DENVER, September 23, 2013 — Peyton Manning engineered a Monday Night Football massacre as Denver blasted the Raiders. Manning completed 31 of his first 36 passes for 365 yards, three more touchdowns, and still has not been intercepted. Here is the entire NFL 2013 Week 3 Recap.
Kansas City Chiefs at Philadelphia Eagles—Philly fans cheered Walrus Lite, Andy Reid, before the game and Donovon McNabb at halftime when his number was retired. They jeered the game itself as four first half Philly turnovers doomed the Eagles. An interception of Michael Vick for one touchdown plus three Ryan Succop field goals had the Chiefs up by seven in the fourth quarter. Pinned at their own five yard line, Alex Smith led an eight minute drive. Succup hit his fourth field goal from 38 yards out to lock up the win as Reid’s tusks beamed. 26-16 Chiefs
Houston Texans at Baltimore Ravens — For the second straight home game the Ravens spotted an opponent two field goals and then the defense clamped down. Justin Tucker kicked three field goals for the Ravens and Smith took a Matt Schaub interception 37 yards for a Ravens touchdown. Joe Flacco managed the game as the Ravens throttled the Houston offense. 30-9 Ravens
New York Giants at Carolina Panthers — Both teams were 0-2, but this was a shocker. Eli Manning was sacked six times in the first half and the Giants had 18 yards at halftime. Cam Newton threw touchdown passes of 20 yards to Brandon LaFell and 47 yards to Ted Ginn. Newton also ran for a three-yard touchdown. Ron Rivera capped off Hispanic Heritage Month with a win for his team. Tom Coughlin is not a good passenger on flights home after games like this. 38-0 Panthers
Detroit Lions at Washington Redskins — The Lions had never beaten the Redskins in Washington, going 0 for 21. A after three quarters saw Matthew Stafford hit Megatron Calvin Johnson for an 11-yard score. Down by 7, the Redskins had a final Hail Mary try from midfield. It fell incomplete, and Mike Shanahan and RGIII are leading a stunning 0-3 Redskins squad while Jim Schwartz has the Lions at 2-1. 27-20 Lions
Arizona Cardinals at New Orleans Saints — The Cardinals led 7-0 before the Saints’ offense blasted them. Drew Brees finished 29 of 46 for 342 yards and three touchdowns. He hit Robert Meachem for a 27-yard score and Jimmy Graham for a 16-yard touchdown. A 7-yard toss to Graham completed the blowout. Sean Payton’s return clearly matters. The Saints are 3-0 and playing like it. 31-7 Saints
San Diego Chargers at Tennessee Titans — For the third straight week, the Chargers played a cardiac game as a pair of 1-1 squads faced off. The Chargers led 17-13 with 2:17 to play, and the Titans were 94 yards away from paydirt. With 21 seconds left, the Titans faced 3rd and 10 from the Chargers’ 34 yard line. Jake Locker went deep and found Justin Hunter for the touchdown as the Chargers’ bench collapsed in agony. Mike McCoy went for the hook and laterals rather than the Hail Mary, but there would be no reverse Music City Miracle. 20-17 Titans
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New England Patriots — Tom Brady hit Kendrell Thompkins for touchdowns of 16 and five yards and Stephen Gostkowski added three field goals for a relatively easy win. Tampa Bay is 0-3 and Greg Schiano is trying to stave off a player revolt. Bellichick and Brady are still unhappy with the relative lack of offensive production, but they are 3-0 and only going to get better. 23-3 Patriots
Green Bay Packers at Cincinnati Bengals — The Bengals quickly led 14-0 before the Packers ripped off 30 straight points as the Bengals committed six turnovers. Cincinnati clawed to within 30-27, when Aaron Rodgers led a long drive to try and ice things. The Packers faced 4th and 1 at the Cincy 30 with four minutes left. Mike McCarthy decided to go for it. Jonathan Franklin got the carry and fumbled, and Cincinnati’s Terrence Newman picked it up and raced 58 yards for a touchdown in front of a shellshocked Packers’ bench. Rodgers led Green Bay down the field again, but threw incomplete on 4th and 5 from the Bengals’ 20 as Cincinnati got to 2-1 and Green Bay fell to 1-2 in one of the great comebacks for Cincy and collapses for the Packers. 34-30 Bengals
