NFL Week Three: ​WHAT TO LOOK FOR

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIR: The 2017 London Series begins in Week 3, with the Jacksonville Jaguars hosting the Baltimore Ravens, at London’s Wembley Stadium (9:30 AM ET, Yahoo). It will be the first of a record four games to be played in London this season. On Sunday, October 1 (9:30 AM ET, FOX), the Miami Dolphins will host the New Orleans Saints at Wembley Stadium. The action will move to Twickenham Stadium for the final two London games, the first of which will feature the Los Angeles Rams and the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, October 22 (1:00 PM ET, FOX). The 2017 London Series will conclude on Sunday, October 29 (9:30 AM ET, NFLN) as the Cleveland Browns take on the Minnesota Vikings.

The London Series has seen some very close contests since its inception in 2007. In the first 17 games, 10 have been decided by one score, including a tie between the Cincinnati Bengals and Washington Redskins on October 30, 2016.

The 17 regular-season games played in London:

DATE WEEK RESULT
October 30, 2016 8 Cincinnati Bengals 27, Washington Redskins 27 (OT)
October 23, 2016 7 New York Giants 17, Los Angeles Rams 10
October 2, 2016 4 Jacksonville Jaguars 30, Indianapolis Colts 27
November 1, 2015 8 Kansas City Chiefs 45, Detroit Lions 10
October 25, 2015 7 Jacksonville Jaguars 34, Buffalo Bills 31
October 4, 2015 4 New York Jets 27, Miami Dolphins 14
November 9, 2014 10 Dallas Cowboys 31, Jacksonville Jaguars 17
October 26, 2014 8 Detroit Lions 22, Atlanta Falcons 21
September 28, 2014 4 Miami Dolphins 38, Oakland Raiders 14
October 27, 2013 8 San Francisco 49ers 42, Jacksonville Jaguars 10
September 29, 2013 4 Minnesota Vikings 34, Pittsburgh Steelers 27
October 28, 2012 8 New England Patriots 45, St. Louis Rams 7
October 23, 2011 7 Chicago Bears 24, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 18
October 31, 2010 8 San Francisco 49ers 24, Denver Broncos 16
October 25, 2009 7 New England Patriots 35, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 7
October 26, 2008 8 New Orleans Saints 37, San Diego Chargers 32
October 28, 2007 8 New York Giants 13, Miami Dolphins 10

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CAREENING KAREEM: Kansas City rookie running back KAREEM HUNT had 109 scrimmage yards (81 rushing, 28 receiving) and two rushing touchdowns in the Chiefs’ 27-20 Week 2 win against Philadelphia.

With 98 scrimmage yards in Week 3 against the Los Angeles Chargers, Hunt, who has 355 scrimmage yards in his first two games, would surpass SID BLANKS of the 1964 Houston Oilers (452 yards) for the second-most scrimmage yards by a player in his first three career games.

The players with the most scrimmage yards in their first three career games:

PLAYER TEAM SEASON SCRIMMAGE YARDS IN 1ST 3 CAREER GAMES
Billy Sims Detroit Lions 1980 562
Sid Blanks Houston Oilers 1964 452
Beattie Feathers Chicago Bears 1934 435
Cadillac Williams Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2005 434
Marshall Faulk^ Indianapolis Colts 1994 432
       
Kareem Hunt Kansas City Chiefs 2017 355*
*Through two games
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

With two touchdowns against the Chargers, Hunt would pass BILLY SIMS and DUTCH STERNAMAN for the most touchdowns by a player in his first three career games.

The players with the most career touchdowns in their first three career games:

PLAYER TEAM SEASON TOUCHDOWNS IN 1ST 3 CAREER GAMES  
Billy Sims Detroit Lions 1980 6  
Dutch Sternaman Decatur Staleys 1920 6  
Many tied     5  
         
Kareem Hunt Kansas City Chiefs 2017 5*  
*Through two games

Hunt is the first player in NFL history with at least three rushing touchdowns and two receiving touchdowns in his first two career games.

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GOLDEN ANNIVERSARIES: Oakland quarterback DEREK CARR threw three touchdown passes in the Raiders’ 45-20 win over the New York Jets in Week 2.

Carr, who has 86 career touchdown passes, will be making his 50th career start on Sunday Night against Washington. With four touchdown passes against the Redskins, Carr would become the sixth quarterback in NFL history to record at least 90 touchdown passes in his first 50 career games.

The players with the most touchdown passes in their first 50 career games:

PLAYER TEAM TD PASSES THROUGH 50 GAMES  
Dan Marino^ Miami Dolphins 114  
Kurt Warner^ St. Louis Rams 101  
Peyton Manning Indianapolis Colts 91  
Johnny Unitas^ Baltimore Colts 91  
Carson Palmer Cincinnati Bengals 90  
       
Derek Carr Oakland Raiders 86*  
*Through 49 career games
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

Pittsburgh running back LE’VEON BELL, who will be playing in his 50th career game on Sunday at Chicago, has 6,188 career scrimmage yards. With 107 scrimmage yards on Sunday, Bell would surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer ERIC DICKERSON for the third-most scrimmage yards in NFL history through his first 50 career games.

