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2021 What To Look For - Week 3

2021 What To Look For - Week 3

09/23/2021
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Passing numbers are at an all-time high entering Week 3. Completion percentages and passer ratings are the highest they have ever been through the first two weeks of a season.

Quarterbacks are producing at a record-pace and that trend looks to continue. Some of the League’s best offenses and offensive weapons will go head to head this weekend. Here is a look at what to watch for in the pending Week 3 matchups:


PASSING HISTORY: Entering Week 3 of the 2021 NFL season, passing numbers are at an all-time high. The league has a combined 96.5 passer rating and 67.2 completion percentage, both the highest through the first two weeks of a season in NFL history.

HIGHEST PASSER RATING IN FIRST TWO WEEKS, NFL HISTORY
 

 

HIGHEST COMPLETION PERCERTAGE IN FIRST TWO WEEKS, NFL HISTORY

SEASON

PASSER RATING

 

SEASON

COMPLETION PERCENTAGE

2021

96.5

 

2021

67.2

2020

96.2

 

2020

66.4

2019

94.0

 

2018

65.3

 

 
A total of 14 quarterbacks have a season passer rating of 100-or-higher (among qualified passers), the most since 1970 through Week 2. Last season, 12 quarterbacks had a season passer rating of 100-or-higher through the first three weeks, the most in league annals. This year has a chance to surpass that mark.

The seasons with the most quarterbacks with a passer rating of 100-or-higher through the first three weeks in NFL history:

SEASON

QUARTERBACKS

2020

12

2019

11

2018

10

2015

10

2007

10

 

 

2021

14*

*Through two weeks

 

 

Seattle quarterback RUSSELL WILSON leads all quarterbacks with a 146.9 rating this season. If he continues at that pace on Sunday at Minnesota (4:25 PM ET, FOX), he can surpass TOM BRADY (141.8 rating in 2007) for the highest passer rating by a player through his team’s first three games of a season in NFL history, among qualified passers.

The players with the highest passer rating through their team’s first three games of a season in NFL history, among qualified passers:

PLAYER

TEAM

SEASON

PASSER RATING

Tom Brady

New England

2007

141.8

Randall Cunningham

Philadelphia

1992

141.2

Russell Wilson

Seattle

2020

139.0

 

 

 

 

Russell Wilson

Seattle

2021

146.9*

*Through first two games

 

 

 

 

Cleveland quarterback BAKER MAYFIELD leads the league with an 81.6 completion percentage (40 of 49), while Denver quarterback TEDDY BRIDGEWATER ranks second, completing 77.1 percent of his passes (54 of 70). Both players have a chance to have one of the highest completion percentages ever by a player through his team’s first three games of a season.

The players with the highest completion percentage through their team’s first three games of a season in NFL history, among qualified passers:

PLAYER

TEAM

SEASON

COMPLETION PERCENTAGE

Drew Brees

New Orleans

2018

80.6

Tom Brady

New England

2007

79.5

Philip Rivers

Indianapolis

2020

78.3

 

 

 

 

Baker Mayfield

Cleveland

2021

81.6*

Teddy Bridgewater

Denver

2021

77.1*

*Through first two games

 

 

 

 

Las Vegas quarterback DERAK CARR leads the league with 817 passing yards entering Week 3. With 383 passing yards against Miami on Sunday (4:05 PM ET, CBS), he will become the fourth player with at least 1,200 passing yards through his team’s first three games of a season in NFL history.

The quarterbacks with the most passing yards through their team’s first three games of a season in NFL history:

PLAYER

TEAM

SEASON

PASSING YARDS

Tom Brady

New England

2011

1,327

Ryan Fitzpatrick

Tampa Bay

2018

1,230

Kurt WarnerHOF

St. Louis Rams

2000

1,221

 

 

 

 

Derek Carr

Las Vegas

2021

817*

*Through first two games

 

Dating back to Week 16 of the 2020 season, Carr has recorded at least 325 passing yards in four consecutive games. If he reaches the mark this week, he will become the fourth player to record 325 passing yards in at least five consecutive games in NFL history.

