Tony Romo and an interception return for a touchdown from Bruce Carter. The Cowboys won 34-31 in a game that tied two other occasions for the biggest comeback in team history.
Ravens Survive a Scare
The Baltimore Ravens have dominated the new Cleveland Browns over the years. Still, the Ravens were only -1.5 favorites against the Browns this week. The Ravens did beat the spread with a 23-21 victory although it came at the last minute. The Ravens won off of a last-second field goal by Justin Tucker. This was the second field goal that he completed in the last ten minutes of the game. This came in spite of the Browns' Brian Hoyer going 19-25 with 290 passing yards and a touchdown.
A Super Bowl “Rematch”
Many called the game between the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Browns a rematch of the past Super Bowl in spite of the dramatically lower ante. The Seahawks were favored by -4.5 and beat the spread. However, they just barely did so as they won 26-20 in overtime. The game also went under the 48 point total. While Peyton Manning led the Broncos to a touchdown and two-point conversion in the last minute of regulation, the Seahawks drove the ball 80 yards in overtime en route to Marshawn Lynch's touchdown run.
Will They Ever Win?
There are still three teams that haven't won a game yet this year. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were listed at +6.5 against the Atlanta Falcons with a 47 point total. The Falcons surpassed that total on their own with a 56-14 win. The Falcons were up 56-0 at the end of the third quarter as the Bucs brought Mike Glennon in at quarterback in the second half.
The Jacksonville Jaguars failed to get their first win as well. They lost to the Indianapolis Colts 44-17 as Andrew Luck threw four touchdown passes. The Colts were -6.5 favorites and almost single-handedly went over the 45 point total.
The Oakland Raiders were listed at +14 against the New England Patriots but they did beat the spread. Still, they couldn't get their first win of the season as they lost 16-9. The Pats pulled away in the fourth quarter off of two Stephen Gostkowski field goals.
Coming in Week 4
There are plenty of close games coming in the fourth week of NFL action. The Baltimore Ravens are -3 favorites against the Carolina Panthers while the Green Bay Packers are listed at -1.5 in their rivalry game with the Chicago Bears with an over/under listed all the way up there at 50 points. Meanwhile, the Jaguars are +13 against the San Diego Chargers. The first London game of the season will also take place this weekend as the Miami Dolphins are -4 favorites to beat the Raiders at the new Wembley Stadium.