The challenge of stopping Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens has proven beyond plenty of defensive teams during his still relatively young NFL career, and one of the finest defensive minds in the league was not up to the task in Week 6.

Jackson's meeting with fellow quarterback Justin Herbert was pegged as a battle between MVP candidates as the Ravens hosted the Los Angeles Chargers, and it is the Ravens star who has the stronger case after their dominant 34-6 win in a clash of 4-1 teams.

Brandon Staley was appointed as Chargers head coach on the back of his excellent performance in his one year as defensive coordinator of the Los Angeles Rams.

His Rams defense allowed the fewest yards per play in the NFL last season, however, the Chargers have struggled mightily against the run in 2021, making them an enticing matchup for the league's premier dual-threat quarterback in Jackson.

As it happened Jackson was able to lighten the burden on his shoulders in terms of running the ball, Latavius Murray and Le'Veon Bell each going in for rushing scores to put the Ravens 14-0 to the good in the second quarter.

Reigning Offensive Rookie of the Year Justin Herbert responded late in the half with a one-yard touchdown throw to Jared Cook after a Jackson interception, though the Chargers still trailed 17-6 at the half.

But a 12-play, 52-yard drive ended with Jackson hitting Mark Andrews for a nine-yard touchdown in the third quarter, and there was never a hint of a Chargers comeback thereafter.

Jackson's stat line, 19 of 27 passing for 167 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions with 51 yards on eight rushes, was pedestrian by his standards, but it was enough to give the Ravens the best record in the AFC as he claimed his 35th win, breaking Dan Marino's record for the most by a quarterback before his 25th birthday.

Chiefs remain unconvincing

Plenty wondered whether it was time to panic for the Kansas City Chiefs following their Week 5 loss to the Buffalo Bills in primetime last Sunday, which dropped them to 2-3.

Concerns about the two-time defending AFC champions were furthered after a first-half performance against the Washington Football Team that saw them trail 13-10 at the half.

Patrick Mahomes threw two interceptions, one off the hands of Tyreek Hill and another with an inexplicable decision to toss the ball up for grabs after fumbling the snap.

However, a touchdown pass to Hill and Darrel Williams' second rushing score of the game put Kansas City in command before Mahomes found Demarcus Robinson in the endzone to secure a 31-13 win that moves them within striking distance of the Chargers in the AFC West.

Five in a row for Packers

The Packers are far from the finished product at this stage of the season, but it is now five wins in a row for Green Bay after their 24-14 victory over NFC North rivals the Chicago Bears.

Aaron Rodgers averaged 8.5 yards per pass play and threw for two touchdowns, with the Packers quarterback reminding the Bears' fans at Soldier Field of his hold over the division after running for a score that effectively put the game to bed.

The Los Angeles Rams are also 5-1 after Matthew Stafford threw four touchdown passes in a 38-11 rout of the New York Giants.

Kansas City Chiefs star Patrick Mahomes is not pointing the finger at the team's defence for their turnover troubles in the NFL.

The turnover-prone Chiefs were beaten 38-20 by the Buffalo Bills last week after a series of self-inflicted mistakes on Sunday.

Mahomes and the Chiefs turned the ball over four times in the AFC title game rematch, with the quarterback intercepted on back-to-back possessions in the third quarter.

Micah Hyde took the first of those 26 yards for a touchdown after plucking a tipped ball out of the air – it was just the second pick-six of Mahomes' career after Week 11 of the 2018 season.

As the Chiefs (2-3) gear up for Sunday's clash with the Washington Football Team (2-3), Mahomes discussed Kansas City's struggles.

"Not at all," Super Bowl champion Mahomes – the NFL MVP in 2018 – told reporters on Wednesday when asked if the team's turnovers were due to their defensive problems.

"We try to score every single time we touch the football. That's how it's been my entire career here, and that was the precedent that was set before I even started here.

"That's kind of how I have my mindset going into every single game is that, when we get an opportunity to go out there and have success and be successful, we have to capitalise on that.

