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Week 5 NFL, What to Look For

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY NFL COMMUNICATIONS; COURTESY NFLmedia.com

 

RECORD-SETTING SCORING & CLOSE GAMES: Through Week 4, league-wide scoring continues to trend at a historic rate, as the totals for points scored (3,030), touchdowns (344) and touchdown passes (228) are all the highest in NFL history through the first four weeks of a season.

SEASON POINTS SCORED   SEASON TOUCHDOWNS SEASON TOUCHDOWN PASSES
2018 3,030 2018 344 2018 228
2012 2,986   2015 332 2013 205

 

While scoring has been up across the league, the games have remained as competitive as ever.

  • The average margin of victory has been 9.90 points per game, a mark that would be the lowest in a full season in 86 years, since the NFL record was set in 1932 (9.13).
  • 38 games have been decided by eight points or fewer, the most in league history through Week 4.
  • 45 games have been within one score (eight points or fewer) in the fourth quarter, tied for the third-most in league annals through Week 4.

– NFL –

HISTORY IN THE MAKING: New Orleans quarterback DREW BREES has thrown for 71,740 yards during his 18-year NFL career.

With 201 passing yards against the Redskins on Monday Night Football (8:15 PM ET, ESPN), Brees will surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer BRETT FAVRE (71,838) and PEYTON MANNING (71,940) for the most passing yards in league annals.

The players with the most passing yards in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM(S) PASSING YARDS  
Peyton Manning Indianapolis, Denver 71,940  
Brett Favre^ Green Bay, New York Jets, Minnesota 71,838  
Drew Brees San Diego, New Orleans 71,740  
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

New England quarterback TOM BRADY ranks third in NFL history with 497 career touchdown passes and plays Indianapolis on Thursday Night Football (8:20 PM ET, FOX/NFL Network/Amazon) this week. Brady and Brees, who ranks fourth with 496 career touchdown passes, can join Manning (539) and Favre (508) as the only players in NFL history to throw 500 career touchdown passes.

The players with the most touchdown passes in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM(S) PASSING TOUCHDOWNS
Peyton Manning Indianapolis, Denver 539
Brett Favre^ Green Bay, New York Jets, Minnesota 508
Tom Brady New England 497
Drew Brees San Diego, New Orleans 496
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

– NFL –

GREATEST SHOW ON SURF: The LOS ANGELES RAMS are 4-0 for the first time since 2001 and have scored at least 30 points in each of their first four games of the 2018 season.

With at least 30 points at Seattle (4:25 PM ET, FOX), the Rams would become the fifth team to score at least 30 points in each of their first five games to start a season in NFL history. Three of the previous four teams to accomplish the feat advanced to the Super Bowl.

The teams with the most consecutive games of at least 30 points to start a season in NFL history:

TEAM SEASON CONSECUTIVE GAMES WITH 30+ POINTS TO START SEASON
Denver Broncos# 2013 8
New England Patriots# 2007 8
St. Louis Rams 2000 8
New England Patriots# 2011 5
     
Los Angeles Rams 2018 4*
*Active streak
#Advanced to Super Bowl

The Rams, who have at least 500 net yards of offense in each of their past two games, can join the SAN DIEGO CHARGERS (1982) and SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (1998) as the only teams in NFL history with three consecutive games with at least 500 net yards of offense within a single season.

The teams with at least 500 net yards of offense in three consecutive games within a single season in NFL history:

TEAM SEASON CONSECUTIVE GAMES WITH 500+ NET YARDS OF OFFENSE
San Diego Chargers 1982 3
San Francisco 49ers 1998 3
     
Los Angeles Rams 2018 2*
*Active streak

– NFL –

ON TARGET: Kansas City quarterbacks PATRICK MAHOMES passed for 304 yards and one touchdown in the Chiefs’ Week 4 victory over Denver.

Mahomes, who has a league-leading 14 touchdown passes and zero interceptions this season, needs two touchdown passes without an interception against Jacksonville (1:00 PM ET, CBS) to become the fifth player in NFL history with at least 16 touchdown passes without an interception to begin a season.

