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- Indianapolis quarterback Andrew Luck completed 29 of 41 passes (70.7 percent) for 393 yards with four touchdowns and one interception for a 123.3 passer rating in the Colts’ 41-17 win over Tennessee. Luck, who last week completed 31 of 39 passes (79.5 percent) for 370 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions for a 140.4 rating in a 44-17 win over Jacksonville, is the first player in NFL history to post consecutive games with at least 370 passing yards, four or more touchdown passes, a completion percentage above 70 percent and one or no interceptions.
Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne had seven catches for 119 yards and a touchdown in Indianapolis’ win. With 1,029 career receptions, Wayne passed Isaac Bruce (1,024) for the seventh-most receptions in NFL history.
- Rookie quarterbacks Blake Bortles of Jacksonville and Teddy Bridgewater of Minnesota each made his first NFL start today. Along with Oakland’s Derek Carr, three rookies have started at quarterback this season. It marks the fourth consecutive season (2011-14) in which at least three rookies started at quarterback in a September game. That is the longest such streak in the Super Bowl era.
- Baltimore wide receiver Steve Smith, Sr. had seven catches for 139 yards and two touchdowns in the Ravens’ 38-10 win over Carolina. Smith has 429 receiving yards this season, the most ever by a 35+ year old player through the first four games of a season.
Smith, who is the Panthers’ all-time leading receiver with 12,197 yards, is the second player in NFL history to have 100+ receiving yards in his first game against a franchise for which he had 10,000+ receiving yards (Torry Holt, October 18, 2009 against St. Louis).
GREEN BAY JOINS 700 CLUB
- Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers completed 22 of 28 passes (78.6 percent) for 302 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions for a 151.2 passer rating in the Packers’ 38-17 win at Chicago. The victory was the 700th regular-season win in franchise history and the Packers join the Bears (732) as the only teams to accomplish the feat.
Rodgers, who now has 25,196 career passing yards, reached 25,000 passing yards in 3,065 attempts, the fewest attempts in NFL history to reach the mark. Kurt Warner, who previously held the mark, reached 25,000 yards in 3,076 attempts.
- Green Bay’s Randall Cobb had seven catches for 113 yards with two touchdowns and teammate Jordy Nelson recorded 10 receptions for 108 yards with two touchdowns in the Packers’ win at Chicago. Cobb and Nelson are the first Packers teammates to each have at least 100 receiving yards and two touchdowns in the same game since December 21, 1969 (Carroll Dale and Boyd Dowler).
- There were zero combined punts in the Green Bay-Chicago game, making it just the second regular-season game in NFL history without a single punt (Buffalo vs. San Francisco, September 13, 1992). There has been one playoff game in NFL history with zero combined punts (Kansas City vs. Indianapolis, AFC Divisional, January 11, 2004).
The NFL approaches the season’s quarter mark beginning on Thursday night (CBS/NFLN, 8:25 PM ET) with the Washington Redskins (1-2) hosting the New York Giants (1-2).
Thursday’s matchup will be the 165th (including postseason) meeting between the NFC East foes. The Giants have won three of the past four games between the two teams and lead the all-time series 95-65-4.
After an 0-2 start to the season, the Giants secured their first win with a 30-17 victory over the Houston Texans behind running back Rashad Jennings career-high 176 rushing yards and a touchdown. The Giants also received touchdowns from tight end Daniel Fells and wide receiver Victor Cruz, who had five catches for 107 yards.
“I’m excited, it’s a benefit for our offense to play on Thursday night, because we’re going to go out there and we’re going to play up-tempo,” says Giants tackle Justin Pugh on the team’s short turnaround this week. “We’ve got to go out there and go down to a hostile environment and win a divisional game.”
Heading into Thursday’s contest at Washington, New York quarterback Eli Manning has won six of 10 regular-season starts against the Redskins at FedEx Field. In those 10 starts, Manning has 185 completions for 2,289 passing yards, the most of any active visiting player at FedEx Field since he entered the league in 2004. Manning’s 10 touchdown passes on the road against Washington rank second among active players, trailing only Dallas quarterback Tony Romo (12).
The career numbers for Eli Manning at FedEx Field:
Meanwhile in Washington, the Redskins look to bounce back from a 37-34 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. In the loss, quarterback Kirk Cousins passed for a career-high 427 yards and three touchdowns, including an 81-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver DeSean Jackson.
