With a lot of anticipation, and anxiety towards week 3 it was nothing short of high caliber, classic football.  With shockers and, a ton of excitement here we recap some key games and moments from week 3.  Lets start with the Vikings and the Lions.  After Minnesota started the game out great leading the Lions 20-0 at the half they took their A game with them to the locker room and left it there.  The Lions stormed back to outscore the Vikings 26-3 in the second half plus overtime to improve their record to 3-0 while sending the Vikings to 0-3.  The Vikings now have been outscored by their opponents by 60 points to start the season.  We head to Carolina where there is a lot of talk about rookie sensation Cam Newton after throwing for over 850 yards in his first two games despite losing them both.  With a showing of talent and no wins the talk of Panthers was then, Can they win?  Sunday they proved that they can beating the Jaguars 16-10 behind 158 passing yards and 1 TD from Cam Newton despite 122 rushing yards on 24 carries from Maurice Jones-Drew.  Now that Carolina has won a game and we have seen that Cam Newton can throw lets see what this team starts to look like in the upcoming weeks.

We head to Tampa Bay where the Buccaneers faced off against the Falcons, where this one could have gone either way.  Matt Ryan completed 26 of 47 passes for 330 yards and one touchdown but fumbled the ball twice.  The Bucs turned one of his two fumbles inside the Atlanta 20 into a field goal.  Nine of Ryans passes went to Pro Bowl WR Roddy White for 140 yards, but the Falcons could not stop the Bucs despite two interceptions thrown by Josh Freeman.  Freeman scored his first NFL rushing TD, but the Bucs only scored 3 points in the second half of the game, but it was all they needed to secure victory.  We now head to the city of Brotherly Love, where the love wasnt so brotherly on Sunday.  The Philadelphia Eagles faced off against their division rivals New York Giants in a much, much anticipated game.  With the Giants coming into the game with a list of injuries and injured players, and the Eagles playing Michael Vick after suffering a concussion last week, they squared off and it was a great game for the Giants as they beat the Eagles for the first time in 7 tries.  The Giants started the game off hot scoring two unanswered touchdowns in the first half, but then Philly came back to make it a game after scoring 13 unanswered points going in at the half down 14-13.  The Eagles came out ready making even more interesting going up 16-13, but after Michael Vick suffered a hand injury and left the game the Eagles game left with him.  With all the off-season free agent acquisitions the Eagles organization made, and all the "Dream Team" talk the Eagles look like theyre in grave danger with no time table on their famed quarterbacks return and they now hold a 1-2 record currently sitting at the bottom of the NFC East.  They started the season with Super Bowl aspirations and its still possible.  In fact the last team to win a Super Bowl after starting the season 1-2 was the New York Giants in 2008.

In Buffalo there was a ton of excitement and a few doubts as the Bills faced off against the Patriots.  Now as a fan I was thinking sure the Bills are 2-0 but the Patriots are a great team, and for sure they would beat the Bills, but after 4 interceptions from Ton Brady and a lot of heart, luck and some great fourth quarter play the Bills came back to stun the Patriots en route to a 3-0 record.  The last time the Bills started the season 3-0 was in 2008.  They finished that season 7-9.  We now head to Chicago to a highly anticipated rivalry game between the Packers and the Bears.  The Packers took the first lead and never looked back after beating the Bears 27-17 despite 302 passing yards, and 2 touchdowns for Jay Cutler who also threw two interceptions.  The Bears have lost 3 consecutive games now dating back to last season to the Packers and they are now 1-2.  There are 3 NFC teams who made the play-offs last year that are 1-2; The Eagles, the Falcons and the Bears.  These three teams lost in the play-offs consecutively to the eventual Super Bowl Champion Green Bay Packers.  We round out week 3 with the Cowboys against the Redskins.  Tony Romo continues to show us the heart he had from last week as he played through injury again to lead his team to victory against NFC East rival Washington Redskins.  The Redskins scored the only touchdown in the game, but it wasnt enough as the Cowboys scored 6 field goals to win it 18-16.  Tony Romo threw for 255 yards and an interception while Rex Grossman who has started the season with doubt from not only the coaching staff but also the players threw for 250 yards on 22 of 37 passing.  He threw for the single touchdown in the game, but also threw one interception as well. 

Week 3 has been a week to remember especially around play-off time.  These wins and losses will be looked back on notably because of the rival games that were played.  The NFC East showcased their whole division against each other and it seems the most unlikely team won.  With Minnesota starting the season 0-3 with newly acquired QB Donovan McNabb it raises questions if he is the right QB for the job.  As the season goes on these notable wins and losses will paint the perfect play-off picture, and the eventual Super Bowl Champion.  Will it be your team?


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