Thursday 22 March 2018 / 05:58 AM


MONDAY IN MEXICO: Week 11 concludes with the Oakland Raiders hosting the Houston Texans at Mexico City’s Estadio Azteca on Monday Night Football (8:30 PM ET, ESPN) in the first-ever Monday Night Football game to be played outside the United States. The two first-place teams will battle in what will be the fourth and final international game this season.

Monday’s matchup marks the first NFL game in Mexico since October 2, 2005 when a crowd of 103,467 witnessed the league’s first international regular-season game. In that contest, the Arizona Cardinals defeated the San Francisco 49ers 31-14 at Estadio Azteca.


DOWNWIND DAVID: Arizona running back DAVID JOHNSON had 101 scrimmage yards (55 rushing, 46 receiving) and two touchdowns (one rushing, one receiving) in the Cardinals’ 23-20 win over San Francisco last week. Johnson is the first player to record at least 100 scrimmage yards in each of his team’s first nine games since EDGERRIN JAMES (Indianapolis) in 2005.

With at least 100 scrimmage yards in Week 11 against Minnesota, Johnson would become the third different player since 1970 to record at least 100 scrimmage yards in each of his team’s first 10 games.

The most consecutive games with at least 100 scrimmage yards to start a season:

Edgerrin James2005Indianapolis13
Edgerrin James2000Indianapolis12
Larry Brown1972Washington10
David Johnson2016Arizona9*
*Active streak   


CAN YOU DIGG IT: Minnesota wide receiver STEFON DIGGS had 13 catches for 164 yards in the Vikings’ 26-20 loss at Washington in Week 10. Diggs, who had 13 catches for 80 yards in Week 9 against Detroit, is the first player in NFL history to have at least 13 catches in consecutive games.

With 11 receptions on Sunday against Arizona, Diggs would set the record for the most receptions in a three-game span in NFL history.

The players with the most receptions in a three-game span in NFL history:

Tom Fears1950Los Angeles10-1236
Brandon Marshall2009Denver13-1536
Antonio Brown2015Pittsburgh14-1636
Brandon Marshall2009Denver12-1435
Stefon Diggs2016Minnesota9-1026*
 *Through two games   


INDISPENSIBLE DREW: New Orleans quarterback DREW BREES threw for 303 yards and three touchdowns in Week 10 against Denver. With nine passing yards against Carolina on Thursday Night Football, Brees would record his 12th consecutive season with 3,000 passing yards, tying PEYTON MANNING for the second-longest streak in NFL history.

The players with the most consecutive seasons with 3,000+ passing yards:

Brett Favre^1992-200918
Peyton Manning1998-201013
Drew Brees2004-201512*
Eli Manning2005-201511*
Philip Rivers2006-201510*
Ben Roethlisberger2006-201510*
*Active streak  
^Pro Football Hall of Famer 


FANTASTIC FRANK: Indianapolis running back FRANK GORE, who has the most career rushing yards among active players, passed Pro Football Hall of Famer JIM BROWN earlier this season (Week 5 vs. Chicago) for the ninth most rushing yards in NFL history.

With 108 rushing yards against Tennessee on Sunday, Gore would pass Pro Football Hall of Famer TONY DORSETT for the eighth most rushing yards in NFL history.

The players with the most rushing yards in NFL history:


1Emmitt Smith^Dallas, Arizona18,355
2Walter Payton^Chicago16,726
3Barry Sanders^Detroit15,269
4Curtis Martin^New England, New York Jets14,101
5LaDainian TomlinsonSan Diego, New York Jets13,684
6Jerome Bettis^Los Angeles, Pittsburgh13,662
7Eric Dickerson^L.A. Rams, Indianapolis, L.A. Raiders, Atlanta13,259
8Tony Dorsett^Dallas, Denver12,739
9Frank GoreSan Francisco, Indianapolis12,632*
10Jim Brown^Cleveland12,312
 ^Pro Football Hall of Famer 


PRESCOTT UNDER PRESSURE: Dallas rookie quarterback DAK PRESCOTT completed 22 of 32 passes (68.8 percent) for 319 yards and two touchdowns for a 121.7 passer rating in last week’s 35-30 win at Pittsburgh. Prescott, a fourth round selection in the 2016 NFL Draft, has won eight consecutive starts, tied for the second-longest winning streak by a rookie quarterback in the Super Bowl era.

The rookie quarterbacks with the most consecutive wins in the Super Bowl era:

Ben RoethlisbergerPittsburgh200413
Dak PrescottDallas20168*
Kyle OrtonChicago20058
Robert Griffin IIIWashington20126
Vince YoungTennessee20066
Mike KruczekPittsburgh19766
*Active streak   


STUPENDOUS SMITH, SR.: Baltimore wide receiver STEVE SMITH, SR. had five catches for 60 yards and a touchdown in the Ravens’ 28-7 win over Cleveland last Thursday. Smith ranks fourth among active players in career receptions with 997 and needs three catches on Sunday to become the 14th player in NFL history to record 1,000 career receptions.

The players with 1,000 receptions in NFL history:

Jerry Rice^San Francisco, Oakland, Seattle1985-20041,549
Tony GonzalezKansas City, Atlanta1997-20131,325
Marvin Harrison^Indianapolis1996-20081,102
Cris Carter^Philadelphia, Minnesota, Miami1987-20021,101
Tim Brown^Los Angeles/Oakland, Tampa Bay1988-20041,094
Larry FitzgeraldArizona2004-present1,086*
Terrell OwensSan Francisco, Philadelphia, Dallas, Buffalo, Cincinnati1996-20101,078
Reggie WayneIndianapolis2001-20141,070
Jason WittenDallas2003-present1,064*
Andre JohnsonHouston, Indianapolis, Tennessee2003-20161,062
Anquan BoldinArizona, Baltimore, San Francisco, Detroit2003-present1,044*
Isaac BruceLos Angeles/St. Louis, San Francisco1994-20091,024
Hines WardPittsburgh1998-20111,000
Steve Smith, Sr.Carolina, Baltimore2001-present997*
^Pro Football Hall of Famer  

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