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Key game in the NFL’s AFC West Saturday night as hot LA Chargers visit slumping Kansas City Chiefs

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LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (7-6) at KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (7-6) (Saturday, NFLN, 8:25 PM ET)

 

  • The Chargers have won four consecutive games, including last week’s 30-13 win over Washington. Los Angeles, which started 0-4, has won seven of the team’s past nine games to move into a tie with Kansas City for first place in the division.
  • Chargers quarterback PHILIP RIVERS aims for his fourth consecutive 300-yard passing game. Rivers has 3,611 passing yards and is the third quarterback in NFL history to pass for at least 3,500 yards in 10 consecutive seasons. Wide receiver KEENAN ALLEN has recorded 100 receiving yards in each of his past four contests and has a career-high 83 catches and 1,143 receiving yards this season.
  • The Chiefs improved to 7-6 with a 26-15 win over Oakland last week. With the victory, Kansas City enters Week 15 tied with the Chargers for the top spot in the AFC West, one game ahead of the Raiders. The Chiefs defeated the Chargers 24-10 in Week 3 as rookie running back KAREEM HUNT rushed for 172 yards and a touchdown.
  • Kansas City quarterback ALEX SMITH ranks second in the NFL with a 104.4 passer rating. In the Week 3 meeting between the teams, Smith threw two touchdown passes and no interceptions for a 128.1 passer rating.

 

GAME PREVIEW WRITTEN BY NFL COMMUNICATIONS; COURTESY NFLmedia.com

 

Reviewing Week 14 in the NFL

​THE WEEK THAT WAS – WEEK 14

TERRIFIC TURNAROUND: The PHILADELPHIA EAGLES defeated the Los Angeles Rams 43-35 last week to clinch the NFC East title for the first time since 2013.

The Eagles, who finished in last place in the division in 2016, completed a “worst-to-first” turnaround. At least one team has won its division the season after finishing in or tied for last place in 14 of the past 15 seasons. Of the 45 teams in league history to go from “worst-to-first,” 22 of them have done so in the past 15 years (2003-17), including an NFL-record three such teams in 2005 and 2006.

Entering Week 15, six of eight divisions have a team in or tied for first place that finished in third place or worse in its division last year. Three other teams who finished in last place in 2016 – Carolina, Jacksonville and the Los Angeles Chargers – are currently in or tied for first place. If all three of those teams join the Eagles as division champions, it would mark the most “worst-to-first” turnaround teams in a single season in NFL history.

The teams to go from “worst-to-first” in their division since 2003:

SEASON TEAM RECORD PRIOR SEASON RECORD
2003 Carolina 11-5 7-9
2003 Kansas City 13-3 8-8**
2004 Atlanta 11-5 5-11
2004 San Diego 12-4 4-12**
2005 Chicago 11-5 5-11
2005 New York Giants 11-5 6-10**
2005 Tampa Bay 11-5 5-11
2006 Baltimore 13-3 6-10**
2006 New Orleans 10-6 3-13
2006 Philadelphia 10-6 6-10
2007 Tampa Bay 9-7 4-12
2008 Miami 11-5 1-15
2009 New Orleans*** 13-3 8-8
2010 Kansas City 10-6 4-12
2011 Denver 8-8 4-12
2011 Houston 10-6 6-10**
2012 Washington 10-6 5-11
2013 Carolina 12-4 7-9**
2013 Philadelphia 10-6 4-12
2015 Washington 9-7 4-12
2016 Dallas 13-3 4-12
2017 Philadelphia 11-2* 7-9
* Through Week 14
** Tied for last place

*** Won Super Bowl

The Eagles and Rams entered Week 14 with records of 10-2 and 9-3, respectively, and tied for the league lead in points per game (30.1). The two teams combined for 78 points on Sunday, marking the highest scoring game in NFL history between two teams who each entered the game with a record at least six games above .500.

