NFL 2014: What To Look For Week 5
NFL 2014: What To Look For Week 5


Cowboy Way

Dallas running back DE MARCO MURRAY has rushed for at least 100 yards and a touchdown in each of his first four games, tied with Pro Football Hall of Famer EMMITT SMITH for the fourth-longest such streak in NFL history to begin a season.

With at least 100 rushing yards and a touchdown against the Houston Texans on Sunday, Murray can join Pro Football Hall of Famers JIM BROWN (six) and O.J. SIMPSON (five) as the only players to do so in at least five games to begin a season.

The longest start-of-season streaks in NFL history with at least 100 rushing yards and a touchdown run:

Player Team Season Streak
Source: NFL *Active streak
Jim BrownCleveland19586
O.J. SimpsonBuffalo19755
Emmitt SmithDallas19954
DeMarco Murray*Dallas20144


Still In The Mix

History shows that a losing record at this point in the season does not negate a team's chances of making the playoffs.

Since the current playoff system (12 teams) was instituted in 1990, 25 teams have rebounded from a losing record after four weeks to qualify for the postseason, including the Philadelphia Eagles and Carolina Panthers in 2013. Four of those teams advanced to their Conference Championship Games, including the 2001 New England Patriots (1-3) en route to their Super Bowl XXXVI victory.

Since 1990, the NFL teams that started 1-3 or worse and made the playoffs:

Season Team Record Advanced To
Source: NFL
1990New Orleans1-3Wild Card Playoffs
1990Philadelphia1-3Wild Card Playoffs
1991NY Jets1-3Wild Card Playoffs
1992San Diego0-4Divisional Playoffs
1993Green Bay1-3Divisional Playoffs
1993Houston1-3Divisional Playoffs
1995Detroit1-3Wild Card Playoffs
1995Philadelphia1-3Divisional Playoffs
1996Dallas1-3Divisional Playoffs
1996Jacksonville1-3Championship Game
1997NY Giants1-3Wild Card Playoffs
1998Buffalo1-3Wild Card Playoffs
2000New Orleans1-3Divisional Playoffs
2001New England1-3Won Super Bowl XXXVI
2002Atlanta1-3Divisional Playoffs
2002Tennessee1-3Championship Game
2002NY Jets1-3Divisional Playoffs
2002Pittsburgh1-3Divisional Playoffs
2004Green Bay1-3Wild Card Playoffs
2005Chicago1-3Divisional Playoffs
2007San Diego1-3Championship Game
2008Minnesota1-3Wild Card Playoffs
2011Denver1-3Divisional Playoffs
2013Carolina1-3Divisional Playoffs
2013Philadelphia1-3Wild Card Playoffs


500 Club

Denver quarterback PEYTON MANNING has 499 career touchdown passes and can join BRETT FAVRE (508) as the only players with 500.

Favre recorded his 500th career touchdown pass in his 293rd game on his 9,924th pass attempt. Manning has 8,563 career attempts and will face the undefeated Arizona Cardinals (3-0) in his 244th regular season game on Sunday.

A look at how quickly Favre and Manning reached each major touchdown pass milestone in terms of games and attempts:

Number of Games To Reach Milestone TDs

Player 100 200 300 400 500
Source: NFL
Brett Favre62107167228293
Peyton Manning56106157209??


Number of Attempts To Reach Milestone TDs

Player 100 200 300 400 500
Source: NFL
Brett Favre2,0303,5335,6457,6999,924
Peyton Manning1,9223,6895,3067,226??


Cool Brees

New Orleans quarterback DREW BREES has 39,936 passing yards since joining the Saints in 2006, the most of any NFL player during that span.

Brees needs 64 passing yards against Tampa Bay to become the sixth quarterback in NFL history with 40,000 passing yards with one franchise. He will play in his 132nd game with New Orleans on Sunday and can surpass DAN MARINO (Miami Dolphins, 153 games) as the fastest quarterback to reach 40,000 passing yards with a team.

The quarterbacks with 40,000 passing yards with one team and the number of games it took each of them to reach the milestone:

Player Team Games
Source: NFL *39,936 passing yards
Dan MarinoMiami Dolphins153
Peyton ManningIndianapolis Colts154
Tom BradyNew England Patriots162
Brett FavreGreen Bay Packers164
Dan FoutsSan Diego Chargers168
John ElwayDenver Broncos183
Drew Brees*New Orleans Saints131


Tom Terrific

New England's TOM BRADY needs 60 passing yards against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday Night Football to become the sixth quarterback in NFL history to reach 50,000 career passing yards.

In 15 seasons, Brady has 49,940 career passing yards.

The NFL quarterbacks with the most career passing yards:

Quarterback Seasons Passing Yards
Source: NFL *Active
Brett Favre1991-201071,838
Peyton Manning*1998-present65,778
Dan Marino1983-199961,361
Drew Brees*2001-present52,284
John Elway1983-199851,475
Tom Brady*2000-present49,940


Tight Ends with 10,000 Yards

JASON WITTEN of the Dallas Cowboys has 9,955 career receiving yards, the third-most among tight ends in NFL history.

With 45 receiving yards against Houston, Witten can join TONY GONZALEZ (15,127) and Pro Football Hall of Famer SHANNON SHARPE (10,060) as the only tight ends with 10,000 career receiving yards.

Witten, who will play in his 180th career game in Week 5, can become the second-fastest tight end to reach the milestone. Gonzalez reach 10,000 yards in his 177th game, while Sharpe did so in his 203rd game.


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