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Peter King reviews the biggest NFL storylines following an eventful Week 3 in Football Morning in America.

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  • BAL Quarterback #17
    The Ravens had released the journeyman quarterback before their Week 3 loss to the Colts, and bring him back as the team’s No. 3 quarterback while placing special teamer Tylan Wallace (hamstring) on injured reserve. Johnson will serve as Baltimore’s emergency QB.
  • Jax Quarterback #16
    The Jacksonville offense, after another lousy first half against the Texans, came out firing in the second half, scoring on three of their first four possessions. That sparked speculation that Pederson had taken play calling duties away from offensive coordinator Press Taylor. “I communicated with Press and the offensive staff, you know, no more or less than I usually do,” Pederson said. “I think grabbing their attention at halftime and just letting them know that the first 30 minutes was unacceptable. It’s not up to what our standards are and our expectations, including my expectations for this football team.” If the Jaguars offense continues to struggle — they’re 29th in EPA per play — look for Pederson to get more involved with the direction of the unit.
  • LAC Wide Receiver #1
    The Chargers, according to Popper, “wanted to bring [Johnston] along slowly.” “That plan is out the window” after the team lost Williams to an ACL injury he sustained in Week 3 against the Vikings. Popper expects Johnston to inherit the deep 50-50 balls Williams had seen in the LA offense. Without Williams, Popper said, teams will be more likely to double team Keenan Allen, who has a career day Sunday against Minnesota. Through Week 3, Johnston — a first-round draft pick — has run a route on just 29.8 percent of the Chargers’ drop backs and managed five receptions for 28 yards. Johnston should be picked up in all 12-team leagues as a volatile fantasy producer who will likely play behind Allen and Josh Palmer.
  • CIN Wide Receiver #83
    Boyd started the game with three catches on the first two possessions but ultimately could not keep the momentum going throughout the game, routinely appearing to be on a different page than quarterback Joe Burrow on a night when the Bengals desperately needed a secondary option alongside Ja’Marr Chase due to a case of the yips from Tee Higgins. Boyd is simply not able to generate the same amount of separation that he once ways over the middle of the field and has largely been confined to contested catches to this point in the season.
  • CIN Wide Receiver #1
    The Bengals started the game by peppering Chase on the opening drive and Burrow continued looking his way for easy completions. Chase was largely confined to short area work on a night where Burrow’s mobility was affected by a nagging calf strain, but head coach Zac Taylor was able to move him around the formation enough to get him one-on-one coverage for most of the evening. Fantasy managers have to be happy with the Week 3 production after the electric wide receiver failed to provide solid counting stats during the first two games of the season. Next up is a more forgiving matchup with the pass-funnel defense of the Titans in Week 4.
  • CIN Running Back #28
    Mixon continued to play heavy snaps for the Bengals and handled all but two running back opportunities in Week 3. His first touchdown of the year masked his continued low efficiency but salvaged his fantasy day, providing the first starter-worthy fantasy week this season. Mixon’s efficiency and upside could improve as the offense improves, after the Bengals have managed just 46 points scored through three weeks. That said, fantasy managers might want to make alternate plans with a matchup with the stout run defense of the Titans on deck for Week 4.
  • CIN Quarterback #9
    Burrow’s limited mobility showed through in Week 3 but he managed to gut it out through a troubling calf strain to lead his team to their first victory of the season. He keyed in on alpha wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase, feeding his top target 15 looks in a primarily short area attack. The inefficiency and low yards per attempt were largely to be expected considering his inability to extend plays with his legs, but fantasy managers that invested a pick in the top six rounds of fantasy drafts will surely want more than what they’ve seen to this point in the season from Burrow. Burrow was also hurt by numerous drops from Tee Higgins which could have padded his stats on the night. Next up for the Bengals is a more forgiving matchup through the air when they travel to Tennessee to face the Titans in Week 4.
  • LAR Tight End #89
    Higbee maintained an elite snap rate but continued to stay in to block at a high rate to help an offensive line that struggled against the stunt blitz packages of Lou Anarumo’s swarming defense. He was able to flash his dependable hands when in a route, catching all five targets and leading the team in receiving until the final drive of the game. Fantasy managers are sure to want more considering the absence of Cooper Kupp from the lineup, but will have to make do with the adequate fantasy performance in full PPR settings in Week 3.
  • TB Running Back #1
    White was bottled up on the ground again this week. It was the second time in three games he has been held under three yards per carry. White also coughed up a costly fumble late in the second quarter after taking a shot from Jalen Carter. The turnover led to a Philly field goal to close the half. White only lost two carries to Sean Tucker in this game, but his bell-cow role is only useful if he can make more of his touches. He will look to rebound as a low-end RB2 in Week 4 against the Saints.
  • LAR Wide Receiver #17
    Nacua salvaged his fantasy outing with a 37-yard grab on the team’s final drive of the game to set up a one-yard score by Tutu Atwell. His showing was a far cry from the 35 combined targets he saw during the first two weeks of the season, but he still managed to lead the team in receiving for the third consecutive game. Nacua’s ability to shake loose over the middle of the field has been an integral piece of the offense in the absence of Cooper Kupp, the latter of whom could return as early as Week 5 against the Eagles.
SNF on NBC, Peacock
Maria Taylor, Mike Florio, Devin McCourty, Jason Garrett and Matthew Berry dive into Week 3, where the Dolphins nearly broke an NFL record, the Cardinals defeated the Cowboys and more.
The Steelers found momentum early and plowed through the entire game to hold off a late push from the Raiders and earn a 23-18 win on SNF.
Jimmy Garoppolo slips a pass through to Davante Adams for the TD, giving the Raiders life in the fourth quarter against the Steelers.
Kenny Pickett threads a pass to Pat Freiermuth in the back left corner of the end zone to extend the Steelers’ lead to 23-7 late in the third quarter against the Raiders.
Levi Wallace, T.J. Watt and Kenny Pickett join Melissa Stark to reflect on the game-winning interception, explain why it was a collective team effort and share how the Steelers are finding their offensive identity.
Kenny Pickett finds Calvin Austin deep over the middle of the field on third down, and the extra point draws the Steelers even with the Raiders 7-7 in the first quarter.
Patrick Peterson joins the PSNFF crew to explain why there’s no where else he’d rather play, what makes Mike Tomlin ‘different,’ how Kenny Pickett has impressed him and more.