The players with the most touchdown passes without an interception to start a season in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM SEASON TD PASSES WITHOUT INT TO START SEASON
Peyton Manning Denver 2013 20
Nick Foles Philadelphia 2013 19
Alex Smith Kansas City 2017 18
Milt Plum Cleveland 1960 16
       
Patrick Mahomes Kansas City 2018 14*
*Active streak

– NFL –

MORE THAN A THIELEN: Minnesota wide receiver ADAM THIELEN recorded eight catches for 135 yards and a touchdown in Week 4 and has at least 100 receiving yards in each of the Vikings’ first four games of the season.

Thielen needs 100 receiving yards at Philadelphia on Sunday (4:25 PM ET, FOX) to become the third player in NFL history with at least 100 receiving yards in each of his team’s first five games to start a season.

The players with the most consecutive team games of at least 100 receiving yards to begin a season in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM SEASON CONSECUTIVE TEAM GAMES WITH

100+ REC. YARDS TO BEGIN SEASON

Charley Hennigan Houston Oilers 1961 7
Bob Boyd Los Angeles Rams 1954 5
       
Adam Thielen Minnesota 2018 4*
*Active streak

– NFL –

CATCHING UP WITH JULIO: Atlanta wide receiver JULIO JONES has 614 receptions for 9,556 yards and 43 touchdowns in 99 career games.

Jones, who already holds the record for the most receiving yards by a player in his first 100 career games, needs nine catches on Sunday at Pittsburgh (1:00 PM ET, FOX) to surpass ANTONIO BROWN (622) for the most receptions by a player in first 100 career games in NFL history.

The players with the most receptions in their first 100 career games in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM(S) RECEPTIONS IN FIRST 100 CAREER GAMES
Antonio Brown Pittsburgh 622
Anquan Boldin Arizona, Baltimore 614
Julio Jones Atlanta 614*
*In 99 career games

The players with the most receiving yards in their first 100 career games in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM RECEIVING YARDS IN FIRST 100 CAREER GAMES
Julio Jones Atlanta 9,556*
Lance Alworth^ San Diego 9,019
Calvin Johnson Detroit 8,740
*In 99 career games
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

– NFL –

NUMBERS GAME: Dallas running back EZEKIEL ELLIOTT has 3,040 rushing yards and 24 rushing touchdowns in 29 career games.

Elliott, who leads the NFL with 426 rushing yards in 2018, needs one rushing touchdown on Sunday night at Houston (8:20 PM ET, NBC) to become the sixth player in league annals with at least 3,000 rushing yards and 25 rushing touchdowns in their first 30 career games.

The players with at least 3,000 rushing yards and 25 rushing touchdowns in their first 30 career games in league annals:

PLAYER TEAM RUSHING YARDS RUSHING TDS
Jim Brown^ Cleveland 3,206 34
Earl Campbell^ Houston Oilers 3,013 31
Clinton Portis Denver, Washington 3,247 30
Eric Dickerson^ Los Angeles Rams 3,600 29
Edgerrin James Indianapolis 3,022 26
       
Ezekiel Elliott Dallas 3,040* 24*
*In 29 career games
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

 

NFL announces NFC/AFC Players of the Week for Week 4

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TITANS QB MARCUS MARIOTA, TEXANS DE JADEVEON CLOWNEY &

RAIDERS WR/PR DWAYNE HARRIS NAMED AFC PLAYERS OF WEEK 4

Quarterback MARCUS MARIOTA of the Tennessee Titans, defensive end JADEVEON CLOWNEY of the Houston Texans and wide receiver/punt returner DWAYNE HARRIS of the Oakland Raiders are the AFC Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Week for games played in Week 4 (September 27 & 30, October 1).

