In Week 3, the Detroit Lions' future opponents combined to go 6-7. Here's a look at how each team performed:
For the second week in a row, the Jets didn't do the Lions any favors. On Monday night, things got off to a rough start with Geno Smith throwing a pick-six to open the game, and the Jets later fell into a 17-3 hole. They were able to rally and had a chance to potentially tie the game late, but Smith's struggles continued and the Jets came up short.
Buffalo is no longer undefeated after losing to San Diego on Sunday. The Bills fell behind early and went into halftime down 13-3. They later got down 20-3, and although a Fred Jackson touchdown cut the deficit to 10 points at the end of the third quarter, the Bills just couldn't do enough on offense to make this game close.
Minnesota looks pretty lost on offense right now, which I guess isn't a surprise given Adrian Peterson's absence. Matt Cassel only threw for 53 yards before leaving with an injury, and Teddy Bridgewater only managed to put up 150 yards on 20 attempts. Neither quarterback found the end zone, as all of Minnesota's points came on Blair Walsh field goals. Walsh's third field goal cut the gap to 13-9 early in the third quarter, but that was it for the Vikings from a scoring standpoint.
Drew Brees put up big numbers in this game -- 27-for-35 for 293 yards and two touchdowns -- but the New Orleans offense only put up 20 points. The Saints allowed the Vikings to hang around for a bit as a result, but a Marques Colston touchdown reception early in the fourth quarter basically put this game away.
This was one of the most lopsided NFL games I've ever seen. The Falcons raced out to a 56-0 lead before the third quarter was even over. Their defense was dominant, and Matt Ryan and Julio Jones were outstanding. Ryan went 21-for-24 for 286 yards and three touchdowns, and Jones caught nine passes for 161 yards and two touchdowns.
Things are starting to fall apart for Miami. The Dolphins rallied to make this a 21-15 game in the third quarter, but that's as close as they got. The Chiefs added a pair of touchdowns in the fourth quarter to pull away, and now players are allegedly upset with the Dolphins' defensive scheme, and there's even some talk about Ryan Tannehill no longer being the starting quarterback going forward. This situation could get ugly real fast if the losses keep piling up for the Dolphins.
How about Drew Stanton? He led the Cardinals to victory for the second week in a row, and he threw for 244 yards and two touchdowns against San Francisco. Both of his touchdown passes came in the third quarter, and they both went to John Brown. At halftime, the Cardinals were actually down 14-6, but Stanton's touchdowns gave Arizona the lead and the eventual victory.
This was a surprisingly close game. The Raiders had a potential game-tying touchdown called back because of a penalty, and Vince Wilfork intercepted Derek Carr with a minute left in regulation on the very next play. The turnover sealed the game for the Patriots and gave them the win in what was really a field-goal fest. Stephen Gostkowski and Sebastian Janikowski each made three field goals, and the difference in this game turned out to be a touchdown pass to Rob Gronkowski in the second quarter.
Chicago couldn't get anything going on the ground against New York -- they rushed for 60 yards on 21 carries (2.9 average) -- but it didn't matter. Jay Cutler had another solid game, this time throwing for 225 yards and a pair of touchdowns. And on defense, the Bears forced three turnovers, including a pick-six by Ryan Mundy, and they stood tough at the end of the game to keep the Jets from making a comeback.
Tampa Bay looked like a bad college team in this game. The Bucs had no answer for the Falcons and were embarrassed on offense, defense and special teams. What's more, Josh McCown left the game with an injury after hitting his hand on a helmet, so the Bucs may be rolling with Mike Glennon for the next few weeks.
You already know what happened in this game. The Packers offense was shut down by the Lions defense. Aaron Rodgers only managed to throw for 162 yards and one touchdown, partly because the Packers barely had the ball in this game. The Lions won the time of possession battle by a margin of 38:13-21:47, and they kept Rodgers off the field for much of the game as a result.