– NFL –

STELLAR STEELERS: Pittsburgh quarterback BEN ROETHLISBERGER completed 44 of 66 passes (66.7 percent) for 506 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions for a 99.7 passer rating in the Steelers’ 39-38 win over Baltimore in Week 14.

Roethlisberger became the first quarterback in NFL history to pass for at least 500 yards three times in his career, having also accomplished the feat on October 26, 2014 (522 yards vs. Indianapolis) and December 20, 2009 (503 vs. Green Bay). New Orleans quarterback DREW BREES is the only other player with multiple career 500-yard passing games.

Steelers wide receiver ANTONIO BROWN had 11 receptions for 213 yards and running back LE’VEON BELL had 125 scrimmage yards (77 receiving, 48 rushing) with three touchdowns in Week 14. Bell, who leads the league with 1,684 scrimmage yards, and Brown, who leads the NFL with 1,509 receiving yards, are the first pair of teammates in NFL history with at least 1,500 scrimmage yards each through their team’s first 13 games of a season.

Brown has six games with at least 10 catches and 100 receiving yards this season, tied for the second-most in a single season in NFL history. Only ANDRE JOHNSON (seven in 2008) had more such games in a season.

The players with the most games with at least 10 catches and 100 receiving yards in a single season in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM SEASON GAMES WITH 10+ CATCHES & 100+ REC. YARDS IN SINGLE SEASON  
Andre Johnson Houston 2008 7  
Antonio Brown Pittsburgh 2017 6*  
Calvin Johnson Detroit 2012 6  
Wes Welker New England 2009 6  
*Through Week 14

– NFL –

PACKERS PERFORM UNDER PRESSURE: Green Bay wide receiver DAVANTE ADAMS had two touchdown catches – a one-yard score with 17 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter and the game-winning 25-yarder in overtime – in the Packers’ 27-21 win at Cleveland.

Adams became the fourth player in NFL history (including the postseason) to score a touchdown in both the final minute of the fourth quarter and in overtime and the first since New England’s JAMES WHITE accomplished the feat in Super Bowl LI.

The players to score a touchdown in both the final minute of the fourth quarter and in overtime in a single game in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM DATE
Davante Adams Green Bay December 10, 2017
James White New England February 5, 2017*
Terrell Owens San Francisco October 14, 2001
Wesley Walker New York Jets September 21, 1986
*Super Bowl LI

The Packers, who won on a 20-yard touchdown run by rookie AARON JONES in overtime in Week 13, have won back-to-back games in overtime for the first time in team history. Green Bay has also joined the 2001 Chicago Bears as the only teams in NFL history to score an overtime touchdown in consecutive games.

TEAM SEASON WEEK OVERTIME TD WEEK OVERTIME TD
Green Bay 2017 13 Aaron Jones 20-yard run 14 Davante Adams 25-yard catch
Chicago 2001 7 Mike Brown 33-yard INT return 8 Mike Brown 16-yard INT return

– NFL –

RIVERS RUNS THROUGH DEFENSES: Los Angeles Chargers quarterback PHILIP RIVERS passed for 319 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions for a 114.9 passer rating in the team’s 30-13 win over Washington last week.

Rivers, who ranks fourth in the NFL with 3,611 passing yards, has at least 3,500 passing yards in 10 consecutive seasons and joinedPEYTON MANNING (13, 1998-2010) and DREW BREES (13, 2005-17) as the only quarterbacks in NFL history to accomplish the feat.

The quarterbacks with at least 3,500 passing yards in 10+ consecutive seasons in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM(S) SEASONS CONSECUTIVE SEASONS WITH 3,500 PASS YARDS  
Peyton Manning Indianapolis 1998-2010 13  
Drew Brees San Diego, New Orleans 2005-2017 13*  
Philip Rivers San Diego/LA Chargers 2008-2017 10*  
*Active streak

– NFL –

WONDERFUL WILSON: Seattle quarterback RUSSELL WILSON threw fourth-quarter touchdown passes to wide receivers PAUL RICHARDSON (61 yards) and TYLER LOCKETT (74 yards) in the Seahawks’ loss at Jacksonville in Week 14.

