Essentials from Sunday: The QBs rule

From the Tom Brady-Peyton Manning showdown to Big Ben’s bigger day, the established quarterbacks are putting on a show. Here’s a look at the records and strange stats from Sunday.

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady had a bit of irony playing against the Denver Broncos. After passing for 333 yards against the Broncos in a 43-21 win, Brady has compiled 51,541 passing yards for his career and passed former Denver quarterback John Elway for fifth-most passing yards all-time.

It was also Brady’s 155th win, the most of any starting quarterback in his first 200 games.

It was also the first game in NFL history featuring opposing quarterbacks with at least 150 career regular-season wins each and the first game in which opposing quarterbacks each threw 50 or more passes (Brady attempted 53, Peyton Manning 57).

  • Brady’s success has helped spur quick success in TE Rob Gronkowski’s career, too. The ultra-effective pass-catching tight end had 105 yards receiving and one touchdown, his 50th touchdown catch in only his 59th game. That makes him the second-fastest player to 50 TD catches in a career, tying Randy Moss. Lance Alworth is the only player to reach 50 receiving touchdowns faster, doing it in 54 games.

  • The Brady-Manning duel produced some big numbers, but only Big Ben can claim one record. Ben Roethlisberger became the first quarterback in NFL history to throw six touchdowns passes in consecutive games, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. He slipped past Tom Brady (2007), Daunte Culpepper (2004) and Tom Flores (1963), who had consecutive games with five touchdowns each.

  • Baltimore Ravens return man JaCoby Jones tried to help his team keep up with Roethlisberger. Jones scored on a 108-yard kickoff return, becoming the first player in NFL history with three regular-season touchdowns of 105 yards or more, surpassing Trindon Holliday, Cordarrelle Patterson and Ed Reed, who each have two such plays, according to Elias.

  • The Arizona Cardinals made it to the Super Bowl following the 2008 season, but they haven’t gotten off to a 7-1 start since 1974. The last time Arizona had sole possession of the best record in the NFC this late in the season was Week 11, 1974. The Cardinals, who ended DeMarco Murray’s streak of eight consecutive 100-yard rushing games, haven’t allowed a 100-yard rusher in 18 consecutive games.

  • Here’s a strange stat: Cardinals QB Carson Palmer three touchdowns in Arizona’s win, but he threw a pick-six on his team’s first possession. Never fear, however, because Palmer is 9-5, including 5-0 over the last three seasons, when he throws an interception on his team’s first drive, according to Elias.

  • Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill joined Steve Young and Michael Vick as the only quarterbacks in the last 25 years with a 20-yard run or more in at least four consecutive games. Tannehill passed for 288 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions, adding 47 yards rushing on four carries.

  • Minnesota Vikings running back Matt Asiata had three rushing touchdowns against the Washington Redskins and is the only undrafted player to have three games with three rushing touchdowns in his first three seasons since 1967.

  • With six catches in the Kansas City Chiefs’ 24-10 win against the New York Jets, Dwayne Bowe now has 503 career catches, joining Tony Gonzalez as the only players in franchise history with 500 career receptions. Bowe has a little bit of work to do to actually catch Gonzalez, however, who has 916 catches.

  • The New York Jets tied their longest single-season losing streak. After losing 24-10 to the Chiefs, the Jets have now lost eight in a row. According to Elias, it was only the second loss for the Jets when they have outgained their opponent in both rushing and passing and didn’t turn the ball over.

  • So you thought the Cincinnati Bengals might miss Giovani Bernard at running back? Jeremy Hill helped ease the concern. He rushed for 154 yards and two touchdowns in a 33-23 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. Hill joined Corey Dillon as the only Bengals rookies with at least 150 rushing yards and two touchdowns in a game.

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