NFL Week Two: What to Watch For

 

NO NEED TO PANIC: Since realignment in 2002, 108 of the 180 playoff teams (60 percent) began the year at either 1-1 or 0-2, including eight teams last season and five division champions – Atlanta (NFC South), Dallas (NFC East), Green Bay (NFC North), Kansas City (AFC West) and Seattle (NFC West).

A look at how playoff clubs in 2015 and 2016 began their seasons:

 2015                                                                 2016

Team After 2 games Playoff Result Team After 2 games Playoff Result
Arizona 2-0 Advanced to Conf. Champ Atlanta 1-1 Advanced to Super Bowl LI
Carolina 2-0 Advanced to Super Bowl 50 Dallas 1-1 Advanced to Divisional
Cincinnati 2-0 Advanced to Wild Card Detroit 1-1 Advanced to Wild Card
Denver 2-0 Won Super Bowl 50 Green Bay 1-1 Advanced to Conf. Champ
Green Bay 2-0 Advanced to Divisional Houston 2-0 Advanced to Divisional
Houston 0-2 Advanced to Wild Card Kansas City 1-1 Advanced to Divisional
Kansas City 1-1 Advanced to Divisional Miami 0-2 Advanced to Wild Card
Minnesota 1-1 Advanced to Wild Card New England 2-0 Won Super Bowl LI
New England 2-0 Advanced to Conf. Champ New York Giants 2-0 Advanced to Wild Card
Pittsburgh 1-1 Advanced to Divisional Pittsburgh 2-0 Advanced to Conf. Champ
Seattle 0-2 Advanced to Divisional Oakland 1-1 Advanced to Wild Card
Washington 1-1 Advanced to Wild Card Seattle 1-1 Advanced to Divisional

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SACK MASTERS: The JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS, led by defensive end CALAIS CAMPBELL’s four sacks, recorded a league-high 10 sacks in their Week 1 victory at Houston.

With seven sacks on Sunday against Tennessee, the Jaguars will surpass the 1998 Seattle Seahawks (16) for the most team sacks through the first two weeks of a season since the sack became an official statistic in 1982.

The teams with the most sacks through the first two weeks of a season since 1982:

TEAM SEASON MOST TEAM SACKS THROUGH WEEK 2  
Seattle Seahawks 1998 16  
Dallas Cowboys 1994 14  
Houston Oilers 1982 14  
Many tied   13  
       
Jacksonville Jaguars 2017 10*  
*Entering Week 2

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BURSTING ONTO THE SCENE: Three rookies – Kansas City’s KAREEM HUNT (148), Minnesota’s DALVIN COOK (127) and Jacksonville’s LEONARD FOURNETTE (100) – rushed for at least 100 yards in their NFL debuts last week.

With another 100-yard performance in Week 2, Cook, Fournette and Hunt can each become the first rookie since 2005 (CADILLAC WILLIAMS) with at least 100 rushing yards in each of his team’s first two games of the season.

The last time multiple rookies rushed for 100 yards in each of their team’s first two games of the season was 1979 when OTTIS ANDERSON of the St. Louis Cardinals and WILLIAM ANDREWS of the Atlanta Falcons both accomplished the feat.

The rookies with at least 100 rushing yards in each of his team’s first two games of the season since 1970:

PLAYER TEAM SEASON
Cadillac Williams Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2005
Edgerrin James Indianapolis Colts 1999
Marshall Faulk Indianapolis Colts 1994
Billy Sims Detroit Lions 1980
Ottis Anderson St. Louis Cardinals 1979
William Andrews Atlanta Falcons 1979
Earl Campbell Houston Oilers 1978

 

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KC COOKING: Kansas City rookie running back KAREEM HUNT amassed 246 scrimmage yards (148 rushing, 98 receiving) and three total touchdowns in the Chiefs’ 42-27 Week 1 win at New England.

With 200 scrimmage yards in Week 2 against Philadelphia, Hunt would surpass BILLY SIMS (445 yards in 1980) for the most scrimmage yards by a rookie in his team’s first two games of the season.

