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NFL enters Week 6: Browns travel to Houston; Bengals enjoy bye week

NFL ENTERS WEEK 6 WITH MORE EXCITING FOOTBALL AHEAD

​The NFL enters Week 6 after a thrilling weekend of action. In Week 5, 10 of the 14 games (71.4 percent) were decided by six points or fewer – tied for the highest percentage of such games in a single week over the past 25 seasons. The average margin of victory in Week 5 was 7.93 points, the fifth-lowest mark in a single week over the past five seasons.

While the competition on the field remains close, so do the standings. There are currently 20 teams with a .500 or better record. Leading the pack is the league’s only remaining unbeaten club, the 5-0 Kansas City Chiefs. Since 1990, when the current 12-team playoff format was adopted, 44 of the previous 50 teams (88 percent) to start 5-0 made the playoffs.

There are three teams – all in the NFC – with four victories this season: Carolina (4-1), Green Bay (4-1) and Philadelphia (4-1). Two other clubs – Atlanta (3-1) and Denver (3-1) – also have only one loss through Week 5. Since 1990, 111 of the previous 145 teams (76.6 percent) to start 4-1 have made the playoffs.

Heading into Week 6, there are four teams which have currently won at least three consecutive games: Kansas City (five), Green Bay (three), the New York Jets (three) and Philadelphia (three). And while not every team is on a hot streak, there are plenty of games remaining in the season for teams to turn it around. Since 1990, 57 teams have advanced to the postseason after starting the season 2-3 or worse. There were three such teams last season – Miami (1-4), Detroit (2-3) and the New York Giants (2-3).

So don’t count anyone out. The only thing predictable about the NFL is the unpredictability.

Week 6 begins on Thursday night with a matchup between two 4-1 clubs as the Eagles visit the Panthers (8:25 PM ET, CBS/NFL Network/Amazon Prime). The week concludes with a pair of primetime match-ups as the Denver Broncos host the New York Giants on Sunday night (8:30 PM ET, NBC) and the Indianapolis Colts travel to Tennessee to meet the Titans on Monday night (8:30 PM ET, ESPN). Some of the key games in Week 6:

 

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (4-1) at CAROLINA PANTHERS (4-1) (Thursday, CBS/NFLN/Amazon Prime, 8:25 PM ET)

  • The Eagles have won three consecutive games, including last week’s 34-7 victory over Arizona. Phildelphia leads the NFC in total offense (397.8 yards per game) and ties for second in the conference with 137 points scored.
  • Philadelphia quarterback CARSON WENTZ completed 21 of 30 passes (70 percent) for 304 yards with four touchdowns and one interception for a 128.3 passer rating in the win over Arizona. Wentz, who completed seven of nine passes (77.8 percent) for 121 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions for a 158.3 passer rating in the first quarter, is the only quarterback in franchise history to throw three touchdown passes in the first quarter of a game.
  • ​Carolina leads the NFC South with a 4-1 record and won its second consecutive game with last week’s 27-24 victory at Detroit. The Panthers rank first in the NFC in total defense, allowing an average of 274 yards per game.
  • Last week against the Lions, Carolina tight end ED DICKSON had five catches for 175 yards. He is the second tight end in NFL history to have at least 175 receiving yards on five or fewer catches in a single game (DAVE KOCOUREK, December 10, 1961). Panthers quarterback CAM NEWTON recorded his second consecutive game with at least 300 passing yards and three touchdowns and has completed 48 of 62 passes (77.4 percent) for 671 yards with six touchdowns and one interception for a 137.2 passer rating in his past two games.

GREEN BAY PACKERS (4-1) at MINNESOTA VIKINGS (3-2) (Sunday, FOX, 1:00 PM ET)

  • ​The Packers have won three games in a row, including last week’s 35-31 come-from-behind victory at Dallas. Green Bay ties for second in the NFC with 137 points scored and aims for the team’s third consecutive game with at least 35 points.
  • Green Bay quarterback AARON RODGERS threw three touchdown passes in the win at Dallas, including the game-winning 12-yard strike to wide receiver DAVANTE ADAMS with 11 seconds remaining in the contest. Adams had two touchdown catches in the game and wide receiver JORDY NELSON added one. Rookie running back AARON JONES, who was drafted in the fifth round (No. 182 overall) of the 2017 NFL Draft, rushed for 125 yards and a touchdown in his first career start.
  • The Vikings improved to 3-2 with last week’s 20-17 win at Chicago on Monday night. Minnesota safety HARRISON SMITH set up KAI FORBATH’s game-winning 26-yard field goal with an interception in Chicago territory with just over two minutes remaining in the contest. Vikings running back JERICK MC KINNON totaled 146 scrimmage yards (95 rushing, 51 receiving) and added a touchdown run.
  • Entering Week 6, the Vikings have the NFC’s top two leaders in receiving yards – STEFON DIGGS (395 yards) and ADAM THIELEN (392).

