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NFL Close Calls Week 3

NFL Close Calls – Week 3

09/25/2018

Glancing at the scoreboard won’t tell you the whole story in most games. Here are some of the games that went down to the wire relative to the spread in the fourth quarter last week in Week 3 of the NFL regular season.

Cleveland Browns (-3) 21, New York Jets 17 (41): With the Browns in a rare favorite role the enthusiasm in Cleveland Thursday night was taken away as the Jets scored two touchdowns early in the second quarter to lead 14-0. The Browns managed a field goal before halftime with Baker Mayfield taking over for an injured Tyrod Taylor. Mayfield led the Browns to a tie by the end of the third quarter as Cleveland added a field goal and then got eight with a touchdown and a two-point conversion. The Jets got a 12-play drive from Sam Darnold for a go-ahead field goal with nine minutes remaining but Mayfield and the Browns answered with a 15-play touchdown drive to take a four-point edge just ahead of the two-minute-warning. An interception sparked celebration in Cleveland but the Jets still had all three timeouts and Cleveland didn’t pick up a first down, giving New York the ball back with still about a minute to play. The result was the same for Darnold however with a forced sideline throw intercepted as Cleveland sealed a rare win and favorite cover and the ‘under’ held on.

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Carolina Panthers (-3) 31, Cincinnati Bengals 21 (44): The Bengals trimmed the Carolina advantage to seven points heading into the fourth quarter and the defense got a 4th down stop just outside of Panthers field goal range on the first play of the final quarter. After trading punts the Bengals reached the Carolina 25-yard-line before going backwards and then missed on a field goal attempt. On the next Cincinnati possession Andy Dalton was intercepted and the fate was the same with the Bengals driving late down 10 after Carolina added a field goal. The Bengals had the ball in Carolina territory before the final interception with a touchdown capable of tying the spread as Cincinnati was close despite a 4-0 turnover deficit.

New Orleans Saints (+1½) 43, Atlanta Falcons 37 (54): This NFC South battle was a back-and-forth offensive shootout as advertised. The Saints hit a field goal in the final seconds before the break to lead 16-14 as a slight underdog and the two-point margin held with both teams scoring touchdowns in the third quarter. Atlanta scored early in the fourth but failed going for two to lead by six, allowing the Saints to take a 30-29 lead at the 10-minute mark. Atlanta answered in five plays, this time getting the successful conversion to lead by two. The Saints tied the game with just over a minute to go on Drew Brees scramble and the defense held on Atlanta’s final opportunity. The Saints got the ball first in overtime and didn’t allow the hosting Falcons to touch it, spending over seven minutes through 15 plays to methodically reach the end zone for the minor upset win.

Los Angeles Rams (-7) 35, Los Angeles Chargers 23 (49): With a few big breaks early including a punt return touchdown the Rams led 21-13 at the half, just past the favorite spread. The Rams extended the lead to 15 points by the fourth quarter until the Charges settled for a short field goal. The Chargers continued to move the ball effectively but went for it on 4th down with about five minutes remaining and fumbled deep in Rams territory down 12, where a touchdown would have been enough to flip the spread result.

Pittsburgh Steelers (+1) 30, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 27 (55): Pittsburgh took a commanding lead in the second quarter Monday night with a pick-6 part of a 24-point quarter resulting in a 30-10 halftime lead. Those on the ‘over’ were sitting in a great shape but in the third quarter only a field goal was produced. The Buccaneers emerged as a comeback threat back within 10 points early in the fourth quarter and with about six minutes remaining Tampa Bay completed a 92-yard drive, ensuring the ‘over’ and making for a dramatic finish down just three. The Buccaneers held on defense and got the ball back with three minutes remaining but after three straight incomplete passes opted to punt with two timeouts and the two-minute-warning remaining. Pittsburgh managed to pick up a pair of first downs to run out the clock and seal the first win of the season for the Steelers.

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