NFL essentials from Sunday: QBs hit milestones

Several veteran quarterbacks and one rookie set some impressive marks across the NFL on Sunday.

Sunday saw numerous milestones reached for some of the NFL’s best quarterbacks.

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees became the only quarterback in NFL history to have 15 games throwing for 400 yards or more after his passed for 465 yards, four touchdowns and an interception in a 41-38 win over the Carolina Panthers. He passed Peyton Manning for that mark and now has 50,289 yards in 11 seasons with New Orleans to become the sixth quarterback to pass for 50,000 yards with one team. He also extended his streak of 57 consecutive home games with a touchdown pass, the most all-time. 

New York Giants QB Eli Manning also threw for 400 yards (403) in a 27-23 win over the Baltimore Ravens, the 100th regular-season win of Manning’s career. After throwing three touchdowns, he now has 302 touchdown passes and became the eighth quarterback in NFL history with 300 career touchdown passes while passing John Elway for the seventh-most touchdown passes in NFL history. 

Dallas Cowboys rookie QB Dak Prescott threw the first interception of his career, ending his record of consecutive passes without an interception to a start a career at 176, passing Tom Brady for the most pass attempts without an interception to start a career. His streak ended in a 30-16 win over the Green Bay Packers.

Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson got his 50th regular-season win with a 26-24 victory over the Atlanta Falcons, moving his record to 50-19. Wilson tied for the third-fastest starting quarterback to reach 50 career wins, doing it in 69 games. Ken Stabler got there in 62 games and Tom Brady in 65.

Like Brees, Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford also had four touchdown passes in a 31-28 win over the Los Angeles Rams. It was his 10th career game with at least four touchdown passes, becoming the fourth-youngest quarterback with 10 such games, doing it at 28 years, 252 days old. Only Dan Marino, Brett Favre and Peyton Manning reached the mark at a younger age.

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady threw three touchdowns and no interceptions in a 35-17 win over the Cincinnati Bengals, giving him 47 career games with at least three touchdown passes and no interceptions, second only to Peyton Manning (51 such games) in NFL history. Brady completed 82.9 percent of his passes for 376 yards on Sunday. It was the second straight season in which Brady has produced at least 700 yards without an interception in his first two starts of a season, the only quarterback to do that in two seasons, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

OTHER ESSENTIALS FROM SUNDAY

  • Saints WR Brandin Cooks had seven receptions for 173 yards, including an 87-yard touchdown catch. Combined with his 98-yard touchdown reception in Week 1, Cooks is the first player in NFL history with two touchdown catches of at least 85 yards in his team’s first five games of a season.
  • Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski had seven catches for 162 yards and a touchdown, his 22nd career game with at least 100 yards receiving, tying Jackie Smith for third-most by a tight end in NFL history. Tony Gonzalez (31) and Kellen Winslow (24) are the only tight ends with more.
  • Golden Tate and Anquan Boldin each caught eight passes in the Lions win. During Calvin Johnson’s career in Detroit there were only two games in which he and another Lions wide receiver caught at least eight passes, according to Elias – Nate Burleson in 2012 and Tate in 2014.
  • Cowboys rookie RB Ezekiel Elliott has 703 yards rushing in six games, the second-most in a player’s first six career games (Eric Dickerson, 787). Elliott also became the only rookie to rush for at least 130 yards in four consecutive games.
  • Odell Beckham Jr. broke out of his early-season funk with the New York Giants, getting 222 yards receiving and two touchdowns on eight catches. He now has 10 games with at least 140 receiving yards, the most in a player’s first three seasons. With touchdown catches of 75 and 66 yards in the game, Beckham is also the second player in NFL history (Harlon Hill, 1954-56) with at least eight touchdown receptions of 60 yards or more by the end of a player’s third season, according to Elias.
  • Jay Ajayi became the second player in Miami Dolphins history to rush for 200 yards and two touchdowns after a 204-yard performance in a 30-15 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. Ricky Williams is the only other Dolphin to accomplish that feat.

 

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