You can pick your biggest failure from Week 3 of the NFL season. There are many, many candidates in what was one of the wildest Sundays in recent NFL memory.
1. We’ve already written extensively about Cam Newton’s struggles on Thursday night.
2. Jay Cutler, CHI vs. STL: The Bears handled the Rams. Cutler and the passing game did little. He passed for 183 yards (17-for-31) with an interception and 18 rushing yards. He was sacked twice and missed a wide-open Devin Hester in the end zone.
3. Tony Romo, DAL vs. TB: The Cowboys played terribly in front of the home crowd. There was no “bounce-back” effort after sleepwalking through the Week 2 loss to Seattle. Romo completed 25-of-39 attempts for 283 yards with three turnovers (two fumbles) and four sacks. He also absorbed a brutal hit that left many wondering if he’d sustained a broken jaw. The schedule doesn’t help in Week 4, when Romo and the Cowboys welcome the hard-hitting Chicago defense.
4. Philip Rivers, SD vs. ATL: The unbeaten Chargers welcomed the unbeaten Falcons and were dominated in front of the home crowd. The unsold seats helped prevent everyone from witnessing this debacle. Rivers passed for 173 yards with two interceptions in a huge home test despite the returns of Antonio Gates and Ryan Mathews to the lineup.
5. Chris Johnson, TEN vs. DET: There were a ton of points scored in this game, including some of the more mind-boggling highlights you’ll see. Still, Johnson was an afterthought. He produced 24 rushing yards on 14 carries. Johnson has gained 45 yards on 33 carries. Seriously. Think about that.
6. Michael Vick, PHI at ARI: The Arizona defense is for real, coming forth with a monster effort against the Eagles despite the late scratch of safety Adrian Wilson. Still, Vick was unable to surmount much of an attack on Sunday afternoon, generating just 217 yards on 17-of-37 passing with 28 rushing yards, five sacks and two lost fumbles. His days as a sure QB1 are done for the foreseeable future.