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NFL Week 3 takeaways: Lamar Jackson, Doug Pederson steal the show; Chargers, Patriots in trouble

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Another Sunday of football is almost in the books. The Colts stunned the Chiefs. Eagles destroyed the commanders. The Dolphins were undefeated. And that was just a taste of the third week when the prime time matches weren’t over yet.

Did you miss the first waves of promotions of the 3rd week? Immerse yourself completely in our Sunday fight, a weekly roundup of the best findings and tidbits. Like the best greasy breakfast plates at your local diner, it should be a hodgepodge of good things, from weekly MVP awards and telling what’s true or false to roundups of next weekend’s best games and hot seat contenders.

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Now dig in and let’s recap:

Week 3 Rewards

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AFC Most Valuable Player: Ravens QB Lamar Jackson

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A week ago, Tua Tagovailoa’s Week 2 breakthrough garnered everyone’s attention for his MVP level, but Jackson returned to it against the Patriots, waltzing through Bill Belichick’s defense with ease. By the end of the day, the speedster covered 100 yards on the ground and scored five touchdowns as Baltimore closed in on the 40 hamburger at Foxborough. Elite talent, proven.

Best NFC Player: Eagles DE Brandon Graham

Carson Wentz didn’t even get a chance to get back together with his old team because the Eagles D-line was in front of him all day. Graham was the headliner on the offensive against Washington, with a total of 2.5 sacks, five quarterback hits and a pass deflection as Philadelphia limited Commanders to 240 yards in a 24-8 rout. Not bad for a 34-year-old athlete with a torn Achilles tendon.

Trainer of the week: Doug Pederson of the Jaguars

Do it two straight weeks for Dougie P. Fellow AFC coach Mike McDaniel deserves all the hype leading a surprise 3-0 team, but no one has had the Jags take out the Colts and Chargers one after the other. weeks. Trevor Lawrence is looking more comfortable a week under his new boss, and DC’s Pederson-picked rookie Mike Caldwell is thriving.

Mister Cool Week: Colts QB Matt Ryan

He didn’t necessarily have a good day in a defensive battle with the Chiefs, but you know what? Anytime you can get hit to the body during a bag fumble, get hammered by a nervous Chris Jones and still stand up straight to throw the go-ahead for a touchdown to beat Patrick Mahomes, you deserve props. Indy wasn’t dead 1-2 yet and the resilience of their QB helped a lot.

Teams of the Week

  • Dolphinsfor beating bills to shut up (more) critics as Tua Tagovailoa keeps shooting darts from his pocket
  • Panthersfor unlocking Laviska Cheneau to win the ugly contest with the Saints
  • vikingsfor withstanding the early magic of the Lions to win a much-needed victory in the North.
  • Jaguarsfor embarrassing the battered Chargers to get Doug Pederson the respect he deserves

Favorite fantasy

The CBS Fantasy team will bring you the latest waiver advice, week 4 predictions and more. In the meantime, here are the guys I’d be eyeing if I were you:

  • Seahawks QB Jeno Smith: You don’t want to rely on it every week, but as a streaming option, you can do a lot worse. Now Smith has dropped 2+ TDs in two of his three starts despite Seattle’s overall mediocrity.
  • Jaguars WR Zai Jones: Trevor Lawrence connected with everyone in a big win over the Chargers, but now Jones has 24 goals in three games. He has clearly cemented his position as one of the top three picks for a growing offense.
  • Packers WR Romeo Doubs: That pre-season bond is starting to show in games, with the rookie scoring at least five Aaron Rodgers goals in two of his three games. Its role should only increase as we move forward.

Truth or lie

Which evolving narratives—popular or artificial—are actually valid?

Chargers in trouble: Not only did Justin Herbert take the field with injured ribs on Sunday, Los Angeles also lost Rashawn Slater and Joey Boza to the Jaguars, and stars like Keenan Allen and Corey Linsley have already been injured. Herbert’s presence will keep them in danger, but this wave of medical problems could destroy his background cast. Verdict: TRUE

The Patriots are almost dead: After narrowly beating the Steelers in Week 3, New England couldn’t keep up with the high-flying Ravens on Sunday, and McJones, now recovering from back pain, reportedly suffered a more serious ankle injury. With the Bills and Dolphins holding juice in the AFC East, their playoff hopes look dubious. Verdict: TRUE

The Colts returned to the status of contenders: Defeating the Chiefs is like a huge W, right? Well, yes, to prevent the start of 0-2-1. But their offense, despite the clutch finish, was still downright ugly, and KC couldn’t resist some costly fines and spec team gaffes. At this point, it is probably safer to bet on another team from AFC South. Verdict: FALSE

On the Horizon: Week 4

We still have a few games to wrap up Week 3, but here’s how we rank next week’s top matches:

3. Rams in 49ers: Jimmy Garoppolo will make his debut as Trey Lance’s replacement (and reprise his own QB1 role) in prime time to close out Week 3, and then he’s back under the bright lights on Monday night for the 2021 NFC Championship rematch.

2. Buccaneers executives: The Super Bowl 55 rematch, when Brady and the Bucks beat the Chiefs, will be the rebound point for both opponents after Kansas City tripped over themselves against the Colts.

1. Ravens accounts: Firepower. You can’t get much better than Josh Allen vs Lamar Jackson and the latter should be motivated to show up at home after Allen’s Bills beat the Ravens to move on to the 2020 AFC title game.


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