Here we go with another installment of the NFL weekly QB awards. This was another interesting week for QBs, starting with the battle between Lamar Jackson and Patrick Mahomes all the way to the debut of six new starting QBs. Because of the latter, we are introducing a new “best debut” award just for this week. So, without any further ado here the nflnews.co QB award list for week 3:
Hottest Hand Award: Russell Wilson
Despite the hard thought loss against the Saints at home this week for the Seahawks, QB Wilson was just on another level in week 3, leading the league in both attempts and passing yards. Wilson threw the ball 50 times (32 completions) for a grand total of 406 yards, all with two passing TDs. While unfortunately, this wasn’t enough to overcome a very well-coached Saints team, this was one of the most impressive throwing performance of the season thus far.
Bomb Dropping Award: Patrick Mahomes
For the first time this year, but most likely not the last, Chiefs QB Mahomes takes home the Bomb Dropping award with an 83-yards TD pass to WR Mecole Hardman. This play blew the lead wide open for the Chiefs and changed the game completely.
I Need An Ice-Pack Award: Marcus Mariota
For the first time this year, Deshaun Watson does not win the award (although he still got sacked 2 times). This week, the award goes to Marcus Mariotta and the Titans OL with a ridiculous grand total of 9 sacks allowed against the Jaguars on TNF. Coach Doug Marrone can only hope this was an outlier, otherwise, it will be very difficult to keep Mariota healthy for a full season.
TD Machine Award: Kyle Allen
Here the first surprise of the week, the young QB who stepped in for the injured and former MVP Cam Newton looked very impressive in his starting debut throwing 4 TDs. Allen also led the league in QB Rating this week with a final rate of 144.4.
Better Luck Next Week Award: Luke Falk
While Baker Mayfield was a serious contender to win this award again, this week “Better Luck Next Week” award has to go to Jets QB Luke Flak, who made his starting debut in week 3. While lots can be said about the Jets in general (looking at you Adam Gase), Flak performance was one of the worst QB outings of the season. He threw the ball 22 times total, completing only 54% of his passes. Furthermore, he only added 98 passing-yards total, a league-low for a starting QB (injury aside). That is not all, those stats have to be packed with 0 TDs, 1 INT, 5 sacks and QB rating of 47.2. The worst part is that things will only get tougher for Flak, as the Jets upcoming schedule will feature Eagles, Cowboys, Patriots, and Jaguars.
Best Debut Award: Daniel Jones
It’s hard to ignore what rookie QB Daniel Jones did on Sunday against the Bucs. Without jack-of-all-trades RB Barkley for most of the game, Jones threw for 336 yards with 2 TDs and no INT. More importantly, he showed great poise down the stretch by leading a long drive at the end of the game that culminated in a rushing TD for the young QB to win the game. While certainly impressive, and worthy of the award, it is important to note that his performance had some hiccups, namely 5 sacks, and 2 fumbles. Nevertheless, it will be fun to see how Jones will progress this season.