Tied atop the AFC West with 5-0 records, the Denver Broncos and Kansas City Chiefs are two of three remaining undefeated teams in 2013. If both win this Sunday, it would mark the second time since the divisional structure was implemented in 1933 that two teams in the same division started 6-0.
In 1934, the Detroit Lions and Chicago Bears, then members of the NFL's Western Division, each started 10-0. Chicago finished 13-0 before losing the 1934 NFL Championship game by a score of 30-13 to the New York Giants. The Lions (10-3) finished second in the Western Division.
Scoring in Bunches
NFL teams have combined for 3,566 points in 2013, tied for the most points through five weeks in NFL history (2011).
That total equates to 46.31 points per game. If the current average stays at this pace, it would rank as the second-highest of any season in history (1948, 46.48 points per game).
The seasons with the highest scoring average in NFL history:
|Year||Points Per Game|
|Source: NFL *Through Week 5|
Teams off to a slow start are justified in believing that they can turn it around. Since the current playoff format (12 teams) was instituted in 1990, 14 teams have rebounded from being at least three games under .500 after the season's first five weeks or later to qualify for the postseason. At least one team has done so in each of the past three seasons, including the 2012 Washington Redskins, who rebounded from a 3-6 start to win their final seven games en route to an NFC East title.
Since 1990, teams that were three or more games below .500 after Week 5 or later and made the playoffs:
|Year||Team||Record||Final Record||Advanced To|
|1995||Lions||2-5, 3-6||10-6||Wild Card|
|1996||Jaguars||3-6, 4-7||9-7||Championship Game|
|2008||Chargers||4-7, 4-8, 5-8||8-8||Divisional|
Denver has won 16 consecutive regular-season games, tied for the fifth-longest streak in NFL history. With a victory against Jacksonville this Sunday, the Broncos would tie the 1933-34 Chicago Bears for the fourth-longest win streak in NFL annals.
The 2008-09 Indianapolis Colts, who were also quarterbacked by PEYTON MANNING, won an NFL-record 23 consecutive regular-season games.
The longest regular-season winning streaks in NFL history:
|Source: NFL * Active streak|
|New England Patriots||2006-08||21|
|New England Patriots||2003-04||18|
Indianapolis wide receiver REGGIE WAYNE (996) needs four receptions against San Diego on Monday Night Football to become the ninth player in NFL history with 1,000 career catches.
The Colts can also become the first team in NFL history to have two players with 1,000 receptions each with the franchise. MARVIN HARRISON, who played his entire 13-year career with Indianapolis, ranks third in NFL history with 1,102 catches.
The top 10 players with the most catches in NFL history:
|Source: NFL * Active|
|Jerry Rice||49ers, Raiders, Seahawks||1985-2004||1,549|
|Tony Gonzalez*||Chiefs, Falcons||1997-2013||1,275|
|Cris Carter||Eagles, Vikings, Dolphins||1987-2002||1,101|
|Tim Brown||Raiders, Buccaneers||1988-2004||1,094|
|Terrell Owens||49ers, Eagles, Cowboys, Bills, Bengals||1996-2010||1,078|
|Isaac Bruce||Rams, 49ers||1994-2009||1,024|
|Randy Moss||Vikings, Raiders, Patriots, Titans, 49ers||1998-2012||982|
Indianapolis linebacker ROBERT MATHIS (9.5) and Kansas City linebacker JUSTIN HOUSTON (8.5) currently rank No. 1 and 2 in the NFL in sacks.
In Week 6, both players can challenge to rank in the top three for the most sacks by any player through a team's first six games since sacks became an official statistic in 1982.
The players with the most sacks through a team's first six games:
|Source: NFL * Through 5 games|
|Keith Millard||Minnesota Vikings||1989||12|
|Kevin Greene||Carolina Panthers||1998||11|
|Michael Strahan||New York Giants||2001||10.5|
|Robert Mathis||Indianapolis Colts||2013||9.5*|
|Justin Houston||Kansas City Chiefs||2013||8.5*|