Wilson is the first quarterback with two fourth-quarter touchdown passes of at least 60 yards in a single game since Pro Football Hall of Famer KURT WARNER connected with TORRY HOLT (85 yards) and ISAAC BRUCE (66) on September 24, 2000.

Wilson has 17 fourth-quarter touchdown passes this season and surpassed ELI MANNING (15 in 2011) for the most in a single season in NFL history.

The players with the most fourth-quarter touchdown passes in a single season in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM SEASON 4TH QUARTER TD PASSES  
Russell Wilson Seattle 2017 17*  
Eli Manning New York Giants 2011 15  
Drew Brees New Orleans 2016 14  
Blake Bortles Jacksonville 2015 14  
Peyton Manning Denver 2013 14  
Peyton Manning Indianapolis 2002 14  
Johnny Unitas^ Baltimore Colts 1959 14  
*Through Week 14
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

– NFL –

MAGNIFICENT MC COY: Buffalo running back LE SEAN MC COY rushed for 156 yards, including the game-winning 21-yard touchdown in overtime, in the Bill’s 13-7 win against Indianapolis last week.

McCoy, who has 10 career games with at least 150 rushing yards, joined Arizona’s ADRIAN PETERSON (19) as the only active players with at least 10 such games in their careers.

The active players with the most career games with at least 150 rushing yards:

PLAYER TEAM(S) CAREER GAMES WITH 150+ RUSH YARDS
Adrian Peterson Minnesota, New Orleans, Arizona 19
LeSean McCoy Philadelphia, Buffalo 10
Jamaal Charles Kansas City, Denver 9

 

– NFL –

CLUTCH KICKER: Pittsburgh kicker CHRIS BOSWELL converted the game-winning 46-yard field goal with 42 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter of the Steelers’ Week 14 win over Baltimore.

Boswell, who made game-winning field goals as time expired in the fourth quarter in both Weeks 12 and 13, is the first kicker since the 1970 merger to make a game-winning field goal with under one minute remaining in the fourth quarter in three consecutive games.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY NFL COMMUNICATIONS; COURTESY NFLmedia.com

NFL Network will exclusively have doubleheader on Saturday, December 16

 

 

Saturday, December 16 EXCLUSIVELY on NFL Network –

Chicago Bears vs. Detroit Lions at 4:30 PM ET

Los Angeles Chargers vs. Kansas City Chiefs at 8:25 PM ET

Coverage Begins with ‘NFL GameDay Kickoff’ at 2:00 PM ET

On Saturday, December 16, NFL Network EXCLUSIVELY broadcasts a doubleheader of Week 15 games starting with the Detroit Lions hosting the Chicago Bears at 4:30 PM ET, followed by the Kansas City Chiefs facing the Los Angeles Chargers at 8:25 PM ET in a crucial AFC West divisional matchup.

For Bears-Lions, Mike Tirico and Kurt Warner, along with Heather Cox call the action from Ford Field in Detroit. Bears-Lions will also be available on local stations in Chicago (WMAQ) and Detroit (WDIV).

For Chargers-Chiefs, Greg Gumbel and Trent Green, along with Jamie Erdahl call the action from Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City. Chargers-Chiefs will also be available on local stations in Los Angeles (KCAL) and Kansas City (KCTV).

Coverage on Saturday kicks off at 2:00 PM ET with NFL GameDay Kickoff. Host Rich Eisen is joined by analysts Michael Irvin and Steve Mariucci in Los Angeles to provide news and analysis of the day’s games, as well as preview the rest of the Week 15 schedule. At 3:30 PM ET on NFL Network, Eisen, Irvin and Mariucci provide additional pregame coverage of Bears-Lions on Football Night in Detroit, joined by Randy Moss and Kurt Warner from Ford Field.

