NFL 2014: What To Look For Week 7
NFL 2014: What To Look For Week 7


Here's what to look for during Week 7 of the NFL 2014 Regular Season

Passing Fancy

Quarterbacks have been historically efficient through Week 6 of the 2014 season, combining for a league-wide passer rating of 91.0 and a completion percentage of 63.3. Both are on pace to be the highest of any season in NFL history and would surpass records set in 2013 (86.0 passer rating; 61.2 completion percentage).

The league-wide yards-per-pass attempt average, currently at 7.27, is also on pace to be the highest of any season in the Super Bowl era.

The NFL seasons with the highest league-wide yards-per-pass attempt average in the Super Bowl era (since 1966):

Season Yards / Pass
Source: NFL *Through Week 6


Historic Peyton Manning

Last week, quarterback Peyton Manning threw for three touchdowns in the Broncos' 31-17 win over the New York Jets.

Manning now has 506 career touchdown passes and with three touchdowns against San Francisco on Sunday Night Football, he will surpass BRETT FAVRE (508) for the most career touchdown passes in NFL history.

The players with the most career touchdown passes in NFL history:

Player Team(s) Career TD Passes
Source: NFL *Active
Brett FavreGreen Bay, NY Jets, Minnesota508
Peyton Manning*Indianapolis, Denver506
Dan MarinoMiami420
Drew Brees*San Diego, New Orleans372
Tom Brady*New England369


No Place Like Home

The New England Patriots host their first division opponent of the year when they face the New York Jets on Thursday Night Football.

The Patriots have won 15 consecutive home games against division opponents. With a win against the Jets, New England will tie the DALLAS COWBOYS (1991-95) and MIAMI DOLPHINS (1971-75) for the third-longest such streak since 1970.

The teams with the most consecutive home wins against division opponents since 1970:

Team Seasons Win Streak
Source: NFL *Active
Green Bay Packers1994-9818
Buffalo Bills1988-9217
Dallas Cowboys1991-9516
Miami Dolphins1971-7516
New England Patriots2009-present15


Running Cowboy

Dallas running back De Marco Murray has at least 100 rushing yards in each of his first six games, tied with Pro Football Hall of Famer Jim Brown for the longest such streak in NFL history to begin a season.

With at least 100 rushing yards against the New York Giants on Sunday, Murray can become the first player in NFL history to do so in at least seven games to begin a season.

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

Player Team Season Streak
Source: NFL *Active Streak
DeMarco Murray*Dallas20146
Jim BrownCleveland19586
O.J. SimpsonBuffalo19735
O.J. SimpsonBuffalo19755


Murray (785) leads the NFL in rushing yards and with 105 rushing yards on Sunday, he would surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer Barry Sanders for the third-most rushing yards in a team's first seven games since 1980 (Jamal Lewis, 977; Terrell Davis, 1,001).

The most rushing yards through a team's first seven games since 1980:

Player Team Season Yards
Source: NFL *Through six games
Terrell DavisDenver19981,001
Jamal LewisBaltimore2003977
Barry SandersDetroit1994889
Walter PaytonChicago1984875
Terrell DavisDenver1997861
DeMarco Murray*Dallas2014785


Young Kicker

Arizona rookie kicker Chandler Catanzaro has converted all 14 field-goal attempts this season.

With at least two field goals and no misses on Sunday at Oakland, Catanzaro will surpass St. Louis' GREG ZUERLEIN (15 in 2012) for the longest consecutive field goals made to start a rookie season in NFL history.

(Bye)ing A Win

The Kansas City Chiefs and head coach ANDY REID travel to San Diego to face the Chargers on Sunday following their bye week.

Reid (13-2) has the third-best record among head coaches coming off a bye week (minimum 8 games), trailing Pro Football Hall of Famer MARV LEVY (8-1) and MIKE MC CARTHY (7-1).

The head coaches with the best records following a bye week (minimum eight games):

Coach Team(s) Record Pct
Source: NFL *Active
Marv LevyKansas City, Buffalo8-1.889
Mike McCarthy*Green Bay7-1.875
Andy Reid*Philadelphia, Kansas City13-2.867
Dennis GreenMinnesota, Arizona11-3.786
John Fox*Carolina, Denver10-3.769


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