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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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  • 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.
  • LAR Wide Receiver #5
    Atwell’s day could have been much bigger but he was ruled to have stepped out of bounds at the two on a jet sweep in the first quarter and narrowly missed catching a second touchdown in the third quarter. His speed and joystick abilities were on full display against the Bengals, moved around the formation to generate mismatches against the swarming defense of Lou Anarumo. Atwell should remain an integral part of the offense even when Cooper Kupp makes his eventual return, which could come as early as Week 5 against the Eagles.
  • TB Wide Receiver #14
    Three games into the season and Godwin has yet to catch more than five passes or top 60 receiving yards. It could be argued that Godwin saved his fantasy day with a two-point conversion versus the Eagles, but 8.2 PPR points aren’t winning many matchups. Godwin is being thoroughly out-targeted by Mike Evans and the gap is amplified in the red zone. Playing a downsized role in the Baker Mayfield led offense, Godwin will tumble into the WR4 range for his Week 4 matchup with the Saints.
  • LAR Running Back #23
    Opposing defensive coordinator Lou Anarumo had Sean McVay’s number in this one, holding the Rams to just one third down conversion on the evening. That led to a reduced workload for Williams as the team was forced into catchup mode for most of the night. Williams saw a hefty seven targets but dropped one and was subject to off-target throws from Stafford. He saw 100 percent of the team’s available running back opportunities for the second consecutive week, meaning better days are likely ahead for the second-year back.
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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.



Smith: Don't see it working in Chicago for Fields
Justin Fields and Zach Wilson continued to struggle in Chicago and New York, respectively, in Week 3. Michael Smith doesn't see either situation getting much better anytime soon.


Eagles defensive tackle Jalen Carter has added another big play to his rookie of the year highlight reel.
Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow started despite not being 100 percent because of his strained right calf.
Through the first two games of this season, Eagles wide receiver Olamide Zaccheaus hadn’t caught a single pass.
Eagles safety Justin Evans is questionable to return with a neck injury.

Matthew Berry

Matthew Berry breaks down his positional rankings for Week 3 of the 2023 NFL season.
Jay Croucher and Connor Rogers each give their pitch for one NFL Week 3 line brought to you by DraftKings Sportsbook, with Jay eyeing a Bijan Robinson Over and Connor expecting the Dolphins to take care of business.
Matthew Berry, Jay Croucher and Connor Rogers analyze start-worthy fantasy options for games with high point totals, including Chargers-Vikings, Broncos-Dolphins and Bears-Chiefs.
Matthew Berry, Jay Croucher and Connor Rogers review the latest practice report updates, where Joe Burrow’s status remains uncertain, what Kenneth Gainwell’s return to practice means for D’Andre Swift and more.

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

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.
Lawrence Jackson breaks down how De’Von Achane and Tank Dell have been rookie sensations early in the season.
Eric Samulski gives his full defense rankings for Week 3 of the Fantasy Football season.
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Last month, the Dolphins flirted with the idea of trading for Colts running back Jonathan Taylor.
Devon Allen became the 44th Olympian to play in an NFL regular season game. Check out the whole list.
Running back Ezekiel Elliott had his best game as a Patriot, rushing for 80 yards on 16 carries in the team’s win over the Jets on Sunday.
The Bengals made star quarterback Joe Burrow’s availability official.
Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow is expected to start against the Rams on Monday Night Football despite being less than 100 percent, Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports.
The Buccaneers added linebacker Devin White (groin) and offensive lineman Cody Mauch (back) to the injury report last week, in the middle of the practice week, and both had questionable designations for Monday Night Football.
Texans safety Jalen Pitere has not practiced or played since bruising a lung in Week 1.
Chris Lammons is back in the NFL after a three-game suspension, and back with the Colts.
Just a few hours from kickoff, it’s still unclear if Joe Burrow will play in Monday night’s game against the Rams.