"It has nothing to do with whatever is happening on the other side of the ball. It's just our job as an offense on this team."

Kansas City's defeat to Buffalo was just the second time the Chiefs have lost by double digits with Mahomes at quarterback, per Stats Perform. The other was Super Bowl LV against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers earlier this year.

The Chiefs have allowed the most points per game in the NFL (32.6), while Washington have allowed the second most (31.0). The most points allowed in the Super Bowl era is 33.3 per game by the 1981 Baltimore Colts.

Kansas City own a seven-game winning streak against Washington dating back to the 1992 season. Only two active winning streaks in the NFL started at an earlier date – the Green Bay Packers over the Las Vegas Raiders back to 1990 and the Philadelphia Eagles over the New York Jets back to 1973.

Patrick Mahomes conceded he needs to re-evaluate his decision-making after his turnover-laden display in a painful loss to the Buffalo Bills for the Kansas City Chiefs.

The Chiefs are looking to win their third successive AFC Championship this season as they bid to atone for last campaign's 31-9 defeat to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Super Bowl LV.

But a month into the season the Chiefs stand at 2-3 following a 38-20 home loss to the Bills, the team they beat in last term's AFC Championship Game, which saw Mahomes commit three turnovers.

Mahomes was intercepted twice, including a third-quarter pick-six following a drop from Tyreek Hill, and lost a fumble as the Chiefs failed to click on offense, their star quarterback taking full responsibility for their unexpected shortcomings. 

"It starts with me," Mahomes said. "It's something I've not usually done in my career, but I have to re-evaluate where I'm at, what decisions I'm making.

"I've been a crazier player as far as scrambling and making throws. But in my career I've never been someone who throws a lot of interceptions.

"I have to look at it now, re-evaluate what I'm doing, and I have to cut it out.''

Chiefs head coach Andy Reid said afterward that he did not see their mistake-prone display coming, and he will have to deal with more he did not anticipate after several key Kansas City players suffered injuries.

Hill and running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire sustained knee injuries, guard Joe Thuney fractured his hand and tight end Travis Kelce suffered a stinger.

"We weren't on the same page with the receivers and where they were going and with Pat," Reid said of the offense's struggles. 

"Gotta do better with that. Got to make sure that takes place.

"We know we can do better on turnovers, big plays — I know what we are capable of. I see that. We just have to get that done."

Josh Allen and Emmanuel Sanders called for some calm after the Buffalo Bills saw off a careless Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.

Following a long delay caused by lightning, the Bills avenged their AFC title match defeat last season with a 38-20 victory in Kansas City

Though the Chiefs controlled much of the ball, running 25 more plays than the Bills, their four turnovers were the difference as they dropped to 2-3 this season. 

Buffalo (4-1) intercepted Patrick Mahomes passes on back-to-back possessions in the third quarter, with Micah Hyde taking the first of those 26 yards for a touchdown after plucking a tipped ball out of the air. 

It was just the second pick-six of Mahomes' career after Week 11 of the 2018 season.

While Mahomes completed just 33 of 43 passes for 272 yards, Bills quarterback Allen was 15 of 26 passing for 315 yards, throwing for two touchdowns and running for another score.

It proved a famous match for Allen. The 25-year-old became the first player in NFL history to throw for more than 300 yards and three or more touchdown passes, rush for 50 or more yards and a touchdown, and average 20 or more yards per completion in a single game.

It was also a win to savour for the Bills after they were swept aside 38-24 in the AFC Championship game last season by the Chiefs on their way to their Super Bowl triumph, but Allen was not prepared to get carried away.

"I think this is going to be made a bigger deal than it is. We're in Week 5," he said. "Four wins doesn't get you to the playoffs.

"We ended up with a win. That's our goal each and every week, to come out and be resilient through lightning delays. I'm proud of how our team handled the situation."

Sanders, who ran in a 35-yard score from Allen's pass to give the Bills a 14-10 lead in the second quarter, said: "We're going to enjoy it on the plane back.

