The electrifying Kansas City wide receiver took the honors as the best player of the Sunday day
Week 4 gave us an extraordinary number of stellar performances.
From quarterbacks to wide receivers to running backs, there were performances worth listing in our weekly piece across the NFL this Sunday.
However, a ‘Cheetah’ escaped with top honors.
TYREEK HILL, OPEN RECEIVER, KANSAS CITY CHIEFS
For the Chiefs, it was imperative to beat the Eagles to end a negative streak that saw them spin two losses in the first three games.
As an added bonus, it was important that Kansas City look good in the process, to regain some of the confidence lost with the two setbacks.
Hand in hand with Hill and Patrick Mahomes, both things happened. Hill caught 11 shipments for 186 yards with three touchdowns, burning Philadelphia’s defensive backs left and right.
Hill’s first touchdown helped the Chiefs take advantage early in the second period, while the next two, which came about four minutes apart in the final period, definitely put the game out of reach for the Eagles. discount in junk time.
Hill had a combined just eight receptions in the Chiefs’ two losses, and was scoreless on those two dates. Against Philly, he matched his best catch total of the year, and posted a season-best touchdown mark of the season. Hill is not the only weapon in Kansas City, but it is the most deadly.
Saquon Barkley, running back, New York Giants. With each passing week, Barkley gradually regains his form and, above all, his confidence. Against the Saints, the versatile offense ran the ball 13 times for 52 yards with a touchdown and also caught five passes for 74 yards. The rushing touchdown, from 6 yards, was the winning touchdown in overtime.
Trevon Diggs, cornerback, Dallas Cowboys. It was the Panthers defense that came into the game with all the noise, but Diggs stole the spotlight. The Dallas second-year cornerback stole two passes from Sam Darnold in back-to-back series toward the end of the third period, effectively handing the moment of the game to the Cowboys, who took advantage of a significant break away from the Panthers.
Ezekiel Elliott, running back, Cowboys. It’s amazing the impact a plugged-in ‘Zeke’ can have. Against the Panthers, he ran the ball 20 times for 143 yards with a touchdown, breaking the willpower of Carolina’s defense piece by piece. On top of it all, he was instrumental against the pressure against Dak Prescott in an effort that netted the Panthers zero sacks. It’s hard to ask one of the best running backs in the NFL for more.
Taylor Heinicke, quarterback, Washington Football Team. Yes, he is a very limited passer in terms of physical abilities, but Heinicke manages to make up for a lot with a determination impossible to deter. Washington had nothing to do toward the end of a game Atlanta should have easily secured, but Heinicke – who completed 23 of 33 pass attempts for 290 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions, and added 43 more yards on five carries. – kept his team in the fight until, at last, the Falcons succumbed. No, Atlanta is not a front-line synodal, but in the NFL, a win is a win.
Derrick Henry, running back, Tennessee Titans. It’s amazing how dependent Tennessee’s offense is on Henry, particularly on a day when they couldn’t count on the injured AJ Brown or Julio Jones. Henry scored 33 carries for 157 yards and a touchdown as the most prolific running back of the day, although not enough to rescue the game from the Titans, who lost to a Jets who did not know the victory until before this Sunday. There are many things wrong with Tennessee, but Henry is not one of them.
Patrick Mahomes, quarterback, Chiefs. Mahomes has not managed to shut the key completely when it comes to the ball deliveries, but at least he returned to the flashes of the Mahomes of always this afternoon against the Eagles, with his five touchdown passes. He was 24-of-30 for 278 yards with his usual contorted passes and odd arm angles, plus 26 rushing yards on five carries. He’s not back at his best yet, but at least the arrow is pointing up again in Kansas City.
Terry McLaurin, wide receiver, Washington. What would McLaurin look like in one of the most explosive offenses in the NFL, rather than in Washington, where there aren’t many more alternatives by air? We don’t know, but it would certainly be a much more mentioned name when listing the best wide receivers in the league. The Washington star caught six shipments for 123 yards with two touchdowns, finding fractures in the opponent’s defensive coverage as always.
David Montgomery, running back, Chicago Bears. There’s no better ally for an inexperienced quarterback than a dominant running game, and that was what Montgomery gave Justin Fields during his time on the field, before he got hurt. He ran the ball 23 times for 106 yards with two touchdowns, allowing Chicago to control the flow of the game against the Lions with little response.
DJ Moore, wide receiver, Carolina Panthers. No matter that the opponent’s defense knows that Moore will be Darnold’s primary target, the Carolina star finds a way to reveal himself, catch the ball, and gain yards. Against the Cowboys, he caught eight balls for 113 yards with two touchdowns, and scored a significant number of broken tackles, essentially becoming an unstoppable weapon for Dallas for much of the game. Carolina lost, but impossible to blame Moore.
Cordarrelle Patterson, wide receiver, Atlanta Falcons. Another weekly list and another appearance by Patterson in this space. With five catches for 82 yards and six carries for 34 yards, Patterson helped put the Falcons to win a game they let slip through Washington’s fingers. Without a doubt, Patterson has been the revelation, at least in fantasy leagues, of the campaign.
Dak Prescott, quarterback, Cowboys. With each passing day, naysayers run out of elements to question the Dallas quarterback’s salary. Against the Panthers, and a defense that made a lot of noise making life miserable for the first three quarterbacks he faced this year, Prescott calmly operated to complete 14 of 22 attempts for 188 yards and four touchdown passes, with no interceptions, and he had the luxury of adding 35 yards on four carries to guide the Cowboys to a key NFC victory.
Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers quarterback. Now yes, we can say with certainty, that the disaster of Week 1 is in the rearview mirror. Rodgers hit 20 of 36 pass attempts for 248 yards with two touchdowns without interceptions, and carried the ball three times, including a short rushing touchdown in the Packers’ clear win over Pittsburgh. No, 2021 is not yet the time for Jordan Love in Green Bay.
Matt Ryan, quarterback, Falcons. It’s unheard of how a team with a performance like Patterson and Ryan can go home empty-handed, but let’s remember this is the Falcons. Statistically speaking, there is no question that Ryan deserves to be on this list. He completed 25 of 42 for 283 yards with four touchdowns without interceptions, and even added a 17-yard rushing escape. However, when it comes to keeping the ball away from the opponent and keeping the scoreboard, Atlanta just can’t find the way.
Deebo Samuel, wide receiver, San Francisco 49ers. It was a rare game for the Niners, who had to employ two different quarterbacks throughout the afternoon due to injury. Samuel, however, proved to be San Francisco’s most explosive weapon, with eight receptions for 156 yards and two touchdowns. The Niners didn’t really seriously threaten Seattle’s dominance late in the game, but it’s clear Samuel needs help giving Trey Lance or Jimmy Garoppolo a better variety of options.
Russell Wilson, quarterback, Seattle Seahawks. The NFL’s Houdini did it again. Wilson manages to shake off the pressure in a unique way, to turn a potential broken play into a big play, and the Niners game was no exception. He completed 16 of 23 for 149 yards with two touchdowns without interceptions, and added four carries with 26 yards with a rushing touchdown, confirming that he could be the best quarterback in the league when it comes to the second reaction.