What To Look For – Week 4

‘Thursday Night Football’ Moves to FOX, NFL Network and Amazon Prime Video for Minnesota Vikings vs. Los Angeles Rams

The 2018 Thursday Night Football Presented by Bud Light season continues Thursday, September 27 when running back Todd Gurley and the undefeated Los Angeles Rams host quarterback Kirk Cousins and the Minnesota Vikings at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum at 8:20 PM ET on FOX, NFL Network and Amazon Prime Video.

Play-by-play announcer Joe Buck and analyst Troy Aikman, along with reporters Erin Andrews and Kristina Pink call the action from Los Angeles. Additionally, FOX’s NFL Rules expert Mike Pereira joins to give explanations on officiating and rules throughout the game.

At 6:00 PM ET on NFL Network, NFL GameDay Kickoff previews the Vikings-Rams matchup from Los Angeles, with host Colleen Wolfe and analysts Kurt WarnerSteve Mariucci and Reggie Bush live from outside the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

At 7:30 PM ET on FOX, NFL Network and Amazon Prime Video, FOX NFL Thursday premieres with Michael StrahanTerry Bradshaw and Howie Long live from New York City, providing the final say leading up to Vikings-Rams.

At halftime on FOX, NFL Network and Amazon Prime Video, Strahan, Bradshaw and Long break down the first half. Immediately following the game, Bradshaw and Long recap Vikings-Rams.

Exclusively on NFL Network, Wolfe, Warner, Mariucci and Bush host the postgame show from the field at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and are joined by a star of the game live on-set.

Additional postgame coverage continues at 12 Midnight ET with Scott HansonLindsay RhodesWillie McGinest and David Carr on NFL Total Access.

Tomorrow night’s matchup will be televised on FOX, NFL Network and in Spanish on FOX Deportes. Fans can stream the game on FOX Sports and FOX Deportes digital platforms on an authenticated basis across devices, NFL.com and the NFL app on connected TV devices on an authenticated basis, Amazon Prime Video across devices, Twitch on mobile and PC, and the NFL app and Yahoo Sports (along with Yahoo, AOL Sports, AOL, and Tumblr) on phones and tablets on a cross-carrier basis. Learn all of the ways to watch at NFL.com/TNF.

Through Prime Video and Twitch, Amazon will provide viewers in over 200 countries and territories a unique Thursday Night Football viewing experience complete with interactive features that bring fans closer to the game.

FOX Deportes’ coverage begins at 7:30 PM ET and continues throughout the entirety of Vikings-Rams with Rodolfo LanderosJessi Losada, analyst Rolando Cantú and reporter Jaime Motta.

Audio broadcasts of the game are available via Westwood One Sports, SiriusXM and the TuneIn app.

This season of Thursday Night Football marks the premiere of a new digital series TNF Presents, which highlights the thriving passion and connection between NFL fans, teams and cities through short-form video features. The third episode of TNF Presents entitled “Like They Never Left,” centers around Los Angeles native Andy Hogan, who was four years old when the Rams relocated to St. Louis. When talk of the franchise’s potential return to Los Angeles began, Hogan became a leader in the fan movement, starting a Facebook page and organizing rallies throughout the Los Angeles area. Now, two years into the team’s return, Andy and his father John have a stronger connection than ever to their hometown team.

Each episode of TNF Presents is narrated by NFL Network’s Jeffri Chadihaand will be available for viewing Wednesday on the NFL app and at NFL.com/TNF.

HISTORY IN THE MAKING: Six active quarterbacks – New Orleans’ DREW BREES, New England’s TOM BRADY, the Los Angeles Chargers’ PHILIP RIVERS, the New York Giants’ELI MANNING, Pittsburgh’s BEN ROETHLISBERGER and Green Bay’s AARON RODGERS– rank in the top 10 in NFL history in passing touchdowns.

Brees needs four touchdown passes to become the third player in league annals with 500 career touchdown passes, joining PEYTON MANNING (539) and Pro Football Hall of FamerBRETT FAVRE (508).

Manning, who faces off against Brees and the Saints on Sunday (4:25 PM ET, CBS), needs one touchdown pass to break a tie with Pro Football Hall of Famer FRAN TARKENTON (342 touchdowns) and move into sole possession of seventh place on the league’s all-time touchdown passes list.

