NFL Notebook: What to look for in Week 5

A 60-second spin around the National Football League's more notable Week 5 notes.


History shows that a losing record at this point in the season does not negate a team's chances of making the playoffs.

Since the current playoff system (12 teams) was instituted in 1990, 22 teams have rebounded from a losing record through a season's first four weeks to qualify for the postseason.

Four of those clubs advanced to their conference championship games, including the 2001 New England Patriots (1-3) en route to their Super Bowl XXXVI victory.


Through Week 4, teams with 300-yard passers have a combined record of 18-7 (.720). The 18 combined wins are the most in NFL history through the first four weeks of a season.


Arizona Cardinals quarterback KURT WARNER has 49 300-yard passing games in his career. With 300 yards this week against the Texans, Warner can become the fifth quarterback in NFL history with 50 such games.

Warner, who has passed for 300 yards in 49 of 112 games (43.8 percent), can also become the fastest quarterback to reach the 50-game mark, surpassing DAN MARINO (176 games).

Warner (12,953) also needs 47 yards to reach 13,000 passing yards as a Cardinal. He threw for 14,447 with the St. Louis Rams and would become just the second player in NFL history to throw for 13,000 yards with two different teams. Pro Football Hall of Famer FRAN TARKENTON, who threw for 33,098 yards with Minnesota and 13,905 with the New York Giants, is the only player to accomplish the feat.


Minnesota Vikings quarterback BRETT FAVRE will celebrate his 40th birthday on Saturday, October 10. When the Vikings play St. Louis the next day, he can become the 12th 40-year-old quarterback to start an NFL game in the Super Bowl era (since 1966).


The Denver Broncos have compiled a 4-0 record under rookie head coach JOSH

MC DANIELS. Their offense has been helped immeasurably by the team's tough defense. Through four games, the Broncos' defense has yielded 26 points (6.5 per game).


With a passer rating of 100.0 or better this weekend against the Tennessee Titans in Week 5, Indianapolis Colts quarterback PEYTON MANNING can become the third quarterback in NFL history with 70 such games (minimum 14 attempts). The Colts have a record of 62-7 (.899) when Manning posts a 100+ passer rating, including 3-0 in 2009.

20TH CENTURY BRONCO: With one catch this Sunday against New England, wide receiver EDDIE ROYAL will become the seventh player, and third wide receiver, in NFL history to reach 100 career receptions in 20 or fewer games, tying for the third-fastest on the all-time list. In his first 19 career games, Royal has 99 receptions.

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