Wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase has been one of the hottest storylines not only for the Cincinnati Bengals this season but also the entire National Football League. On Sunday, the Kansas City Chiefs saw firsthand just how good he already is (and how great he will be) in the first quarter on the Bengals’ first touchdown of the day.
In the first quarter, with his team down by 14 points at home, the Bengals needed a big play and that’s exactly what Chase delivered at Paul Brown Stadium before a raucous crowd who went crazy after watching him go 72 yards for his 11th touchdown on the year.
Joe Burrow hit Chase with a nice pass to move the chains, but Chase decided that he could beat nearly every single Chiefs defender in the second level from there and the rest was history.
It was the sort of play that the Chiefs are used to seeing from the oppoisite perspective when Tyreek Hill does what the Cheetah does. Here’s the play from Chase:
After the play, it was clear that Chiefs Kingdom had plenty of respect for Chase and what he brings to the Bengals. No matter who he plays for, it’s impossible not to respect the route running, the vision, the bursts, and the top-end speed that made him such an early pick in the 2021 NFL Draft—at No. 5 overall.
Everyone was talking on Twitter after the play about the touchdown.
Here’s a sample of even Chiefs Twitter tipping their hat at Chase’s big play ability.