Monday 18 December 2017 / 08:39 AM

THE WEEK THAT WAS: NFL WEEK 3

ROCKING ROOKIES: Rookies across the league are off to a fast start. Through the first three weeks of the season, rookies have accumulated 4,308 yards from scrimmage, the most by rookies through Week 3 since 1970.

The seasons with the most yards from scrimmage by rookies through Week 3 since 1970:

SEASONMOST SCRIMMAGE YARDS BY ROOKIES THROUGH WEEK 3
20174,308
20083,483
19713,427
20143,385
20163,344

 

Rookies have also totaled 30 touchdowns through Week 3, the most through the first three weeks of a season since 1970.

The seasons with the most touchdowns by rookies through Week 3 since 1970:

SEASONMOST TOUCHDOWNS BY ROOKIES THROUGH WEEK 3
201730
197829
198428
198026
197525

 

A look at some notable rookie numbers:

  • Kansas City’s KAREEM HUNT rushed for 172 yards and a touchdown in the Chiefs’ 24-10 win over the Chargers and Minnesota’s DALVIN COOK rushed for 97 yards and a touchdown in the Vikings’ 34-17 win over the Buccaneers. Hunt (401 rushing yards) and Cook (288) rank first and second, respectively, in the NFL in rushing.
  • Hunt has scored six touchdowns (four rushing, two receiving) in his first three career games, tying BILLY SIMS (1980 Detroit Lions) and DUTCH STERNAMAN (1920 Decatur Staleys) for the most touchdowns by a player in his first three career games. For more on Hunt, see the below note HUNT MAKES HISTORY.
  • Philadelphia rookie kicker JAKE ELLIOTT converted a 61-yard game-winning field goal as time expired in the Eagles’ 27-24 victory over the New York Giants.

Elliott’s 61-yard field goal is the longest by a rookie in NFL history and tied for the third-longest game-ending field goal in league annals, trailing only TOM DEMPSEY (63 yards, November 8, 1970) and MATT BRYANT (62, October 22, 2006).

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LUCKY NUMBER SEVEN: Seven quarterbacks passed for at least three touchdowns without an interception in Week 3, tied for the second-most such games in a single week in league annals.

The most performances with at least three touchdown passes and no interceptions in a single week in NFL history:

SEASONWEEKQUARTERBACKS WITH 3+ TD PASSES & 0 INTS
2013149
201737
2016167
2015127
2007147
1995127

The quarterbacks with at least three touchdown passes and no interceptions in Week 3:

 

PLAYERTEAMTD PASSESINTERCEPTIONS
Tom BradyNew England Patriots50
Blake BortlesJacksonville Jaguars40
Russell WilsonSeattle Seahawks40
Drew BreesNew Orleans Saints30
Kirk CousinsWashington Redskins30
Jared GoffLos Angeles Rams30
Case KeenumMinnesota Vikings30
  

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HUNT MAKES HISTORY: Kansas City running back KAREEM HUNT had a 69-yard touchdown run with 1:49 remaining in the fourth quarter of the Chiefs’ 24-10 win against the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 3.

Hunt has scored a touchdown of at least 50 yards in three consecutive games to start his career, becoming the only player in NFL history to accomplish the feat.

Hunt, who has 538 scrimmage yards through three games, surpassed SID BLANKS of the 1964 Houston Oilers (452) for the second-most scrimmage yards by a player in his first three career games.

The players with the most scrimmage yards in their first three career games:

 

PLAYERTEAMSEASONSCRIMMAGE YARDS IN 1ST 3 CAREER GAMES
Billy SimsDetroit Lions1980562
Kareem HuntKansas City Chiefs2017538
Sid BlanksHouston Oilers1964452
Beattie FeathersChicago Bears1934435
Cadillac WilliamsTampa Bay Buccaneers2005434
Marshall Faulk^Indianapolis Colts1994432
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

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TOM TERRIFIC: New England quarterback TOM BRADY completed 25 of 35 passes (71.4 percent) for 378 yards with five touchdowns and no interceptions for a 146.2 passer rating in the Patriots’ 36-33 win over Houston.

Brady, who passed for 447 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions in Week 2, has recorded consecutive games with at least 375 passing yards, three touchdown passes and no interceptions for the second time in his career. It marks only the third time in NFL history that a player has reached those passing numbers in back-to-back games and Brady has done it twice.

The three instances in NFL history in which a quarterback had at least 375 passing yards, three touchdown passes and no interceptions in consecutive games:

PLAYERDATEPASSING YARDSPASSING TDsDATEPASSING YARDSPASSING TDs
Tom BradySept. 17, 20174473Sept. 24, 20173785
Kirk CousinsNov. 20, 20163753Nov. 24, 20164493
Tom BradyOct. 9, 20164063Oct. 16, 20163763

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FALCONS FAST START: The ATLANTA FALCONS defeated the Detroit Lions 30-26 in Week 3 to improve to 3-0 on the season, becoming the sixth team since the current 12-team playoff format was adopted in 1990 to start a season 3-0 after losing the Super Bowl the previous season.

The previous five teams to accomplish the feat all advanced to the postseason.

The teams since 1990 to start a season 3-0 after losing the Super Bowl in the previous season:

TEAMYEARRECORDSEASON RESULT
Atlanta Falcons20173-0*???
Seattle Seahawks20069-7Advanced to Divisional
Green Bay Packers199811-5Advanced to Wild Card
New England Patriots199710-6Advanced to Divisional
Buffalo Bills199211-5Advanced to Super Bowl XXVII
Buffalo Bills199113-3Advanced to Super Bowl XXVI
*Through three games   

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POWERFUL PRATER: Detroit kicker MATT PRATER converted all four of his field-goal attempts, including makes of 55 and 57 yards, in the Lions’ Week 3 loss to the Falcons.

Through three games, Prater has converted four field goals of at least 55 yards, the most in a single season in NFL history.

The players with the most field goals of at least 55 yards in a single season in NFL history:

PLAYERTEAMYEARFGs MADEFGs ATTEMPTED
Matt Prater*Detroit Lions201744
Blair WalshMinnesota Vikings201233
Greg ZuerleinSt. Louis Rams201237
Morten Anderson^Atlanta Falcons199534
Fred SteinfortDenver Broncos198033
*Through three games
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

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