WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN NFL WEEK TWO

WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN NFL WEEK TWO

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NO NEED TO PANIC: At the end of Week 2, no more than 12 teams will be able to claim a perfect 2-0 record, leaving at least 20 clubs at 1-1 or 0-2.

Since realignment in 2002, 70 of the 120 playoff teams (58.3 percent) began the year at either 1-1 or 0-2, including the Super Bowl XLVI champion New York Giants in 2011.

A look at how playoff clubs in 2010 and 2011 began their seasons:

2010 2011

Team

After 2 games

Playoff Result

Team

After 2 games

Playoff Result

Atlanta

1-1

Advanced to Divisional

Atlanta

1-1

Advanced to Wild Card

Baltimore

1-1

Advanced to Divisional

Baltimore

1-1

Advanced to Conf. Champ.

Chicago

2-0

Advanced to Conf. Champ.

Cincinnati

1-1

Advanced to Wild Card

Green Bay

2-0

Won Super Bowl XLV

Denver

1-1

Advanced to Divisional

Indianapolis

1-1

Advanced to Wild Card

Detroit

2-0

Advanced to Wild Card

Kansas City

2-0

Advanced to Wild Card

Green Bay

2-0

Advanced to Divisional

New England

1-1

Advanced to Divisional

Houston

2-0

Advanced to Divisional

New Orleans

2-0

Advanced to Wild Card

New England

2-0

Advanced to Super Bowl XLVI

N.Y. Jets

1-1

Advanced to Conf. Champ.

New Orleans

1-1

Advanced to Divisional

Philadelphia

1-1

Advanced to Wild Card

N.Y. Giants

1-1

Won Super Bowl XLVI

Pittsburgh

2-0

Advanced to Super Bowl XLV

Pittsburgh

1-1

Advanced to Wild Card

Seattle

1-1

Advanced to Divisional

San Francisco

1-1

Advanced to Conf. Champ.

-- NFL --

HOME SWEET HOME:New England and Pittsburgh each return home in Week 2 after opening the 2012 season on the road. The Patriots, who will host Arizona, have a 67-13 (.838) record at Gillette Stadium since it opened in 2002, the best winning percentage of any team at a stadium since 1970 (minimum 25 games). The Patriots have won 15 of their past 17 home openers, including a perfect 10-0 mark at Gillette.

Pittsburgh is 65-22-1 (.744) at Heinz Field since its 2001 opening, which ranks third since 1970. The Steelers, who host the New York Jets on Sunday, have won nine consecutive home openers, the second-longest active streak in the league behind New England (10).

The teams with the highest winning percentage at a stadium since 1970 (minimum 25 games):

TEAM

STADIUM

W-L-T

WIN PCT.

New England Patriots

*Gillette Stadium

67-13-0

.838

Miami Dolphins

Orange Bowl

101-22-1

.819

Pittsburgh Steelers

*Heinz Field

65-22-1

.744

Minnesota Vikings

Metropolitan Stadium

64-23-1

.733

L.A. Rams

LA Memorial Coliseum

53-20-2

.726

Note: Ties prior to 1972 do not count in winning percentage.

  • Current NFL stadium

-- NFL --

MAGNIFICENT MATTHEW:Detroit quarterback MATTHEW STAFFORD passed for 355 yards in the Lions' 27-23 victory against St. Louis, becoming the second player in NFL history to pass for at least 350 yards in four consecutive games (DREW BREES, 4 in 2011).

With 350 passing yards at San Francisco on Sunday night, Stafford can become the first player in NFL history with five consecutive 350-yard passing games.

A game-by-game look at the longest 350-yard passing game streaks in NFL history:

MATTHEW STAFFORD*, DETROIT

DREW BREES, NEW ORLEANS

DATE

PASSING YARDS

GAME RESULT

DATE

PASSING YARDS

GAME RESULT

12/18/11

391 yards at Oakland

W 28-27

9/25/11

370 yards vs. Houston

W 40-33

12/24/11

373 yards vs. San Diego

W 38-10

10/2/11

351 yards at Jacksonville

W 23-10

1/1/12

520 yards at Green Bay

L 45-41

10/9/11

359 yards at Carolina

W 30-27

9/9/12

355 yards vs. St. Louis

W 27-23

10/16/11

383 yards at Tampa Bay

L 26-20

  • Active streak

Stafford has passed for 1,639 passing yards during his four-game streak, which began on December 18, 2011. He can also become the first player in NFL history to pass for 2,000 yards in a five-game span. Brees is the current record holder with 1,954 yards in a five-game span in 2006.