 

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (3-2) at NEW YORK JETS (3-2) (Sunday, CBS, 1:00 PM ET)

  • The Patriots enter Week 6 with the NFL’s top offense (419.4 yards per game) and passing offense (320.4). New England defeated Tampa Bay 19-14 in Week 5. The Patriots have won 11 of the past 13 regular-season meetings against the Jets.
  • New England quarterback TOM BRADY won his 186th career regular-season start last week, tying Pro Football Hall of Famer BRETT FAVRE and PEYTON MANNING for the most in NFL history. Brady can move into sole possession of first place this weekend. His 211 career wins (including the postseason) are the most by a quarterback in NFL history. Entering Week 6, Brady leads the NFL with 1,702 passing yards and ranks second with a 112 passer rating.
  • The Jets have won three consecutive games and enter Week 6 tied for first place in the AFC East with Buffalo and New England. New York is 2-0 at home this season, outscoring opponents 43-26 in those games.
  • Last week, the Jets defeated the Browns 17-14 in Cleveland. New York quarterback JOSH MC COWN threw touchdown passes to tight end AUSTIN SEFERIAN-JENKINS (two yards) and wide receiver JERMAINE KEARSE (24) in the victory. In the team’s last home game (Week 4 against Jacksonville), running backs BILAL POWELL (75 yards) and rookie ELIJAH MC GUIRE (69) became the first pair of teammates in franchise history to each record a touchdown run of at least 65 yards in the same game.

LOS ANGELES RAMS (3-2) at JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (3-2) (Sunday, FOX, 4:05 PM ET)

  • ​The Rams are 2-0 on the road and aim to start a season with three consecutive road victories for the first time since 2001 when the team advanced to Super Bowl XXXVI. Los Angeles leads the NFC with 152 points scored and have recorded at least 35 points three times this season.
  • Rams running back TODD GURLEY leads the NFL with seven touchdowns, ranks second with 646 scrimmage yards and is third with 405 rushing yards. Gurley is the only player in the league this season with at least 400 rushing yards (405) and 200 receiving yards (241).
  • The Jaguars lead the AFC South with a 3-2 record, including last week’s 30-9 victory at Pittsburgh. Jacksonville’s defense recorded five interceptions against the Steelers, including interception-return touchdowns by linebacker TELVIN SMITH (28 yards) and safety BARRY CHURCH(51).
  • Jaguars rookie running back LEONARD FOURNETTE rushed for 181 yards and two touchdowns, including a 90-yard TD run against Pittsburgh. Fournette (22 years, 263 days old) is the youngest player in NFL history with a 90+ yard touchdown run and only the fifth rookie in league annals to rush for a touchdown of at least 90 yards. Fournette, who ties for the NFL lead with five rushing touchdowns, is the fifth rookie to score at least one touchdown in each of his team’s first five games of a season.

PITTSBURGH STEELERS (3-2) at KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (5-0) (Sunday, CBS, 4:25 PM ET)