Jackson now has 16 career touchdowns (11 receiving, three punt-return and two rushing) against NFC East opponents, tied for the most by any player since he entered the league in 2008 (Ahmad Bradshaw, 16). Of his 16 career touchdowns against the NFC East, seven (four receiving, two punt-return and one rushing) have come against the Giants, also the most by any player since 2008.
The career numbers for DeSean Jackson against the NFC East:
WEEK 4 - THURSDAY NIGHT, SEPTEMBER 25, 2014
NEW YORK GIANTS (1-2) AT WASHINGTON REDSKINS (1-2)
3 of past 4
COACHES VS. OPP.
W 30-17 vs Texans
L 37-34 at Eagles
12/29/13: Redskins 6 at Giants 20. New York WR Jerrel Jernigan has 139 scrimmage yards & 2 TDs (1 rushing, 1 receiving). Giants CB Trumaine McBride records 2 INTs.
LAST GAME AT SITE
12/1/13: Giants 24, Redskins 17. New York RB Andre Brown rushes for 2 TDs, including 23-yard score. Giants QB Eli Manning throws for 2 TDs, including 22-yard TD to TE Brandon Myers.
CBS/NFLN (8:25 PM ET): Jim Nantz, Phil Simms, Tracy Wolfson (Field reporter). Westwood One: Bob Wischusen, Mike Mayock, Ross Tucker (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 88 (WW1), 93 (NYG), 92 (Was.). XM: 88 (WW1), 225 (NYG), 226 (Was.).
Donnell (TE): 18-182-10.1-1
3 tied: 1
T. Robinson: 1
J. Brown: 16 (7/7 PAT; 3/3 FG)
Forbath: 21 (9/10 PAT; 4/5 FG)
GIANTS: QB Eli Manning aims for 3rd win in row vs. Was. Has won 9 of past 12 starts in series. Has started 154 consecutive games, longest active streak by QB…RB Rashad Jennings rushed for career-high 176 yards with TD last week…WR Victor Cruz has 18 catches for 315 yards (105 per game) & TD (77 yards) in past 3 meetings. Had 5 catches for 107 yards & TD last week. WR Rueben Randle had 37-yard TD in last Thurs. game (10/10/13 vs. Chi.). TE Larry Donnell leads team with 18 catches. TE Daniel Fells aims for 3rd in row with TD…DE Jason Pierre-Paul has 6 sacks, 2 FFs & 2 FRs in 6 career meetings. Has sack in 4 of 6 career games vs. Was. Is only DE in NFL with 2 INT-TDs since 2012. CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie had 75-yard INT-TD last year vs. Was. (10/27/13 with Den.). Had 1 of 3 NYG INTs last week (S Antrel Rolle & CB PRINCE Amukamara). Has 5 career INT-TDs. CB Trumaine McBride had career-high 2 INTs in last meeting…
REDSKINS: QB Kirk Cousins passed for 427 yards & 3 TDs last week. Is 2nd in NFC with 105.8 rating…RB Alfred Morris has 2 100-yard games vs. NYG. In 2 games on Thurs., has rushed for 252 yards (126 per game) & TD. FB Darrel Young aims for 4th in row with TD…WR Pierre Garcon had 11 catches for 138 yards & TD last week. Has 4 rec. TDs in past 4 on Thurs. WR DeSean Jackson has 7 TDs vs. NYG (4 rec., 2 PR, 1 rush). Had 5 catches for 117 yards & TD (81 yards) in Week 3 …LB Brian Orakpo has 3 sacks in past 2 vs. NYG & aims for 3rd meeting in row with sack. Since entering NFL in 2011, LB Ryan Kerrigan is 1 of 2 with 25+ sacks (28.5) & 2+ INT-TDs (2). Has sack & INT-TD in career vs. NYG.
A look at seven statistical highlights from games played at 1:00 p.m. ET and 4:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, September 21, the third week of the 2014 season, via NFL Media services ...
- The Philadelphia Eagles overcame a 17-7 deficit to defeat Washington 37-34. The Eagles, who overcame deficits of 17 and 14 points in their first two games, are the first team in NFL history to start 3-0 and overcome a 10+ point deficit in all three games.
- The Dallas Cowboys erased a 21-0 deficit to defeat St. Louis 34-31. This marked the fourth time this season a team has overcome a deficit of at least 17 points to win, tied for the most through the first three weeks of a season since the 1970 merger (2011).
This is the first time each of the first three weeks of a season has had at least one 17+ point comeback win since 1982.
- The Seattle Seahawks defeated the Denver Broncos 26-20 in overtime. The game was the sixth Super Bowl rematch in the following regular season and the first since 1997 (Green Bay vs. New England). The defending Super Bowl champion has now won four of the six meetings in the rematch.
