While the headlines have been made through the third week of the NFL season, there are many games still to be played. Each week this feature will include the top games of the week and then a ranking of the top ten games of the year.
Top Games of Week Three
Kansas City Chiefs 27 New Orleans Saints 24 OT (Highlights): Ryan Succop’s six field goals combined with a resurgent Jamaal Charles on the running game brought the Chiefs back to beat the Saints in overtime. The Saints have dropped to 0-3.
Tennessee Titans 44 Detroit Lions 41 OT (Highlights): In this shootout Jake Locker lead the Titans to their first win with 378 yards and two touchdowns. The Lions lost quarterback Matt Stafford and did not elect to kick a field goal that would have ultimately won the game in regulation.
Oakland Raiders 34 Pittsburgh Steelers 31 (Highlights): Sebastian Janikowski capped a Raiders 13-point comeback as time expired to knock off the Steelers. Ben Rothlisberger had 384 yards and one touchdown in the Steelers loss while Carson Palmer threw three touchdowns for the Raiders.
Baltimore Ravens 31 New England Patriots 30 (Highlights): The Ravens’ game winning field goal could not have been closer as it went over the upright, capping a game filled with questionable calls. Joe Flacco had 382 yards and three touchdowns in a legitimate comeback win. Also notable, Ravens’ Torrey Smith had two touchdowns on the day after he lost his brother in a car accident.
Seattle Seahawks 14 Green Bay Packers 12 (Highlights): Under any other circumstances this would not be one of the best games of the week. However, with the replacement refs deciding this game it becomes an iconic contest in the labor battle. This is likely to be the most memorable game of the year because of the Russell Wilson to M.D. Jennings Golden Tate game winning touchdown.
Games of the Year (As of Week Three)
10.Oakland Raiders 34 Pittsburgh Steelers 31 (Highlights)
9. Week 1: San Francisco 49ers 30 Green Bay Packers 22 (Highlights): The projected top two teams in the NFC squared off and the 49ers ran away with the game in Green Bay. Frank Gore’s 112 rushing yards far surpassed the Packers leading rusher, Aaron Rodgers.
8. Week 2: Indianapolis Colts 23 Minnesota Vikings 20 (Highlights): Colts quarterback Andrew Luck threw two touchdowns in his first NFL win. Adam Vinatieri kicked the game winning field goal with 10 seconds remaining.
6. Week 3: Baltimore Ravens 31 New England Patriots 30 (Highlights)
5. Week 2: St. Louis Rams 31 Washington Redskins 28 (Highlights): Sam Bradford took the show from Robert Griffin III, throwing 310 yards with three touchdowns. Griffin ran for two touchdowns and passed for another, but his team missed a 62-yard field goal at the end of the game.
4. Week 1: Denver Broncos 31 Pittsburgh Steelers 19 (Highlights): The first Sunday Night Football game saw new Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning come from behind to beat the Steelers. The Broncos had 17 fourth-quarter points.
3. Week 3: Tennessee Titan 44 Detroit Lions 41 OT (Highlights)
2. Week 2: Arizona Cardinals 20 New England Patriots 18 (Highlights): Kevin Kolb and the Cardinals shocked the Patriots in Foxboro. A late fumble by the Cardinals gave the Patriots a 42-yard field goal attempt to win, which Stephen Gostkowski missed.
1. Week 1: Washington Redskins 40 New Orlean Saints 32 (Highlights): Robert Griffin III shocked the Saints as the only rookie QB out of five to win his first game. Griffin’s first six passes were not for forward progress, but his seventh was an 88-yard touchdown throw.