NFL Quarterbacks throw 63 Touchdowns in Week 1 - Most In Any Week in History

Cold, Hard Football Facts for Sep 10, 2013



THE WEEK THAT WAS – KICKOFF WEEKEND 2013  (News from NFL Media Services ...)

 

SO CLOSEKickoff Weekend featured many exciting finishes and close games. Twelve of the 16 games in Week 1 were decided by seven points or fewer, tied for the most of any weekend in NFL history

 

The most games decided by seven points or fewer in NFL history:

 

SEASON

WEEK

GAMES DECIDED BY SEVEN POINTS OR FEWER

2013

1

12

2011

3

12

2003

12

12

1993

15

12

 

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PASSING FRENZYIn Week 1, six quarterbacks – Denver’s PEYTON MANNING (462), New York Giants’ ELI MANNING (450), San Francisco’s COLIN KAEPERNICK (412), Baltimore’s JOE FLACCO (362), New Orleans’ DREW BREES(357) and Detroit’s MATTHEW STAFFORD (357) – passed for at least 350 yards, the most ever on Kickoff Weekend. Manning and Flacco combined for 824 passing yards, the third most in a season opening game.

 

 A look at the six 350-yard passing performances on Kickoff Weekend:

 

PLAYER

TEAM

ATTEMPTS

COMPLETIONS

YARDS

TDS

INTS

RATING

Peyton Manning

Denver

42

27

462

7

0

141.4

Eli Manning

New York Giants

42

27

450

4

3

102.3

Colin Kaepernick

San Francisco

39

27

412

3

0

129.4

Joe Flacco

Baltimore

62

34

362

2

2

69.4

Drew Brees

New Orleans

35

26

357

2

1

113.6

Matthew Stafford

Detroit

43

28

357

2

1

96.8

 

Week 1 also featured 12 individual 300-yard passing games, the second most in Week 1 in NFL history (14 in 2011).

 

 

NFL quarterbacks threw 63 touchdown passes on Kickoff Weekend, the most combined TD passes in any week in NFL history. The previous high was 58 (Week 13 in 2004; Week 17 in 2007).

 

SEASON

WEEK

MOST COMBINED PASSING TOUCHDOWNS IN SINGLE WEEK

2013

1

63

2007

17

58

2004

13

58

1995

12

57

2010

10

56

1998

13

56

 

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100+ CLUBEleven quarterbacks recorded a passer rating of at least 100 (min. 20 attempts) on Kickoff Weekend, tied for second-most ever on the opening weekend of a season since 1970.

 

 

The quarterbacks with a 100+ passer rating (min. 20 attempts) on Kickoff Weekend 2013:

 

PLAYER

PASSER RTG.

 

PLAYER

PASSER RTG.

Peyton Manning, Den.

141.1

 

Matt Schaub, Hou.

110.0

Colin Kaepernick, SF

129.4

 

EJ Manuel, Buf

105.5

Andrew Luck, Ind.

127.9

 

Aaron Rodgers, GB

102.6

Russell Wilson, Sea.

115.7

 

Eli Manning, NYG

102.3

Drew Brees, NO           

113.6

 

Sam Bradford, StL

100.7

Michael Vick, Phi.

112.6

 

 

 

 

 

The most quarterbacks with a 100+ passer rating (min. 20 attempts) in season openers since 1970:

 

SEASON

QBs WITH 100+ PASSER RTG.

2012

12

2013

11

2011

11

2007

11

2002

10

1999

10

 

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YOUNG QBSSince 2011, teams have started nine rookie quarterbacks in Week 1, the most during a three-year span since at least 1950.

 

New York Jets rookie quarterback GENO SMITH threw for 256 yards and a touchdown in the Jets’ 18-17 win over Tampa Bay. Smith, who led the team on a 50-yard drive to set up the game-winning field goal with two seconds remaining, is the first rookie quarterback drafted in the second round or later to pass for at least 250 yards and win on Kickoff Weekend since the 1970 merger.

 

Buffalo Bills rookie quarterback EJ MANUEL completed 18 of 27 passes for 150 yards and two touchdowns versus zero interceptions for a 105.5 passer rating in the Bills’ 23-21 loss to the New England Patriots.