Simms: Carter is like a ‘new-age Warren Sapp’
Mike Florio and Chris Simms marvel at how Jalen Carter has developed in the first few weeks with the Eagles and question why he wasn’t selected higher in the 2023 NFL Draft.


Defensive lineman Daniel Ekuale left last Sunday’s win over the Jets with an injury and it looks like he’ll be out of the Patriots lineup for an extended period of time.
Fans of Manchester United have wanted the Glazers out from the day they got in.
The Bills defense forced five turnovers and had nine sacks in Sunday’s rout of the Commanders, but there wasn’t much time for head coach Sean McDermott and his staff to enjoy that performance before they turned their attention to Week Four.
Bears quarterback Justin Fields says it’s way too early to throw in the towel on this season.

Matthew Berry

Matthew Berry reviews fantasy standouts from the Week 3 Sunday slate including Amari Cooper, Sam LaPorta, Jordan Love, Ken Walker and more.
Matthew Berry reviews the fantasy fallout from Mike Williams’ injury, explaining why Josh Palmer is the priority pickup over rookie Quentin Johnston.
Matthew Berry projects De’Von Achane’s fantasy outlook and usage moving forward after his monster Week 3 performance against the Broncos.
Matthew Berry, Jay Croucher and Connor Rogers take a look at the most bet player props for Eagles vs. Buccaneers and Rams vs. Bengals MNF games.

Simms Unbuttoned

Chris Simms gives his headlines for Week 3 of the NFL, where the Jets and Zach Wilson continued their struggles against the Patriots and Brock Purdy and Co.'s impressive performance against the Giants.
Chris Simms and Ahmed Fareed go inside the numbers after Justin Herbert’s impressive performance against the Vikings, where he threw for 405 yards and maintained composure against the blitz in the Chargers’ win.
Mike Florio and Chris Simms explain why they like Jacksonville over the Houston Texans in Week 3, but still need to see offensive improvement from the Jaguars who are playing below their talent level.
Mike Florio and Chris Simms give their best bets for NFL Week 3, including the San Francisco 49ers, Tennessee Titans, Dallas Cowboys, Kansas City Chiefs and more.

Rotoworld Fantasy Football

Eric Samulski gives his full defense rankings for Week 4 of the Fantasy Football season.
Gary Davenport examines the Team Defense landscape for Week 4 of the 2023 season, including some streaming options.
Kyle Dvorchak breaks down the biggest waiver wire targets heading into Week 4 of the NFL season.
Patrick Daugherty breaks down all of Week 3’s biggest storylines, including the Dolphins’ historic day at the office.
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More NFL News

After a couple of weeks of scattered rumors of a budding romance between Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce and Taylor Swift, she showed up at a Chiefs game on Sunday.
The Cowboys’ stay at the top was short-lived.
Patriots quarterback Mac Jones’ below the belt shot to Jets cornerback Sauce Gardner won’t result in the quarterback missing any time.
Matt Nelson started at right tackle for the Lions in their last two games, but he won’t be an option against the Packers on Thursday night, Nelson left last Sunday’s win over the Falcons after an ankle injury and head coach Dan Campbell told reporters that Nelson requires surgery.
Jones is accused of hitting Gardner in the crotch after a play in Week Three.
Ball security has been a problem for the Vikings through the first three weeks of the season and head coach Kevin O’Connell said on Monday there will be lineup changes if the issues persist.
Any concerns about whether the Eagles defense could remain strong after an offseason change in coordinators have been put at ease in the 2023 season.
Most Jets fans have had enough of quarterback Zach Wilson.
Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow wasn’t 100 percent on Monday night, but he was out there to help the team get its first win of the season.
Multiple Eagles players, including quarterback Jalen Hurts and center Jason Kelce, said after Monday night’s win in Tampa Bay that they had been playing through an illness.