"You can tell I'm enjoying it out there; I lost my voice screaming. But at the same time, it's not like we won the Super Bowl. It's Week 5. We have to get back to work."

Similarly, Mahomes saw no reason for the Chiefs to panic.

"We know we have what it takes to be great," he said. "We have a lot of great players that have been really good in other places.

"We know we have what it takes. It's a matter of coming together now and finding a way to do that."

The Kansas City Chiefs continue to struggle on the heels of a Super Bowl season, falling 38-20 to the Buffalo Bills after a series of self-inflicted mistakes on Sunday. 

Though the Chiefs controlled the ball for much of the AFC title game rematch, running 25 more plays than the Bills, their four turnovers were the difference as they dropped to 2-3 this season. 

Buffalo (4-1) intercepted Patrick Mahomes passes on back-to-back possessions in the third quarter, with Micah Hyde taking the first of those 26 yards for a touchdown after plucking a tipped ball out of the air. 

It was just the second pick-six of Mahomes' career after Week 11 of the 2018 season.

That score consolidated the Bills' advantage after the visitors had reeled off 17 unanswered points in the second quarter to take the lead for good. 

Both touchdowns in that sequence came from the arm of Josh Allen, who hit Emmanuel Sanders for a 35-yard score and Dawson Knox for a 53-yard TD. 

For a few moments early in the fourth quarter, it appeared the Chiefs had forced a key turnover of their own, as Rashad Fenton intercepted Allen inside Bills territory.

But Buffalo retained the ball thanks to a controversial roughing the passer penalty on Frank Clark and made it count, marching downfield before another Allen-to-Saunders touchdown pass with 5:51 to play that effectively sealed the win. 

Allen was 15 of 26 passing for 315 yards (12.1 per attempt) and ran for 59 more, including a touchdown. Mahomes completed just 33 of 43 passes for 272 yards (5.0 per attempt) while running for 61. 

 

The Buffalo Bills' 2020 season came to an end as their defense was gashed by Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs. After an offseason seemingly geared towards preventing that from happening again, in Week 5 they will get the clearest indication yet of whether their moves were the right ones.

Buffalo and Kansas City will renew acquaintances on Sunday for the first time since the Chiefs crushed the Bills 38-24 in the AFC Championship Game.

Kansas City put together a typically prolific offensive performance, Mahomes averaging 8.55 yards per pass attempt as he racked up 325 yards and threw for three touchdowns in a game that was not much of a contest after the Chiefs responded to falling 9-0 behind early by scoring 21 unanswered points.

The Bills pressured Mahomes 12 times, having tallied 33 across the first two rounds of last season's playoffs, and sacked him only once.

That anaemic pass-rush display prompted Buffalo to spend major draft capital on the defensive front this year.

Miami edge rusher Gregory Rousseau was selected with the Bills' first-round pick, and they followed that up by adding Carlos Basham from Wake Forest to their defensive line in the second.

Those additions have not seen the Bills leap to the top of charts when it comes to total pressures – their tally of 60 is 22nd in the NFL – however, they are doing a significantly better job of getting to the quarterback.

Buffalo's 11 sacks for negative yardage is a total bettered by only six teams so far this year, with Rousseau registering two sacks in an encouraging start to his career despite having a year away from competitive football after his college career effectively ended in 2019 due to his decision to opt out in 2020.

With Buffalo excelling in preventing opponents from getting going on the ground and through the air, the Bills are first in the NFL in opponent yards per play allowed with an impressive average of 4.00, while their 11 takeaways are also a league high.

The issue is that the Bills haven't faced an opponent close to the calibre of Mahomes and the Chiefs, who lead the league in yards per play. Of the four teams they have played this year in a 3-1 start, only the Washington Football Team (eighth) rank in the top half of the league in yards per play. The Pittsburgh Steelers, the Houston Texans and Miami Dolphins are all in the bottom seven.

