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What to Look For - Week 2

What to Look For - Week 2

09/17/2020
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Each week, players across the National Football League place themselves in the record books or move up a career ranking list.

But Week 2 also takes on added significance for teams in the NFL who didn’t win their opener. An 0-2 record isn’t an insurmountable hill to climb to reach the playoffs, but history shows few teams overcoming a slow start and making the postseason.

Here’s is a look at Week 2 records for the 2018 and 2019 playoff teams along with other individual accomplishments that might be achieved with this week’s slate of games:

 

NO NEED TO PANIC: Since realignment in 2002, 131 of the 216 playoff teams (60.6 percent) began the year at either 1-1 or 0-2, including five teams last season and three division champions HOUSTON (AFC South), NEW ORLEANS(NFC South) and PHILADELPHIA (NFC East).

Last season, seven playoff teams began the year by winning their first two games, the most in a single season since 2006 (seven teams). ​

A look at how playoff clubs in 2019 and 2018 began their seasons:

                           2019                                                                            2018             

Team

After 2 games

Playoff Result

 

Team

After 2 games

Playoff Result

Baltimore

2-0

Advanced to Divisional

 

Baltimore

1-1

Advanced to Wild Card

Buffalo

2-0

Advanced to Wild Card

 

Chicago

1-1

Advanced to Wild Card

Green Bay

2-0

Advanced to NFC Champ

 

Dallas

1-1

Advanced to Divisional

Houston

1-1

Advanced to Divisional

 

Houston

0-2

Advanced to Wild Card

Kansas City

2-0

Won Super Bowl LIV

 

Indianapolis

1-1

Advanced to Divisional

Minnesota

1-1

Advanced to Divisional

 

Kansas City

2-0

Advanced to AFC Champ

New England

2-0

Advanced to Wild Card

 

L.A. Chargers

1-1

Advanced to Divisional

New Orleans

1-1

Advanced to Wild Card

 

L.A. Rams

2-0

Advanced to Super Bowl LIII

Philadelphia

1-1

Advanced to Wild Card

 

New England

1-1

Won Super Bowl LIII

San Francisco

2-0

Advanced Super Bowl LIV

 

New Orleans

1-1

Advanced to NFC Champ

Seattle

2-0

Advanced to Divisional

 

Philadelphia

1-1

Advanced to Divisional

Tennessee

1-1

Advanced to AFC Champ

 

Seattle

0-2

Advanced to Wild Card

 

MAHOMES MILESTONES:​ Last season, Kansas City quarterback PATRICK MAHOMES became the fastest player to reach 70 career touchdown passes (27 games) in NFL history, and he can continue to rewrite the record books in 2020. ​

Entering Week 2, Mahomes has 9,623 passing yards in 32 career games. On Sunday at the Los Angeles Chargers (4:25 PM ET, CBS), he can surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer KURT WARNER (36 games) as the fastest player to reach 10,000 career passing yards in league history. ​

The fastest players to reach 10,000 career passing yards in NFL history:

PLAYER

TEAM

GAMES TO REACH 10,000 PASSING YARDS

Kurt WarnerHOF

St. Louis Rams

36

Matthew Stafford

Detroit

37

Marc Bulger

St. Louis Rams

38

Andrew Luck

Indianapolis

38

Dan MarinoHOF

Miami

38

 

 

 

Patrick Mahomes

Kansas City

32*

*Has 9,623 passing yards in 32 career games

 

Last week in the Chiefs’ season-opening win, Mahomes passed for three touchdowns versus zero interceptions for a 123.3 passer rating, his 16th career game with at least three touchdown passes.

With at least three touchdown passes in Week 2, Mahomes will surpass PEYTON MANNING (16 games) and DAK PRESCOTT (16) for the third-most such games in a player’s first four seasons in NFL history, trailing only Pro Football Hall of Famers DAN MARINO (27) and KURT WARNER (21).

The players with the most games with at least three touchdown passes in their first four seasons in NFL history:

PLAYER

TEAM

GAMES

Dan MarinoHOF

Miami

27

Kurt WarnerHOF

St. Louis Rams

21

Patrick Mahomes*

Kansas City

16

Peyton Manning

Indianapolis

16

Dak Prescott

Dallas

16

*In fourth season

 
 
DUAL-THREAT DAK: Since entering the NFL in 2016, Dallas quarterback DAK PRESCOTT has 98 touchdown passes and 21 rushing touchdowns, the most among quarterbacks.

With at least two touchdown passes on Sunday against Atlanta (1:00 PM, ET), Prescott will become the third quarterback to record at least 100 touchdown passes and 20 rushing touchdowns in his first five seasons in NFL history, joining JEFF GARCIA and CAM NEWTON.

The players with at least 100 touchdown passes and 20 rushing touchdowns in their first five seasons in NFL history:

PLAYER

TEAM

TD PASSES

RUSHING TDS

Jeff Garcia

San Francisco

113

21

Cam Newton

Carolina

117

43

 

 

 

 

Dak Prescott*

Dallas

98

21

*In fifth season

 
 
GURLEY AMONG GREATS: In his first game with Atlanta last week, running back TODD GURLEY rushed for 56 yards and a touchdown, the 71st scrimmage touchdown of his career.

