KNOCKING ON THE 150 CLUB:
The NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS enter Week 7 as the lone undefeated team (6-0) in the AFC and lead the NFL in both points per game (31.7) and points allowed per game (8.0). Through six games, New England’s point differential (+142) is the third-highest at this point of a season in the Super Bowl era, trailing only the 1999 St. Louis Rams (+154) and the 1968 Dallas Cowboys (+149).
Against the New York Jets on Monday Night Football (8:15 PM ET, ESPN), the Patriots can become the fifth team with a +150 point differential through a team’s first seven games in the Super Bowl era.
The teams with the highest point differential through their first seven games of a season in the Super Bowl era:
|TEAM||SEASON||POINT DIFFERENTIAL||SEASON RESULT|
|Dallas Cowboys||1966||+160||Advanced to NFL Championship|
|New England Patriots||2007||+159||Advanced to Super Bowl XLII|
|Chicago Bears||2006||+152||Advanced to Super Bowl XLI|
|St. Louis Rams||1999||+151||Won Super Bowl XXXIV|
|Washington Redskins||1991||+149||Won Super Bowl XXVI|
|New England Patriots||2019||+142*||???|
|*Through six games|
Seattle quarterback RUSSELL WILSON passed for 295 yards and two touchdowns in the Seahawks’ Week 6 victory. Wilson has passed for at least two touchdowns in five of his first six games in 2019 and now has 67 games with at least two touchdown passes in his eight-year career.
With at least two touchdown passes on Sunday against Baltimore (4:25 PM ET, FOX), Wilson would surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer BRETT FAVRE (67) for the third-most games with at least two touchdown passes through a player’s first eight seasons in NFL history.
The players with the most games with at least two touchdown passes in their first eight seasons in NFL history:
|PLAYER||TEAM||GAMES WITH 2+ TD PASSES|
|Brett FavreHOF||Green Bay||67|
|*In eighth season|
Wilson has 14 touchdown passes and zero interceptions for a league-leading 124.7 passer rating this season. With two touchdown passes and no interceptions on Sunday, Wilson would tie MILT PLUM (16 in 1960) for the fourth-most touchdown passes without an interception to begin a season in NFL history.
The players with the most touchdown passes without an interception to begin a season in NFL history:
|PLAYER||TEAM||SEASON||TD PASSES WITHOUT INT TO START SEASON|
|Alex Smith||Kansas City||2017||18|
|#Named Associated Press Most Valuable Player|
MATTY ICE’S HOT START:
Atlanta quarterback MATT RYAN leads the NFL with 15 touchdown passes this season and ranks second in the league with 2,011 passing yards entering Week 7.
Ryan, who has passed for at least 300 yards in each of his first six games, needs 300 passing yards on Sunday against the Los Angeles Rams (1:00 PM ET, FOX) to become the first player with at least 300 passing yards in each of his team’s first seven games of a season in NFL history.
The players to pass for at least 300 yards in the most consecutive team games to begin 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|
Additionally, Ryan has passed for at least three touchdowns on four occasions in 2019. By throwing for at least 300 yards and three touchdowns on Sunday, Ryan would join PEYTON MANNING (2013) and Pro Football Hall of Famer STEVE YOUNG (1998) as the only players with at least 300 passing yards and three touchdowns in five of their team’s first seven games of a season in NFL history.
The players with the most performances of 300 passing yards and three touchdowns in their team’s first seven games of a season in NFL history:
|PLAYER||TEAM||SEASON||GAMES WITH 300+ YARDS & 3 TDs|
|Steve YoungHOF||San Francisco||1998||5|
|*Through six games|
|#Named Associated Press Most Valuable Player|
TOP 10 SHOWDOWN:
Arizona rookie quarterback KYLER MURRAY, the No. 1 overall selection in the 2019 NFL Draft, and New York Giants rookie quarterback DANIEL JONES, the No. 6 overall selection, will face off Sunday (1:00 PM ET, FOX), for the first time in their careers.
Below is a look at the most combined passing yards in a matchup featuring two rookie starting quarterbacks each selected in the top 10 of the NFL Draft in the common draft era:
|SEASON||PLAYER (SELECTION)||PASS YARDS||PLAYER (SELECTION)||PASS YARDS||COMBINED PASS YARDS|
|2012||Andrew Luck (No. 1)||433||Ryan Tannehill (No. 8)||290||723|
|2015||Jameis Winston (No. 1)||210||Marcus Mariota (No. 2)||209||419|
|1971||Dan Pastorini (No. 3)||260||Jim Plunkett (No. 1)||157||417|
|1999||Akili Smith (No. 3)||221||Tim Couch (No. 1)||164||385|
|2018||Josh Allen (No. 7)||206||Sam Darnold (No. 3)||170||376|
New York Giants running back SAQUON BARKLEY, the No. 2 overall selection in the 2018 NFL Draft, has 15 games with at least 100 scrimmage yards, the most in the NFL since entering the league.
Appearing in his 20th career game on Sunday, Barkley needs at least 100 scrimmage yards to tie EDGERRIN JAMES (16) for the most games with at least 100 scrimmage yards through a player’s first 20 career games in NFL history.
The players with the most games of at least 100 scrimmage yards in their first 20 career games in NFL history:
|PLAYER||TEAM||GAMES WITH 100+ SCRIMMAGE YARDS|
|Saquon Barkley||New York Giants||15*|
|Eric DickersonHOF||Los Angeles Rams||15|
DYNAMIC DUO IN DALLAS:
Over his last four games against NFC East opponents, Dallas quarterback DAK PRESCOTT is 4-0 with 1,516 passing yards (379 yards per game) and 14 touchdowns for a 125.4 passer rating.
With three passing touchdowns against Philadelphia on Sunday Night Football (8:20 PM ET, NBC), Prescott would become the fifth quarterback to pass for at least three touchdowns in five consecutive games against divisional opponents since 1970.
The players with the most consecutive games with at least three touchdown passes against divisional opponents since 1970:
|PLAYER||TEAM||SEASONS||GAMES WITH 3+ PASS TDs|
|Brett FavreHOF||Green Bay||1994-95||5|
Dallas running back EZEKIEL ELLIOTT leads the NFL with 5,877 scrimmage yards since entering the league in 2016.
Appearing in his 47th career game, Elliott needs 123 scrimmage yards against Philadelphia on Sunday Night Football to tie Pro Football Hall of Famer ERIC DICKERSON (47 games) and LE’VEON BELL (47) as the second-fastest player to reach 6,000 scrimmage yards in NFL history.
The players to reach 6,000 scrimmage yards in the fewest games in NFL history:
|PLAYER||TEAM||GAMES TO REACH 6,000 SCRIMMAGE YARDS|
|Eric DickersonHOF||Los Angeles Rams||47|
|LaDainian TomlinsonHOF||San Diego||48|
|*Has 5,877 scrimmage yards|
Washington wide receiver TERRY McLAURIN leads all rookies in receptions (23), receiving yards (408) and receiving touchdowns (five) in 2019, and has recorded at least 50 receiving yards in each of his first five career games.
With at least 50 receiving yards on Sunday against San Francisco (1:00 PM ET, FOX), McLaurin would join EARL McCULLOUCH (seven games in 1968) as the only players to with 50 receiving yards in each of their first six career games in NFL history.