Two games feature a pair of 3-1 teams, NFL returns to London in Week 5

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Week in and week out, the NFL never disappoints.

The first four weeks of the 2021 schedule have produced more late-game drama than any other season to this point. Road teams are winning more than home teams. A quarterback leads the league in rushing touchdowns. And seven teams that missed the 2020 playoffs have at least a share of their division leads, including the ARIZONA CARDINALS (4-0), who enter play as the league’s only remaining undefeated team for the first time since 1974.

The Week 5 forecast calls for more of the same, with occasional waves of double-digit comeback wins, including a good chance of games decided by a field goal or less. Games ending on the last play are likely, so prepare accordingly. And set your alarm to wake up early on Sunday, because the NFL is back in London.

EDGE-OF-SEAT DRAMATICS: This season has already seen 15 games decided on a game-winning score in the final minute of regulation or in overtime, the most such games through the first four weeks of a season since at least the 1970 merger.

Twelve of those contests have been won on the last play of the game.

The most games decided on a game-winning score in the final minute of regulation or in overtime through Week 4, since 1970:

SEASON

GAMES

2021

15

2012

14

2013

13

2003

13

Including two Week 4 overtime games, which gave both the NEW YORK GIANTS and NEW YORK JETS their first wins, at least one game has gone to overtime in each of the first four weeks of the season. This marks the fifth instance ever in which at least one game has gone to OT in each of the first four weeks. It also happened in 1979, 1983, 2002 and 2018.

CLOSE SHAVES: Through four weeks, 17 of 64 NFL games (26.6 percent) have been decided by three points or fewer. At this point in a season, that’s tied for the fourth-most in league history.

The most games decided by three points or fewer through four weeks in NFL history:

SEASON

GAMES

2011

19

2018

18

1999

18

2021

17

2012

17

1988

17

BACK TO LONDON: This week, the NFL continues an important initiative by returning to international play. Sunday’s schedule starts early with the first of two international games on the 2021 schedule when the NEW YORK JETS (1-3) meet the ATLANTA FALCONS (1-3) at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London (9:30 AM ET/2:30 PM in the UK, NFL Network). Both the Falcons (2014) and Jets (2015) are making their second London appearances.

The NFL had played 28 regular-season games over 13 years (2007-19) until the pandemic kept all league contests in the United States last season.

BOUNCEBACK TEAMS: Through the first four weeks, 12 teams have at least three wins and seven of those teams were not in the postseason last year: ARIZONA (4-0), CAROLINA (3-1), CINCINNATI (3-1), DALLAS (3-1), DENVER (3-1), LAS VEGAS (3-1) and the LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (3-1).

  • Five teams that lost their season-openers – BALTIMORE (3-1), BUFFALO (3-1), CLEVELAND (3-1), DALLAS (3-1) and GREEN BAY (3-1) – have rebounded to win three straight games entering this week.

HOLDING ALL THE CARDS: The ARIZONA CARDINALS (4-0) can mark their best start in 47 years, since 1974, with a victory on Sunday against the SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (2-2) at State Farm Stadium (4:25 PM ET, FOX). The club enters this week as the NFL’s lone remaining undefeated team for the first time since Week 8 of that 1974 season, when the franchise, then based in St. Louis, started 7-0.

  • Arizona’s offense leads the NFL in both total yards per game (440.5) and points per game (35.0).

  • The Cardinals this season have opened 4-0 and scored at least 30 points with 400-or-more yards of offense in each of their first four games. Prior to this season, only three teams had done that, and each went to the Super Bowl: the 2013 Denver Broncos, 2007 New England Patriots and 2002 Oakland Raiders.

  • Three of Arizona’s wins this season have come on the road, and all have been by at least 12 points, including an impressive 37-20 triumph last week against the previously undefeated Rams.

  • The Cardinals have joined the 1980 San Diego Chargers as one of only two undefeated teams over the last 60 years to register three road wins in their first four games and win each by 12-or-more points.

  • This week, Arizona wide receiver DEANDRE HOPKINS (764 career receptions) needs one catch to surpass LARRY FITZGERALD (764) for the most receptions ever by a player prior to his 30th birthday. Hopkins will be 29 years and 126 days old on Sunday.

  • The 49ers, meanwhile, could start third-overall selection TREY LANCE at quarterback. If that happens, all five rookie quarterbacks taken in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft will have made their starting debuts.

