2010 NFL Week 3 Game Recaps
Titans 29, Giants 10
Eli Manning (34-of-48, 386 yards) threw two interceptions. One wasn't his fault (it bounced out of Hakeem Nicks' hands). The other was terrible, as it was tossed into the end zone.
Ahmad Bradshaw had a good game (15 carries, 88 yards; 5 catches, 30 rec. yards), except for the fact that he fumbled inside the Tennessee 5-yard line.
Other errors: Manning had an incredible long completion to Mario Manningham from his own 1-yard line, but a chop block penalty wiped that out and gave Tennessee a safety. Lawrence Tynes also missed two field goals, though one misfire was from 50-plus.
Bengals 20, Panthers 7
Starting with the young guy, Jimmy Clausen was 16-of-33 for 188 yards and a costly interception inside the red zone. The biggest problem for Clausen was that he and center Ryan Kalil just couldn't get on the same page. There were three botched snaps, and the Panthers lost two of them. Carolina had only two first downs in the opening half.
Still, despite Clausen's struggles, the Panthers were driving down the field for a potential game-winning touchdown in the middle of the fourth quarter. However, Jonathan Stewart (8 carries, 13 yards) was guilty of an ugly fumble, which the Bengals recovered. Cincinnati scored a touchdown a couple of plays later to ice this contest.
Steelers 38, Buccaneers 13
Batch went on to finish the first half 11-of-14 for 177 yards, three touchdowns and that pick. He barely threw in the second half because Pittsburgh had such a huge lead.
Batch was incredible, and it makes me wonder why Pittsburgh even started Dennis Dixon in those first two games. Batch connected on a pair of long bombs to Mike Wallace (3 catches, 100 yards, 2 TDs), as the Buccaneers were definitely feeling the loss of safety Tanard Jackson. This opened up massive running lanes for Rashard Mendenhall, who had 143 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries.
Patriots 38, Bills 30
The bad news is that New England's defense is garbage. The Bills totaled 374 yards of offense. They converted 5-of-10 third downs, including a 3rd-and-18 in the first half. Ryan Fitzpatrick went 20-of-28 for 247 yards, two touchdowns and a pair of interceptions.
It might be possible that Chan Gailey forgot Spiller was such a high pick. Why isn't he getting more touches? Marshawn Lynch is looking good (13 carries, 79 yards), so Buffalo fans have to be hoping that the front office can trade him so Spiller can be more involved on offense.
Ravens 24, Browns 17
Flacco went 22-of-31 for 262 yards and three touchdowns, all of which were to Anquan Boldin (8 catches, 142 yards). It's amazing how much better an offense can work when it's not battling a fierce defense like the Jets or Bengals. All of the concerns regarding Flacco in the wake of last week's loss were clearly overblown.
Chiefs 31, 49ers 10
Despite racking up 417 yards against New Orleans, the 49ers mustered just a field goal until garbage time. They had only four first downs in the first half to Kansas City's 13. They converted just 4-of-17 third downs, and allowed the Chiefs to accumulate five sacks.
Cowboys 27, Texans 13
Vikings 24, Lions 10
Minnesota played a sloppy game. Brett Favre tossed two interceptions, and had a third wiped out by an unrelated penalty. Moreover, the Vikings as a whole had a whopping 12 penalties, including three on one drive in the first quarter.
Falcons 27, Saints 24
On one impressive possession, the Falcons held the ball for almost 12 minutes. They converted back-to-back fourth downs on the drive and eventually scored a touchdown. Mike Smith deserves a ton of credit for eschewing a field goal attempt on those two occasions.
Michael Turner had 30 of Atlanta's 44 carries, and turned those attempts into 114 yards and a touchdown. Jason Snelling had 62 yards on 14 rushes.
Ryan's scores went to Tony Gonzalez and Roddy White (5 catches, 69 yards). Gonzalez silenced all critics (including myself) who speculated that he might be done after two poor games. Gonzalez hauled in eight balls for 110 yards.
