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Reviewing Week 12 in the NFL

(courtesy Free-Extras.com)

 

​THE WEEK THAT WAS – WEEK 12

ELECTRIC EAGLE: Philadelphia quarterback CARSON WENTZ threw three touchdown passes in the Eagles’ 31-3 win against Chicago last week.

Wentz, who leads the NFL with 28 touchdown passes, has the third-most touchdown passes by a first or second-year quarterback through his team’s first 11 games of a season in NFL history.

The first or second-year quarterbacks with the most touchdown passes through his team’s first 11 games of a season:

PLAYER TEAM SEASON PASSING TDS IN TEAM’S 1ST 11 GAMES
Dan Marino^ Miami 1984 30
Kurt Warner^ St. Louis 1999 29
Carson Wentz Philadelphia 2017 28
Derek Carr Oakland 2015 24
Jeff Garcia San Francisco 2000 24
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

Philadelphia owns the best record in the NFL at 10-1 and Wentz is the fourth first or second-year quarterback to start 10-1 or better through his team’s first 11 games of a season in the Super Bowl era.

The first or second-year quarterbacks to start 10-1 or better in his team’s first 11 games of a season in the Super Bowl era:

PLAYER TEAM SEASON RECORD THROUGH TEAM’S FIRST 11 GAMES
Dan Marino^ Miami 1984 11-0
Carson Wentz Philadelphia 2017 10-1
Dak Prescott Dallas 2016 10-1
Russell Wilson Seattle 2013 10-1
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

– NFL –

FLYING FALCON: Atlanta wide receiver JULIO JONES had 12 receptions for 253 yards and two touchdowns in the Falcons’ 34-20 win over Tampa Bay in Week 12.

Jones has three career games with at least 250 receiving yards and is the only player in NFL history to have multiple 250+ yard receiving games.

Jones has 563 receptions in 90 career games and passed ANQUAN BOLDIN (558) for the most catches by a player in his first 90 games in NFL history.

The players with the most receptions in their first 90 games in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM RECEPTIONS IN 1ST 90 CAREER GAMES
Julio Jones Atlanta 563
Anquan Boldin Arizona 558
Antonio Brown Pittsburgh 554

Jones has 8,649 receiving yards and passed Pro Football Hall of Famer LANCE ALWORTH (8,502) for the most receiving yards by a player in his first 90 games in NFL history.

The players with the most receiving yards in their first 90 games in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM RECEIVING YARDS IN 1ST 90 CAREER GAMES
Julio Jones Atlanta 8,649
Lance Alworth^ San Diego 8,502
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

– NFL –

TOM TERRIFIC: New England quarterback TOM BRADY threw four touchdown passes and one interception for a 114.1 passer rating in the Patriots’ 35-17 win against Miami last week.

Brady has 27 career games with at least four touchdown passes and one or fewer interceptions, surpassing PEYTON MANNING (26) for the second-most in NFL history. Only DREW BREES (28) has more such games.

The players with the most games with at least four touchdown passes and one or fewer interceptions in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM(S) GAMES WITH AT LEAST 4 TD PASSES & 1 OR FEWER INTS
Drew Brees San Diego, New Orleans 28*
Tom Brady New England 27*
Peyton Manning Indianapolis, Denver 26
*Active

– NFL –

DYNAMIC DUO: New Orleans running backs ALVIN KAMARA (188 scrimmage yards, two touchdowns) and MARK INGRAM (36 scrimmage yards) combined for 224 scrimmage yards and two touchdowns in the Saints’ loss to the Los Angeles Rams last week.

Kamara (1,094 scrimmage yards, nine touchdowns) and Ingram (1,055 scrimmage yards, eight touchdowns) are the seventh pair of teammates – and first running back duo – to each have at least 1,000 scrimmage yards and eight touchdowns in a team’s first 11 games in the Super Bowl era.

