NFL top stories from Week 3: Colts, Dolphins, Jaguars upset foes

Catch up on what’s happening around the league on an eventful NFL Sunday in Week 3.

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — It was another wild week all around the NFL in Week 3, with a whopping eight underdogs winning their games straight away on Sunday.

These included the Dolphins who beat the Bills, the Titans who beat the Raiders, the Colts who upset the Chiefs, the Panthers who scored their first win of the year over the Saints, the Jaguars who dominated the Chargers in LA, the Falcons defeated the Seahawks, the Packers defeated the Bucs and the Broncos defeated the 49ers on Sunday night.

The Dolphins and Eagles emerge as the only teams unbeaten on Sunday. The Giants have a chance to be the third 3-0 team after Week 3 on Monday night when they face the Dallas Cowboys at home.

Let’s check out some of the best storylines from Sunday’s NFL action.

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Dolphins continue to roll to 3-0 after upsetting Bills

It was almost a disaster for the Miami Dolphins on Sunday, as they led the Bills 21-17 when a punt in their own end zone led to a safety for Buffalo when Thomas Morstead drove his punt into the back of the “personal protector” in the punt struck formation.

Miami overcame what was quickly dubbed a “butt punt,” knocking out Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills twice in the closing minutes, improving to 3-0 with a 21-19 win that ended with Allen despairing tried to jab the football on the edge of the field goal range.

“I don’t like those shockers,” said Dolphins coach Mike McDaniel. “But I’m really, really happy for the team because I know this much: teams win football games and if you want to be successful in the long term you have to have faith that a football that can win at any stage of the game for you, can do that. “

Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa left the game briefly in the second quarter and returned after halftime, although he appeared disoriented with a head injury – the team later clarified he did in fact have a problem with his back. He finished for 186 yards and a touchdown pass to River Cracraft.

The Dolphins defense did just enough to stop Josh Allen twice in the fourth quarter, the first attempt being a stand on the goal line followed by a quick touchdown by Miami’s Chase Edmonds.

Allen incompletely threw from the 2-yard line in fourth, ending a 17-game, eight-minute drive — and apparently Buffalo’s chances of a comeback win.

The Bills were without several defensive starters, including starting safety Micah Hyde, who went on injured reserve Saturday with a neck injury, and cornerback Dane Jackson, who sustained a neck injury against the Titans last week. The Dolphins’ 21 points were the most Buffalo have conceded all season.

The Dolphins are now 3-0 for the first time since 2018 and are just one of two 3-0 teams alongside the Philadelphia Eagles following Sunday’s action.

Miami is off to a good start as they attempt to make the playoffs for the first time since 2016.

Colts claim first win in excitement over Chiefs at home

We finally breathed some life into the Indianapolis Colts when they defeated the Kansas City Chiefs 2-0 2-0 at home on Sunday thanks to a Matt Ryan touchdown against Jelani Woods with just 29 seconds left in the game.

The truth was, there were plenty of head-scratching moments on Sunday as the Indianapolis Colts rallied to the starting gun for the touchdown with 24 seconds left to earn a 20-17 win in their home opener.

“It (stinks) man,” Chiefs DT Chris Jones said when asked about the unsportsmanlike conduct penalty he pulled on Indy’s final drive. “It was third, we came off the field, the defense fought hard and I kind of put us in a situation to get back on the field. And then we scored a goal and that sums up the game. So I’ll take that. It was my fault. It was definitely my fault.”

Jones thought he was simply having a chat with Colts quarterback Matt Ryan and didn’t realize what pulled the flag. Ryan said he wasn’t sure either.

According to a pool report after the game, referee Shawn Smith stated that it was offensive language towards an opponent and additional details would be included in the team’s game report. Either way, the result was the same – an extended drive that resulted in loss.

But it wasn’t just Jones.

From Skyy Moore’s muted punt at his own 4-yard line to another misplayed punt that resulted in Kansas City being pinned inside the 1-yard line, Sunday’s game was filled with missed opportunities.

Yes, the Chiefs converted a 2-point pass just before halftime to erase Matt Ammendola’s missed extra point. But they couldn’t get past Ammendola, who missed a 34-yard field goal down the left and set up the Colts’ final drive.

Or the wrong field goal Reid claimed on Kansas City’s previous possession. Instead of possibly extending the lead to 20-13 with a 42-yarder, Tommy Townsend’s pass fell incomplete.

“I probably shouldn’t have called him,” Reid said. “In this league parity is crazy so any mistake is magnified. But we thought we could do it.”

Mahomes wasn’t happy either when the Chiefs (2-1) decided to time out before halftime rather than try to score again. It resulted in a short shouting match between the quarterback and offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy before Reid called it a day.

The Colts did just enough on Sunday to bring the year to 1-1-1 and save themselves from a disastrous three-week start to the Matt Ryan era.

New and improved Jaguars dominate Chargers in Los Angeles

Not only did Trevor Lawrence and the Jacksonville Jaguars endure an 18-game losing streak, they made a statement with a dominant second half that showed they may be shedding their reputation as one of the league’s worst franchises.

Lawrence threw for 262 yards and three touchdowns in a 38-10 blowout against the battered Justin Herbert and the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday.

The 28-point win was Jacksonville’s biggest on the road since a 33-3 win over Minnesota in 2001 when Lawrence was two years old.

“I think the way we played there’s no denying that we’re a really good team. But at the end of the day, it doesn’t really matter what it says about us. We know who we are,” said Lawrence, who completed 28 of 39 passes. “We’ve played a full game and to stack up two weeks is big for us.”

James Robinson ran for 100 yards, including a 50-yard touchdown in the third quarter that turned out to be a knockout punch. It was the first of three goals in a row by the Jaguars (2-1).

Jacksonville’s street slide was the eighth-longest in league history. The Jags won in the Pacific time zone for the fourth time in 19 trips and beat the Bolts on the road for the first time in six tries.

“That’s everything for this team and that’s exactly what the guys who have been here for a while are talking about,” said coach Doug Pederson. “It’s good to get an away win and travel around the country like that. Hopefully it’s the beginning of things to come.”

The Jags now sit 2-1 at the top of the AFC South, ahead of the 1-1-1 Colts, 1-2 Titans and 0-2-1 Texans.

Other top Sunday stories

The Eagles go 3-0 in a dominant win over the Commanders

Vikings stage comeback to turn Detroit upside down

The Ravens offense scored a 37-26 win over the Patriots

Panthers claim first win of year over Saints

Packers defeat Bucs on the defensive 14-12 NFL top stories from Week 3: Colts, Dolphins, Jaguars upset foes

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