Week 2 of the NFL season was full of upsets, but Week 3 features even more David vs. Goliath scenarios. After the Jacksonville Jaguars, Oakland Raiders, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Cleveland Browns all won on the same weekend, only the Raiders managed to make it back-to-back wins.
Among the lopsided Las Vegas odds in Week 3, the Jaguars traveling to face the New England Patriots and the Chicago Bears heading west to play the Seattle Seahawks were some daunting tasks that have made them both two-touchdown underdogs. While the Bears still have Sunday to pull the upset in the late slate of games, the Jaguars were thoroughly crushed by New England earlier.
Backup quarterbacks were thrust into the spotlight too, as multiple starting quarterbacks went down with injuries in the second week of the season. With Tony Romo, Drew Brees and Jay Cutler all out, players like Brandon Weeden and Luke McCown were asked to step in and did great with their opportunities early, although that early momentum ran out in the second half for both players. Jimmy Clausen will have a shot to pull off the biggest upset of the weekend against the Seahawks.
The second set of Sunday games didn't provide quite the same level of excitement as the matinee. The Bills, Cardinals and Seahawks all marched to easy wins over their opponents. The closest game of the bunch was Seattle's 26-0 shutout of the Bears.
The Cardinals intercepted Colin Kaepernick four times, including a pair of pick-sixes on his first two throws of the game. Larry Fitzgerald had his second 100-yard receiving game in a row, finishing the day with 134 yards and two touchdowns. Running back Chris Johnson had 110 yards on the ground and scored twice.
Bears backup quarterback Jimmy Clausen survived their trip to Seattle, which is about all you can ask for given the circumstances. He didn't live up to the heroic performances of the other backups playing this week, finishing the game with 63 yards. Every Bears offensive drive ended with a punt. The Bears were shut out for the first time since 2002.
Someone might want to poke the Dolphins with a stick, just to see if they're still actually breathing. Joe Philbin's gang of Florida men looked lost and uninspired against the Bills. Tyrod Taylor threw three touchdown passes, including a 25-yard touchdown play to former Dolphins tight end Charles Clay.
The day's games finish with a Sunday Night Football game between the Denver Broncos and Detroit Lions. While the Broncos are 2-0, things haven't been smooth on offense, while the Lions are still looking to get in the win column after a pair of road games filled with mistakes to open the season.
Below, we've got all of the Week 3 games, with scores updated throughout the day.
Final scores so far for Sunday:
Giants 32, Washington 21 (Thursday)
Panthers 27, Saints 22
Raiders 27, Browns 20
Falcons 39, Cowboys 28
Texans 19, Buccaneers 9
Vikings 31, Chargers 14
Patriots 51, Jaguars 17
Steelers 12, Rams 6
Cardinals 47, 49ers 7
Seahawks 26, Bears 0
Bills 41, Dolphins 14
Broncos 24, Lions 12
Ben Roethlisberger, knee: He's reportedly expected to miss four weeks.
Bills WR Sammy Watkins left with a calf injury.
Marshawn Lynch left with a hamstring injury.
Sunday's biggest moments
Cam Newton isn't old enough to get those calls.
Steve Smith is still talking trash.
Bears burned by punt return trickery.
The Titans made the worst two-point attempt ever.
A.J. Green had another 80-yard touchdown to help bury the Ravens.
The Rams set their field on fire.
SB Nation presents: The Rams set their own field on fire before playing the Steelers