NFL Stats 'n' Stuff for Week Three

NFL Stats 'n' Stuff for Week Three

Kolb overcomes Vick, with assist from Fitzgerald ... Charles comes back strong ... etc.

Kevin Kolb was originally supposed to be the heir to Donovan McNabb in Philadelphia, but the Eagles decided to go with Michael Vick instead, and Kolb was moved to Arizona.  Of course, Kolb didn't hold on to the job with the Cardinals, either, when John Skelton won the starting nod out of training camp.

But Skelton got injured, setting up a Kolb vs. Vick rematch in the desert this week ... and Eagles fans aren't happy with how it turned out.

Kolb: 17-of-24, 222 yards, 2 TDs,  0 INT

Vick: 17-of-37, 217 yards, 0 TDs, 0 INT

Kolb led the Cardinals to a 27-7 victory and a 3-0 record, and is now likely to retain the starting job even after Skelton comes back, although one never knows with this guy.

By the way, Larry Fitzgerald was on the receiving end of 9 of Kolb's 17 completions.  That's a pretty big help to any QB.

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The darlings of Week One were emerging Robert Griffin III and re-emerging Peyton Manning, as they led their new teams to victories.  Well, the following two weeks haven't been quite so kind, as both Washington and Denver have slipped to 1-2.

Griffin completed 21-of-34 in a loss to Cincinnati, but only connected on one touchdown, was sacked six times and lost a fumble.

Manning threw for 330 yards in a 31-25 defeat to Houston, but only hit on 50 percent of his throws (26-of-52) and was sacked three times.

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Buffalo's C.J. Spiller, after a brilliant first two weeks, left in the first quarter of Sunday's game with a shoulder injury.  The most recent reports indicate the injury is not a separated shoulder and he will be out for one or two weeks.

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In a major blast from the past, Kansas City's Jamaal Charles, who had only 12 carries in his injury-obliterated 2011 season, made a strong comeback statement against the suddenly impotent Saints.

Charles carried 33 times for a massive 233 yards Sunday.  He looks to be back in 2009/2010 form, when he ran for well over 1,000 yards each season and averaged about six yards per carry.  He's right back at 5.9 yards per carry so far this year.

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And, after two weeks of mixed results, Tennessee's Jake Locker finally put up a "statement" game ... he hit on 29-of-42 passes for 378 yards and 2 TDs with 0 INT.  The Titans let a 41-27 lead slip away through a miraculous late charge from the Lions, but held on to prevail in overtime after the Lions muffed a snap.  None of which was Locker's fault, as he kept engineering drives whenever called upon.