The players with the most scrimmage yards through 50 career games:

PLAYER TEAM SCRIMMAGE YARDS THROUGH 50 GAMES
Edgerrin James Indianapolis Colts 6,506
LaDainian Tomlinson^ San Diego Chargers 6,425
Eric Dickerson^ Los Angeles Rams 6,294
Le’Veon Bell Pittsburgh Steelers 6,188*
Terrell Davis^ Denver Broncos 6,048
*Through 49 career games
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

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PLATINUM ANNIVERSARY: New England tight end ROB GRONKOWSKI and Dallas wide receiver DEZ BRYANT each had a touchdown catch in Week 2. Both players can join some elite company in Week 3.

Gronkowski, who has 69 touchdown catches in 90 career games, and Bryant, who has 68 TD receptions in 99 games, can each join Pro Football Hall of Famers JERRY RICE, DON HUTSON and LANCE ALWORTH and RANDY MOSS as the only players in NFL history with at least 70 touchdown catches in their first 100 career games.

​The players with the most receiving touchdowns in their first 100 career games:

PLAYER TEAM RECEIVING TOUCHDOWNS THROUGH 100 GAMES  
Jerry Rice^ San Francisco 49ers 87  
Don Hutson^ Green Bay Packers 86  
Randy Moss Minnesota Vikings 84  
Lance Alworth^ San Diego Chargers 78  
Rob Gronkowski New England Patriots 69*  
Dez Bryant Dallas Cowboys 68**  
*Through 90 career games
**Through 99 career games
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

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CATCH IT LIKE BECKHAM: New York Giants wide receiver ODELL BECKHAM, JR. had four catches in his season debut in Week 2.

With eight catches on Sunday at Philadelphia, Beckham, who has 292 receptions in 44 career games, would reach 300 career receptions in the fewest games in NFL history.

The players to reach 300 career receptions in the fewest games:

PLAYER TEAM FEWEST GAMES TO 300 CAREER RECEPTIONS
Anquan Boldin Arizona Cardinals 47
Jarvis Landry Miami Dolphins 49
Julio Jones Atlanta Falcons 51
Lionel Taylor Denver Broncos 54
A.J. Green Cincinnati Bengals 55
     
Odell Beckham, Jr. New York Giants 44*
*Has 292 career receptions

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DAZZLING DEFENSES: The CAROLINA PANTHERS defeated Buffalo 9-3 in Week 2 to improve to 2-0 on the season. The Panthers have not allowed more than three points in each of their first two games.

With three or fewer points allowed against New Orleans on Sunday, Carolina would become the first team since the 1937 Chicago Bears to allow three or fewer points in each of its first three games of a season.

The BALTIMORE RAVENS defeated Cleveland 24-10 last week behind five total takeaways (four interceptions, one fumble recovery) to improve to 2-0.

Baltimore has recorded five takeaways in each of the team’s first two games of the season. With five takeaways against Jacksonville in London on Sunday, the Ravens would become the first team since the 1962 Green Bay Packers to force at least five turnovers in each of the team’s first three games of a season.

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CLIMBING THE RANKS: Arizona wide receiver LARRY FITZGERALD has 1,134 catches for 14,484 receiving yards and 104 touchdowns in his 14-year career. With 97 receiving yards against Dallas on Monday Night Football, Fitzgerald would pass Pro Football Hall of Famer MARVIN HARRISON (14,580) for the eighth-most receiving yards in NFL history.

The players with the most career receiving yards in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM(S) CAREER RECEIVING YARDS
Jerry Rice^ San Francisco, Oakland, Seattle 22,895
Terrell Owens San Francisco, Philadelphia, Dallas, Buffalo, Cincinnati 15,934
Randy Moss Minnesota, Oakland, New England, Tennessee, San Francisco 15,292
Isaac Bruce Los Angeles/St. Louis, San Francisco 15,208
Tony Gonzalez Kansas City, Atlanta 15,127
Tim Brown^ Los Angeles/Oakland, Tampa Bay 14,934
Steve Smith, Sr. Carolina, Baltimore 14,731
Marvin Harrison^ Indianapolis 14,580
Larry Fitzgerald Arizona 14,484*
*Active
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

Indianapolis running back FRANK GORE has 13,153 rushing yards in his 13-year career. With 107 rushing yards against Cleveland on Sunday, Gore would surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer ERIC DICKERSON (13,259) for the seventh-most rushing yards in NFL history. The seven players ahead of Gore on the NFL’s all-time rushing list are all enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

The players with the most career rushing yards in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM(S) CAREER RUSHING YARDS  
Emmitt Smith^ Dallas, Arizona 18,355  
Walter Payton^ Chicago 16,726  
Barry Sanders^ Detroit 15,269  
Curtis Martin^ New England, New York Jets 14,101
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