  • The Steelers enter Week 6 tied with Baltimore for first place in the AFC North. Pittsburgh won both meetings against Kansas City last year – a 43-14 victory in Week 4 and an 18-16 win at Arrowhead Stadium in the AFC Divisional Playoffs.
  • Pittsburgh running back LE’VEON BELL has 435 rushing yards (145 per game) in his past three games against the Chiefs, including a 170-yard performance in the Divisional Playoff contest. Steelers wide receiver ANTONIO BROWN, who leads the NFL this season with 40 catches and 545 receiving yards, aims for his fifth consecutive game (including the playoffs) against the Chiefs with at least 100 receiving yards or a touchdown catch.
  • The Chiefs remained the league’s only unbeaten team with a 42-34 win at Houston on Sunday night. Kansas City has scored an NFL-high 164 points, including two games with at least 40 points.
  • Chiefs quarterback ALEX SMITH, who leads the league with a 125.8 passer rating, threw three touchdown passes without an interception against the Texans. Smith, who has 11 touchdown passes and no interceptions, is the third QB in NFL history to have at least 11 touchdown passes without an interception in his team’s first five games of a season.  Kansas City rookie running back KAREEM HUNT, who leads the NFL in rushing (609 yards) and scrimmage yards (775), rushed for 107 yards and finished with 116 scrimmage yards versus Houston. Hunt joined ADRIAN PETERSON (2007) as the only rookies in NFL history to record at least 100 scrimmage yards in each of his team’s first five games. Hunt’s 775 scrimmage yards are the third-most in NFL history by a rookie in his team’s first five games, trailing only Pro Football Hall of Famer ERIC DICKERSON (787 in 1983) and Peterson (782 in 2007).

NFL WEEK 6 SCHEDULE

THURSDAY, SUNDAY & MONDAY, OCTOBER 12, OCTOBER 15-16

(All times local)

Byes: Buffalo, Cincinnati, Dallas, Seattle

 

Thursday, October 12 Sunday, October 15 (cont’d)
Philadelphia at Carolina, 8:25 PM (CBS/NFLN/Amazon) San Francisco at Washington, 1:00 PM
  Tampa Bay at Arizona, 1:05 PM
Sunday, October 15 Los Angeles Rams at Jacksonville, 4:05 PM
Miami at Atlanta, 1:00 PM Pittsburgh at Kansas City, 1:05 PM
Chicago at Baltimore, 1:00 PM Los Angeles Chargers at Oakland, 1:25 PM
Cleveland at Houston, 12:00 PM New York Giants at Denver, 6:30 PM (NBC)
Green Bay at Minnesota, 12:00 PM  
Detroit at New Orleans, 12:00 PM Monday, October 16
New England at New York Jets, 1:00 PM Indianapolis at Tennessee, 7:30 PM (ESPN)​

 

 

 

GAME PREVIEWS WRITTEN BY NFL COMMUNICATIONS; COURTESY NFLmedia.com

 

News and Notes from Week 5 in the National Football League

THE WEEK THAT WAS – WEEK 5

CLOSE GAMES, ROAD WINS & MORE: Ten of 14 games (71.4 percent) in Week 5 were decided by six points or fewer, tied for the highest percentage of games decided by six or fewer points in a single week in the past 25 seasons.

The highest percentage of games decided by six or fewer points in a single week in the past 25 seasons:

SEASON WEEK PERCENTAGE OF GAMES DECIDED BY 6 OR FEWER POINTS
2017 5 71.4
2001 5 71.4
1999 5 71.4
1993 15 71.4

In Week 5, the average margin of victory was 7.93 points, the fifth-lowest average margin of victory in a single week in the past five seasons.

The lowest average score margin in a single week since 2013:

​SEASON WEEK AVERAGE MARGIN OF VICTORY
2013 1 7.63
2013 2 7.63
2016 1 7.63
2016 8 7.85
2017 5 7.93

 

Ten teams – BALTIMORECAROLINAGREEN BAYJACKSONVILLEKANSAS CITY, the LOS ANGELES CHARGERSMINNESOTA,NEW ENGLAND, the NEW YORK JETS and SEATTLE – were victorious on the road in Week 5, the most road wins in a single week since Week 13, 2015 (11) and the highest road winning percentage (.714) in a single week since Week 10 of the 2015 season (.786).

– NFL –

ROCKING ROOKIES: Rookies across the league continued to make an impact in Week 5. Through the first five weeks of the season, rookies have accumulated 7,176 yards from scrimmage, the most by rookies through Week 5 since 1970.

The seasons with the most yards from scrimmage by rookies through Week 5 since 1970 (excluding 1987 season):

SEASON MOST SCRIMMAGE YARDS BY ROOKIES THROUGH WEEK 5*
2017 7,176
2014 6,100
1983 5,711
2015 5,671
1971 5,429
*Excludes 1987 season

Rookies have also totaled 51 touchdowns through Week 5, the most through the first five weeks of a season since 1970.

