NFL Today, Week 3
Monday, Sept. 26
Atlanta at New Orleans, 8:30 p.m., EDT. Drew Brees and the Saints (0-2) help New Orleans mark the 10-year anniversary of the reopening of the Superdome on Sept. 25, 2006, following its unprecedented 10-month restoration from extensive damage caused by Hurricane Katrina. Matt Ryan and the Falcons (1-1) hope to have wide receiver Julio Jones, who was limited in Saturday's practice after being held out Thursday and Friday with a calf injury.
- Trevor Siemian, Broncos, completed 23 of 35 passes for 312 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions in Denver's 29-17 win at Cincinnati.
- Ryan Tannehill, Dolphins, threw for 319 yards and three TDs, along with two INTs, in Miami's 30-24 overtime win over Cleveland.
- Jameis Winston, Buccaneers, was 36 of 57 for 405 yards and three TDs, with an INT, in a 37-32 loss to Los Angeles.
- Matthew Stafford, Lions, completed 28 of 41 passes for 385 yards and three scores in a 34-27 loss at Green Bay.
- Carson Wentz, Eagles, threw for 301 yards and two touchdowns to lead Philadelphia to a 34-3 win over Pittsburgh.
- LeSean McCoy, Bills, rushed for 110 yards and two scores on 17 carries to help Buffalo to a 33-18 victory over Arizona.
- DeMarco Murray, Titans, ran for 114 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries in Tennessee's 17-10 loss to Oakland.
- Christine Michael, Seahawks, ran for 106 yards and the first two TDs of his career on 20 carries in Seattle's 37-18 win over San Francisco.
- Jeremy Hill, Bengals, had two touchdown runs and finished with 97 yards rushing in Cincinnati's 29-17 loss to Denver.
- Todd Gurley, Rams, ran for 85 yards and two scores in Los Angeles' 37-32 win at Tampa Bay.
- Marvin Jones, Lions, caught six passes for a career-high 205 yards and two touchdowns in Detroit's 34-27 loss at Green Bay.
- T.Y. Hilton, Colts, spun out of a tackle and zig-zagged 63 yards down the field with 1:17 left to help give Indianapolis a 26-22 victory over San Diego. He finished with eight catches for 174 yards and the score.
- Doug Baldwin, Seahawks, had eight receptions for a career-high 164 yards and a TD in Seattle's 37-18 win over San Francisco.
- Terrelle Pryor, Browns, had eight catches for 144 yards in Cleveland's 30-24 overtime loss at Miami, and the former college QB also had 35 yards passing and 25 yards rushing.
- Antonio Brown, Steelers, has 12 catches for 140 yards in a losing cause as Pittsburgh fell to Philadelphia 34-3.
- Emmanuel Sanders, Broncos, had two touchdown catches and finished with nine overall receptions for 117 yards in Denver's 29-17 win at Cincinnati.
- Mike Evans, Buccaneers, made 10 receptions for 132 yards and a TD in Tampa Bay's 37-32 loss to Los Angeles.
- Dustin Hopkins, Redskins, kicked a 37-yard field goal - his fifth of the game - with 1:51 to play and defending NFC East champion Washington beat the New York Giants 29-27.
- Marcus Sherels, Vikings, returned a punt 54 yards for a touchdown in Minnesota's 22-10 win at Carolina.
- Justin Tucker, Ravens, kicked a 54-yard field goal with 1:02 remaining, lifting Baltimore to a 19-17 victory at Jacksonville.
- Demetrius Harris, Chiefs, recovered a fumbled kickoff by Jalin Marshall and scored a 61-yard touchdown in Kansas City's 24-3 win over the Jets.
- Everson Griffen, Vikings, had three of Minnesota's eight sacks in a 22-10 win at Carolina.
- Briean Boddy-Calhoun, Browns, scored on a 27-yard interception return in Cleveland's 30-24 overtime loss at Miami, becoming the first player in franchise history to run back an interception for a score in his first NFL game.
- Shane Ray, Broncos, had three sacks in Denver's 29-17 win at Cincinnati.
- Aaron Williams, Bills, returned a botched field-goal snap 53 yards for a touchdown in Buffalo's 33-18 victory over Arizona.
- Ethan Westbrooks, Rams, had a 77-yard fumble return for a TD in Los Angeles' 37-32 win at Tampa Bay.
STREAKS & STATS
Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers completed 15 of 24 passes for 205 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions for a 129.3 passer rating in the Packers' 34-27 win over Detroit. In his career, Rodgers' 110.2 passer rating is the highest at home in NFL history, with a minimum of 1,000 pass attempts. ... Indianapolis' Frank Gore rushed for 70 yards in the first half against San Diego and looked almost certain to end the Colts' streak of consecutive games without a 100-yard runner at 52. Instead, Gore gained only 11 in the second half, finishing with 81, to extend the league's longest active streak to 53. ... Carolina's 22-10 loss to Minnesota was its first at home since Nov. 16, 2014. ... Arizona's Larry Fitzgerald extended the NFL's longest active reception streak to 182 consecutive games in the Cardinals' 33-18 loss at Buffalo. ... Baltimore's Joe Flacco broke his own franchise record for consecutive completions by connecting on 21 straight in a 19-17 win at Jacksonville. Flacco's previous mark was 14 straight, set in 2009. ... Blaine Gabbert's streak of 12 straight games with a touchdown pass ended as he was 14 of 25 for 119 yards and an interception in San Francisco's 37-18 loss at Seattle.
