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Best and Worst NFL Player Performances in Week 3, 2020

By Gary Garry in NFL
| September 30, 2020 10:57 am PDT
Best and Worst NFL Player Performances in Week 3, 2020

There were several standout performances during Week 3 of the NFL season, and on the other side of the spectrum, there were some duds as well.

The usual suspects tend to wind up on each respective list in a predictable rotation, but this week was a little bit different in some spots.

Best Player Performances of Week 3

Russell Wilson

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson has been absolutely amazing during the first three weeks of the season. He completed 27 of 40 passes on Sunday for 315 yards and five touchdowns including a clutch go-ahead scoring pass to D.K. Metcalf.

Wilson threw for five TDs in Week 2 against a rock-solid New England defense, and he had four in his first outing against the Falcons. He has just one interception to go along with the 14 TDs, and his team is 3-0, so he has been nearly perfect in 2020.

Justin Jefferson

The Vikings lost a 31-30 heartbreaker at home to the Tennessee Titans to fall to 0-3, but it was a special day for rookie wide receiver Justin Jefferson. He was the 22nd pick in the draft out of LSU, and he really made his presence felt on Sunday.

Jefferson caught seven passes for 175 yards and a touchdown, and you have to be pretty talented to put up numbers like those in your third NFL game.

Josh Allen

It’s looking like I can reserve a spot on this list for Josh Allen every week. The Bills bested the visiting Rams in Buffalo 35-32, and Allen sparkled once again.

He connected on 24 of 33 aerial attempts for 311 yards and four touchdowns, and he ran for another score.

Nick Chubb

The Cleveland Browns improved their record to 2-1 with a 34-20 win over the Washington Football Team with Nick Chubb leading the way. He goes about his business quietly in an under the radar market, but Chubb is one of the premier running backs in the National Football League.

He ran for almost 1500 yards last year, and he had his second straight 100 yard game of 2020 on Sunday with 108 yards and two touchdowns. The Georgia native who stayed home to play for the Bulldogs in Athens is a force to be reckoned with week in and week out.

Dalvin Cook

Running back Dalvin Cook is another Minnesota Viking that delivered an outstanding performance in a losing cause.

He gobbled up 181 yards of real estate on 18 rushing attempts with one touchdown and a couple of receptions for 18 yards.

Rex Burkhead and Sony Michel

Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels is a fantasy team owner’s nightmare when it comes to the way he uses his running backs. They really spread the wealth around, and a back who is heavily leaned on one week will be sparsely used the next.

In Week 3, Sony Michel and Rex Burkhead shared the spotlight. Michel, who is another University of Georgia product, gain 117 yards on nine carries. Burkhead carried the ball half a dozen times for 49 yards and two touchdowns. He was also the leading Pats receiver with seven catches for 49 yards and a TD.

Derek Henry

Titans running back Derek Henry was held in check during the first couple of weeks. He put up decent yardage numbers but his yards per carry average was sub-par, and his opponents kept him out of the end zone.

The big guy still had to grind in Week 3 with 26 carries for 119 yards, but he found paydirt twice and his team got the W.

Alvin Kamara

Saints running back Alvin Kamara put on quite a show on Sunday night, but he did most of his damage catching balls out of the backfield. He had 13 catches for 139 yards with two touchdowns and his running ability turned short passes into robust gains.

When you add in 58 yards on six rushing attempts, you are looking at a monster performance.

Patrick Mahomes

The Chiefs throttled the high flying Baltimore Ravens by a score of 34-20 on Monday Night Football, and Patrick Mahomes made a statement. He dominated the big stage with 385 yards through the air, four TD passes, and one rushing score.

Like fine wine, he is getting better and better before our eyes. In my estimation, he will be among the all-time greats when he hangs up his cleats.

Worst Player Performances of Week 3

Kyler Murray

Murray had an error-prone game that had a lot to do with the Cardinals 26-23 loss to the previously winless Detroit Lions.

The former Oklahoma Sooner completed 23 of 35 passes for 270 yards, which looks decent on the surface, but he threw three interceptions.

Carson Wentz

I’m not going to mince any words in my assessment of Philadelphia quarterback Carson Wentz. The guy is simply one of the very worst quarterbacks in the National Football League right now.

In a home game against the Cincinnati Bengals that the 0-2 Eagles had to win, Wentz threw the ball 47 times with 29 completions and one touchdown. Two of his errant passes were caught by the other team, and he actually should have had more than two picks.

I do have to give him credit for his 65 yards on the ground with a rushing TD, but the overall numbers tell the tale. After three games, Wentz has a QBR of 35.4, which is 29th in the league. The only guys behind him are Sam Darnold and Dwayne Haskins.

Mitch Trubisky

The Bears have given Mitchell Trubiski every chance in the world, but yesterday’s performance may have been the last straw. He went 13 for 22 for just 128 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Trubiski made many bad decisions, and he was replaced by Nick Foles in the second half.

Bears coach Matt Nagy certainly made the right move. His Bears outscored the Falcons 20-0 in the fourth quarter behind three Foles touchdown passes, and Chicago pulled out an unlikely 30-26 victory.

Dwayne Haskins

You have to play poorly on a consistent basis to hold down the bottom spot in the QBR rankings and Haskins didn’t break form on Sunday. He was 21 for 37 through the air for 224 yards with a couple of touchdowns and three interceptions.

Haskins also fumbled the ball twice and lost one of them, so it was another forgettable day for the young signal-caller.

Summary

The poor outing by Kyler Murray is probably going to be a temporary bump in the road, because all things considered, he looks like a keeper. Justin Jefferson is another youngster who has a very bright future.

Haskins is still learning on the job, so the jury is out on him. Unfortunately, the other QBs on the poor performance list are going in the wrong direction, and their careers are in the balance.

Stay tuned, because I’ll be back next week with the best and worst performances of NFL Week 4. You might also be interested in my colleague’s NFL grades for week 3.

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