- Indianapolis quarterback Andrew Luck completed 31 of 39 passes (79.5 percent) for 370 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions in the Colts’ 44-17 win over Jacksonville. Luck and Pro Football Hall of Famer Johnny Unitas (November 12, 1967) are the only players in franchise history to complete at least 75 percent of his passes for 350 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions in a game.
- New England quarterback Tom Brady passed for 234 yards and a touchdown in the Patriots’ 16-9 win over Oakland. The win was Brady’s 150th career victory as a starting quarterback and he joined Brett Favre (186) and Peyton Manning (169) as the only quarterbacks to accomplish the feat.
- Baltimore wide receiver Steve Smith had five catches for 101 yards in the Ravens’ 23-21 win at Cleveland. Smith has 290 receiving yards this season, the most by a player in his first three games with the franchise. Anquan Boldin had 287 receiving yards in his first three games with the Ravens.
- Washington wide receiver DeSean Jackson had five catches for 117 yards and a touchdown (81 yards) in the Redskins’ loss against the Philadelphia Eagles, Jackson’s former team. Jackson, who had two 80+ yard touchdown catches with the Eagles, is only the third player in NFL history (Pro Football Hall of Famer Charlie Joiner and Art Powell) with an 80-yard touchdown catch both for and against a team.
Jackson, who had an 88-yard touchdown catch for Philadelphia against Washington (November 15, 2010), has accomplished the feat for and against both the Eagles and Redskins.
Here's what the new policy looks like following some revisions.
- HGH testing has been implemented immediately for this season. Testing is expected begin by the end of September.
- Any appeal of a positive PED test (including HGH) will go in front of a third-party neutral arbitrator. "Appeals will be processed more expeditiously" under the new policy.
- Retroactive discipline for three specific players -- Wes Welker, Orlando Scandrick and Stedman Bailey -- makes each immediately eligible to return to their respective clubs.
- Discipline for violations of the PED policy (including HGH) will be modified.
- A first violation will be up to six games depending on the nature of the violation:
- A second violation will result in a 10-game suspension.
- A third violation will result in a two-year minimum banishment.
- Testing positive for offseason banned stimulants will not result in a PED suspension; instead, the player will be put into the substance abuse program.
- "In cases involving discipline for violations other than positive tests (for example, a violation of law), the Commissioner will retain his current disciplinary authority."
- - Using diuretics or masking agents will result in a two-game suspension.
- - Using steroids, stimulants, HGH or other banned substances will result in a four-game suspension.
- - Attempting to manipulate a test will result in a six-game suspension.
Through Week 2, comebacks have been a theme around the NFL.
Seven times – Atlanta, Arizona, Chicago, Green Bay, Miami and Philadelphia (twice) – teams have overcome deficits of 10+ points to win through Week 2.
The last time there were more than seven teams with comeback victories of 10+ points through Week 2 was 1987 (eight).
The seven teams that overcame deficits of 10+ points to win:
W 37-34 (OT)
New York Jets
Three teams – Chicago, Green Bay and Philadelphia – won after trailing by 17+ points, the most through Week 2 since 1999.
INTERCONFERENCE ACTION: With the NFL’s late-season schedule packed with division games, the September slate features many exciting interconference matchups, including eight in Week 2.
With a 30-7 victory at Minnesota on Sunday, the New England Patriots now have a 40-9 (.816) record in interconference games, the best mark of any team in the regular-season since realignment in 2002.
The teams with the top five interconference records since 2002:
New England Patriots
Birds Flying Back: On Sunday, the Arizona Cardinals outscored the New York Giants 15-0 in the fourth quarter as the Cardinals improved to 2-0 with a 25-14 come-from-behind win. Arizona, which outscored San Diego 12-0 in the fourth quarter of the Cardinals’ 18-17 Week 1 comeback victory, is the first team since 1982 (Green Bay) to start 2-0 after trailing entering the fourth quarter in both games and not allowing a single fourth-quarter point.
The Philadelphia Eagles completed the NFL’s Week 2 slate on Monday Night Football by rallying for a 30-27 win after trailing the Colts 20-6 in the third quarter.
On Kickoff Weekend, Philadelphia was down 17-0 to Jacksonville before scoring 34 second-half points to defeat the Jaguars 34-17. The Eagles are the first team in NFL history to win its first two games of a season despite facing a deficit of at least 14 points in the second half in each of those games.
