Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones continues to dominate.
His 12 receptions, 164 yards and two touchdowns on Sunday were the latest in a string of three straight amazing games.
Through three games, Jones has 34 receptions for 440 yards and four touchdowns. That’s a 181-catch, 2,346-yard, 21-touchdown pace.
That would shatter the NFL’s all-time marks of 143 receptions (Marvin Harrison, 2002 Colts), 1,964 yards (Calvin Johnson, 2012 Lions) and approach Randy Moss’ mark of 23 touchdown receptions, set in 2007.
The Elias Sports Bureau notes that the 34 receptions are the most by any player in a team’s first three games of the season.
Jones is the second player in Falcons franchise history with 12 receptions, 160 yards and two touchdown receptions in a game. The other is Andre Rison, who did it in 1994.
Matt Ryan has made it a point to throw to Jones as often as possible. Jones’ 20 targets were the most in a game by a Falcons player since he threw 22 times to Roddy White in the season opener in 2010.
He was 4-of-6 for 71 yards and both touchdowns on third down, which included 31 yards after the catch.
Jones has dominated the field's perimeter. Through three games, Ryan is 17-of-19 for 251 yards and two touchdowns throwing outside the painted numbers to Jones. Ryan is 12-of-22 for 159 yards when throwing outside the numbers to anyone else.