-- NFL --

MOSS MOVING UP:San Francisco wide receiver RANDY MOSS had 47 receiving yards in his 49ers debut, bringing his career total to 14,905, the fifth-most in NFL history. With 30 receiving yards on Sunday night against Detroit, Moss would surpass TIM BROWN for fourth place all-time.

The players with the most receiving yards in NFL history:

PLAYER

YEARS

RECEIVING YARDS

Jerry Rice

1985-2004

22,895

Terrell Owens

1996-2010

15,934

Isaac Bruce

1994-2009

15,208

Tim Brown

1988-2004

14,934

*Randy Moss

1998-2012

14,905

  • Active

-- NFL --

GRIFFIN'S GREAT START: Washington's ROBERT GRIFFIN III passed for 320 yards in the Redskins' 40-32 victory at New Orleans, becoming the first rookie quarterback in NFL history to pass for at least 300 yards in a season-opening victory.

Only four quarterbacks since 1970 have won their first two starts to begin a season. Three of those four players helped their teams qualify for the playoffs, including JOE FLACCO of Baltimore (2008) and MARK SANCHEZ of the New York Jets (2009), who led their respective clubs to the AFC Championship Game as rookies.

The rookie quarterbacks to win their team's first two games in a season since 1970:

YEAR

PLAYER, TEAM

OVERALL RECORD AS

ROOKIE STARTER

PLAYOFF RESULT

1983

John Elway, Denver

4-6

Advanced to Wild Card

1998

Ryan Leaf, San Diego

3-6

Missed playoffs

2008

Joe Flacco, Baltimore

11-5

Advanced to AFC Championship

2009

Mark Sanchez, New York Jets

8-7

Advanced to AFC Championship

2012

*Robert Griffin III, Washington

???

???

  • 1-0 as starter

-- NFL --

TE MILESTONES: Two NFL tight ends are on the cusp of achieving major milestones in Week 2. Dallas' JASON WITTEN (698 career receptions) needs two catches against Seattle to become the third tight end in NFL history with 700 in his career.

San Diego's ANTONIO GATES has 597 career catches and needs three more against Tennessee to become the fifth tight end in NFL history with 600 career receptions.

The tight ends with the most receptions in NFL history:

PLAYER

TEAM(S)

YEARS

RECEPTIONS

Tony Gonzalez*

Kansas City, Atlanta

1997-2012

1,154

Shannon Sharpe

Denver, Baltimore

1990-2003

815

*Jason Witten

Dallas

2003-2012

698

Ozzie Newsome

Cleveland

1978-1990

662

*Antonio Gates

San Diego

2003-2012

597

  • Active

-- NFL --

PATRIOT WAY:With New England's 34-13 win against Tennessee on Kickoff Weekend, Patriots head coach BILL BELICHICK earned his 193rd career victory, tying CHUCK KNOX for the eighth-most wins in NFL history by a head coach.

With a victory against Arizona on Sunday, Belichick would surpass Knox and attain sole possession of eighth place.

The head coaches with the most wins in NFL history (including postseason):

HEAD COACH

TEAM(S)

WINS

Don Shula

Colts, Dolphins

347

George Halas

Bears

324

Tom Landry

Cowboys

270

Earl "Curly" Lambeau

Packers, Cardinals, Redskins

229

Chuck Noll

Steelers

209

Marty Schottenheimer

Browns, Chiefs, Redskins, Chargers

205

Dan Reeves

Broncos, Giants, Falcons

201

Chuck Knox

Rams, Bills, Seahawks

193

*Bill Belichick

Browns, Patriots

193

Bill Parcells

Giants, Patriots, Jets, Cowboys

183

  • Active; Pro Football Hall of Fame member
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