NFL News: What to Look For – Week 11

ROOKIE TAKEOVER ON TNF: New England quarterback MAC JONES enters Week 11 leading all rookies with 2,333 passing yards, 13 touchdown passes and a 94.1 passer rating. In the Patriots’ victory last week, he completed 19 of 23 passes (82.6 percent) for 198 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions and a 142.1 rating. It marked the fifth-highest single-game rating by a rookie quarterback in the Super Bowl era (minimum 20 attempts). 

Jones has led the Patriots to four straight wins and compiled a 102.6 rating over those four games. He can become the fourth rookie quarterback ever to win five straight games and have a 100-or-higher rating over the span of the winning streak, joining DAK PRESCOTT (twice in 2016), ROBERT GRIFFIN III (2012) and BEN ROETHLISBERGER (2004).

Jones has also won each of his four road starts this season. With a win at Atlanta on Thursday Night Football (8:20 PM ET, FOX/NFL Network/Amazon), he can join Prescott (six in 2016) and Roethlisberger (six in 2004) as the only rookie quarterbacks ever to win their first five road starts.

Atlanta tight end KYLE PITTS enters Thursday leading rookie tight ends with 40 catches and ranks second among all rookies with 606 receiving yards. With four receiving yards against New England, Pitts can surpass CHARLE YOUNG (609 receiving yards in 1973) for the second-most receiving yards ever by a rookie tight end in his first 10 games. Only Pro Football Hall of Famer MIKE DITKA (869 in 1961) had more.

With six receptions, Pitts will surpass JORDAN REED (45 receptions in 2013) for the second-most receptions ever by a rookie tight end in his first 10 games. Only KEITH JACKSON (54 in 1988) had more.

TOP-5 OFFENSES MEET IN KC: The DALLAS COWBOYS (7-2) enter Week 11 with the top offense in the league (433.9 yards per game), while the KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (6-4) ranks fourth (405.6). When the teams meet at Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday (4:25 PM ET, FOX), it will mark the sixth-most combined total yards per game between opposing teams in a matchup entering Week 11 or later since 1950.

Each team enters Sunday coming off games in which it each scored at least 40 points. Kansas City defeated Las Vegas, 41-14, and Dallas defeated Atlanta, 43-3, in Week 10. This will mark the first game this season in which each team scored at least 40 points the previous week.

Dallas quarterback DAK PRESCOTT leads qualified passers with a 110.8 passer rating through 10 weeks, while Kansas City quarterback PATRICK MAHOMES’ 106.3 career passer rating is the highest in league history, minimum 1,500 attempts.

This will mark the fourth game since 1990 featuring a current season’s passer rating leader against the career passer rating leader and first since 1995.

Each team enters Sunday coming off games in which it each scored at least 40 points. Kansas City defeated Las Vegas, 41-14, and Dallas defeated Atlanta, 43-3, in Week 10. This will mark the first game this season in which each team scored at least 40 points the previous week.

Dallas quarterback DAK PRESCOTT leads qualified passers with a 110.8 passer rating through 10 weeks, while Kansas City quarterback PATRICK MAHOMES’ 106.3 career passer rating is the highest in league history, minimum 1,500 attempts.

Kansas City wide receiver TYREEK HILL ranks tied for third in the league this season with eight touchdown receptions. Hill, who has totaled at least seven overall touchdowns in each of his first six seasons, has 66 touchdowns (55 receiving, six rushing, five return) in 84 games. With a touchdown on Sunday, he will tie Pro Football Hall of Famer RANDY MOSS (67 touchdowns) for the second-most touchdowns by a player in his first 85 career games since 1970. Only Pro Football Hall of Famer JERRY RICE (81) had more.

Last week, Kansas City tight end TRAVIS KELCE recorded his third game this season and 28th career with at least 100 receiving yards. With at least 100 receiving yards against Dallas, Kelce will tie ROB GRONKOWSKI (29 games) for the second-most such games ever by a tight end. Only Pro Football Hall of Famer TONY GONZALEZ (31 games) has more.

Both Hill and Kelce will be going up against a Dallas defense that features the league’s interception leader in cornerback TREVON DIGGS. Diggs’ eight interceptions are tied for the most by a player in his team’s first nine games of a season since 1990.

With an interception on Sunday, Diggs can join DOUG EVANS (2001) as the only players in the Super Bowl era with an interception in eight of their team’s first 10 games of a season.

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HOME COOKING: Tampa Bay quarterback TOM BRADY leads the league with 27 touchdown passes this season and ranks third with 2,870 passing yards.

On Monday Night Football against the New York Giants (8:15 PM ET, ESPN), Brady can mark the sixth time ever that a player has recorded 3,000 passing yards and 30 touchdown passes through his team’s first 10 games of a season. Four of the past five times this has occurred, the player has gone on to win Associated Press Most Valuable Player that season.

If Brady reaches the 3,000-yard mark, he will register his 19th such season and surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer BRETT FAVRE (18 seasons) for the most seasons with 3,000 passing yards by any player in NFL history.

He can also tie Favre (nine seasons) and Pro Football Hall of Famer PEYTON MANNING (nine) for the second-most seasons ever with at least 30 touchdown passes. Only DREW BREES (10) has more.

Going back to Week 17 of last season, Brady has passed for at least four touchdowns in five consecutive home games. He is the first player to ever record at least four touchdown passes in each of his first four home games of a season and will look to extend the streak on Monday night.

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FULLY CHARGED: Los Angeles Chargers quarterback JUSTIN HERBERT has 6,881 passing yards and 50 touchdown passes in his career and is scheduled to make his 25th career start in Week 11.    

With 119 passing yards against Pittsburgh on Sunday Night Football (8:20 PM ET, NBC), Herbert will become the fourth player ever to record 7,000 passing yards in his first 25 career starts, joining PATRICK MAHOMES (8,007 passing yards) and Pro Football Hall of Famers KURT WARNER (7,333) and DAN MARINO (7,054).

Herbert’s top target this season has been wide receiver KEENAN ALLEN, who leads the team with 65 catches and 698 receiving yards. Allen has 689 receptions in 109 career games and his 14 games with at least 10 receptions are the fifth-most since he entered the league in 2013.

With 11 receptions on Sunday night, Allen will surpass ANTONIO BROWN (111 games) as the fastest player to ever reach 700 career receptions.

COURTESY NFLmedia.com

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