Sunday 22 October 2017 / 01:48 PM

THE WEEK THAT WAS: NFL WEEK 4

ROCKING ROOKIES: Rookies across the league continued to make an impact in Week 4. Through the first four weeks of the season, rookies have accumulated 5,835 yards from scrimmage, the most by rookies through Week 4 since 1970.

The seasons with the most yards from scrimmage by rookies through Week 4 since 1970:

SEASONMOST SCRIMMAGE YARDS BY ROOKIES THROUGH WEEK 4
20175,835
20144,765
19874,449
19764,444
20164,406

 

Rookies have also totaled 43 touchdowns through Week 4, the most through the first four weeks of a season since 1970.

The seasons with the most touchdowns by rookies through Week 4 since 1970:

SEASONMOST TOUCHDOWNS BY ROOKIES THROUGH WEEK 4
201743
198737
197834
Many tied33

 

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FOUR MORE: Green Bay quarterback AARON RODGERS threw four touchdown passes in the Packers’ 35-14 win against Chicago on Thursday Night Football in Week 4.

Rodgers, who has 21 career games with at least four touchdown passes, tied Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO for the fifth-most games with at least four touchdown passes in NFL history.

The players with the most games with at least four touchdown passes in NFL history:

PLAYERTEAM(S)GAMES WITH AT LEAST 4 TD PASSES
Peyton ManningIndianapolis, Denver35
Drew BreesSan Diego, New Orleans31
Tom BradyNew England27
Brett Favre^Green Bay, New York Jets, Minnesota23
Aaron RodgersGreen Bay21
Dan Marino^Miami21
^Pro Football Hall of Fame

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PUT IT ON THE BOARD: Houston rookie quarterback DESHAUN WATSON passed for 283 yards with four touchdowns and added a rushing touchdown in the Texans’ 57-14 win against Tennessee.

Houston’s 57 points against Tennessee in Week 4 were the most in franchise history and marked the third highest single-game point total in NFL history with a rookie starting at quarterback.

The highest single game point totals with a rookie starting at quarterback:

QUARTERBACKTEAMDATEPOINTS SCORED
Tony BanksSt. Louis RamsNov. 10, 199659
Russell WilsonSeattle SeahawksDec. 9, 201258
Deshaun WatsonHouston TexansOct. 1, 201757
Johnny Unitas^Baltimore ColtsNov 25, 195656
Chris ChandlerIndianapolis ColtsOct. 31, 198855
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

Watson joined Pro Football Hall of Famer FRAN TARKENTON (September 17, 1961 vs. Chicago) as the only rookie quarterbacks in NFL history with at least 250 passing yards, four touchdown passes and a rushing touchdown in a single game.

Watson, who has seven touchdown passes and two rushing touchdowns this season, is the only rookie quarterback in NFL history with at least seven passing touchdowns and two rushing touchdowns in his team’s first four games of a season.

 

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QUARTER POLL: New England quarterback TOM BRADY completed 32 of 45 passes (71.1 percent) for 307 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions for a 104.6 passer rating in the team’s Week 4 loss to Carolina.

Brady, who has 1,399 passing yards with 10 touchdowns and no interceptions, became the first player in NFL history to pass for at least 1,000 yards with 10 touchdowns and no interceptions through his team’s first four games twice in his career, having also accomplished the feat in 2015.

The quarterbacks with at least 1,000 passing yards, 10 touchdown passes and no interceptions through their team’s first four games of a season:

PLAYERTEAMYEARPASSING YARDSTD PASSESINTs
Tom BradyNew England Patriots20171,399100
Tom BradyNew England Patriots20151,387110
Peyton ManningDenver Broncos20131,470160
Don MeredithDallas Cowboys19661,089140

 

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13K FOR KIRK: Washington quarterback KIRK COUSINS passed for 220 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions for a 116.7 passer rating in the team’s Week 4 loss to Kansas City.

Cousins, who has 13,117 career passing yards, became the sixth quarterback in NFL history to record at least 13,000 passing yards in his first 50 career games.

Cousins, who has thrown 43 interceptions, has the fewest interceptions through 50 career games among the quarterbacks who reached 13,000 passing yards during that span.

The players with the most passing yards in their first 50 career games:

PLAYERTEAMPASSING YARDS INTERCEPTIONS
Matthew StaffordDetroit Lions14,33157
Kurt Warner^St. Louis Rams13,86462
Marc BulgerSt. Louis Rams13,55152
Dan Marino^Miami Dolphins13,51457
Andrew LuckIndianapolis Colts13,45048
Kirk CousinsWashington Redskins13,11743
^Pro Football Hall of Famer 

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RUMBLING RUNNING BACKS: Los Angeles Rams running back TODD GURLEY had 215 scrimmage yards (121 rushing, 94 receiving) and a touchdown catch in the team’s 35-30 win at Dallas.

Gurley, who has 596 scrimmage yards and seven touchdowns this season, joined Pro Football Hall of Famers JIM BROWN (1958, 1963) and EMMITT SMITH (1995) as the only players in NFL history to have at least 575 scrimmage yards and seven touchdowns in his team’s first four games of a season.

The players with at least 575 scrimmage yards and seven touchdowns in his team’s first four games of a season:

PLAYERTEAMSEASONSCRIMMAGE YARDSTOUCHDOWNS
Todd GurleyLos Angeles Rams20175967
Emmitt Smith^Dallas Cowboys19956439
Jim Brown^Cleveland Browns19637797
Jim Brown^Cleveland Browns195868710
^Pro Football Hall of Famer 

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HUNT STAYS HOT: Kansas City rookie running back KAREEM HUNT had 121 scrimmage yards (101 rushing, 20 receiving) in the team’s 29-20 win against Washington on Monday Night Football in Week 4.

Hunt, who has 659 scrimmage yards through four games, surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer ERIC DICKERSON (567) and ADRIAN PETERSON (549) for the second-most scrimmage yards by a player in his first four career games.

The rookies with the most scrimmage yards in their team’s first four games to start a season:

PLAYERTEAMSEASONSCRIMMAGE YARDS IN TEAM’S FIRST 4 GAMES
Billy SimsDetroit Lions1980745
Kareem HuntKansas City Chiefs2017659
Eric Dickerson^Los Angeles Rams1983567
Adrian PetersonMinnesota Vikings2007549
Beattie FeathersChicago Bears1934536
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

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TAG TEAM: New York Jets running backs BILAL POWELL (163 rushing yards, 75-yard touchdown run) and rookie ELIJAH MC GUIRE (93 rushing yards, 69-yard touchdown run) each rushed for a touchdown in the team’s 23-20 overtime win against Jacksonville.

McGuire and Powell are the first pair of teammates in franchise history to each record a touchdown run of at least 65 yards in the same game and the fifth pair of teammates in NFL history with rushing touchdowns of at least 69 yards in the same game.

The teammates who scored a rushing touchdown of at least 69 yards in the same game in NFL history:

TEAMDATEPLAYERYARDSPLAYERYARDS
New York JetsOct. 1, 2017Bilal Powell75Elijah McGuire69
Baltimore RavensDec. 20, 2008Le’Ron McClain82Willis McGahee77
Pittsburgh SteelersOct. 7, 1979Franco Harris^71Rocky Bleier70
Los Angeles RamsDec. 3, 1961Dick Bass73Ollie Matson^69
San Francisco 49ersOct. 26, 1952Hugh McElhenny^83Joe Perry^78
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

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