The rookies with the most scrimmage yards in his team’s first two games of the season:

PLAYER TEAM SEASON SCRIMMAGE YARDS IN 1ST 2 GAMES OF SEASON
Billy Sims Detroit Lions 1980 445
Marshall Faulk Indianapolis Colts 1994 360
Ottis Anderson St. Louis Cardinals 1979 359
Alan Ameche Baltimore Colts 1955 347
Sid Blanks Houston Oilers 1964 320
       
Kareem Hunt Kansas City Chiefs 2017 246*
*Entering Week 2

Chiefs wide receiver TYREEK HILL, who had a 75-yard touchdown catch in Kansas City’s Kickoff Weekend victory, can extend his NFL-record streak of five consecutive regular-season games with a touchdown of at least 65 yards.

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PROLIFIC PASSERS: Dallas quarterback DAK PRESCOTT has 3,935 passing yards, 24 touchdown passes and four interceptions through 17 career games. If Prescott throws a touchdown pass before an interception on Sunday at Denver, he would reach 25 career touchdown passes with the fewest career interceptions in NFL history.

The players with the fewest career interceptions at the time of their 25th touchdown pass:

PLAYER TEAM INTs AT TIME OF 25TH TD PASS
Nick Foles Philadelphia 5
Kurt Warner^ St. Louis Rams 5
Dan Marino^ Miami 6
Chad Pennington New York Jets 7
Robert Griffin III Washington 8
     
Dak Prescott Dallas 4*
*24 career touchdown passes
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

Green Bay quarterback AARON RODGERS has 298 career touchdown passes and can become the 11th player in NFL history with 300 touchdown passes. In 12 NFL seasons, Rodgers, who plays Atlanta on Sunday Night Football in Week 2, has 4,699 pass attempts and can surpass PEYTON MANNING (5,306) for the fewest pass attempts at the time of their 300th career touchdown pass.

The quarterbacks with the fewest career pass attempts at the time of their 300th touchdown pass:

​PLAYER TEAM PASS ATTEMPTS AT TIME OF 300TH TD PASS
Peyton Manning Indianapolis 5,306
Tom Brady New England 5,321
Dan Marino^ Miami 5,460
     
Aaron Rodgers Green Bay 4,699*
*298 career touchdown passes
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

 

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TERRIFIC TIGHT ENDS: Dallas tight end JASON WITTEN had seven receptions for 59 yards and one touchdown in the Cowboys’ 19-3 victory against the New York Giants in Week 1. Witten, who has spent his entire 15-year career with the Cowboys and has 11,947 career receiving yards, surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer MICHAEL IRVIN (11,904) for the most receiving yards in franchise history.

With 53 receiving yards on Sunday at Denver, Witten will join TONY GONZALEZ (15,127) as the only tight ends in NFL history with at least 12,000 career receiving yards.

The tight ends with the most receiving yards in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM(S) SEASONS CAREER RECEIVING YARDS
Tony Gonzalez Kansas City, Atlanta 1997-2013 15,127
Jason Witten Dallas 2003-present 11,947*
Antonio Gates Los Angeles Chargers 2003-present 11,209*
Shannon Sharpe^ Denver, Baltimore 1990-2003 10,060
Ozzie Newsome^ Cleveland 1978-90 7,980
*Active  
^Pro Football Hall of Famer  

Los Angeles Chargers tight end ANTONIO GATES has 111 career touchdown receptions, tied with Gonzalez for the most all-time by a tight end. With one touchdown catch on Sunday against Miami, Gates will become the NFL’s all-time leader in touchdown receptions among tight ends.

The tight ends with the most touchdown receptions in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM(S) SEASONS CAREER TOUCHDOWNS
Tony Gonzalez Kansas City, Atlanta 1997-2013 111
Antonio Gates Los Angeles Chargers 2003-present 111*
Rob Gronkowski New England 2010-present 68*
Jason Witten Dallas 2003-present 64*
Shannon Sharpe^ Denver, Baltimore 1990-2003 62
*Active  
^Pro Football Hall of Famer  

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HISTORY IN THE MAKING:

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