The seasons with the most touchdowns by rookies through Week 5 since 1970 (excluding 1987 season):

SEASON MOST TOUCHDOWNS BY ROOKIES THROUGH WEEK 5*
2017 51
1983 45
2014 42
2008 40
2015 39
1980 39
*Excludes 1987 season

​– NFL –

SMITH’S SPOTLESS START: Kansas City quarterback ALEX SMITH completed 29 of 37 passes (78.4 percent) for 324 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions for a 130.2 passer rating in the Chiefs’ 42-34 win over Houston on Sunday Night Football.

Smith, who has 11 touchdown passes and no interceptions this season, joined STEVE BARTKOWSKI (1983) and ROMAN GABRIEL(1969) as the only quarterbacks in NFL history with at least 11 touchdown passes and zero interceptions through their team’s first five games of a season.

The quarterbacks with the most touchdown passes without an interception in their team’s first five games of a season:

PLAYER TEAM YEAR TD PASSES INTs
Alex Smith Kansas City 2017 11 0
Steve Bartkowski Atlanta 1983 11 0
Roman Gabriel Los Angeles Rams 1969 11 0

– NFL –

ELEMENTARY FOR WATSON: Houston rookie quarterback DESHAUN WATSON passed for 261 yards with five touchdowns and no interceptions for a 119.8 passer rating in the Texans’ loss to Kansas City in Week 5.

Watson became the fourth rookie quarterback in NFL history to pass for five touchdowns in a single game and the third to accomplish the feat without throwing an interception.

The rookie quarterbacks with at least five touchdown passes in a single game in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM DATE TOUCHDOWNS INTERCEPTIONS
Deshaun Watson Houston October 8, 2017 5 0
Jameis Winston Tampa Bay November 22, 2015 5 0
Matthew Stafford Detroit November 22, 2009 5 2
Ray Buivid Chicago December 5, 1937 5 0

 

Watson, who was 22 years, 24 days old on Sunday, became the third youngest quarterback in NFL history with five touchdown passes in a single game, trailing only MATTHEW STAFFORD (21 years, 288 days) and JAMEIS WINSTON (21, 320).

Watson, who ranks second in the NFL with 12 touchdown passes, has the most touchdown passes by a rookie quarterback in his team’s first five games of a season, surpassing MARCUS MARIOTA, who had nine TD passes in his team’s first five games in 2015.

– NFL –

ON THE HUNT: Kansas City rookie running back KAREEM HUNT had 116 scrimmage yards (107 rushing, nine receiving) in the Chiefs’ win over Houston in Week 5.

Hunt, who has at least 100 scrimmage yards in each of his first five games this season, joined ADRIAN PETERSON (2007) as the only rookies in NFL history with at least 100 scrimmage yards in each of his team’s first five games of a season. Hunt’s 755 scrimmage yards are the third-most scrimmage yards by a rookie in his team’s first five games of a season, trailing only Pro Football Hall of Famer ERIC DICKERSON (787 in 1983) and ADRIAN PETERSON (782 in 2007).

The rookies with the most scrimmage yards in their team’s first five games to start a season:

 

PLAYER TEAM SEASON SCRIMMAGE YARDS IN TEAM’S FIRST 5 GAMES  
Eric Dickerson^ Los Angeles Rams 1983 787  
Adrian Peterson Minnesota 2007 782  
Kareem Hunt Kansas City 2017 775  
Billy Sims Detroit 1980 761  
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

– NFL –

FIVE FOR FOURNETTE: Jacksonville rookie running back LEONARD FOURNETTE rushed for 181 yards with two touchdowns, including a 90-yard touchdown run, in the Jaguars’ 30-9 win at Pittsburgh last week.

Fournette, who has scored a touchdown in each of his first five games this season, is the fifth rookie to score at least one touchdown in each of his team’s first five games of a season.

The rookies with at least one touchdown in each of their team’s first five games of a season:

PLAYER TEAM SEASON
Leonard Fournette Jacksonville 2017
Robert Edwards New England 1998
Joe Cribbs Buffalo 1980
Alan Ameche Baltimore Colts 1955
Billy Howton Green Bay 1952

Fournette (22 years, 263 days old) is the youngest player in NFL history with a touchdown run of at least 90 yards and is the fifth rookie in league annals with a 90+ yard rushing touchdown.

