Week 3 of the NFL season threw up plenty of thrills and spills, including a heavyweight contest between divisional rivals the Miami Dolphins and the Buffalo Bills at the Hard Rock Stadium.

Winners – Miami Dolphins

Sunday’s AFC East showdown between the Dolphins and Bills was a clash between two unbeaten sides in the AFC East, but it was Miami that went 3-0 for the season thanks to a gritty 21-19 victory.

The Dolphins (12/1 Super Bowl Winner) had half the possession of their opponents, but they were dragged into a fourth-quarter lead by quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and never looked back.

Mike McDaniel is certainly enjoying life in the Miami hot-seat, as he has become the first Dolphins head coach to start 3-0 since Hall of Famer Jimmy Johnson achieved the feat in 1996.

Losers – Buffalo Bills

Many experts had already handed the Vince Lombardi Trophy to the Bills (9/2 Super Bowl Winner) following their emphatic wins in Weeks 1 and 2, but Sean McDermott’s team wilted in the Miami heat as they were undone by the Dolphins.

QB Josh Allen threw for 400 yards as the Bills dominated the ball, but they could not find a cutting edge, which will be a concern heading into the rest of the season.

Injuries also took their toll on the Bills in Florida, with McDermott confirming rookie cornerback Christian Benford and offensive line Tommy Doyle have been sidelined – the latter for the season with an ACL injury.

Winners – Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jaguars look a different team under Doug Pederson, as one week on from shutting out the Indianapolis Colts 24-0, they were arguably even more impressive when beating the Los Angeles Chargers 38-10 at the SoFi Stadium.

Pedersen has now won two of his three games in charge and as many as his predecessor Urban Meyer managed in the whole of last season, with Jacksonville (11/5 to win AFC South) having only registered four wins across the previous two campaigns combined.

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Losers – San Francisco 49ers

Jimmy Garoppolo’s first start of the season was one to forget for the San Francisco 49ers (7/4 to win NFC West), as they slipped to a narrow 11-10 defeat at the Denver Broncos, leaving them 1-2 for the season.

QB Garoppolo completed 18 of 29 passes for 211 yards and threw one touchdown pass and one interception, but he looked short of his best and will need to improve if he is to spearhead a 49ers postseason push.

Winners – Indianapolis Colts

A week on from failing to register a point against the Jaguars, Indianapolis (EVS to win AFC South) rallied in some style to claim their first win of the season against the previously unbeaten Kansas City Chiefs, keeping star QB Patrick Mahomes more than quiet in the process.

Capitalising on a number of errors from the Chiefs, Colts QB Matt Ryan threw the winning touchdown pass with just 24 seconds remaining to seal a 20-17 win.

Losers – Washington Commanders

Washington Commanders (33/1 to win NFC East) were effectively beaten by half-time as they lost 24-8 to the Philadelphia Eagles, with QB Carson Wentz feeling the brunt of the Eagles defence, as he was sacked nine times and hit on a further 17 occasions.

Already bottom of the NFC East after successive losses, it looks like being another long, hard season for the Commanders, who appear destined to miss out on the postseason for the sixth time in the last seven years.

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