Originally written on This Given Sunday  |  Last updated 11/4/14

Week three in the NFL was nothing short of spectacular there were a number of surprises coupled with questionable calls from the replacement officials. The Seahawks beat the Packers on a last second hail Mary that was simultaneously caught by a receiver and a defender. The Lions overcame a 14 point deficit with under two minutes to go only to lose in overtime. The Cardinals are still undefeated. The Saints still haven't won a game. It's just plain crazy out there.

Game of the week) Without a doubt, the Packers matchup against the Seattle Seahawks takes the cake. The game was a low scoring affair which almost nobody predicted, including the experts at NFL.com. The game came down to the questionable/botched call of the week. After a review, it was determined that a Packers defender and a Seahawks receiver gained control of Russell Wilson's hail Mary at the same time, resulting in a Seahawks touchdown.

The game wasn't all about one call, however. The Seahawks held Aaron Rodgers to 223 yards passing and no touchdowns. On the other end, Russell Wilson threw 2 touchdown passes, but only moved the ball 130 yards through the air. In other words, it was an old-fashioned defensive battle. You don't see them very often anymore, but it was a great game none the less.

Surprising winners) The Raiders stunned the Pittsburgh Steelers with a late Sebastian Janikowski field goal. Carson Palmer resembled his old self, and the Raiders were hardly slowed down by the Steelers in the second half of the game.

The Cardinals won, which shouldn't be so surprising, but the way they demolished the Philadelphia Eagles is nothing short of shocking. The Cardinals established themselves as the dominant team on Sunday, and they never looked back.

The Vikings, in a similar manner, knocked off the 49ers by simply outplaying them from start to finish. It was one of those games that makes you re-evaluate how you feel about both teams involved, especially the Vikings.

The Titans led the Lions by 14 points with under two minutes to go. A touchdown, onside kick, hail Mary completion, overtime field goal and 4th and 1 stand later, the Titans won in overtime after all but giving the Lions the game.

Teams in trouble) The New Orleans Saints suddenly find themselves in the company of the Cleveland Browns at 0-3. The Saints have been poor on defense and inconsistent on offense. It seems as if Sean Payton was very important to this team, and his absence is killing them.

It's too early to start throwing the Pittsburgh Steelers out of the playoff mix, but their loss to the Raiders Sunday revealed a lot of problems with their defense. Troy Polamalu's eventual return will help, but they have major problems in that defense. Age may be catching up to them.

Where we stand) It's still too early to say anything definitive here, but it seems as if the Cardinals and the Texans are the real deal at 3-0. The Saints are now facing the realistic possibility that they may not make the playoffs. They have no margin for error moving forward. Finally, the replacement refs are not improving, or at least not fast enough. The frustrating part is that they still don't seem to understand all the intricate rules, and it's affecting the way some fans structure their online betting routines. Unfortunately, we're stuck with them, so let's make the most of it.

[follow]

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Pete Rose joining FOX as baseball analyst

Josh Hamilton filed for divorce around time of relapse

Isaiah Thomas once peed himself to avoid subbing out

Report: ESPN employees want Britt McHenry fired

WATCH: Raptors fans shower Paul Pierce with vulgar taunts

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Vikings want first-rounder, starting CB for Peterson

Report: Jarret Stoll arrested for possession of drugs

CJ Wilson: Josh Hamilton’s relapse a ‘tame scenario’

Head coaching candidates for the Denver Nuggets

Check out these leaked Clippers jersey redesigns

Aqib Talib’s aggravated assault investigation suspended

Five early takeaways from the 2015 MLB season

WATCH: Female Cubs fan catches foul ball in beer cup, chugs it

WATCH: Cardale Jones throws ball 74 yards during contest

Shaka Smart was quite popular at the Texas spring game

Ohio State sets spring game attendance record

WATCH: Bubba Watson raps on Christian rap track

WATCH: Jags mascot wins closest to pin at Sawgrass

Notre Dame wears 'Father Ted' patches during spring game

Five things to watch during the NBA Playoffs

Hanley Ramirez put hole in Green Monster during BP

WATCH: A-Rod belts two homers in win over Rays

Ubaldo Jimenez hit Pablo Sandoval with pitch, was ejected

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Josh Hamilton filed for divorce from wife

Report: McHenry's coworkers want her fired

WATCH: Raptors fans taunt Paul Pierce

Five things to watch in NBA Playoffs

Report: Jarret Stoll busted for drugs

CJ Wilson: Hamilton is 'ready to go'

Leaked Clippers jersey redesigns

Tequila Patron Sports Car Showcase preview

Home runs ruined our ability to appreciate production

Why we love the NFL draft

The "worst" player on each NBA playoff team

Jim Harbaugh showed up at Ultimate Frisbee practice

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.