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The San Francisco 49ers (8-0) -- the NFL's last remaining undefeated team -- host a divisional contest with key playoff implications against the Seattle Seahawks (7-2) on Monday Night Football.
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49ers Remain Unbeaten, Seahawks Up Next
For the first time in NFL history, the SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (8-0) are the NFL's last remaining undefeated team at least eight games into a season. San Francisco, which finished last season 4-12 and selected DL NICK BOSA with the second-overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, is off to its best start since opening 10-0 in 1990.
This week, the 49ers host a divisional contest with key playoff implications against the Seattle Seahawks (7-2) on Monday Night Football.
The Seahawks-49ers matchup is the first meeting between division rivals that have combined for two or fewer losses in Week 10 or later since November 17, 2013, when Denver (8-1) hosted Kansas City (9-0) in an AFC West showdown.
San Francisco is the second team in NFL history to finish with a winning percentage of .250 or below and rebound to win its first eight games of the following season. In 2013, the Kansas City Chiefs opened 9-0 after going 2-14 (.125) in the 2012 season.
Last week in the Seahawks' 40-34 overtime victory against Tampa Bay, Seattle quarterback RUSSELL WILSON notched his 90th win as a starter, including the postseason. On Monday night, he can surpass BEN ROEHTLISBERGER (90) for second-most quarterback wins over his first eight seasons in the Super Bowl era. Only TOM BRADY (100) had more.
Including the 49ers' berth in Super Bowl XLVII after the 2012 season, the NFC West has produced four of the last seven NFC Super Bowl representatives. Seattle and San Francisco accounted for three of those appearances, while the Los Angeles Rams were the latest division entry in Super Bowl LIII last season. Since the beginning of that 2012 season, no other division has a better overall winning percentage.
Seven-Win Super Teams
Entering Week 10, five NFL teams -- the Green Bay Packers (7-2), New England Patriots (8-1), New Orleans Saints (7-1), San Francisco 49ers (8-0) and Seattle Seahawks (7-2) -- have at least seven wins, the most through the first nine weeks since the 1990 season (five teams). In total, 10 teams have at least six victories, the most through the first nine weeks of a season since 1986 (11 teams).
Through the first nine weeks of the 2019 season, four teams -- the Buffalo Bills (6-2), Green Bay Packers (7-2), Minnesota Vikings (6-3) and San Francisco 49ers (8-0) -- are in playoff position after missing the postseason a year ago. From 1990-2018 -- a streak of 29 consecutive years -- at least four teams have qualified for the playoffs in every season that were not in the postseason the year before. In 2018, seven of the 12 playoff teams missed the postseason the year before.
Division Winning Rebounds
The NFL in 2002 expanded to 32 teams and realigned into eight divisions. Since that time, at least two teams have won their divisions the season after missing the playoffs in 15 of the past 16 years. Heading into Week 10, two teams -- GREEN BAY in the NFC North and SAN FRANCISCO in the NFC West -- lead their respective divisions after missing the postseason in 2018.
NFL Teams to win their divisions a season after missing the playoffs over the last 16 seasons:
|Source: NFL *Worst to first|
|2018||Baltimore, Chicago*, Dallas, Houston*|
|2017||Jacksonville*, Los Angeles Rams, New Orleans, Minnesota, Philadelphia*|
|2015||Houston, Minnesota, Washington*|
|2011||Denver*, Houston*, New York Giants, San Francisco|
|2010||Atlanta, Chicago, Kansas City*, Pittsburgh, Seattle|
|2009||Cincinnati, Dallas, New England, New Orleans*|
|2008||Arizona, Carolina, Miami*, Minnesota|
|2007||Green Bay, Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay*|
|2006||Baltimore*, New Orleans*, Philadelphia*, San Diego Chargers|
|2005||Chicago*, Cincinnati, New York Giants, Tampa Bay*|
|2004||Atlanta*, Pittsburgh, San Diego*|
|2003||Baltimore, Carolina*, Kansas City*, New England, St. Louis Rams|
Best NFL Teams After The Bye
A season-high six NFL teams are on byes during Week 10, and every club will have taken its week off by the end of Week 12. On Sunday, two teams coming off their byes meet in an NFC South clash when the ATLANTA FALCONS travel to play the NEW ORLEANS SAINTS. Since the beginning of the 2011 season, only the BALTIMORE RAVENS, fresh off a post-bye win over the Patriots in Week 9, have a better record after the bye.