The players with the most touchdown passes in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM(S) PASSING TOUCHDOWNS  
Peyton Manning Indianapolis, Denver 539  
Brett Favre^ Green Bay, New York Jets, Minnesota 508  
Drew Brees* San Diego, New Orleans 496  
Tom Brady* New England 494  
Dan Marino^ Miami 420  
Philip Rivers* San Diego/Los Angeles Chargers 350  
Eli Manning* New York Giants 342  
Fran Tarkenton^ Minnesota, New York Giants 342  
Ben Roethlisberger* Pittsburgh 336  
Aaron Rodgers* Green Bay 319  
*Active
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

Five active quarterbacks – Brees, Brady, Manning, Roethlisberger and Rivers – rank in the top 10 in league history in passing yards.

With 316 passing yards against the Giants, Brees will surpass Pro Football Hall of FamerBRETT FAVRE (71,838) for the second-most passing yards in league annals.

With 222 passing yards on Sunday against San Francisco on Sunday (4:25 PM ET, CBS), Rivers will surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer JOHN ELWAY (51,475) for the eighth-most passing yards in NFL history.

The players with the most passing yards in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM(S) PASSING YARDS  
Peyton Manning Indianapolis, Denver 71,940  
Brett Favre^ Green Bay, New York Jets, Minnesota 71,838  
Drew Brees* San Diego, New Orleans 71,523  
Tom Brady* New England 66,803  
Dan Marino^ Miami 61,361  
Eli Manning* New York Giants 52,482  
Ben Roethlisberger* Pittsburgh 52,205  
John Elway^ Denver 51,475  
Philip Rivers* San Diego/Los Angeles Chargers 51,254  
*Active
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

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LIKE A FINE WINEIndianapolis kicker ADAM VINATIERI has made 565 career field goals during his 23-year career. With his next converted field goal, Vinatieri will surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer MORTEN ANDERSEN (565) for the most made field goals in NFL history.

The players with the most career made field goals in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM(S) CAREER FIELD GOALS
Morten Andersen^ New Orleans, Atlanta, New York Giants, Kansas City, Minnesota 565
Adam Vinatieri* New England, Indianapolis 565
*Active
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

Vinatieri is the only player in NFL history to make at least 250 field goals with two different teams, converting 263 with New England (1996-2005) and 302 with Indianapolis (2006-present).

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THREE’S COMPANY: Tampa Bay quarterback RYAN FITZPATRICK passed for 411 yards and three touchdowns Week 3, becoming the first player in NFL history to throw for at least 400 yards in three consecutive games.

Kansas City quarterback PATRICK MAHOMES completed 24 of 38 attempts (63.2 percent) for 314 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions for a 115.5 passer rating in the Chiefs’ Week 3 victory over San Francisco. Mahomes has 13 touchdowns passes through the Chiefs first three games this season, the most by a player in his team’s first three games to start a season in NFL history.

Fitzpatrick and Mahomes, who have both thrown at least three touchdown passes in each of their team’s first three games of the season, can join TOM BRADY (2007) and Pro Football Hall of Famers STEVE YOUNG (1998) and KURT WARNER (1999) as the only players in NFL history to throw at least three touchdown passes in each of their team’s first four games to begin a season.

The players with the most consecutive games of at least three touchdown passes to begin their team’s season in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM SEASON CONSECUTIVE GAMES WITH 3+ TD PASSES TO BEGIN SEASON
Tom Brady# New England 2007 10
Steve Young^ San Francisco 1998 5
Kurt Warner^# St. Louis 1999 4
Many tied     3
       
Ryan Fitzpatrick Tampa Bay 2018 3*
Patrick Mahomes Kansas City 2018 3*
*Active streak
^Pro Football Hall of Famer
#Named MVP

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BETTER TOGETHER: New Orleans quarterback DREW BREES and Pittsburgh quarterbackBEN ROETHLISBERGER were both named Offensive Player of the Week in their respective conferences after leading their teams to victory in Week 3.