Similarly, none of the four quarterbacks the Bills' defense has gone against is above the league average for signal-callers with at least 10 attempts in well-thrown percentage (78.5). Mahomes is third in the NFL in that metric, delivering an accurate, well-thrown ball 84.8 per cent of the time and performing at the kind of level that saw him named MVP in the 2018 season.

When a quarterback of Mahomes' physical gifts is displaying that kind of accuracy, he can be near-impossible to stop. If the Bills cannot do it this time, then Buffalo quarterback Josh Allen and Mahomes would likely end up in another shootout expected to tilt in the direction of the Chiefs star.

Early signs against inferior opposition have been encouraging, but Sunday's primetime duel at Arrowhead Stadium will provide a true picture of whether the Bills' defensive improvement is for real.

Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid enjoyed a record-setting homecoming in Philadelphia after becoming the first coach in NFL history to win 100 games with two teams.

Reid saw his Chiefs take down former team the Eagles 42-30 on his return to the place where it all began on Sunday.

The 63-year-old spent 14 seasons with the Eagles, where he started his head coaching career in 1999 and compiled a 140-102-1 record (including playoffs) with a trip to the Super Bowl following six NFC East championships.

After leaving at the end of the 2012 season, Reid was appointed by the Chiefs in 2013 and he has since delivered a Super Bowl to Kansas City – Super Bowl LIV.

"The people here have been phenomenal since I got here," Reid said after the Chiefs moved to 2-2 for the season, having lost their previous two matches.

"My room was loaded with food so it was good to have a cheesesteak and a lot of other things. It's good to be back."

Asked if his Philadelphia return made him emotional, Reid – who was hospitalised following the Chiefs' loss to the Los Angeles Chargers last week – added: "I'm pretty good. You want me to cry up here?"

Kansas City star Patrick Mahomes threw five touchdown passes to fuel the Chiefs in Week 4 and he revelled in Reid's achievement.

"It was definitely exciting to get him that win," Mahomes said. "We were due to get him that win, it had been a couple of weeks now, but I’m glad we got to do it in Philadelphia and around where he kind of came into his own.

"And now he's in Kansas City, and it's a good thing he's here with us."

Patrick Mahomes is looking forward to working with Josh Gordon in Kansas City after the Chiefs capitalised on "a heck of an opportunity" to sign the reinstated wide receiver.

Gordon was reinstated by the NFL this week after a series of suspensions for violations of its policies on substances of abuse and performance-enhancing substances.

Most recently, the 30-year-old saw a return with the Seattle Seahawks halted in January when the league rescinded his conditional reinstatement.

Gordon recorded 1,646 receiving yards and nine touchdowns on 87 catches with the Cleveland Browns in 2013 but has since seen his role restricted by his various absences.

After spells with the New England Patriots and the Seahawks, he is back again and hoping to play a part for AFC champions the Chiefs.

Gordon must earn his place on Kansas City's 53-man roster but is linking up with outstanding quarterback Mahomes and a highly talented receiver room.

"We like bringing in good football players," Mahomes said. "It was a heck of an opportunity to bring him in here, involve him in that receiver room, and he'll have his role.

"He's a great football player. In this offense, everybody gets a chance to make plays.

"He's a big receiver, and even when he's covered, he's not covered. I'm excited to work with him."

The Chiefs led the league in net passing yards last year (303.4 per game) and are on pace to beat that mark in 2021 (306.0), although they rank fifth through three weeks.

Tight end Travis Kelce is leading the way on 20 receptions for 289 yards and three TDs, ahead of top WRs Tyreek Hill (19 catches, 267 yards, one TD) and Mecole Hardman (11 catches, 107 yards, one TD).

Seven players have scored receiving TDs this year, while Mahomes has targeted 14 different team-mates.

Gordon is unlikely to be a primary option unless he returns to his early-career form, although he did make a competitive 15.8 yards per reception in his last season in the league in 2019 – ranking 21st among WRs with 20 or more targets.

He was targeted on a relatively low 17.0 per cent of his routes, however, and got open on just 56.5 per cent of his targets – the 12th-worst rate among the same group of players.

