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Scully's NFL notebook: Justin Herbert makes his case for MVP

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October 14th, 2021

Bill Parcells famously said, “You are what your record says you are,” and the Kansas City Chiefs are outside the playoff picture at 2-3, after they were dominated by Buffalo in Week 5.

Kansas City remains a wildcard contender, but the Los Angeles Chargers have become the team to beat in the AFC West, at 4-1.

Let’s examine some additional storylines in this week’s NFL notebook.

Lamar Jackson leads Baltimore's furious comeback

Down by 19 points late in the third quarter, the Baltimore Ravens rallied to defeat Indianapolis in overtime Monday night.

Lamar Jackson led the way in a signature performance and threw for a career-high 442 yards and four touchdowns. The 24-year-old quarterback completed 37 of his 43 passes (86%), the highest completion rate for a 40-pass game in NFL history. Jackson is the first player to throw for more than 400 passing yards with an 85% completion rate.

Anyone still questioning Jackson’s passing skills?

“It’s one of the greatest performances I’ve ever seen,” said Ravens head coach John Harbaugh.

Justin Herbert stakes MVP claim

Justin Herbert propelled the Los Angeles Chargers to a remarkable, 47-42 victory over Cleveland last week. The game featured one tie and eight lead changes, and the teams combined for 41 fourth-quarter points.

Herbert directed four consecutive touchdown drives in the final stanza, finished with 398 yards passing, and has more 300-yard passing games (11) than any quarterback in their first two years.

The Browns became the first NFL team to lose a game with more than 40 points scored, 500 yards gained, and no turnovers.

Justin Fields gets first NFL win

Justin Fields picked up his first win as a starter last week, as he completed 11 of his 17 passes, for 209 yards, in the Chicago Bears' 24-14 win over Las Vegas.

After he was sacked nine times in his first start, the rookie was taken down only once in Week 5.

Fields brings a sense of optimism to Chicago, which improved to 3-2. Although the Bears rank 32nd in passing (98.3 yards per game) and total offense (240 yards per game), they are one of eight teams in the NFC with a winning record.

Russell Wilson’s finger injury may doom Seattle

The Seahawks’ playoff hopes took a precipitous turn when Russell Wilson injured his finger in Week 5.

With a 7-3 lead at the half, behind an inspired defensive effort, Seattle had every chance to gain an important home victory over the Los Angeles Rams, before Wilson hit Aaron Donald’s shoulder after he threw a pass in the third quarter.

The Rams went on to win 26-17 in Wilson’s absence, which leaves Seattle with a 2-3 record, and Wilson will be sidelined for at least three games, after finger surgery.

Game of the week

The must-see game this wedk involves MVP contenders Herbert and Jackson, as the Los Angeles Chargers will travel to face Baltimore.

It promises to be a high-scoring affair between dynamic offenses.

Sun, October 17 2021, 5:00 PM

BAL Ravens

Moneyline

-159

Spread

-2.5

Total

O 51.5

LA Chargers

Moneyline

+130

Spread

+2.5

Total

U 51.5

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