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Highlights and Top Performances from Week 6 in the NFL

THE WEEK THAT WAS – WEEK 6

RISING ROOKIES: Through the first six weeks of the season, rookies have accumulated 8,352 yards from scrimmage, the most by rookies through Week 6 since 1970.

The seasons with the most yards from scrimmage by rookies through Week 6 since 1970 (excluding 1987 season):

SEASON MOST SCRIMMAGE YARDS BY ROOKIES THROUGH WEEK 6*
2017 8,352
2014 7,693
1983 6,916
1971 6,726
2013 6,592
*Excludes 1987 season

Rookies have also totaled 59 touchdowns through Week 6, the most through the first six weeks of a season since 1970.

The seasons with the most touchdowns by rookies through Week 6 since 1970 (excluding 1987 season):

SEASON MOST TOUCHDOWNS BY ROOKIES THROUGH WEEK 6*
2017 59
1983 57
2014 52
2013 50
1971 47
*Excludes 1987 season

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TOUCHDOWNS FOR ALL: In Week 6, there were a total of 15 non-offensive touchdowns scored throughout the NFL – eight interceptions, two kickoffs, two punts, two fumbles and one blocked punt.

That marks the second-highest total of non-rushing/passing touchdowns scored in a single week since 1970 (16 in Week 15, 1998).

The most non-rushing/passing touchdowns in a single week since 1970:

SEASON WEEK MOST NON-RUSHING/PASSING TDS IN A SINGLE WEEK
1998 15 16
2017 6 15
2002 2 14
1992 2 14
2011 1 14

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HUNTING HISTORY: Kansas City rookie running back KAREEM HUNT had 110 scrimmage yards (89 receiving, 21 rushing) in the Chiefs’ Week 6 loss against Pittsburgh.

Hunt has at least 100 scrimmage yards in all six games this season and is the only rookie in NFL history with 100 or more scrimmage yards in each of his team’s first six games of a season.

Hunt’s 885 scrimmage yards, which lead the NFL, are the third-most by a rookie in their team’s first six games, trailing only Pro Football Hall of Famer ERIC DICKERSON (933 in 1983) and BILLY SIMS (914 in 1980).

The rookies with the most scrimmage yards in their team’s first six games of a season:

PLAYER TEAM SEASON SCRIMMAGE YARDS IN TEAM’S FIRST 6 GAMES  
Eric Dickerson^ Los Angeles Rams 1983 933  
Billy Sims Detroit 1980 914  
Kareem Hunt Kansas City 2017 885  
Adrian Peterson Minnesota 2007 857  
Ezekiel Elliott Dallas 2016 801  
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

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FEROCIOUS FOURNETTE: Jacksonville rookie running back LEONARD FOURNETTE rushed for 130 yards and one touchdown in the Jaguars’ Week 6 loss to the Los Angeles Rams.

Fournette, who has scored a touchdown in each of his first six games this season, is the second rookie in NFL history to score at least one touchdown in each of his team’s first six games of a season, joining New England’s ROBERT EDWARDS (1998).

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

PLAYER TEAM SEASON
Leonard Fournette Jacksonville 2017
Robert Edwards New England 1998

 

Fournette, who had a 90-yard touchdown run in Week 5, rushed for a 75-yard touchdown on the Jaguars’ opening play from scrimmage last week. He is the first rookie in NFL history with touchdown runs of at least 75 yards in consecutive games.

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STELLAR STEELERS: Pittsburgh running back LE’VEON BELL had 191 scrimmage yards (179 rushing, 12 receiving) and one touchdown while wide receiver ANTONIO BROWN had 155 receiving yards and one touchdown in the Steelers’ 19-13 win at Kansas City last week.

Bell (706 scrimmage yards) and Brown (700) are the first pair of teammates in NFL history with at least 700 scrimmage yards apiece through their team’s first six games of a season.

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CARDINALS CLIMBING THE CHARTS: Arizona quarterback CARSON PALMER completed 18 of 22 passes (81.8 percent) for 283 yards with three touchdowns and one interception for a 139.4 rating in the Cardinals’ 38-33 victory against Tampa Bay last week.

Palmer, who has 294 touchdown passes in his 14-year NFL career, surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer WARREN MOON (291) for the 12th-most touchdown passes in NFL history.

The players with the most touchdown passes in NFL history:

PLAYER CAREER TD PASSES
Peyton Manning 539
Brett Favre^ 508
Drew Brees 475*
Tom Brady 469*
Dan Marino^ 420
Fran Tarkenton^ 342
Eli Manning 329*
Philip Rivers 324*
Aaron Rodgers 310*
Ben Roethlisberger 308*
John Elway^ 300
Carson Palmer 294*
Warren Moon^ 291
*Active
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

Arizona wide receiver LARRY FITZGERALD had 10 catches for 138 yards and one touchdown in Week 6. Fitzgerald, who has 14,854 receiving yards in his 14-year career, surpassed STEVE SMITH, SR. (14,731) for the seventh-most receiving yards all-time.

Fitzgerald’s 14,854 receiving yards trail only Pro Football Hall of Famer JERRY RICE (19,247 with San Francisco) for the most receiving yards by a player with a single team.

The players with the most receiving yards in NFL history:

PLAYER CAREER REC. YARDS
Jerry Rice^ 22,895
Terrell Owens 15,934
Randy Moss 15,292
Isaac Bruce 15,208
Tony Gonzalez 15,127
Tim Brown^ 14,934
Larry Fitzgerald 14,854
Steve Smith, Sr. 14,731
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

Cardinals running back ADRIAN PETERSON rushed for 134 yards and two touchdowns in his Arizona debut last week, marking his 50th career game with at least 100 rushing yards. Peterson is the ninth player in NFL history to have 50 games with at least 100 rushing yards.

The players with the most 100+ yard rushing games:

PLAYER GAMES WITH 100+ RUSH YARDS
Emmitt Smith^ 78
Walter Payton^ 77
Barry Sanders^ 76
Eric Dickerson^ 64
Jerome Bettis^ 61
Jim Brown^ 58
Edgerrin James 57
Curtis Martin^ 57
Adrian Peterson 50
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

 

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