Thursday 22 February 2018 / 06:27 AM


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:

Tom BradyNew England186 
Brett Favre^Green Bay, New York Jets, Minnesota186 
Peyton ManningIndianapolis, Denver186 
John Elway^Denver148 
Dan Marino^Miami147 
^Pro Football Hall of Famer


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:

Aaron RodgersGreen Bay2011
Tom BradyNew England2007
Carson PalmerCincinnati2005
Alex SmithKansas City2017*
*100+ rating in each of team’s first five games


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:

Eric Dickerson^Los Angeles Rams1983933 
Billy SimsDetroit1980914 
Adrian PetersonMinnesota2007857 
Ezekiel ElliottDallas2016801 
Kareem HuntKansas City2017775* 
*Through five games
^Pro Football Hall of Famer


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:

Bruce Smith^Buffalo, Washington200 
Reggie White^Philadelphia, Green Bay, Carolina198 
Kevin Greene^LA Rams, Pittsburgh, Carolina, San Francisco160 
Chris Doleman^Minnesota, Atlanta, San Francisco150.5 
Julius PeppersCarolina, Chicago, Green Bay149 
^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:

Jerry Rice^San Francisco, Oakland, Seattle22,895
Terrell OwensSan Francisco, Philadelphia, Dallas, Buffalo, Cincinnati15,934
Randy MossMinnesota, Oakland, New England, Tennessee, San Francisco15,292
Isaac BruceLos Angeles/St. Louis Rams, San Francisco15,208
Tony GonzalezKansas City, Atlanta15,127
Tim Brown^Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders, Tampa Bay14,934
Steve Smith, Sr.Carolina, Baltimore14,731
Larry FitzgeraldArizona14,716
^Pro Football Hall of Famer


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.

Robert EdwardsNew England1998
Leonard FournetteJacksonville2017*
*Touchdown in each of team’s first five games


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:

Lance Alworth^98
Calvin Johnson102
Torry Holt105
Randy Moss107
Jerry Rice^108
Antonio Brown106*
*8,922 career receiving yards
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

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