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Ja’Marr Chase by the numbers: Rookie WR packs a Randy Moss-style performance in Bengals’ win over Chiefs

Ja’Marr Chase showed shades of Randy Moss against the Chiefs on Sunday.

The Bengals’ rookie wide receiver was unstoppable in helping lead Cincinnati to a 34-31 victory over Kansas City. He caught three touchdowns and added 266 receiving yards in the victory, allowing the Bengals to clinch the AFC North crown for the first time since 2015.

Sporting News breaks down Chase’s game against the Chiefs, and where he ranks in history with the performance:

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Ja’Marr Chase vs. Chiefs Stats

The Chiefs had no answer for the 21-year-old rookie catcher Sunday.

Chase had 266 receiving yards on 11 receptions, including three for touchdowns. Two of his three touchdowns were on passes of 69 and 72 yards.

The performance was historic on several different fronts. It was the most yards received by a Bengals player in history, surpassing the previous record of 260 held by Chad Johnson on November 12, 2006. On top of that, Chase also surpassed the rookie yards receiving record of a Jerry Butler’s only game in the NFL of 255, established on September 23, 1979.

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NFL Next Gen Stats listed 256 of Chase’s yards as out of numbers, which it said was a record in the Next Gen Stats era (since 2016).

Here’s a look at each of his touchdowns.

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First touchdown:

Second touchdown:

Third touchdown:

The case of Chase’s NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year

Chase’s great game added to what has been a standout season for the rookie wide receiver. And for those watching, he remembered Moss.

With his performance Sunday, the Chase’s season numbers climb to 1,429 receiving yards and 13 receiving touchdowns on 79 receptions. He entered the game with the eighth-most receiving yards of all time by a rookie, but jumped to second. This is what the list looks like now:

Player Team Season Get older Yards
Bill groman Greasers 1960 24 1,473
Ja’Marr Chase Bengals 2021 twenty-one 1,429
Justin jefferson Vikings 2020 twenty-one 1,400
Anquan Boldin Cardinals 2003 23 1377
Randy moss Vikings 1998 twenty-one 1,313

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And according to Football Perspective, Chase is now in exclusive company.

Moss had 1,313 receiving yards and 17 touchdowns on 69 receptions during his rookie season. Moss’ 17 receiving touchdowns are the most by a rookie, and Chase’s 13 are now the second most.

Ja’Marr Chase 40 time

Chase used to put the burners on victory. He ran 21.74 mph on his 72-yard touchdown reception. according to NFL Next Gen Stats, the 10th fastest time on record this season.

The former LSU wide receiver came to the league already considered one of the fastest receivers in the sport. According to Stathead, has a 4.34-second 40-yard rush, which would tie him for the 37th fastest time by a receiver since 2000.

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That speed has made him a challenging receiver to cover the entire season. NFL Next Gen Stats count that seven of his touchdowns came on the road, the most of any receiver this season.

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