Take a Look Back at week 9 as we Turn the Page
Finally the 1972 Miami Dolphins can pop open the bottles and celebrate as the last Undefeated Team, The Los Angeles Rams were defeated on Sunday night by the New Orleans Saints. Come coaches and players might be headed to the chopping block so take a minute and let’s review some things:
- New Orleans quarterback DREW BREES passed for 346 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions for a 137 passer rating and wide receiver MICHAEL THOMAS had a franchise-record 211 receiving yards, including a 72-yard touchdown catch in the fourth quarter, in the Saints’ 45-35 win over the Los Angeles Rams.
Brees has 22 career games with at least four touchdown passes and zero interceptions, tied with New England’s TOM BRADY (22) for the most such games by a quarterback in NFL history.
Thomas’ 211 receiving yards are the most in a single game in Saints’ history, surpassing the previous high of 205 set by WES CHANDLER on September 2, 1979 against Atlanta. He is the third Saint to record 200+ receiving yards in a single game, joining Chandler and TORRANCE SMALL (200 on December 24, 1994 at Denver).
- Los Angeles Chargers quarterback PHILIP RIVERS passed for 228 yards with two touchdowns and zero interceptions for a 105.9 passer rating in the Chargers’ 25-17 win at Seattle.
Rivers, who has started 200 consecutive games dating back to September 11, 2006, became the fourth quarterback in NFL history to start at least 200 consecutive games, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer BRETT FAVRE (297 consecutive games), ELI MANNING (210) and PEYTON MANNING (208).
- Kansas City quarterback PATRICK MAHOMES passed for 375 yards with three touchdowns and one interception for a 129 passer rating in the Chiefs’ 37-21 win at Cleveland.
Mahomes, who appeared in his 10th career game today, has 29 touchdown passes and 3,185 passing yards, both the most by a player in his first 10 career games in NFL history. Mahomes is the only quarterback in league annals to pass for at least 3,000 yards in his first 10 career games.
Mahomes has passed for at least 300 yards in eight consecutive games, tied with Indianapolis’ ANDREW LUCK (2014) for the most consecutive games with 300+ passing yards in a single season in NFL history.
- Pittsburgh running back JAMES CONNER had 107 rushing yards, 56 receiving yards and a touchdown catch in the Steelers’ 23-16 win at Baltimore.
Conner has four games with at least 100 rushing yards, 50 receiving yards and at least one touchdown this season, the most such games by a player in a single season in NFL history.
Conner, who has 1,085 scrimmage yards (706 rushing, 379 receiving) and 10 total touchdowns (nine rushing, one receiving) this season, is the only player in franchise history with at least 1,000 scrimmage yards and 10 touchdowns in the team’s first eight games of a season.
- Kansas City running back KAREEM HUNT had 141 scrimmage yards (91 rushing, 50 receiving) with three touchdowns (two rushing, one receiving) in the Chiefs’ Week 9 win and New Orleans running back ALVIN KAMARA had 116 scrimmage yards (82 rushing, 34 receiving) with three touchdowns (two rushing, one receiving) in the Saints’ win on Sunday.
Kamara, who played in his 24th career game on Sunday, has five games with both a rushing touchdown and receiving touchdown, the second-most in NFL history by a player in his first 25 career games. Only Indianapolis’ EDGERRIN JAMES (six) had more such games in his first 25 career contests.
Hunt, who appeared in his 25th career game today, has four such games, tied with Chicago’s HUGH GALLARNEAU (four games in 1941-42, 1945) for the third-most in league annals by a player in his first 25 career games.
- The MINNESOTA VIKINGS, led by defensive end DANIELLE HUNTER‘s career-high 3.5 sacks, recorded a franchise-record 10 sacks in the team’s 24-9 victory over Detroit.
The Vikings’ 10 sacks surpassed the previous franchise-high of nine, which was accomplished four times and most recently on October 25, 1993 at Chicago.
Hunter, who returned a fumble 32 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter, became the second player with at least 3.5 sacks and a touchdown in a single game since the individual sack became an official statistic in 1982. The Chargers’ SHAUN PHILLIPS, who had four sacks and a 31-yard interception-return touchdown against the Cardinals on October 3, 2010, is the only other player to accomplish the feat since 1982.
Chicago safety EDDIE JACKSON had a 65-yard fumble-return touchdown and linebacker LEONARD FLOYD scored on a 19-yard interception-return touchdown in the Bears’ 41-9 victory at Buffalo.
Jackson, who had both a 76-yard interception-return touchdown and a 75-yard fumble-return touchdown against Carolina on October 22, 2017, joined Pro Football Hall of Famer DEION SANDERS (three touchdowns in 1994) as the only players since 1970 with at least three defensive touchdowns of 65 or more yards over any two-year span. Sanders had interception-return touchdowns of 93, 90 and 74 yards with San Francisco in 1994.
- Atlanta quarterback MATT RYAN completed 26 of 38 passes (68.4 percent) for 350 yards with four touchdowns and one interception for a 121.6 passer rating and wide receiver JULIO JONES had seven catches for 121 yards and a touchdown in the Falcons’ 38-14 win at Washington.
Ryan, who recorded his 50th career game with at least 300 passing yards on Sunday, joined DREW BREES (57 games) as the only quarterbacks in NFL history with at least 50 games of 300+ passing yards in their first 11 seasons.
Jones has 44 career games with at least 100 receiving yards, tied with CALVIN JOHNSON for the second-most in NFL history by a player in his first eight seasons. Only Pro Football Hall of Famer RANDY MOSS (45) had more such games in his first eight career seasons.
