TheSTN – NFL: What To Look For… A Look Back

FRESH STARTThree teams are undefeated through their first three games of the season – Arizona, Atlanta and Houston.

While no guarantee of future success, a strong start to the season is a good omen – 75.7 percent of teams (84 of 111) that started 3-0 since 1990 made the playoffs. 

POINT(S) TAKENNFL teams combined for 1,556 points (791, Week 1; 765, Week 2) through the first two weeks of the 2012 season, the most points during the first two weeks of any NFL season.

With 705 points thus far in Week 3, bringing the 2012 season total to 2,261, 2012 features the most points through the first three weeks of any NFL season with one game still to play. The previous record was set last season with 2,157 points through Week 3.

The most points through the first three weeks of an NFL season:

SEASON

TOTAL POINTS

2012

2,261*

2011

2,157

2008

2,073

2002

2,058

2007

2,054

                                                                                    *One game remaining

PASS TIMEThere have been eight 300-yard passing performances thus far in Week 3, bringing the season total of such games to 26.

The 26 individual 300-yard passing games are the second-most through the first three weeks of any NFL season with one game still to play.

The most individual 300-yard passing games through Week 3 in NFL history:

SEASON

IND. 300-YARD PASS. GAMES

2011

34

2012

26*

2009

21

1994

19

2007

18

                                                                                   *One game remaining

LARRY LEGEND: Arizona wide receiver LARRY FITZGERALD had nine receptions for 114 yards and a touchdown in the Cardinals’ 27-6 win over Philadelphia.

Fitzgerald now has 707 career receptions and became the youngest player in NFL history (29 years, 23 days) to reach the 700-catch mark. He surpassed the previous record (JASON WITTEN, 30 years, 133 days) by more than a year.

The youngest players to reach 700 career receptions:

PLAYER TEAM(S)

AGE

YEARS     

DAYS

Larry Fitzgerald Arizona

29

23

Jason Witten Dallas

30

133

Andre Johnson Houston

30

139

Torry Holt St. Louis

30

202

Randy Moss Minnesota, Oakland, New England

30

230

Fitzgerald also reached 700 receptions in the fifth-fewest games in NFL history (127). Former Indianapolis wide receiver Marvin Harrison holds the record, recording his 700th catch in his 114th game.

The players to record 700 receptions in the fewest games in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM(S)

GAMES

Marvin Harrison Indianapolis

114

Andre Johnson Houston

120

Anquan Boldin Arizona, Baltimore

123

Torry Holt St. Louis

125

Larry Fitzgerald Arizona

127

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