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NFL: Week 3 talking points

After Week 1's kicker calamities and Week 2's crazy comebacks, Week 3 saw the NFL's push for parity pay off as the underdogs had their day again.

There are now just two winless teams and two undefeated ones, while underdogs are beating the spread in 60 per cent of games in 2022.

What:NFL 2022
Where:USA, UK, Germany and Mexico
When:

September 8th, 2022 - February 12th, 2023

How to watch:ESPN, ABC, ESPN2
Odds:Outright BUF Bills +450, KC Chiefs +700, PHI Eagles +900, GB Packers +900, TB Buccaneers +900

Brady's trouble with tablets

Tom Brady has never been an underdog, but the seven-time Super Bowl winner may actually have made people feel sorry for him by venting his frustrations so overtly this season.

The Tampa Bay quarterback reportedly destroyed two Microsoft Surface tablets during last week's scrappy win over the New Orleans Saints.

And he was apparently the inadvertent victim of more technology trouble in Sunday's 14-12 loss to Green Bay.

Visiting QB Aaron Rodgers claimed the Packers had been tipped off about a crucial two-point conversion play by shots displayed on the stadium Jumbotron of Brady viewing a diagram on a new tablet.

Another big injury hits Niners' prospects

Injuries are already beginning to bite some teams hard just a few weeks into the regular season, with San Francisco among the worst hit after losing All-Pro left tackle Trent Williams to a high ankle sprain during Sunday night's 11-10 loss to the Denver Broncos.

A week after losing starting QB Trey Lance for the season, it would be a major blow to the Niners' playoff prospects if Wllliams were to be ruled out for a significant amount of time.

Replacement quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo stepped out of the end zone for a safety on the play that Williams suffered the injury and those two points ended up deciding the game in favor of the hosts.

Bolts struck down by double injury blow

Not only did the Los Angeles Chargers suffer their worst loss in Brandon Staley's two-year tenure in going down 38-10 to the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday, but their injury list grew longer as the game wore on.

Offensive tackle Rashawn Slater will likely miss the rest of the season due to a torn left biceps and linebacker Joey Bosa has what Staley described as a "significant groin injury" that will keep him out of action for a while.

The Chargers, already missing center Corey Linsley (knee), wide receiver Keenan Allen (hamstring) and cornerback J.C. Jackson (ankle), were tipped to challenge the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC West but are now 1-2 with star quarterback Justin Herbert also playing through the pain of a rib injury.

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Bills' stats didn't add up as Miami exploit miscues

The Super Bowl favorite Buffalo Bills dominated every stat line in Sunday's 21-19 loss to the Miami Dolphins except the one that mattered as the hosts took over at the top of the AFC East.

The Bills ran 90 plays to Miami's 39, outgained the Dolphins 497 yards to 212, earned more than double the number of first downs as their opponents and had the ball for over 40 minutes of game time, punting four times fewer than the Fins.

But the list of miscues was alarming and more than enough to drive offensive coordinator Ken Dorsey into a fit of rage as the clock expired on Buffalo as they couldn't get lined up quick enough to spike the ball in order to get off one more play at the end of regulation.

Josh Allen, who completed 42 of 63 pass attempts for 400 yards and a touchdown, was not immune from criticism as he hopped a potential go-ahead touchdown late in the game on fourth-and-goal into the turf.

The Buffalo QB had previously fumbled inside the Bills' own 10-yard-line and mishandled the snap on a spike to end the second quarter that denied his team a shot at a field-goal.

Brissett and Rush continue to play better than placeholders

Two backup triggermen that continue to do well are the Cleveland Browns Jacoby Brissett and Dallas Cowboys' Cooper Rush, who both earned wins that took their teams to 2-1 records.

The Browns took a huge risk in trading for Deshaun Watson this past offseason so there's really no scenario where Brissett, who is ranked tenth in QB rating after three impressive games, stays on as the starter after the ex-Houston Texans star becomes eligible to play again in December.

But he could be a major trade target for another team next spring if he keeps his levels up.

Likewise, Cowboys second-stringer Rush has very little chance of holding onto the starter's job when Dak Prescott, who signed a four-year $160million contract extension last year, returns from a fractured thumb in the next few weeks.

The 27-year-old's passing numbers of 21-of-31 for 215 yards and a touchdown in Dallas' 23-16 win over the New York Giants were solid enough.

But in converting on a key fourth-and-4 on the final drive and then connecting for a 26-yard completion to the Giants' 1-yard line, Rush showed he has the capability to execute in clutch situations.

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