WHAT TO LOOK FOR – A LOOK BACK

WHAT TO LOOK FOR – A LOOK BACK

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ONE TO GO: Last night on Sunday Night Football, New Orleans quarterback DREW BREES threw four touchdowns in the Saints' 31-24 win over San Diego and extended his streak of consecutive games with a touchdown pass to 48, surpassing Pro Football Hall of Famer JOHNNY UNITAS(47)* *for the longest streak in NFL history.

 

The quarterbacks to throw one or more touchdown passes in the most consecutive games:

PLAYER

TEAM

DATES

CONSEC. GAMES W/ TD PASS

Drew Brees

New Orleans

10/18/2009-present

*48

Johnny Unitas

Baltimore Colts

12/9/1956-12/4/1960

47

Tom Brady

New England

9/12/2010-present

*37

Brett Favre

Green Bay

11/4/2002-11/29/2004

36

Dan Marino

Miami

11/10/1985-11/22/1987

30

*Active streak

Unitas surpassed the previous mark held by CECIL ISBELL (22 games) on November 30, 1958 and held sole possession of the record for 19,663 days before Brees tied the mark in Week 4. Brees has thrown 118 touchdowns during his streak, 12 more than Unitas (102) had during his streak. During their streaks, Unitas threw a TD pass to seven different players, while Brees has connected with 15 players.

A look at Brees' numbers during his 48-game streak and Unitas' numbers during his 47-game streak:

PLAYER

GAMES

ATT

COMP

YARDS

TDs

INTs

RATING

RECORD

Drew Brees

48

1,936

1,331

15,173

118

51

101.4

34-14

Johnny Unitas

47

1,298

697

10,645

102

61

87.6

31-16


Meanwhile in New England, quarterback TOM BRADYrecorded a touchdown pass in the Patriots' 31-21 win over Denver and extended his streak of consecutive games with a touchdown pass to 37, surpassing BRETT FAVRE (36) for the third-most consecutive games with a touchdown pass.


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ROOKIE SUCCESS:Four of the top five rookie passing yardage totals in NFL history through a team's first five games have occurred in 2012. Only CAM NEWTON (1,610 yards in 2011) has passed for more yards as a rookie in his team's first five games than this year's rookie foursome of BRANDON WEEDEN (1,610), RYAN TANNEHILL (1,288), ANDREW LUCK (1,208) and ROBERT GRIFFIN III (1,161).

Luck, whose Colts were on bye in Week 4, has played in four games thus far and can add to his total next Sunday against the Jets.

The most passing yards by a rookie quarterback through his team's first five games:

QUARTERBACK

TEAM

YEAR

PASSING YARDS THROUGH FIRST 5 GAMES

Cam Newton

Carolina Panthers

2011

1,610

Brandon Weeden

Cleveland Browns

2012

1,288

Ryan Tannehill

Miami Dolphins

2012

1,269

Andrew Luck

Indianapolis Colts

2012

*1,208

Robert Griffin III

Washington Redskins

2012

1,161

  • Through four games


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CATCHING ON:On Sunday, Cincinnati wide receiver A.J. GREENcaught nine passes for 65 yards and a touchdown against Miami. Green became the eighth player – and fourth wide receiver – in NFL history to reach 100 career receptions in 20 or fewer games, tying for the third-fastest all-time. 

In his first 20 career games, Green has 101 receptions, 1,550 yards and 11 touchdowns. He is the first player in NFL history with at least 100 receptions, 1,500 yards and 10 touchdowns in his first 20 career games.

The fewest games to reach 100 receptions in NFL history:

PLAYER

TEAM

NO. OF GAMES

WR Anquan Boldin

Arizona

16

RB Reggie Bush

New Orleans

19

WR A.J. Green

Cincinnati

20

WR Terry Glenn

New England

20

WR Eddie Royal

Denver

20

TE Keith Jackson

Philadelphia

20

TE Jeremy Shockey

New York Giants

20

TE Kellen Winslow

Cleveland

20


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WHAT TO LOOK FOR ON MNF:  Three more notes to keep in mind for tonight's *Monday Night Football *game between the Texans and Jets…

 

DOWN TO THE WIRE: Close games have been a staple of the 2012 season as 43 games have been decided by eight points or fewer, tied for the second-most such games through the first five weeks of a season in NFL history.

If the Houston Texans and New York Jets game on *Monday Night Football *is decided by eight points or fewer, 2012 will feature the second most such games through the first five weeks of a season in NFL history. 

The most games decided by eight points or fewer in a season's first five weeks:

MOST GAMES DECIDED BY

EIGHT POINTS OR FEWER

SEASON

THROUGH FIVE WEEKS

1999

45

2012

*43

1988

43

2011

42

2010

41

  • One game remaining


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10,000 CLUB:Houston wide receiver ANDRE JOHNSON (9,924) needs 76 receiving yards on *Monday Night Football *to reach 10,000 career receiving yards. Johnson is 31 years, 89 days old and can become the sixth-youngest to reach the milestone.

The youngest players to reach 10,000 career receiving yards:

PLAYER

TEAM(S)

AGE

*YEARS     *

DAYS

Randy Moss

Minnesota, Oakland

28

314

Jerry Rice

San Francisco

30

54

Torry Holt

St. Louis

30

132

Isaac Bruce

St. Louis

30

343

Steve Largent

Seattle

31

83

*Andre Johnson

Houston

31

89

  • 9,924 career receiving yards



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SEVENTH HEAVEN:There have been seven punt-return touchdowns through Week 5 with one game remaining, tied for the second most through Week 5 since 1970 (eight in 1998; seven in 1996 and 2002).

With a punt-return touchdown on Monday Night Football, 2012 will tie 1998 (eight) for the most punt-return touchdowns through Week 5 since 1970.

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The seven punt return-touchdowns through Week 5*:

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PLAYER

TEAM

WEEK

PUNT RETURN TD LENGTH

Leodis McKelvin

Buffalo Bills

2

88

Adam Jones

Cincinnati Bengals

2

81

Marcus Sherels

Minnesota Vikings

4

77

Randall Cobb

Green Bay Packers

1

75

Marcus Thigpen

Miami Dolphins

1

72

Jeremy Kerley

New York Jets

1

68

Tommie Campbell

Tennessee Titans

3

65

  • One game remaining

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