OFFENSE: QB MARCUS MARIOTA, TENNESSEE TITANS

DEFENSE: DE JADEVEON CLOWNEY, HOUSTON TEXANS

SPECIAL TEAMS: WR/PR DWAYNE HARRIS, OAKLAND RAIDERS

2018 AFC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

Offense Defense Special Teams
Wk 1 QB Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City LB T.J. Watt, Pittsburgh WR-KR Jakeem Grant, Miami
Wk 2 QB Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City LB Darius Leonard, Indianapolis DB Dane Cruikshank, Tennessee
Wk 3 QB Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh LB Matt Milano, Buffalo K Justin Tucker, Baltimore
Wk 4 QB Marcus Mariota, Tennessee DE Jadeveon Clowney, Houston WR/PR Dwayne Harris, Oakland

 

RAMS QB JARED GOFF, SAINTS LB DEMARIO DAVIS &

COWBOYS K BRETT MAHER NAMED NFC PLAYERS OF WEEK 4

Quarterback JARED GOFF of the Los Angeles Rams, linebacker DEMARIO DAVIS of the New Orleans Saints and kicker BRETT MAHER of the Dallas Cowboys are the NFC Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Week for games played in Week 4 (September 27 & 30, October 1).

OFFENSE: QB JARED GOFF, LOS ANGELES RAMS

DEFENSE: LB DEMARIO DAVIS, NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

SPECIAL TEAMS: K BRETT MAHER, DALLAS COWBOYS

2018 NFC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

Offense Defense Special Teams
Wk 1 QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, Tampa Bay S Harrison Smith, Minnesota K Greg Zuerlein, Los Angeles Rams
Wk 2 QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, Tampa Bay LB Danny Trevathan, Chicago K Robbie Gould, San Francisco
Wk 3 QB Drew Brees, New Orleans DE Efe Obada, Carolina DB Blake Countess, Los Angeles Rams
Wk 4 QB Jared Goff, Los Angeles Rams LB Demario Davis, New Orleans K Brett Maher, Dallas

 

 

NFL Week 5 Preview

NFL PREVIEW WRITTEN BY NFL COMMUNICATIONS; COURTESY NFLmedia.com

 

BRADY AND BREES APPROACH ALL-TIME

PASSING MILESTONES AS NFL ENTERS WEEK 5

The NFL heads into the second quarter of the regular season after an exciting Week 4 which saw seven games decided by three points or fewer, including three games in overtime. At least one game has gone to overtime in each of the first four weeks of the 2018 season, joining the 1979, 1983 and 2002 seasons as the only campaigns to feature at least one overtime game in each of its first four weeks since the regular-season overtime rule was adopted in 1974.

Five teams – DALLASHOUSTONOAKLANDSEATTLE and TENNESSEE – scored game-winning points on the final play of their respective contests last week. Additionally, CINCINNATI scored a go-ahead touchdown with seven seconds remaining in the fourth quarter to give the Bengals a 37-36 win over Atlanta at Mercedes-Benz Stadium last week. This is the first time since Week 3 of the 2012 season (six) that at least six games had the game-winning points scored in the final 10 seconds of the fourth quarter or overtime.

Close games and high-powered offenses have highlighted a thrilling first four weeks. Week 5 promises more of the same.

Two of the NFL’s all-time greats at the quarterback position – New England’s TOM BRADY and New Orleans’ DREW BREES – enter Week 5 with their eyes on history.

With 201 passing yards on Monday night against Washington (8:15 PM ET, ESPN), Brees (71,740 passing yards) can surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer BRETT FAVRE (71,838) and PEYTON MANNING (71,940) to become the NFL’s all-time leading passer. In Week 3, Brees (6,344 completions) passed Favre (6,300) for the most completions in league annals.

PLAYER TEAM(S) PASSING YARDS  
Peyton Manning Indianapolis, Denver 71,940  
Brett Favre^ Green Bay, New York Jets, Minnesota 71,838  
Drew Brees San Diego, New Orleans 71,740  
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

Brady, who ranks third in NFL history with 497 career touchdown passes, and Brees, whose 496 touchdown passes are the fourth-most in league history, can become the third and fourth quarterbacks to throw for at least 500 career touchdown passes, joining Manning (539) and Favre (508). Brady will aim to reach the milestone on Thursday night (8:20 PM ET, FOX/NFL Network/Amazon) against the Indianapolis Colts at Gillette Stadium.