The players with the most consecutive games with at least 325 passing yards in NFL history:

PLAYER

TEAM

SEASON(S)

GAMES

Rich Gannon

Oakland Raiders

2002

6

Drew Brees

New Orleans

2011

5

Kurt WarnerHOF

Arizona

2008

5

Kurt WarnerHOF

St. Louis Rams

2000

5

 

 

 

 

Derek Carr

Las Vegas

2020-21

4*

*Active streak

 

Tampa Bay quarterback TOM BRADY leads the league with nine touchdown passes, becoming the fifth quarterback in the Super Bowl era with at least nine touchdown passes in his team's first two games of a season.

With four touchdown passes on Sunday at the Los Angeles Rams (4:25 PM ET, FOX), he would join RUSSELL WILSON (14 touchdown passes in 2020) and PATRICK MAHOMES (13 in 2018) as the only players with at least 13 touchdowns passes through their team’s first three games of a season in NFL history.

The quarterbacks with the most touchdown passes through their team’s first three games of a season in NFL history:

PLAYER

TEAM

SEASON

TOUCHDOWN PASSES

Russell Wilson

Seattle

2020

14

Patrick Mahomes

Kansas City

2018

13

Peyton ManningHOF

Denver

2013

12

 

 

 

 

Tom Brady

Tampa Bay

2021

9*

*Through first two games

 


LAMAR’S 40TH START: In Baltimore’s Sunday Night Football victory over Kansas City last week, quarterback LAMAR JACKSON passed for 239 yards and a touchdown, while rushing for 107 yards and two touchdowns. It marked his 10th-career game with both a passing and rushing touchdown.

In 39 career starts, Jackson has totaled 89 touchdowns (69 passing, 20 rushing). With three touchdowns at Detroit on Sunday (1:00 PM ET, CBS), Jackson will surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer KURT WARNER (91 touchdowns) for the third-most combined passing and rushing touchdowns by a quarterback in his first 40 career starts in NFL history. Only PATRICK MAHOMES (107 touchdowns) and Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO (95) have more.

The quarterbacks with the most combined passing and rushing touchdowns in their first 40 career starts in NFL history:

PLAYER

TEAM

PASSING TOUCHDOWNS

RUSHING TOUCHDOWNS

TOTAL

TOUCHDOWNS

Patrick Mahomes

Kansas City

101

6

107

Dan MarinoHOF

Miami

93

2

95

Kurt WarnerHOF

St. Louis Rams

90

1

91

 

 

 

 

 

Lamar Jackson

Baltimore

69

20

89*

*In 39 career starts

 


PACK IN PRIMETIME: Green Bay wide receiver DAVANTE ADAMS had eight catches for 121 yards in last week’s Monday Night Football victory over Detroit. Adams and the Packers return to primetime in Week 3, as they travel to San Francisco to meet the unbeaten 49ers on Sunday Night Football (8:20 PM ET, NBC). 

Adams has recorded a touchdown reception in nine consecutive games on Sunday Night Football, the longest such streak in NFL history.

Green Bay quarterback AARON RODGERS completed 22 of 27 passes (81.5 pct.) for 255 yards and four touchdowns with no interceptions for a 145.6 rating in last week’s win. He enters Week 3 with 416 career touchdown passes and with four more in San Francisco can tie Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO (420 touchdown passes) for the sixth-most in NFL history.


WIDEOUTS OUT WEST: Entering Week 3, Seattle wide receiver TYLER LOCKETT ranks second in the league with 278 receiving yards, while Los Angeles Rams wide receiver COOPER KUPP ranks third with 271. Each player also has three receiving touchdowns this season and they are the only two players in the league with at least 100 receiving yards and a touchdown reception in each of the first two weeks.

If Lockett records at least 100 receiving yards and a touchdown reception on Sunday at Minnesota (4:25 PM ET, FOX), or Kupp does so against Tampa Bay (4:25 PM ET, FOX), either would join Pro Football Hall of Famers MARVIN HARRISON (1999), RANDY MOSS (2007) and JERRY RICE (1989), as well as DWIGHT CLARK (1982) as the only players with at least 100 receiving yards and a touchdown reception in each of his team’s first three games of a season in NFL history.

