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


DANGERUSS
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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
Peyton Manning Indianapolis 74
Dan MarinoHOF Miami 72
Brett FavreHOF Green Bay 67
Russell Wilson Seattle 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
Peyton Manning# Denver 2013 20
Nick Foles Philadelphia 2013 19
Alex Smith Kansas City 2017 18
Milt Plum Cleveland 1960 16
Russell Wilson Seattle 2019 14*
*Active Streak      
#Named Associated Press Most Valuable Player      


MATTY ICE’S HOT START
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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
Matt Ryan Atlanta 2019 6*
Kurt WarnerHOF St. Louis Rams 2000 6
Steve YoungHOF San Francisco 1998 6
*Active streak

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
Peyton Manning# Denver 2013 5
Steve YoungHOF San Francisco 1998 5
Matt Ryan Atlanta 2019 4*
*Through six games
#Named Associated Press Most Valuable Player


TOP 10 SHOWDOWN
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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
Edgerrin James Indianapolis 16
Saquon Barkley New York Giants 15*
Eric DickersonHOF Los Angeles Rams 15
*19 games


DYNAMIC DUO IN DALLAS
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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
Dan MarinoHOF Miami 1986-87 6
Brett FavreHOF Green Bay 1994-95 5
Steve Beuerlein Carolina 1999-2000 5
Donovan McNabb Philadelphia 2003-04 5
Dak Prescott Dallas 2018-19 4*
*Active streak

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
Edgerrin James Indianapolis 44
Eric DickersonHOF Los Angeles Rams 47
Le’Veon Bell Pittsburgh 47
LaDainian TomlinsonHOF San Diego 48
Ezekiel Elliott Dallas 46*
*Has 5,877 scrimmage yards


SCARY TERRY
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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.

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