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Fan’s take: 2011 NFL Week 3 awards
Three weeks into the 2011 NFL regular season, both the Buffalo Bills and Detroit Lions are undefeated, the Falcons and Eagles are both under .500 and Tom Brady(notes) is on pace to pass for over 7,000 yards by season's end. Week 3 saw several dramatic comebacks from Top 5 teams, as well as prime time contests featuring four teams which seemingly weren't interested in putting opponents away. Those watching several games at once this past Sunday via "NFL Sunday Ticket," their computers or while out at a bar certainly couldn't complain about boring football.
2011 NFL Week 3 awards: Game of the week
New England at Buffalo looked to be just another typical Patriots blowout victory early on, but these aren't the same old Bills. Buffalo came back from 21 down to take the lead early in the fourth quarter, and then didn't waver when Tom Brady marched his troops down the field and tied the game with a little over 3 minutes to play. I don't know if the Bills will even make the playoffs, but Buffalo has certainly been entertaining to watch over the last few weeks.
Honorable mentions: Shootout in New Orleans, Detroit comes back at Minnesota
2011 NFL Week 3 awards: Worst game of the week
God bless those of you who made it through all 60 minutes of the snoozefest featuring the 49ers and Bengals. What was a 3-0 game at halftime didn't get much better as things progressed, and even the end of the one-score contest wasn't overly exciting. The 49ers may be the worst 2-1 team in football, while the Bengals seem to be as bad as advertised since the team's victory over an unimpressive Browns team in Week 1 of the season.
Honorable mentions. Monsoon in Carolina, Baltimore beats St. Louis in 14 minutes
2011 NFL Week 3 awards: MVP
The duo of Joe Flacco(notes) and Torrey Smith(notes) made for an easy Baltimore win in St. Louis this past Sunday. The two hooked up for touchdown passes of 74, 41 and 18 yards, pulling the Ravens out in front 21-0 just 13 minutes and 12 seconds into the game. A shell-shocked St. Louis side never threatened in the contest's final 45 minutes, and the Ravens went on to win 37-7.
2011 NFL Week 3 awards: Surprise moment
The question heading into Sunday night's game at Indianapolis: "Will the Steelers have this game wrapped up by 10 p.m.?" The Steelers looked sloppy, undisciplined and even a bit old for the second time this season, allowing the lowly Colts to hang around and eventually tie the game with just over 2 minutes to play. Pittsburgh eventually went on to win thanks to a last-second Shaun Suisham(notes) field goal, but Pittsburgh hardly looked like a championship contender playing against what many believe to be the worst team in football.
Honorable mentions: Giants win in Philly, Jets lack discipline in loss at Oakland
2011 NFL Week 3 awards: Moment of the week
Buffalo's game winning field goal barely beats Detroit's moments of jubilation in Minnesota. Many fans expected the Lions to contend for a playoff berth this season, and possibly even start 3-0. Nobody, not a person on earth, picked the Bills to start the 2011 campaign 3-0, and long-suffering Buffalo fans certainly deserve to cheer for a winner. Rian Lindell's(notes) chip-shot field goal as time expired was the Bills making an announcement to the rest of the league.
We're for real, and we're not going anywhere anytime soon.
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