Week Three of the NFL season had it all. There were monster plays in offense, defense and special teams.
Of particular note was Jamal Agnew of the Jacksonville Jaguars returning a field goal for 109 yards, the joint longest play in NFL history and only the third time such a play has occurred.
Myles Garrett of the Cleveland Browns was another who had a monster game, recording six solo tackles and four-and-a-half sacks against rookie Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields.
Meanwhile, both New York teams continued to struggle and at Arrowhead, Justin Herbert had the biggest win of his career as he led his Los Angeles Chargers to a 30-24 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs.
There were a number of other winners and losers too, so let's take a look at who's on a high and who needs to bounce back.
Josh Allen's fantasy football owners
Josh Allen had a mammoth game against the Washington Football Team and put a big marker down in the race for NFL MVP. The Buffalo Bills beat Washington 43-21 and Allen scored over 37 fantasy football points with four passing touchdowns and one rushing touchdown.
For the first time this season, Allen looked like an elite quarterback. In the first two games, he had a 56% completion percentage, but this week it rose to 74%. It was a historic game for Allen as it was the fifth time in his career that he had four passing TDs and 300 passing yards, a new Bills record. His two-yard TD run in the fourth quarter was the 26th of his career and broke the franchise record held by Jack Kemp.
Fans of the Buffalo Bills, or fantasy football owners who had picked Allen at quarterback, were most definitely winners this week.
Despite being one of the best wide receivers in college football, Ja'Marr Chase was heckled in the offseason when misquoted as saying he could not catch the footballs used in the NFL. Three games into the season, it is clear that this could not be further from the truth.
He has caught at least one touchdown in all three games he has played so far, having been taken fifth in the 2021 NFL Draft and reunited with college team-mate Joe Burrow. The evidence would suggest that the duo of Burrow and Chase could become one of the best quarterback/wide receiver pairings in the NFL.
Against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Chase had 65 receiving yards to go alongside his two touchdowns for the first multi-TD game of his career. Admittedly, three games is a small sample size but you cannot doubt Chase's talent and the potential he has.
Justin Tucker aka GKOAT
A big debate across most sports is who is the Greatest Of All Time. American football is no different, with multiple players being regarded as the GOAT by fans, players and pundits. Hypothetically, there should only be one GOAT or at least one GOAT per position.
On Sunday, we did in fact watch a player who is indisputably a GOAT at what they do. Justin Tucker of the Baltimore Ravens is the greatest to ever kick an American football. He entered the game having made 49 consecutive field goals in the fourth quarter of overtime. Extending this record seemed unlikely when he was asked to kick a game-winning 66-yard field goal against the Detroit Lions.
Before Sunday, no one had kicked a field goal from more than 64 yards and yet Tucker did just that. Had the distance been 67 yards, he would have missed as the ball hit the crossbar and bounced into the kicking net. However, the kick was a success and it gave the Ravens an unlikely win.
Ever since he entered the league, it has been Tucker's dream to kick the longest field goal in NFL history. On Sunday afternoon, that dream came true.
Kansas City Chiefs
Three weeks into the NFL season, the Kansas City Chiefs are 1-2 and sit in last place in the AFC West after losing 30-24 to the Los Angeles Chargers. This means that for the first time since Week 11 of the 2015 season, the Chiefs have a losing record.
Under Andy Reid and Patrick Mahomes, we have expected excellence from Kansas City, with the franchise having reached the last two Super Bowls. They even won Super Bowl LIV to end their 50-year drought.
However, the start of this season has been most unlike the Chiefs. In Sunday's defeat, Mahomes threw one of his trademark no-look passes but rather than the ball finding the hands of his receiver, it was instead picked off by Chargers defensive back Asante Samuel Jr.
Chiefs fans shouldn't be worried - they have a generational quarterback and one of the best offensive-minded coaches in the league. However, the AFC West has two 3-0 teams (the Denver Broncos and the Las Vegas Raiders) and one 2-1 team (the Chargers). Statistically, teams that start 3-0 have a 75% chance of making the playoffs so if the Chiefs want to get there too, they will have to take advantage of the longest season in NFL history, not to mention pick up form quickly.
In the offseason, a trade between the Detroit Lions and the Los Angeles Rams saw Matt Stafford move to LA and Jared Goff move to the Motor City. For Stafford and the Rams, the trade is paying off as they sit 3-0, fresh from beating the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. However, things are not as rosy for Detroit as they are 0-3.
The Lions were ahead against the Baltimore Ravens before Lamar Jackson led his side on a drive that started deep in his own half to set up a potentially game-winning 66-yard field goal. As already mentioned, Justin Tucker converted the record-breaking kick, NFL history was made, and the Lions were condemned to a third straight defeat. For Goff, his stats now read 0-10 in games without former head coach Sean McVay.
Coach Dan Campbell will hope he can turn things around, but things haven't started well for the Goff-Campbell era in Detroit, which is an all too familiar story for fans of the Lions.
Week Three of the NFL season was tough for rookie quarterbacks, with all five taken in the first round losing. Four of those five were starters.
Sunday was the day that Bears fans had waited for, with rookie quarterback Justin Fields finally getting his first NFL start. Things did not go to plan for Fields though as he had one net passing yard. He threw for 68 yards but was sacked nine times for a loss of 67 yards.
Zach Wilson once again had a rough game, throwing a pair of interceptions as his winless New York Jets were shut out 26-0 by the Denver Broncos.
Trevor Lawrence had flashes of brilliance but ultimately could not stop the Jacksonville Jaguars falling to 0-3. Lawrence had four turnovers - two lost fumbles and two interceptions.
New England's Mac Jones entered Week Three without having thrown an interception in his young career. He quickly made up for that by throwing three in a 28-13 loss to the New Orleans Saints.
As a collective, the four rookie starters combined to go 77 for 140 passing attempts for 717 yards, two touchdowns and seven interceptions. This equates to a 53.2 passer rating and 5.1 yards per pass attempt.
At the end of the day, they are rookies and there are so many extenuating circumstances. Who are Mac Jones' receivers? Trevor Lawrence is only 21! Shouldn't we factor in that Zach Wilson plays on the Jets?
There are rookies every week of every season having big games and now isn't the time to be worried about these ones. This rookie quarterback class is one of the best in NFL history so we have to give them time, but it would be nice if one of them had a good game soon.
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