A look back at the statistical highlights, achievements and milestones plus a review of the week that was for games played Week 8 of the NFL 2013 season
Perfect Defense, Perfect Record
The Kansas City Chiefs improved to 8-0 with a 23-17 win over the Cleveland Browns to remain undefeated and sit atop the AFC West.
The Chiefs are the first team in NFL history to start 8-0 after posting the worst record in the league the previous season.
In the Super Bowl era, 20 teams have started 8-0 and all 20 qualified for the playoffs. Twelve of those 20 clubs advanced to the Super Bowl and eight won the Super Bowl.
The Chiefs held Cleveland to 17 points and became the fourth team since 1970 to allow 17 points or fewer in each of their first eight games of a season.
Kansas City's Alex Smith became the first quarterback since the 1970 merger to win his first eight games to start a season with a new team.
The Chiefs' defense has allowed 17 points or fewer in each of its first eight games and became the fourth team since 1970 to accomplish the feat.
The NFL teams to allow 17 points or fewer in each of their first eight games of a season since 1970:
|Team||Season||Games 17 Points or Less|
|Source: NFL *Active streak|
|Kansas City Chiefs*||2013||8|
Through Week 8 of the NFL 2013 regular season, 80 of 120 games (66.7 percent) have been within seven points in the fourth quarter, the third-most such games through the first eight weeks of a season in NFL history (81 in 2004 and 1984).
The most games within seven points at any time during the fourth quarter through Week 8:
Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson had 14 catches for 329 receiving yards with one touchdown in the Lions' 31-30 win over the Dallas Cowboys. Johnson's 329 receiving yards were the second-most in a single-game in NFL history. Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Flipper Anderson had 336 receiving yards against the New Orleans Saints on November 26, 1989.
It also marked Johnson's fifth career game with 200+ receiving yards, tying Pro Football Hall of Famer Lance Alworth for the most such games in NFL history.
The most receiving yards in a single-game in NFL history:
|11/26/89||Flipper Anderson||Los Angeles Rams||New Orleans||336|
|12/22/85||Stephone Paige||Kansas City||San Diego||309|
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees passed for 332 yards and five touchdowns in the Saints' 35-17 win over Buffalo. Brees now has eight career games with five+ touchdown passes, the most in NFL history.
New England's Tom Brady threw one touchdown in the Patriots' 27-17 victory over Miami.
Brees (343) and Brady (343) passed Pro Football Hall of Famer Fran Tarkenton (342) for the fourth-most touchdown passes in NFL history.
The most career touchdown passes in NFL history:
|Player||Team(s)||Career Passing TDs|
|Source: NFL *Active|
|Brett Favre||Packers, Jets, Vikings||508|
|Peyton Manning*||Colts, Broncos||465|
|Drew Brees*||Chargers, Saints||343|
|Fran Tarkenton||Vikings, Giants||342|
Denver quarterback Peyton Manning passed for 354 yards and four touchdowns in the Broncos' 45-21 win over Washington. Manning has 2,919 passing yards this season, the most through the first eight games in NFL history.
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning passed for 246 yards in the Giants' 15-7 win at Philadelphia. Eli, who now has 33,694 career passing yards, surpassed Phil Simms (33,462) for the most passing yards in Giants history
Cincinnati wide receiver Marvin Jones had eight catches for 122 yards and four touchdown receptions in the Bengals' 49-9 win over the New York Jets. Jones' four TD catches are the most in a single-game in Bengals history and the most in an NFL game since November 18, 2007 (Randy Moss and Terrell Owens, four each).
Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald had four catches for 48 yards with one touchdown in the Cardinals' 27-13 win over Atlanta. Fitzgerald, who now has 800 career catches, became the youngest player in NFL history to reach 800 receptions (30 years and 57 days old).
Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor rushed for 106 yards and one touchdown in the Raiders' 21-18 win over Pittsburgh. Pryor's 93-yard rushing touchdown is the longest touchdown run by a quarterback in NFL history. Pryor also surpassed Bo Jackson (92 yards, November 5, 1989) for the longest rushing touchdown by a Raider.
In Week 8, four players -- Cincinnati's Chris Crocker (32 yards), Washington's De Angelo Hall (26), Cincinnati's Adam Jones (60) and Denver's Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (75) -- had interception-return touchdowns, contributing to a league-wide total of 34 this season, the most interception-return touchdowns through eight weeks since 1970 (31 in 2003 and 2012).
The Denver Broncos defeated Washington 45-21 and have scored 343 points (42.9 points per game) through the first eight weeks of 2013, the most points at this point of a season in NFL history.
Denver is now the third team in NFL history to score at least 30 points in each of its first eight games. The 2007 New England Patriots and 2000 St. Louis Rams also accomplished the feat.
