NFL round-up: New York Giants 0-3 after Carolina Panthers loss in week three
By Paul Higham Twitter: @SkySportsPaulH. Last Updated: 23/09/13 3:02pm
Carolina Panthers celebrate sacking quarterback Eli Manning of the New York Giants
The New York Giants dropped to 0-3 with a humiliating 38-0 shutout reverse at the Carolina Panthers, while the Titans pinched a thrilling win over the Chargers and there were wild finishes as the Browns and Bengals upset the Vikings and Packers.
New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin suffered the worst defeat of his tenure as Giants head coach, in what was a record win for a dominant Carolina Panthers who sacked Giants QB Eli Manning seven times while opposite number Cam Newton threw three TDs and ran in another.
Week Three Results:
Texans 9-30 Ravens
Packers 30-34 Bengals
Giants 0-38 Panthers
Chargers 17-20 Titans
Browns 31-27 Vikings
Cards 7-31 Saints
Bucs 3-23 Pats
Rams 7-31 Cowboys
Lions 27-20 Redskins
Dolphins 27-23 Falcons
Colts 27-7 49ers
Seahawks 45-17 Jaguars
Jets 27-20 Bills
Bears 40-23 Steelers
Coughlin will have some difficult questions to answer with his team languishing at 0-3 - the same as Leslie Frazier's Minnesota Vikings after they suffered a 31-27 home defeat at the hands of the previously winless Cleveland Browns.
The Browns had only scored 16 points in their two previous games, and had traded away their star running back Trent Richardson while they had a new starting QB in Brian Hoyer.
However, they hit 24 points in the first half alone against the Vikings - with Hoyer connecting with tight end Jordan Cameron twice for TDs, including the game-winner inside the final minute.
Bengals stun Packers
The Cincinnati Bengals raced into a 14-point lead before the Green Bay Packers hit 30 unanswered points to take control, before another huge swing of momentum saw the hosts walk off with a thrilling 34-30 victory.
Trailing 30-14, QB Andy Dalton sparked the recovery with TD passes to AJ Green and Marvin Jones, before Packers rookie Johnathan Franklin fumbled as they went for a fourth-and-inches with four minutes left to play. Terence Newman ended up returning the ball for what proved to be the winning score.
There was another wild finish in Nashville as QB Jake Locker fired a 34-yard TD pass to Justin Hunter with just 15 seconds on the clock as the Tennessee Titans beat the San Diego Chargers 20-17.
The Dallas Cowboys enjoyed a thumping 31-7 victory at home against the hapless St Louis Rams, with QB Tony Romo throwing three TDs and running back DeMarco Murray running for 175 yards and a TD.
It was the same story in the Big Easy as the New Orleans Saints beat the Arizona Cardinals 31-7. Quarterback Drew Brees enjoyed similar success with 342 yards, three TD throws and one TD run of his own, while tight end Jimmy Graham proved almost unplayable with 134 yards and two scores.
Champions Baltimore Ravens produced a stifling defensive display to restrict the Houston Texans to just three field goals in a 30-9 victory - on the back of Daryl Smith's interception return and Tandon Doss' punt return scores plus Bernard Pierce's one-yard run.
Tom Brady hit rookie Kenbrell Thompkins for two touchdowns as the New England Patriots, despite not being at their best this season, cantered to 3-0 with a comfortable 23-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Ryan Tannehill connected with rookie tight end Dion Sims with a one-yard TD pass 38 seconds left as the Miami Dolphins rallied to beat the Atlanta Falcons 27-23. Miami are now 3-0 for the first time since 2002.
Geno Smith threw two touchdown passes as the New York Jets held on to overcome the Buffalo Bills 27-20 after a penalty-filled encounter.
A career-high four touchdown passes from Russell Wilson - two apiece to Sidney Rice and Zach Miller - helped the Seattle Seahawks to 3-0 with a 45-17 rout of the Jacksonville Jaguars.