The teammates with at least 1,000 scrimmage yards and eight touchdowns in their team’s first 11 games of a season:

TEAM SEASON PLAYER SCRIMMAGE YDS TDS PLAYER SCRIMMAGE YDS TDS
New Orleans 2017 Alvin Kamara 1,094 9 Mark Ingram 1,055 8
Green Bay 2014 Jordy Nelson 1,066 9 Eddie Lacy 1,007 9
Indianapolis 2000 Edgerrin James 1,586 14 Marvin Harrison^ 1,066 8
St. Louis 2000 Marshall Faulk^ 1,447 15 Isaac Bruce 1,185 9
Indianapolis 1999 Edgerrin James 1,547 9 Marvin Harrison^ 1,118 12
Dallas 1995 Emmitt Smith^ 1,643 20 Michael Irvin^ 1,169 8
Dallas 1966 Dan Reeves 1,088 14 Bob Hayes^ 1,002 10
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

In the month of November, Kamara became the third rookie in NFL history to total at least 500 scrimmage yards, three rushing touchdowns and three receiving touchdowns in a calendar month, joining Pro Football Hall of Famers GALE SAYERS (October, 1965) and CHARLEY TAYLOR (November, 1964).

The rookies with at least 500 scrimmage yards, three rushing touchdowns and three receiving touchdowns in a calendar month:

PLAYER TEAM SEASON MONTH SCRIMMAGE YDS RUSH TDS REC. TDS  
Alvin Kamara New Orleans 2017 November 594 3 3  
Gale Sayers^ Chicago 1965 October 520 3 5  
Charley Taylor^ Washington 1964 November 596 3 3  
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

– NFL –

BIG GAME BROWN: Pittsburgh wide receiver ANTONIO BROWN had 10 receptions for 169 yards and two touchdowns in the Steelers’ 31-28 win against Green Bay on Sunday Night Football last week.

Through 11 games this year, Brown has five games with at least 10 receptions and 100 yards, tied for the fourth-most such games in a single season in NFL history. Brown, who also had five such games in 2015, is the first player to accomplish the feat in multiple seasons.

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

PLAYER TEAM SEASON GAMES WITH 10 CATCHES & 100 REC. YARDS
Andre Johnson Houston 2008 7
Calvin Johnson Detroit 2012 6
Wes Welker New England 2009 6
Antonio Brown Pittsburgh 2017 5*
Antonio Brown Pittsburgh 2015 5
Marvin Harrison^ Indianapolis 2002 5
Jimmy Smith Jacksonville 1999 5
*Through 11 games
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

– NFL –

WONDERFUL WILSON: Seattle quarterback RUSSELL WILSON threw two touchdown passes and rushed for a touchdown in the Seahawks’ 24-13 win at San Francisco last week.

With the victory, Wilson improved to 23-4 (.852) in his career in games following an in-season loss, the best record by a starting quarterback since the 1970 merger (minimum 15 such starts).

The quarterbacks with the best record following an in-season loss since 1970 (minimum 15 such starts):

PLAYER TEAM(S) WINS LOSSES TIES PCT.  
Russell Wilson Seattle 23 4 0 .852  
Andrew Luck Indianapolis 23 5 0 .821  
Tom Brady New England 42 10 0 .808  
Jeff Hostetler NY Giants, LA/Oakland Raiders, Washington 24 8 0 .750  
Joe Montana^ San Francisco, Kansas City 36 12 0 .750  
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

Wilson ties for third in the NFL with 3,029 passing yards and became the fourth quarterback in NFL history to pass for at least 3,000 yards in each of his first six seasons.

The quarterbacks with at least 3,000 passing yards in each of their first six seasons in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM SEASONS
Russell Wilson Seattle 2012-17
Andy Dalton Cincinnati 2011-16
Cam Newton Carolina 2011-16
Peyton Manning Indianapolis 1998-2003

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY NFL COMMUNICATIONS; COURTESY NFLmedia.com