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Seahawks, Saints grind it out in pass-happy era
By B. Duane Cross, CNNSI.com
ATLANTA -- Lost in the passing yardage of Sunday's top performers is the fact Seattle's Ricky Watters and New Orleans' Ricky Williams both eclipsed the 100-yard mark. It is the first time this season two running backs in the same game topped the barrier.
Watters, who was put on notice when the Seahawks drafted Shaun Alexander with the No. 17 overall pick in April's draft, entered the game with 118 rushing yards through two games. He posted 105 yards Sunday.
Williams rushed for 107 yards Sunday after totaling 134 yards through the first two weeks.
Denver's Mike Anderson, subbing the second consecutive week for Terrell Davis, rushed for 187 yards. Last week, he had 131 rushing yards in his debut. Anderson is the only running back to have two 100-yard games this season.
Still, it's the passers who again left their mark on defenses in Week 3.
St. Louis quarterback Kurt Warner led the league in passing with 394 yards. It's the third time he's been the top passer, though he did share the honor with Jacksonville's Mark Brunell in Week 2 (386 yards).
Warner racked up 1,221 yards through the first three weeks, nipping Drew Bledsoe's mark (1,166).
One week after teammate Jimmy Smith torched Baltimore for 291 yards, Jimmy Smith took center stage in the Jacksonville gameplan with 108 yards.
But it was St. Louis' Isaac Bruce who led all receivers in Week 3. The Rams' third-leading receiver, Bruce had eight catches for 188 yards Sunday, including his first touchdown of the season.