Winners and losers from NFL Week 3, plus kickers go wild and picking the Eagles-Cowboys winner

Welcome to the Monday version of the Choose Six e-newsletter, which ought to really most likely be two newsletters at the moment as a result of there’s a lot to go over after a wild Sunday. There have been highs (Justin Tucker), there have been lows (rookie quarterbacks) after which there was regardless of the Bears did. I’d say they performed like rubbish, however that will be an insult to rubbish. Tucker had extra yards on one kick (66) than the Bears had on offense (47). 

In fact, I need not pile on the Bears proper now, as a result of we will do this afterward within the e-newsletter. We have now rather a lot to cowl at the moment, so let’s get to the rundown, which is able to function kickers, quarterbacks and our Week 3 winners and losers (Based mostly on the truth that I’ve already talked about the Bears seven occasions, you may most likely guess certainly one of our losers). 

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1. At the moment’s present: Week 3 winners and losers, plus full recap

It is Monday, which might solely imply one factor: I stayed up till 3 a.m. final night time recording a podcast with Will Brinson and Ryan Wilson that touched on every thing it is advisable to find out about Week 3, and let me simply say, it is most likely for the perfect that you simply hear. We coated all 14 video games from Sunday and I will be trustworthy, we spent far more time speaking about kickers than we often do, which is what occurs when certainly one of them breaks the NFL document for longest discipline aim. 

One factor we do each week is hand out our weekly winners and losers from Sunday’s motion. For our winners this week, Wilson and Brinson determined to select groups that play in the identical metropolis whereas I went with kickers as a result of how might I not go together with kickers.  

Ryan Wilson

  • Winner: Chargers. Nobody is best at blowing video games than the Chargers, however in some way, they did not blow it in opposition to the Chiefs on Sunday. Not solely did Brandon Staley make a gutsy fourth-down name within the fourth quarter, however Justin Herbert additionally out-dueled Patrick Mahomes
  • Loser: Large Ben. I am unsure what all-time low is within the NFL, however Ben Roethlisberger might need hit it on Sunday. Not solely did the Steelers lose, however Wilson, who’s a famous Steelers homer, desires to see him benched. CBS Sports activities NFL Insider Jason La Canfora additionally thinks the Steelers ought to think about benching Large Ben and you’ll try his thoughts on the subject by clicking here

Will Brinson

  • Winner: Rams. The Rams’ choice to commerce for Matthew Stafford is wanting smarter each week. With Stafford rolling, the Rams had been capable of outgun the defending Super Bowl champion Buccaneers, and so long as everybody stays wholesome, the Rams is likely to be the perfect crew within the NFC.  
  • Loser: Bears. In probably the most inept offensive performances in NFL historical past, the Bears totaled simply 47 yards, which incorporates precisely ONE NET PASSING YARD. That isn’t a typo. The Bears completed with one passing yard. The Bears have lots of offensive questions after three weeks and nobody appears to have the solutions. 

John Breech

  • Winner: Justin Tucker/kickers. It was a banner week for kickers and none of them had an even bigger day than Justin Tucker. The Ravens kicker set the NFL document for longest discipline aim by hitting an inconceivable 66-yard kick in opposition to the Lions. Tucker now has two game-winning discipline targets in his profession of 60 yards or extra they usually each got here in opposition to the Lions. I am guessing he is now not welcome in Detroit.  
  • Loser: Seahawks. The Vikings did not have Dalvin Cook on Sunday and the Seahawks nonetheless managed to discover a method to lose. The Seahawks’ greatest downside is that they proceed to vanish within the second half. This crew has scored ZERO factors within the third quarter this season. I am unsure what Pete Carroll says at halftime, however he would possibly wish to rent somebody to put in writing his future halftime speeches, as a result of his present ones usually are not working.

Not solely did we checklist our winners and losers, however we additionally recapped each recreation from Sunday. To hearken to at the moment’s episode — and to subscribe to the perfect day by day NFL podcast on the market — be sure to click here

2. Week 3 grades: Bills get an ‘A’ for torching Washington

Each week I crew up with six of my colleagues right here at at hand out grades, and this week, Josh Allen was our valedictorian. 

