NFL Week 5 - What to Watch For

DOMINANT DENVER DThe Denver Broncos have compiled a 4-0 record under rookie head coach JOSH

MCDANIELS.  Their offense has been helped immeasurably by the team’s tough defense.  Through four games, the Broncos’ defense has yielded 26 points (6.5 per game).

The fewest points allowed through the first five games of a season since 1970:

TEAM

YEAR

POINTS ALLOWED

PTS.  ALLOWED PER GAME

Atlanta

1977

22

4.4

Baltimore

1971

24

4.8

Indianapolis

2005

29

5.8

Denver

1977

33

6.6

Minnesota

1970

36

7.2

Chicago

2006

36

7.2

 

Denver

2009

26*

6.5*

* Through four games

 

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20TH CENTURY BRONCOWith one catch this Sunday against New England, wide receiver EDDIE ROYAL will become the seventh player, and third wide receiver, in NFL history to reach 100 career receptions in 20 or fewer games, tying for the third-fastest on the all-time list.  In his first 19 career games, Royal has 99 receptions.

The fewest games to reach 100 receptions in NFL history:

PLAYER

NO. OF GAMES

WR Anquan Boldin, Arizona

16

RB Reggie Bush, New Orleans

19

WR Terry Glenn, New England

20

TE Keith Jackson, Philadelphia

20

TE Jeremy Shockey, N.Y. Giants

20

TE Kellen Winslow, Cleveland

20

 

WR Eddie Royal, Denver

19*

* 99 career receptions

 


TURN AROUNDHistory shows that a losing record at this point in the season does not negate a team’s chances of making the playoffs.

Since the current playoff system (12 teams) was instituted in 1990, 22 teams have rebounded from a losing record through a season’s first four weeks to qualify for the postseason.

Four of those clubs advanced to their conference championship games, including the 2001 New England Patriots (1-3) en route to their Super Bowl XXXVI victory.

Since 1990, teams that started 1-3 or worse and made the playoffs:

YEAR

TEAM (RECORD)

ADVANCED TO:

1990

New Orleans (1-3)

Wild Card Playoffs

1990

Philadelphia (1-3)

Wild Card Playoffs

1991

NY Jets (1-3)

Wild Card Playoffs

1992

San Diego (0-4)

Divisional Playoffs

1993

Green Bay (1-3)

Divisional Playoffs

1993

Houston (1-3)

Divisional Playoffs

1995

Detroit (1-3)

Wild Card Playoffs

1995

Philadelphia (1-3)

Divisional Playoffs

1996

Dallas (1-3)

Divisional Playoffs

1996

Jacksonville (1-3)

Championship Game

1997

NY Giants (1-3)

Wild Card Playoffs

1998

Buffalo (1-3)

Wild Card Playoffs

2000

New Orleans (1-3)

Divisional Playoffs

2001

New England (1-3)

Won Super Bowl XXXVI

2002

Atlanta (1-3)

Divisional Playoffs

2002

Tennessee (1-3)

Championship Game

2002

NY Jets (1-3)

Divisional Playoffs

2002

Pittsburgh (1-3)

Divisional Playoffs

2004

Green Bay (1-3)

Wild Card Playoffs

2005

Chicago (1-3)

Divisional Playoffs

2007

San Diego (1-3)

Championship Game

2008

Minnesota (1-3)

Wild Card Playoffs

 

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NO PASSING FANCYThrough Week 4, teams with 300-yard passers have a combined record of 18-7 (.720).  The 18 combined wins are the most in NFL history through the first four weeks of a season.

The highest winning percentages of teams with 300-yard passers over the first five weeks of a season (since 1970):

YEAR

RECORD

WIN PCT.

1976

6-1-0

.857

2001

15-4-0

.789

1974

1-0-1

.750

1987

10-5-0

.667

2008

15-8-0

.652

 

2009

18-7-0*

.720*

* Through Week 4

 

NIFTY FIFTYArizona Cardinals quarterback KURT WARNER has 49 300-yard passing games in his career.  With 300 yards this week against the Texans, Warner can become the fifth quarterback in NFL history with 50 such games.

Warner, who has passed for 300 yards in 49 of 112 games (43.8 percent), can also become the fastest quarterback to reach the 50-game mark, surpassing DAN MARINO (176 games).

The most 300-yard passing games by a quarterback in NFL history:

PLAYER

300-YARD

GAMES

GAMES

PLAYED

PCT.

TEAM RECORD (WIN PCT.)

IN 300-YARD GAMES

Dan Marino *

63

242

26.0

37-26 (.587)

Brett Favre **

56

277

20.2

37-19 (.660)

Peyton Manning **

51

180

28.3

30-21 (.588)

Dan Fouts *

51

181

28.2

26-25 (.510)

Warren Moon *

49

208

23.6

26-23 (.531)

Kurt Warner **

49

112

43.8

30-19 (.612)

* In Pro Football Hall of Fame; ** Active

 

Warner (12,953) also needs 47 yards to reach 13,000 passing yards as a Cardinal.  He threw for 14,447 with the St. Louis Rams and would become just the second player in NFL history to throw for 13,000 yards with two different teams.  Pro Football Hall of Famer FRAN TARKENTON, who threw for 33,098 yards with Minnesota and 13,905 with the New York Giants, is the only player to accomplish the feat.

 

-- NFL --

 

JOINING THE 40 CLUBMinnesota Vikings quarterback BRETT FAVRE will celebrate his 40th birthday on Saturday, October 10.  When the Vikings play St. Louis the next day, he can become the 12th 40-year-old quarterback to start an NFL game in the Super Bowl era (since 1966).

 

Only four quarterbacks have started at least 5 games after their 40th birthday since 1966:

 

PLAYER

STARTS

RECORD*

COMP.

ATT.

YARDS

TD

INT

RATING

Warren Moon

25

11-14

474

823

5,538

37

25

80.4

Vinny Testaverde

25

8-17

453

776

5,290

24

32

72.3

Doug Flutie      

6

3-3

119

226

1,466

10

4

80.4

Len Dawson       

5

1-4

93

140

1,095

5

4

90.0

* Record only applies to games started. All other statistics apply to all games played.

-- NFL --

 

PEYTON’S PLACEWith a passer rating of 100.0 or better this weekend against the Tennessee Titans in Week 5, Indianapolis Colts quarterback PEYTON MANNING can become the third quarterback in NFL history with 70 such games (minimum 14 attempts).  The Colts have a record of 62-7 (.899) when Manning posts a 100+ passer rating, including 3-0 in 2009.

The most 100+ passer ratings games by a quarterback in NFL history (min. 14 attempts):

PLAYER

100+ RATING

GAMES

TEAM RECORD (WIN PCT.)

IN 100+ RATING GAMES

Brett Favre**

96

88-8 (.917)

Fran Tarkenton*

74

59-15 (.797)

Peyton Manning**

69

62-7 (.899)

Dan Marino*

67

53-14 (.791)

Joe Montana*

62

59-3 (.952)

Steve Young*

62

54-8 (.871)

* In Pro Football Hall of Fame; ** Active

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