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NFL Updates: Luck, Holmes and More Week 3 Action
September 23, 2013
With the bulk of the Week 3 games happening yesterday, it was a very busy day for NFL fans. We saw plenty of intriguing antics on the field, and they led to some pretty wild games. Let’s take a closer look at some of the noteworthy headlines this morning, then glance forward at the upcoming week. Here’s the latest.
Jake Locker, QB, Tennessee Titans: To be honest, we didn’t expect to be talking about what a big-time performance Locker put in against the Chargers. We doubt anyone did, but his 23-of-37 line for 299 yards and a score (not to mention five rushes for 68 yards and another touchdown) speaks for itself. That makes two great games in a row for Locker--he had a 92.1 QB rating in the Titans’ Week 2 loss against the Texans--and he’s been solid so far in Tennessee’s 2-1 start. Next up, the team will host the Jets in a Sunday afternoon battle. A couple of big plays could turn the tide in that one, and we may be talking about the 3-1 Titans this time next week.
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Falcons-Dolphins Notes: There have been a lot of surprising starts this year in the NFL, and the Miami-Atlanta game contained two of them. Even though the Falcons (who were without top RB option Steven Jackson) tallied almost 400 yards of total offense, they couldn’t put the Dolphins away. Miami QB Ryan Tannehill continued his maturation process, overcoming a pair of giveaways to hit the game-winning TD in the waning seconds of the fourth quarter. The final score was 27-23. The ‘Phins are now a surprise 3-0, while Atlanta--who was an early Super Bowl pick--has a lot of work to do at 1-2.
Andrew Luck, QB, Indianapolis Colts: Luck didn’t have huge numbers in the Colts’ convincing win over the 49ers yesterday, but he did what he needed to do. That meant taking care of the football in Indianapolis’ 27-7 victory, as he provided a nice complement to the running game. Luck was an efficient 18-for-27 with 184 yards. He also posted a rush TD on a well-planned bootleg. You can expect more of these low-key performances from Luck, as the Colts will likely lean heavily on their RB tandem of Ahmad Bradshaw and Trent Richardson. We’ll get a good look at all three next week against Jacksonville.
Giovani Bernard, RB, Cincinnati Bengals: After his breakout performance last week against Pittsburgh, all eyes were on Bernard yesterday as the Bengals hosted the high-flying Packers. The rookie came up big yet again in this one, posting 99 total yards and a touchdown. It’s the second consecutive week Bernard has found pay dirt, and he helped the Bengals to a big 34-30 victory. It looks like he’s found his niche in the offense, and we should see more of a contribution next week against the upward-trending Browns.
Santonio Holmes, WR, New York Jets: Holmes is officially back. He was one of the Jets’ key players in a wild 27-20 victory over the Bills that was a lot closer than it should have been. The ex-Steeler caught a 69-yard touchdown during the fourth quarter that ended up being the deciding score in the most penalty-loaded game in Jets history. (They racked up 20 flags in all.) Holmes finished with five grabs for 154 yards. Next week, New York will head to Tennessee to try and improve on their 2-1 record. That should be a very good game.
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