The second half of the NFL season is here and the race to the playoffs is in full swing.
Three teams – the KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (8-1), LOS ANGELES RAMS (8-1) and NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (7-2) – have a record of 7-2 or better entering Week 10 and the NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (7-1), which had its bye in Week 6, will reach either 8-1 or 7-2 following this week’s action. In the Super Bowl era, 216 teams have begun the season either 8-1 or 7-2 through nine games and 194 of those teams advanced to the postseason (89.8 percent). Sixty-one of the 216 teams reached the Super Bowl in their respective seasons.
As the season moves into the second half, there is plenty of football left to play and nothing has been decided. Since 2000, 45 teams have reached the halfway point of their season with a .500 or below winning percentage and advanced to the playoffs, including at least one in each season. Last year, the ATLANTA FALCONS began the season at 4-4 before advancing to the postseason with a 10-6 record.
Four teams are currently riding winning streaks of at least five games – New Orleans (seven consecutive games), Houston (six), New England (six) and the Los Angeles Chargers (five). The Texans, which began the season 0-3, are the second team since 1970 to win six consecutive games immediately following an 0-3 start, joining the 1970 New York Giants.
As the schedule turns to Week 10, history is on the horizon for veteran and young quarterbacks alike. New England quarterback TOM BRADY will play in his 300th career game (including the postseason) on Sunday at Tennessee (1:00 PM ET, CBS), joining Pro Football Hall of Famer BRETT FAVRE (326) as the only quarterbacks to appear in 300 career games across the regular season and playoffs. Brady, who has thrown 576 touchdown passes through 299 career games (including the postseason), can surpassPEYTON MANNING (579) for the most touchdown passes by a quarterback in NFL history.
Brady (505 regular-season touchdown passes) and New Orleans quarterback DREW BREES (506), who plays at Cincinnati on Sunday (1:00 PM ET, FOX), enter Week 10 within reach of Favre (508) for second place on the NFL’s all-time passing touchdown leaderboard. Only Manning (539) has more career touchdown passes in the regular season.
Kansas City quarterback PATRICK MAHOMES has 29 touchdown passes and 3,185 passing yards in 10 career games, both the most by a quarterback in his first 10 games in NFL history. Mahomes, who has passed for at least 300 yards and three touchdowns in each of the Chiefs’ past four games, can join Pro Football Hall of Famer STEVE YOUNG (1998) as the only players in NFL history with at least 300 passing yards and three touchdown passes in five consecutive games.
Below are highlights of the Week 10 schedule:
Week 10 kicks off on Thursday night as the CAROLINA PANTHERS visit thePITTSBURGH STEELERS at Heinz Field (8:20 PM ET, FOX/NFL Network/Amazon Prime). Pittsburgh enters Thursday’s contest as the winner of four consecutive games, while Carolina has won three straight games. Steelers running back JAMES CONNERhas rushed for at least 100 yards in each of his past four games and can join Pro Football Hall of Famers FRANCO HARRIS (six consecutive games in 1972) andJEROME BETTIS (five in 1996) as the only players in franchise history with 100+ rushing yards in five consecutive games. Panthers quarterback CAM NEWTON has thrown at least two touchdown passes in seven consecutive games, tied with STEVE BEUERLEIN for the longest streak in franchise history, and aims for his fourth game in a row with two touchdown passes, no interceptions and a 100+ passer rating.
The NEW ORLEANS SAINTS, winners of seven consecutive games, travel to Paul Brown Stadium to take on the CINCINNATI BENGALS on Sunday afternoon (1:00 PM ET, FOX). Saints running back ALVIN KAMARA, who has 1,218 rushing yards and 1,253 receiving yards in 24 career games, can join HERSCHEL WALKER (1,339 rushing, 1,394 receiving) as the only players in NFL history with at least 1,300 rushing and receiving yards in his first 25 career games. Bengals rookie safety JESSIE BATESleads Cincinnati with 60 tackles and is one of two players in the NFL (KIKO ALONSO) with at least 60 tackles and three interceptions (three) in 2018.
RUSSELL WILSON and the Seahawks visit TODD GURLEY and the Rams at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (4:25 PM ET, CBS). Since Week 5, Wilson ranks second in the NFL with a 126.4 passer rating and third in the league with 11 touchdown passes. Gurley leads the NFL with 16 touchdowns (12 rushing, four receiving) and has scored a touchdown in each of the Rams’ nine games in 2018. With a touchdown on Sunday, Gurley can become the fourth player in league annals to score at least one touchdown in each of his team’s first 10 games of a season.
NFL WEEK 10 SCHEDULE
THURSDAY, SUNDAY & MONDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 11-12
(All times eastern)
Bye: Baltimore, Denver, Houston, Minnesota
|Thursday, November 8||Sunday, November 11 (cont’d)|
|Carolina at Pittsburgh, 8:20 PM (FOX/NFLN/Amazon)||Washington at Tampa Bay, 1:00 PM
New England at Tennessee, 1:00 PM
|Sunday, November 11||Los Angeles Chargers at Oakland, 4:05 PM|
|Detroit at Chicago, 1:00 PM||Miami at Green Bay, 4:25 PM|
|New Orleans at Cincinnati, 1:00 PM||Seattle at Los Angeles Rams, 4:25 PM|
|Atlanta at Cleveland, 1:00 PM||Dallas at Philadelphia, 8:20 PM (NBC)|
|Jacksonville at Indianapolis, 1:00 PM|
|Arizona at Kansas City, 1:00 PM||Monday, November 12|
|Buffalo at New York Jets, 1:00 PM||New York Giants at San Francisco, 8:15 PM (ESPN)|