Chiefs Lock Up Playoff Berth According To NFL History
- (From NFL Media services) The KANSAS CITY CHIEFS improved to 7-0 with a 17-16 win over Houston.
In the Super Bowl era, 31 teams have started 7-0 and all 31 qualified for the playoffs. Fifteen of those 31 clubs advanced to the Super Bowl and nine won the Super Bowl.
- New York Jets’ rookie quarterback GENO SMITH passed for a touchdown and rushed for a score in the Jets’ 30-27 overtime win over New England. Smith has led a game-winning drive in the fourth quarter or overtime in all four of the Jets’ wins. He is the only quarterback since the 1970 merger with four game-winning drives in the fourth quarter or overtime in his first seven career games.
- Dallas quarterback TONY ROMO, who made his 100th career start, passed for 317 yards in the Cowboys’ 17-3 win at Philadelphia. Romo has 27,485 passing yards, the most in NFL history by a player in his first 100 career starts.
- Washington’s ROY HELU, JR. and Chicago’s MATT FORTÉ each rushed for three touchdowns in the Redskins’ 45-41 win. It marked just the fourth game in NFL history in which opposing players each ran for at least three touchdowns.
- Kansas City’s JAMAAL CHARLES had 123 scrimmage yards (86 rushing, 37 receiving) and a touchdown in the Chiefs’ win over Houston. Charles has at least 100 scrimmage yards and a touchdown in each of the first seven games to start the season, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer O.J. SIMPSON (1975) as the only players in NFL history to accomplish the feat.
- Chicago’s DEVIN HESTER returned a punt 81 yards for a touchdown in the Bears’ loss at Washington. Including the postseason, Hester now has 20 return touchdowns in his career, passing Pro Football Hall of Famer DEION SANDERS (19) for the most in NFL history.
Hester is also the NFL all-time leader in punt-return touchdowns (13) and combined kick-return touchdowns (18 in the regular season and 19 overall).
- With two games still to go, there have already been five interception-return touchdowns this week. This season, there have been 30 interception-return touchdowns, the second most in a season’s first seven weeks since the 1970 merger (31 in 2003).
The five interception-return touchdowns scored in Week 7: New England’s LOGAN RYAN (79 yards), Carolina’s CAPTAIN MUNNERLYN (45 yards), Washington’s BRIAN ORAKPO (29 yards), the New York Jets’ ANTONIO ALLEN (23 yards) and Buffalo’s NICKELL ROBEY (19 yards).
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