PLAYER TEAM(S) PASSING TOUCHDOWNS
Peyton Manning Indianapolis, Denver 539
Brett Favre^ Green Bay, New York Jets, Minnesota 508
Tom Brady New England 497
Drew Brees San Diego, New Orleans 496
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

Through Week 4, passing figures league-wide continue to trend at historic rates, as the marks for completions (2,999), completion percentage (65.4 percent), net passing yards (32,215), touchdown passes (228) and passer rating (94.5) are all the highest in NFL history through the first four weeks of a season.

SEASON COMPLETIONS   SEASON COMPLETION PCT. SEASON TD PASSES
2018 2,999 2018 65.4 2018 228
2016 2,903   2014 64.3 2013 205
SEASON NET PASSING YARDS SEASON RATING
2018 32,215 2018 94.5
2016 31,616 2014 91.5

 

Veteran signal callers and young quarterbacks on the rise have been performing at a high level from the onset this season.

Steelers quarterback BEN ROETHLISBERGER, in his 15th season, leads the NFL with 1,414 passing yards, while Rams quarterback JARED GOFF, who is in his third season, ranks second with 1,406 yards. Kansas City’s PATRICK MAHOMES, who has made five career starts, leads the NFL with 14 touchdown passes through Week 4 with Cincinnati’s ANDY DALTON, Tampa Bay’s RYAN FITZPATRICK, Goff and the Los Angeles Chargers’ PHILIP RIVERS tied for second with 11 touchdown passes apiece. Goff (127.3) and Mahomes (126.5) rank first and second, respectively, in passer rating this season with Brees (115.3) following closely behind.

Collectively, 11 quarterbacks have thrown for at least 1,200 yards through Week 4, the most in league history through the first four weeks of a season, surpassing the previous high of seven in 2011. Five quarterbacks – Goff (465 passing yards), Indianapolis’ ANDREW LUCK (464), Oakland’s DEREK CARR (437), Minnesota’s KIRK COUSINS (422) and Atlanta’s MATT RYAN (419) – passed for at least 400 yards last week. There have been 12 individual performances with at least 400 passing yards this season, the most in NFL history through the first four weeks of a sea­son. The five individual 400-yard passing performances in Week 4 were the most in a single week in league annals.

Seven quarterbacks have thrown at least 10 touchdown passes in the first four weeks of the 2018 season, the most in league annals through Week 4. No other season has featured more than four such QBs through Week 4. Ten quarterbacks have a passer rating of at least 100 (minimum 80 attempts), tied with the 2015 season for the most through the first four weeks of a season in NFL history.

Below are highlights of the Week 5 schedule:

Week 5 kicks off on Thursday as the INDIANAPOLIS COLTS take on the NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS at Gillette Stadium (8:20 PM ET, FOX/NFL Network/Amazon). Indianapolis rookie linebacker DARIUS LEONARD leads the NFL with 54 tackles and is the only player since 2000 with at least 50 tackles (54) and four sacks (four) in his team’s first four games of a season. The Patriots have won five of their past six at home on Thursday night. New England, which stands at 2-2 entering Week 5, has had a winning record through the first five games of the season in 16 consecutive seasons dating back to 2002.

The KANSAS CITY CHIEFS have the NFL’s highest-scoring offense (36.3 points per game) through the first four weeks of the season and welcome the JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS and the league’s top scoring defense (14 points allowed per game) to Arrowhead Stadium (1:00 PM ET, CBS).

A rematch of the 2017 NFC Championship Game between the MINNESOTA VIKINGS and PHILADELPHIA EAGLES at Lincoln Financial Field (4:25 PM ET, FOX) features two teams looking to rebound from close losses last week.

