Colts down 49ers, Bengals take out Packers in week full of shocks

Week 3 of the NFL was full of big shocks and none more so than the Indianapolis Colts going into San Francisco and beating the 49ers.

Everybody expected the 49ers to bounce back from last week’s heavy defeat at the hands of the Seattle Seahawks but the Colts had other ideas as Andrew Luck maneuvered his offense well and his defense stifled the dangerous Colin Kaepernick.

The 27-7 scoreline was completely justified and San Francisco never got anything going, there were questions over Kaepernick’s effectiveness and whether or not NFL defenses have worked him out.

They were dealt another blow as they now lose pro bowl defensive end Aldon Smith, he will leave to seek help for the personal problems he has been having.

Indianapolis were able to get new player Trent Richardson into the game and he ran for a touchdown with his first touch of the ball. The Colts traded for him earlier in the week from the Browns and he has paid early dividends.

Elsewhere around the NFL Cincinnati pulled off another shock by beating the Aaron Rodgers led Green Bay Packers. They pressured the former MVP all day and never gave him time to settle.

Rodgers had a relatively poor performance if you consider he threw for nearly 500 yards last week against the Redskins though the Bengals defense is a completely different beast, they have held each QB this season to less than 300 yards which is an impressive feat in today’s NFL.

Pittsburgh were defeated by Chicago and dropped to 0-3 for the first time since 1999 also the Vikings lost surprisingly to the Browns which means we will see two winless teams face off at Wembley Stadium this weekend in the first International Series game.

In one of the most surprising results of the week 3 saw the Carolina Panthers beat the New York Giants 38-0. That isn’t a typo and it really did happen, a horrible day for the New York Giants.

In one of the worst offensive performances we’ve seen they only managed to compile 150 total yards and 10 first downs; certainly a day to forget for Eli Manning and the Giants.

Week 3 doesn’t end there because tonight we will see if Denver can get to 3-0 as they face divisional rivals the Oakland Raiders at Mile High Stadium.

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