The Giants rushing attack gained 193 yards on the ground against the Houston Texans.
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Two teams with struggling offenses managed to finally find their running game and used it to score key victories on Sunday. Meanwhile, a backup QB is slowly cementing his starter status and two undefeated teams have really lit up the NFL.
Here are the five biggest winners from Week 3 of the NFL season:
NY Giants rushing game – Giants RB Rashad Jennings justified the starting job he was given by leading all rushers with 176 yards on the ground on Sunday. For a team that is struggling to transition to the West Coast offense, they needed a strong running game to pick up the win.
Pittsburgh Steelers rushing game – The Steelers have not had a great running game in the longest time, but RBs LeVeon Bell and LeGarrette Blount each had over 100 yards rushing in a dominating road win over the Carolina Panthers.
Kirk Cousins – Just about every time Cousins starts he plays great. If the Redskins continue to play as well as they did against the Eagles – in spite of the loss – head coach Jay Gruden may not be so inclined to give the keys back to RG3 when he returns.
Arizona Cardinals – No team in the NFL has played with more grit and heart than the Cardinals, winning two close home games and overcoming a tough East coast road game against the Giants. Bruce Arians may be a front runner for Coach of the Year.
Cincinnati Bengals – Like the Cardinals and Eagles, the Bengals are also 3-0, but unlike those other two teams there have been no late-game comebacks, only flat-out domination for most of the games. The Bengals have outscored their first 3 opponents by an average of over 2 TDs – they might already be a lock for a 1st-round bye.