The Giants' Odell Beckham Jr. had seven catches for 121 yards in a 29-27 loss to Washington, giving him 206 career receptions in 30 games, the fastest in NFL history to accomplish the feat. Beckham has 3,035 career yards receiving, the fastest to reach 3,000 in league history. ... Denver's Trevor Siemian is the first player in NFL history to pass for at least 300 yards and four touchdowns without an interception in his first career road start, accomplishing the feat in the Broncos' 29-17 win at Cincinnati. ... Oakland's Sebastian Janikowski kicked a 52-yard field goal in the Raiders' 17-10 win at Tennessee, giving him the most kicks made of 50 or more yards in NFL history, with 53. ... Buffalo's Tyrod Taylor had 76 yards rushing, including a 49-yarder - the longest by a quarterback in team history - in the Bills' 33-18 win over Arizona.
Baltimore improved to 3-0 for the third time in franchise history and first time since 2009 with a 19-17 win at Jacksonville. The Jaguars are 0-3 for the third time in the last four years. ... Philadelphia has scored on its first offensive possession in all three games this season.
Jay Ajayi scored on an 11-yard run with 8:26 left in overtime, and the Miami Dolphins escaped with a 30-24 win over the Cleveland Browns on Sunday - the first victory for first-year head coach Adam Gase. Cody Parkey, who was signed Saturday after Patrick Murray was hurt the day before in practice, missed three field goals for Cleveland, including a 46-yarder as time expired in regulation. The Browns had a golden chance to win after Corey Lemonier stripped the ball from Ryan Tannehill and recovered the fumble himself with 20 seconds left. But Parkey went wide left.
Philadelphia rookie Carson Wentz completed 23 of 31 passes for 301 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions in the Eagles' 34-3 win over Pittsburgh. Wentz has guided the Eagles to a 3-0 start and is the first rookie since 1970 to start and win his team's first three games to begin a season without throwing an interception. He's also the first player in NFL history with at least 100 attempts (102), 60 completions (66) and five touchdown passes (five) without an interception in his first three career games.
Terrelle Pryor, Browns, had multiple receptions, rushes and passes in the same game. The former Ohio State quarterback, now primarily a receiver, started taking some snaps in the game's second series and finished with eight catches for 144 yards - along with 35 passing yards and 25 rushing yards in a 30-24 overtime loss at Miami. Pryor even played safety on the last play of the first half. He's the first player to have at least 120 receiving yards, 30 passing yards and 20 rushing yards in a single game since Hall of Famer Frank Gifford on Dec. 6, 1959.
Minnesota held Carolina wide receivers Kelvin Benjamin and Devin Funchess without a catch in the Vikings' 22-10 win. ''For him not to have any touches is baffling,'' Newton said of Benjamin. ''We have to find ways'' to get him the ball. Cornerback Captain Munnerlyn said the Vikings' focus was on shutting down Benjamin. ''We just knew where Benjamin was the whole time,'' Munnerlyn said. ''Funchess, we weren't worried about him. It was Kelvin Benjamin. Me personally, I think No. 17 (Funchess) is not that good, so we weren't really worried about him.''
Tennessee rolled up 393 yards in a 17-10 loss to Oakland, giving the Raiders 1,428 yards allowed through three games. That tops the 1,330 yards allowed by the 1961 Raiders and ranks eighth worst in NFL history since at least 1940 through three games, according to Pro Football Reference.
Ryan Fitzpatrick followed a near-perfect performance against Buffalo with one of the worst games of his career, a six-interception meltdown against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday that doomed New York to a 24-3 defeat. The Jets managed just 305 yards of total offense, and their eight turnovers were two off the franchise record.
Officials suspended play during the two-minute warning between Los Angeles and Tampa Bay with the Rams facing third-and-11 from their 5-yard line. Fans were asked to clear the stands and seek coverage in stadium concourses before the approaching thunderstorm passed directly over the field, dumping heavy rain. The game resumed after a 69-minute delay, and the Rams won 37-32.
Russell Wilson injured his left knee in the second half of Seattle's game against San Francisco, the second time in three weeks he's gotten hurt. Wilson was pulled down awkwardly while being sacked early in the third quarter by Eli Harold, who was flagged for a horse collar tackle. Wilson stayed down for a few moments before hopping up and limping around. He missed one play on that series - the first missed play of his career due to injury - but returned to throw one more pass. He was on the Seattle bench for its next possession while a brace was put on his left knee. Trevone Boykin took over. ... Washington lost four starters to injury during the game against the New York Giants. Cornerback Bashaud Breeland sustained a high right ankle sprain and was scheduled to have an MRI on Monday. Defensive back DeAngelo Hall hurt his right knee and will be checked for a possible torn ACL. Center Kory Lichtensteiger went out with a left calf strain, and left guard Shawn Lauvao hurt his right ankle. ... San Diego linebacker Manti Te'o left against Indianapolis with an Achilles tendon injury. ... Arizona punter Drew Butler injured an ankle in the first quarter. Kicker Chandler Catanzaro took over punting duties for Butler.
''There was no, you get a warning. There was not any of that. You just have to be on your best behavior. Unfortunately, that's what it's come to. It's not really football anymore as much as it is all the other things that play into it.'' - Giants' Odell Beckham Jr. on the instructions on how to behave that he and Washington cornerback Josh Norman received before the game from referee John Hussey and field judge Rick Patterson.
''Once you're beating your opponent who's in front of you physically and psychologically, they tend to get mad like that. I don't care how old he is. I don't care. You line up in front of me, you're going to get me. If that made him angry, then he can go home and sleep on it. I don't care. You ain't going to try me as a man.'' - Jacksonville rookie cornerback Jalen Ramsey after he and Baltimore veteran receiver Steve Smith got into a back-and-forth in the Ravens' 19-17 win.
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