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What to look for in Week 12 of NFL

THE CLIMB CONTINUES: Arizona wide receiver LARRY FITZGERALD has 1,194 receptions for 15,157 receiving yards and 108 touchdowns in his 14-year career.

With 52 receiving yards on Sunday against Jacksonville, Fitzgerald will surpass ISAAC BRUCE (15,208) for the fourth-most receiving yards in NFL history.

The players with the most 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

Larry Fitzgerald

Arizona

15,157*

*Active

^Pro Football Hall of Famer

With six receptions this week, Fitzgerald will join Pro Football Hall of Famer JERRY RICE (1,549) and TONY GONZALEZ (1,325) as the only players in NFL history with at least 1,200 career receptions.

The players with the most receptions in NFL history:

PLAYER

TEAM(S)

CAREER RECEPTIONS

Jerry Rice^

San Francisco, Oakland, Seattle

1,549

Tony Gonzalez

Kansas City, Atlanta

1,325

Larry Fitzgerald

Arizona

1,194*

*Active

^Pro Football Hall of Famer

Playing in his 213th career game, Fitzgerald would reach 1,200 career receptions in the fewest games in NFL history, surpassing Rice (221 games) and Gonzalez (247).

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TOM TERRIFICNew England quarterback TOM BRADY leads the NFL with 3,146 passing yards and a 110.9 passer rating this season.

Brady has 64,728 career passing yards and needs 272 passing yards against Miami on Sunday to become the fourth player in NFL history with at least 65,000 passing yards.

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

 68,894*

Tom Brady

 New England

 64,728*

*Active

 

^Pro Football Hall of Famer

 

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MOVING UP THE RANKS: Indianapolis running back FRANK GORE has 13,574 career rushing yards in his 13-year NFL career.

With 89 rushing yards on Sunday against Tennessee, Gore will surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer JEROME BETTIS (13,662) for the sixth-most rushing yards in NFL history. All six players currently in front of Gore are enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

The players with the most rushing yards in NFL history:

PLAYER

TEAM(S)

RUSHING YARDS

Emmitt Smith^

Dallas, Arizona

18,355

Walter Payton^

Chicago

16,726

Barry Sanders^

Detroit

15,269

Curtis Martin^

New England, New York Jets

14,101

LaDainian Tomlinson^

San Diego, New York Jets

13,684

Jerome Bettis^

Los Angeles/St. Louis, Pittsburgh

13,662

Frank Gore*

San Francisco, Indianapolis

13,574

*Active

^Pro Football Hall of Famer

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FLYING FALCONAtlanta wide receiver JULIO JONES has 551 receptions in 89 career games and needs eight catches on Sundayagainst Tampa Bay to surpass ANQUAN BOLDIN (558) for the most catches by a player in his first 90 games in NFL history.

The players with the most receptions in their first 90 games in NFL history:

PLAYER

TEAM

RECEPTIONS IN 1ST 90 CAREER GAMES

Anquan Boldin

Arizona

558

Antonio Brown

Pittsburgh

554

Julio Jones

Atlanta

551*

*Through 89 games

Jones has 8,396 receiving yards in 89 career games and needs 107 yards on Sunday to surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer LANCE ALWORTH (8,502) for the most receiving yards by a player in his first 90 games in NFL history.

The players with the most receiving yards in their first 90 games in NFL history:

PLAYER

TEAM

RECEIVING YARDS IN 1ST 90 CAREER GAMES

Lance Alworth^

San Diego

8,502

Julio Jones

Atlanta

8,396*

^Pro Football Hall of Famer

*Through 89 games

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DYNAMIC DUONew Orleans running backs MARK INGRAM (1,019 scrimmage yards and eight touchdowns) and rookie ALVIN KAMARA (906 scrimmage yards and seven touchdowns) have each gained at least 900 scrimmage yards and scored seven touchdowns through the team’s first 10 games this season.

Ingram and Kamara can become the seventh pair of teammates – and the only running back duo – in the Super Bowl era to each have at least 1,000 scrimmage yards and eight touchdowns through their team’s first 11 games of a season.

The teammates with at least 1,000 scrimmage yards and eight touchdowns in their team’s first 11 games of a season:

TEAM

SEASON

PLAYER

SCRIMMAGE YDS

TDS

PLAYER

SCRIMMAGE YDS

TDS

Green Bay

2014

Jordy Nelson

1,066

9

Eddie Lacy

1,007

9

Indianapolis

2000

Edgerrin James

1,586

14

Marvin Harrison^

1,066

8

St. Louis

2000

Marshall Faulk^

1,447

15

Isaac Bruce

1,185

9

Indianapolis

1999

Edgerrin James

1,547

9

Marvin Harrison^

1,118

12

Dallas

1995

Emmitt Smith^

1,643

20

Michael Irvin^

1,169

8

Dallas

1966

Dan Reeves

1,088

14

Bob Hayes^

1,002

10

New Orleans*

2017

Mark Ingram

1,019

8

Alvin Kamara

906

7

*Through 10 games

 

 

 

 

 

 

^Pro Football Hall of Famer

 

 

 

 

 

 

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DOMINANT DEFENSEThe JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS have allowed a league-low 14.1 points per game this season and have held opponents to fewer than 10 points in six of their first 10 games.

On Sunday at Arizona, the Jaguars can become the fifth team since 1940 to allow fewer than 10 points in seven of its first 11 games to start a season. The four previous teams to accomplish the feat all advanced to the NFL Championship/Super Bowl that season.

The teams with the most games allowing fewer than 10 points in their first 11 games to start a season since 1940:

TEAM

SEASON

GAMES ALLOWING FEWER THAN 10 POINTS

SEASON RESULT

Chicago Bears

1942

8

Advanced to NFL Championship

Pittsburgh Steelers

1975

7

Won Super Bowl

Chicago Bears

1963

7

Won NFL Championship

Green Bay Packers

1962

7

Won NFL Championship

Jacksonville Jaguars

2017

6*

 

*Through 10 games

 

 

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SHINING STEELERSEntering Week 12, Pittsburgh running back LE’VEON BELL leads the NFL with 886 rushing yards and Steelers wide receiver ANTONIO BROWN leads the league with 1,026 receiving yards.

The Steelers are looking to join the 1999 Indianapolis Colts and the 1991 Dallas Cowboys as the only teams in the Super Bowl era to finish the year with the league’s leading rusher and receiver.

The teams to finish a season with the league’s leading rusher and receiver in the Super Bowl era:

TEAM

SEASON

LEADING RUSHER

RUSH YARDS

LEADING RECEIVER

RECEIVING YARDS

Indianapolis

1999

Edgerrin James

1,553

Marvin Harrison^

1,663

Dallas

1991

Emmitt Smith^

1,563

Michael Irvin^

1,523

Pittsburgh

2017

Le’Veon Bell

886*

Antonio Brown

1,026*

*Through Week 11

 

 

 

 

^Pro Football Hall of Famer

 

 

 

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WONDERFUL WILSONSeattle quarterback RUSSELL WILSON ranks second in the NFL with 2,801 passing yards this season.

With 199 passing yards on Sunday, Wilson will become the fourth quarterback in NFL history to pass for at least 3,000 yards in each of his first six seasons.

The quarterbacks with at least 3,000 passing yards in each of their first six seasons in NFL history:

PLAYER

TEAM

SEASONS

Andy Dalton

Cincinnati

2011-16

Cam Newton

Carolina

2011-16

Peyton Manning

Indianapolis

1998-2003

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