Week 3 Bests & Worsts: Wild weekend for comebacks, led by Brett Favre’s thriller

28 Sep

Copied from: USA Today

USA TODAY’s Sean Leahy whips around the NFL to highlight the best and worst moments of Week 3:

Best play: Brett Favre’s game-winning 32-yard TD pass to Greg Lewis with 2 seconds left could hold up as the best play of the entire season. The Vikings were in desperation mode when Favre unleashed for the end zone. Lewis artistically planted his feet in the back of the end zone as he caught the ball. (See the video.)

— Worst time for a blackout: Only 40,896 watched the Lions end their 19-game losing streak against the Redskins. The Lions’ first win since 2007 was blacked out in Detroit. Euphoric Lions coach Jim Schwartz brought his team back out of the locker room to celebrate with fans inside Ford Field.

— Most costly three-and-out: The 49ers seemed to have sewed up a 24-20 win in Minnesota when they forced a Vikings turnover on downs with 1:55 left. With Frank Gore sidelined with an injury, three rushes by Glen Coffee yielded just 6 yards and San Francisco had to give the ball back to Minnesota for its 80-yard game-winning drive.

— Most humbling comeback: The Steelers fell to 1-2 when Bengals QB Carson Palmer threw a 4-yard TD pass to Andre Caldwell with 11 seconds left. The score capped off a 71-yard drive that handed Pittsburgh its second consecutive loss.

— Best comeback many people missed: After the Seahawks had rallied behind fill-in QB Seneca Wallace for a 19-17 lead with 5:17 to play, Bears QB Jay Cutler led his team on a 71-yard game-winning drive that culminated in a 36-yard TD pass to Devin Hester. The score gave the Bears a 25-19 win.

— Biggest surprises: After three games, the preseason projections have been thrown right out the window. The Super Bowl champion Steelers are 1-2. The 0-3 Titans have already matched their loss total from last year. The team with the rockiest offseason, Denver, has won its first three games.

— Worst offensive ineptitude: The Browns, losing their ninth consecutive game, failed to score an offensive TD for the eighth time during that streak. Coach Eric Mangini also benched QB Brady Quinn in favor of Derek Anderson, a move he said in training camp he wouldn’t make.

— Best start ever for a rookie QB: Jets signal caller Mark Sanchez became the first rookie QB ever to lead his team to a 3-0 start. Sanchez also scored his first TD in the 24-17 win against Tennessee.

— Worst NFL state: Florida, by far. The Jaguars’ victory against Houston on Sunday finally gave one of the state’s three teams a victory. Tampa Bay, Miami and Jacksonville are a combined 1-8.

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