The rookies with a touchdown run of at least 90 yards in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM DATE YARDS
Bobby Gage Pittsburgh December 4, 1949 97t
DeMarco Murray Dallas October 23, 2011 91t
Bo Jackson Los Angeles Raiders November 30, 1987 91t
Sid Blanks Houston Oilers December 13, 1964 91t
Leonard Fournette Jacksonville October 8, 2017 90t

– NFL –

DOMINATING DEFENSE: The JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS recorded five interceptions, including interception-return touchdowns by linebacker TELVIN SMITH (28 yards) and safety BARRY CHURCH (51), in the team’s victory at Pittsburgh.

Jacksonville, which leads the NFL with 20 sacks, 10 interceptions and four defensive touchdowns, is the fourth team in NFL history and the first since the 1984 Seahawks with at least 20 sacks, 10 interceptions and four defensive touchdowns in their first five games of a season.

The teams with at least 20 sacks, 10 interceptions and four defensive touchdowns in their first five games of a season:

TEAM SEASON SACKS INTERCEPTIONS DEFENSIVE TOUCHDOWNS
Jacksonville 2017 20 10 4
Seattle 1984 22 11 4
Cincinnati 1976 20 10 4
Washington 1973 26 11 5

– NFL –

200 AND COUNTING: Arizona wide receiver LARRY FITZGERALD had six catches in the Cardinals’ loss at Philadelphia in Week 5.

Fitzgerald, who has a reception in 200 consecutive games, joined Pro Football Hall of Famer JERRY RICE (274) and TONY GONZALEZ(211) as the only players in NFL history with at least one catch in 200 consecutive games.

The most consecutive games with a reception in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM(S) SEASONS CONSECUTIVE GAMES WITH A RECEPTION  
Jerry Rice^ San Francisco, Oakland 1985-2004 274  
Tony Gonzalez Kansas City, Atlanta 2000-2013 211  
Larry Fitzgerald Arizona 2004-present 200*  
Marvin Harrison^ Indianapolis 1996-2008 190  
Hines Ward Pittsburgh 1998-2010 186  
*Active streak

^Pro Football Hall of Famer

– NFL –

VICTORIOUS VINATIERI: Indianapolis kicker ADAM VINATIERI converted all four of his field-goal attempts, including the game-winning 51-yard field goal in overtime, in the Colts’ 26-23 victory over San Francisco last week.

Vinatieri has 24 game-winning field goals in the regular season in the final minute of the fourth quarter or overtime and 10 game-winners in overtime, both the most in NFL history.

The kickers with the most regular-season game-winning field goals in overtime in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM(S) GAME-WINNING FIELD GOALS IN OVERTIME
Adam Vinatieri New England, Indianapolis 10
Jim Breech Oakland, Cincinnati 9
Steve Christie Tampa Bay, Buffalo, San Diego, New York Giants 9
Jason Elam Denver, Atlanta 9
Jason Hanson Detroit 9

Vinatieri, who scored 14 points on Sunday, has 2,413 career points and became the third player in NFL history to score 2,400 career points, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer MORTEN ANDERSEN (2,544) and GARY ANDERSON (2,434).

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NFL Network to profile the late Sam Mills on Thursday, October 12 edition of ‘A Football Life’

‘Sam Mills: A Football Life’ Premieres Thursday, October 12 Following ‘Thursday Night Football’​

“You’re not going to quit. You’re not going to slow down. And you refuse to give up, you refuse to give in. That’s the way it’s got to be done.” – Sam Mills

NFL Network’s Emmy-nominated series A Football Life continues Thursday, October 12 following the Philadelphia Eagles-Carolina Panthers Thursday Night Football game with a profile of five-time Pro Bowl linebacker and former assistant defensive coach Sam Mills. The one-hour show produced by NFL Films features archived interviews with Mills, as well as interviews with current and former Panthers players such as Julius PeppersSteve Smith Sr.Kevin Greene and Luke Kuechly, former New Orleans Saints head coach Jim Mora and more.

Sam Mills: A Football Life re-airs Friday, October 13 at 9:00 PM ET on NFL Network.

Sam Mills (courtesy Carolina Panthers)

Each episode of A Football Life – as well as all NFL Network programming – is streamed live on smartphones through NFL Mobile from Verizon, and via 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).

Sam Mills was considered a great athlete but his height left many college and NFL scouts skeptical. Throughout his career he would prove them wrong, becoming a three-time All-Pro with the Carolina Panthers and New Orleans Saints. Following his NFL playing career, Mills was inducted into the Saints’ Hall of Fame and the Panthers’ Hall of Honor. Sam Mills: A Football Life examines Mills’ storied football life and the legacy he has left on the game and its players.

