| THE WEEK THAT WAS – 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:
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:
A look at some notable rookie numbers:
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:
The quarterbacks with at least three touchdown passes and no interceptions in Week 3:
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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:
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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:
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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:
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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: