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What to look for in Week 11 of the NFL

 

PERSISTENT PATRIOTSNew England has won five consecutive games and is tied for the best record in the AFC at 7-2.

With a win on Sunday against Oakland at Mexico City’s Estadio Azteca, the Patriots will clinch a .500 or better record for the 17th consecutive season, tying the 1957-73 Cleveland Browns for the second-longest streak in NFL history. The 1965-85 Dallas Cowboys had a .500 or better record in 21 consecutive seasons, the longest such streak all-time.

The teams with the most consecutive seasons with a .500 or better record in NFL history:

 

TEAM SEASONS CONSECUTIVE SEASONS WITH .500 OR BETTER RECORD
Dallas 1965-85 21
Cleveland 1957-73 17
     
New England 2001-Present 16*
*Active streak    

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YO, ADRIANAtlanta defensive end ADRIAN CLAYBORN recorded a franchise-record six sacks, forced two fumbles and a fumble recovered in the Falcons’ 27-7 win against Dallas last week.

Clayborn’s six sacks are tied for the second-most in a game since the individual sack became an official statistic in 1982. Only Pro Football Hall of Famer DERRICK THOMAS (seven on November 11, 1990) had more sacks in a single game.

With 2.5 sacks at Seattle on Monday Night Football, Clayborn would surpass Thomas (eight) for the most sacks in a two-game span in a single season since the individual sack became an official statistic in 1982.

The players with the most sacks in a two-game span in a single season since the individual sack became an official statistic in 1982:

 

PLAYER TEAM SEASON SACKS OVER 2-GAME SPAN
Derrick Thomas^ Kansas City 1990 8
Aldon Smith San Francisco 2012 7.5
Johnie Cooks Indianapolis 1984 7.5
Many tied     7
       
Adrian Clayborn Atlanta 2017 6*
*Through one game
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

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FOUR SCORES AND TWO YEARSPhiladelphia quarterback CARSON WENTZ, who had a bye in Week 10, threw four touchdown passes in the Eagles’ 51-23 win against Denver in Week 9, his third career game with at least four touchdown passes.

This Sunday night at Dallas, Wentz can tie Pro Football Hall of Famer FRAN TARKENTON (four) for the second-most games with at least four touchdown passes in a player’s first two seasons in NFL history.

The players with the most games with at least four touchdown passes in their first two seasons in NFL history:

 

PLAYER TEAM SEASONS GAMES WITH 4+ TD PASSES IN 1ST 2 SEASONS
Dan Marino^ Miami 1983-84 6
Fran Tarkenton^ Minnesota 1961-62 4
       
Carson Wentz Philadelphia 2016-17 3*
*In second season    
^Pro Football Hall of Famer    

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BIG GAME GOFF: Los Angeles Rams quarterback JARED GOFF completed 25 of 37 passes (67.6 percent) for 355 yards with three touchdowns and zero interceptions for a 125.4 rating in the Rams’ 33-7 win against Houston in Week 10.

Goff has passed for at least 300 yards with three touchdown passes and zero interceptions in consecutive games, becoming the first player in franchise history to accomplish the feat.

With at least 300 passing yards, three touchdown passes and zero interceptions on Sunday at Minnesota, Goff will join TOM BRADY (2007) as the only players in NFL history to accomplish the feat in three consecutive games.

 

 

PLAYER

 

TEAM

 

SEASON

 

WEEKS

CONSECUTIVE GAMES WITH 300+ YARDS, 3+ TD PASSES AND 0 INTS
Tom Brady New England 2007 6-8 3
         
Jared Goff Los Angeles Rams 2017 9-10 2*
*Active streak        

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RISING ROETHLISBERGERPittsburgh quarterback BEN ROETHLISBERGER passed for 236 yards and two touchdowns in the Steelers’ 20-17 win at Indianapolis last week.

With 214 passing yards against Tennessee on Thursday Night Football, Roethlisberger, who has 49,112 career passing yards, would pass Pro Football Hall of Famer WARREN MOON (49,325) for the eighth-most passing yards in NFL history.