Featured on NFL GameDay Kickoff is former Walter Payton Man of the Year award winner Jason Taylor visiting with Detroit Lions nominee Haloti Ngatato discuss the Haloti Ngata Family Foundation, which honors his mother’s memory by providing educational assistance.

At halftime, Eisen, Irvin and Mariucci break down the first half. Immediately following the game, the postgame show airs live from Ford Field with Tirico, Warner and Cox providing highlights, analysis and live interviews.

At 7:30 PM ETNFL GameDay Kickoff airs with Eisen, Irvin and Mariucci taking viewers up to kickoff of Chargers-Chiefs, along with Amber Theoharis and Terrell Davis live from Arrowhead Stadium. During NFL GameDay Kickoff, Kansas City Chiefs Walter Payton Man of the Year nominee Alex Smith discusses the Alex Smith Foundation, which provides foster children with tools and resources needed as they transition to adulthood, as well as college scholarships.

Host Chris Rose, and analysts Deion Sanders and LaDainian Tomlinson provide live halftime and postgame coverage of Chargers-Chiefs. Additional postgame coverage continues at 12 Midnight ET from Los Angeles with Rose, James Jones and Reggie Bush on NFL Total Access: Endgame.

Start the day on Saturday, December 16 with Good Morning Football: Weekend at 9:00 AM ET on NFL Network. Colleen WolfeMichael Robinson and Mike Garafolo host the three-hour show from NFL Films in Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, providing the latest news and analysis from around the NFL.

The entire 18-game NFL Network schedule will also be streamed live on the NFL Mobile from Verizon app (NFL.com/mobile), the NFL app on Xbox One and Windows 10, and through Watch NFL Network on tablets, PCs and various connected TV devices (NFL.com/watch), with participating television providers. Learn all of the ways to watch at NFL.com/TNF. An audio broadcast of the game is available on SiriusXM, TuneIn & Westwood One Radio Sports.

ABOUT NFL MEDIA

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Seven days a week, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, fans turn to NFL Network to receive information and insight straight from the field, team headquarters, league offices and everywhere the NFL is making news. Launched in 2003, NFL Network gives fans unprecedented year-round inside access to all NFL events, including the Super Bowl, Playoffs, regular season, preseason, Pro Bowl, Pro Football Hall of Fame induction weekend, NFL Draft, NFL Scouting Combine, Senior Bowl, league meetings, minicamps and training camps.

For fans on the go, all NFL Network programming can also be streamed live on smartphones through NFL Mobile from Verizon, as well as other digital platforms such as TuneIn.com and through Watch NFL Network on tablet (NFL Mobile, Watch NFL Network and NFL on Windows 10 apps), PC (NFL.com/watch), Xbox One and Xbox 360 (NFL on Xbox app) and other connected TV devices (NFL app on Apple TV, PlayStation 4, Android TV and Amazon Fire TV). Watch NFL Network access is available for NFL Network subscribers of participating TV providers. For more information, go to NFL.com/nflnetwork.

 

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PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY NFL COMMUNICATIONS; COURTESY NFL NETWORK, NFLmedia.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Press Conference with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell from December meeting in Dallas

 

Roger Goodell speaking at US Military Academy By SSG Teddy Wade - U.S. Defense website, Public Domain, https commons.wikimedia.org

 

ROGER GOODELL PRESS CONFERENCE
NFL OWNERS MEETING
DALLAS, TX
December 13, 2017

Roger Goodell: Good afternoon. We had a very productive and excellent session today. I’m sure you will ask questions about that and I’ll be happy to answer those. In addition, we had a lot of focus over the last couple of weeks on the game. Coming into Week 15, we’re all excited about where the state of the game is and the competition on the field. Frankly, to me, the fact that of our eight divisions, six of them are led by a team that was in third or fourth place last year, that really indicates the competitive quality that exists in our league. I think that is exciting. It’s exciting for our fans, it’s exciting for us. It is sometimes difficult on teams, but this is something we strive for and we’re very excited by.