  • San Francisco’s DEEBO SAMUEL leads the NFL with 490 receiving yards. In franchise history, only Pro Football Hall of Famer JERRY RICE (522 in 1995) collected more through the first four games of a season.

CHAMPIONSHIP REMATCHES: The BUFFALO BILLS (3-1) travel to play the KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (2-2) on Sunday Night Football (8:20 PM ET, NBC). It’s the ninth time in 10 seasons that teams who played in the most recent AFC Championship are meeting the following year. Over the previous eight rematches, the winner of the rematch game has gone on to the Super Bowl five times, winning the Lombardi Trophy in four of those seasons. And in that span, the only time the winner of the rematch did not make the playoffs, in 2018, the losing team in the rematch went on to win the Super Bowl.

The winners of the last eight rematches of the prior season’s AFC Championship Game:

SEASON

REMATCH

WINNING TEAM’S SEASON RESULT

2019

Kansas City 23, New England 16

KC won Super Bowl

2018

Jacksonville 31, +New England 20

JAX missed playoffs

2017

New England 27, Pittsburgh 24

NE Advanced to Super Bowl

2016

New England 16, Denver 3

NE won Super Bowl

2015

New England 34, Indianapolis 27

NE advanced to AFC Championship

2014

New England 43, Denver 21

NE won Super Bowl

2013

New England 41, Baltimore 7

NE advanced to AFC Championship

2012

*Baltimore 28, New England 13

BAL won Super Bowl

*Postseason game; +Went on to win Super Bowl

This week’s game also pits Buffalo’s No. 1-ranked defense in both points allowed per game (11.0) and yards allowed per game (216.8) against Kansas City’s top-ranked offense in yards per play (6.9). The Chiefs also rank second on offense in total yards per game (427.5) and tied for second (with Buffalo’s offense) in points per game (33.5).

Buffalo has scored at least 35 points in three consecutive games. The Bills, who registered shutouts in Weeks 2 and 4, are the third team since 1990 to record two shutouts in their first four games of a season, joining the Ravens in 2000 and Washington in 1991.

Chiefs quarterback PATRICK MAHOMES made his 50th career start last week and recorded five touchdown passes while wide receiver TYREEK HILL totaled 11 receptions for 186 yards and three touchdowns in the Chiefs’ win.

  • Mahomes has a 40-10 record (.800) as a starting quarterback and joined Pro Football Hall of Famer KEN STABLER (40-9-1) as the only quarterbacks whose career began in the Super Bowl era to win 40 of their first 50 career starts.

  • With five touchdown passes in Week 4, Mahomes became the fifth quarterback in NFL history to register at least three touchdown passes in each of his first four games of a season, joining TOM BRADY (first 10 games in 2007) and Pro Football Hall of Famers STEVE YOUNG (first five games in 1998), DAN MARINO (first four games in 1987) and KURT WARNER (first four games in 1999).

  • Mahomes became the first player with four games of at least five touchdown passes in his first 50 career starts and tied Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO (four games) for the most such games by a player in his first five seasons all-time.

  • Mahomes has 25 career games with at least three touchdown passes and joined Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO (33 games) as the only players with at least 25 such games in their first five seasons in NFL history.

  • Hill, who recorded his fifth-career game with at least 180 receiving yards, is the fifth player with five games with at least 180 receiving yards in his first six seasons in NFL history, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer LANCE ALWORTH (eight games), CHARLEY HENNIGAN (seven), Pro Football Hall of Famer ISAAC BRUCE (six) and ANTONIO BROWN (five).

ROAD SWEET HOME: NFL teams in road games this season are 33-31 (.516), continuing a trend of road-team success that began in 2019. Since the beginning of 2019, road teams are 284-290-2 (.495).

The seasons with the highest winning percentage by road teams through four weeks, since 1970:

SEASON

W

L

T

PCT

1983

33

23

0

.589

2019

35

27

1

.563

1978

30

26

0

.536

1971*

26

23

3

.531

1972

26

24

2

.519

2021

33

31

0

.516

*Tie games did not count in winning percentage prior to 1972

Six clubs this season have at least two road wins through four weeks, including the DENVER BRONCOS (3-1), who put their 2-0 road record on the line this week against the PITTSBURGH STEELERS (1-3) on Sunday (1:00 PM ET, FOX).

