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2023/24 NFL season: Standout performers from Week 3

The Week 3 Sunday slate brought some one-sided results, and none was more dominant than the Miami Dolphins' incredible 70-20 win over the Denver Broncos.

One of this week's standout performers in the NFL comes from that game, but there were plenty more impressive individual displays around the league. We’ve assessed all the top players from Week 3 and broken them all down for you below.

De'Von Achane - Miami Dolphins, RB

18 carries for 203 rushing yards & 2 rushing TDs, 4 receptions for 30 yards & 2 receiving TDs

Four individual touchdowns in only his second NFL game is a pretty phenomenal achievement for Dolphins running back De'Von Achane, particularly as he's not even a starter.

Achane is listed third on the team's depth chart, but with Salvon Ahmed sidelined by injury, he took his chance to make a big impression in support of starter Raheem Mostert.

Mostert was no slouch, either, with four touchdowns himself (three rushing and one receiving) as the Dolphins scored an amazing 10 touchdowns in their 50-point home win.

Achane was inactive for Miami's opening game against the Chargers, so his huge statistical day came in only the second gameday appearance of his career. It's going to be hard to keep him off the field from now on.

The Dolphins are fourth favorites for the Super Bowl at +900, while Achane's odds to be the Offensive Rookie of the Year have tumbled to +500.

Keenan Allen - Los Angeles Chargers, WR

18 receptions for 215 receiving yards, 1 pass for 49 yards and a passing TD

The Los Angeles Chargers and Minnesota Vikings both desperately needed a win after starting 0-2, and the Chargers got it 28-24, but not before going close to a repeat of their usual party trick of snatching a defeat from the jaws of victory.

They somehow survived a late onslaught from the home team, though, after a huge receiving day from their veteran wide receiver Keenan Allen, who managed to beat the stats of Vikings star Justin Jefferson, who had a mere 149 receiving yards.

Chargers QB Justin Herbert played a great game with 405 passing yards and three TD passes, but Allen also got in on the act there, throwing a 49-yard touchdown pass to fellow wideout Mike Williams.

Myles Garrett - Cleveland Browns, DE

3.5 sacks, 3 tackles for loss, 5 QB hits

Myles Garrett had a statement game to show he is a prime contender for the Defensive Player of the Year award on Sunday and his ongoing battle with TJ Watt and Micah Parsons should provide great entertainment over the rest of the season.

Garrett terrorized the Tennessee offense as the Titans managed just 94 total yards of offense in a 24-3 defeat to the Cleveland Browns, getting 3.5 sacks of Ryan Tannehill.

Parsons is the current +200 favorite for the Defensive Player of the Year award, with Garrett and Watt both listed at +400. The Browns are +220 to win the AFC North and +2000 to win their first Super Bowl.

Kyle Hamilton - Baltimore Ravens, S

3 sacks

This was one of few close games this week as it went to overtime, but the Baltimore Ravens' narrow 22-19 loss to the Indianapolis Colts could not be attributed to second-season safety Kyle Hamilton, who had a huge game. 

Hamilton became the first defensive back to have three sacks in a game for the Ravens since 1996, with all three of his takedowns of Colts quarterback Gardner Minshew coming in the first half.

The team's first-round pick in the 2022 Draft is establishing himself as a key player.

Matt Gay - Indianapolis Colts, K

5 fields goals including 4 from 50+ yards

Staying in the same game, the star man for the Colts was their kicker, Matt Gay, who contributed the vast majority of their points. He made NFL history by becoming the first player to convert four field goals of more than 50 yards in a single game. 

After warming up with a 31-yarder in the first half, Gay booted over kicks from 54, 53 and 53 yards in the second half, before adding a third 53-yarder to win the game in overtime.

On the subject of kickers, we should have an honorable mention for Jason Sanders of the Dolphins, who converted the extra point on all 10 of Miami's touchdowns!

CJ Stroud, Houston Texans, QB

280 passing yards, 2 passing TDs

The numbers don't jump at you on this one, but Houston Texans fans will be delighted to have seen their rookie quarterback CJ Stroud steering the team to an impressive 37-17 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Jacksonville had been favored by more than a touchdown for this AFC South game, but Houston won by 20 points, with Stroud playing mistake-free football and throwing two TD passes including a 68-yard strike to fellow rookie Tank Dell. 

Former Ohio State star Stroud is now available at +900 for the Offensive Rookie of the Year award, while the Texans are +1000 to win the AFC South after recording their first win of the season.

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