Sean Payton actually mentioned Hartley's missed kick in the post-game press conference as a reason for why his team lost. Perhaps Payton forgot the instance where he foolishly gave scrub running back Chris Ivory a fourth-down carry instead of Pierre Thomas (9 carries, 30 yards; 6 catches, 61 rec. yards). Ivory coughed up the football.
Rams 30, Redskins 16
St. Louis totaled 365 yards of offense. They converted 7-of-16 third downs. The Rams ran the ball at will; Steven Jackson notched 58 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries, while Kenneth Darby registered 49 yards and a score on 14 attempts. Darby entered the game after Jackson left with a groin injury.
It does not look good for Jackson, as Adam Schefter reports that the Rams may bring in Larry Johnson as insurance. Jackson simply cannot stay healthy, which is why I recommend passing on him in the first two rounds of fantasy drafts this summer.
One of McNabb's bombs (56 yards) connected with Santana Moss, who had six grabs for 124 yards and a touchdown. Chris Cooley, meanwhile, had five catches for 53 yards.
Eagles 28, Jaguars 3
QB Dog Killer was indeed as awesome as a deranged psychopath could possibly be. He went 17-of-31 for 291 yards and three touchdowns, and made really impressive throws all afternoon. He also had 30 rushing yards and a fourth touchdown on the ground. Like Detroit, the Jaguars possess an awful secondary, so Kevin Kolb arguably could have done just as well as Andy Reid's pet project. QB Dog Killer will face a much tougher test next weekend against the Redskins.
Colts 27, Broncos 13
Well, despite the two-touchdown loss, Denver was very solid. But in addition to being overmatched against an elite Colts team, the Broncos had way too many failed trips in the red zone. Laurence Maroney couldn't get into the end zone on 4th-and-goal in the second quarter. At the end of the game, Denver gave the ball up on downs on back-to-back possessions inside the Indianapolis 20.
Lloyd put on a monstrous performance, catching six balls for 169 yards and that score. Jabar Gaffney also posted big numbers (12 catches, 140 yards) despite the presence of Demaryius Thomas. Thomas had two grabs for 43 yards, and almost pulled in a touchdown. However, Thomas suffered a hand injury at the end of the game.
As for Manning's other targets, Dallas Clark had five grabs for 44 yards. Rookie Blair White stepped in for an injured Pierre Garcon, and recorded three catches for 27 yards and a score.
Cardinals 24, Raiders 23
The lesson, as always: Don't spend first-round picks on kickers!
Anderson's other touchdown went to Steve Breaston, who paced Arizona with four grabs for 41 yards.
Seahawks 27, Chargers 20
Every Chargers road game is the same. They suffer untimely fumbles (three lost fumbles, including Mike Tolbert coughing it up in the red zone). They screw up on special teams (Leon Washington scored twice on kickoffs with 101- and 99-yard returns). And their final drive in an attempt to either tie the contest or take the lead ends up badly.
Rivers' scores went to Antonio Gates (7 catches, 109 yards) and Malcom Floyd (6-97).
Jets 31, Dolphins 23
After a rough opener against the Ravens, Sanchez picked up where he left off in a solid performance against the Patriots last week. He went 15-of-28 for 256 yards and three touchdowns at Miami. He made a number of impressive throws, but was inches away from making multiple costly errors. He had two interceptions dropped by Jason Allen and Kendall Langford. The Langford near-pick was terrible in particular; Sanchez just tossed it to the defensive lineman, who wasn't expecting such an easy would-be interception to come his way.
Henne went 26-of-44 for 363 yards, two touchdowns and an interception at the very end of the game. Despite the loss, his performance has to be encouraging to Dolphins fans who watched Henne struggle in the first two weeks.
Henne's other receivers stepped up as well; Davone Bess had six grabs for 86 yards, while Brian Hartline snagged five balls for 84 yards.
For thoughts on Packers-Bears, check out my updated 2010 NFL Power Rankings, which will be posted Tuesday morning.
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