This article is part of our NFL Reactions series.
There were a few notable storylines from Sunday's wild slate, but aside from game-by-game hits the most coherent single theme might be the triumphs of the rookie quarterbacks, who aside from Josh Rosen and the cursed Cardinals went 3-0 as Baker Mayfield, Lamar Jackson, and Josh Allen secured big victories, no doubt leaving the latter three fanbases dreaming on the future.
Mayfield was especially dominant, completing 19-of-26 passes for 258 yards and four touchdowns in a 35-20 victory over Cincinnati that wasn't nearly as close as the scoreboard might imply. That one was a proper dismemberment even before they headed into halftime with a 28-7 score, and that it all occurred with his recently fired ex-head coach serving on the other side as a... run defense consultant (???) certainly made it a bit more interesting. Damarious Randall and even Mayfield himself both extended "shade" to Jackson in ways you might have seen in the game highlights on whatever network you were watching. The Mayfield-Jackson-Todd Haley saga of 2018 is certainly one of the best to keep in mind the next time we evaluate any quarterback in particular; it's perhaps the best since Jared Goff-Jeff Fisher as far as illustrating the profound damage an incompetent coach is capable of. Mayfield struggled before Freddie Kitchens took over, and a game like this one would be out of the question if Jackson and Haley were still mismanaging the show. As Bruce Arians continues to subtly lobby publicly for a job