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What to Look For - Week 4

What to Look For - Week 4

10/01/2020
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The early season scoring frenzy in the National Football League shows no sign of slowing down.

Through three weeks, teams are combining for 51 points per game, the most since the NFL’s merger with the AFL in 1970.

Meanwhile, several quarterbacks, running backs and wide receivers are poised to put their names atop all-time leaderboards for production through four game with their prolific statistics.

Here are some players and teams to watch in Week 4 of the 2020 season:

 

30 IN ‘20: Through the first three weeks of the 2020 NFL season, there has been an average of 51.0 points per game scored (both teams combined), the highest total through Week 3 since 1970. Six teams – the GREEN BAY PACKERS (40.7 points per game), SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (37.0), BUFFALO BILLS (31.0), BALTIMORE RAVENS (30.3), KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (30.3) and ATLANTA FALCONS (30.0) – are averaging at least 30 points per game this season, tied for the fourth-most teams in a single season through Week 3 since 1970.

Only two seasons have had six teams average at least 30 points through their first four games of a season, and 2020 has a chance to join or surpass them.

The seasons with the most teams averaging at least 30 points per game through their first four games:

SEASON

TEAMS

2002

6

1968

6

Many

5

 

 

2020

6*

*Through 3 games



SLINGING IT IN SEATTLE: Seattle quarterback RUSSELL WILSON enters Week 4 as the league’s leader in touchdown passes (14) and passer rating (139.0). His 14 touchdown passes are the most by a player in his team’s first three games of a season in league annals.

With at least three touchdown passes on Sunday at Miami (1:00 PM ET, FOX), Wilson will surpass PEYTON MANNING (16 touchdown passes in 2013) for the most touchdown passes by a player through his team’s first four games of a season in NFL history. Three of the previous five players with at least 14 touchdown passes through four games went on to win league MVP that season.

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

PLAYER

TEAM

SEASON

TOUCHDOWN PASSES IN TEAM’S FIRST FOUR GAMES

Peyton Manning#

Denver

2013

16

Sammy BaughHOF

Washington

1943

14

Patrick Mahomes#

Kansas City

2018

14

Don Meredith

Dallas

1966

14

Kurt WarnerHOF#

St. Louis Rams

1999

14

Russell Wilson

Seattle

2020

14*

*Through three games

#Won MVP that season

 

Last week, Wilson passed for five touchdowns and zero interceptions in Seattle’s Week 3 victory. Having also passed for four touchdowns in Week 1 and five touchdowns in Week 2, Wilson became the first player with at least four touchdown passes in each of his team’s first three games of a season in NFL history.

With at least four touchdown passes on Sunday, Wilson will become the third player in league annals with at least four touchdown passes in at least four consecutive games, joining PEYTON MANNING (five games in 2004) and Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO (four games in 1984). ​

The players with the most consecutive games with at least four touchdown passes in NFL history:

PLAYER

TEAM

SEASON (WEEKS)

GAMES

Peyton Manning#

Indianapolis

2004 (Week 8-12)

5

Dan MarinoHOF#

Miami

1984 (Weeks 13-16)

4

Drew Brees

New Orleans

2011 (Weeks 15-17)

3

Patrick Mahomes#

Kansas City

2018 (Weeks 6-8)

3

Russell Wilson

Seattle

2020 (Weeks 1-3)

3*

*Active streak

#Won MVP that season

 
 
BUFFALO BRILLIANCE: Entering Week 4, Buffalo quarterback JOSH ALLEN ranks second in the NFL in passing yards (1,038), touchdown passes (10) and passer rating (124.8). He is the fourth player with at least 1,000 passing yards, 10 passing touchdowns and a passer rating of 120-or-higher through his team’s first three games of a season in league history.
 

With at least 300 passing yards and two touchdown passes on Sunday at Las Vegas (4:25 PM ET, CBS), Allen will become the third player with at least 300 passing yards and two touchdown passes in each of his team’s first four games of a season in NFL history, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer STEVE YOUNG (six games in1998) and PEYTON MANNING (five games in 2013).

The players with the most consecutive games with at least 300 passing yards and two touchdown passes to begin a season in NFL history:

PLAYER

TEAM

SEASON

GAMES

Steve YoungHOF

San Francisco

1998

6

Peyton Manning

Denver

2013

5

 

 

 

 

Josh Allen

Buffalo

2020

3*

*Active streak

 

 

Additionally, Allen can become the second quarterback with at least 300 passing yards and a passer rating of 100-or-higher in each of his team’s first four games of a season in NFL history, joining PEYTON MANNING (five season-opening games in 2013).


CATCH MY DRIFT: Indianapolis quarterback PHILIP RIVERS leads all qualified passers with a 78.3 completion percentage this season, the third-highest mark through the first three weeks of a season in league history (minimum 50 attempts).