The 1-2 Chiefs face the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 4 on Sunday.

Brandon Staley says the Los Angeles Chargers are lucky to have "gangster quarterback" Justin Herbert after he outdueled Patrick Mahomes in the fourth quarter at Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday.

The Kansas City Chiefs are bottom of the AFC West with a losing record for the first time in over five years after they were beaten 30-24 by the Chargers.

Kansas City led 14-3 at half-time, but fought back to lead 17-14 with under four minutes of the third quarter to go.

Reigning Offensive Rookie of the Year Justin Herbert took centre stage in the final quarter, connecting on the first of two touchdown passes to Mike Williams and, after Mecole Hardman found the endzone for the Chiefs, leading a field goal drive to tie the game at 24-24.

Mahomes still had over two minutes to potentially clinch victory but threw a critical interception and the Chargers' gamble to eschew a game-winning field goal paid off as Herbert hit Williams for another touchdown and, despite a missed extra point, Los Angeles held on as a late Hail Mary from the Chiefs came up short.

Chargers head coach Staley said: "We're fortunate enough to have a gangster quarterback."

Victory for the Chargers over their AFC West rivals moved them to 2-1 ahead of a showdown with the undefeated Las Vegas Raiders (3-0) next Monday.

Staley hailed the pivotal contribution made by both Herbert and Williams.

"I thought that those two guys really stood out to me," he said. "Justin had four touchdowns, no interceptions. There was a fierce rush out there. I felt like he really played the position how you need to.

"I felt like he was patient when he needed to be. We had a couple play-action shots that didn't quite express themselves. I felt like he was awesome in the check-down game getting the ball underneath.

"They played a lot more two-deep zone coverage with some of their corner situation. He just played the position at a high level. He showed high-level toughness and then certainly in a two-minute drill, the big throw to Keenan Allen and then finishing off with Mike.

"You can't say enough about Mike Williams. I felt like this guy all year through three games, this guy played fantastic and he came through for us today."

Chiefs quarterback Mahomes became the fastest quarterback in NFL history to pass for 15,000 yards, reaching the landmark in the third quarter of his 49th game. 

The 2018 MVP finished the game with 260 passing yards, taking his tally to 15,092.

Patrick Mahomes admitted the Kansas City Chiefs' situation "looks real dim right now" but the star quarterback remains optimistic in the wake of back-to-back NFL defeats.

The Chiefs are surprisingly 1-2 to start the season following Sunday's 30-24 defeat at home to AFC West rivals the Los Angeles Chargers.

Entering the matchup, two-time defending conference champions the Chiefs were 19-6 at home since the start of 2018 – tied for the second best in the NFL behind the Green Bay Packers (20-4-1).

But the Chiefs went down to the Chargers at Arrowhead Stadium, where they have a losing record for the first time since Week 11 of the 2015 season.

"I think we're getting better. If you watched us, I think the offense played well, other than the turnovers," said Mahomes, who finished with 260 yards and three touchdowns to go with his two interceptions.

"I thought the defense stepped up and really kept us in the game for a long time there. I think we're getting better as a unit. This game, it's a tricky deal. If you don't play your best football every single week, you're going to lose.

"Every team has NFL players, every team is good. I think we're getting better and we'll find ourselves over time. With the guys we have in the locker room, I'm sure we'll find ways to win."

Kansas City trailed 14-0 in the second quarter and were behind 14-3 at half-time, however, Mahomes rallied the Chiefs to a 17-14 advantage with less than four minutes remaining in the third quarter and then a 24-21 lead midway through the fourth.

But reigning Offensive Rookie of the Year Justin Herbert outduelled Mahomes in the final period – the later throwing a crucial interception as the Chargers scored another touchdown and withstood a late Hail Mary attempt.

Mahomes added: "Obviously, everybody is, I'm not going to say down, but is not happy with how we played. When you take a loss to a division opponent at home, it's not usually a good thing.

