28 Fascinating Facts about Week 3 in the NFL

facts about week 3

With wild upsets and extremely close games, this was the most exciting week in the NFL, this year. Check out all these facts about week 3 that put this week’s emotions into numerical format, so heartless robots like me can understand: 

  1. The Oakland Raiders failed to convert a third down in their woeful display against Washington, going 0-for-11
    Source: Around the NFL podcast

    Facts for week 3
    “You know what would send a real message of unity? Instead of just skipping the national anthem, let’s not play well the whole game”
  2. Seattle vs Tennessee did not begin like the awesome matchup it turned in to: Both teams combined to go three-and-out 10 straight times to start the game
    Source: Around the NFL Podcast
  3. Richard Sherman managed the notorious hat trick of being penalized three times on the same play
  4. After starting 3-0, Atlanta now has a quirky schedule: They face the AFC East in their next four games, with just a bye week in between
  5. Aaron Rodgers’ threw only the second pick six of his entire career. The only other interception returned for a touchdown against him came in 2009
  6. Every AFC North team lost, this week. Two of the remaining 5 winless NFL teams are in that division (Cleveland, Cincinnati)
  7. The Eagles won the game as time ran out on a 61-yard field goal by Jake Elliott, the longest in Eagles history. It ties him for the seventh-longest field goal in history

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    Do you think he was picked up by his crotch, or did he just shift position to get that kind of feel-up?
  8. Chris Thompson became the second RB to put up 150 receiving yards vs the Raiders since 1995 (Jamaal Charles)
  9. Jacksonville has won three straight games in their annual pilgrimage to London
  10. The Jaguars handed the33 Ravens their largest margin of defeat since November of 1997
  11. Allen Hurns joins Brandon Lloyd as the only players to score three career TDs at Wembley
  12. The Bills defense sprang to life on Sunday, forcing Denver to turn the ball over on each of its final four possessions (two INTs, two turnovers-on-downs)
  13. Mike Glennon managed to win despite throwing for only 101 yards
  14. This was the Bears first win in September in three years under John Fox
  15. Gore became one of 9 players to record his 3,000th carry, notching the milestone on a 4-yard touchdown run against the Browns

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    Fun fact about week 3: It is impossible to find a fair-use picture of Frank Gore in a Colts’ uniform
  16. Before his upset win over Miami on Sunday, Josh McCown had lost 27 of his past 29 games
  17. Minnesota more than doubled the 237 yards of offense they had last week against Pittsburgh, in a 494 outpouring against the off-kilter Buccaneers
  18. Case Keenum has played the Buccaneers once in each of the last three years. He is 3-0 in those games, two of which came on the Rams
  19. Brady is now one behind the record for most games with 5 touchdowns and no interceptions, held by Drew Brees
  20. Three different Jets running backs outgained Jay Ajayi, who had a miserable 16 yards on 11 carries
  21. The Giants hadn’t scored 20 points in eight straight games heading into Sunday’s matchup at Philadelphia. They scored 24 in the fourth quarter of that game

    Giants
    The Giants also lost to the Eagles in the playoffs, and in the last regular season game of 2016. But they scored 24 points in a quarter!!
  22. After allowing just six total points over its first two games, Carolina gave up 34 at home to the Saints on Sunday
  23. In fact, not only did the Panthers defense come into the game ranked first, New Orleans’ defense started the game ranked last in the NFL
  24. DeMarco Murray ripped off a 75-yard run against Seattle, Sunday, the longest play allowed by the Seahawk’s defense since 2009
  25. Even though the Bengals won the overtime coin toss, fans were so loud in Green Bay that the Bengals had to call a timeout before their first snap. They went three-and-out, allowing Green Bay to storm down the field and win the game
  26. The Kansas City Chiefs haven’t lost a game in their division since 2015, ripping off 10 straight
  27. Phil Dawson hadn’t missed three field goals in a season since 2014. He has already missed 3, this year
  28. Philip Rivers has led the NFL in interceptions for two of the past three seasons. Currently, he is in second place with four, but DeShone Kizer leads all with 7 on the year
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    Still, Kizer has never led the NFL in interceptions for a season (Browns fans, it is so hard to find ways to go to bat for you)