The early games in the NFL week three were a mix between games that were close through out, games where teams jumped out to big leads and had to fight while the other teamed clawed back, and games that were a constant back and forth with the winner determined in the final minutes. The late games were the exact opposite as all three turned into blowouts that were decided by the end of the first quarter. Here’s are quick recap of the three late games in the third week of the football season:

– If Carson Palmer can actually stay healthy the Cardinals may actually win the NFC West this season, rather than backing into the playoffs after a hot start like they did last year. Arizona is now 3-0 after destroying San Francisco by a final score of 47-7. The result was basically determined a little more than six minutes into the game as the Cardinals defense returned two consecutive Colin Kaepernick passes for touchdowns, the first time they have done that since 1949. They have scored 40 or points in a game in two straight games for the first time since 1969. In total, Kaepernick was picked off four times, sacked twice, and could only manage 67 passing yards while completing only nine of 19 passes. Palmer on the other hand, threw for 311 yards, and once again found Larry Fitzgerald for two passing touchdowns. While the story for the Cards last week was the emergence of rookie David Johnson, this week the veteran Chris Johnson made his presence known, as he scored two first half touchdowns and ended the day with 110 rushing yards on 22 attempts. The 49ers now have to avoid dropping to 1-3 next week when they return to San Francisco to face the Packers, while Arizona hopes to continue its home dominance as they welcome the Rams.

– Everybody knew Jimmy Claussen was going to have a hard time leading the Bears in Jay Cutler’s absence, but traveling to Seattle for the Seahawks home opener, Claussen only managed 63 passing yards as the Bears were shut out for the first time since 2002, in a final score of 26-0. The Seahawks let the game stay close in the first half, but then rookie Tyler Lockett returned the first kickoff of the second half 105 yards for a touchdown and the game was over. Marshawn Lynch wound up only carrying the ball five times before heading back to the locker room with back and calf issues, so rookie Thomas Rawls got most of the action, rushing 16 times for 104 yards. Tight end Jimmy Graham, who made noise this week complaining about his role in the Seattle offense, had nothing to complain about this week, as he led all receivers with seven catches for 83 yards and his first touchdown as a Seahawk. The Bears can’t get Cutler back fast enough, but will probably be stuck with Claussen for at least another week as they return to Chicago to face the 2-1 Raiders, while the Seahawks stay in Seattle to take on the Lions.

– Think the Bills are happy they were facing anyone but the Patriots this week? Tyrod Taylor is actually finding himself having a very good season, after he threw three touchdown passes and 277 yards while completing 21 of his 29 passes, and the Bills stomped the reeling Dolphins in Miami by a score of 41-14. Ryan Tannehill was battered all day by Buffalo’s defense, sacked twice and picked off three times, including one that was returned 43 yards by Preston Brown for a touchdown that put the Bills up 24-0 in the second quarter. Buffalo kept their foot on the gas all game, ending with rookie Karlos Williams’ third rushing touchdown in his first three games, this one a 41 yard run that iced the game with just under seven minutes left in the fourth. The Dolphins are now 1-2, but more concerning is the injury in the final two minutes to starting center Mike Pouncey, having already lost tackle Branden Albert to an injury. The Bills go back to Buffalo next week and welcome the Giants in a battle of Metropolis, while the Dolphins hope to have better luck at home next week against the Jets.

– In an update from the early games, reports as of right now say that Ben Roethlisburger’s knee injury may only keep him out four weeks, pending the results of his MRI tomorrow. It doesn’t look like anything broke, and the Steelers are just hoping his ACL, MCL, and PCL are all still intact.

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