NFL Week 3 Afternoon Round Up: Backup Quarterbacks, Pyrotechnics And More!
Sunday was a weird day, most especially when looking at the box scores for many of the NFL's elite franchises. The Cowboys, Saints and Steelers are three teams that are rarely associated with weakness at the quarterback position, but that's exactly what they all dealt with as the following back ups had to step up for their teams' injured starters.
Brandon Weeden and Luke McCown started their games for the Cowboys and Saints respectively, as Tony Romo is out for the foreseeable future with a broken collarbone and Drew Brees is suffering a bruised rotator cuff. The midway through the third quarter, Ben Roethlisberger had to be carted off the field after taking an unfortunately placed low hit to his left knee, courtesy of Rams safety Mark Barron.
Here's how each of these replacements for the elites performed in Week 3:
Brandon Weeden (FINAL SCORE: Falcons 39, Cowboys 28)
22/26, 232 yards, 0 TD, 1 INT, 87.8 passer rating
Weeden had an excellent completion percentage, and did assists in getting his team in position for four rushing touchdowns; three from Joseph Randle and one from Darren McFadden.
Luke McCown (FINAL SCORE: Panthers 27, Saints 22)
31/38, 310 yards, 0 TD, 1 INT, 89.7 passer rating
McCown's performance is eerily similar to Weeden's. He couldn't get the ball in the end zone, but certainly didn't lose the game for his team. In the end, it was the Saints' extremely poor defense that proved to be the weakest link.
5/6, 38 yards, 0 TD, o INT, 93.1 passer rating (FINAL SCORE: Steelers 12, Rams 6)
Vick came into the game while the Steelers had a 9-3 six-point lead, and kept them at a six-point lead for the unimpressive but still important win. His performance was reminder though that the Steelers definitely need to pray that Ben Roethlisberger is going to be okay after leaving the game in the third quarter with a knee injury.
And if you want some more backup quarterback action, tune into the Bears at Seahawks game to see Jimmy Clausen (!) under center, replacing the injured Jay Cutler.
Here are some other interesting, noteworthy and highlight-worthy things that happened around the NFL on Sunday.
This disaster happened in the Raiders at Browns game today. Apparently the Browns special teams are completely brain dead? (FINAL SCORE: Raiders 27, Browns 20)
Tom Brady threw his 400th career touchdown pass, joining Peyton Manning, Brett Favre and Dan Marino as just the 4th quarterback to ever do so. He also achieved the feat in the fewest pass attempts (7,282) of the four QBs. (FINAL SCORE: Patriots 51, Jaguars 17)
The Rams caused a 25-minute delay because their completely unnecessary pyrotechnics caused the field to catch on fire.
Plus, Le'Veon Bell did this in his first game of the season after serving a two-game suspension, because of course he did.
Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton struggled at times in Baltimore; but wide receiver A.J. Green, who apparently doesn't really care to get tackled, did not suck. (FINAL SCORE: Bengals 28, Ravens 24) <--By the way, that means that the Ravens have started their season 0-3 for the first time in franchise history. #SorryNotSorry?
It's been quite the day, and the football is far from over. Here are the rest of your afternoon scores:
Indianapolis Colts 35, Tennessee Titans 33
Minnesota Vikings 31, San Diego Chargers 15
Houston Texans 19, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 9
Philadelphia Eagles 24, New York Jets 17
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