Sunday’s nightcap at NRG Stadium features the fifth-overall meeting between the DALLAS COWBOYS and HOUSTON TEXANS (8:20 PM ET, NBC). Dallas running back EZEKIEL ELLIOTT, who leads the league with 426 rushing yards this season, is the only player with at least 3,000 rushing yards (3,040) since entering the league in 2016. Texans wide receiver DE ANDRE HOPKINS is one of two players (ANTONIO BROWN) with at least 300 catches (315), 4,000 receiving yards (4,296) and 30 touchdown catches (30) since 2015.

 

NFL WEEK 5 SCHEDULE
THURSDAY, SUNDAY & MONDAY, OCTOBER 4, 7-8

(All times eastern)
Bye: Chicago, Tampa Bay

Thursday, October 4 Sunday, October 7 (cont’d)
Indianapolis at New England, 8:20 PM (FOX/NFLN/Amazon) Denver at New York Jets, 1:00 PM

Atlanta at Pittsburgh, 1:00 PM

  Oakland at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:05 PM
Sunday, October 7 Minnesota at Philadelphia, 4:25 PM
Tennessee at Buffalo, 1:00 PM Arizona at San Francisco, 4:25 PM
New York Giants at Carolina, 1:00 PM Los Angeles Rams at Seattle, 4:25 PM
Miami at Cincinnati, 1:00 PM Dallas at Houston, 8:20 PM (NBC)
Baltimore at Cleveland, 1:00 PM  
Green Bay at Detroit, 1:00 PM Monday, October 8
Jacksonville at Kansas City, 1:00 PM Washington at New Orleans, 8:15 PM (ESPN)

 

NFL Network profiles ‘Football Life’ of 3-time Super Bowl champion Willie McGinest; will replay often

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Willie McGinest: A Football Life’ Premieres Friday, October 5 at 8:00 PM ET​

“He just epitomizes everything that this organization stands for…He transcended every aspect of the team and coaches.” – Bill Belichick

The eighth season of NFL Network’s Emmy-nominated series A Football Life continues Friday, October 5 at 8:00 PM ET with a profile of three-time Super Bowl champion and current NFL Network analyst Willie McGinest. The one-hour show produced by NFL Films features sitdown interviews with McGinest, New England Patriots chairman and CEO Robert Kraft, head coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady, former Patriots head coach Bill Parcells, family members, friends and more.

Each episode of A Football Life – as well as all NFL Network programming – can be streamed live through the NFL app and via Watch NFL Network on smartphones, tablets, PCs and connected TV devices (Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV, PlayStation 4 and Roku). Access is available for NFL Network subscribers of participating TV providers. For more information, go to NFL.com/watch.

Among the topics discussed in Willie McGinest: A Football Life are:

  • Growing up in Long Beach, California and his continued efforts to give back to his hometown community
  • Attending nearby USC and the honor of wearing Junior Seau’s jersey number
  • Being selected by the New England Patriots with the number four overall pick in the 1994 NFL Draft after believing he would go to the Dallas Cowboys
  • The immeasurable impact he had on the Patriots’ defense and organization
  • The rivalry between the New England Patriots and Indianapolis Colts
  • Finishing his playing career with the Cleveland Browns and his induction into the Patriots Hall of Fame

Emmy-nominated actor Josh Charles narrates.

Willie McGinest: A Football Life includes interviews with the following people and more:

Willie McGinest

Robert Kraft – New England Patriots Chairman & CEO

Tom Brady – New England Patriots teammate

Bill Belichick – New England Patriots head coach

Bill Parcells – Former New England Patriots head coach

Joyce McGinest – Mother

Don Norford – Former Long Beach Poly coach

Tony Bramlett – Youth football coach

Jerome Bramlett – Youth football coach

Darryl Smith – Friend

Marvin Pollard – USC teammate

Tony Boselli – USC teammate

Al Groh – Former New England Patriots assistant coach

Tony Dungy – Former Indianapolis Colts head coach

Provided below are some select quotes from Willie McGinest: A Football Life:

“I couldn’t have scripted this any other way. I think the people of my city were proud of me.” – Willie McGinest