Here is a have a look at the grades from two notable video games that had been performed Sunday:

Payments 43-21 over Soccer Staff (Click here for full recap)

  • Washington takeaway: Washington is just going to go so far as its protection takes it this season and proper now, it would not appear like that is going to be very far. The Soccer Staff’s protection mainly seemed helpless in opposition to a Payments offense that rolled up almost 500 yards. The one factor worse than Washington’s defensive efficiency was its offensive efficiency. The Soccer Staff turned the ball over on two of their first three possessions and issues solely bought worse from there. Grade: D-
  • Payments takeaway: If anybody in Buffalo was apprehensive about Josh Allen after watching him wrestle via the primary two weeks of the season, they’re most likely not apprehensive a lot anymore after watching him cube up Washington. After struggling via the primary two weeks of the season, Allen rebounded with an enormous a recreation, throwing for 358 yards and totaling 5 touchdowns (4 cross, one rush), which tied a career-high. Grade: A

Broncos 26-0 over Jets (Click here for full recap)

  • Jets takeaway: The Jets are a complete catastrophe proper now. After beginning the season 0-2, it did not seem to be they may get any worse this week, however in some way, they managed to worsen. They can not run the ball (they completed with 43 yards), they cannot throw the ball (Zach Wilson threw two picks) they usually cannot shield their quarterback (The offensive line gave up 5 sacks). Additionally, their protection is mainly set as much as fail as a result of it is on the sector on a regular basis. Did I point out that this crew is a catastrophe? I did? OK, I believed I did, however I additionally thought I ought to point out it once more simply to emphasise how a lot of a catastrophe they’re.  Grade: F
  • Broncos takeaway: The Broncos had been simply certainly one of two groups to earn an ‘A+’ this week and a giant cause for that’s as a result of their protection was so dominant. Most significantly, the Broncos did not quit a single level, marking simply the third time over the previous 15 years that Denver has pitched a shutout. This recreation additionally marked the primary time since 2009 that Denver has held an opponent underneath 200 yards in consecutive weeks. This protection seems dominant and if the offense continues to get higher, Denver must be a playoff contender this yr.  Grade: A+

As for the opposite 24 grades we handed out on Sunday, you can check those out by clicking here

3. Rookie quarterbacks off to ugly begin

The rookie quarterback class obtained lots of hype heading into the 2021 season, however after three weeks, they positively aren’t dwelling as much as it. Truly, that is an understatement. By three weeks, the rookie class has been a complete catastrophe. 

Rookie quarterbacks are a mixed 1-10 this season and the one cause they even have one win is as a result of two of them confronted one another in Week 2 (Mac Jones beat Zach Wilson). Here is a have a look at how ugly issues bought on Sunday with rookie quarterbacks going 0-4 (Davis Mills additionally misplaced on Thursday, so rookie quarterbacks went a mixed 0-5 this week):  

  • Trevor Lawrence continues to wrestle. The No. 1 total decide has been an interception-throwing machine this season and that continued on Sunday. Not solely did Lawrence throw two picks, however certainly one of them was returned for a TD in a 31-19 loss to the Cardinals (Last stats: 22 of 34 for 219 yards, 1 TD, 2 INTs). 
  • Justin Fields and the Bears hit rock-bottom. Fields’ first begin for the Bears was an unmitigated catastrophe. As a substitute of designing a brand new offense to suit his quarterback’s ability set, Matt Nagy determined to run the identical stuff he was operating with Andy Dalton and as you may think about, issues bought ugly. The Bears completed with simply 47 whole yards and ONE crew passing yard. Area was additionally sacked 9 occasions within the 26-6 loss to Cleveland. (Last stats: 6 of 20 for 68 yards, 0 TD, 0 INT). Though Fields threw for 68 yards, the Bears’ crew whole was ONE yard as a result of they misplaced 67 yards to sacks. 
  • Mac Jones struggles in opposition to Saints. Trevor Lawrence wasn’t the one rookie QB to throw a pick-six in Week 3 and that is as a result of Jones additionally threw one. Jones had his worst recreation of the season in a 28-13 loss to the Saints. (Last stats: 30 of 51 for 270 yards, 1 TD, 3 INTs)
  • Zach Wilson has ugly outing in opposition to Broncos. As dangerous as the opposite rookie quarterbacks had been, a minimum of they did not get shut out. Sadly, the identical cannot be mentioned for Wilson, who spent many of the day operating for his life in a 26-0 loss to Denver. Wilson was sacked 5 occasions whereas taking part in behind a porous Jets offensive line (Last stats: 19 of 35 for 160 yards, 0 TD, 2 INTs)

Wilson and Lawrence are at present tied for the league-lead with seven interceptions. At that tempo, they might finish the yr with 39 picks, which might smash Peyton Manning’s rookie document of 28 interceptions, which has stood since 1998.  