Among active head coach and quarterback tandems, the Saints duo of SEAN PAYTON and Brees and the Steelers combination of MIKE TOMLIN and Roethlisberger have each recorded 107 regular-season wins together.

With their next respective victories, the duos would surpass Pro Football Hall of FamersCHUCK NOLL and TERRY BRADSHAW (107) for the third-most wins by a head coach and quarterback tandem in NFL history.

The head coach and quarterback tandems with the most wins in NFL history:

TEAM HEAD COACH QUARTERBACK REGULAR SEASON WINS  
New England Bill Belichick* Tom Brady* 197  
Miami Don Shula^ Dan Marino^ 116  
Pittsburgh Chuck Noll^ Terry Bradshaw^ 107  
New Orleans Sean Payton* Drew Brees* 107  
Pittsburgh Mike Tomlin* Ben Roethlisberger* 107  
*Active
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

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SHAKE AND BAKER: Cleveland rookie quarterback BAKER MAYFIELD, the No. 1 overall selection in the 2018 NFL Draft, completed 17 of 23 attempts (73.9 percent) for 201 yards and caught a two-point conversion while leading Cleveland to their first win of the season in his NFL debut last week.

Mayfield is slated to make his first-career start on Sunday at Oakland (4:05 PM ET, FOX) and can join DAVID CARR (2002), MICHAEL VICK (2001), Pro Football Hall of Famer JOHN ELWAY (1983) and JIM PLUNKETT (1971) as quarterbacks selected No. 1 overall in the Super Bowl era to win their first-career start. Of the four quarterbacks taken No. 1 overall to win their first career start, Elway was the only QB to accomplish the feat on the road.

The quarterbacks selected No. 1 overall in the Super Bowl era with the highest passer ratings in their first-career start:

PLAYER TEAM SEASON PASSER RATING
Cam Newton Carolina 2011 110.4
Carson Palmer Cincinnati 2003 105.2
JaMarcus Russell Oakland 2007 91.3
Jeff George Indianapolis 1990 88.9
Jim Plunkett New England 1971 82.5

The quarterbacks selected No. 1 overall in the Super Bowl era with the most passing yards in their first-career start:

PLAYER TEAM SEASON PASSING YARDS
Cam Newton Carolina 2011 422
Vinny Testaverde Tampa Bay 1987 369
Andrew Luck Indianapolis 2012 309
Peyton Manning Indianapolis 1998 302
Sam Bradford St. Louis 2010 253


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LIKE MIKENew Orleans wide receiver MICHAEL THOMAS recorded 10 receptions for 129 yards in the Saints’ Week 3 overtime win at Atlanta. Thomas has 38 receptions in the Saints’ first three games of the season, the most by a player in his team’s first three games of a season in NFL history, and has recorded at least 10 receptions in every game this season.

With 10 receptions at the New York Giants on Sunday (4:25 PM ET, CBS), Thomas can joinCALVIN JOHNSON (four games in 2012) as the only players in NFL history to record at least 10 receptions in four consecutive games.

The players with the most consecutive games of at least 10 receptions in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM SEASON CONSECUTIVE GAMES WITH 10+ RECEPTIONS
Calvin Johnson Detroit 2012 4
Many tied     3
       
Michael Thomas New Orleans 2018 3*
*Active streak

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KEEP IT 100: New York Giants rookie running back SAQUON BARKLEY had 117 scrimmage yards (82 rushing, 35 receiving) and a rushing touchdown in the Giants’ Week 3 victory. Barkley has totaled at least 100 scrimmage yards in each of his first three career games.

With 100 scrimmage yards on Sunday against New Orleans (4:25 PM ET, CBS), Barkley can become the fifth player in NFL history to record at least 100 scrimmage yards in each of his first four career games.

The players with the most consecutive games of at least 100 scrimmage yards to begin their career in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM SEASON CONSECUTIVE GAMES WITH 100+ SCRIMMAGE YARDS TO BEGIN CAREER
Kareem Hunt Kansas City 2017 7
Adrian Peterson Minnesota 2007 5
Billy Sims Detroit 1980 4
LaDainian Tomlinson^ San Diego 2001 4
Many tied     3
       
Saquon Barkley New York Giants 2018 3*
*Active streak
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

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