“Willie has so much credibility with everyone. He had a great career path; was a great player in college, high pick and then lived up to the billing and brought this area of the country – the Northeast – championships. I think his weight carries a lot within our team and our organization.” – Tom Brady

“He just epitomizes everything that this organization stands for: high performance, high character, mental and physical toughness, consistency, teamwork, dependability. He transcended every aspect of the team and coaches.” – Bill Belichick

“He was one of the all-time greats. He was ferocious going after that ball…He was such a great player and I think what the coaches liked most of all was that leadership quality he had.” – Don Norford

“Junior [Seau] was one of the guys I idolized because he was probably the best – not just linebacker but best player – in college football…I wasn’t going to be Junior but I wanted to continue everything that he had done in that jersey and I didn’t want to disrespect it.” – Willie McGinest

“This was too good to turn down. I felt like he was almost like a can’t-miss pro football player.” – Bill Parcells

“He came in of course with very, very high expectations – high first round pick – and I would say he exceeded them.” – Bill Belichick

This year, the 11-episode season of the highly-acclaimed series A Football Life airs Friday at 8:00 PM ET. Below is a broadcast schedule for upcoming episodes of A Football Life:

  • October 12 – Brian Dawkins
  • November 2 – Dwight Clark

 

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Top Seven statistical highlights from Week 4 Sunday, September 30

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SEVEN FROM SUNDAYWEEK 4

​A look at seven statistical highlights from games played at 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, September 30, the fourth week of the 2018 season.​

  • Three games – the HOUSTON TEXANS 37-34 win at the INDIANAPOLIS COLTS, the TENNESSEE TITANS 26-23 win against the PHILADELPHIA EAGLES and the OAKLAND RAIDERS‘ 45-42 victory over the CLEVELAND BROWNS – were decided in overtime this week.At least one game has gone to overtime in each of the first four weeks of the 2018 season, joining the 1979, 1983 and 2002 seasons as the only campaigns to feature at least one overtime game in each of its first four weeks.
  • Five quarterbacks – the Los Angeles Rams’ JARED GOFF (465 passing yards), Indianapolis’ ANDREW LUCK (464), Oakland’s DEREK CARR (437), Minnesota’s KIRK COUSINS (422) and Atlanta’s MATT RYAN (419) – passed for at least 400 yards this week.With two games remaining in Week 4, there have been 12 individual performances with at least 400 passing yards this season, the most in NFL history through the first four weeks of a season. The five individual 400-yard passing performances in Week 4 are the most in a single week in league annals.
  • Chicago quarterback MITCHELL TRUBISKY completed 19 of 26 passes (73.1 percent) for 354 yards and six touchdown passes with no interceptions for a 154.6 passer rating in the Bears’ 48-10 win over Tampa Bay.

Trubisky threw five first-half touchdown passes to five different receivers – JOSH BELLAMYTREY BURTONTARIK COHENTAYLOR GABRIEL and ALLEN ROBINSON – and became the second quarterback in league history to throw at least five touchdown passes to five different receivers in the first half of a single game. Green Bay’s AARON RODGERS threw six touchdown passes to five different receivers in the first half against the Bears on November 9, 2014.

Trubisky, who threw for 289 yards and rushed for 53 yards in the first half, joined Pro Football Hall of Famer STEVE YOUNG (December 23, 1991) and MICHAEL VICK (November 15, 2010) as the only players since 1991 with at least 250 passing yards and 50 rushing yards in the first half of a single game.​

 

  • Houston defensive end J.J. WATT recorded two sacks and two forced fumbles in the Texans’ 37-34 overtime victory at Indianapolis.Watt, who played his 92nd career game today, has 23 games with at least two sacks, tied with Pro Football Hall of Famer RICHARD DENT (23) for the second-most games with at least two sacks by a player in his first 100 career games since the individual sack became an official statistic in 1982. Only Pro Football Hall of Famer REGGIE WHITE (29) has more such games in his first 100 career games.

