NFL

The Week That Was From Week 2 in the NFL

THE WEEK THAT WAS – WEEK 2​

ROCKING ROOKIESRookies across the league are off to a fast start. Through the first two weeks of the season, rookies have accumulated 2,733 total yards from scrimmage, the most by rookies through two weeks of a season since 1970.

The seasons with the most total yards from scrimmage by rookies through Week 2 since 1970:

SEASON

MOST SCRIMMAGE YARDS BY ROOKIES THROUGH WEEK 2

2017

2,733

2008

2,455

1979

2,130

2016

2,057

1976

2,048

Rookies have also totaled 19 touchdowns through Week 2, the most through two weeks of a season since 1978 (21).

The seasons with the most total touchdowns by rookies through Week 2 since 1970:

SEASON

MOST TOTAL TOUCHDOWNS BY ROOKIES THROUGH WEEK 2

1978

21

1975

20

2017

19

2010

17

1984

17

1980

17

A look at some notable rookie numbers:

  • Three rookies rank in the top five in rushing yards through Week 2: Kansas City’s KAREEM HUNT (1st in NFL, 229 yards), Minnesota’s DALVIN COOK (3rd, 191) and Jacksonville’s LEONARD FOURNETTE (5th, 140).

  • Hunt has scored five touchdowns (three rushing, two receiving) in his first two career games. Only DUTCH STERNAMAN (six) of the 1920 Decatur Staleys has scored more touchdowns in his first two career games.

  • Hunt and Detroit rookie wide receiver KENNY GOLLADAY are both tied for second in the NFL with two receiving touchdowns.

  • Detroit rookie cornerback JAMAL AGNEW (88-yard punt-return touchdown) is the only player in the league this season with a kick-return touchdown.

  • Pittsburgh rookie wide receiver JU JU SMITH-SCHUSTER had a four-yard touchdown catch in the Steeler’s 26-9 win over Minnesota in Week 2.

    Smith-Schuster, who is 20 years old, is the youngest player to score a touchdown in the NFL since 1964 (Chicago’s ANDY LIVINGSTON) and the youngest NFL player to catch a touchdown pass since 1930 (Green Bay’s ARNIE HERBER).

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300-CLUBGreen Bay quarterback AARON RODGERS passed for 343 yards and two touchdowns in the Packers’ loss at Atlanta in Week 2. Rodgers’ second touchdown pass of the game – a one-yard shovel pass to running back TY MONTGOMERY – was the 300th of his career. He is the 11th quarterback in NFL history with 300 career touchdown passes.

Rodgers’ 300th touchdown pass came on his 4,742nd career attempt, the fewest attempts at the time of a player’s 300th touchdown pass in NFL history.

The players with the fewest career pass attempts to reach 300 touchdowns:

PLAYER

PASS ATTEMPTS AT TIME OF 300TH CAREER TD PASS

Aaron Rodgers

4,742

Peyton Manning

5,306

Tom Brady

5,321

Dan Marino^

5,460

^Pro Football Hall of Famer

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GOLDEN GATESLos Angeles Chargers tight end ANTONIO GATES had a touchdown catch in the Chargers’ Week 2 loss to Miami. Gates now has 112 career touchdown receptions, surpassing TONY GONZALEZ (111) for the most by a tight end in NFL history.

The tight ends with the most touchdown receptions in NFL history:

PLAYER

TEAM(S)

SEASONS

CAREER TD CATCHES

Antonio Gates

Los Angeles Chargers

2003-present

112*

Tony Gonzalez

Kansas City, Atlanta

1997-2013

111

Rob Gronkowski

New England

2010-present

69*

Jason Witten

Dallas

2003-present

65*

Shannon Sharpe^

Denver, Baltimore

1990-2003

62

*Active

^Pro Football Hall of Famer

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FAST START: Houston rookie quarterback DESHAUN WATSON had a 49-yard touchdown run in the Texans’ 13-9 win at Cincinnati on Thursday Night Football. Watson’s touchdown run was the longest by a quarterback in his first career start in NFL history.

The quarterbacks with the longest touchdown runs in their first career start in NFL history:

PLAYER

DATE

TEAM

YARDS

Deshaun Watson

Sept. 14, 2017

Houston

49t

Tim Tebow

Dec. 19, 2010

Denver

40t

Joe Flacco

Sept. 7, 2008

Baltimore

38t

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JOLTING JONESKansas City defensive end CHRIS JONES had three sacks, two forced fumbles and an interception in the Chiefs’ 27-20 win over Philadelphia in Week 2.

Jones is the first player since Pittsburgh’s JAMES HARRISON in 2007 to have at least three sacks, two forced fumbles and an interception in a single game.​

PLAYER

DATE

TEAM

SACKS

FORCED FUMBLES

INTS

Chris Jones

Sept. 17, 2017

Kansas City

3

2

1

James Harrison

Nov. 5, 2007

Pittsburgh

3.5

3

1

 

 

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