Seven NFL teams -- Chicago, Denver, Kansas City, Miami, New England, New Orleans and Seattle -- are undefeated through Week 3. Since 1990, 75.4 percent of teams (86 of 114) that started 3-0 made the playoffs.
Four of the seven undefeated teams did not make the playoffs last season. Since the 12-team playoff format was adopted in 1990, at least four clubs made the playoffs that were not in the postseason the previous year.
On Thursday night, the Kansas City Chiefs defeated the Philadelphia Eagles 26-16 to reach 3-0 after finishing the 2012 season 2-14. The Chiefs are the fifth team in NFL history to start a season 3-0 after losing 14 or more games the previous season.
Week 3 continued the trend of exciting finishes and close games. Six of the 16 games in Week 3 were decided by seven points or fewer, bringing the season total to 28. That is the most through Week 3 in NFL history.
The most games decided by seven points or fewer through Week 3 in NFL history:
|Season||Games Decided by 7 Points or Less|
In Week 3, four teams came back from fourth-quarter deficits to win. There have been 18 fourth-quarter comebacks so far in 2013, the second-most through Week 3 of any season in NFL history (2011).
The most fourth-quarter comebacks through the first three weeks of a season:
In three of the four contests, the winning team scored the game-winning points while trailing in the final minute.
The four teams that trailed during the fourth quarter in Week 3 that came back to win:
|Winning Team||Opponent||4th Quarter Deficit||Game Result|
|Cincinnati||Green Bay||30-27||W 34-30|
|Tennessee||San Diego||17-13||W 20-17|
NFL teams combined for 101 sacks in Week 3, the second-most in a single week in NFL history (102 in Week 11, 1986).
Kansas City linebacker Justin Houston led all players with 4.5 sacks on Thursday night against Philadelphia, while Arizona defensive tackle DARNELL DOCKETT and Carolina defensive end GREG HARDY each recorded three sacks.
The most sacks in a single week in NFL history:
There were seven 300-yard passing performances in Week 3, bringing the season total of such games to 30. The 30 individual 300-yard passing games are the second-most through the first three weeks of any NFL season.
The most individual 300-yard passing games through Week 3 in NFL history:
|Season||Individual 300-Yard Pass. Games|
NFL quarterbacks have also thrown 155 touchdown passes through Week 3, the most TD passes through the first three weeks of any season in NFL history. The previous high was 153 in 2011.
|Season||Most TD Passes|
Denver quarterback Peyton Manning led the Broncos to a 37-21 victory over Oakland on Monday night, completing 32 of 37 (86.5 percent) passes for 374 yards with three touchdowns and zero interceptions for a 135.8 passer rating.
Manning now has 12 touchdown passes in 2013, surpassing TOM BRADY (2011) for the most touchdown passes through Week 3 of any NFL season.
The players with the most touchdown passes through Week 3 of an NFL season:
|Peyton Manning||Denver Broncos||2013||12|
|Tom Brady||New England Patriots||2011||11|
|Many tied at||10|
AFC West Showdown
On Monday night, AFC West division rivals -- the Oakland Raiders (1-2) and Denver Broncos (3-0) -- faced off at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The meeting marked an NFL record 17th time the two teams have faced each other on Monday Night Football.
Denver (66) and Oakland (65) rank fourth and fifth, respectively, for the most appearances on MNF among NFL teams.
The Broncos' MNF appearance continues the NFL's longest current streak of 22 consecutive seasons playing on MNF (1992-present). Oakland holds the record with 28 consecutive seasons appearing on Monday Night Football (1970-1997).
The teams with the most all-time matchups and appearances on Monday Night Football:
|Teams||Monday Night Games||Team||Monday Night Games|
|Denver vs. Oakland||17||Miami||78|
|Dallas vs. Washington||15||Dallas||74|
|Chicago vs. Minnesota||12||San Francisco||68|
|Miami vs. New York Jets||12||Denver||66|
|Miami vs. New England||11||Oakland||65|
|Dallas vs. Philadelphia||11||Pittsburgh||64|