The teams with at least 30 points in each of their first eight games of a season in NFL history:
|Team||Season||30+ Point Games|
|Source: NFL *Active Streak|
|New England Patriots||2007||8|
|St. Louis Rams||2000||8|
In fact, NFL teams have combined for 5,544 points in 2013, the most points through eight weeks in NFL history. The previous high was 5,384 points last season.
That record total equates to 46.20 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).
Teams have combined to score 614 touchdowns, the most at this point in NFL history (593 in 2002). Of the 614 touchdowns, 371 have been TD passes, the most through the first eight weeks of any season. The previous high was 356 in 2012.
Nine NFL teams are averaging at least 25 points per game this season, which is on pace to tie for the most in a season in NFL history (2008 and 2012).
NFL 2013 Points Per Game Leaders thru Week 8
|Team||Points / Game|
|Green Bay Packers||30.3|
|New Orleans Saints||28.0|
|San Francisco 49ers||27.3|
Most NFL teams to average 25+ points per game in a season
|Source: NFL *Through Week 8|
400-ClubThrough Week 8 of the NFL 2013 regular season, there have already been 14 individual 400-yard passing performances, including Matthew Stafford's 488 yards on Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys. Stafford now has six career games with 400+ passing yards in his first five NFL seasons, trailing only Pro Football Hall of Famer Dan Marino (seven) for the most such games in the first five seasons of a career in NFL history.
The 14 individual 400-yard passing games are already the third-most in a single season of any NFL season (18 in 2011).
The most individual 400-yard passing games in a single season in NFL history:
|Source: NFL * Through Week 8|
Patriots Own Their Division
The New England Patriots defeated division rival Miami 27-17 on Sunday.
The Patriots have now won 14 consecutive home games against AFC East opponents and are the fifth team since 1970 to win at least 14 consecutive home games against division opponents.
The most consecutive home wins against division opponents since 1970:
|Source: NFL *Active streak|
|Green Bay Packers||1994-1998||18|
|New England Patriots*||2009-present||14|
The New 30
San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh (30-9-1) guided his team to a 42-10 win over Jacksonville in an International Series game at Wembley Stadium.
Since being hired in 2011, Harbaugh has won 30 regular-season games and became the fourth-fastest head coach to reach the milestone since 1970.
The head coaches who made their debut since the merger with the fewest games to reach 30 wins:
|George Seifert||San Francisco||1989-1991||36|
|Chuck Knox||Los Angeles Rams||1973-1975||38|
|Ted Marchibroda||Baltimore Colts||1975-1977||38|
|Jim Harbaugh||San Francisco||2011-present||40|
This weekend's contest was the 14th international regular-season game in NFL history and the eighth played in the United Kingdom.
The regular-season games played in the United Kingdom:
|Oct 28, 2007||Giants||13||Dolphins||10||81,176|
|Oct 26, 2008||Chargers||32||Saints||37||83,226|
|Oct 25, 2009||Patriots||35||Buccaneers||7||84,254|
|Oct 31, 2010||Broncos||16||49ers||24||83,941|
|Oct 23, 2011||Bears||24||Buccaneers||18||76,981|
|Oct 28, 2012||Patriots||45||Rams||7||84,004|
|Sep 29, 2013||Steelers||27||Vikings||34||83,518|
|Oct 27, 2013||49ers||42||Jaguars||10||83,559|
Arizona wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald had four catches for 48 yards with one touchdown in the Cardinals' 27-13 win over Atlanta. Fitzgerald, who now has 800 career catches, became the youngest player in NFL history to reach 800 receptions (30 years and 57 days old).
The youngest players to reach 800 career receptions:
|Torry Holt||St. Louis||31||208|
|Randy Moss||Minnesota, Oakland, New England||31||256|
|Tony Gonzalez||Kansas City||31||285|
Fitzgerald, who has played 148 career games, also reached the milestone in the sixth-fewest games in NFL history. Former Indianapolis wide receiver Marvin Harrison recorded his 800th catch in his 131st game, the fewest of any NFL player.
The players to record 800 receptions in the fewest games in NFL history:
|Anquan Boldin||Cardinals, Ravens, 49ers||146|
|Wes Welker||Dolphins, Patriots, Broncos||146|
Minnesota Vikings rookie Cordarrelle Patterson returned a kickoff 109 yards for a touchdown against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday Night Football. His 109-yard kickoff return is the longest in NFL history and tied the NFL record for longest play in NFL history (Antonio Cromartie).
With the San Diego Chargers, Antonio Cromartie returned a missed field goal 109 yards for a touchdown on November 4, 2007 at Minnesota.
The longest kickoff-return touchdowns in NFL history: