WATSON’S WIZARDRY: Houston rookie quarterback DESHAUN WATSON became the first player in NFL history with at least 400 passing yards (402), four touchdown passes (four) and 50 rushing yards (67) in a single game in the Texans‘ Week 8 loss at Seattle.
Watson has passed for at least three touchdowns and recorded a 100+ passer rating in four consecutive games, the longest streak by a rookie quarterback in NFL history. On Sunday, Watson can become the fifth different quarterback in NFL history with at least three touchdown passes and a 100+ passer rating in five consecutive games.

The quarterbacks with the most consecutive games with at least three touchdown passes and a 100+ rating in NFL history:

PLAYER

TEAM

SEASON(S)

CONSECUTIVE GAMES WITH 3+ TD PASSES & 100+ RATING

 

Tom Brady

New England

2007

8

 

Peyton Manning

Indianapolis

2004

8

 

Russell Wilson

Seattle

2015

5

 

Aaron Rodgers

Green Bay

2012-13

5

 

Peyton Manning

Denver

2012

5

 

Aaron Rodgers

Green Bay

2011

5

 

 

Deshaun Watson

Houston

2017

4*

 

*Active streak

DYNAMIC DUO: Houston wide receivers DE ANDRE HOPKINS (224 yards, one touchdown) and WILL FULLER V (125 yards, two touchdowns) each had at least 100 receiving yards and a touchdown catch in Week 8.
Fuller and Hopkins are tied for the NFL lead with seven touchdown receptions each this season. With a touchdown catch by both players against Indianapolis on Sunday, Fuller and Hopkins would become the third pair of teammates in NFL history with at least eight touchdown catches each in their team’s first eight games of a season.
The pairs of teammates with at least eight touchdown catches each in their team’s first eight games of a season:

SEASON

TEAM

PLAYER

TD CATCHES

PLAYER

TD CATCHES

2013

Denver

Wes Welker

9

Julius Thomas

8

1959

Baltimore Colts

Raymond Berry

8

Jim Mutscheller

8

 

 

 

 

 

 

2017

Houston

Will Fuller V

7*

DeAndre Hopkins

7*

*Through seven games

With three combined touchdown catches on Sunday, Fuller and Hopkins, who have 14 total touchdown receptions this season, would tie for the second-most combined touchdown catches by a pair of teammates through their team’s first eight games of a season in NFL history.

The pairs of teammates with the most combined touchdown catches in their team’s first eight games of a season:

SEASON

TEAM

PLAYER (TDS)

PLAYER (TDS)

COMBINED TD CATCHES

 

1942

Green Bay

Don Hutson (14)

Andy Uram (4)

18

 

2013

Denver

Wes Welker (9)

Julius Thomas (8)

17

 

2007

New England

Randy Moss (11)

Wes Welker (6)

17

 

1961

Houston Oilers

Bill Groman (11)

Charley Hennigan (6)

17

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2017

Houston

Will Fuller V (7)

DeAndre Hopkins (7)

14*

 

*Through seven games

PETERSON GAINS GROUND: Arizona running back ADRIAN PETERSON has 11,983 rushing yards and 99 rushing touchdowns in 11 career seasons.
With 17 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown at San Francisco on Sunday, Peterson would become the seventh player in NFL history with at least 12,000 career rushing yards and 100 rushing touchdowns. All six of the players with at least 12,000 rushing yards and 100 touchdown runs are enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
The players with at least 12,000 rushing yards and 100 rushing touchdowns in NFL history:

PLAYER

TEAM(S)

RUSHING YARDS

RUSHING TDS

 

Emmitt Smith^

Dallas, Arizona

18,355

164

 

Walter Payton^

Chicago

16,726

110

 

LaDainian Tomlinson^

San Diego, New York Jets

13,684

145

 

Jim Brown^

Cleveland

12,312

106

 

Marshall Faulk^

Indianapolis, St. Louis

12,279

100

 

Marcus Allen^

Los Angeles Raiders, Kansas City

12,243

123

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adrian Peterson

Minnesota, New Orleans, Arizona

11,983

99

 

^Pro Football Hall of Famer

JAGUARS ON THE PROWL: The Jacksonville Jaguars, led by defensive ends YANNICK NGAKOUE (2.5 sacks) and CALAIS CAMPBELL (two), recorded 10 sacks in the team’s 27-0 win at Indianapolis in Week 7. Jacksonville enters Week 9 following a bye last week.
With seven sacks on Sunday against Cincinnati, Jacksonville, who leads the NFL with 33 sacks and ties for third in the league with 10 interceptions, would become the second team in the Super Bowl era with at least 40 sacks and 10 interceptions in its first eight games of a season. The 1967 Oakland Raiders, who advanced to Super Bowl II, are the only other team to accomplish the feat in the Super Bowl era.
The teams with at least 40 sacks and 10 interceptions in its first eight games of a season in the Super Bowl era:

TEAM

SEASON

SACKS

INTERCEPTIONS

Oakland

1967

52

14

 

 

 

 

Jacksonville

2017

33*

10*

*Through seven games

 

LANDMARK FOR LANDRY: Miami wide receiver JARVIS LANDRY ranks second in the NFL with 50 catches this season. 
With five catches against Oakland on Sunday Night Football, Landry, who has 338 receptions since entering the league in 2014, would surpass ANQUAN BOLDIN (342) for the most catches by a player in his first four seasons in NFL history.

The players with the most receptions in their first four seasons in NFL history:

PLAYER

TEAM

RECEPTIONS IN 1ST 4 SEASONS

 

Anquan Boldin

Arizona

342

 

Jarvis Landry

Miami

338*

 

Larry Fitzgerald

Arizona

330

 

A.J. Green

Cincinnati

329

 

Brandon Marshall

Denver

327

 

*In fourth season

DOMINANT DEMARCUS: Dallas defensive end DEMARCUS LAWRENCE recorded a sack in the Cowboys‘ 33-19 win at Washington in Week 8.
Lawrence, who leads the NFL with 10.5 sacks, has recorded a sack in all seven of Dallas‘ games this season. With a sack against Kansas City on Sunday, Lawrence would become the fourth player to record a sack in each of his team’s first eight games to start a season since the individual sack became an official statistic in 1982.
Minnesota’s EVERSON GRIFFEN, who is on a bye in Week 9, has recorded at least one sack in each of the Vikings‘ first eight games of the 2017 season.
The players to record a sack in each of their team’s first eight games of a season since 1982:

PLAYER

TEAM

SEASON

Everson Griffen

Minnesota

2017^

Dwight Freeney

Indianapolis

2009

Robert Mathis

Indianapolis

2005

Demarcus Lawrence

Dallas

2017*

*Has sack in each of first seven games

^Has bye in Week 9 (Active streak)

SOARING EAGLE: Philadelphia quarterback CARSON WENTZ passed for two touchdowns in the Eagles‘ 33-10 victory over San Francisco last week.
With 26 completions against Denver on Sunday, Wentz, who has 540 completions in 24 career games, would surpass MATTHEW STAFFORD (565) for the most completions in NFL history by a quarterback in their first 25 career games.

The quarterbacks with the most completions in their first 25 career games in NFL histor

PLAYER

TEAM

COMPLETIONS IN 1ST 25 GAMES

Matthew Stafford

Detroit

565

Marc Bulger

St. Louis

553

Derek Carr

Oakland

551

Carson Wentz

Philadelphia

540*

Carson Palmer

Cincinnati

537

*Through 24 career games

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