"We haven't done a lot of that in my time here. So, it’s just how you respond. We have a long season ahead of us, it looks real dim right now, but if you can find a way to get better from this and find a way to win these games at the end of the games, we'll be where we want to at the end of the season."

Patrick Mahomes acknowledged he threw a "dumb" interception in the Kansas City Chiefs' 36-35 loss to the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday.

With just over two minutes to play in the third quarter, Tavon Young picked off Mahomes' pass to Travis Kelce – the first interception the Chiefs quarterback has thrown in September in his NFL career. 

Lamar Jackson, who starred for the Ravens by passing for 239 yards and running for 107, charged over for a two-yard touchdown, and then ran it in again from one yard out the next time Baltimore had the ball to give the Ravens the lead. 

Quarterback Jackson became the first player ever to record five games with at least 200 passing and 100 rushing yards as he also celebrated his first career win over Mahomes at the fourth attempt.

Reflecting on the interception, Mahomes told a news conference: "We were executing, they made a play and you lose games when teams make plays like that.

"I should have just thrown to D-Rob [Demarcus Robinson] in the flat. I thought I could get my leg down. He kind of spun me and it’s just a dumb interception, probably one of the worst interceptions I've ever had.

"The interception was not only dumb in the sense that it was a bad throw, not even close to the receiver, but it was dumb at that point of the game.

"Even if I throw to the flat, he doesn't get the first down, we could get a field or punt to try and pin them back, so there's just a lot of things like this in games that form to get losses in the end."

Another error cost the Chiefs late on. Clyde Edwards-Helaire made his first fumble to allow Ravens rookie Odafe Oweh to strip possession with 1:20 on the clock, allowing Jackson to seal the win.

"We'll need him the entire season. Don’t let one play define you," was Mahomes' message to Edwards-Helaire.

"It's a long season, obviously we lost, it's a good football team that we played at their place, but it's a long season – and if we want to be great, if we want to have a chance to make another run, he's going to be an important part of it."

Coach Andy Reid warned the Chiefs must learn from their mistakes.

"Turnovers, they kill you in this league," Reid told reporters.

"We had two of them down the stretch in crucial times. We have to do better, we have to learn from that. Guys played hard, it's just the other group took advantage of the turnovers."

Lamar Jackson put his all-around game on display once again, making NFL history as he led the Baltimore Ravens to a 36-35 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs. 

Jackson passed for 239 yards and ran for 107, becoming the first player ever to record four games with at least 200 passing and 100 rushing yards as the Ravens rebounded from a tough season-opening loss at the Las Vegas Raiders to defeat Patrick Mahomes and the reigning AFC champions. 

It was Jackson's first career win over fellow quarterback Mahomes, having lost the three previous head-to-head meetings in the NFL.

Sunday's game got off to a wild start as Tyrann Mathieu picked off Jackson on the third play of the game and returned it 34 yards for a touchdown, only to have the Ravens answer on their next possession with a bizarre sequence that saw Ty'Son Williams fumble at the one-yard line but team-mate Devin Duvernay picked it up and took it in for a score. 

That set the tone for a high-scoring affair in which Mahomes completed touchdown passes of 33, 40 and 46 yards, the last of which saw his favourite target Travis Kelce elude much of the vaunted Baltimore defence on the way to the end zone. 

That score put the Chiefs up 35-24 but Baltimore star Jackson led the Ravens right back with a boost from the defence. 

With just over two minutes to play in the third period, Tavon Young picked off Mahomes' pass to Kelce – the first interception the Chiefs quarterback has thrown in September in his NFL career. 

Jackson would cap the ensuing drive by running for a two-yard touchdown, and run it in again from one yard out the next time Baltimore had the ball to give the Ravens the lead. 

Mahomes got the Chiefs moving immediately, looking for the game-winning field goal, but Ravens rookie Odafe Oweh stripped Clyde Edwards-Helaire and recovered the fumble with 1:20 remaining. 

