Bears' Brian Hoyer: Mimicks Cutler as garbage-time hero
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(9/25/2016) Hoyer completed 30 of 49 passes for 317 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 31-17 loss to the Cowboys.

With Jay Cutler (thumb) sidelined, the Bears went three-and-out on their first two drives, allowing Ezekiel Elliott and Co. to build a 24-3 lead by the half. Hoyer wasn't actually to blame, as the Bears were held back by penalties and an inconsistent rushing game, in addition to Dallas' dominance of possession. In fact, Chicago only ran 18 plays in the first half, including six on a drive that started at the team's own 25-yard line with 38 seconds remaining before the break. Hoyer finally took advantage of the favorable matchup after halftime, mostly honing in on Zach Miller and Kevin White, with the former accounting for both touchdowns. Things briefly got somewhat interesting midway through the fourth quarter, but Hoyer put the nail in his team's coffin with a sloppy fumble that could've easily been avoided. He'll draw another favorable matchup in San Francisco next week, unless Cutler is ready to return.

Cowboys' Dak Prescott: Efficient once again
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(9/25/2016) Prescott completed 19 of 24 passes for 248 yards and a touchdown, adding four carries for 36 yards and another score in Sunday's 31-17 win over the Bears.

Prescott was once again efficient while taking a backseat to the Dallas running game, though this time around he was actually a part of the rushing attack, most notably on a one-yard plunge at the goal line. He later recorded the first passing touchdown of his career, and he was able to pick up key first downs whenever the Cowboys seemed like they might be letting the lead slip. While won't be turned loose unless the team has to play from behind, Prescott is shockingly poised and accurate for a rookie, giving him serious upside when such a scenario arises. Dating back to the preseason, he's yet to commit a turnover in the NFL. Next week brings a favorable matchup in San Francisco, though game flow could work in Ezekiel Elliott's favor more so than Prescott's.

Buccaneers' Jameis Winston: Throws for 405 yards, three TD in loss
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(9/25/2016) Winston completed 36 of 58 passes for 405 yards with three touchdowns and an interception in Sunday's 37-32 loss to the Rams. He also gained 13 yards on four rushes and lost a fumble on a strip sack.

The 2015 first overall pick set career highs in completions, attempts and yards in the marathon contest, but ultimately came up short when it counted most. Following an extended weather delay due to lightning in the area, Winston helped lead the Bucs down the field from their own 44 to the Rams' 15 in the closing minutes before firing four consecutive incompletions and then inexplicably taking a sack on the final play instead of firing it into the end zone. On the positive side, he encouragingly made use of his full array of weapons, completing passes to eight different receivers. The former Seminole will try to bounce back against what should be one of his toughest challenges of the season when he and the Bucs take on the Broncos in Week 4.

Jets' Ryan Fitzpatrick: Throws six picks in loss to Chiefs
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(9/25/2016) Fitzpatrick completed 20 of 44 passes for 188 yards, but he was picked off six times during Sunday's 24-3 loss to the Chiefs.

Two of Fitzpatrick's interceptions were tipped and picked off in the end zone, but it was still a disastrous outing, with five of the interceptions coming in the second half. Amazingly, the Jets had the ball down only two scores with about five minutes left in the game, but Fitzpatrick couldn't get them into the end zone. He targeted Quincy Enunwa 11 times and Brandon Marshall 10, but neither caught more than four, and Bilal Powell led the team with 41 receiving yards. Fitzpatrick will look to put the horrible performance behind him, though the schedule only gets tougher, as the Jets will host the Seahawks in Week 4 before traveling to Pittsburgh and Arizona.

Chiefs' Alex Smith: Tosses a touchdown in Sunday's win over the Jets
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(9/25/2016) Smith completed 25-of-33 passes for 237 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 24-3 win over the Jets.

It was another efficient game for Smith, who managed the game beautifully with Kansas City's defense taking over (two touchdowns, six interceptions). He did a great job spreading things around, as nine different players caught at least one pass, although he primarily locked in on Travis Kelce, who finished with six receptions for 89 yards and a touchdown. The veteran quarterback has a decent matchup next week at Pittsburgh, which allowed rookie Carson Wentz to throw for 301 yards and two touchdowns Sunday.

Browns' Cody Kessler: Says he's fine after taking hard hit
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(9/25/2016) Kessler took a hard hit to his right arm during Sunday's loss to the Dolphins, but he doesn't expect it to be an issue going forward, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon-Journalta reports.

Kessler was a bit shaken up after taking a hard hit, which led to initial concern about a concussion. He was deemed to be okay, escaping with nothing more than some soreness in his arm. He finished out Sunday's game and should be fine for Week 4, but his care-taker role will likely leave him near the bottom of the QB rankings on a weekly basis. Kessler may also continue to lose some snaps to Terrelle Pryor, who attempted five passes during Sunday's game, in addition to taking four carries and drawing a team-high 14 targets.

Rams' Case Keenum: Tosses first two touchdown passes of the season Sunday
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(9/25/2016) Keenum completed 14-of-26 passes for 190 yards in Sunday's 37-32 win at Tampa Bay.

After struggling to produce in each of the Rams' first two games of the season, Keenum finally threw a touchdown pass, including a back-breaking score to Tavon Austin late in the fourth quarter. While it was far from a perfect outing, Keenum also threw a pretty 44-yard touchdown to Brian Quick early in the first quarter, and had to deal with some drops throughout the game. With the No.1 overall pick Jared Goff waiting in the wings, Keenum must continue to make plays, or his time as the team's starter could be short. It doesn't get easier for Keenum in Week 4, as he'll travel to Arizona to play the Cardinals.

Colts' Andrew Luck: Comes up big with late TD pass
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(9/25/2016) Luck (right shoulder) completed 24-of-37 passes for 331 yards with a touchdown and interception in Sunday's 26-22 win over the Chargers. He also lost a fumble.

Luck wasn't having a good fantasy game, until he tossed the game-winning, 63-yard touchdown pass to T,Y. Hilton at 1:17 of the fourth quarter. It was still an overall improvement over last week's dud at Denver though. Surprisingly, Luck did not utilize speedster Phillip Dorsett, who had just three receptions for 27 yards, in the absence of Donte Moncrief (shoulder). Look for Luck to continue to sling it next week at Jacksonville.

Eagles' Carson Wentz: Outplays Ben Roethlisberger in Week 3 win
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(9/25/2016) Wentz continued his impressive rookie season Sunday against the Steelers, completing 22 of 31 passes for 301 yards and two touchdowns while scrambling once for 10 more in a 34-3 win.

Wentz outplayed veteran quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, picking apart a vulnerable Steelers secondary that came in allowing 347.5 passing yards per game. His stats were padded on a 73-yard catch-and-run touchdown by elusive running back Darren Sproles, but the second overall pick was solid throughout besides that play. The Eagles are averaging 30.7 points per game under Wentz's leadership.

Steelers' Ben Roethlisberger: Held without a touchdown in Week 3
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(9/25/2016) Roethlisberger completed 24 of 44 passes for 257 yards and an interception in Sunday's 34-3 loss to the Eagles. He also rushed once for seven yards, and lost one of two fumbles.

Roethlisberger was surprisingly held out of the end zone after throwing for three touchdowns in each of the first two weeks. On the bright side, he clearly re-established his rapport with top wideout Antonio Brown, connecting with him 12 times for 140 yards. He'll likely bounce back at home in his next game, but don't expect a skilled Chiefs defense to make it easy for the veteran quarterback on Sunday Night Football.

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