St. Louis Rams at Dallas Cowboys — Insisting they would run it, Dallas did. Demarco Murray gained 175 yards on 26 carries. Tony Romo hit Dez Bryant for a two-yard touchdown and Escobar for a 24-yard score as Dallas cruised to a 24-0 lead and coasted. At 2-1 Dallas leads the NFC Least, while the Rams are 1-2 in the tough NFC West. Jerry Jones was so pleased that he declared Jason Garrett and the players can play next week. 31-7 Cowboys
Cleveland Browns at Minnesota Vikings — Forget the Trent Richardson trade. The story in Cleveland was the benching of Brandon Weeden for third string quarterback Bryan Hoyer. He and Christian Ponder put on a thriller as Hoyer went 30 of 54 for three touchdowns and three interceptions. Minnesota led 27-24 with 3 1/2 minutes left when Cleveland took over at their own 45. On 3rd and goal from the 7, Hoyer hit Cameron for the third time to put Cleveland in front. Ponder had two Hail Mary tries in the final ten seconds from midfield, but the first fell incomplete and the final play saw Ponder get sacked. Minnesota is 0-3, while 1-2 Cleveland may have found a signal caller. 31-27 Browns
Atlanta Falcons at Miami Dolphins — Matt Bryant hit a 33-yard field goal to put the Falcons up 23-20 with 12 minutes left in regulation. With 4:46 to play Miami began from their 25. Ryan Tannehill converted a 3rd and 4 with a pass to Gibson at the Atlanta 29. He then went deep to Clay for 21 and Gibson again for seven to put the ball on the one with 43 seconds left. Tannehill hit Sims for the score and Miami led. Atlanta took over at their 20 and Matt Ryan was quickly intercepted. Miami is a surprising 3-0 for Joe Philbin while Atlanta is a puzzling 1-2 for Mike Smith. 27-23 Dolphins
Buffalo Bills at New York Jets — The Jets blew a 20-6 lead as E.J. Manuel hit Scott Chandler to tie the game 20-20 with 10 1/2 minutes left. One minute later Geno Smith went deep to Santonio Holmes for a 69-yard touchdown. A perfect punt pinned the Bills at their own one with 21 seconds left. Needing 99 yards, the Bills came up short by 90 yards. The Jets are one of the worst 2-1 teams in awhile, but Rex Ryan will remind everybody the team has nothing for which to apologize. 27-20 Jets
Indianapolis Colts at San Francisco 49ers — The Colts led 13-7 after three quarters, courtesy of a one-yard Trent Richardson touchdown run. The fourth quarter saw Andrew Luck run it in from six yards out and Ahmad Bradshaw added a one-yard touchdown run as the Colts shocked the home crowd. Jim Harbaugh’s 49ers have been outscored 56-10 in their last two games and are a surprising 1-2 while the Colts are 2-1 with the emphatic Chuck Strong road win. 27-7 Colts
Jacksonville Jaguars at Seattle Seahawks — The largest blowout in NFL history was 73-0 back in 1940. Seattle as 19.5 point favorites had a chance to break that mark hosting Jacksonville. Russell Wilson threw four touchdown passes. Leading 31-0, Pete Carroll applied the mercy rule and had backup quarterback Tarvaris Jackson throw two more touchdowns. The 3-0 Seahawks are that good and Jaguars are 13 losses from 0-16. 45-17 Seahawks
Chicago Bears at Pittsburgh Steelers —Chicago Bears at Pittsburgh Steelers — The Chicago Bears at 2-0 may not be that good, but the 0-2 Steelers really are that bad. A 38 yard interception return of Ben Roethlisberger had the Bears up 24-3 at halftime, but Pittsburgh got to within 27-23 in the fourth quarter. Jay Cutler then hit Bennett for a five yard touchdown. Julius Peppers recovered a fumble of Big Ben and returning it 42 yards for the clinching touchdown. Roethlisberger threw for 406 yards but five turnovers killed Pittsburgh 40-23 Bears
Oakland Raiders at Denver Broncos — Peyton Manning began 21 of 24 for 264 yards and three touchdowns and zero interceptions. That was only the first half, as the Broncos built a 27-7 lead. Manning hit Eric Decker, Wes Welker and Denarius Thomas for touchdowns in this blowout. Terrelle Pryor did throw a 73-yard touchdown to Denarius Moore, and Darren McFadden had a halfback option touchdown pass to Marcel Reece, but the Raiders were simply overmatched. 37-21 Broncos
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