TEXANS TWO-STEP: The Houston Texans (2-0), who followed last week's 17-6 win over Washington with a 30-14 victory at Oakland this week, became only the fifth team in NFL history to start 2-0 in at least five consecutive seasons: Dallas Cowboys (1965-73), Los Angeles Rams (1966-70), Dallas Cowboys (1975-79), Chicago Bears (1984-91) and Miami Dolphins (1994-99).
Wide receiver Andre Johnson had six catches for 74 yards in Sunday’s win to bring his career total to 12,828 receiving yards, surpassing Irving Fryar (12,785) for 15th all-time in receiving yards.
THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL PREVIEW
Week 3 begins on Thursday night (CBS/NFLN, 8:25 PM ET) with the ATLANTA FALCONS (1-1) hosting the TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (0-2) in an NFC South matchup.
Last week, Atlanta quarterback MATT RYAN completed 24 passes for 231 yards and a touchdown against Cincinnati. He has 62 touchdown passes since 2012, tied for the third-most in the NFL during that span. Of Ryan’s 24 completions, wide receiver RODDY WHITE hauled in five, helping the two combine for 530 career completions, the most by any quarterback and receiver duo in the NFL since Ryan entered the league in 2008.
Heading into Thursday’s contest at the Georgia Dome, Ryan has won 37 of 47 regular-season home starts during his career. In six home contests against Tampa Bay, he has a 5-1 record with a 100.6 passer rating. Ryan has compiled a 3-1 record in Thursday games, throwing for seven touchdowns and no interceptions.
Following a 37-34 overtime win against New Orleans on Kickoff Weekend, Atlanta lost 24-10 at Cincinnati (2-0) in Week 2.
“It was a tough loss, but in this league it’s about bouncing back,” says Ryan. “It comes quickly for us this week. We’ll take a quick look at this game and try to make some corrections and move on. It is a good thing we’re going on Thursday.”
Meanwhile in Tampa Bay, the Buccaneers look to get on track after a 19-17 loss last week to the St. Louis Rams. The Buccaneers have won two of their past three games against the Falcons and lead the all-time series between the teams 21-20.
In the last matchup (November 17, 2013), Tampa Bay wide receiver VINCENT JACKSON had 10 receptions for 165 yards and a touchdown in a 41-28 victory. Since joining Tampa Bay in 2012, Jackson’s 449 receiving yards are the most of any receiver against the Falcons. Jackson is also tied with New Orleans tight end JIMMY GRAHAM for the most receptions (28) against Atlanta during that span.
Tampa Bay’s running back tandem of DOUG MARTIN and BOBBY RAINEY also seek to continue their rushing success against Atlanta. In three career games against the Falcons, Martin has rushed for 239 yards (79.7 yards per game) and three touchdowns. In Rainey’s only career matchup against Atlanta last season, he rushed for a career-high 163 yards and scored three touchdowns.
Since realignment in 2002, no NFC South team has won division titles in consecutive seasons.
The division winners in the NFC South since 2002:
RECORD AFTER WEEK 3
New Orleans Saints
New Orleans Saints
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
New Orleans Saints
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
*Bye week in Week 3
WEEK 3 - THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2014
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (0-2) AT ATLANTA FALCONS (1-1)
2 of past 3
COACHES VS. OPP.
L. Smith: 2-2
M. Smith: 8-4
L 19-17 vs. Rams
L 24-10 at Bengals
11/17/13: Flacons 28 at Buccaneers 41. Tampa Bay RB Bobby Rainey rushes for 163 yards & 2 TDs. Falcons WR Harry Douglas has 134 receiving yards, including 80-yard TD.
LAST GAME AT SITE
10/20/13: Falcons 31, Buccaneers 21. Atlanta QB Matt Ryan completes 20 of 26 passes for 273 yards & 3 TDs (148.4 passer rating). Falcons RB Jacquizz Rodgers has 2 TD catches.
CBS/NFLN (8:25 PM ET): Jim Nantz, Phil Simms, Tracy Wolfson (Field reporter). Westwood One: Ian Eagle, Mike Mayock, Derek Rackley (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 88 (WW1), 93 (TB), 92 (Atl.). XM: 88 (WW1), 225 (TB), 226 (Atl.).
