辛辛那提选择了后者，本赛季七场比赛都是扣篮. 首轮第5顺位接球手贾马尔·蔡斯, 周日在孟加拉虎队的比赛中点燃了巴尔的摩的防守 41-17 胜利. Chase finished with eight receptions for 201 码, highlighted by the hitch route that he took 82 yards to the house in the third quarter. 的 201 yards are the most by a rookie receiver in a single game since the Buccaneers’ Mike Evans went for 209 在 2014.
Chase now has 754 yards on the season, the most from a rookie receiver through seven games. The 21-year-old wideout is on pace to shatter a multitude of rookie records, putting him on pace to win the Offensive Rookie of the Year award.
Outside of his personal achievements, Chase has totally changed the dynamic of the Bengals offense, putting the rebuild ahead of schedule. Once bottom dwellers in the NFL, 辛辛那提 (5-2) is now in first place in the AFC North and the No. 1 seed in the AFC.
A combined score of 65-27 in wins over the Ravens and Steelers on the road has been unexpected based on prior matchups. The Bengals dropped both games on the road last season to Pittsburgh and Baltimore, by a combined score of 63-13. But those were the old Bengals, not the new ones that are knocking on the door of the NFL’s elite.
It feels like eons ago when Chase couldn’t catch a pass in the preseason, prompting many to question what his NFL future would look like. Chase has put those concerns to rest and might be a top-five receiver in the league already. He’s been that special. And he’s made everyone forget that the Bengals passed up on Lions offensive tackle Penei Sewell in the draft, a move that was criticized league wide.