The NFL teams with the best winning percentages in the game following the bye since 2011:
|New Orleans Saints||6||2||0||.750|
Another Rookie Quarterback Makes Starting Debut
On Sunday when the BALTIMORE RAVENS meet the CINCINNATI BENGALS (1:00 PM ET, CBS), the Ravens (6-2) have an opportunity to match their best start in franchise history (7-2 in both 2006 and 2012). On the other sideline, quarterback RYAN FINLEY will make his first NFL start. Finley will become the sixth rookie to make his starting debut this season, joining Arizona's KYLER MURRAY, Jacksonville's GARDNER MINSHEW, Pittsburgh's DEVLIN HODGES, the New York Giants' DANIEL JONES and Washington's DWAYNE HASKINS.
Through the first nine weeks, 110 of 135 overall games (81.5 percent) have featured at least one quarterback under the age of 27, the most at this point in a season in league history. In total, quarterbacks under age 27 have started 146 games and recorded 76 wins (52.1 percent), both the most starts and wins by quarterbacks under the age of 27 through the first nine weeks of a season since at least 1970.
Running It Up
The Baltimore Ravens (6-2) enter Week 10 leading the NFL with an average of 204.9 rushing yards per game in 2019. Last week in their win over New England, quarterback LAMAR JACKSON, whose 637 rushing yards are the most by a quarterback through his team's first eight games of a season in NFL history, rushed for 61 yards and two touchdowns, while running back MARK INGRAM rushed for a season-high 115 yards. The team totaled 210 rushing yards in the victory -- their seventh game with at least 150 rushing yards this season.
If Baltimore rushes for at least 150 yards on Sunday against Cincinnati, they would become the first team since the 1976 PITTSBURGH STEELERS to rush for at least 150 yards in eight of a team's first nine games of a season since 1970.
The NFL teams with the most games with at least 150 rushing yards in the first nine games of a season since 1970:
|Source: NFL *Through eight games #Won Super Bowl|
Overall, Baltimore has rushed for 1,639 yards -- the most rushing yards through a team's first eight games since the 2006 ATLANTA FALCONS (1,641), and the sixth-most through a team's first eight games of a season since 1970.
In Week 6, Baltimore rushed for a season-high 269 yards against Cincinnati. If the Ravens rush for their season average (204.9) on Sunday in Cincinnati, they would move into the top five for most rushing yards in a team's first nine games of a season since 1970.
The NFL teams with the most rushing yards through their first nine games of a season since 1970:
|Source: NFL *Through eight games #Won Super Bowl|
Ten Starts In
Arizona quarterback Kyler Murray leads all NFC rookies in passing yards (2,229) and passer rating (89.2), while ranking second among all quarterbacks with 313 rushing yards in 2019. Earlier in the season, Murray -- who was selected with the first-overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft -- became just the second quarterback to pass for at least 300 yards in each of his first two career games in NFL history.
On Sunday at Tampa Bay, Murray needs 271 passing yards to join DESHAUN WATSON (2017-18), CAM NEWTON (2011) and DAUNTE CULPEPPER (2000) as the only quarterbacks with at least 2,500 passing yards and 250 rushing yards in their first 10 career starts in NFL history.
The NFL quarterbacks with at least 2,500 passing yards and 250 rushing yards in first 10 career starts in NFL history:
|Quarterback||Team||Season(s)||Passing Yards||Rushing Yards|
|Source: NFL *Through nine starts|
Slinging It Like Stafford
Earlier this season, Detroit Lions quarterback MATTHEW STAFFORD became the first quarterback in NFL history to reach 40,000 career passing yards in fewer than 150 games. Over the past three weeks, Stafford leads the NFL in passing yards (1,112) and passing touchdowns (10) and has passed for at least 300 yards and three touchdowns in each of his past three games.
Appearing in his 150th career game on Sunday at Chicago, Stafford needs at least 300 passing yards and three touchdowns to tie Pro Football Hall of Famer KURT WARNER (23 games) for the fourth-most games with at least 300 passing yards and three touchdowns in a player's first 150 career games in NFL history.