Among the topics discussed in Sam Mills: A Football Life are:

  • His positive impact on the game of football regardless of his height, and his impact on others on and off the field
  • His 12-season career with the New Orleans Saints and Carolina Panthers
  • His cancer diagnosis and his years coaching the Panthers, along with the birth of the Carolina mantra ‘Keep Pounding’
  • His statue outside of the Panthers stadium erected in 1997, shortly after his retirement
  • His son, Sam Mills III, continuing to coach the Panthers after his father’s death in 2005

Emmy-nominated actor Josh Charles narrates.

Sam Mills: A Football Life includes interviews with the following people and more:

Sam Mills

Sam Mills III – Son

Marcus Mills – Son

Sierra Mills – Daughter

Melanie Mills – Wife

Carl Peterson – Former Philadelphia Stars general manager

Jim Mora – Former Saints and Stars head coach

Julius Peppers – Panthers defensive end

Steve Smith Sr. – Former Panthers wide receiver

Bobby Hebert – Saints teammate

Vaughan Johnson – Saints teammate

Rickey Jackson – Saints teammate

Kevin Greene – Panthers teammate

Thomas Davis – Panthers linebacker

Luke Kuechly – Panthers linebacker

Ron Rivera – Panthers head coach

Provided below are some select quotes from Sam Mills: A Football Life:

“You’re not going to quit. You’re not going to slow down. And you refuse to give up, you refuse to give in. That’s the way it’s got to be done.” Sam Mills

“Best player I’ve ever coached. Everything you want in a player, on the field, off the field. He’s the best.” Jim Mora

“I remember it pretty well. He said, ‘The doctors told me that I had this cancer. Now there’s two things I can do: I could quit or I can keep pounding.’ That’s when that thing was born. The ‘Keep Pounding’ mantra was born on that day.” Julius Peppers

“Being on the team with him and seeing how he’s coached and seeing how energetic he was, you just knew he was different.” Steve Smith Sr.

“How many teams put a statue of you up while you’re living?…That showed you the type of person and the way they felt about Sam.” – Vaughan Johnson

This year, the 13-episode season of the highly-acclaimed series A Football Life airs Friday at 9:00 PM ET. Below is a broadcast schedule for the remaining episodes of A Football Life:

  • November 3 – Jim Kelly
  • November 10 – Larry Fitzgerald
  • November 17 – Eddie George
  • November 24 – Joe Gibbs
  • December 1 – Jerry Jones
  • December 8 – Aeneas Williams
  • December 15 – John Randle
  • December 22 – Lynn Swann & John Stallworth

 

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Week 6 opens in the NFL with Eagles visiting the Panthers

​​THURSDAY NIGHT NOTES:

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES AT CAROLINA PANTHERS

October 12, 2017

Week 6 kicks off on Thursday night (8:25 PM ET, CBS/NFLN/Amazon Prime) with a showdown between two 4-1 teams as the Carolina Panthers host the Philadelphia Eagles at Bank of America Stadium. The Eagles and Panthers will meet for the 10th time with Philadelphia leading the all-time series, 6-3.

Philadelphia quarterback CARSON WENTZ completed 21 of 30 passes (70 percent) for 304 yards with four touchdowns and one interception for a 128.3 passer rating in the Eagles’ 34-7 win against Arizona in Week 5. Wentz completed seven of nine passes (77.8 percent) for 121 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions for a 158.3 passer rating in the first quarter, becoming the only quarterback in franchise history to throw three touchdown passes in the first quarter of a game. Tight endZACH ERTZ ties for the NFC lead with 32 receptions and ranks second in the conference with 387 receiving yards. Carolina quarterback CAM NEWTON completed 26 of 33 passes (78.8 percent) for 355 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions for a 141.8 passer rating in the Panthers’ 27-24 win at Detroit last week. Newton has passed for at least 300 yards, three touchdowns and a 130 passer rating in each of the past two games. Defensive end JULIUS PEPPERS, who ranks fifth in NFL history with 149 career sacks, ranks second in the NFC with 5.5 sacks this season. ­

For the Week 6 Eagles-Panthers capsule, click here.

