NFLSU: How former LSU players fared in the NFL’s Week 3

Former LSU wide receiver Justin Jefferson, in his second NFL season with the Minnesota Vikings, tied his pro career single game high of nine catches in the Vikings' 30-17 win over the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday.

When they played together at LSU, wide receivers Ja’Marr Chase and Justin Jefferson always had a friendly competition.

Now that Chase is an NFL rookie with the Cincinnati Bengals, he and second-year vet Jefferson of the Minnesota Vikings have renewed their good-natured one-upmanship.

On Sunday, Chase had four catches for 62 yards and two TDs in the Bengals’ 24-10 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. In the process, Chase became the youngest player (and first 21-year-old) in NFL history to have at least four touchdown catches in his team’s first three games of a season. Hall of Famer Randy Moss was the previous youngest player with three TD receptions in his team’s first three games.

Meanwhile, Jefferson tied a pro career high with nine catches for 118 yards and a TD in the Vikings’ 30-17 victory over the Seahawks.

After this season’s first three games, Chase has 11 catches for 220 yards and four TDs while Jefferson has 20 receptions for 254 yards and two TDs.

Here’s a look at how all former LSU players performed in the NFL’s Week 3:

Thursday night

Carolina Panthers 24, Houston Texans 9

Panthers: CB Donte’ Jackson 6 tackles (5 solo), 1 tackle for loss; WR Terrace Marshall Jr. 4 catches for 48 yards.

Sunday afternoon

Tennessee Titans 25, Indianapolis Colts 16

Titans: CB Kristian Fulton 4 tackles (2 solo), 1 PBU; WR Racey McMath 0 catches for 0 yards on 1 target.

Atlanta Falcons 17, New York Giants 14

Falcons: WR Russell Gage (inactive list); LB Deion Jones 13 tackles (8 solo), 1 tackle for loss.

Los Angeles Chargers 30, Kansas City Chiefs 24

Chargers: DT Breiden Fehoko played with no tackles.

Chiefs: RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire 100 yards on 17 carries and lost a fumble, two catches for 9 yards and one TD; S Tyrann Mathieu 5 tackles (5 solo); RB Darrel Williams 28 yards on 7 carries, 2 catches for 11 yards.

Cincinnati Bengals, 24 Pittsburgh Steelers 10

Bengals: QB Joe Burrow 14 of 18 for 172 yards, 3 TDs and 1 interception, 5 carries for 7 yards; WR Ja’Marr Chase 4 catches for 65 yards and 2 TDs, 1 tackle; DT Tyler Shelvin (inactive list).

Steelers: OG Trai Turner started for an offensive line that gave up four sacks and helped produce 342 yards total offense including 297 passing and 45 rushing.

Cleveland Browns 26, Chicago Bears 6

Browns: WR Jarvis Landry (did not play, hurt); CB Greedy Williams 1 tackle (1 solo), 1 PBU; WR Odell Beckham Jr. 5 catches for 77 yards, 10 yards on one carry, S Grant Delpit 1 tackle; LB Jacob Phillips (injured reserve).

Baltimore Ravens 19, Detroit Lions 17

Ravens: LB Patrick Queen 6 tackles (4 solo).

Lions: DE Michael Brockers 1 tackle (1 solo).

New Orleans Saints 28, New England Patriots 13

Saints: OLB Kwon Alexander (injured reserve); C William Clapp (injured reserve)

Patriots: DT Davon Godchaux 5 tackles (5 solo), 1 QB hit; CB Jalen Mills 4 tackles (2 solo); DE Tashawn Bower no stats.

Arizona Cardinals 31, Jacksonville Jaguars 19

Cardinals: DT Rashard Lawrence no stats.

Jaguars: WR DJ Chark Jr. 3 catches for 49 yards, 1 TD; DE/LB K’Lavon Chaisson 3 tackles (2 solo).

Buffalo Bills 43, Washington Football Club 21

Washington: OT Saahdiq Charles (inactive list).

Bills: LB Tre’Davious White 3 tackles (2 solo); LS Reid Ferguson snapped for 2 punts, 3 of 3 field goals and 4 of 4 extra points.

Denver Broncos 26, New York Jets 0

Broncos: C Lloyd Cushenberry Jr. started for an offensive line that gave up two sacks and helped produce 344 yards total offense including 223 passing and 121 rushing; CB Kary Vincent Jr. (inactive list).

Las Vegas Raiders 31, Miami Dolphins 28

Dolphins: LB Duke Riley no stats; LS Blake Ferguson snapped for 4 punts, 2 of 3 field goals and 2 of 2 extra points.

Raiders: TE Foster Moreau 1 catch for 8 yards.

Minnesota Vikings 30, Seattle Seahawks 17

Seahawks: S Jamal Adams 12 tackles (10 solo), 1 tackle for loss; OG Damien Lewis started for an offensive line that gave up two sacks and helped produce 389 yards total offense including 313 passing and 140 rushing; C Ethan Pocic (injured reserve); DT Al Woods 1 tackle (1 solo).

Vikings: WR Justin Jefferson 9 catches for 118 yards and 1 TD; DE Danielle Hunter 3 tackles (2 solo), 1 QB hit; CB Patrick Peterson 2 tackles (1 solo).

Los Angeles Rams 34, Tampa Bay Bucs 24

Bucs: LB Devin White 7 tackles (4 solo), 1 QB hit; RB Leonard Fournette 8 yards on 4 carries, 3 catches for 26 yards; ILB Kevin Minter no stats.

Rams: OT Andrew Whitworth got his 223rd start of his 227-game, 16-season career for an offensive line that gave up one sack and helped produce 407 yards total offense including 331 passing and 76 rushing.

Sunday night

Green Bay Packers 30, San Francisco 49ers 28

49ers: DL Arden Key had no stats.

Monday night

Dallas Cowboys 41, Philadelphia Eagles 21

Cowboys: OT La’el Collins serving second of a five-game suspension in violation of the league’s substance abuse policy; LB Jabril Cox no stats.

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