ROOKIES ON THE RISE: Dallas rookie running back EZEKIEL ELLIOTT rushed for 92 yards and two touchdowns in the Cowboys’ 35-10 win at Cleveland last week. Elliott leads the league with 891 rushing yards, the third-most in NFL history in a player’s first eight career games.
With 109 yards on Sunday against Pittsburgh, Elliott would join Pro Football Hall of Famer ERIC DICKERSON (1,096) and ADRIAN PETERSON (1,081) as the only players in NFL history to rush for 1,000 yards in their first nine career games.
The players with 1,000 rushing yards in their first nine career games:
|PLAYER||SEASON||TEAM||RUSHING YARDS IN FIRST NINE GAMES|
|Eric Dickerson^||1983||Los Angeles||1,096|
*Through eight games
^Pro Football Hall of Famer
Dallas rookie quarterback DAK PRESCOTT completed 21 of 27 passes for 247 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions for a 141.8 rating in last week’s win. Prescott leads all rookies in passing yards (2,020), touchdown passes (12) and passer rating (104.2).
Prescott and Elliott can become the second rookie quarterback and rookie running back teammates in NFL history with at least 2,000 passing yards and 1,000 rushing yards in a season, joining ROBERT GRIFFIN III (3,200 passing yards) and ALFRED MORRIS (1,613 rushing yards) who accomplished the feat with Washington in 2012.
|SEASON||TEAM||PLAYER||PASSING YARDS||PLAYER||RUSHING YARDS|
|2012||Washington||Robert Griffin III||3,200||Alfred Morris||1,613|
|2016||Dallas||Dak Prescott||2,020*||Ezekiel Elliott||891*|
|*Through eight games|
Prescott and Elliott would become the first pair of rookie teammates in NFL history to accomplish the feat in the team’s first nine games.
JULIO AT 75: Atlanta wide receiver JULIO JONES had eight receptions for 111 yards and one touchdown in the Falcons’ 43-28 victory at Tampa Bay in Week 9. Jones has 51 receptions and leads the NFL with 970 receiving yards.
Entering his 75th career game on Sunday against Philadelphia, Jones already has the most receptions (465) in NFL history by a player in his first 75 career games.
The players with the most receptions in their first 75 career games:
|PLAYER||TEAM(S)||SEASONS||RECEPTIONS IN FIRST 75 GAMES|
|Lionel Taylor||Chicago, Denver||1959-1964||417|
|*Through 74 games|
Jones has 7,171 receiving yards through his first 74 career games and is one of only two players in NFL history to record at least 7,000 receiving yards in his first 75 career games, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer LANCE ALWORTH (7,532).
The players with the most receiving yards in their first 75 career games:
|PLAYER||TEAM||MOST RECEIVING YARDS IN FIRST 75 CAREER GAMES|
|Lance Alworth^||San Diego||7,532|
|Torry Holt||St. Louis||6,373|
|Jerry Rice^||San Francisco||6,263|
| *Through 74 games|
^Pro Football Hall of Famer
PROTECTING THE PIGSKIN: New England quarterbacks TOM BRADY (134), JIMMY GAROPPOLO (60) and rookie JACOBY BRISSETT (55) have combined for 249 consecutive passing attempts without an interception this season.
On Sunday night against Seattle, the Patriots can become the second team in NFL history to not throw an interception in a team’s first nine games of a season, joining the 1960 Cleveland Browns.
The teams with the most consecutive games to start a season without throwing an interception:
|TEAM||SEASON||GAMES WITHOUT INTERCEPTION||TEAM PASSING ATTEMPTS|
The Patriots’ 249 passing attempts without an interception mark the second-longest streak to start a season in NFL history, trailing only the 2008 Washington Redskins (251).
|TEAM||SEASON||CONSECUTIVE PASSING ATTEMPTS WITHOUT INT TO START SEASON|
ENVYING GREEN: Cincinnati wide receiver A.J. GREEN leads the NFL with 59 receptions and ranks second in the league with 896 receiving yards entering Week 10. With 104 receiving yards on Monday night against the Giants, Green would join RANDY MOSS as the only players in NFL history to record 1,000 receiving yards in each of their first six seasons.
|PLAYER||TEAM||CONSECUTIVE 1,000+ YARD SEASONS TO START CAREER|
THE 300 CLUB: San Diego quarterback PHILIP RIVERS completed 24 of 33 passes for 275 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions for a 117.6 rating in the Chargers’ 43-35 victory over Tennessee last week. With two touchdown passes on Sunday against Miami, Rivers would become the ninth player in NFL history with 300 career passing touchdowns.
Rivers (298 career touchdown passes) and New York Giants quarterback ELI MANNING (306), who were both selected in the first round of the 2004 NFL Draft, can become the second quarterback duo from the same draft class to each reach 300 touchdown passes. Pro Football Hall of Famers JOHN ELWAY (300 career touchdown passes) and DAN MARINO (420) were both selected in the first round of the 1983 NFL Draft.
The quarterbacks with 300 career touchdown passes:
|PLAYER||CAREER TOUCHDOWN PASSES|
^Pro Football Hall of Famer
BIG BEN IN THE BOOKS: Pittsburgh quarterback BEN ROETHLISBERGER enters Sunday’s contest against Dallas with 44,944 career passing yards. With 56 passing yards this week, Roethlisberger would become the 11th quarterback in NFL history with 45,000 passing yards, and the eighth QB to accomplish the feat with one team.
Additionally, Roethlisberger can become the fifth-fastest quarterback in NFL history to reach 45,000 career passing yards, accomplishing the feat in his 179th career game.
The quarterbacks to reach 45,000 career passing yards in the fewest games:
|PLAYER||TEAM(S)||FEWEST GAMES TO REACH 45,000 PASSING YARDS|
|Drew Brees||San Diego, New Orleans||168|
|Tom Brady||New England||178|
|*Has 44,944 passing yards through 178 games|
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