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With a number of the most achieved quarterbacks within the NFL struggling to provide points it was no surprise the league…

With a number of the most achieved quarterbacks within the NFL struggling to provide points it was no surprise the league had one in all its lowest scoring weeks.

The 20.3 points per game by teams was the bottom for a Week 3 since 2009 and the fourth lowest for any week prior to now five seasons.

Teams led by Patrick Mahomes, Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers — the winners of 4 of the last five MVP awards — played a serious role with their teams combining for 43 points Sunday. That’s the fewest points scored within the 57 weeks all three of those stand-out QBs have began. The previous low was 55 in Week 15 of the 2018 season.

Brady and the banged-up Tampa Bay Buccaneers have had the largest problems offensively early this season, failing to attain greater than 20 points in any of their three games. Tampa Bay is scoring 17 points per game, down from 30.1 last season.

That’s just the fifth time that’s ever happened in three straight games for a team quarterbacked by Brady and second prior to now 11 seasons. It happened once in 2019 in Recent England.

The Bucs and the Recent York Giants are the one teams and not using a first-half touchdown as absences on the offensive line and receiver have taken a toll.

The beneficiaries of that poor production by Tampa Bay were Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers, who pulled out the 14-12 road win despite failing to attain following the primary two drives.

It marked just the fourth time in Rodgers’ profession that he ended up on the winning side in a game when Green Bay did not rating greater than 14 points. The Packers are averaging 16 points per game, down from 26.5 last season.

Kansas City’s offense was clicking to begin the season with 44 points within the opener but has scored just 44 the last two weeks, including a 20-17 loss at Indianapolis in Week 3 that marked just the fifth time the Chiefs scored 17 points or fewer with Mahomes at quarterback.

Overall, the 21 point per game average for the NFL is the bottom through Week 3 because it was 20.2 points per game in 2010.

RARETIES

The Buffalo Bills someway managed to lose a game to Miami despite outgaining the Dolphins by 285 yards.

Within the Super Bowl era, teams that outgain the opposition by at the least 285 yards had a 266-11-1 (.959) record in those games before Tua Tagovailoa and Miami’s 21-19 win.

The last team to beat that and win was also the Dolphins, in Tagovailoa’s first profession start on Nov. 1, 2020, when Miami was outgained by 326 yards in a 28-17 win over the Rams.

The San Francisco-Denver game also was an outlier, with the Broncos win becoming just the second 11-10 game in NFL history. The Steelers beat the Chargers by that rating on Nov. 16, 2008.

It was also the second game in NFL history when the winning team had exactly one touchdown, one field goal and one safety. The opposite time it happened got here Oct. 12, 2008, when Minnesota beat Detroit 12-10.

In an odd coincidence, the security in that game got here when Dan Orlovsky stepped over the tip line ultimately zone similar to Jimmy Garoppolo did Sunday night.

PARITY

For the fifth time for the reason that merger, only two teams remain winless after Week 3 with Las Vegas (0-3) and Houston (0-2-1) doing it.

That previously happened in 1988, ‘89, ’90 and 2012, But that is just the primary time since 1959 that just one team began a season 0-3, with the Lions doing it that 12 months.

The Raiders managed to lose all three games despite their opponents failing to win any of their other games, joining the 2012 Saints and 1989 Cowboys because the only teams to try this for the reason that merger.

There are also only two teams at 3-0, with Philadelphia and Miami pulling that off. That is the third time for the reason that merger that only three teams either won or lost each of their first three games.

It also happened in 1972 when Miami was 3-0 and Recent Orleans and Philadelphia were 0-3; and in 1971 when Washington was 3-0 and Philadelphia and Buffalo were 0-3.

TURNAROUNDS

The NFL standings have undergone an early season flip.

Eight teams that missed the playoffs last season have winning records to date this season led by undefeated Miami. Baltimore, Chicago, Cleveland, Jacksonville, Minnesota, Denver and the Giants even have winning records at 2-1 after missing out last season.

There are seven teams that made the playoffs in 2021 which have losing records early this season with the Raiders the one 0-3 team within the league and defending AFC champion Cincinnati at 1-2. Recent England, Pittsburgh, Tennessee, San Francisco and Arizona are also 1-2.

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