4. Justin Tucker breaks NFL document as kickers go wild (Tucker, Carlson, Koo, Hopkins, McLaughlin, Prater)

If we realized one factor from Week 3, it is clearly that kicker is a very powerful place within the NFL. It was a wild day for kickers and never simply because Justin Tucker set an NFL document with a 66-yard discipline aim, however there have been additionally loads of different wild performs, so we will cowl them right here.  

  • Justin Tucker units NFL document for longest discipline aim. Tucker broke a document that had been beforehand held by Matt Prater, who drilled a 64-yard sit back in 2013. Tucker’s kick marked the twenty second time in NFL historical past {that a} crew has tried a discipline aim of 66 yards or extra. Earlier than Sunday, kickers had mixed to go 0-for-21 on the earlier makes an attempt. The sport-winning discipline aim from Tucker was his fourth of the sport. Earlier than hitting from 66, Tucker additionally hit from 32, 39 and 50. That final kick is notable, as a result of this recreation marked the seventh time that Tucker has hit a number of discipline targets of fifty yards or extra in a recreation, which ties an NFL document. 
  • Mason Crosby delivers for Packers. The Packers kicker hit a 51-yard discipline aim as time expired to propel Inexperienced Bay to a 30-28 win over the 49ers. Crosby has now hit 22 straight discipline targets, which is the third-longest lively streak within the NFL. The Packers put his streak to the take a look at a couple of occasions on Sunday night time. Not solely was he requested to hit a 51-yarder, however he additionally nailed a 54-yarder within the first quarter.
  • Daniel Carlson kicks Raiders to victory. After lacking an additional level in regulation, Carlson greater than made up for it by nailing TWO discipline targets in time beyond regulation, together with a game-winner from 22 yards out that clinched a wild 31-28 win for Las Vegas.
  • Falcons earn first win due to Younghoe Koo. Koo solely bought one discipline aim try on Sunday, however he made probably the most of it. On the ultimate play of the sport, Koo hit a kick from 40 yards out to provide Atlanta a 17-14 win over the Giants
  • McLaughlin units document for Browns. Chase McLaughlin hit a 57-yard discipline aim for the Browns, which is notable, as a result of it is the longest discipline aim Cleveland has ever made in a house recreation.  
  • Dustin Hopkins does the not possible. In one of many wildest performs from Week 3, Hopkins really recovered his personal kickoff for Washington and it wasn’t even an onside kick. If you wish to know the way that is even attainable, you are going to want to click here so you can watch the play.  
  • Jaguars get a kick-six. Simply earlier than halftime within the Cardinals-Jaguars recreation, Kliff Kingsbury determined to ship Matt Prater out for a 68-yard discipline aim try. After the kick fell quick, Jamal Agnew proceeded to return it 109 yards for a TD, tying the NFL document for longest play (You’ll be able to see the play by clicking here). If Justin Tucker did not exist, this may have been the craziest play of Week 3. 

Hopefully, each week going ahead has as many thrilling particular groups performs as Week 3. 

5. Monday preview: Prepping you for Eagles at Cowboys

Tonight’s recreation is not simply an NFC East showdown, it is also a BATTLE FOR FIRST PLACE within the division, which I think about thrilling  regardless that we’re solely three weeks into the season. The successful crew can be in first place all by themselves heading into Week 4.   

My good buddy Jared Dubin wrote our deep-dive preview for this recreation right here at, and here is how he sees the sport taking part in out:

  • Why the Eagles can win: With a depleted offensive line — the Eagles can be with out each left deal with Jordan Mailata and proper guard Brandon Brooks — this recreation is probably going going to come back right down to how properly Jalen Hurts can take care of the Cowboys cross rush. The Eagles QB is a menace to each run the ball and cross the ball and if he could make massive performs each on the bottom and thru the air, then the Eagles would possibly be capable to pull off the upset. 
  • Why the Cowboys can win: The Cowboys have the offensive weapons to show this right into a shootout and if that occurs, it is arduous to think about the Eagles maintaining. In fact, for that to occur, the offensive line goes to should hold Dak Prescott upright, which could not be simple with proper deal with La’el Collins out. Additionally, the Eagles have been vulnerable to the run, so it will not be stunning if we see a giant recreation from both Ezekiel Elliott or Tony Pollard

You will get a full preview of the game from Dubin by clicking here.

