With eight televisions tuned in to every game, we don’t miss much. Before we spend hours breaking down each game on coaching tape Monday, here’s what we noticed live on Sunday.
- All eight turnovers forced by the Bills’ defense this season have been converted into points (two field goals, six touchdowns). Buffalo turned QB Tom Brady’s four interceptions into three touchdowns and a field goal.
- After knocking out five quarterbacks last season (Matt Moore, Jay Cutler, Todd Collins, Shaun Hill, and Tony Romo), the Giants got their first this year in Michael Vick. The Giants didn’t need to blitz much, and DE Jason Pierre-Paul had his way with the Eagles’ offensive tackles and tight ends.
- First half: Vikings RB Adrian Peterson had 12 carries for 73 yards. Second half: five carries for five yards. The Vikings have outscored their opponents 54-7 in the first half and have lost all three games.
- The turning point was when the Broncos recovered a fumble with a minute left in the third quarter and the ball on the Tennessee 13-yard line but turned the ball over on downs. Two possessions later, the Titans get the ball and score to win the game.
- The Saints bent, but they didn’t break. They forced four field goals as the Texans went 1 of 5 in the red zone. New Orleans scored consecutive fourth-quarter touchdowns to take the lead.
- The Dolphins were 1 of 3 in the red zone in the one-point loss — and they targeted WR Brandon Marshall only once in 11 plays inside the 20-yard line.
- The Jaguars’ defense never gave the offense the ball on the Panthers’ side of the field. Carolina, on the other hand, had two possessions start in Jacksonville territory and scored two field goals.
- The Bengals were 1 of 10 on third down — all passing plays (six incompletions and three short of the sticks). On their lone conversion, on third-and-3, they got exactly the three yards they needed, and that’s it.
- Ravens rookie WR Torrey Smith was targeted once and had no catches in two prior games this season. In his third game he had five catches, 152 yards and three touchdowns. Fashionably late, but quite an entrance.
- Chargers RB Ryan Matthews accounted for 40 percent of his team’s yards (149 out of 375) and had their only two touchdowns. He really picked up the Chargers in the absence of TE Antonio Gates.
- Think the Jets are missing WR Brad Smith right now? Rookie WR Jeremy Kerley hasn’t cut it as the Wildcat quarterback (one carry for minus-2 yards), and CB Antonio Cromartie fumbled a kick return. Both had been the roles Smith filled.
- Despite Packers RT Bryan Bulaga going down on the first drive, QB Aaron Rodgers was sacked only twice by the Bears’ front. Bulaga’s replacement, Marshall Newhouse, held the fort.
- You could say the gamble to trade up for WR Julio Jones at No. 6 overall has paid dividends — both Jones and Roddy White had 100-yard receiving games vs. Tampa Bay. But the Falcons offensive line didn’t block for QB Matt Ryan — he had two sack-fumbles — and helped RB Michael Turner to only 20 yards as Atlanta’s offensive juggernaut stalled.
- The Seahawks didn’t have a receiver gain more than 100 yards until Week 3. Sidney Rice, in his first game, had eight receptions for 109 yards.
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