On your extension – what are you feeling on the process? On this being your last contract, what does this mean going forward?

RG: On the subject of this being my last contract, I haven’t made any determinations. This is something where I’m looking forward. I’m looking forward to the challenges. Our league is in a great position but we obviously have challenges just like any other industry. We are excited about addressing those as a league, and I think we are doing that from a position of strength. As far as the process, that is how we operate in the league. We have different views that makes us stronger. I respect that. I respect Jerry. I respect everyone else in that room. They all have strong views about the way we do things and that is what has made us successful over the years.

On your relationship with Jerry Jones:

RG: My relationship with Jerry has been great. We don’t always agree. I’m not paid to agree and he’s not paid to agree with me. That is, again, what the strength of our league is. As a league, we are stronger when 32 teams are together. We have our differences but we work together to try to solve those differences and address them in a way that is responsible. I think we have done that.

Did you lead Jerry to believe in any way that Ezekiel Elliott would get no suspension?

RG: No.

On league suspensions & player discipline off the field – do you feel the need to revamp how you do that?

RG: We have discussed this with our Players’ Association. I told the ownership this earlier today. I can remember the first meeting, it was June 2012, less than a year after we completed our CBA – let’s address the way we are dealing with discipline. There are better ways to do this and we just haven’t come to an agreement on that. Unfortunately, there’s a lot of focus on that, but the reality is there are very few circumstances. They get a lot of attention, I understand that, but that is something I’m sure will come up in the context of the next CBA. We have always been willing to consider that.

On the longevity and the rigors of this job, when is ‘enough’?

RG: I’ve never thought of it in that context until just now. The job changes. I think the challenges are different now. I worked as the Chief Operating Officer for Paul [Tagliabue] for several years. I knew Pete Rozelle quite well and worked for him, also. I think there is a limit to how many years you should serve in this, but that’s a determination that’s made with the ownership and also by yourself and your family. That’s something that we’ve done. I’m prepared and ready to go.

On attendance update at this point & any data to suggest fan reaction to anthem protests:

RG: Our attendance is off by one percent. We are over 98 percent filled to capacity, which is about where we’ve been in the past. We have three teams that have either recently gone through transitions or are playing in temporary facilities so that’s something that we knew we were going to have to deal with going forward. I’d also tell you that there are a lot of changes going on in the marketplace with respect to events. I just met with our longtime partner TicketMaster about the way tickets are sold for our sports and entertainment events. That’s why we entered into a new deal with them recently to try to be able to address those. Secondary ticketing – all those issues are affecting the ways our events are being held, the way we sell them, and we’ve often said that one of our big challenges is making sure that in-stadium experience continues to be outstanding. As technology gets better, the at-home experience gets better. They can view it on different platforms. They don’t have to do it at home, they can do it via mobile. That’s why we’ve moved into Verizon to try to make our games more accessible to and across carriers.

On the NFL Network sexual harassment allegations:

RG: We take that very seriously. Those are issues that are important to us. We want to make sure that all of our employees, whether at the NFL Network or at the league office or at clubs, are working in a safe and comfortable environment. Any time that doesn’t exist, we are going to make sure that we deal with that very quickly and very seriously.

On there being a investigation into the NFL Network sexual harassment allegations:

RG: Yes. Absolutely. It is a matter of litigation.

On the contingency element introduced into the Commissioner’s contract by Jerry Jones; is it emblematic of a rift going forward?

RG: Do I look like I take it personally? Jerry, do I look like I take it personally? [pointing to Jerry who was in the room]. No is the answer to that questions. As I have said before, I think people disagree. People who have the ability to do that within the context of our structure is something that makes us stronger.

