Tuesday, October 19, 2021

The Week 3 winners and losers in the NFL

Story highlights This week the NFL opened its season with four games, including one from our network. Get up to speed on the 2018 NFL season below.

While there were winners and losers of Week 3 of the 2018 NFL season, there’s always a bright side — and here’s what we found.

New England: It’s still early and the Patriots have three more games left in the regular season (and playoffs). But we can still look to Week 3 to see what’s working and what’s not, with quarterback Tom Brady, wide receiver Julian Edelman and coach Bill Belichick back to their old ways. The result? The Patriots handed the Baltimore Ravens their first loss of the season, beating them 45-7.

The Cowboys: The Cowboys were supposed to be bad, but they’re not so bad anymore — except for the team’s last name. Dallas started the season 0-2, including a loss to the Arizona Cardinals. But after a second-straight win, the Cowboys were back to 9-1 after a 38-24 victory over the Minnesota Vikings. Dallas still has to host an NFC East rival in Philly this week, but after that, no other NFC East opponents have defeated Dallas (with the exception of the Redskins, who dropped two games last season.)

The Ravens: The team may be a bit of a one-trick pony, but quarterback Joe Flacco is still a good one. With the exception of the game-changing addition of rookie quarterback Lamar Jackson, Baltimore didn’t have much to celebrate from Week 3. The loss to New England put the Ravens at 1-2, and the Denver Broncos’ 38-31 win over the Cleveland Browns kept them at 1-3.

The Patriots: Let’s face it: Brady is Tom Brady. He’s the GOAT, and the Patriots beat the Ravens (0-3, now 0-4) with ease, led by Brady’s record sixth career 300-yard passing game and his 100th career touchdown pass. Oh, and thanks to last year’s rules changes, quarterbacks can now touch the ball after being intercepted. It was a feature of last season’s Super Bowl 51, and we were wondering what would happen when the season starts again. Well, let’s just say, we still don’t know.

Denver: The Broncos had another frustrating season opener, losing to division rival, and No. 1 ranked, Oakland Raiders, 28-10. Denver managed just 12 points in a fourth quarter that saw the team trail 24-7.

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