*HEROES (TEAM) – THE CHARGERS: The young Chargers took a big step forward beating the champion Chiefs at Kansas City with Justin Herbert (four touchdowns and zero interceptions) outplaying Patrick Mahomes (three touchdowns and two interceptions).
*HERO (PLAYER) – JUSTIN TUCKER: The greatest kicker ever now has the longest field goal ever with the 66-yard game winning field goal at Detroit.
*HERO (COACH) – JON GRUDEN: His Raiders team is the first ever to start 3-0 with wins over teams that had won 10+ games in 2020.
*ZEROES (TEAM) – THE GIANTS: They became the poster team of bad football, blowing a 14-7 fourth-quarter lead and losing 17-14 in the SWAMPS OF JERSEY to the Falcons.
*ZERO (COACH) – MATT NAGY: Justin Fields is a boom or bust player (something I declared for weeks before the draft), but Nagy’s game plan (whatever it was) resulted in six first downs and 47 total yards.
*ZERO (MILLIONAIRE BUSINESS DIVISION) – THE NFL: There is no chance the Packers Davante Adams cleared the concussion protocal before returning to the game after taking a wicked blow to the head that somehow did not draw a flag.
CFB WEEK FOUR
*HEROES (TEAM) – ARKANSAS: The Hogs are 4-0 with physically imposing wins over Texas A&M and Texas. Second-year head coach Sam Pittman took over a program that had lost 16 consecutive SEC games.
*HERO (PLAYER) – JEFF SIMS: The Georgia Tech quarterback returned from his Week One injury and accounted for four touchdowns (three running and one passing) in the 45-22 win over two-touchdown favorite North Carolina, now 2-2 with the heralded Sam Howell at quarterback.
*HERO (COACH) – BRIAN KELLY: He passed Knute Rockne on the all-time Notre Dame win list. Kelly at best is the fourth best Notre Dame coach, but few predicted Kelly would last long enough to past the legends who, to be far, coached far fewer games.
*ZERO (TEAM, ELITE DIVISION) – CLEMSON: Clemson is not ranked in the top 10 for the first time since 2015 and may not win the ACC for the first time since 2016.
*ZEROES (TEAM, NOT ELITE DIVISION) – MINNESOTA: Row this P.J. Fleck – his 31-point favored Gophers lost 14-10 at home to Bowling Green, one of the worst of the 130 FBS teams.
*ZERO (PLAYER) – GRAHAM MERTZ: The Wisconsin quarterback was awful again (18 of 41 with one touchdown and four interceptions) in the loss to Notre Dame.