Dubin’s decide: Cowboys 30-20 over Eagles.
My decide: Cowboys 31-24 over Eagles.

In the event you’re eager about betting on the sport, Jordan Dajani put collectively a full playing preview. 

  • ONE PROP JORDAN LIKES: Tony Pollard OVER 2.5 reception (+105): “Pollard seemingly took over the backfield final Sunday. I am not saying he does that once more Monday night time, however he has caught a minimum of three passes in each video games up to now. With plus cash on my aspect, I am satisfied to take this prop.”
  • ONE PROP I LIKE: Greg Zuerlein OVER 1.5 discipline targets (-115): I do not suppose there is a coach who loves trying discipline targets greater than Mike McCarthy. In Week 1, Zuerlein had 5 makes an attempt after which he adopted that up in Week 2 with two makes an attempt. I will not be stunned in any respect if the Cowboys kicker hits two or three extra discipline targets tonight.  
  • Lengthy shot prop that I am eager about betting: Cowboys to win by 7 to 12 factors (+400). After taking part in their first two video games of the season on the street, the Cowboys are taking part in their dwelling opener tonight and I count on them to be fired up. With this prop, you possibly can win if this finally ends up being a one-score recreation (7 or 8 factors), however you possibly can additionally make cash if the Cowboys pull off a double-digit win, which is what I am predicting.  

You’ll be able to check out Dajani’s full gambling preview by clicking here.

6. Fast-fire roundup

It was a busy weekend within the NFL and because it’s almost not possible to maintain monitor of every thing that occurred, I went forward and put collectively a roundup for you. 

  • Panthers make commerce for Jaguars nook. C.J. Henderson was on the buying and selling block for many of the offseason and it seems like Jacksonville has lastly discovered a taker. The Panthers pulled off a deal on Monday to acquire Henderson. To make the commerce occur, Carolina despatched tight finish Dan Arnold and a third-round decide to Jacksonville. 
  • Andy Reid taken to hospital. The Chiefs coach was hospitalized following Kansas Metropolis’s loss to the Chargers on Sunday. Based on a number of reviews, Reid was merely coping with dehydration and he was taken to the hospital as a precautionary measure. You’ll be able to learn extra about this story by clicking here.  
  • Josh Norman additionally hospitalized. The 49ers cornerback was taken to the hospital as a result of he was spitting up blood after struggling a chest damage in opposition to the Packers, according to Fortuitously for Norman, his assessments got here again OK and he is hoping to return to the crew this week. 
  • Cowboys La’el Collins tried to bribe the drug collector. In probably the most weird tales you will hear this yr, Collins apparently tried to bribe the drug collector, according to Collins was initially hit with a five-game suspension for lacking a number of assessments; nevertheless, it seemed just like the suspension was going to be reduce to 2 video games as a result of he had a legitimate cause for lacking every take a look at. As soon as the case went to arbitration although, the five-game penalty caught after the tidbit about Collins trying to bribe the drug collector got here out. 
  • Josh Gordon reinstated. The previous NFL receiver hasn’t performed in a recreation since 2019, however that might quickly change. Gordon has been reinstated by the NFL, which suggests he is eligible to play as quickly as Week 4. Nevertheless, earlier than that may occur, he’ll want to truly signal with a crew. 
  • Tua Tagovailoa positioned on injured reserve. After turning to Jacoby Brissett in Week 3, the Dolphins will probably be sticking with him for a minimum of two extra weeks after putting Tua (ribs) on IR. Because of the transfer, Tua has to overlook a minimum of three video games, which suggests the earliest he might return could be for Miami’s Week 6 recreation in London. 
  • Andy Dalton might miss a number of weeks. Justin Fields would possibly get one other likelihood to start out for Chicago and that is as a result of Dalton’s damage might sideline him for one or two extra video games. In accordance to, Dalton is coping with a bone bruise in his knee and there is a likelihood he could possibly be out till Week 6, though if the damage heals rapidly, it is also attainable that Dalton might return this week. 

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