S. Jackson: 23-98-4.3-0
Evans (R): 9-86-9.6-0
J. Jones: 14-204-14.6-1
3 tied: 1
Murray (R): 7 (4/4 PAT; 1/2 FG)
Bryant: 17 (5/5 PAT; 4/4 FG)
BUCCANEERS: In last start vs. Atl. (9/26/04 with Az.), QB JOSH MC COWN had 76.9 comp. pct. (20 of 26) & 97.9 rating. Tied career-high with 2 rush TDs last week…RB DOUG MARTIN has 3 rush TDs in past 3 meetings. In past 2 vs. Atl., has rushed for 189 yards (94.5 per game). In last meeting, RB BOBBY RAINEY had career-high 163 rush yards & scored 3 TDs (2 rush, 1 rec.). Rushed for 144 yards last week…In past 2 vs. TB, WR VINCENT JACKSON has 20 catches for 303 yards (151.5 per game) & 3 TDs. Among active players (min. 200 catches), has NFL-best 17.3 rec. avg…Since 2013, LB LAVONTE DAVID is only player in NFL with 150+ tackles (161), 5+ sacks (7) & 5+ INTs (5). In last meeting, DT GERALD MC COY had career-high 3 sacks. Has 8.5 sacks in past 10. LB MASON FOSTER had 37-yard INT-TD in last game vs. Atl. S MARK BARRON is 1 of 3 S with 100+ tackles (103), 2+ INTs & 2+ sacks since 2013…
FALCONS: In 6 home starts vs. TB, QB MATT RYAN is 5-1 with 100.6 rating. In career, has won 37 of 47 home starts. In 3-1 on Thurs. with 101.7 rating (7 TDs, 0 INTs)…RB STEVEN JACKSON has rushed for 347 yards (86.8 per game) & TD in past 4 meetings. RB ANTONE SMITH had 50-yard TD run in last game vs. TB. In last home meeting, RB JACQUIZZ RODGERS had career-high 2 rec. TDs…In 4 meetings, WR JULIO JONES has 19 catches for 394 yards (98.5 per game) & 3 TDs. Since 2007, WR RODDY WHITE ranks 3rd in NFL with 636 rec. & 4th with 8,598 rec. yards. WR HARRY DOUGLAS has 13 catches for 283 yards (141.5 per game) & 2 TDs in past 2 meetings…Since 2010, S WILLIAM MOORE is only S in NFL with 3+ sacks (3.5) & 14+ INTs (14). DE OSI UMENYIORA had 2 sacks in last meeting.
MNF PREVIEW: SEPTEMBER 15, 2014
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (1-0) AT INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (0-1)
4 of past 5
COACHES VS. OPP.
W 34-17 vs. Jaguars
L 31-24 at Broncos
11/7/10: Colts 24 at Eagles 26. Philadelphia WR DeSean Jackson records 7 receptions for 109 yards, including TD reception. Eagles CB Asante Samuel has 2 INTs.
LAST GAME AT SITE
11/26/06: Colts 45, Eagles 21. Indianapolis RB Joseph Addai rushes for 171 yards & 4 TDs. Colts WR Reggie Wayne has 77 receiving yards, including 11-yard TD catch.
ESPN (8:30 PM ET): Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden, Lisa Salters (Field reporter). Westwood One: Kevin Harlan, Kurt Warner, Mark Malone (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 88 (WW1), 93 (Phi.), 92 (Ind.). XM: 88 (WW1), 225 (Phi.), 226 (Ind.).
