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

ONE TO GO: Last night on Sunday Night Football, New Orleans quarterback DREW BREES threw four touchdowns in the Saints’ 31-24 win over San Diego and extended his streak of consecutive games with a touchdown pass to 48, surpassing Pro Football Hall of Famer JOHNNY UNITAS (47) for the longest streak in NFL history.

The quarterbacks to throw one or more touchdown passes in the most consecutive games:

PLAYER TEAM DATES CONSEC. GAMES W/ TD PASS
Drew Brees New Orleans 10/18/2009-present

48*

Johnny Unitas Baltimore Colts 12/9/1956-12/4/1960

47

Tom Brady New England 9/12/2010-present

37*

Brett Favre Green Bay 11/4/2002-11/29/2004

36

Dan Marino Miami 11/10/1985-11/22/1987

30

*Active streak      

Unitas surpassed the previous mark held by CECIL ISBELL (22 games) on November 30, 1958 and held sole possession of the record for 19,663 days before Brees tied the mark in Week 4. Brees has thrown 118 touchdowns during his streak, 12 more than Unitas (102) had during his streak. During their streaks, Unitas threw a TD pass to seven different players, while Brees has connected with 15 players.

A look at Brees’ numbers during his 48-game streak and Unitas’ numbers during his 47-game streak:

PLAYER

GAMES

ATT

COMP

YARDS

TDs

INTs

RATING

RECORD

Drew Brees

48

1,936

1,331

15,173

118

51

101.4

34-14

Johnny Unitas

47

1,298

697

10,645

102

61

87.6

31-16

Meanwhile in New England, quarterback TOM BRADY recorded a touchdown pass in the Patriots’ 31-21 win over Denver and extended his streak of consecutive games with a touchdown pass to 37, surpassing BRETT FAVRE (36) for the third-most consecutive games with a touchdown pass.

ROOKIE SUCCESSFour of the top five rookie passing yardage totals in NFL history through a team’s first five games have occurred in 2012. Only CAM NEWTON (1,610 yards in 2011) has passed for more yards as a rookie in his team’s first five games than this year’s rookie foursome of BRANDON WEEDEN (1,610), RYAN TANNEHILL (1,288), ANDREW LUCK (1,208) and ROBERT GRIFFIN III (1,161).

Luck, whose Colts were on bye in Week 4, has played in four games thus far and can add to his total next Sunday against the Jets.

The most passing yards by a rookie quarterback through his team’s first five games:

QUARTERBACK TEAM

YEAR

PASSING YARDS THROUGH FIRST 5 GAMES

Cam Newton Carolina Panthers

2011

1,610

Brandon Weeden Cleveland Browns

2012

1,288

Ryan Tannehill Miami Dolphins

2012

1,269

Andrew Luck Indianapolis Colts

2012

1,208*

Robert Griffin III Washington Redskins

2012

1,161

* Through four games  

 

 

CATCHING ONOn Sunday, Cincinnati wide receiver A.J. GREEN caught nine passes for 65 yards and a touchdown against Miami. Green became the eighth player – and fourth wide receiver – in NFL history to reach 100 career receptions in 20 or fewer games, tying for the third-fastest all-time.

In his first 20 career games, Green has 101 receptions, 1,550 yards and 11 touchdowns. He is the first player in NFL history with at least 100 receptions, 1,500 yards and 10 touchdowns in his first 20 career games.

The fewest games to reach 100 receptions in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM

NO. OF GAMES

WR Anquan Boldin Arizona

16

RB Reggie Bush New Orleans

19

WR A.J. Green Cincinnati

20

WR Terry Glenn New England

20

WR Eddie Royal Denver

20

TE Keith Jackson Philadelphia

20

TE Jeremy Shockey New York Giants

20

TE Kellen Winslow Cleveland

20

 

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