NFL WK 6: What To Watch For!

WHAT TO LOOK FOR – WEEK 6
​​WHAT TO LOOK FOR – WEEK 6

BRADY’S BUNCH OF WINS: New England quarterback TOM BRADY leads the NFL with 1,702 passing yards, ranks second with a 112 passer rating and ties for third with 11 touchdown passes this season.

With a win over the New York Jets on Sunday, Brady, who has 186 career regular-season victories, will surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer BRETT FAVRE (186) and PEYTON MANNING (186) for the most regular-season victories by a starting quarterback in NFL history. Brady has 211 career wins (including the postseason), the most all-time by a quarterback.

The most regular-season wins by a starting quarterback in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM(S) REGULAR-SEASON WINS  
Tom Brady New England 186  
Brett Favre^ Green Bay, New York Jets, Minnesota 186  
Peyton Manning Indianapolis, Denver 186  
John Elway^ Denver 148  
Dan Marino^ Miami 147  
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

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SUPER SMITH: Kansas City quarterback ALEX SMITH has completed 121 of 158 passes (76.6 percent) for 1,391 yards with 11 touchdowns and no interceptions for an NFL-best 125.8 passer rating while leading the Chiefs to a 5-0 start. ​

With two touchdown passes and no interceptions against Pittsburgh on Sunday, Smith will surpass RANDALL CUNNINGHAM (12 in 1998) for the most touchdown passes without an interception through a team’s first six games of the season.

Smith, who has had a passer rating of at least 100 in every game this season, can join AARON RODGERS (2011), TOM BRADY (2007) and CARSON PALMER (2005) as the only players with a passer rating of at least 100 in each of his team’s first six games to start a season. Rodgers and Brady both won NFL MVP honors in the years they accomplished the feat.

The players with a passer rating of at least 100 in each of their team’s first six games to start a season:

PLAYER TEAM SEASON
Aaron Rodgers Green Bay 2011
Tom Brady New England 2007
Carson Palmer Cincinnati 2005
     
Alex Smith Kansas City 2017*
*100+ rating in each of team’s first five games

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REMARKABLE ROOKIE: Kansas City rookie running back KAREEM HUNT had 116 scrimmage yards (107 rushing, nine receiving) in the Chiefs’ 42-34 win over Houston on Sunday Night Football last week.

With 159 scrimmage yards against Pittsburgh on Sunday, Hunt, who leads the NFL with 775 scrimmage yards, will surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer ERIC DICKERSON (933 in 1983) for the most scrimmage yards by a rookie in his team’s first six games of a season.

The rookies with the most scrimmage yards in their team’s first six games of a season:

PLAYER TEAM SEASON SCRIMMAGE YARDS IN TEAM’S FIRST 6 GAMES  
Eric Dickerson^ Los Angeles Rams 1983 933  
Billy Sims Detroit 1980 914  
Adrian Peterson Minnesota 2007 857  
Ezekiel Elliott Dallas 2016 801  
Kareem Hunt Kansas City 2017 775*  
*Through five games
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

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LEGENDS CLIMB LEADERBOARDS: Carolina defensive end JULIUS PEPPERS, who ranks third in the NFC with 5.5 sacks this season, has 149 sacks in his 16-year NFL career. With a sack on Thursday against Philadelphia, Peppers will become the fifth player with 150 career sacks since the sack became an official statistic in 1982. All four players currently ahead of Peppers are enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Peppers, who has 11 career interceptions, would also become the only player in NFL history with at least 150 sacks and 10 interceptions.

With two sacks on Thursday, Peppers will surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer CHRIS DOLEMAN (150.5) for the fourth-most sacks since 1982.

The players with the most sacks since 1982:

PLAYER TEAMS CAREER SACKS  
Bruce Smith^ Buffalo, Washington 200  
Reggie White^ Philadelphia, Green Bay, Carolina 198  
Kevin Greene^ LA Rams, Pittsburgh, Carolina, San Francisco 160  
Chris Doleman^ Minnesota, Atlanta, San Francisco 150.5  
Julius Peppers Carolina, Chicago, Green Bay 149  
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

Arizona wide receiver LARRY FITZGERALD, who leads the NFC with 32 receptions and ranks fifth in the conference with 327 receiving yards, has 14,716 career receiving yards in his 14-year NFL career.

With 16 receiving yards on Sunday against Tampa Bay, Fitzgerald will surpass STEVE SMITH, SR. (14,731) for the seventh-most receiving yards in NFL history.

The players with the most receiving yards in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM(S) CAREER REC. 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 Rams, San Francisco 15,208
Tony Gonzalez Kansas City, Atlanta 15,127
Tim Brown^ Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders, Tampa Bay 14,934
Steve Smith, Sr. Carolina, Baltimore 14,731
Larry Fitzgerald Arizona 14,716
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

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FOURNETTE FOR SIX: Jacksonville rookie running back LEONARD FOURNETTE ranks second in the NFL with 466 rushing yards and ties for the league lead with five rushing touchdowns.

With a touchdown on Sunday against the Los Angeles Rams, Fournette, who has scored at least one touchdown in each of his team’s first five games this season, will join New England’s ROBERT EDWARDS (1998) as the only rookies to score at least one touchdown in each of his team’s first six games of a season.

PLAYER TEAM SEASON
Robert Edwards New England 1998
     
Leonard Fournette Jacksonville 2017*
*Touchdown in each of team’s first five games

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UPSIDE BROWN: Pittsburgh wide receiver ANTONIO BROWN leads the NFL with 40 receptions and 545 receiving yards.

Brown, who has 8,922 career receiving yards, will be playing in his 107th career game on Sunday at Kansas City. With 88 receiving yards against the Chiefs, Brown will tie RANDY MOSS (107) for the fourth-fewest games played to reach 9,000 career receiving yards.

The players to reach 9,000 career receiving yards in the fewest games:

PLAYER GAMES TO REACH 9,000 CAREER REC. YARDS
Lance Alworth^ 98
Calvin Johnson 102
Torry Holt 105
Randy Moss 107
Jerry Rice^ 108
   
Antonio Brown 106*
*8,922 career receiving yards
^Pro Football Hall of Famer
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