HISTORY DOWN SOUTH:
In his 125th career game, Atlanta wide receiver JULIO JONES, who has 12,047 career receiving yards, had 10 catches for 166 yards in the Falcons’ Week 16 victory and surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer JERRY RICE (142 games) as the fastest player to reach 12,000 career receiving yards in NFL history.
Jones, who ranks third in the league with 1,316 receiving yards in 2019, needs at least 84 receiving yards on Sunday at Tampa Bay (1:00 PM ET, FOX), to tie Rice (six seasons) for the most seasons with at least 1,400 receiving yards in NFL history.
Tampa Bay quarterback JAMEIS WINSTON leads the league with a career-high 4,908 passing yards entering the season’s final week and has thrown for at least 375 yards in five different games in 2019.
With at least 375 passing yards on Sunday against Atlanta, Winston would tie PEYTON MANNING (six games in 2013) for the most games with at least 375 passing yards in a single season in NFL history.
The players with the most games with at least 375 passing yards in a single season in NFL history:
|PLAYER||TEAM||SEASON||GAMES WITH 375+ PASSING YARDS|
|Drew Brees||New Orleans||2013||5|
|Jameis Winston||Tampa Bay||2019||5*|
|*Through 15 games|
REMARKABLE ROOKIE RECEIVERS:
Tennessee’s A.J. BROWN (927 receiving yards) and Washington’s TERRY MCLAURIN (919) lead all rookies in receiving yards this season and each have a chance to reach 1,000 receiving yards in their first NFL seasons.
If Brown has at least 73 receiving yards at Houston (4:25 PM ET, CBS) and McLaurin has at least 81 receiving yards at Dallas (4:25 ET, FOX), the 2019 season would join 2014 and 1986 as the only seasons featuring multiple rookies with at least 1,000 receiving yards in NFL history.
The seasons featuring multiple rookies with at least 1,000 receiving yards in NFL history:
|2014||Odell Beckham Jr.||New York Giants||1,305|
|Mike Evans||Tampa Bay||1,051|
|Ernest Givins||Houston Oilers||1,062|
|*Entering Week 17|