Texans kicker KA’IMI FAIRBAIRN converted three field goals, including both a game-tying 29-yard field goal and game-winning 37-yarder in overtime. Fairbairn is the third kicker to convert both a game-tying and game-winning field goal in overtime since the overtime-rule modification in 2012, joining GRAHAM GANO (November 2, 2015 vs. Indianapolis) and CAIRO SANTOS (November 27, 2016 vs. Denver).​

Houston rookie wide receiver KEKE COUTEE had 11 catches in his NFL debut today, the second-most in league history by a player in his first-career game. Only the Houston Oilers’ SID BLANKS (13 catches on September 12, 1964) had more catches in an NFL debut.​

 

  • New England quarterback TOM BRADY passed for 274 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions for a 94.2 passer rating in the Patriots’ 38-7 victory over Miami.With his 55-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver CORDARRELLE PATTERSON in the second quarter, Brady has thrown at least one touchdown pass to 70 different receivers in his career, tied with VINNY TESTAVERDE (70) for the most by a player NFL history.
  • Colts quarterback ANDREW LUCK passed for a career-high 464 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions for a 108.5 passer rating and kicker ADAM VINATIERI converted two field goals in the Colts’ overtime loss to Houston.Luck became the 11th quarterback in NFL history to throw for at least 450 yards and four touchdowns without an interception in a single game – and the second quarterback to accomplish the feat this week, joining Rams’ quarterback JARED GOFF, who passed for 465 yards and five touchdowns with zero interceptions against Minnesota on Thursday. Goff and Luck are the first pair of quarterbacks in league history to accomplish the feat in the same week.

    Vinatieri, who has 567 career field goals, surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer MORTEN ANDERSEN (565) for the most converted field goals in NFL history.

  • Other notable highlights from Sunday’s action include:
    • Cincinnati quarterback ANDY DALTON connected on a go-ahead 13-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver A.J. GREEN with seven seconds remaining in the fourth quarter to give the Bengals a 37-36 victory at Atlanta.This is the second time in franchise history that the Bengals recorded a game-winning touchdown pass with under 10 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter and the first since October 10, 1999.
    • Dallas running back EZEKIEL ELLIOTT totaled a career-high 240 scrimmage yards (152 rushing, 88 receiving) and had a touchdown catch in the Cowboys’ 26-24 win over Detroit.Elliott is the third player in franchise history to record at least 150 rushing yards and 50 receiving yards in a single game, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer EMMITT SMITH (January 2, 1994) and HERSCHEL WALKER (November 15, 1987).

      Elliott is the sixth player in league history to record at least 150 rushing yards, 85 receiving yards and a touchdown catch in a winning effortand the first since the Rams’ STEVEN JACKSON (December 24, 2006 vs. Washington).

    • Atlanta wide receiver JULIO JONES had nine catches for 173 yards and rookie wide receiver CALVIN RIDLEY had two touchdown receptions in the Falcons’ loss to Cincinnati.Jones, who appeared in his 99th career game today, has 41 games with at least 100 receiving yards and surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer LANCE ALWORTH (40) for the most 100-yard receiving games in a player’s first 100 career games in NFL history.

      Ridley has six touchdown catches in the Falcons’ first four games of 2018, the most by a rookie in his team’s first four games of a season. Prior to Ridley, only Green Bay’s BILLY HOWTON (1952) had at least five touchdown catches in his team’s first four games of a season.

    • New York Giants quarterback ELI MANNING threw a touchdown pass in the Giants’ loss to New Orleans.Manning has 343 career touchdown passes and surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer FRAN TARKENTON (342) for the seventh-most touchdown passes in league history.
    • Los Angeles Chargers quarterback PHILIP RIVERS passed for 250 yards with three touchdowns and one interception for a 97.2 passer rating in the Chargers’ 29-27 win over San Francisco.Rivers has 51,504 career passing yards and surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer JOHN ELWAY (51,475) for the eighth-most passing yards in NFL history.

 

 

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