THE WEEK THAT WAS - WEEK 5

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THE WEEK THAT WAS - WEEK 5

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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

The highest percentage of games decided by six or fewer points in a single week in the past 25 seasons:

SEASON

WEEK

PERCENTAGE OF GAMES DECIDED BY 6 OR FEWER POINTS

2017

5

71.4

2001

5

71.4

1999

5

71.4

1993

15

71.4

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.

The lowest average score margin in a single week since 2013:

​SEASON

WEEK

AVERAGE MARGIN OF VICTORY

2013

1

7.63

2013

2

7.63

2016

1

7.63

2016

8

7.85

2017

5

7.93

 

Ten teams – 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).

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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.

The seasons with the most yards from scrimmage by rookies through Week 5 since 1970 (excluding 1987 season):

SEASON

MOST SCRIMMAGE YARDS BY ROOKIES THROUGH WEEK 5*

2017

7,176

2014

6,100

1983

5,711

2015

5,671

1971

5,429

*Excludes 1987 season

Rookies have also totaled 51 touchdowns through Week 5, the most through the first five weeks of a season since 1970.

The seasons with the most touchdowns by rookies through Week 5 since 1970 (excluding 1987 season):


SEASON

MOST TOUCHDOWNS BY ROOKIES THROUGH WEEK 5*

2017

51

1983

45

2014

42

2008

40

2015

39

1980

39

*Excludes 1987 season

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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:

PLAYER

TEAM

YEAR

TD PASSES

INTs

Alex Smith

Kansas City

2017

11

0

Steve Bartkowski

Atlanta

1983

11

0

Roman Gabriel

Los Angeles Rams

1969

11

0

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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.

Watson 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 interception.

The rookie quarterbacks with at least five touchdown passes in a single game in NFL history:

PLAYER

TEAM

DATE

TOUCHDOWNS

INTERCEPTIONS

Deshaun Watson

Houston

October 8, 2017

5

0

Jameis Winston

Tampa Bay

November 22, 2015

5

0

Matthew Stafford

Detroit

November 22, 2009

5

2

Ray Buivid

Chicago

December 5, 1937

5

0

Watson, 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).

Watson, 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.

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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 2007).

The rookies with the most scrimmage yards in their team’s first five games to start a season:

 

PLAYER

TEAM

SEASON

SCRIMMAGE YARDS IN TEAM’S FIRST 5 GAMES

 

Eric Dickerson^

Los Angeles Rams

1983

787

 

Adrian Peterson

Minnesota

2007

782

 

Kareem Hunt

Kansas City

2017

775

 

Billy Sims

Detroit

1980

761

 

^Pro Football Hall of Famer

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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 season.

The rookies with at least one touchdown in each of their team’s first five games of a season:

PLAYER

TEAM

SEASON

Leonard Fournette

Jacksonville

2017

Robert Edwards

New England

1998

Joe Cribbs

Buffalo

1980

Alan Ameche

Baltimore Colts

1955

Billy Howton

Green Bay

1952

Fournette (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.

The rookies with a touchdown run of at least 90 yards in NFL history:

PLAYER

TEAM

DATE

YARDS

Bobby Gage

Pittsburgh

December 4, 1949

97t

DeMarco Murray

Dallas

October 23, 2011

91t

Bo Jackson

Los Angeles Raiders

November 30, 1987

91t

Sid Blanks

Houston Oilers

December 13, 1964

91t

Leonard Fournette

Jacksonville

October 8, 2017

90t

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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.

Jacksonville, 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.

The teams with at least 20 sacks, 10 interceptions and four defensive touchdowns in their first five games of a season:

TEAM

SEASON

SACKS

INTERCEPTIONS

DEFENSIVE TOUCHDOWNS

Jacksonville

2017

20

10

4

Seattle

1984

22

11

4

Cincinnati

1976

20

10

4

Washington

1973

26

11

5

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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:

PLAYER

TEAM(S)

SEASONS

CONSECUTIVE GAMES WITH A RECEPTION

 

Jerry Rice^

San Francisco, Oakland

1985-2004

274

 

Tony Gonzalez

Kansas City, Atlanta

2000-2013

211

 

Larry Fitzgerald

Arizona

2004-present

200*

 

Marvin Harrison^

Indianapolis

1996-2008

190

 

Hines Ward

Pittsburgh

1998-2010

186

 

*Active streak

^Pro Football Hall of Famer

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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.

Vinatieri 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.

The kickers with the most regular-season game-winning field goals in overtime in NFL history:

PLAYER

TEAM(S)

GAME-WINNING FIELD GOALS IN OVERTIME

Adam Vinatieri

New England, Indianapolis

10

Jim Breech

Oakland, Cincinnati

9

Steve Christie

Tampa Bay, Buffalo, San Diego, New York Giants

9

Jason Elam

Denver, Atlanta

9

Jason Hanson

Detroit

9

Vinatieri, 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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