We all know the nfl stars who fuel conversation on SportsCenter with weekly monster days, showing off their eye-popping highlight skills. But what about the performances make us say, “Who was that?”
This is for them.
69.4% completion, 905 yards, 7 TDs, 106.9 passer rating, 2-1 as starter
Why it matters: The power is in the mustache! The Jaguars looked to be doomed after Nick Foles
The rookie sixth-round pick is the only player since 1990 to post a 95-plus passer rating in each of his first four games. He led a fourth-quarter comeback win over the Denver Broncos on Sunday, and put on a show beating the Tennessee Titans in prime time in Week 3.
Maybe we all need a little more Minshew magic.
nfl-leading nine sacks, three forced fumbles, interception
Why it matters:
There might not be another player whose stock and value has risen more than Barrett over the last month.
Barrett spent the last five years primarily as a reserve outside linebacker for the Broncos before signing a one-year, prove-it deal worth $4 million with Tampa Bay in March. The price just went up for next year!
Barrett is a big reason why the Bucs are 2-2. He made a third quarter interception that led to a Bucs TD and a fourth quarter sack/forced fumble Sunday in an upset of the Los Angeles Rams that Ndamukong Suh returned for the game-clinching touchdown. He also had three sacks in a six-point road victory over the Carolina Panthers.
Leads all tight ends with 33 receptions for 320 yards in first significant action since 2016
Why it matters:
71.7% completion, 493 yards, 4 TDs, 0 INTs, 118.3 passer rating, 2-0 record
Why it matters: Like the Jaguars, it appeared as though the Panthers’ season was doomed when Cam Newton
Patrick Mahomes and Jeff Hostetler have done in the Super Bowl era.
Two interceptions, blocked punt in tight win over Bills
Why it matters: On a day when Tom Brady struggled to get much going offensively, the patriots pulled out a tough road divisional victory thanks to four interceptions and a blocked punt that went for a touchdown. Jackson, a fourth cornerback, played a significant role on those plays and deserved the game MVP.
Tied for NFL lead with four touchdown catches
Why it matters:Russell Wilson.
Will Dissly, AGAIN, to take the lead! 🤩
Q3: SEA 14, PIT 10 pic.twitter.com/VIz9sEewXp
Dissly, a 2018 fourth-round pick, has six touchdowns in his first eight NFL games — tied for the most TDs ever by a TE in that period.
Why it matters:Aaron Rodgers threw at him — a slant pass on the goal line intended for Marquez Valdes-Scantling. James deflected the ball in the air and linebacker Nigel Bradham intercepted it to clinch the win.
James was called up from the practice squad due to injuries earlier that week and his play helped the banged-up Eagles become 2-2 instead of 1-3, a big difference for a Super Bowl hopeful.
NFL Nation reporters Michael DiRocco, Jenna Laine, David Newton, Mike Reiss, Brady Henderson and Tim McManus contributed to this story.