What To Look For - Week 2

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What To Look For - Week 2

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​​WHAT TO LOOK FOR – WEEK 2

NO NEED TO PANIC: Since realignment in 2002, 116 of the 192 playoff teams (60.4 percent) began the year at either 1-1 or 0-2, including eight teams last season and six division champions – Jacksonville (AFC South), the Los Angeles Rams (NFC West), Minnesota (NFC North), New England (AFC East), New Orleans (NFC South) and Philadelphia (NFC East).

Last season, the New Orleans Saints began the season 0-2 and advanced to the playoffs after becoming the first team in the Super Bowl era to win eight consecutive games following an 0-2 start.

A look at how playoff clubs in 2016 and 2017 began their seasons:

                                                  2016                                                                                                                 2017

Team

After 2 games

Playoff Result

Team

After 2 games

Playoff Result

Atlanta

1-1

Advanced to Super Bowl LI

Atlanta

2-0

Advanced to Divisional

Dallas

1-1

Advanced to Divisional

Buffalo

1-1

Advanced to Wild Card

Detroit

1-1

Advanced to Wild Card

Carolina

2-0

Advanced to Wild Card

Green Bay

1-1

Advanced to NFC Champ

Jacksonville

1-1

Advanced to AFC Champ

Houston

2-0

Advanced to Divisional

Kansas City

2-0

Advanced to Wild Card

Kansas City

1-1

Advanced to Divisional

Los Angeles Rams

1-1

Advanced to Wild Card

Miami

0-2

Advanced to Wild Card

Minnesota

1-1

Advanced to NFC Champ

New England

2-0

Won Super Bowl LI

New England

1-1

Advanced to Super Bowl LII

New York Giants

2-0

Advanced to Wild Card

New Orleans

0-2

Advanced to Divisional

Pittsburgh

2-0

Advanced to AFC Champ

Philadelphia

1-1

Won Super Bowl LII

Oakland

1-1

Advanced to Wild Card

Pittsburgh

2-0

Advanced to Divisional

Seattle

1-1

Advanced to Divisional

Tennessee

1-1

Advanced to Divisional


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MOVING UP THE RANKS: Pittsburgh quarterback BEN ROETHLISBERGER has 51,400 career passing yards in his 15-year NFL career.

With 76 passing yards on Sunday against Kansas City (1:00 PM ET, CBS), Roethlisberger will surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer JOHN ELWAY (51,475) for the seventh-most passing yards in NFL history.

The players with the most passing yards in NFL history:

PLAYER

TEAM(S)

PASSING YARDS

 

Peyton Manning

Indianapolis, Denver

71,940

 

Brett Favre^

Green Bay, New York Jets, Minnesota

71,838

 

Drew Brees

San Diego, New Orleans

70,884*

 

Tom Brady

New England

66,436*

 

Dan Marino^

Miami

61,361

 

Eli Manning

New York Giants

51,906*

 

John Elway^

Denver

51,475

 

Ben Roethlisberger

Pittsburgh

51,400*

 

*Active

^Pro Football Hall of Famer

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PROLIFIC PASSERS: Three quarterbacks – New Orleans’ DREW BREES (439 passing yards), Los Angeles Chargers’ PHILIP RIVERS (424) and Tampa Bay’s RYAN FITZPATRICK (417) – each threw for at least 400 yards on Kickoff Weekend.

With 400 passing yard performances in Week 2, Brees, Rivers and Fitzpatrick can join TOM BRADY (2011) and CAM NEWTON (2011) as the only quarterbacks to throw for at least 400 yards in each of their team’s first two games of a season in NFL history.

The players to throw for at least 400 yards in each of their team’s first two games of a season in NFL history:

PLAYER

SEASON

TEAM

GAME 1 PASSING YARDS

GAME 2 PASSING YARDS

Tom Brady

2011

New England

517

423

Cam Newton

2011

Carolina

422

432

 

 

 

 

 

Drew Brees

2018

New Orleans

439

???

Philip Rivers

2018

Los Angeles Chargers

424

???

Ryan Fitzpatrick

2018

Tampa Bay

417

???


Two quarterbacks – Fitzpatrick and Kansas City’s PATRICK MAHOMES – each threw four touchdown passes in Week 1.

With four touchdown passes in Week 2, Fitzpatrick and Mahomes would join DREW BLEDSOE (1997) as the only quarterbacks to throw for at least four touchdowns in each of their team’s first two games of a season in NFL history.

The players to throw for at least four touchdowns in each of their team’s first two games of a season in NFL history:

PLAYER

SEASON

TEAM

GAME 1 PASSING TDS

GAME 2 PASSING TDS

Drew Bledsoe

1997

New England

4

4

 

 

 

 

 

Ryan Fitzpatrick

2018

Tampa Bay

4

???

Patrick Mahomes

2018

Kansas City

4

???

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BURSTING ONTO THE SCENE: New York Giants rookie running back SAQUON BARKLEY rushed for 106 yards, including a 68-yard touchdown, in his NFL debut last week.

With another 100-yard performance in Week 2 against the Cowboys (8:20 PM ET, NBC), Barkley can become the first rookie since 2005 (CADILLAC WILLIAMS) with at least 100 rushing yards in each of his team’s first two games of the season.

The rookies with at least 100 rushing yards in each of his team’s first two games of the season since 1970:

PLAYER

TEAM

SEASON

Cadillac Williams

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

2005

Edgerrin James

Indianapolis Colts

1999

Marshall Faulk^

Indianapolis Colts

1994

Billy Sims

Detroit Lions

1980

Ottis Anderson

St. Louis Cardinals

1979

William Andrews

Atlanta Falcons

1979

Earl Campbell^

Houston Oilers

1978

^Pro Football Hall of Famer

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LIKE MIKE: New Orleans wide receiver MICHAEL THOMAS recorded a career-high 16 receptions for 180 yards and a touchdown in Week 1, the most by a player on Kickoff Weekend in NFL history.

With 11 receptions on Sunday against Cleveland (1:00 PM ET, FOX), Thomas can surpass ANDRE RISON (26) for the most receptions by a player in his team’s first two games to start a season in NFL history.

The players with the most receptions in his team’s first two games of the season in NFL history:

PLAYER

TEAM

SEASON

RECEPTIONS IN TEAM’S 1ST 2 GAMES

Andre Rison

Atlanta

1994

26

Rod Smith

Denver

2001

23

Julian Edelman

New England

2015

22

Julio Jones

Atlanta

2015

22

 

 

 

 

Michael Thomas

New Orleans

2018

16*

*Through Week 1

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