 

GAME PREVIEW WRITTEN BY NFL COMMUNICATIONS; COURTESY NFL NETWORK, NFLmedia.com

 

Top Seven statistical highlights from Week 5 in the NFL

SEVEN FROM SUNDAY – WEEK 5

A look at seven statistical highlights from games played at 1:00 p.m. ET and 4:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, October 8, the fifth week of the 2017 season.

  • Green Bay quarterback AARON RODGERS completed 19 of 29 passes (65.5 percent) for 221 yards with three touchdowns – including the game-winner with 11 seconds remaining – and no interceptions for a 122.9 passer rating in the Packers’ 35-31 win at Dallas. Cowboys quarterback DAK PRESCOTT completed 25 of 36 passes (69.4 percent) for 251 yards with three touchdowns and one interception for a 105.2 passer rating.

    The game featured the quarterbacks with the highest career passer ratings in NFL history among players with at least 500 attempts. Including today’s contest, Rodgers has an NFL-best 104.1 career passer rating while Prescott ranks second all-time with a 101.6 mark.

  • Jacksonville rookie running back LEONARD FOURNETTE rushed for 181 yards and two touchdowns, including a 90-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter, in the Jaguars’ 30-9 victory at Pittsburgh.

Fournette (22 years, 263 days old) is the youngest player in NFL history with a touchdown run of at least 90 yards and is the fifth rookie in league annals with a 90+ yard rushing touchdown. Fournette, who has scored a touchdown in each of his first five games this season, is the fifth rookie to score at least one touchdown in each of his team’s first five games of a season.

The Jaguars’ defense recorded five interceptions on Sunday, including interception-return touchdowns by linebacker TELVIN SMITH (28 yards) and safety BARRY CHURCH (51). The two interception-return touchdowns are the most in a single game in franchise history.

  • Los Angeles Chargers quarterback PHILIP RIVERS threw three touchdown passes in the team’s 27-22 win at the New York Giants. Giants quarterback ELI MANNING had two touchdown passes in the contest.

The game was the first in NFL history in which the opposing starting quarterbacks were from the same Draft class and each came into the game with at least 300 career touchdown passes. Manning, who was selected No. 1 overall in the 2004 NFL Draft, entered the game with 326 touchdown passes while Rivers, who was chosen No. 4 overall, came into the contest with 320 touchdown passes.

The pair’s 646 combined touchdown passes entering the game were the second-most by opposing starting quarterbacks from the same Draft class, trailing only Pro Football Hall of Famers DAN MARINO and JOHN ELWAY of the 1983 Draft class, who combined for 699 touchdown passes when they faced each other on December 21, 1998.

  • Philadelphia quarterback CARSON WENTZ completed 21 of 30 passes (70 percent) for 304 yards with four touchdowns and one interception for a 128.3 passer rating in the Eagles’ 34-7 win over Arizona. Wentz completed seven of nine passes (77.8 percent) for 121 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions for a 158.3 passer rating in the first quarter. He is the only quarterback in franchise history to throw three touchdown passes in the first quarter of a game.
  • Indianapolis kicker ADAM VINATIERI converted all four of his field goal attempts, including the game-winning 51-yard field goal in overtime in the Colts’ 26-23 victory over San Francisco.

Vinatieri has 24 game-winning field goals in the regular season in the final minute of the fourth quarter or overtime and 10 game-winners in overtime, both the most in NFL history. Vinatieri, who scored 14 points today, has 2,411 career points and became the third player in NFL history to score 2,400 career points, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer MORTEN ANDERSEN (2,544) and GARY ANDERSON (2,434).

Colts running back FRANK GORE rushed for 48 yards in the victory. Gore, who has 13,304 career rushing yards, surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer ERIC DICKERSON (13,259) for the seventh-most rushing yards in NFL history. All six players ahead of Gore are enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

  • Carolina tight end ED DICKSON had five catches for 175 yards in the Panthers’ 27-24 win at Detroit. Dickson is the second tight end in NFL history to have at least 175 receiving yards on five or fewer catches in a single gameDAVE KOCOUREK of the San Diego Chargers had three catches for 175 yards on December 10, 1961 against Buffalo.
  • Cleveland rookie defensive end MYLES GARRETT made his NFL debut on Sunday, recording two sacks in the Browns’ loss to the New York Jets.

Garrett, who was the No. 1 overall selection in the 2017 NFL Draft, is the only player selected first overall to record multiple sacks in his NFL debut since the sack became an official statistic in 1982.

 

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