With a completion percentage of 75-or-higher on Sunday at Chicago (1:00 PM ET, FOX), Rivers will become the sixth quarterback with a completion percentage of 75-or-higher in four consecutive games (minimum 20 attempts) in NFL history. ​

The quarterbacks with the most consecutive games with a completion percentage of 75-or-higher in NFL history (min. 20 attempts):

PLAYER

TEAM

SEASON(S)

GAMES

Alex Smith

Kansas City

2016-17

4

Aaron Rodgers

Green Bay

2014-15

4

Tom Brady

New England

2007

4

Carson Palmer

Cincinnati

2004-05

4

Kurt WarnerHOF

St. Louis Rams

2001-02

4

 

 

 

 

Philip Rivers

Indianapolis

2020

3*

*Active streak

 
 
20 YEARS APART: Tampa Bay quarterback TOM BRADY passed for 297 yards and three touchdowns in the Buccaneers’ Week 3 victory, the 286th regular season start of his career, the second-most in NFL history. Los Angeles Chargers rookie quarterback JUSTIN HERBERT passed for 330 yards in his second career start last week and became the fifth quarterback with at least 300 passing yards in each of his first two career starts in league annals.
 

If Herbert (22 years and 209 days old on Sunday) and Brady (43 years and 63 days old on Sunday) meet as starting quarterbacks when the Buccaneers host the Chargers on Sunday (1:00 PM ET, CBS), it will mark the first game since at least 1950 featuring an age gap of at least 20 years between opposing starting quarterbacks. The older quarterback won the three most recent meetings featuring the largest age gaps between opposing quarterbacks. ​

The games with the largest age gaps between opposing starting quarterbacks since 1950:

QUARTERBACKS (AGES)

AGE GAP

DATE OF GAME

Tom Brady (43 years, 63 days) vs. Justin Herbert (22 years, 209 days)

20 years, 219 days

Oct. 4, 2020

Tom Brady (42 years, 79 days) vs. Sam Darnold (22 years, 138 days)

19 years, 306 days

Oct. 21, 2019

Tom Brady (41 years, 149 days) vs. Sam Darnold (21 years, 208 days)

19 years, 306 days

Dec. 30, 2018

Tom Brady (42 years, 68 days) vs. Daniel Jones (22 years, 136 days)

19 years, 297 days

Oct. 10, 2019

Warren MoonHOF (44 years, 8 days) vs. Ryan Leaf (24 years, 195 days)

19 years, 179 days

Nov. 26, 2000

 
 
LIGHTS, KAMARA, ACTION: New Orleans running back ALVIN KAMARA leads the league with 438 scrimmage yards and six scrimmage touchdowns (three rushing, three receiving), and has scored two touchdowns in each game this season.​
 

With at least two touchdowns on Sunday at Detroit (1:00 PM ET, FOX), Kamara will become the third player with at least two scrimmage touchdowns in each of his team’s first four games of a season in NFL history, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer JIM BROWN (five games in 1958) and CALVIN JOHNSON (four games in 2011).

The players with the most consecutive games with at least two touchdowns to begin a season in NFL history:​

PLAYER

TEAM

SEASON

GAMES

Jim BrownHOF

Cleveland

1958

5

Calvin Johnson

Detroit

2011

4

 

 

 

 

Alvin Kamara

New Orleans

2020

3*

*Active streak

 

 

Kamara also scored two touchdowns in his final two regular-season games in 2019. With at least two touchdowns on Sunday, he will become the sixth player with at least two touchdowns in six consecutive games in NFL history.

The players with the most consecutive games with at least two touchdowns in NFL history:

PLAYER

TEAM

SEASON(S)

GAMES

LaDainian TomlinsonHOF

San Diego Chargers

2006

8

John RigginsHOF

Washington

1983

7

Priest Holmes

Kansas City

2003-04

6

Larry Johnson

Kansas City

2004-05

6

Emmitt SmithHOF

Dallas

1994

6

 

 

 

 

Alvin Kamara

New Orleans

2019-2020

5*

*Active streak

 


TWO IS BETTER THAN ONE: Cleveland running backs NICK CHUBB (292 rushing yards and four rushing touchdowns) and KAREEM HUNT (204 rushing yards and three total touchdowns) are the only pair of running-back teammates each with at least 200 rushing yards this season. The pair has also combined for seven scrimmage touchdowns through three games.

If Hunt scores a touchdown on Sunday at Dallas (1:00 PM ET, FOX), the pair will become the third set of running-back teammates each with at least four scrimmage touchdowns through their team’s first four games of a season in the Super Bowl era.

The running-back teammates each with at least four touchdowns through their team’s first four games of a season in the Super Bowl era:​

TEAMMATES (TDs)

TEAM

SEASON

James Brooks (5) & Larry Kinnebrew (4)

Cincinnati

1985

Jim Braxton (7) & O.J. SimpsonHOF (5)  

Buffalo

1975

 

 

 

Nick Chubb (4) & Kareem Hunt (3)*

Cleveland

2020

*Through three games

 
 
DK MORE THAN OK: Seattle wide receiver DK METCALF ranks third in the league with 297 receiving yards and is one of three players with a touchdown reception in each of the first three weeks of the season.
 
With at least 90 receiving yards and a touchdown reception on Sunday at Miami (1:00 PM ET, FOX), Metcalf will become the third player with at least 90 receiving yards and a touchdown reception in each of his team’s first four games of a season in NFL history, joining Pro Football Hall of Famers MARVIN HARRISON (1999) and RANDY MOSS (2007).
 

The players with the most consecutive games with at least 90 receiving yards and a touchdown reception to begin a season in NFL history:

PLAYER

TEAM

SEASON

GAMES

Marvin HarrisonHOF

Indianapolis

1999

4

Randy MossHOF

New England

2007

4

 

 

 

 

DK Metcalf

Seattle

2020

3*

*Active streak

 
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