NFL: A Look Back

In a season filled with close finishes, 13 games have been decided in overtime in 2010, including two in Week 10

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WORKING OVERTIME : In a season filled with close finishes, 13 games have been decided in overtime in 2010, including two in Week 10. Of those 13, both teams had at least one possession in 12 of those contents (92.3 percent). If that percentage holds, it would be the highest of any season since 1994, when the NFL moved the kickoff spot back five yards from the 35- to the 30-yard line.

Since 1994, the highest percentage of overtime games in a season in which both teams had at least one possession is 71.4, which occurred twice (1995, 15 of 21; 1996, 10 of 14).

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GIVE ME FIVE : Tennessee running back CHRIS JOHNSON rushed for 117 yards and a touchdown in the Titans' 29-17 loss at Miami. Johnson now has 4,072 career rushing yards and is the seventh player in NFL history to reach 4,000 rushing yards in his first 40 career games.

Johnson, who has 804 carries, averages 5.06 yards per carry in his career. He is one of four players in NFL history to rush for at least 4,000 yards and average at least 5.0 yards per carry in his first 40 games:

PLAYER

ATT.

YARDS

AVG.

Jim Brown

821

4,230

5.15

Adrian Peterson

806

4,100

5.09

*Chris Johnson

804

4,072

5.06

Clinton Portis

807

4,044

5.01

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BRAD TO THE BONE : St. Louis rookie quarterback SAM BRADFORD, the top choice in the 2010 NFL Draft, has completed 201 of 334 passes for 1,925 yards with 12 touchdowns.

Through nine games in his first professional season, Bradford is on pace to set NFL rookie records for passing attempts (593 projected) and completions (357) and projects to finish among the all-time top five in passing yards (3,422) and passing touchdowns (21) among rookie QBs.

The all-time NFL rookie passing leaders in attempts, completions, yards and touchdowns :

ATTEMPTS

COMPLETIONS

YEAR

ATT.

YEAR

COMP.

Peyton Manning, Ind.

1998

575

Peyton Manning, Ind.

1998

326

Chris Weinke, Car.

2001

540

Chris Weinke, Car.

2001

293

Rick Mirer, Sea.

1993

486

Rick Mirer, Sea.

1993

274

David Carr, Hou.

2002

444

Matt Ryan, Atl.

2008

265

Jim Zorn, Sea.

1976

439

Joe Flacco, Bal.

2008

257

Sam Bradford, St.L.

2010

*593

Sam Bradford, St.L.

2010

*357

YARDS

TOUCHDOWNS

YEAR

YARDS

YEAR

TDs

Peyton Manning, Ind.

1998

3,739

Peyton Manning, Ind.

1998

26

Matt Ryan, Atl.

2008

3,440

Charlie Conerly, NYG

1948

22

Joe Flacco, Bal.

2008

2,971

Dan Marino, Mia.

1983

20

Chris Weinke, Car.

2001

2,931

Jim Plunkett, NE

1971

19

Rick Mirer, Sea.

1993

2,833

Fran Tarkenton, Min.

1961

18

Joe Namath, NYJ

1965

18

Sam Bradford, St.L.

2010

*3,422

Sam Bradford, St.L.

2010

*21

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WHAT TO LOOK FOR ON MNF : One more note to keep in mind for tonight's Monday Night Football game between the Redskins and Eagles…

QUICK VICK : Philadelphia quarterback MICHAEL VICK needs 25 rushing yards against Washington on Monday night to surpass Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback STEVE YOUNG (4,239) for the second-most rushing yards by a quarterback in NFL history.

Vick currently ranks third with 4,215 career rushing yards, trailing only Young and RANDALL CUNNINGHAM (4,928).

The quarterbacks with the most rushing yards in NFL history :

PLAYER

TEAMS

YARDS

Randall Cunningham

Philadelphia, Minnesota, Dallas, Baltimore

4,928

Steve Young

Tampa Bay, San Francisco

4,239

*Michael Vick

Atlanta, Philadelphia

4,215

Fran Tarkenton

Minnesota, N.Y. Giants

3,674

Steve McNair

Hou./Ten. Oilers/Titans, Baltimore

3,590

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