1981 Week 3 Summary


I’m still in catch up mode here. I started this replay at about the same time as Greg started his 2019 replay. I’m currently finishing up week 4. This week 3 update has me almost caught up. I’ll never catch Greg though.

Week 3 Highlights

Dave Preston scored 4 touchdowns in Denver’s (2-1) win over Baltimore (1-2). Preston scored on a pair of 3 yard runs as well as on passes of 27 and 29 yards.

In a battle of 2-0 teams Cincinnati handled Cleveland with ease. Ken Anderson completed 19 of 25 passes with 2 TD passes. Kenny also scored on a 5 yard run. Pete Johnson ran for 105 yards for the still undefeated Bengals.

Billy Sims had 199 total yards as Detroit (0-2) won their first game of the season by a score of 27-24 over the Minnesota Vikings (1-1). Sims carried 25 times for 176 yards and one touchdown. He also caught a 23 yard TD pass from Gary Danielson.

Washington (2-0) won their third straight by beating the Cardinals (0-2). Washington held St. Louis to under 200 total yards in the 20-0 shutout victory. Mike Nelms returned a punt 45 yards for a touchdown. Art Monk had 7 receptions for 104 yards and a touchdown for Washington.

Game of the week

The Kansas City Chiefs (2-0) hosted the San Diego Chargers (1-1) in what turned out to be the best game of the week. The Chargers once again started quickly in this game (much like their OT loss to the Browns in week 1). Dan Fouts found Kellen Winslow for TD passes of 57 and 22 yards in the first half as the Chargers opened up a 17-3 lead. The Chiefs then clawed their way back into things with four Nick Lowery field goals. The Chargers still led 17-15 late in the 4th quarter when Rolf Benirschke missed a 49 yard field goal with 1:51 remaining. Bill Kenney converted a 4th and 15 pass to Carlos Carson for 28 yards from their own 34 yard line to keep the Chiefs hopes alive. Kansas City then marched down to the San Diego 2 yard line where Kenney found J.T. Smith open in the end zone for the score with only 24 seconds remaining, giving the Chiefs a hard fought 22-17 victory.

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