BRADY GOES FOR HISTORY:
New England quarterback TOM BRADY ranks fourth in NFL history with 71,575 passing yards during his 20-year NFL career.
With 366 passing yards on Sunday at Washington (1:00 PM ET, CBS), Brady would surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer BRETT FAVRE (71,838) and PEYTON MANNING (71,940) for the second-most career passing yards in NFL history.
The players with the most career passing yards in NFL history:
|Drew Brees*||San Diego Chargers, New Orleans||74,845|
|Peyton Manning||Indianapolis, Denver||71,940|
|Brett FavreHOF||Green Bay, New York Jets, Minnesota||71,838|
|Tom Brady*||New England||71,575|
PAT & MATT’S FAST STARTS:
Kansas City quarterback PATRICK MAHOMES, who leads the league with 1,510 passing yards, and Atlanta quarterback MATT RYAN, who leads the NFC with 1,325 passing yards, have passed for at least 300 yards in each of their team’s first four games this season.
If Mahomes (vs. Indianapolis, 8:20 PM ET, NBC) or Ryan (at Houston, 1:00 PM ET, FOX) pass for at least 300 yards on Sunday, they would join Pro Football Hall of Famers KURT WARNER (6 in 2000) and STEVE YOUNG (6 in 1998), as well as PEYTON MANNING (5 in 2009 and 2013) as the only players in NFL history to pass for at least 300 yards in each of their team’s first five games of a season.
The players with at least 300 passing yards in each of their team’s first five games of a season in NFL history:
|PLAYER||TEAM||SEASON||GAMES WITH 300+ PASSING YARDS TO BEGIN SEASON|
|Kurt WarnerHOF||St. Louis Rams||2000||6|
|Steve YoungHOF||San Francisco||1998||6|
|Patrick Mahomes||Kansas City||2019||4*|
|#Named Associated Press Most Valuable Player|
RUDOLPH DASHES TOWARD HISTORY:
Pittsburgh quarterback MASON RUDOLPH completed 24 of 28 pass attempts (85.7 percent) for 229 yards with two touchdowns and a 124.6 passer rating in Week 4 to earn his first career victory as a starter. It also marked Rudolph’s third consecutive game with two touchdown passes.
With at least two touchdown passes on Sunday vs. Baltimore (1:00 PM ET, CBS), Rudolph would become the third player in NFL history to pass for at least two touchdowns in each of his first four career games.
The players with at least two passing touchdowns in each of their first four career games in NFL history:
|PLAYER||TEAM||SEASON||GAMES WITH 2+ TD PASSES TO BEGIN CAREER|
NOT YOUR AVERAGE QB:
Baltimore quarterback LAMAR JACKSON, who is tied for the league lead with 10 touchdown passes, also leads all quarterbacks with 238 rushing yards this season. Including his 695 rushing yards – the most among quarterbacks in 2018 – Jackson now has 933 career rushing yards in 20 career games.
With 67 rushing yards in his 21st career game on Sunday at Pittsburgh (1:00 PM ET, CBS), Jackson would tie ROBERT GRIFFIN III (21 games) as the fastest quarterback to reach 1,000 career rushing yards in NFL history.
The quarterbacks to reach 1,000 career rushing yards in the fewest games in NFL history:
|PLAYER||TEAM||GAMES TO REACH 1,000 RUSH YARDS|
|Robert Griffin III||Washington||21|
|*Has 933 rush yards entering Sunday|
Tampa Bay linebacker SHAQUIL BARRETT leads the NFL with nine sacks through four weeks in 2019. Barrett, who notched one sack in Week 1, three sacks in Week 2 and four sacks in Week 3, added yet another sack to his total, as well as an interception and a forced fumble, in the Buccaneers’ Week 4 win.
With one sack on Sunday at New Orleans (1:00 PM ET, FOX), Barrett would join Pro Football Hall of Famer KEVIN GREENE (1998) as the only players to reach 10 sacks in their team’s first five games of a season since 1982 when the individual sack became an official statistic.
THE SCARLET KNIGHT RISES:
New England defensive back DEVIN McCOURTY leads the NFL with four interceptions this season, having recorded one interception in each of the Patriots’ first four games of 2019.
With an interception on Sunday at Washington (1:00 PM ET, CBS), McCourty would become the third player in the Super Bowl era to record at least one interception in his each of his team’s first five games of a season.
The players with an interception in each of their team’s first five games of a season in the Super Bowl era:
|PLAYER||TEAM||SEASON||GAMES WITH INTERCEPTION TO BEGIN SEASON|
|Devin McCourty||New England||2019||4*|