Foles: 27-45-322-2 (T2C)-1-87.5
Luck: 35-53-370 (2L)-2 (T3L)-2-83.1
T. Richardson: 6-20-3.3-0
McCoy (RB): 6-41-6.8-0
Wayne: 9 (T3L)-98-10.9-0
3 tied: 1
McAfee: 49.8 (3C)
Parkey (R): 10 (T2C) (4/4 PAT, 2/2 FG)
Vinatieri: 6 (3/3 PAT; 1/1 FG)
EAGLES: Last week became 1st team in NFL history to win by 17+ points (34-17) after being shut out & trailing by 17+ points at halftime (17-0)…QB Nick Foles had 138.4 rating last year on road (7 games, 5 starts), completing 122 of 180 (67.8 pct.) for 1,867 yards with 21 TDs vs. 1 INT…RB LeSean McCoy has 13 TDs (10 rush, 3 rec.) in past 13 vs. AFC. In past 2 on MNF, has 303 rush yards (151.5 per game) with TD & aims for 3rd MNF game in row with 100+ rush yards. RB Darren Sproles had career-long 49-yard TD run last week. Since 2011, leads NFL RBs with 236 rec., 1,995 rec. yards & 16 rec. TDs. In last game vs. Ind. (10/23/11 with NO), had rush TD & rec. TD. In 7 games vs. Ind. (incl. playoffs), has 7 TDs (3 rush, 2 rec., 1 KR, 1 PR)…WR Jeremy Maclin aims for 3rd road game in row with TD. Had 68-yard TD last week. In past 5 on road, WR Riley Cooper has 3 100-yard games & 6 TDs…DT Fletcher Cox had 17-yard FR-TD last week. LB Trent Cole recorded 80th career sack last week, 2nd most in team history…
COLTS: In past 5 vs. NFC, QB Andrew Luck has 1,295 pass yards & 9 total TDs (8 pass, 1 rush). Since entering NFL in 2012, leads AFC QBs with 10 rush TDs…RB Trent Richardson has 4 rush TDs in 8 career games vs. NFC…WR Reggie Wayne (1,015) needs 10 rec. to surpass Isaac Bruce (1,024) for 7th all-time. Since 2001, has NFL-best 13,664 rec. yards. In 3 career meetings, has 21 rec. for 281 yards (13.4 avg.) & 2 TDs…In past 5 vs. NFC, WR T.Y. Hilton has 25 receptions for 421 yards (16.8 avg.) & 2 TDs. Has 100+ rec. yards in 3 of those 5. WR Hakeem Nicks had 9-yard TD in Colts debut. In past 2 vs. Phi. (with NYG), has 193 rec. yards…S Laron Landry led team with 8 tackles last week.
From NFL Media Services ...
- Buffalo’s C.J. Spiller had a 102-yard kickoff-return touchdown and a 47-yard run as the Bills improved to 2-0 with a 29-10 win over Miami. He is the first player since 1973 to have a 100+ yard kickoff-return touchdown and 45+ yard run in the same game. Houston Oilers running back Bob Gresham had a 103-yard kickoff-return touchdown and a 52-yard run against the Cincinnati Bengals on September 23, 1973.
- With the New England Patriots’ 30-7 victory at Minnesota, quarterback Tom Brady earned his 149th career win, surpassing Pro Football Hall of Famer John Elway (148) for the third-most victories by a starting quarterback in NFL history. Brady now has a 149-46 (.764) record as a starter.
New England’s Bill Belichick became the sixth head coach in NFL history to reach 200 regular-season wins. Belichick now has a 200-106 (.654) record in the regular season.
- The Arizona Cardinals outscored the New York Giants 15-0 in the fourth quarter as the Cardinals improved to 2-0 with a 25-14 come-from-behind win. Arizona, which outscored San Diego 12-0 in the fourth quarter of the Cardinals’ 18-17 Week 1 comeback victory, is the first team since 1982 (Green Bay) to start 2-0 after trailing entering the fourth quarter in both games and not allowing a single fourth-quarter point.
- Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers passed for 346 yards and three touchdowns in the Packers’ 31-24 win over the New York Jets. Rodgers has 24,732 career passing yards and surpassed Pro FootballHall of Famer Bart Starr (24,718) for the second-most passing yards in franchise history. Brett Favre ranks first with 61,655 passing yards.
Packers wide receiver Jordsy Nelson had nine catches for 209 yards and a touchdown. Nelson’s 209 receiving yards are the most by a Packer in a non-overtime game since Billy Howton had 257 yards on October 21, 1956.
- San Diego tight end Antonio Gates had seven catches for 96 yards and three touchdowns in the Chargers’ 30-21 victory against Seattle. Gates now has 90 career touchdown receptions and surpassed Larry Fitzgerald (87) and Pro Football Hall of Famers Andre Reed (87) and Don Maynard (88) for No. 11 all-time. He ranks second all-time amongst tight ends (Tony Gonzalez, 111).
- Washington running back Alfred Morris rushed for 85 yards and two touchdowns in the Redskins’ 41-10 win over Jacksonville. Morris now has 3,064 rushing yards in 34 career games. He is the fastest player in franchise history to reach 3,000 rushing yards to begin his career. Larry Brown reached 3,000 rushing yards in his 41st NFL game with the Redskins.
- Dallas wide receiver Dez Bryant had 10 catches for 103 yards and a touchdown in the Cowboys’ 26-10 win at Tennessee. Bryant now has 307 catches in 61 career games. He is the fastest player in franchise history to reach 300 catches.
Running back DeMarco Murray rushed for 167 yards and a touchdown in Dallas’ win. Murray, who rushed for 118 yards on Kickoff Weekend, is the first Cowboy to rush for at least 100 yards in each of the first two games of a season since Pro Football Hall of Famer Emmitt Smith in 1999.