With a new all-time record for distance in field goals, imposed in the triumph kick with 2 seconds left, it was enough to name the Baltimore star as the best of the day.
A new Sunday full of emotions to the fullest, and as a consequence, another day of multiple stellar performances, was what left Week 3 of the NFL.
An absolute league record in the final moments to win one of the games, however, it was what took the spotlight as an individual highlight on matchday three.
For the longest time, the 63-yard field goal distance record set by Tom Dempsey in 1970 was thought to be one of the toughest records to break in the NFL. It took 28 years for it to be tied for the first time, courtesy of Jason Elam in 1998, and over the course of the past 20 years, it was tied three more times, by Sebastian Janikowski, David Akers and Graham Gano.
It wasn’t until 2013, when someone finally broke the 63-yard barrier, that Matt Prater hit from 64 yards in 2013.
On the same day that Prater himself tried to break his own record from 68 yards, unsuccessfully, Justin Tucker, considered by some to be the best kicker in the history of the NFL, managed to connect from 66 yards to take the all-time record.
The circumstances of the kick bring him additional praise. The Ravens were down on the scoreboard with 2 seconds left in the game. With the kick from Tucker, who had made three of his four previous field goal attempts in the game, from 39, 50 and 32 yards, the Ravens secured a dramatic 19-17 victory in a game in which they came out without a half. of your defense thanks to the COVID-19 protocols.
With the new record, Tucker hit a total of 16 field goals converted from 16 attempts in the last minute of regulation, a perfect rate of success in tight situations. With this performance, it was impossible to think of another player as the Colossus of the Week other than the Baltimore kicker.
Josh Allen, quarterback, Buffalo Bills. For the second day in a row, the Bills were absolutely dominant, closer to the tag of season-start favorites than that gray Buffalo team that fell unexpectedly on the first day. Allen completed 32 of 43 passes for 358 yards with four touchdowns without interceptions, and scored once more on the ground to deliver a performance that would top our week list, had it not been for Tucker’s record.
Peyton Barber, running back, Las Vegas Raiders. For the second week in a row, Josh Jacobs couldn’t play for the Raiders, but Barber saw to it that it didn’t matter, with 111 yards on 23 carries and 31 yards on three receptions in Las Vegas’ overtime win over the Dolphins who fought with much pride as visitors.
Myles Garrett, defensive end, Cleveland Browns. It’s easy to say, but 4.5 sacks in an NFL game are never easy. Garrett culminated last season in the top-of-the-line group of quarterback hunting specialists, but now he’s one pass away from the elite, the cream of the crop, if not already there. Chicago must be hitting itself over the head for letting Charles Leno Jr. walk after selecting Teven Jenkins in the draft.
Derrick Henry, running back, Tennessee Titans. It is a delight to witness how Henry grows stronger every week as the game progresses, and how the defenders’ desire to take him down fades as the periods go by. No running back is more important to his team’s success, and Henry confirmed that with 28 carries for 113 yards and three receptions for an additional 31 yards, punishing an Indy defense that promised much more earlier in the year.
Justin Herbert, quarterback, Los Angeles Chargers. With 26 completions of 38 attempts for 281 yards and four touchdown passes with no interceptions, Herbert took it upon himself to roast the Kansas City defense for a critical division away victory at Arrowhead Stadium.
DeSean Jackson, wide receiver, Los Angeles Rams. It took three receptions for Jackosn to make his mark at SoFi Stadium against one of his previous teams, the Buccaneers, racking up 120 yards and a touchdown on long lashes that always kept their distance from Tampa Bay. This Rams attack may just be in its prime.
Justin Jefferson, wide receiver, Minnesota Vikings. There’s no question that the Vikes’ second-year wide receiver is a genuine star in the league. Against the Seahawks, Jefferson caught nine passes for 118 yards with a touchdown, keeping Seattle’s defenders in constant check.
Matthew Stafford, quarterback, Rams. Stafford was another quarterback with four touchdown passes with no interceptions on the day, tearing apart a Buccaneers secondary that missed several important players piece by piece. There were 27 completions of 38 attempts for 343 yards, on Stafford’s stat sheet, who must be thanking heaven night after night that he could leave Detroit via trade in the offseason.
Mike Williams, wide receiver, Chargers. With seven receptions for 122 yards, including two touchdowns, Williams was the ideal partner for Herbert, imposing his size on Kansas City’s defensive backs throughout most of the game. The second of his touchdowns, from 4 yards with 32 seconds left, proved to be the final touchdown in the Los Angeles victory.