John Clayton's game balls
A sore back prevented Randy Moss
from playing at his typical level in Week 2. On Sunday, he carried the Patriots' passing attack on his back by catching 10 passes for 116 yards in a 26-10 victory over Atlanta. "He got a lot of single coverage and he did a good job,'' Patriots coach Bill Belichick said of Moss. "He ran a lot of different routes. We threw deep. We threw inside. We threw outside. We threw some quick passes to him. I think he did a good job of attacking the coverage.'' Maybe the Falcons should have considered doubling him more. Moss leads the NFL with 26 receptions.
Meet the younger version of Steelers LB James Harrison
. Elvis Dumervil
had two sacks in the Broncos' 23-3 victory over the Raiders. In Week 2, he had four sacks against the Cleveland Browns
. At 5-foot-11, 248 pounds, Dumervil gets underneath the blocking reach of an offensive tackle. Like Harrison, who is also about 5-11, Dumervil drives hard and is hard to stop. The amazing part for Dumervil is that he never played linebacker until this year. He's made the conversion after being a defensive end.
• Special teams:
Migraines almost kept Percy Harvin
, the Vikings' first-round pick, out of this game. Now, Harvin creates migraines for special teams coaches and defensive coordinators. His 101-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in Minnesota's 27-24 victory over the 49ers was a testament to his great speed and elusiveness. Overall, he had 180 yards on four kickoff returns. Harvin's return robbed the 49ers of winning the special teams game ball. At the end of the first half, 49ers defensive end Ray McDonald
blocked a short Ryan Longwell
field goal attempt. The ball went into the hands of Nate Clements
, who went 52 yards for a touchdown. Instead of trailing 16-6, the 49ers took a 14-13 halftime lead. Harvin's touchdown righted that wrong and put the Vikings ahead 20-17.
Week 3 rundown
• Detroit 19, Washington 14
The Lions' losing streak is over -- finally. Is the Jim Zorn era in Washington about to end as well?
• Minnesota 27, San Francisco 24
Well, that didn't take long. Brett Favre
already has a place in Vikings lore, and his game-winning TD pass might very well be the play of the year so far in the NFL.
• Green Bay 36, St. Louis 17
Now that the Lions have snapped their losing streak, the Rams will have a hard time deflecting attention away from their own run of futility (13 straight losses and counting).
New England 26, Atlanta 10
As he continues to work off the rust, Tom Brady
needs a reliable running game. That's just what Fred Taylor
(21 carries, 105 yards, TD) provided on Sunday.
N.Y. Jets 24, Tennessee 17
The bad news for the Jets' D? It finally allowed a touchdown (two exactly). The good news? It once again showed the ability to turn up the heat with the game on the line.
Philadelphia 34, Kansas City 14
's return dominated the pregame headlines, but it was Kevin Kolb
's efficiency that allowed the Eagles to cruise.
N.Y. Giants 24, Tampa Bay 0
The Giants' running game finally had a breakout performance (226 yards). Of course, it came against a Bucs D that's now allowing 187 rushing yards per game.
Baltimore 34, Cleveland 3
As expected, the Browns' feeble offense was no match for the Ravens' D. Instead of relief, Derek Anderson (three INTs), who replaced Brady Quinn at QB, added to Cleveland's growing offensive headache.
Jacksonville 31, Houston 24
The Texans' most glaring weakness? Stopping the run. Houston has allowed at least 184 rushing yards in all three games this season.
Denver 23, Oakland 3
Are the 3-0 Broncos for real? We'll know a lot more about this team after a brutal five-game stretch that begins next week against Dallas.
Chicago 25, Seattle 19
Still doubt Devin Hester
's ability to be a No. 1 wide receiver? His game-winning TD catch and run was a beautiful sight for Jay Cutler
and the Bears.
New Orleans 27, Buffalo 7
The Bills cooled off Drew Brees, but they couldn't come up with the big play against the previously porous New Orleans defense.
• Cincinnati 23, Pittsburgh 20
Clutch plays in the final minute. A stunning victory over the defending Super Bowl champs. Are these really the Bengals?
• San Diego 23, Miami 13
A bad omen for the Dolphins: Only three teams since 1990 made the playoffs after starting 0-3.
• Indianapolis 31, Arizona 10
It was a long Sunday night for the Cardinals' defense. Ditto for the Cards' offensive line, which had no answer for Indy's pass rush.
MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
• Carolina at Dallas (ESPN, 8:30 ET)
An early look at next weekend's biggest games:
• Baltimore (3-0) at New England (2-1): The Ravens are for real, but they can make a major statement by winning in Foxborough.
• N.Y. Jets (3-0) at New Orleans (3-0):
Will the Jets' dream start continue?
• Green Bay (2-1) at Minnesota (3-0):
Brett Favre against his former team on Monday night. Let the hype begin.
• Week 4 schedule