NFL News: Seven From Sunday – Week 9

Lydia Jane Allison

A look at seven statistical highlights from games played during the 9:30 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. ET windows on Sunday, November 5, the ninth week of the 2023 season.

  • With two games remaining in Week 8, eight of 12 games (75 percent) have been within one score (eight points) in the fourth quarter, with seven games having been decided by one score.

    This season, 69.4 percent of all games (93 of 134 games) have been within one score (eight points) in the fourth quarter through Week 9.

    Two teams – HOUSTON and MINNESOTA – recorded game-winning scores in the final two minutes of regulation or overtime in Week 9.

    Vikings quarterback JOSHUA DOBBS totaled three touchdowns (two passing, one rushing), including the game-winning touchdown pass with 22 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter. Dobbs, who had three touchdowns (two passing, one rushing) in Week 8 with Arizona, is the first player in NFL history to score three-or-more combined passing and rushing touchdowns in consecutive weeks with two different teams.

    Seven rookie quarterbacks started in Week 9, marking the first time since Week 17 of the 2019 season that seven rookie quarterbacks started in the same week.

    There have been nine rookie quarterbacks to start a game this season, tied with the 2019 season for the most rookie quarterbacks to start in a season since 1950 (excluding 1987).

  • Kansas City quarterback PATRICK MAHOMES threw two touchdown passes as the Chiefs defeated the Dolphins, 21-14, in the first-ever regular-season game played in Frankfurt, Germany.

    Kansas City, who previously won international regular-season games in England in 2015 and in Mexico in 2019 is the first NFL team to win a regular-season game in four different countries, including the United States.

    Mahomes has 64 career games with at least two touchdown passes, tied with Pro Football Hall of Famer PEYTON MANNING (64 games) for the second-most such games by a player in his first seven seasons in NFL history. Only Pro Football Hal of Famer DAN MARINO (65) has more.

  • Houston rookie quarterback C.J. STROUD completed 30 of 42 attempts (71.4 percent) for 470 yards and five touchdowns with zero interceptions for a 147.8 rating in the Texans’ 39-37 win over Tampa Bay, the most passing yards by a rookie in a game in NFL history.

    Stroud recorded a passer rating of 147.8 in Week 9 and surpassed MARCUS MARIOTA (137.5 rating on November 8, 2015) for the highest single-game passer rating by a rookie quarterback (minimum 30 attempts) in NFL history.

    Stroud is the second rookie in NFL history with at least 400 passing yards and five touchdown passes in a game, joining MATTHEW STAFFORD (422 passing yards and five touchdown passes on November 22, 2009).

    Stroud, who is 22 years and 33 days old, is the youngest player ever with at least 450 passing yards in a game, surpassing JACKY LEE (22 years and 94 days old on October 13, 1961 with the Houston Oilers against the Boston Patriots).

    Stroud is the sixth player in NFL history to record at least 450 passing yards and five touchdown passes with no interceptions in a game, joining JARED GOFF (September 27, 2018), Pro Football Hall of Famer PEYTON MANNING (September 5, 2013), DONOVAN MCNABB (December 5, 2004), BEN ROETHLISBERGER (October 26, 2014) and Pro Football Hall of Famer Y.A. TITTLE (October 28, 1962).

  • Houston wide receiver NOAH BROWN registered six catches for 153 yards and one touchdown, tight end DALTON SCHULTZ recorded 10 catches for 130 yards and one touchdown and rookie wide receiver TANK DELL had six catches for 114 yards and two touchdowns in the Texans’ Week 9 win.

    The Texans are the fourth team in the Super Bowl era with three players in a game each recording at least five receptions, 100 receiving yards and a touchdown, joining the 2018 LOS ANGELES RAMS (Brandin Cooks, Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods on September 27), 1995 DETROIT LIONS (Herman Moore, Johnnie Morton and Brett Perriman on November 23) and 1982 LOS ANGELES RAMS (Preston Dennard, George Farmer and Wendell Tyler on December 26).

  • Philadelphia quarterback JALEN HURTS had three touchdowns (two passing, one rushing) with no interceptions and a 130.2 rating in the Eagles’ 28-23 win over Dallas.

    The Eagles, who improved to 8-1 this season after beginning 8-1 in 2022, are the first team to begin consecutive seasons with an 8-1 or better record since the 2005-06 INDIANAPOLIS COLTS.

    Hurts has 33 career rushing touchdowns and tied CAM NEWTON (33 rushing touchdowns) for the most rushing touchdowns by a quarterback in his first four seasons in NFL history.

    Hurts, who has seven rushing touchdowns this season after recording 13 rushing touchdowns in 2022 and 10 rushing touchdowns in 2021, is the second quarterback ever with at least seven rushing touchdowns in three consecutive seasons, joining JOSH ALLEN (2018-20).

  • Cleveland defensive end MYLES GARRETT recorded one sack and a fumble recovery in the Browns’ 27-0 win over Arizona.

    Cleveland, who held Arizona to 58 total net yards in Week 9 and allowed 98 total net yards to Tennessee in Week 3, are the first team in 41 years and the fifth team in the Super Bowl era to allow 100-or-fewer yards in two of their first eight games of a season, joining the 1982 BUFFALO BILLS1976 SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS, 1973 LOS ANGELES RAMS and 1967 OAKLAND RAIDERS.

    Garrett has recorded at least one sack in 57 career games, tied with AARON DONALD (57) for the fourth-most career games with at least one sack in a player’s first seven NFL seasons since 1982. Only Pro Football Hall of Famers DEMARCUS WARE (68 games) and REGGIE WHITE (63) as well as VON MILLER (61) have more.

  • Los Angeles Rams rookie wide receiver PUKA NACUA recorded three receptions for 32 yards in Week 9.

    Nacua leads all rookies with 64 receptions and surpassed SAQUON BARKLEY (62 receptions in 2018) for the most receptions by a player in their first nine career games in NFL history.

    Nacua leads all rookies with 827 receiving yards and is the fourth rookie in the Super Bowl era with at least 800 receiving yards in his first nine career games, joining MARQUES COLSTON (869 receiving yards in 2006), JA’MARR CHASE (835 in 2021) and ODELL BECKHAM JR. (829 in 2014).

  • Additional notes from Sunday include:
    • New Orleans quarterback TAYSOM HILL registered a touchdown pass and touchdown reception in the Saints’ 24-17 win over Chicago.

      Hill has 26 rushing touchdowns, 11 touchdown passes and 10 touchdown receptions in his career and is the second player in NFL history with at least 25 rushing touchdowns, 10 touchdown passes and 10 touchdown receptions, joining FRANK GIFFORD (34 rushing touchdowns, 14 touchdown passes and 43 touchdown receptions).

    • Texans running back DARE OGUNBOWALE converted a 29-yard field goal in Week 9, becoming the first non-kicker or punter to make a field goal since wide receiver WES WELKER converted a 29-yard field goal for Miami on October 10, 2004.

      Ogunbowale is the first running back with a made field goal since TOBY GALBREATH on September 9, 1979.​



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