Thursday 19 October 2017 / 02:40 PM

WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN WEEK 16

RISING ROOKIE: Dallas rookie running back EZEKIEL ELLIOTT rushed for 159 yards and a touchdown in the Cowboys’ 26-20 victory over Tampa Bay in Week 15, tying Pro Football Hall of Famer ERIC DICKERSON (1983) and MIKE ANDERSON (2000) for the most games (five) with at least 130 rushing yards by a rookie in NFL history.

Elliott leads the NFL with 1,551 rushing yards. With 49 rushing yards on Monday night against Detroit, he would become the fifth rookie in NFL history with 1,600 rushing yards in a season.

Elliott needs 258 rushing yards over his final two contests to surpass Dickerson (1,808) as the NFL’s all-time rookie rushing leader.

The rookies with the most rushing yards in NFL history:

 PLAYERSEASONTEAMRUSHING YARDS
 Eric Dickerson^1983Los Angeles Rams1,808
 George Rogers1981New Orleans1,674
 Alfred Morris2012Washington1,613
 Ottis Anderson1979St. Louis Cardinals1,605
 Edgerrin James1999Indianapolis1,553
 Ezekiel Elliott2016Dallas1,551*
 *Through 14 games
 ^Pro Football Hall of Famer

Elliott ranks second in the league with 1,902 yards from scrimmage (1,551 rushing, 351 receiving). With 98 scrimmage yards against Detroit on Monday night, he would become the third rookie in NFL history to reach 2,000 scrimmage yards, joining Dickerson (2,212 in 1983) and EDGERRIN JAMES (2,139 in 1999).

The rookies with the most yards from scrimmage in NFL history:

 PLAYERSEASONTEAMSCRIMMAGE YARDS
 Eric Dickerson^1983Los Angeles Rams2,212
 Edgerrin James1999Indianapolis2,139
 Doug Martin2012Tampa Bay1,926
 Billy Sims1980Detroit1,924
 Ottis Anderson1979St. Louis Cardinals1,913
 Ezekiel Elliott2016Dallas1,902*
 *Through 14 games
 ^Pro Football Hall of Famer

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FLYING FALCONS: Atlanta quarterback MATT RYAN passed for 286 yards and two touchdowns for a 144.5 rating and running back DEVONTA FREEMAN had 139 rushing yards and three touchdowns in the Falcons’ 41-13 victory over San Francisco in Week 15.

With at least 40 points at Carolina on Saturday, the Falcons, who have scored 40+ points in a league-leading five games this season, would tie the NFL record for the most games in a single season with at least 40 points.

The teams with the most 40+ point games in a single season in NFL history:

 TEAMSEASONGAMES SCORING 40+ POINTS
 Denver Broncos20136
 Green Bay Packers20116
 New Orleans Saints20116
 St. Louis Rams20006
 Houston Oilers19616
 Los Angeles Rams19506
   
 Atlanta Falcons20165*
 *Through 14 games

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CATCHING ON: Arizona wide receiver LARRY FITZGERALD (98) and Pittsburgh wide receiver ANTONIO BROWN (96) rank first and second, respectively, in the NFL in receptions this season.

Fitzgerald and Brown can each record their fourth career season with at least 100 receptions, tying Pro Football Hall of Famers MARVIN HARRISON and JERRY RICE, and REGGIE WAYNE for the fourth-most 100-catch seasons in NFL history.

The players with the most 100-catch seasons in NFL history:

 PLAYERTEAM(S)SEASONS WITH 100+ RECEPTIONS
 Brandon MarshallDenver, Chicago, New York Jets6
 Andre JohnsonHouston5
 Wes WelkerNew England5
 Marvin Harrison^Indianapolis4
 Jerry Rice^San Francisco4
 Reggie WayneIndianapolis4
   
 Antonio BrownPittsburgh3
 Larry FitzgeraldArizona3
 ^Pro Football Hall of Famer

With four receptions on Sunday, Brown would record his fourth consecutive season with at least 100 receptions, tying Harrison (four from 1999-2002) for the most consecutive 100-catch seasons in NFL history.

