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Quiet day for Mychal Rivera
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(8:16 pm ET) Raiders tight end Mychal Rivera, who was coming off a five-catch performance against Houston in Week 2, had his worst statistical performance of the season Week 3 at New England, catching two passes for 11 yards. He was targeted four times.

River has yet to go for more than 31 yards in a game.


Anquan Boldin held to less than 40 yards again
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8:14 pm ET) 49ers wide receiver Anquan Boldin was a perfect 6 for 6 on passes thrown his way Sunday against the Cardinals. However, he only managed 36 receiving yards in a 23-14 loss.

Boldin's longest reception Sunday went for 7 yards. He came into the game averaging 107.3 receiving yards in three career games against Arizona.

Boldin doesn't have a touchdown in three games to open the season. He's been held to less than 40 receiving yards in two straight games. The 49ers are back in action Week 4 vs. Philadelphia.


Marshawn Lynch scores game-winning touchdown in overtime
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8:12 pm ET) Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch came through in the clutch for his team, scoring the game-ending touchdown in overtime against the Broncos in Week 3.

Lynch finished 2013 with two receiving touchdowns. He matched last year's total, catching his second touchdown of the season, a 5-yard grab late in the second quarter. He ripped a 6-yard touchdown run in overtime, securing a 26-20 victory.

Lynch took 26 handoffs for 88 yards and a touchdown, averaging 3.4 yards per carry. He was targeted five times and finished with three catches for 40 yards and a score. He has 234 yards and three touchdowns on the ground this season.

Seattle has a bye before returning for a Week 5 matchup at Washington.


Michael Crabtree totals career-high 10 catches in loss
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8:10 pm ET) 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree totaled a career-best 10 catches during a 23-14 loss Week 3 at Arizona. His previous career best was nine catches, which was a feat he accomplished three times.

Crabtree, who was targeted 11 times, finished with 80 receiving yards and one touchdown. His second touchdown of the season came on the opening drive, when he hauled in a 2-yard touchdown catch from Colin Kaepernick. His longest catch went 20 yards.

Crabtree has managed at least 80 yards and one touchdown in back-to-back games. The 49ers return to action Week 4 vs. Philadelphia.


Denarius Moore can't make most of targets
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(8:05 pm ET) Raiders wide receiver Denarius Moore, who is still looking for his breakout game in 2014, got plenty of balls thrown his way Week 3 at New England, tying for the team lead with seven targets, but he pulled down only three of them for 23 yards. He had three catches for 29 yards against the Texans last week.

One of the misses was the play that decided the game. On first-and-goal from the 12-yard line, immediately after a Darren McFadden touchdown run was reversed by a holding penalty, Moore had a pass knocked out of his hands, off another defender and into the arms of a diving Vince Wilfork for an interception.

Moore will look to make more of an impact Week 4 against Miami.


Steve Johnson steps up for 49ers Week 3
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8:03 pm ET) With tight end Vernon Davis sidelined Sunday, 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick needed to find another option in the passing game to make up for Davis' lost production. He found that option in wide receiver Steve Johnson, who had his best game since signing with San Francisco in the offseason.

Johnson totaled a team-high 103 receiving yards on nine catches during a 23-14 loss Week 3 at Arizona. He caught every target thrown his way and his longest reception was 32 yards.

Sunday was the ninth time in Johnson's career he surpassed 100 receiving yards and first time since Week 2 of last season with Buffalo. The 49ers are back in action Week 4 vs. Philadelphia.


James Jones leads team despite step back
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7:59 pm ET) Raiders wide receiver James Jones, who broke out with nine catches for 112 yards and a touchdown Week 2 against Houston, wasn't nearly as productive Week 3 at New England, catching three passes for 43 yards. But with a conservative game plan that yielded just 174 yards for quarterback Derek Carr, he was still the team's leading receiver.

Wide receiver Denarius Moore and running back Marcel Reece both had more targets (seven) than Jones (five), but Jones was clearly still Carr's favorite target once the Raiders opened up the passing game a little more in the second half. He didn't get a single target before then.

The Raiders have a more favorable matchup Week 4 against Miami. Jones will look to get back on track then.


John Brown hauls in two TDs in comeback win
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7:54 pm ET) Cardinals rookie wide receiver John Brown had his breakout performance Week 3 vs. San Francisco, totaling two touchdowns in a second-half comeback. Brown finished with four catches for 52 yards in the 23-14 win.

Brown had two catches for 7 yards in the first half before breaking out in the third quarter. His 24-yard touchdown catch with 9:20 left in the third quarter put Arizona within one point at 14-13. His 21-yard catch about five minutes later gave Arizona a 20-14 lead.

Brown came close to a third touchdown in the second half, but quarterback Drew Stanton overthrew him after Brown ran past his defender down the left sideline. It would have been a 45-yard touchdown had Stanton hit him in stride.

Brown, who was targeted six times, said after the win the game plan all week was to get him the football since the team was expecting San Francisco to give most of its attention on defense to wide receivers Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd. 

The Cardinals are on a by Week 4 before returning to action Week 5 at Denver.


Marcel Reece gets seven targets
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7:47 pm ET) After playing a minimal role on offense the first two weeks, Raiders running back Marcel Reece was plenty visible Week 3 at New England, tying for the team lead with seven targets. Unfortunately, he connected on just three of those targets for 19 yards. He also had a 7-yard run.

Reece, who caught 32 passes in a peripheral role last year, will look to stay involved Week 4 against Miami.


Late interception costs Derek Carr
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7:42 pm ET) The Raiders had a conservative game plan on the road against a Patriots defense that proved to be stout through the first two weeks, and rookie quarterback Derek Carr once again completed more than 60 percent (21 for 34) of his passes as a result. Of course, he also threw for just 174 yards and couldn't get the Raiders in the end zone in a 16-9 loss.

The closest he came was on the team's final drive of the game, when running back Darren McFadden had what looked like a game-tying 6-yard touchdown run with about a minute to go, but the play was reversed on a holding call. Carr threw an interception on the very next play.

After throwing two touchdown passes to no interceptions in his first game, he has thrown one touchdown pass to three interceptions in his last two. He'll look to reverse the trend Week 4 against the Dolphins.


 
 
 
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