THE WEEK THAT WAS – WEEK 5
CLOSE GAMES, ROAD WINS & MORE: Ten of 14
games (71.4 percent) in Week 5 were decided by six points or fewer, tied for
the highest percentage of games decided by six or fewer points in a single week
in the past 25 seasons.
highest percentage of games decided by six or fewer points in a single week in
the past 25 seasons:
PERCENTAGE OF GAMES DECIDED BY 6 OR FEWER POINTS
In Week 5,
the average margin of victory was 7.93 points, the fifth-lowest average
margin of victory in a single week in the past five seasons.
average score margin in a single week since 2013:
AVERAGE MARGIN OF VICTORY
– BALTIMORE, CAROLINA, GREEN BAY, JACKSONVILLE, KANSAS
CITY, the LOS ANGELES CHARGERS, MINNESOTA, NEW ENGLAND,
the NEW YORK JETS and SEATTLE – were victorious on the road in
Week 5, the most road wins in a single week since Week 13, 2015 (11) and
the highest road winning percentage (.714) in a single week since Week 10 of
the 2015 season (.786).
ROCKING ROOKIES: Rookies
across the league continued to make an impact in Week 5. Through the first five
weeks of the season, rookies have accumulated 7,176 yards from scrimmage, the most
by rookies through Week 5 since 1970.
seasons with the most yards from scrimmage by rookies through Week 5 since 1970
(excluding 1987 season):
MOST SCRIMMAGE YARDS BY ROOKIES THROUGH WEEK 5*
have also totaled 51 touchdowns through Week 5, the most through the first five
weeks of a season since 1970.
seasons with the most touchdowns by rookies through Week 5 since 1970
(excluding 1987 season):
MOST TOUCHDOWNS BY ROOKIES THROUGH WEEK 5*
SMITH’S SPOTLESS START: Kansas City quarterback ALEX
SMITH completed 29 of 37 passes (78.4 percent) for 324 yards with three
touchdowns and no interceptions for a 130.2 passer rating in the Chiefs’ 42-34
win over Houston on Sunday Night Football.
Smith, who has 11
touchdown passes and no interceptions this season, joined STEVE BARTKOWSKI
(1983) and ROMAN GABRIEL (1969) as the only quarterbacks in NFL
history with at least 11 touchdown passes and zero interceptions through their
team’s first five games of a season.
The quarterbacks with the
most touchdown passes without an interception in their team’s first five games
of a season:
Los Angeles Rams
ELEMENTARY FOR WATSON: Houston
rookie quarterback DESHAUN WATSON passed for 261 yards with five
touchdowns and no interceptions for a 119.8 passer rating in the Texans’ loss
to Kansas City in Week 5.
became the fourth rookie quarterback in NFL history to pass for five touchdowns
in a single game and the third to accomplish the feat without throwing an
quarterbacks with at least five touchdown passes in a single game in NFL
October 8, 2017
November 22, 2015
November 22, 2009
December 5, 1937
who was 22 years, 24 days old on Sunday, became the third youngest
quarterback in NFL history with five touchdown passes in a single game,
trailing only MATTHEW STAFFORD (21 years, 288 days) and JAMEIS
WINSTON (21, 320).
who ranks second in the NFL with 12 touchdown passes, has the most touchdown
passes by a rookie quarterback in his team’s first five games of a season,
surpassing MARCUS MARIOTA, who had nine TD passes in his team’s first
five games in 2015.
ON THE HUNT: Kansas
City rookie running back KAREEM HUNT
had 116 scrimmage yards (107 rushing, nine receiving) in the Chiefs’ win over Houston
in Week 5.
Hunt, who has at least 100 scrimmage
yards in each of his first five games this season, joined ADRIAN PETERSON (2007) as the only rookies in NFL history
with at least 100 scrimmage yards in each of his team’s first five games of a
season. Hunt’s 755 scrimmage yards are the third-most scrimmage yards by a rookie in his team’s
first five games of a season,
trailing only Pro Football Hall of
Famer ERIC DICKERSON (787 in 1983) and ADRIAN PETERSON (782 in
The rookies with the most
scrimmage yards in their team’s first five games to start a season:
SCRIMMAGE YARDS IN TEAM’S FIRST 5 GAMES
Los Angeles Rams
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FIVE FOR FOURNETTE: Jacksonville
rookie running back LEONARD FOURNETTE rushed for 181 yards with two
touchdowns, including a 90-yard touchdown run, in the Jaguars’ 30-9 win at
Pittsburgh last week.
Fournette, who has scored a
touchdown in each of his first five games this season, is the fifth rookie
to score at least one touchdown in each of his team’s first five games of a
The rookies with at least one
touchdown in each of their team’s first five games of a season:
(22 years, 263 days old) is the youngest player in NFL history with a
touchdown run of at least 90 yards and is the fifth rookie in league
annals with a 90+ yard rushing touchdown.
rookies with a touchdown run of at least 90 yards in NFL history:
December 4, 1949
October 23, 2011
Los Angeles Raiders
November 30, 1987
December 13, 1964
DOMINATING DEFENSE: The JACKSONVILLE
JAGUARS recorded five interceptions, including interception-return
touchdowns by linebacker TELVIN SMITH (28 yards) and safety BARRY
CHURCH (51), in the team’s victory at Pittsburgh.
which leads the NFL with 20 sacks, 10 interceptions and four defensive
touchdowns, is the fourth team in NFL history and the first since the 1984
Seahawks with at least 20 sacks, 10 interceptions and four defensive touchdowns
in their first five games of a season.
with at least 20 sacks, 10 interceptions and four defensive touchdowns in their
first five games of a season:
200 AND COUNTING: Arizona
wide receiver LARRY FITZGERALD had six
catches in the Cardinals’ loss at Philadelphia in Week 5.
Fitzgerald, who has a reception in 200
consecutive games, joined Pro Football Hall of Famer JERRY RICE (274) and TONY
GONZALEZ (211) as the only players in NFL history with at least one catch
in 200 consecutive games.
The most consecutive games with a
reception in NFL history:
CONSECUTIVE GAMES WITH A RECEPTION
San Francisco, Oakland
Kansas City, Atlanta
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VICTORIOUS VINATIERI: Indianapolis
kicker ADAM VINATIERI converted all four of his field-goal attempts,
including the game-winning 51-yard field goal in overtime, in the Colts’ 26-23
victory over San Francisco last week.
has 24 game-winning field goals in the regular season in the final minute of
the fourth quarter or overtime and 10 game-winners in overtime, both the most
in NFL history.
kickers with the most regular-season game-winning field goals in overtime in
GAME-WINNING FIELD GOALS IN
New England, Indianapolis
Tampa Bay, Buffalo, San Diego, New York Giants
who scored 14 points on Sunday, has 2,413 career points and became the third
player in NFL history to score 2,400 career points, joining Pro Football Hall
of Famer MORTEN ANDERSEN (2,544) and GARY ANDERSON (2,434).
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