On changes to the structure of the league office:

RG: We are always working to try and make our league office more efficient and more effective in order to perform at a higher level. The things that we are asked to do now are different things that we were asked to do in the past. The environment that we are all operating in is different. We always look to improve, that is a constant for us. We will make whatever changes we think are necessary to improve.

On changing the guidelines of how the Chairperson of the Compensation Committee is selected. Why are you supportive of that and why do you think that is needed?

RG: I’d back up. In the past, the Compensation Committee was determined by the Commissioner. A few years ago, I changed that. I said that I would appoint a Chairman and that the Chairman would appoint the remainder of the committee. In the context of all of this, if there a better way of selecting the Compensation Committee, I am certainly open to that if the membership approves it. It is fine with me.

 

PRESS CONFERENCE QUOTES WRITTEN BY NFL COMMUNICATIONS; COURTESY NFLmedia.com

 

Expectations for Week 15 in the National Football League

WHAT TO LOOK FOR – WEEK 15

STELLAR STEELER: Pittsburgh wide receiver ANTONIO BROWN has 9,886 receiving yards in his eight-year NFL career.

Brown, who will play in his 115th career game on Sunday against New England, can tie CALVIN JOHNSON (115) for the fewest games to reach 10,000 receiving yards in NFL history.

The players to reach 10,000 career receiving yards in the fewest games in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM FEWEST GAMES TO 10,000 REC. YARDS
Calvin Johnson Detroit 115
Torry Holt St. Louis 116
Lance Alworth^ San Diego 120
Jerry Rice^ San Francisco 121
Marvin Harrison^ Indianapolis 122
Antonio Brown Pittsburgh 114*
*Has 9,886 career receiving yards
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

Brown, who leads the NFL with 1,509 receiving yards and ties for second with nine touchdown receptions, can become the first player in NFL history with at least 1,600 receiving yards and 10 touchdown catches in three different seasons, breaking a tie with Pro Football Hall of Famer MARVIN HARRISON. Brown also accomplished the feat in 2014 and 2015.

With a touchdown catch on Sunday, Brown will record his fourth consecutive season with at least 1,200 receiving yards and 10 touchdown catches, tying Pro Football Hall of Famer LANCE ALWORTH and RANDY MOSS for the third-longest streak in NFL history.

The players with the most consecutive seasons with at least 1,200 receiving yards and 10 touchdown catches in NFL history:

PLAYER

TEAM

SEASONS

MOST CONSECUTIVE 1,200 REC. YARD & 10 TD SEASONS  
Jerry Rice^ San Francisco 1989-1995 7  
Marvin Harrison^ Indianapolis 1999-2003 5  
Lance Alworth^ San Diego 1963-1966 4  
Randy Moss Minnesota 1998-2001 4  
         
Antonio Brown Pittsburgh 2014-2016 3*  
*Has 1,509 rec. yards and nine TD catches through Week 14
^Pro Football Hall of Famer  

– NFL –

CATCH ME IF YOU CAM: Carolina’s CAM NEWTON leads all NFL quarterbacks with 585 rushing yards this season.

Newton, who plays against Green Bay on Sunday, can tie MICHAEL VICK (four) for the most seasons with at least 600 rushing yards by a quarterback in NFL history. Newton also accomplished the feat in 2011, 2012 and 2015.

The quarterbacks with the most seasons of at least 600 rushing yards in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM(S) SEASONS WITH 600+ RUSH YARDS
Michael Vick Atlanta, Philadelphia 4
Cam Newton Carolina 3*
Randall Cunningham Philadelphia 3
*Has 585 rushing yards through Week 14

– NFL –

PULVERIZING PEPPERS: Carolina defensive end JULIUS PEPPERS has 9.5 sacks this season and is closing in on his 10th career season with at least 10 sacks.

Peppers can join Pro Football Hall of Famers BRUCE SMITH (13), REGGIE WHITE (12) and KEVIN GREENE (10) as the only players in NFL history to have at least 10 seasons with 10+ sacks.

