Only eight teams got through the first two weeks of the season undefeated, not including the two teams (Dolphins and Buccaneers) that weren’t able to play two games in the first two weeks. So consider yourselves lucky that two of those eight play each other in Week 3, the Falcons and Lions in Detroit, a couple teams that could very well still be around in January.
At the other end of the standings, the nine 0-2 teams will be sweating it out. And �� oh, joy �� two of them face each other, too, the Browns and Colts. Four of those teams face opponents that haven’t lost yet: the Jets, Chargers, Bears and Saints. An 0-3 start is tough to sell, even for teams that aren’t really trying to win, not to mention any AFC East teams based in East Rutherford, in particular.
Meanwhile, the first of five international games arrives, with the Ravens and Jaguars meeting in Wembley Stadium. Ready for the season’s first 15-hour viewing day?
Tom Brady capped an eight-play, 75-yard drive with a 25-yard touchdown pass to Brandin Cooks in the final minute, helping the Patriots pull out a back-and-forth thriller at home. Brady threw for 378 yards and five touchdowns in the win.
Texans rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson completed 22 of 33 passes for 301 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions.
New England had won and covered in eight of its past nine games as a double-digit favorite, but never led by more than eight points Sunday.
The Panthers had not allowed a touchdown in their first two games but surrendered four TDs to a balanced New Orleans offense. Drew Brees threw three touchdown passes, and rookie running back Alvin Kamara broke off a sealing fourth-quarter touchdown run that pushed the game over the total.