The players with the most passing yards in NFL history:

 

PLAYER  TEAM(S) CAREER PASSING YARDS
Peyton Manning  Indianapolis, Denver 71,940
Brett Favre^  Green Bay, New York Jets, Minnesota 71,838
Drew Brees  San Diego, New Orleans  68,509*
Tom Brady  New England  64,389*
Dan Marino^  Miami 61,361
John Elway^  Denver 51,475
Eli Manning  New York Giants  50,307*
Warren Moon^  Houston Oilers, Minnesota, Seattle, Kansas City 49,325
Ben Roethlisberger  Pittsburgh  49,112*
*Active  
^Pro Football Hall of Fame  

Roethlisberger enters Week 11 ranked ninth in NFL history with 3,991 completions. With nine completions on Sunday, Roethlisberger will become the ninth quarterback in NFL history to reach 4,000 career completions.

Roethlisberger, who was selected 11th overall in the 2004 NFL Draft, would join ELI MANNING (No. 1 overall, 4,287 completions) and PHILIP RIVERS (No. 4 overall, 4,005) as the only trio of quarterbacks from the same draft class to each record 4,000 career completions.

The players with at least 4,000 career completions in NFL history:

 

PLAYER TEAM(S) CAREER COMPLETIONS
Brett Favre^ Green Bay, New York Jets, Minnesota 6,300
Peyton Manning Indianapolis, Denver 6,125
Drew Brees San Diego, New Orleans  6,051*
Tom Brady New England 5,475*
Dan Marino^ Miami 4,967
Eli Manning New York Giants  4,287*
John Elway^ Denver 4,123
Philip Rivers San Diego/Los Angeles Chargers  4,005*
     
Ben Roethlisberger Pittsburgh  3,991*
​*Active
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

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WELL RECEIVEDNew Orleans wide receiver MICHAEL THOMAS ranks fourth in the NFL with 59 catches this season.

Thomas has 151 receptions in 24 career games, and needs four catches on Sunday against Washington to surpass ANQUAN BOLDIN (154) for the second-most catches by a player in his first 25 games in NFL history.

The players with the most receptions in their first 25 games in NFL history:

 

PLAYER TEAM RECEPTIONS IN 1ST 25 CAREER GAMES
Odell Beckham, Jr. New York Giants 176
Anquan Boldin Arizona 154
Michael Thomas New Orleans 151*
Reggie Bush New Orleans 143
Jarvis Landry Miami 143
*Through 24 games

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FIFTH FOR FITZ: Arizona wide receiver LARRY FITZGERALD, who has 15,066 career receiving yards with the Cardinals, had 10 catches for 113 yards in Week 10 and joined Pro Football Hall of Famer JERRY RICE (19,247 receiving yards with San Francisco) as the only players in NFL history to reach 15,000 career receiving yards with a single team.

With 62 receiving yards on Sunday at Houston, Fitzgerald will surpass TONY GONZALEZ (15,127) for the fifth-most receiving yards in NFL history.

The players with the most career receiving yards in NFL history:

 

PLAYER TEAM(S) CAREER RECEIVING YARDS  
Jerry Rice^ San Francisco, Oakland, Seattle 22,895  
Terrell Owens San Francisco, Philadelphia, Dallas, Buffalo, Cincinnati 15,934  
Randy Moss Minnesota, Oakland, New England, Tennessee, San Francisco 15,292  
Isaac Bruce Los Angeles/St. Louis, San Francisco 15,208  
Tony Gonzalez Kansas City, Atlanta 15,127  
Larry Fitzgerald Arizona 15,066*  
*Active
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

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ROBERT RUNNING RAMPANTLos Angeles Rams wide receiver ROBERT WOODS had eight receptions for a career-high 171 receiving yards and two touchdowns in the Rams’ win against Houston in Week 10.

Woods, who had a 52-yard touchdown catch in Week 9 and a 94-yard touchdown reception in Week 10, can become the fifth player since 1970 with a touchdown reception of at least 50 yards in three consecutive games.

The players to record a 50+ yard touchdown catch in three consecutive games since 1970:

 

PLAYER TEAM SEASON WEEKS CONSECUTIVE GAMES WITH 50+ YARD TD CATCH
Darnay Scott Cincinnati 1999 12-14 3
Al Toon New York Jets 1986 8-10 3
Willie Gault Chicago 1983 3-5 3
Mel Gray St. Louis Cardinals 1974 3-5 3
         
Robert Woods Los Angeles Rams 2017 9-10 2*
*Active streak    

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