Starting the season with a big victory over a tough rival can send out a message to the rest of the league: a statement of intent is the usual expression that goes with such a win. That's something along the lines of what Chelsea managed this weekend, with their 6-3 victory at Everton.
It doesn't always have to be the case, though, that the best performances go this way.
A much narrower but well-deserved victory is just as impressive and is still worth three points, just as it is when it comes later on in the season.
Here are our top 10 performances of the weekend from around the game.