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NFL Week 3 recap: Brady vs. Rodgers, Jaguars dominate

Week three of the 2022 NFL season didn’t have the dramatics as previous weeks, but there was a lot of really good action during this week’s slate of the games.

Here is are the top three things we learned from each team that played on Sunday:

Brady vs. Rodgers for the final time?

In what might be the final regular season matchup between Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady and Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, the Packers picked up an ugly 14-12 win against the Buccaneers.

Rodgers had a strong performance, throwing for 255 yards and two touchdowns, one to Lazard Allen and another to Romeo Dobbs.

The Packer’s defense continues to look impressive thus far in the 2022 season, holding Tampa Bay to under 20 points. They also forced two turnovers and held Tampa Bay to fewer than 200 net yards before the Bucs’ final drive.

Tampa Bay’s offense, without its most lethal weapon in Mike Evans, looked questionable through three quarters. For the second week in a row to start the season, they didn’t get going until the fourth quarter.

Will the Dolphins stay a threat in the AFC?  

What many considered to be the matchup of week three entering Sunday, the Miami Dolphins (3-0) held on to beat the Buffalo Bills (2-1) 21-19 to take the top spot in the AFC East.

This game came down to the wire. The Bills had several chances to tie the game with a field goal but struggled to get the ball down the field in time. Quarterback Josh Allen found Isaiah McKenzie with 18 seconds left but was unable to get out of bounds for the Bills to spike the ball.

Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa was coming off a week two, six touchdown performance against the Ravens where he threw for 185 yards and one touchdown. The rest of the Miami offense looked really good with  Jaylen Waddle leading the way (102 receiving yards). Chase Edmonds also scored two rushing touchdowns.

The Bills were missing most of their secondary defense coming into this matchup and will look to get healthy for their week four matchup against the Ravens.

Both teams came into the game tied at 2-0. However, it was the Dolphins who came out victorious. They have now moved to 3-0, picking up two victories against AFC heavyweights: the Baltimore Ravens and Buffalo Bills. This is leaving fans to ask the question, are they legit?

Are the Jacksonville Jaguars for real?

Don’t look now, but the Jacksonville Jaguars are 2-1, and are now leading the AFC South. The Jags picked up a dominating 38-10 win against the Los Angeles Chargers.

Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence looked impressive in Sunday afternoon’s matchup against Justin Herbert. He threw for 262 yards and two touchdowns.

It may be too soon to say, but Lawrence might finally be showing signs of proving to be the answer at quarterback for the fans in Duval County. Lawrence looks significantly better in year two with Pederson at the helm.

The team has shown significant signs of growth. Wide receiver Zay Jones looked great with 85 yards and one touchdown, and James Robinson rushed for 100 yards, including a 50-yard touchdown in the third quarter.

This win was also the franchise’s first win on the road since 2019. Their second-largest margin of victory of 28 was the most since their 2001 victory against the Minnesota Vikings.

Other highlights

The Eagles advanced to 3-0 with a 24-8 win against the Washington Commanders (1-2).

The Minnesota Vikings (2-1) picked a win against the Detroit Lions (1-2).

Lamar Jackson continues to dominate, going off for four touchdowns against the New England Patriots.

What many considered the upset of the week, the Indianapolis Colts (1-1-1) edged out the Kansas City Chiefs (2-1) for a much-needed win after two weeks of bad performances.