The players with the most seasons with at least 10 sacks in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM(S) SEASONS WITH 10+ SACKS
Bruce Smith^ Buffalo, Washington 13
Reggie White^ Philadelphia, Green Bay 12
Kevin Greene^ LA Rams, Pittsburgh, Carolina, San Francisco 10
     
Julius Peppers Carolina, Chicago, Green Bay 9*
*Has 9.5 sacks through Week 14
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

– NFL –

WONDERFUL WILSON: Seattle quarterback RUSSELL WILSON ranks second in the NFL with 29 touchdown passes and is second among NFL quarterbacks with 482 rushing yards.

Wilson, who plays against the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday, can become the first quarterback in NFL history with at least 30 touchdown passes and 500 rushing yards in multiple seasons, having also accomplished the feat in 2015. RANDALL CUNNINGHAM and CAM NEWTON are the only other quarterbacks to reach the marks in a single season.

The players with at least 30 touchdown passes and 500 rushing yards in a season in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM SEASON TD PASSES RUSH YARDS  
Cam Newton Carolina 2015 35 636  
Russell Wilson Seattle 2015 34 553  
Randall Cunningham Philadelphia 1990 30 942  
           
Russell Wilson* Seattle 2017 29 482  
*Through Week 14

– NFL –

BURSTING ON THE SCENE: New Orleans wide receiver MICHAEL THOMAS, who had 92 receptions as a rookie last year, ranks second in the NFC with 85 catches this season.

Thomas, who faces the New York Jets this week, needs five receptions to join ODELL BECKHAM, JR. as the only players in NFL history to have at least 90 catches in each of their first two NFL seasons. Beckham (2014-16) reached 90+ receptions in each of his first three NFL seasons.

– NFL –

CONSISTENT COLT: Indianapolis running back FRANK GORE has 941 scrimmage yards this season and has recorded at least 1,000 scrimmage yards in each of his past 11 seasons.

With 59 yards against Denver on Thursday Night Football, Gore will join Pro Football Hall of Famer EMMITT SMITH as the only players in NFL history to record at least 1,000 scrimmage yards in 12 consecutive seasons. Smith accomplished the feat in 13 consecutive seasons from 1990-2002.

The players with the most consecutive seasons with 1,000+ scrimmage yards in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM(S) SEASONS CONSEC. SEASONS WITH 1,000+ SCRIMMAGE YARDS
Emmitt Smith^ Dallas 1990-2002 13
Frank Gore San Francisco, Indianapolis 2006-2016 11*
Marshall Faulk^ Indianapolis, St. Louis 1994-2004 11
Jerry Rice^ San Francisco 1986-1996 11
*Active streak  
^Pro Football Hall of Fame

– NFL –

BREES FOR 70K: New Orleans quarterback DREW BREES ranks third in NFL history with 69,680 career passing yards.

Brees, who plays against the New York Jets on Sunday, needs 320 yards to join Pro Football Hall of Famer BRETT FAVRE (71,838 passing yards) and PEYTON MANNING (71,940) as the only players in NFL history with at least 70,000 career passing yards.

The players with 70,000 career passing yards in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM(S) CAREER PASS YARDS
Peyton Manning Indianapolis, Denver 71,940
Brett Favre^ Green Bay, New York Jets, Minnesota 71,838
     
Drew Brees San Diego, New Orleans 69,680*
*Active
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

Brees, who will be playing in his 247th career game, would reach the milestone in the fewest games played.

The players to reach 70,000 career passing yards in the fewest games played:

PLAYER TEAM(S) GAMES TO 70,000 CAREER PASS YARDS
Peyton Manning Indianapolis, Denver 258
Brett Favre^ Green Bay, New York Jets, Minnesota 293
     
Drew Brees San Diego, New Orleans 246*
*Has 69,680 career passing yards
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY NFL COMMUNICATIONS; COURTESY NFLmedia.com

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