Kansas City used up all three of their remaining timeouts on the next possession, but Jackson sealed the win with a two-yard run on fourth-and-one. 

Week 1 of the 2021 NFL season threw up more questions than answers, but there remains no doubting Patrick Mahomes' outstanding talent.

In one of the highlights of the opening round of games, Mahomes threw for 337 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Kansas City Chiefs to a comeback win over the Cleveland Browns.

All eyes will be on Mahomes again in Week 2, and the Chiefs have an intriguing matchup against fellow quarterback Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens.

This battle between two of the past three MVPs has been one-sided in the past, though, as Stats Perform discovers in the most interesting facts from Sunday's biggest games.

Kansas City Chiefs @ Baltimore Ravens

The Chiefs will have few concerns about going on the road, boasting a 5-1 record against the Ravens in Baltimore all-time. They have also won each of the teams' past four meetings.

This dominance is reflected in Mahomes' record against Jackson, winning all three head-to-heads and averaging 378.7 passing yards per game to his opponent's 170.3.

Of course, Jackson is a greater threat across the ground than through the air, leading the Ravens in rushing yards against the Las Vegas Raiders last week for the 21st game of his career (including the postseason). In that time, no other QB has led his team in rushing in more than 12 games.

But even if Jackson can guide the Ravens into a lead, that brings no guarantee of victory. They gave up a 14-point lead for the first time in 99 games against the Raiders, while the Chiefs recovered from 12 points down at home to the Browns and actually have a 10-8 record after trailing by double digits since the start of 2018.

Dallas Cowboys @ Los Angeles Chargers

Another clash between two top QBs on Sunday sees Dak Prescott take the Cowboys to the Chargers having last week continued his impressive run even in defeat to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Due to injury, Prescott has only actually played six games since the start of last year, but he has passed for at least 400 yards in four of them – no other player has more than two such games in that span.

However, Dallas have lost a league-high three games while posting 450-plus total net yards since the beginning of 2020.

The Chargers have their own prolific passer, too, in Justin Herbert, who threw for 337 yards in a win against the Washington Football Team in Week 1, meaning he now has 4,673 passing yards through 16 career games – a tally only topped by Mahomes' 5,100 in his first 16 games.

Buffalo Bills @ Miami Dolphins

Josh Allen is another elite passer who would hope to be in MVP contention at the end of the year, but he was less impressive in the Bills' opening defeat to the Pittsburgh Steelers, completing only 30 of 51 passes.

While that was a career high for pass attempts, NFL teams are 4-20 when having a QB throw 50 or more since the start of last season.

Allen at least has fond memories of facing Miami. In the first of the sides' two meetings last year, he threw for career bests in yards (415) and TD passes (four), while the second clash saw the Bills score 56 points – a tally they have only ever topped once, also against the Dolphins in 1966.

Buffalo have five straight wins against Miami, although the Dolphins are in form with 10 wins in 13 games after 10 victories in their prior 33.

Elsewhere...

New Los Angeles Rams QB Matthew Stafford will fancy his chances against the Indianapolis Colts. His passer rating of 156.1 in Week 1 led the league, but Russell Wilson, against the Colts, was second with 152.3. Stafford threw three TD passes, including two of more than 50 yards – a feat only previously achieved once by a player in their first game with the team in the Super Bowl era (John Stofa for the Cincinnati Bengals in 1968).

Jameis Winston took a slightly less spectacular route to his five TD passes last time out, with 148 passing yards the fewest from a QB to throw five for five scores.

Meanwhile, first overall pick Trevor Lawrence threw for 332 yards, the most by a player on his debut since Cam Newton's 422 yards in 2011, but he also had three interceptions – something he never did in his 40 games at Clemson.

Each of the first-round rookie QBs will be aiming to build on feats of some manner, with 21-year-old Trey Lance the youngest player in the Super Bowl era to throw a touchdown on his first NFL pass.

Mac Jones, who this week faces Zach Wilson, threw for 281 yards – the most by a New England Patriots rookie on debut.

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