Patriots, Saints and Dolphins remain unbeaten

Sun Sep 22, 2013 8:56pm EDT
 
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By Julian Linden

NEW YORK (Reuters) - New England, New Orleans and Miami maintained their perfect starts to the National Football League season on a wild and drama-packed Sunday.

The Patriots, Saints and Dolphins joined the Kansas Chiefs with their third straight victories of the new season while the New York Giants and Washington Redskins were left wondering where their first wins will come from after embarrassing defeats.

The Giants, co-hosts of this season's Super Bowl, were thumped 38-0 by the previously winless Carolina Panthers while the Redskins suffered their first loss at home to the Detroit Lions in almost three-quarters of a century.

The Redskins had not lost at home to the Lions since moving to Washington D.C. from Boston in 1937 but their 21-game winning streak came to a shuddering halt with Sunday's 27-20 loss.

The result left the Redskins, who made the playoffs last year with their brilliant rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III, at 0-3 for the season, along with the Giants, who won the Super Bowl two seasons ago.

The new season may have just started but the odds are already against two of the glamour clubs with only three teams since 1990 going on to make the playoffs after starting 0-3.

"If you had said we'd start 0-3, we'd all be shocked," Griffin said.

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New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady celebrates after the Patriots scored a touchdown on a pass to Patriots wide receiver Kenbrell Thompkins in the first half of their NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Foxborough, Massachusetts September 22, 2013. REUTERS/Brian Snyder