After three weeks of the NFL season, three teams are sporting 3-0 records -- Arizona, Atlanta and Houston.
The Arizona Cardinals ran over the Philadelphia Eagles 27-6 in perhaps their most impressive performance. The Cardinals are off to their best start in 38 years. Kevin Kolb (KAHB) was sharp, completing 17 of 24 passes for 222 yards and a pair of TDs.
James Sanders returned one of Michael Vick's two fumbles 93 yards for a touchdown
The Cardinals also have won seven straight home games, the second-longest streak in franchise history.
Philadelphia is 2-1. The Eagles were the first NFL team to open a season with two one-point wins. The Eagles didn't give themselves a chance to rally.
If you asked the Atlanta Falcons, they would probably just as soon play AFC West teams for the rest of the season. The Falcons have beaten three AFC West teams in the opening three weeks. The latest was a 27-3 trouncing of the Chargers in San Diego. Matt Ryan threw touchdown passes to three different receivers. He was 30 of 40 for 275 yards, but did throw his first interception of the season.
San Diego QB Philip Rivers had one of his worst statistical performances and the Chargers dropped to 2-1. Rivers was 21 of 38 for 173 yards, with two picks and a QB rating of 45.2.
The Houston Texans are 3-0 for the first time in franchise history. Matt Schaub outplayed Peyton Manning in leading the Texans to a 31-25 win over Denver at Mile High. Schaub finished 17 for 30 for 290 yards. Six days after throwing three interceptions in the first quarter of a loss to Atlanta, Manning didn't throw any picks. But the Broncos fell behind 20-0 early and never recovered.
The Texans improved to 3-16 lifetime against Manning and beat him for the first time in a road game.
In a game that featured 899 yards total offense, the Baltimore Ravens outlasted New England 31-30 on Justin Tucker's 27-yard field goal that barely squeaked through the uprights as time expired in a rematch of the AFC championship game.
The game-winning kick followed a pass interference call against Devin McCourty on Jacoby Jones.
Torrey Smith, who was playing less than 24 hours after the death of his 19-year-old brother, had six catches for 127 yards and two touchdowns for the Ravens.
Baltimore is 2-1. Baltimore won its 12th straight at home behind Joe Flacco, who went 28 for 39 for 382 yards and three touchdowns.
Tom Brady completed 28 of 41 passes for 335 yards and a score for the 1-2 Patriots.
Sebastian Janikowski kicked a 43-yard field goal on the last play as the Oakland Raiders scored the final 13 points after wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey was knocked out and hospitalized by a scary hit, to beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 34-31 on Sunday.
The game turned somber early in the fourth quarter when Heyward-Bey was knocked unconscious by a helmet-to-helmet hit in the end zone by Steelers safety Ryan Mundy that was not called a penalty by the replacement officials. Heyward-Bey was taken to the hospital with a neck injury. The Raiders said he was in stable condition and would stay in the hospital overnight for observation.
Carson Palmer then threw his third touchdown pass for Oakland and Janikowski kicked two field goals to beat the Steelers and give coach Dennis Allen his first win. Both teams are 2-1.
The New Orleans Saints continue to struggle under the weight of sanctions brought about by their now infamous bounty program.
Kansas City's Ryan Succop (SUHK'-uhp) booted his fifth field goal of the game with three seconds left in regulation to force overtime and won it with his sixth three-pointer of the contest. Final score: 27-24.
The Saints had cashed in on a pair of Chiefs turnovers to go ahead 24-6 in the third quarter.
New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees passed for 240 yards and three touchdowns, but missed all six of his passes through the fourth quarter and overtime.
The Chiefs needed only one touchdown to win, a 91-yard run by Jamaal Charles, who finished with 233 yards rushing and 55 yards receiving.
The Saints dip to 0-3. The Chiefs are 1-2.
After blowing a 24-7 first-half lead, Cincinnati managed to get out of Washington with a 38-31 victory over the Redskins.
Andy Daulton completed 19 of 27 passes for 328 yards and three TDs. His two TD passes in the fourth quarter after Washington pulled into a 24-all tie made the difference.
Rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III ran two yards for a score with just over three and a-half minutes left and the Redskins had the ball as time expired.
Cincinnati receiver A.J. Green caught nine balls for a career-high 183 yards.
The Bengals improved to 2-1. The Redskins fell to 1-2.
After decisively beating playoff teams Green bay and Detroit, the 49ers met their match in the Vikings. Christian Ponder threw two touchdown passes and ran for a third score to help the Vikings top previously unbeaten San Francisco 24-13 in Minnesota.
The Vikings defense finished strong by forcing three turnovers and two punts in the fourth quarter.
Playing against his former team in the regular season for the first time, Niners receiver Randy Moss had a quiet afternoon with three catches for 27 yards.
San Francisco QB Alex Smith finished 24 for 35 for 204 yards, plus a lost fumble on a late sack.
Both teams are 2-1.
With the offense sputtering, Chicago's defense came up big in a 23-6 win over visiting St. Louis. The Bears held the Rams to just 160 yards of offense while sacking Sam Bradford six times. And Major Wright returned an interception 45 yards for a touchdown to help Chicago win for the second time in three games this season.
Chicago quarterback Jay Cutler completed 17 of 31 passes for 183 yards. He was sacked twice and threw one interception.
The Rams fall to 1-2.
DeMarco Murray's 11-yard touchdown run and three field goals from Dan Bailey lifted Dallas past Tampa Bay 16-10 in the Cowboys' home opener.
The Cowboys scored twice in the first half when starting in Tampa Bay territory after turnovers. And they overcame three turnovers by quarterback Tony Romo. Two of them were on plays reversed by replay. Romo's interception on the fourth play of the game set up Tampa Bay's lone touchdown.
The Cowboys' defense limited the Buccaneers to 166 total yards.
Dallas wins for the second time in three games this season while Tampa Bay sits at 1-2.
The Jaguars handed the Colts a heartbreaking 22-17 loss in Indianapolis. Jacksonville's Blaine Gabbert connected with Cecil Shorts III on a 80-yard TD pass with 45 seconds left for the game-winning score.
That came about after Andrew Luck drove the Colts 48 yards in five plays to set up Adam Vinatieri for a 37-yard field goal that gave Indy a 17-16 lead and seemingly the victory with 56 seconds to go.
Indianapolis had a chance to win it at the end, but Luck's pass into the end zone was broken up by Aaron Ross.
The bizarre finish overshadowed Maurice Jones-Drew's 177-yard rushing performance for the Jags.
Jacksonville gets its first win under coach Mike Mularkey. Indianapolis is also 1-2.
Rob Bironas (bih-ROH'-nihs) kicked a 26-yard field goal in overtime, and the Titans stopped backup quarterback Shaun Hill on fourth-and-1 at the Tennessee 7 to finally pull out a 44-41 win over Detroit. Hill was playing for the injured Matthew Stafford.
The Lions lost their second straight after a season-opening victory when coach Jim Schwartz decided not to let Jason Hanson kick for his fifth field goal.
The Titans blew a 20-9 halftime lead before notching their first win of the season.
Detroit scored 18 straight points, then Tennessee answered with 21 points before the Lions scored the final 14 of regulation.
Nick Folk got a second chance after his blocked field-goal attempt was negated by a timeout, and his second try was a successful 33-yarder with 6:04 left, giving the New York Jets a 23-20 overtime victory at Miami.
Mark Sanchez hit Santonio Holmes for a 38-yard gain to set up the game-winning kick.
New York improves to 2-1, and Miami drops to 1-2.
Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis (duh-REHL'-REE'-vihs) and Dolphins running back Reggie Bush left the game with left knee injuries.
Ryan Fitzpatrick threw three touchdown passes and the Bills overcame the loss of running back C.J. Spiller to beat the Cleveland Browns 24-14. The victory snaps Buffalo's eight-game road losing streak.
The Bills turned to their passing game after Spiller was lost in the first quarter with a shoulder injury. Ryan Fitzpatrick finished 22 of 35 for 208 yards. Spiller entered the game as the NFL's leading rusher.
The Browns are 0-3 and have lost nine in a row dating back to last season.
Buffalo improves to 2-1.