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2021 What To Look For - Week 5

2021 What To Look For - Week 5

10/07/2021
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In Week 5, wide receivers across the National Football League can set career milestones.

Veterans Odell Beckham, Jr., Antonio Brown, Tyreek Hill and DeAndre Hopkins, along with rookie Ja’Marr Chase, can rewrite the record books with solid performances for their respective teams.

The Arizona Cardinals also look to remain undefeated and attempt to accomplish something only five other teams have done in NFL history.

Here are achievements to watch for with this week’s slate of games:

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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.

 

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

 
 
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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