The best and worst of week 3 in the NFL

By Mitch Kunzler

For the Deseret News

Published: Tuesday, Sept. 24 2013 9:45 p.m. MDT

Detroit Lions defensive end Ezekiel Ansah (94) rushes the line during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings at Ford Field in Detroit, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

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The NFL finished up week three on Monday night, which gave a better feel for each team in the league and displayed some furious finishes, as well as some blowouts.

Throughout the league, there were fantastic headlines, as well as some disappointing ones. With another NFL week now checked off the calendar, here's a look at the best and worst headlines of week three.

Best: Peyton Manning and the Broncos remain perfect

With a win over their division rival on "Monday Night Football," the Denver Broncos improved to 3-0 this season, making it 14 straight regular season games they have won.

Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning has thrown for 12 touchdowns and no interceptions in the first three games of this season, making him the first quarterback in NFL history to do so. Denver has also scored a total of 127 points this season, the most by any team in the first three games since 1968.

The Broncos look to improve to 4-0 on Sunday when they host the Philadelphia Eagles.

Worst: Eli Manning and the Giants need answers

The New York Giants are a desperate football team at this point in the season. After their devastating 38-0 loss to the Carolina Panthers, there doesn't seem to be anything positive about the Giants this year. The Panthers sacked Giants quarterback Eli Manning five times in only the first quarter and ended with seven, which tied a franchise record for Carolina.

Eli Manning currently leads the NFL in interceptions thrown and is tied with Brandon Weeden and Michael Vick for second in the NFL in times sacked.

Unless big changes are made, the Giants are going to be in for a long day against the 3-0 Kansas City Chiefs this Sunday.

Best: The Miami Dolphins' surprise tour continues

After losing Reggie Bush this offseason, many assumed that the Miami Dolphins were in for another below-average season. However, the Dolphins surprised everyone once again on Sunday as they defeated the Atlanta Falcons 27-23. The Atlanta Falcons were tied with the Denver Broncos for the best record in the NFL in 2012, which makes the win for the Dolphins even more impressive.

With the win over Atlanta, the Dolphins remain undefeated, as well as making a statement in the NFL. With wins over both Indianapolis and Atlanta, the Dolphins have displayed that they can win games against proven opponents.

Miami suits up again on "Monday Night Football" as it heads to New Orleans to face the Saints.

Worst: The 49ers lose Aldon Smith

After being arrested for a second time for a DUI, ESPN reports that 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith has been admitted into rehab. There is no timetable on when he may return to San Francisco, but many suspect that it will be at least a month.

This is a huge blow for the 49ers team, which has dropped both of its last two games. Smith is one of the best pass rushers in the league, and his presence will be sorely missed.

Best: Trent Richardson makes Colts debut

In the days leading up to week three, the Cleveland Browns traded running back Trent Richardson to the Indianapolis Colts, a team in desperate need of a running game.

Richardson didn't disappoint either, as his first carry as a member of the Colts was a touchdown. With his presence, as well as teammate Ahmad Bradshaw's, the Colts were able to defeat the defending NFC champions, the San Francisco 49ers, in a 27-7 win.

With the victory, the Colts become the first team to defeat the 49ers in San Francisco when Colin Kaepernick is the 49ers' starter.

Worst: The Steelers' ship is sinking fast

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