Gurley, appearing in his 75th career game on Sunday at Dallas (1:00 PM ET, FOX), needs one scrimmage touchdown to tie Pro Football Hall of Famer EMMITT SMITH (72 scrimmage touchdowns) for the third-most scrimmage touchdowns by a player through his first 75 career games in NFL history. Only Pro Football Hall of Famers JIM BROWN (79) and LADAINIAN TOMLINSON (79) have more.

The players with the most scrimmage touchdowns in their first 75 career games in NFL history:

PLAYER

TEAM

TOUCHDOWNS

Jim BrownHOF

Cleveland

79

LaDainian TomlinsonHOF

San Diego Chargers

79

Emmitt SmithHOF

Dallas

72

 

 

 

Todd Gurley

St. Louis/L.A. Rams, Atlanta

71*

*Entering 75th career game on Sunday

 
 
GIANT NUMBERS: Last week, New York Giants running back SAQUON BARKELY recorded six receptions for 60 yards, his 12th-career game with at least five catches. Since entering the NFL in 2018, his 149 receptions and 1,219 receiving yards each rank fifth among running backs.

Appearing in his 31st career game on Sunday at Chicago (1:00 PM ET, CBS), Barkley needs one reception to tie HERSCHEL WALKER (31 games) as the fourth-fastest running back to reach 150 career receptions in NFL history.

The fastest running backs to record 150 career receptions in NFL history:

PLAYER

TEAM

GAMES TO REACH 150 RECEPTIONS

Reggie Bush

New Orleans

26

Christian McCaffrey

Carolina

27

Alvin Kamara

New Orleans

29

Herschel Walker

Dallas

31

 

 

 

Saquon Barkley

N.Y. Giants

30*

*Has 149 receptions in 30 career games

 

HOME ON THE ROAD: Running back ADRIAN PETERSON rushed for 93 yards last week in his first game with Detroit, and he enters Week 2 ranking fourth on the NFL’s all-time list of rushing touchdowns (111) and fifth in rushing yards (14,309).

Entering Sunday’s divisional matchup at Green Bay (1:00 PM ET, FOX), Peterson has rushed for a touchdown in each of his past eight games at Lambeau Field, a streak spanning 12 seasons (2008-19) and two teams (Minnesota and Washington).

With a rushing touchdown this week, Peterson will extend his streak of scoring a touchdown at Lambeau Field to nine games, the second-longest streak of scoring a touchdown at a visiting stadium in the Super Bowl era. Only Pro Football Hall of Famer LADAINIAN TOMLINSON (10 consecutive games at the Oakland Coliseum) has a longer such streak.

The players with the most consecutive games scoring a touchdown at a stadium as a visitor:

PLAYER

OPPOSING TEAM

STADIUM

SEASONS

CONSECUTIVE GAMES

LaDainian TomlinsonHOF

Oakland Raiders

Oakland Coliseum

2001-2011

10

Adrian Peterson

Green Bay Packers

Lambeau Field

2008-present

8*

Neal Anderson

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Tampa Stadium

1987-1993

7

Haywood Jeffires

Cincinnati Bengals

Riverfront Stadium

1990-95

6

Joey Galloway

Oakland Raiders

Oakland Coliseum

1995-2001

6

*Active streak

 
 

NEW TEAM, SAME HOP: Arizona wide receiver DEANDRE HOPKINS came to the Cardinals this offseason after recording 632 receptions in seven seasons with Houston, tied for the second-most receptions by a player through his first seven seasons in NFL history. In his debut with Arizona last week, he led the team with a career-high 14 receptions for 151 yards in its season-opening victory.

With at least six catches on Sunday against Washington (4:05 PM ET, FOX), Hopkins will surpass EARL COOPER (19 receptions in his first two games with San Francisco in 1980) and ERIK METCALF (19 receptions in his first two games with Atlanta in 1995) for the most receptions by a player in their first two games with a team in NFL history.

The players with the most receptions in their first two games with a team in NFL history:​

PLAYER

TEAM

SEASON

RECEPTIONS

Earl Cooper

San Francisco

1980

19

Eric Metcalf

Atlanta

1995

19

Anquan Boldin

Arizona

2003

18

Jamison Crowder

N.Y. Jets

2019

18

 

 

 

 

DeAndre Hopkins

Arizona

2020

14*

*14 receptions in Week 1

 
 
SCHUSTER & LADDERS: Pittsburgh wide receiver JUJU SMITH-SCHUSTER recorded six catches for 69 yards and two touchdowns last week in the Steelers’ season-opening victory. In 43 career games, the fourth-year receiver has 2,964 receiving yards and 19 receiving touchdowns.

Smith-Schuster, who will be 23 years and 303 days old on Sunday vs. Denver (1:00 PM ET, CBS), needs 36 receiving yards and a touchdown reception to surpass ODELL BECKHAM JR. (23 years, 325 days) as the fourth-youngest player in NFL history to reach 3,000 career receiving yards and 20 career receiving touchdowns.

The youngest players to reach 3,000 career receiving yards and 20 career receiving touchdowns in NFL history:

PLAYER

TEAM

AGE

Mike Evans

Tampa Bay

23 years, 74 days

Larry Fitzgerald

Arizona

23 years, 108 days

Randy MossHOF

Minnesota

23 years, 231 days

Odell Beckham Jr.

N.Y. Giants

23 years, 325 days

Hakeem Nicks

N.Y. Giants

23 years, 352 days

 

 

 

JuJu Smith-Schuster

Pittsburgh

23 years, 303 days*

*On Sunday

 
 
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