The players with at least 100 receiving yards and a touchdown reception in each of their team’s first three games of a season in NFL history:

PLAYER

TEAM

SEASON

Randy MossHOF

New England

2007

Marvin HarrisonHOF

Indianapolis

1999

Jerry RiceHOF

San Francisco

1989

Dwight Clark

San Francisco

1982

 

 

 

Cooper Kupp

L.A. Rams

2021*

Tyler Lockett

Seattle

2021*

*Through first two games

 


TERRIFIC TIGHT ENDS: Kansas City tight end TRAVIS KELCE leads all tight ends with 185 receiving yards this season and ranks second with three touchdown receptions. Dating back to Week 13 of the 2020 season, Kelce has recorded a receiving touchdown in six consecutive regular-season games.

With a touchdown reception on Sunday against the Los Angeles Chargers (1:00 PM ET, CBS), Kelce will become the second tight end to record a receiving touchdown in seven consecutive games in NFL history, joining ANTONIO GATES (nine consecutive games from 2009-10).

The tight ends with a receiving touchdown in the most consecutive games in NFL history:

PLAYER

TEAM

SEASON(S)

CONSECUTIVE GAMES

Antonio Gates

San Diego Chargers

2009-10

9

Tony GonzalezHOF

Atlanta

2008-09

6

Jimmy Graham

New Orleans

2011-12

6

Rob Gronkowski

New England

2011

6

Travis Kelce

Kansas City

2020-21

6*

*Active streak

 

 

Tampa Bay tight end ROB GRONKOWSKI leads all players with four touchdown receptions this season and joined BEN COATES (1994) and DEE MACKEY (1962) as the only tight ends in league annals with at least two touchdown receptions in each of their team's first two games of a season.

If Gronkowski records two touchdown receptions on Sunday against the Rams (4:25 PM ET, FOX), he will join Pro Football Hall of Famer CALVIN JOHNSON (2011) as the only players in NFL history with at least two receiving touchdowns in each of their team’s first three games of a season. He can also become the first tight ever with six receiving touchdowns through his team’s first three games of a season.

The tight ends with the most receiving touchdowns in their team’s first three games of a season in NFL history:

PLAYER

TEAM

SEASON

RECEIVING TOUCHDOWNS

Julius Thomas

Denver

2014

5

Rob Gronkowski

New England

2011

5

Pat Richter

Washington

1968

5

Willie Frazier

Houston Oilers

1965

5

 

 

 

 

Rob Gronkowski

Tampa Bay

2021

4*

*Through first two games

 

Detroit tight end T.J. HOCKENSON ties for the league lead with 16 receptions this season, after recording eight receptions for 97 yards and a touchdown in Week 1 and eight receptions for 66 yards and a touchdown in Week 2.

Against Baltimore on Sunday (1:00 PM ET, CBS), Hockenson can become the first tight end in NFL history with at least eight receptions and a touchdown reception in each of his team’s first three games of a season.


RUNNING THROUGH THE SOUTH: Tennessee running back DERRICK HENRY enters Week 3 leading the league with 240 rushing yards. This Sunday in Indianapolis (1:00 PM ET, CBS) will mark his first game of the season against an AFC South division rival.

In each of his past five games against the AFC South, Henry has rushed for at least 100 yards. In each his past three games against the division, he has totaled at least 175 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns, the longest such streak against a division rival since 1970.

Derrick Henry’s past five games against the AFC South in 2020:

WEEK

OPPONENT

RUSHING YARDS

RUSHING TOUCHDOWNS

Week 17

at Houston

250

2

Week 14

at Jacksonville

215

2

Week 12

at Indianapolis

178

3

Week 10

vs. Indianapolis

103

0

Week 6

vs. Houston

212

2

 
 
The Pro Football Hall of Fame will recognize individual and team “Milestones” throughout the 2021 season. Joining the Hall in celebrating the year’s accomplishments will be 10 of the health systems that are network providers providing quality medical care and services across the country in partnership with Hall of Fame Health. They are Baylor Scott & WhiteVanderbilt University Medical CenterHonorHealthFlagler Health Tampa General HospitalOhioHealthNorthShore HealthSystemProvidence St. John’sHCA Gulf Coast and UCSF Health
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