NFL Week 3 Highlights: Notable grades from Sunday's games

2RXDT1C Houston Texans quarterback C.J. Stroud (7) looks for a receiver during the second half of an NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Sunday, Sept. 24, 2023, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

C.J. Stroud arrives: The second overall pick in the 2023 NFL Draft delivered the best performance of his young career.

• De'Von Achane electrifies: The rookie running back dominated in the Dolphins’ big Week 3 win.

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Every Monday, we’ll bring you five key storylines borne out by PFF's grades and data. Here’s what stood out in Week 3.

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QB C.J. Stroud, Houston Texans

PFF Grade: 84.3

Stroud has already improved leaps and bounds from his NFL debut. What he accomplished this week was a reminder of why the Texans drafted him with the second overall pick. He went 20-of-30 for 280 yards with one big-time throw. He excelled when throwing the ball downfield, completing two of the three 20-plus-yard passes he attempted for 114 yards and a touchdown.

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RB De’Von Achane, Miami Dolphins

PFF Grade: 94.4

It was a day of rookies announcing themselves to the NFL, and Dolphins running back De’Von Achane certainly did that. He racked up 203 rushing yards on 18 carries, with 112 of those yards coming after contact. He also forced six missed tackles as a runner and added another three on four receptions, giving him nine missed tackles forced on just 22 touches. The Dolphins' offense was already a problem, and now head coach Mike McDaniel has another lightning-quick running back to feed touches to.

WR Davante Adams, Las Vegas Raiders

PFF Grade: 90.9

The Raiders may have lost on Sunday Night Football, but it was yet another example of just how good Davante Adams is. He was targeted 20 times on 48 receiving snaps, bringing in all 13 catchable passes for 172 yards and two touchdowns. Adams averaged 3.58 yards per route run in the game and is now one of just seven wide receivers to average more than 3.0 yards per route run while being on the field for at least 50 receiving snaps this season.

S Jevon Holland, Miami Dolphins

PFF Grade: 93.1

The Dolphins' offense got all the plaudits this week, understandably, but the defense had itself a day, too. Holland made a pair of tackles resulting in a defensive stop, one against the run and another in coverage. He also forced a pair of fumbles from Broncos wide receiver Courtland Sutton, giving the ball back to the dominant Dolphins offense. He has missed just one tackle all season and is playing as well as any safety in football right now.

EDGE Aidan Hutchinson, Detroit Lions

PFF Grade: 91.8

The second overall selection in the 2022 NFL Draft was a driving force behind the Lions taking down the Atlanta Falcons to move to 2-1 on the year. Rushing the passer 40 times, Hutchinson recorded two sacks and four hurries. He won another five reps that didn’t result in pressure, giving him a season-high 28.9% pass-rush win rate in the game to go along with a batted pass and a forced fumble.


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