  • Last week, Pittsburgh quarterback BEN ROETHLISBERGER threw his 400th career touchdown pass and became the eighth quarterback all-time to reach that milestone. Roethlisberger, who had 232 passing yards in Week 4, now has 61,381 career passing yards and also surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO (61,361) for the sixth-most passing yards in NFL history.

SOFI HOSTS ANOTHER SPOTLIGHT GAME: Another week, another big game at SoFi Stadium. Next up is a clash of three-win teams when the CLEVELAND BROWNS (3-1) face the LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (3-1) on Sunday (4:05 PM ET, CBS).

  • Chargers quarterback JUSTIN HERBERT is 7-1 over his last eight starts, dating back to Week 14 last season.

  • Herbert needs 300 passing yards this week to register the 11th 300-yard passing game of his young career and surpass PATRICK MAHOMES (10 games) and Pro Football of Famer DAN MARINO (10) for the most by a player in his first two seasons.

  • Last week, Los Angeles running back AUSTIN EKELER recorded his 18th career touchdown reception to surpass DANNY WOODHEAD (17) for the most by an undrafted running back in the common-draft era.

  • Cleveland’s NICK CHUBB ranks second in the NFL with 362 rushing yards, playing the lead role in an offense that leads the NFL in rushing (177.0 yards per game).

  • On defense, Cleveland’s MYLES GARRETT leads the NFL with six sacks.

ESTABLISHED, BURGEONING STARS FACE OFF IN CINCY: In another battle of one-loss teams, the GREEN BAY PACKERS (3-1) head south to face the CINCINNATI BENGALS (3-1) on Sunday (1:00 PM ET, FOX).

Last week, Packers quarterback AARON RODGERS recorded three touchdowns (two passing, one rushing) with no interceptions. He now has 420 career touchdown passes, tied with Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO (420) for the sixth-most all time.

Sunday is an intriguing matchup of Rodgers, the reigning league MVP, and Cincinnati’s JOE BURROW, the No. 1 overall selection in the 2020 NFL Draft.

Burrow last week led the Bengals back from 14-point halftime deficit, finishing with 348 passing yards and two touchdowns. He has at least two touchdown passes in each of his first four games this season.

The first 14 NFL starts in the careers of Aaron Rodgers and Joe Burrow:

RODGERS, 2008

BURROW, 2020-21

5-9-0

Record

5-8-1

63.5

Completion Pct.

66.9

3,470

Passing Yards

3,676

23

Passing TD

22

12

Interceptions

9

91.8

Rating

94.8

RAVENS HOST COLTS IN PRIMETIME: The INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (1-3) return to their franchise’s former home this week to face the BALTIMORE RAVENS (3-1) on Monday Night Football (8:15 PM ET, ESPN).

  • Last week, the Ravens rushed for 102 yards and now have at least 100 yards in 43 consecutive regular-season games, tied with the Pittsburgh Steelers (43 from 1974-77) for the longest such streak in NFL history.

  • Baltimore quarterback LAMAR JACKSON in four career starts on Monday Night Football has passed for 664 yards with eight touchdowns and no interceptions for a 111.9 passer rating. In those four starts, he’s also rushed for 388 yards on 38 carries (10.2 average) with two touchdowns.

  • Indianapolis has been stout against the run since the beginning of the 2020 season. The Colts rank third in rushing defense (95.2 yards per game) over that span. Over a longer stretch, since the beginning of 2018, the Colts have allowed a 100-yard rusher in only four of their past 52 games (DERRICK HENRY in all four games).

COMEBACK PLAYERS: The annual Comeback Player of the Year Award is meaningful because it’s the manifestation of a player’s ability to overcome personal adversity and return to contribute to his team’s on-field success. Two candidates for that award, running back SAQUON BARKLEY and quarterback DAK PRESCOTT, will be on the same field when the NEW YORK GIANTS (1-3) return to AT&T Stadium to face the DALLAS COWBOYS (3-1) on Sunday (4:25 PM ET, FOX).

  • Prescott last week threw four touchdown passes in the Cowboys’ win, his fifth career game with four-or-more touchdown passes.

  • Barkley, meanwhile, scored the game-winning touchdown in overtime last week. He finished with 126 scrimmage yards (74 receiving, 52 rushing), including a 54-yard touchdown reception that sparked an 11-point comeback in the fourth quarter.

