NFL News: Top Seven Statistical Highlights from Week 6

A look at seven statistical highlights from games played at 9:30 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, October 17, the sixth week of the 2021 season.

  • There have been 22 games with a game-winning score in the final minute of regulation or in overtime this season, the most such games through the first six weeks all-time.

    Both Dallas and Minnesota earned overtime victories in Week 6. At least one game has gone to overtime in each of the first six weeks of the 2021 season, marking the second time ever (2018) that a season has featured at least one overtime game in each of its first six weeks.

    With two games remaining in Week 6, 10 games have gone to overtime this season, tied with the 1983 season (10 games) for the second-most through the first six weeks of a season all-time. Only the 1995 season (12 games) had more.

    The ARIZONA CARDINALS, the last remaining undefeated team, improved to 6-0 for the first time since 1974 with their 37-14 win over Cleveland.
  • At Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, Jacksonville overcame a 10-point deficit to win, 23-20, over Miami. Jaguars rookie quarterback TREVOR LAWRENCE (22 years old, 319 passing yards) and Dolphins quarterback TUA TAGOVAILOA (23 years old, 329 passing yards) each recorded at least 300 passing yards on Sunday.

    It marked the second game in NFL history in which two quarterbacks under the age of 24 each passed for at least 300 yards in the same game. The only other time this occurred was on December 20, 2020, when Philadelphia’s JALEN HURTS (22 years old, 338 passing yards) and Arizona’s KYLER MURRAY (23 years old, 406 passing yards) each passed for at least 300 yards in the same game.

    Jaguars kicker MATTHEW WRIGHT, who kicked a game-winning 53-yard field goal, became the third kicker to register a game-winning field goal with no time remaining in an international NFL game, joining MATT PRATER (Week 8, 2014 at Wembley Stadium in London, England) and MATT BRYANT (Week 13, 2013 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Canada).
     
  • Baltimore quarterback LAMAR JACKSON totaled 218 yards (167 passing, 51 rushing) with one touchdown pass in the Ravens’ 34-6 win over the Los Angeles Chargers.

    Jackson, who turns 25 years old in January, earned his 35th-career win as a starting quarterback and surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO (34 wins) for the most wins by a quarterback prior to his 25th birthday in NFL history.
  • Kansas City quarterback PATRICK MAHOMES passed for 397 yards with two touchdowns, while tight end TRAVIS KELCE had eight receptions for 99 yards in the Chiefs’ 31-13 win at Washington.

    Mahomes has 29 career games with at least 300 passing yards, tied with Pro Football Hall of Famer KURT WARNER (29 games) for the most such games by a player in his first five seasons in NFL history.

    Kelce has 78 career games with at least five receptions, tied with Pro Football Hall of Famer SHANNON SHARPE (78 games) for the fourth-most such games by a tight end in NFL history. Only Pro Football Hall of Famer TONY GONZALEZ (139 games), JASON WITTEN (130) and ANTONIO GATES (96) have more.
  • Making his 75th career start, Dallas quarterback DAK PRESCOTT passed for 445 yards with three touchdowns and one interception for a 108.7 rating while cornerback TREVON DIGGS registered a 42-yard interception return for a touchdown in the Cowboys’ 35-29 overtime win at New England.

    Prescott has 39 games with passer rating of 100-or-higher and surpassed PHILIP RIVERS (38 games) for the third-most such games by a player in his first 75 career starts in NFL history. Only AARON RODGERS (43 games) and TONY ROMO (41) had more.

    Diggs leads the league with seven interceptions and joined Pro Football Hall of Famer ROD WOODSON (1993) as the only players since 1970 with seven interceptions in their team’s first six games of the season.

    Diggs became the second player in the Super Bowl era to record at least one interception in each of his team’s first six games of a season, joining BRIAN RUSSELL (first six games in 2003).
  • Cincinnati quarterback JOE BURROW passed for 271 yards with three touchdowns and one interception for a 115.7 rating, while rookie wide receiver JA’MARR CHASE led the team with 97 receiving yards in the Bengals’ 34-11 win at Detroit.

    Burrow, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, has at least two touchdown passes in each of the Bengals’ first six games this season and joined Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO (first 10 games in 1984) as the only first- or second-year quarterbacks with at least two touchdown passes in each of their team’s first six games of a season in NFL history.

    Chase has 553 receiving yards this season, the second-most receiving yards by a rookie in his first six career games in the Super Bowl era. Only ANQUAN BOLDIN (592 receiving yards in 2003) had more.
  • Minnesota quarterback KIRK COUSINS passed for 373 yards with three touchdowns and zero interceptions for a 112.6 rating in the Vikings’ 34-28 overtime win at Carolina.

    Cousins has 20 career games with at least 300 passing yards, three touchdown passes and a passer rating of 110-or-higher, surpassing AARON RODGERS (19 games) for the most such games by quarterback in his first 10 seasons in NFL history.
  • Other notable performances from Sunday include:
    • Los Angeles Rams wide receiver COOPER KUPP recorded nine receptions for 130 yards and two touchdowns in the team’s 38-11 win at the New York Giants.

      Kupp, who also had two touchdown receptions in Week 2 and Week 3, is the first player since JULIUS THOMAS (2014) with at least two touchdown catches in three of his team’s first six games of a season.

      Kupp has 46 receptions for 653 yards and seven touchdowns this season and joined Pro Football Hall of Famer MARVIN HARRISON (45 catches for 709 yards and eight touchdown receptions in 1999) as the only players with at least 45 catches, 650 receiving yards and seven touchdown receptions in their team’s first six games of a season in NFL history.

COURTESY NFLmedia.com

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