 

The nine rookie quarterbacks to start their team’s first game of the season since 2011:

 

ROOKIE YEAR

QUARTERBACKS

TEAM

OPPONENT

RESULT

2011

Andy Dalton

Cincinnati

Cleveland

Won, 27-17

2011

Cam Newton

Carolina

Arizona

Lost, 28-21

2012

Robert Griffin III

Washington

New Orleans

Won, 40-32

2012

Andrew Luck

Indianapolis

Chicago

Lost, 41-21

2012

Ryan Tannehill

Miami

Houston

Lost, 30-10

2012

Brandon Weeden

Cleveland

Philadelphia

Lost, 17-16

2012

Russell Wilson

Seattle

Arizona

Lost, 20-16

2013

EJ Manuel

Buffalo

New England

Lost, 23-21

2013

Geno Smith

New York Jets

Tampa Bay

Won, 18-17

 

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KICKOFF NOTES: A look at some team notes from across the league on Kickoff Weekend 2013:

 

  • ·         The CHICAGO BEARS, who defeated the Cincinnati Bengals 24-21 on Kickoff Weekend, have won 54 season openers, the most wins all-time on Kickoff Weekend.

 

  • ·         The DALLAS COWBOYS, who defeated the New York Giants 36-31 on Sunday Night Football, improved their NFL-best winning percentage in season openers to 36-17-1 (.679).

 

 

  • ·         The DENVER BRONCOS defeated the reigning Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens 49-27 in the NFL’s annual primetime kickoff game last Thursday night. Denver owns the top winning percentage in home openers (.750, 40-13-1) and currently has the second-best winning percentage in season openers (.639, 34-19-1) in the NFL. The win marked the Broncos 12th consecutive regular-season win, the longest active streak in the NFL.

 

Note: Ties prior to 1972 did not count in winning percentage.

 

  • ·         On the Monday Night Football doubleheader, the PHILADELPHIA EAGLES defeated the Washington Redskins 33-27 at FedExField, while the HOUSTON TEXANS won 31-28 against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium. Both teams have now won five consecutive road openers, sharing the longest active such streak in the league.

 

  • ·         The DETROIT LIONS defeated the Minnesota Vikings 34-24 on Kickoff Weekend at Ford Field. The Lions now have 51 wins in home openers, the second-most in NFL history.

 

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SAFETY FIRST: Week 1 featured four safeties league-wide, the most ever on Kickoff Weekend. The Jacksonville Jaguars, New York Jets, Philadelphia Eagles and Pittsburgh Steelers each recorded a safety in Week 1, which all occurred in the first quarter.

 

The previous record on Kickoff Weekend was three in 1970, 1993 and 1999, while the single-week record since the 1970 merger is five, set in Week 14, 2011.

 

The Steelers took a 2-0 lead with a safety on the opening kickoff in their game against Tennessee. It marked the first safety on an opening kickoff since the New York Giants recorded one against Dallas on September 18, 1988. It also was the fastest score – three seconds into the game – to begin a game since RANDAL WILLIAMS had a 37-yard onside-kick return touchdown at 0:03 for Dallas against Philadelphia (October 12, 2003). 

 

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MANNING THE OFFENSEWith the victory against the Baltimore Ravens on Thursday, Denver quarterback PEYTON MANNING became the first quarterback in the Super Bowl era to win at least 12 consecutive regular-season games three separate times in a career. Manning’s win streaks of at least 12 regular-season games:

 

TEAM

STREAK DATE

STREAK

Indianapolis Colts

9/11/2005-12/11/2005

13

Indianapolis Colts

11/2/2008-12/17/2009

23

Denver Broncos

10/15/2012-present

12

 

Manning completed 27 of 42 passes for 462 yards and seven touchdowns versus zero interceptions for a 141.1 passer rating in Thursday night’s win. His seven touchdown passes ties the single-game NFL record (SID LUCKMAN, 1943;ADRIAN BURK, 1954; GEORGE BLANDA, 1961; Y.A. TITTLE, 1962; JOE KAPP, 1969). Manning and Tittle are the only quarterbacks in NFL history to have at least seven touchdowns passes without an interception in a single game.

 


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