  • Two rookie linebackers – New York’s AZEEZ OJULARI (3) and Dallas’ MICAH PARSONS (2.5) – are leading their respective teams in sacks. Last month, Ojulari became the first NFL rookie with at least one sack in each of his team’s first three games since TERRELL SUGGS in 2003.

  • Dallas cornerback TREVON DIGGS leads the NFL with five interceptions. Diggs is the fourth player since 1990 to record an interception in each of his team’s first four games of a season, joining DEVIN MCCOURTY (2019), BRIAN RUSSELL (2003) and OTIS SMITH (1995).

  • Giants quarterback DANIEL JONES leads the league among qualified players with 7.0 yards per carry (27 attempts, 188 yards, two touchdowns).

DUAL-THREAT QUARTERBACKS ON DISPLAY IN CAROLINA: Week 5 features five potential matchups of starting quarterbacks under the age of 27. One of those game is in Charlotte, where the PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (1-3) and JALEN HURTS square off with the CAROLINA PANTHERS (3-1) and SAM DARNOLD (1:00 PM ET, FOX).

  • Darnold leads all NFL players with five rushing touchdowns.

  • Last week, Darnold passed for 301 yards and totaled four touchdowns (two passing, two rushing). He became the first quarterback in NFL history to record five rushing touchdowns in his team’s first four games of a season.

  • Darnold, who also had two rushing touchdowns in Week 3, is the sixth quarterback since 1970 to record multiple rushing touchdowns in consecutive games.

  • Hurts, meanwhile, has 226 rushing yards, second among quarterbacks this season behind Baltimore’s LAMAR JACKSON (279).

WEEK 5 NFL SCHEDULE

(All times Eastern)

Thursday, October 7

Los Angeles Rams at Seattle

FOX
NFLN
Amazon

8:20

Sunday, October 10

New York Jets vs. Atlanta (London)

NFLN

9:30 AM

Philadelphia at Carolina

FOX

1:00

Green Bay at Cincinnati

FOX

1:00

New England at Houston

CBS

1:00

Tennessee at Jacksonville

CBS

1:00

Detroit at Minnesota

FOX

1:00

Denver at Pittsburgh

FOX

1:00

Miami at Tampa Bay

CBS

1:00

New Orleans at Washington

CBS

1:00

Cleveland at Los Angeles Chargers

CBS

4:05

Chicago at Las Vegas

CBS

4:05

San Francisco at Arizona

FOX

4:25

New York Giants at Dallas

FOX

4:25

Buffalo at Kansas City

NBC

8:20

Monday, October 11

Indianapolis at Baltimore

ESPN

8:15


What to Look For – Week 5

CALLING CARDS: The ARIZONA CARDINALS (4-0) are the last undefeated team and have scored at least 30 points in each of their first four games of the 2021 season.

With at least 30 points against the 49ers (4:25 PM ET, FOX), the Cardinals would become the sixth team to score at least 30 points in each of their first five games to start a season in NFL history. Four of the previous five teams to accomplish the feat advanced to the Super Bowl.

The teams with the most consecutive games of at least 30 points to start a season:

TEAM

SEASON

CONSECUTIVE GAMES WITH 30+ POINTS TO START SEASON

Denver Broncos#

2013

8

New England Patriots#

2007

8

St. Louis Rams

2000

8

Los Angeles Rams#

2018

5

New England Patriots#

2011

5

Arizona Cardinals

2021

4*

*Active streak

#Advanced to Super Bowl

Arizona quarterback KYLER MURRAY leads all qualified passers with a 76.1 completion percentage (102 of 134) and ranks third in the NFL with 1,273 passing yards.

On Sunday, he can become the third quarterback in NFL history with at least 1,500 passing yards and a completion percentage of 75-or-higher through his team’s first five games of a season, joining DREW BREES (2018) and Pro Football Hall of Famer PEYTON MANNING (2013).

The players with at least 1,500 passing yards and a completion percentage of 75-or-higher through their team’s first five games of a season in NFL history:

PLAYER

TEAM

SEASON

PASS YARDS

COMP. PCT.

