What We Learned: NFL Week 3
The Bills ended their 15-game losing streak against the Patriots dating back to 2003 with yet another come from behind victory. Rian Lindell nailed a 28-yard field goal as time expired to lift Buffalo to a riveting 34-31 victory at Ralph Wilson Stadium. The undefeated Bills now lead the AFC East while looking machine-like on offense and brimming with confidence last seen during the days of Jim Kelly.
The Eagles showed their vulnerabilities on both sides of the ball against the Giants Sunday afternoon. The defense gave up huge plays to Victor Cruz, Brandon Jacobs, and Ahmad Bradshaw all due to their inability to tackle in the open field. The offense also struggled, especially on short-yardage and goal-line situations. The Birds also might lose Michael Vick for some time as he left with a severely bruised non-throwing hand. Not good news for Eagles fans as Vince Young is also nursing injury, and it looks like rookie Mike Kafka might have to take some snaps under center in the near future.
Matt Stafford and company overcame a 20-point deficit and defeated the Vikings 26-23 in overtime. The 3-0 Lions also snapped a 13-game losing streak to the rival Vikings with the win. The Lions showed a ton of heart in a hostile environment and showed they can win in a variety of ways.
The $53.5 million dollar man had his third straight poor performance on the ground Sunday, rushing for 21 yards on 13 attempts. Johnson is clearly out of game-shape and has been basically useless in the backfield this season as he has a grand total of 98 yards rushing on 46 carries, a 2.1 ypc average. C.J. has been contributing in the passing game though, averaging about 4 receptions per game. With that being said, the Titans didn’t give Johnson 50-plus million to be a check-down receiver. C.J. has to be more productive on the ground, period.
Romo was, in a word, a warrior on Sunday. He not only overcame broken ribs and a punctured lung but a plethora of miscommunication issues with receivers and his center en route to a 18-16 victory over the NFC East rival Redskins. Romo has been called a choke artist by many, including me (see here), and he still hasn’t proven he has the “clutch gene” (to steal a line from Skip Bayles), but he’s definitely earned a ton of respect.