The players with the most consecutive 100-catch seasons in NFL history:

 PLAYERSEASONSTEAMCONSECUTIVE SEASONS WITH 100+ CATCHES 
 Marvin Harrison^1999-2002Indianapolis4 
 Antonio Brown2013-2015Pittsburgh3* 
 Brandon Marshall2007-2009Denver3 
 Wes Welker2007-2009New England3 
 Herman Moore1995-1997Detroit3 
 Jerry Rice^1994-1996San Francisco3 
 *Active streak
 ^Pro Football Hall of Famer

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DAVID DOING IT ALL: Arizona running back DAVID JOHNSON leads the NFL with 1,938 scrimmage yards (1,138 rushing, 800 receiving) this season and has recorded at least 100 yards from scrimmage in each of the Cardinals’ first 14 games, becoming the first player in NFL history to begin a season with 14 consecutive games with at least 100 scrimmage yards.

With 62 rushing yards on Saturday at Seattle, Johnson would become the fourth different player in NFL history with at least 1,200 rushing yards and 800 receiving yards in the same season. Pro Football Hall of Famer MARSHALL FAULK accomplished the feat in three consecutive seasons from 1998-2000.

The players with 1,200+ rushing yards and 800+ receiving yards in a single season:

 PLAYERSEASONTEAMRUSHING YARDSRECEIVING YARDS
 Le’Veon Bell2014Pittsburgh1,361854
 Steven Jackson2006St. Louis1,528806
 Marshall Faulk^2000St. Louis1,359830
 Marshall Faulk^1999St. Louis1,3811,048
 Marshall Faulk^1998Indianapolis1,319908
     
 David Johnson2016Arizona1,138*800*
 *Through 14 games 
 ^Pro Football Hall of Famer 

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GORE SOARS: Indianapolis running back FRANK GORE has 1,142 scrimmage yards (891 rushing, 251 receiving) this season and has recorded at least 1,000 yards from scrimmage in 11 consecutive seasons beginning in 2006.

With 58 scrimmage yards on Saturday at Oakland, Gore would become the first player in NFL history with at least 1,200 scrimmage yards in 11 consecutive seasons, surpassing Pro Football Hall of Famers CURTIS MARTIN (1995-2004), EMMITT SMITH (1991-2000) and BARRY SANDERS (1989-1998), who each accomplished the feat in 10 consecutive seasons.

The most consecutive seasons with at least 1,200 scrimmage yards:

 

 PLAYER

 

SEASONS

 

TEAM

CONSECUTIVE SEASONS WITH

1,200+ SCRIMMAGE YARDS

 Frank Gore2006-2015San Francisco, Indianapolis10*
 Curtis Martin^1995-2004New England, New York Jets10
 Emmitt Smith^1991-2000Dallas10
 Barry Sanders^1989-1998Detroit10
 *Active streak
 ^Pro Football Hall of Famer

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THAT’S TIGHT: Carolina’s GREG OLSEN leads all NFL tight ends with 992 receiving yards and ranks first among tight ends with 4,763 receiving yards since 2012.

With eight receiving yards against Atlanta on Saturday, Olsen, who has 1,000 receiving yards in each of the past two seasons, would become the first tight end in NFL history to record three consecutive seasons with at least 1,000 receiving yards.

The most consecutive seasons with 1,000 receiving yards by a tight end in NFL history:

PLAYERTEAMSEASONSCONSECUTIVE SEASONS WITH 1,000 REC. YARDS
Greg OlsenCarolina2014-20152*
Rob GronkowskiNew England2014-20152
Jason WittenDallas2009-20102
Tony GonzalezKansas City2007-20082
Shannon Sharpe^Denver1996-19972
Todd ChristensenLos Angeles Raiders1983-19842
Kellen Winslow Sr.^San Diego1980-19812
*Active streak
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

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