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NFL Week 3 Sunday Scramble: Lamar Jackson, Doug Pederson Headline.Chargers, Patriots Trouble

Another Sunday of soccer is just in the book. The Colts surprised the Chiefs. The Eagles destroyed the Commander. The Dolphins remained undefeated. And that’s just a fraction of Week 3, with primetime matchups still tapped.

Missed the first wave of action in Week 3? Sunday scramble, a weekly roundup of key takeaways and tidbits. Like the best greasy breakfast plate at your local diner, this is meant to be a hodgepodge of good things.

So let’s dig in and summarize.

Week 3 Awards

AFC MVP: Ravens QB Lamar Jackson

Tua Tagovailoa’s Week 2 breakout stole the spotlight from his MVP caliber a week ago, but Jackson effortlessly broke through Bill Belichick’s defense to take on it again against the Patriots . By the end of the day, the Speedster had surpassed his 100 yards on the ground and scored a total of five touchdowns, while Baltimore came close to his 40 Berger at Foxborough. Elite talent, reconfirmed.

NFC MVP: Eagles DE Brandon Graham

Carson Wentz didn’t even get a chance to tear it up against his old team because the Eagles’ D-line was in his face all day. Graham was the star of the offense against Washington, with 2.5 total sacks, five quarterback hits and a passing deflection as the Phillies limited the Commanders to 240 yards in a 24–8 rout. Not bad for his 34-year-old getting out of a torn Achilles tendon.

Coach of the week: Jaguars Doug Pederson

Make it two weeks in a row for Dougie P. His fellow AFC coach Mike McDaniel deserves all the hype leading his surprise 3-0 team, but no one the Jags blew the Colts and Chargers back to back . week. Trevor Lawrence looks more comfortable week by week under his new headman, and first-timer Mike Caldwell, Pederson’s handpicked DC, is thriving.

Mr. Cool of the Week: Colts QB Matt Ryan

He didn’t necessarily have a great day on defense against the Chiefs, but what do you think? Any time you can straighten up to throw a crushing go-ahead touchdown, you deserve props.

team of the week

  • of Dolphinfor silencing critics (further) by defeating the bill while Tua Tagovailoa kept firing darts out of his pocket.
  • of panthersFor unlocking Laviska Shenault and winning an ugly contest with the Saints
  • of vikingsfor enduring the Lions’ early magic to earn a much-needed rebounding win in the North.
  • of jaguarfor embarrassing the devastated Chargers into making Doug Pederson pay him the respect he deserves.

fantasy Favorites

The CBS Fantasy team discusses the latest waiver recommendations, Week 4 predictions, and more. In the meantime, here’s who I’d watch out for if I were you.

  • Seahawks QB Geno Smith: I don’t want to rely on him every week, but as a streaming option, it could do worse. threw a TD.
  • Jaguars WR Zay Jones: Trevor Lawrence connected with everyone in a big win over the Chargers, but Jones now has 24 total targets in three games. He’s clearly cementing his position as a top-three pick for his options on a growing offense.
  • Packers WR Romeo Dubs: That preseason connection is starting to show in games, with the rookie getting at least five targets from Aaron Rodgers in two of his three games. His role is only forward.

right or wrong

Which popular or artificial narratives actually work?

Charger is in trouble: Not only did Justin Herbert come out on the field Sunday with a rib injury, LA lost LaShawn Slater and Joey Bosa against the Jaguars, and stars like Keenan Allen and Corey Linsley are already banging. Herbert’s presence puts them at risk, but this wave of medical problems could ruin his supporting 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 Mac Jones, who had already recovered from back pain, suffered a more serious injury to his ankle. Playoff hopes look murky with the Bills and Dolphins in power in the AFC East. Verdict: True

The Colts have returned to contender status. It’s a giant “W” that beats the Chiefs, right? Well, yes, to stave off a 0-2-1 start. But despite the clutch finish, their offense was still completely ugly, and KC didn’t help with some expensive penalties and special team gaffes. is probably safer. Verdict: False

On the Horizon: Week 4

There are still a few games left to wrap up Week 3, but here’s how to rank next week’s best matchups.

3. The Rams of the 49ers: Jimmy Garoppolo made his debut as replacement for Trey Lance (and reprising his own QB1 role) in prime time to wrap up Week 3, before heading into the bright lights for Monday night’s rematch of the 2021 NFC Championship. come back to

2. Chief of the Buccaneers: A Super Bowl 55 rematch as Brady and the Bucks beat the Chiefs after Kansas City stumbled against the Colts.

1. Bills at Ravens: Firepower. There’s nothing better than Josh Allen vs. Lamar Jackson, and after Allen’s Bills beat the Ravens to advance to the 2020 AFC title game, Lamar Jackson should be motivated to show up at home.