The NFL quarterbacks with the most games with at least of 300 passing yards and three touchdowns in their first 150 career games in NFL history:
|Source: NFL *Through 149 games|
|Aaron Rodgers||Green Bay||31|
|Drew Brees||San Diego, New Orleans||27|
|Kurt Warner||St. Louis Rams, Arizona||23|
Christian McCaffrey Unstoppable Force
Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey leads the NFL with 1,244 scrimmage yards through eight games this season and joined Pro Football Hall of Famer JIM BROWN (1963) as the only players to have at least 150 scrimmage yards and a touchdown in six of their team's first eight games of a season in NFL history.
With 156 scrimmage yards on Sunday against Green Bay, McCaffrey would become the fourth player in NFL history with at least 1,400 scrimmage yards in their team's first nine games of a season, joining Pro Football Hall of Famers JIM BROWN (1,529 in 1963) and O.J. SIMPSON (1,518 in 1975), as well as LARRY BROWN (1,405 in 1972).
The NFL players with the most scrimmage yards through their team's first nine games of a season in NFL history:
|Source: NFL *Through 8 games|
|Eric Dickerson||Los Angeles Rams||1983||1,396|
|Tiki Barber||New York Giants||2004||1,391|
Rookie Raider Josh Jacobs Finding the End Zone
Oakland running back Josh Jacobs leads all rookies in scrimmage yards (842), rushing yards (740) and rushing touchdowns (six) in 2019. Last week, Jacobs became the first rookie since Cincinnati's ICKEY WOODS (1988) to have at least two rushing touchdowns in three of his first eight career games.
With at least two rushing touchdowns against the Los Angeles Chargers, Jacobs would become the fifth player to have at least two rushing touchdowns in four of his first 10 career games in NFL history.
The NFL players with the most games with at least two rushing touchdowns in their first 10 career games in NFL history:
|Source: NFL *Through 8 games|
|Marcus Allen||Los Angeles Raiders||1982-83||5|
|Eric Dickerson||Los Angeles Rams||1983||5|
|Bill Paschal||New York Giants||1943-44||4|
Unstoppable Michael Thomas
Since entering the NFL in 2016, New Orleans wide receiver Michael Thomas leads the NFL with 394 receptions and ranks third with 4,662 receiving yards. This season, Thomas leads the league in receptions (73) and receiving yards (875) through the first nine weeks.
Appearing in his 56th career game on Sunday against Atlanta (1:00 PM ET, FOX), Thomas needs six receptions to become the fastest player to reach 400 receptions in NFL history.
The NFL players to reach 400 receptions in the fewest games in NFL history:
|Source: NFL *394 career receptions|
|Odell Beckham Jr.||New York Giants||61|
|Keenan Allen||San Diego/Los Angeles Chargers||66|
|Michael Thomas*||New Orleans||55|
>Thomas, who is currently in his fourth NFL season, needs seven receptions on Sunday to surpass JARVIS LANDRY (400) for the most receptions through a player's first four seasons in NFL history.
The NFL players with the most receptions in their first four seasons in NFL history:
|Source: NFL *In fourth season|
|Michael Thomas*||New Orleans||394|
Additionally, if Thomas has 125 receiving yards on Sunday, he would join MIKE EVANS (2014-17), A.J. GREEN (2011-14) and Pro Football Hall of Famer RANDY MOSS (1998-2001) as the only players to have at least 1,000 receiving yards in each of their first four seasons in NFL history.
Packers Party In The Backfield
Green Bay's defense features the only pair of teammates in the NFL to each record at least eight sacks this season -- linebackers ZA'DARIUS SMITH (8.5 sacks) and PRESTON SMITH (8). On Sunday against Carolina, they can become the sixth pair of teammates to each record at least 10 sacks in their team's first 10 games of a season since 1990.
The NFL teammates to each record at least 10 sacks through their team's first 10 games of a season since 1990:
|Source: NFL *Through nine games|
|2014||Buffalo||Marcell Dareus||10||Mario Williams||10|
|2000||Miami||Trace Armstrong||12.5||Jason Taylor||10|
|2000||Tampa Bay||Warren Sapp||11.5||Marcus Jones||10|
|1998||San Francisco||Chris Doleman||11.5||Roy Barker||11|
|1992||Kansas City||Derrick Thomas||10.5||Neil Smith||10.5|
|2019*||Green Bay||Za'Darius Smith||8.5||Preston Smith||8|
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