Drew Brees

New Orleans

2018

1,658

77.9

Peyton ManningHOF

Denver

2013

1,884

75.8

Kyler Murray

Arizona

2021

1,273*

76.1*

*Through first four games

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CHAMPIONSHIP REMATCH: The BUFFALO BILLS (3-1) visit the KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (2-2) on Sunday Night Football (8:20 PM ET, NBC) in a rematch of last season’s AFC Championship.
Buffalo enters Week 4 with the top-ranked scoring defense (11.0 points allowed per game) and is tied for second with Kansas City in scoring offense (33.5 points per game). The Bills lead the league in point differential (+90) and became the third team since 1990 to record two shutouts in their first four games of a season, joining the Ravens in 2000 and Washington in 1991. Both Baltimore and Washington advanced to the Super Bowl in those seasons.

On Sunday night, Buffalo can become the fifth team since 2000 with a point differential of 100-or-higher through its first five games of a season.

The teams with the highest point differential through their first five games since 2000:

TEAM

SEASON

POINT DIFFERENTIAL

New England Patriots

2019

+121

Chicago Bears#

2006

+120

New England Patriots#

2007

+117

Arizona Cardinals

2015

+100

Buffalo Bills

2021

+90*

*In first four games

#Advanced to Super Bowl

Kansas City quarterback PATRICK MAHOMES, who leads the league with 14 touchdown passes, threw five touchdown passes last week and became the fifth quarterback in NFL history to register at least three touchdown passes in each of his first four games of a season.

This week, Mahomes can join TOM BRADY (first 10 games in 2007) and Pro Football Hall of Famer STEVE YOUNG (first five games in 1998) as the only quarterbacks with at least three touchdown passes in each of their first five games of a season.

Mahomes, who has 28 career games with at least 300 passing yards since entering the NFL in 2017, has at least 300 passing yards in two of his first four games this season and can tie Pro Football Hall of Famer KURT WARNER (29) for the most 300-yard passing games by a player in his first five seasons in NFL history.

Kansas City wide receiver TYREEK HILL had 11 receptions for 186 yards and three touchdowns last week, his 15th career game with at least two total touchdowns.

With two touchdowns against Buffalo, Hill can tie Pro Football Hall of Famer BOB HAYES (16 games) for the third-most games with at least two touchdowns by a wide receiver in his first six seasons in NFL history.

The wide receivers with the most games with at least two touchdowns in their first six seasons in NFL history:

PLAYER

TEAM

GAMES

Jerry RiceHOF

San Francisco

19

Randy MossHOF

Minnesota

18

Bob HayesHOF

Dallas

16

Tyreek Hill

Kansas City

15*

*In sixth season

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SECOND & TWENTY: Second-year quarterback JUSTIN HERBERT is slated to make his 20th career start as the LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (3-1) host the CLEVELAND BROWNS (3-1) at SoFi Stadium (4:05 PM ET, CBS). Last week, Herbert registered his 500th career completion and became the first quarterback in the Super Bowl era to reach 500 career completions prior to his 20th NFL start.

In Week 5, Herbert, who has 40 career touchdown passes, can surpass TONY ROMO (43 touchdown passes) for the fourth-most by a quarterback in his first 20 career starts in NFL history.

The quarterbacks with the most touchdown passes in their first 20 career starts in NFL history:

PLAYER

TEAM

TOUCHDOWN PASSES

Patrick Mahomes

Kansas City

60

Kurt WarnerHOF

St. Louis Rams

51

Dan MarinoHOF

Miami

47

Tony Romo

Dallas

43

Justin Herbert

L.A. Chargers

40*

*In 19 starts

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ROOKIE SUCCESS: The NFL returns to London for the first of two international games on the 2021 schedule when the NEW YORK JETS (1-3) meet the ATLANTA FALCONS (1-3) at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium (9:30 AM ET/2:30 PM in the UK, NFL Network).

Jets rookie quarterback ZACH WILSON, the No. 2 overall selection in the 2021 NFL Draft, earned his first-career win last week after passing for a career-high 297 yards. This week, he looks to become the first rookie quarterback to win a game in London and can become the first rookie quarterback to register multiple touchdown passes in an international game.

