Thursday 23 November 2017 / 03:20 AM

THE WEEK THAT WAS: NFL WEEK 8

RISING ROOKIES: Through the first eight weeks of the season, rookies have accumulated 10,980 yards from scrimmage, the most by rookies through Week 8 since 1970.

The seasons with the most yards from scrimmage by rookies through Week 8 since 1970 (excluding 1987 season):

SEASONMOST SCRIMMAGE YARDS BY ROOKIES THROUGH WEEK 8*
201710,980
201410,977
20139,399
19839,139
19718,920
*Excludes 1987 season

The rookies with the most scrimmage yards in 2017:

PLAYERTEAMSCRIMMAGE YARDS
Kareem HuntKansas City1,070
Leonard FournetteJacksonville732
Alvin KamaraNew Orleans500
Christian McCaffreyCarolina495
Tarik CohenChicago462

Rookies have also totaled 79 touchdowns through Week 8, tied for the most through the first eight weeks of a season since 1970.

The seasons with the most touchdowns by rookies through Week 8 since 1970 (excluding 1987 season):

SEASONMOST TOUCHDOWNS BY ROOKIES THROUGH WEEK 8*
201779
201479
198373
201371
197166
198463
*Excludes 1987 season

The rookies with the most touchdowns in 2017:

PLAYERTEAMTOTAL TDS
Leonard FournetteJacksonville7
Kareem HuntKansas City6
JuJu Smith-SchusterPittsburgh4
Many tied 3

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UNMATCHED: Houston rookie quarterback DESHAUN WATSON passed for 402 yards with four touchdowns and added 67 rushing yards in the team’s Week 8 loss at Seattle.

Watson is the first player in NFL history to register at least 400 passing yards, four touchdown passes and 50 rushing yards in a single game.

Watson, who is tied for the league lead with 19 touchdown passes, passed Pro Football Hall of Famer KURT WARNER (18) for the most passing touchdowns by a player in his first seven career games.

The players with the most passing touchdowns in their first seven career games:

PLAYERTEAMTD PASSES 
Deshaun WatsonHouston19 
Kurt Warner^St. Louis18 
George RattermanNew York Yanks16 
Mark RypienWashington16 
Dan Marino^Miami15 
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

Watson, who is the first rookie in NFL history to throw at least three touchdown passes in four consecutive games, has the most touchdown passes by a rookie in his first seven games.

The rookies with the most touchdown passes in his first seven games:

PLAYERTEAMSEASONTD PASSES
Deshaun WatsonHouston201719
Dan Marino^Miami198315
Marcus MariotaTennessee201513
Greg CookCincinnati196913
Mike GlennonTampa Bay201311
Ben RoethlisbergerPittsburgh200411
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

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RAINING OFFENSE IN SEATTLE: Seattle quarterback RUSSELL WILSON passed for 452 yards with four touchdowns and Houston rookie quarterback DESHAUN WATSON threw for 402 yards with four touchdowns in the Seahawks’ 41-38 win over the Texans in Week 8.

The game marked the sixth time in NFL history that opposing quarterbacks each passed for at least 400 yards and four touchdowns in the same game.

The games with opposing quarterbacks passing for at least 400 yards and four touchdowns:

DATEPLAYERTEAMYDSTDSPLAYERTEAMYDSTDS
10/29/17Russell WilsonSeattle4524Deshaun WatsonHouston4024
11/3/13Tom BradyNew England4324Ben RoethlisbergerPittsburgh4004
10/6/13Peyton ManningDenver4144Tony RomoDallas5065
1/1/12Matt FlynnGreen Bay4806Matthew StaffordDetroit5205
9/4/94Dan MarinoMiami4735Drew BledsoeNew England4214
9/21/86Ken O’BrienNY Jets4794Dan MarinoMiami4486

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COMPLETE PERFORMANCE: New Orleans quarterback DREW BREES completed 23 of 28 passes (82.1 percent) for 299 yards in the Saints’ 20-12 win over Chicago last week.

Brees, who has 6,011 career completions, joined Pro Football Hall of Famer BRETT FAVRE (6,300) and PEYTON MANNING (6,125) as the only players in NFL history with at least 6,000 completions.

