The Carolina Panthers’ surprising start to the season took another turn for the worse after they suffered a third loss in a 48-33 defeat to the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday.
Falcons QB Matt Ryan threw for a team-record 503 yards, including four touchdowns, as the Falcons crushed the Super Bowl runners-up at the Georgia Dome.
The news got worse for Carolina when quarterback Cam Newton suffered a suspected concussion in the fourth quarter and had to leave the game.
You're gonna want to watch this over-the-shoulder catch from @juliojones_11.
— Atlanta Falcons (@AtlantaFalcons) 3 October 2016
Elsewhere, the Tom Brady-less New England Patriots suffered their first ever shutout at Gillette Stadium as they went down 16-0 to the Buffalo Bills, while the Baltimore Ravens went down to their first loss of the season after slipping up 28-27 against the Oakland Raiders.
The Chicago Bears got their first win on the board after seeing off the Detroit Lions 17-14 but the Cleveland Browns have now lost their opening four games after suffering a 31-20 defeat to the Washington Redskins.
Over in London, 83,764 fans watched the Jacksonville Jaguars beat the Indianapolis Colts 30-27 in their second home at Wembley Stadium, while the Houston Texans saw off the Tennessee Titans 27-20 and the Seattle Seahawks were too strong for the New York Jets in a 27-17 win.
— #INDvsJAX (@Jaguars) 2 October 2016
The Denver Broncos remain unbeaten so far this season after cruising to a 27-7 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, while the New Orleans Saints won for the first time this season as they overturned a 13-point deficit to edge out the San Diego Chargers 35-34.
Rookie QB Dak Prescott impressed yet again as the Dallas Cowboys came from 14-0 down to win 24-17 at the struggling San Francisco 49ers and the Arizona Cardinals continue to struggle after suffering a 17-13 loss to the Los Angeles Rams.
And finally, the Pittsburgh Steelers bounced back from their drubbing at the hands of Philadelphia last week to trounce the Kansas City Chiefs 43-14 – Ben Roethlisberger throwing five touchdowns passes.