The rookie quarterbacks to start an international game since 2005:

DATE

PLAYER

TEAM

SITE

STADIUM

TD PASSES

RESULT

Nov. 3, 2019

Gardner Minshew

Jacksonville

London

Wembley

0

HOU 26, JAX 3

Oct. 29, 2017

Deshone Kizer

Cleveland

London

Twickenham

0

MIN 33, CLE 16

Nov. 9, 2014

Blake Bortles

Jacksonville

London

Wembley

0

DAL 31, JAX 17

Sept. 28, 2014

Derek Carr

Oakland Raiders

London

Wembley

1

MIA 38, OAK 14

Dec. 1, 2013

EJ Manuel

Buffalo

Toronto

Rogers Centre

1

ATL 34, BUF 31

Dec. 16, 2012

Russell Wilson

Seattle

Toronto

Rogers Centre

1

SEA 50, BUF 17

Dec. 3, 2009

Mark Sanchez

N.Y. Jets

Toronto

Rogers Centre

1

NYJ 19, BUF 13

Two other rookie quarterbacks square off in Week 5, as MAC JONES and the New England Patriots visit DAVIS MILLS and the Houston Texans (1:00 PM ET, CBS).

Jones leads all qualified rookie quarterbacks in passing yards (1,012) and passer rating (84.7) through the first four weeks and his 112 completions are the second-most by a rookie quarterback in his first four career starts and third-most by any player in his first four starts all-time.

This week, Jones, who has at least 25 completions in three of his first four starts, can surpass JOE BURROW (135 completions in 2020) for the most completions by a rookie quarterback in his first five career starts in NFL history.

The rookie quarterbacks with the most completions in their first five career starts in NFL history:

PLAYER

TEAM

SEASON

COMPLETIONS

Joe Burrow

Cincinnati

2020

135

Kyler Murray

Arizona

2019

126

Justin Herbert

L.A. Chargers

2020

124

Mac Jones

New England

2021

112*

*Through first four starts

Cincinnati rookie wide receiver JA’MARR CHASE leads all rookies with 297 receiving yards and four touchdown receptions and has recorded at least 50 receiving yards in each of his first four career games.

On Sunday against Green Bay (1:00 PM ET, FOX), Chase can become the fifth rookie in NFL history with at least 50 receiving yards in each of his first five career games. It would also mark the third-consecutive season that a rookie has accomplished the feat [CEEDEE LAMB (2020) and TERRY MCLAURIN (2019)].

The rookies with the most consecutive games with at least 50 receiving yards to begin their careers in NFL history:

PLAYER

TEAM

SEASON

GAMES

Earl McCullouch

Detroit

1968

7

CeeDee Lamb

Dallas

2020

6

Terry Glenn

New England

1996

5

Terry McLaurin

Washington

2019

5

Ja’Marr Chase

Cincinnati

2021

4*

*Active streak

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RECEIVER RECORDS: In Week 5, wide receivers across the league can set career milestones:

  • Cleveland’s ODELL BECKHAM JR. has 494 receptions and 6,934 receiving yards in 84 career games. On Sunday at the Los Angeles Chargers (4:05 PM ET, CBS), he can join JULIO JONES (531 receptions and 8,076 receiving yards) as the only players ever with at least 500 receptions and 7,000 receiving yards in their first 85 career games.

  • Tampa Bay’s ANTONIO BROWN has 899 receptions for 11,947 yards in 142 career games. On Sunday against Miami (1:00 PM ET, CBS), he can surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer MARVIN HARRISON (149 games) as the fastest player (143 games) to reach 900 career receptions in NFL history.

    Brown can also become the fifth player in league annals to reach 12,000 career receiving yards in fewer than 150 games, joining JULIO JONES (125 games), Pro Football Hall of Famer JERRY RICE (142), TORRY HOLT (146) and ANDRE JOHNSON (146).

  • Arizona’s DEANDRE HOPKINS, who will be 29 years and 126 days old on Sunday, has 764 career receptions and needs one catch against San Francisco (4:25 PM ET, FOX) to surpass LARRY FITZGERALD (764) for the most receptions ever by a player prior to his 30th birthday.

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CAN YOU DIGGS IT?: Dallas cornerback TREVON DIGGS leads the NFL with five interceptions this season, having recorded at least one interception in each of the Cowboys’ first four games.

With an interception on Sunday against the New York Giants (4:25 PM ET, FOX), Diggs would become the third player in the Super Bowl era to record at least one interception in his each of his team’s first five games of a season.

The players with an interception in each of their team’s first five games of a season in the Super Bowl era:

PLAYER

TEAM

SEASON

GAMES WITH INTERCEPTION TO BEGIN SEASON

Brian Russell

Minnesota

2003

6

Lemar Parrish

Washington

1979

5

Trevon Diggs

Dallas

2021

4*

*Active streak

 

 

 

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