Week 7 storylines: Favre, Orton among history's most successful QB newcomers

Cold, Hard Football Facts for Oct 21, 2009



Ed. note: The following information comes from the NFL:
 
LUCKY 7Minnesota newcomer BRETT FAVRE has led the Vikings to a 6-0 start.  With a win on Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Favre can tie DIETER BROCK of the 1985 Los Angeles Rams for the most consecutive wins to start a season in a quarterback's first year with a team since 1970.
 
Denver Broncos quarterback KYLE ORTON can also tie the mark in Week 8 after Denver's bye this week.
 
The most consecutive wins to start a season in a quarterback's first year with a team since 1970:
 
PLAYER
TEAM
YEAR
MOST CONSECUTIVE WINS TO START A SEASON
Dieter Brock
Los Angeles Rams
1985
7
John Hadl
Los Angeles Rams
1973
6
Craig Morton
Denver Broncos
1977
6
Brett Favre
Minnesota Vikings
2009
 6*
Kyle Orton
Denver Broncos
2009
 6*
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
* Active streak
 
-- NFL --
 
MANNING THE CONTROLSIndianapolis Colts quarterback PEYTON MANNING has five consecutive 300-yard passing games to start the 2009 season.  With a 300-yard performance on Sunday against the Rams, Manning can tie STEVE YOUNG (1998), KURT WARNER (2000) and RICH GANNON (2002) for the most consecutive 300-yard passing games in NFL history.  Young and Warner accomplished the feat to start the 1998 and 2000 seasons, respectively.
 
The most consecutive 300-yard passing games in NFL history:
 
PLAYER, TEAM
YEAR
MOST CONSECUTIVE 300-YARD GAMES
Steve Young, San Francisco
1998
6
Kurt Warner, St. Louis
2000
6
Rich Gannon, Oakland
2002
6
 
 
 
Peyton Manning, Indianapolis
2009
 5*
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
* Active streak
 
-- NFL --
 
MOSS GOES FOR 40 IN THE U.K.With two touchdown receptions on Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the NFL's International Series game in London, Patriots wide receiver RANDY MOSS can become the fastest to reach 40 receiving touchdowns with one team (39 games).  Moss, who was acquired by the Patriots in 2007, has 38 touchdown receptions in 38 games with New England.  He previously reached 40 touchdown receptions in 44 games with the Minnesota Vikings, tied for the third-longest such streak.
 
The fewest games to reach 40 receiving touchdowns with one team:
 
PLAYER
TEAM
GAMES
Art Powell
Oakland Raiders
43
Lance Alworth
San Diego Chargers
43
Randy Moss
Minnesota Vikings
44
Jerry Rice
San Francisco 49ers
44
Bob Hayes
Dallas Cowboys
48
     
Randy Moss
New England Patriots
38*
                                     
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
*Moss currently has 38 touchdowns receptions in 38 games with Patriots
 
-- NFL --
 
HERE'S JOHNNY!:  Chicago Bears rookie wide receiver-kick returner JOHNNY KNOX has scored a touchdown in four consecutive games (three TD receptions, one KR-TD).  With a touchdown on Sunday against the Bengals, Knox can become only the fifth rookie wide receiver since 1970 to score a touchdown in five consecutive games.
 
Following are the rookie wide receivers that scored a touchdown in five consecutive games since 1970:
 
WIDE RECEIVER
TEAM
YEAR
CONSECUTIVE GAMES WITH TD
Randy Moss
Minnesota Vikings
1998
7
Lee Evans
Buffalo Bills
2004
5
Chris Sanders
Houston Oilers
1995
5
Louis Lipps
Pittsburgh Steelers
1984
5
       
Johnny Knox
Chicago Bears
2009
4*
                           
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
*Active
 
-- NFL --
 
THE EARLY LEADER:  With 59 receiving yards on Sunday, DALLAS CLARK of the Indianapolis Colts can become the fifth tight end since 1970 to reach 500 receiving yards through his team's first six games.  Clark, who has only played five games, leads all NFL tight ends with 441 receiving yards through Week 6. 
 
Following are the tight ends with 500-plus receiving yards through his team's first six games of a season since 1970:
 
PLAYER, TEAM
YEAR
RECEIVING YARDS THROUGH FIRST SIX GAMES
Ben Coates, New England
1994
652
Antonio Gates, San Diego
2007
547
Kellen Winslow, San Diego
1984
535
Kellen Winslow II, Cleveland
2007
506
     
Dallas Clark, Indianapolis
2009
441*
                       
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
*Through five games
 
-- NFL --
 
VICTORY:  Rookie head coach JIM CALDWELL has led the Colts to a 5-0 start this season.  With a Colts win on Sunday against St. Louis, the Colts will improve to 6-0 and Caldwell can tie for the best start by a rookie head coach since 1970.  Denver Broncos head coach JOSH MC DANIELS tied the mark on Monday night in the Broncos' 34-23 victory over the San Diego Chargers.
 
The best starts by a rookie head coach since 1970:
 
HEAD COACH
TEAM
RECORD TO START CAREER
FINAL RECORD IN FIRST SEASON
Chuck Knox
1973 Los Angeles Rams
6-0
12-2
Red Miller
1977 Denver Broncos
6-0
12-2
Mike Martz
2000 St. Louis Rams
6-0
10-6
Josh McDaniels
2009 Denver Broncos
6-0
??
Jim Caldwell
2009 Indianapolis Colts
5-0
??
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Caldwell can also become the fourth head coach to lead his team to a 6-0 start the year after replacing a head coach with 100-plus career regular-season wins.  McDaniels accomplished the feat on Monday night against the Chargers.
 
The head coaches to lead their team to a 6-0 start the year after replacing a head coach with 100+ career regular-season wins:
 
HEAD COACH
TEAM
YEAR
RECORD
FORMER HEAD COACH, WINS
Blanton Collier
Cleveland Browns
1963
6-0
Paul Brown, 111
Jack Pardee
Washington Redskins
1978
6-0
George Allen, 116
Josh McDaniels
Denver Broncos
2009
6-0
Mike Shanahan, 146
     
 
 
Jim Caldwell
Indianapolis Colts
2009
5-0
Tony Dungy, 139
 

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