Brees reached the milestone in his 240th career game and is the fastest in NFL history to accomplish the feat (Manning, 259 games and Favre, 286).

The players with the most completions in NFL history:

PLAYERTEAMSCAREER COMPLETIONS
Brett Favre^Green Bay, New York Jets, Minnesota6,300
Peyton ManningIndianapolis, Denver6,125
Drew BreesSan Diego, New Orleans6,011
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

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MOVING UP THE CHARTS: Indianapolis running back FRANK GORE totaled 101 scrimmage yards (82 rushing, 19 receiving) in the Colts’ Week 8 loss at Cincinnati.

Gore, who has 17,015 career scrimmage yards, became the ninth player in NFL history to record at least 17,000 scrimmage yards. The other eight players to accomplish the feat are all enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

The players with the most scrimmage yards in NFL history:

PLAYERTEAM(S)CAREER SCRIMMAGE YARDS
Jerry Rice^San Francisco, Oakland, Seattle23,540
Emmitt Smith^Dallas, Arizona21,579
Walter Payton^Chicago21,264
Marshall Faulk^Indianapolis, St. Louis19,154
LaDainian Tomlinson^San Diego, New York Jets18,456
Barry Sanders^Detroit18,190
Marcus Allen^Los Angeles Raiders, Kansas City17,654
Curtis Martin^New England, New York Jets17,430
Frank GoreSan Francisco, Indianapolis17,015
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

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SACK MASTERS: Carolina defensive end JULIUS PEPPERS had a sack and forced fumble in the Panthers’ 17-3 win at Tampa Bay last week.

Peppers, who has 151 career sacks, passed Pro Football Hall of Famer CHRIS DOLEMAN (150.5) for the fourth-most sacks since the individual sack because an official statistic in 1982.

The players with the most sacks since 1982:

PLAYERTEAM(S)CAREER SACKS 
Bruce Smith^Buffalo, Washington200 
Reggie White^Philadelphia, Green Bay, Carolina198 
Kevin Greene^Los Angeles Rams, Pittsburgh, Carolina, San Francisco160 
Julius PeppersCarolina, Chicago, Green Bay151 
Chris Doleman^Minnesota, Atlanta, San Francisco150.5 
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

Minnesota defensive end EVERSON GRIFFEN registered one sack in the Vikings’ 33-16 win over Cleveland at Twickenham Stadium in London in Week 8.

Griffen, who is tied for second in the NFL with 10 sacks and has recorded at least one sack in all eight of Minnesota’s games this season, became the third player to record a sack in each of his team’s first eight games to start a season since the sack became an official statistic in 1982.

The players to record at least one sack in each of their team’s first eight games of a season since 1982:

PLAYERTEAMSEASON
Everson GriffenMinnesota2017
Dwight FreeneyIndianapolis2009
Robert MathisIndianapolis2005

Los Angeles Chargers defensive end JOEY BOSA had a sack in the team’s Week 8 loss at New England.

Bosa, who is tied for second in the AFC with 8.5 sacks, has 19 sacks in 20 career games, the most sacks by a player in his first 20 games to begin a career since the individual sack became an official statistic in 1982.

The players with the most sacks in their first 20 career games since 1982:

PLAYERTEAMSACKS
Joey BosaLos Angeles Chargers19
Aldon SmithSan Francisco18.5
Clay MatthewsGreen Bay17.0
John AbrahamNew York Jets16.5
Von MillerDenver16.5
Leslie O’NealSan Diego16.5

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STILL KICKING: Indianapolis kicker ADAM VINATIERI converted all three of his field-goal attempts and both extra-point attempts in the Colts’ Week 8 loss at Cincinnati.

Vinatieri, who has 56 points this season, is tied with GARY ANDERSON (2,434) for the second-most points scored in NFL history.

The players with the most points scored in NFL history:

PLAYERTEAM(S)CAREER POINTS
Morten Andersen^New Orleans, Atlanta, New York Giants, Kansas City, Minnesota2,544
Adam VinatieriNew England, Indianapolis2,434
Gary AndersonPittsburgh, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Minnesota, Tennessee2,434
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

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