Fantastic Follow-Up: Saints QB Drew Brees
Fantastic Follow-Up: Saints QB Drew Brees

Fantastic Follow-Up

New Orleans quarterback DREW BREES completed 28 of 39 passes (71.8 pct.) for 387 yards and three touchdowns in the Saints' overtime loss to the Titans.

Brees, who threw for 505 yards and seven touchdowns against the New York Giants in Week 8, surpassed his own performance (349 yards in 2006) for the second-most passing yards following a 500-yard performance in NFL history.

The NFL quarterbacks who have passed for 500 yards in a single game and had the most passing yards the following week:


Quarterback Team Yards Opponent Date Yards Next Game Opponent Date
(Source: NFL)
Tom BradyNew England517Miami9/12/11423San Diego9/18/11
Drew BreesNew Orleans505NY Giants11/1/15387Tennessee11/8/15
Drew BreesNew Orleans510Cincinnati11/19/06349Atlanta11/26/06
Ben RoethlisbergerPittsburgh522Indianapolis10/26/14340Baltimore11/2/14
Philip RiversSan Diego503Green Bay10/18/15336Oakland10/25/15
Matt SchaubHouston527Jacksonville11/18/12315Detroit11/22/12
Warren MoonHouston Oilers527Kansas City12/16/90288Cincinnati12/23/90
Eli ManningNew York Giants510Tampa Bay9/16/12288Carolina9/20/12


Brees' three touchdown passes on Sunday tied him with NICK FOLES (three) and Y.A. TITTLE (three) for the most touchdown passes following a seven touchdown performance in NFL History.

The quarterbacks who have passed for seven touchdowns in a single game and their next performance:


Quarterback Team TDs Opponent Date TDs Next Game Opponent Date
(Source: NFL)
Drew BreesNew Orleans7NY Giants11/1/153Tennessee11/8/15
Nick FolesPhiladelphia7Oakland11/3/133Green Bay11/10/13
Y.A. TittleNew York Giants7Washington10/28/623St. Louis11/4/62
Peyton ManningDenver7Baltimore9/5/132NY Giants9/15/13
George BlandaHouston7NY Titans11/19/611Denver11/26/61
Joe KappMinnesota7Baltimore9/28/690Green Bay10/5/69


Fast Starts

The Green Bay Packers and The Indianapolis Colts both faced opponents with 6-0 records or better for the second consecutive week in Week 9. Previously, only the 1934 Detroit Lions and 2004 Pittsburgh Steelers have played teams 6-0 or better in consecutive games.

The Colts, who played the 6-0 Panthers on Monday Night Football in Week 8, defeated Denver (7-1) 27-24 on Sunday, while the Packers, who faced the 6-0 Broncos in Week 8, lost to Carolina (8-0) 37-29.

The NFL teams to face opponents with 6-0 records or better in consecutive weeks:


Team Season Opponent Next Opponent
(Source: NFL)
Detroit Lions1934Chicago (11-0)Chicago (12-0)
Pittsburgh Steelers2004New England (6-0)Philadelphia (7-0)
Green Bay Packers2015Denver (6-0)Carolina (7-0)
Indianapolis Colts2015Carolina (6-0)Denver (7-0)


The Carolina Panthers And New England Patriots joined the Cincinnati Bengals as the only 8-0 teams in the NFL. That marks the most 8-0 teams in a season in NFL history. Carolina defeated Green Bay 37-29 and New England knocked off Washington 27-10. On Thursday night, Cincinnati beat Cleveland 31-10.

Entering 2015, 21 teams started a season 8-0 during the Super Bowl era. Of those 21 clubs, all 21 made the playoffs, 12 advanced to the Super Bowl and eight of those teams won the Super Bowl.

The CAROLINA PANTHERS and CINCINNATI BENGALS are 8-0 for the first time in franchise history.

Five teams -- the Atlanta Falcons (6-3; 6-10 In 2014), New York Jets (5-3; 4-12 In 2014), Oakland Raiders (4-4; 3-13 In 2014), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-5; 2-14 In 2014) and Tennessee Titans (2-6; 2-14 in 2014) -- have already matched or surpassed their win totals from last season.

Home Success

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger passed for 334 yards and two touchdowns in the Steelers' 38-35 home victory against Oakland. Roethlisberger has thrown at least one touchdown pass in 35 consecutive home games, tying AARON RODGERS (35) for the fourth-longest streak of consecutive home games with at least one touchdown pass.

New Orleans quarterback DREW BREES, who threw three touchdowns in Week 9, extended his record streak to 51 consecutive games at home with at least one touchdown pass.

​The NFL Quarterbacks with the most consecutive home games with at least one touchdown pass:


Quarterback Team Dates Games
* Active streak (Source: NFL)
Drew Brees*New Orleans10/18/2009-present51
Tom BradyNew England9/14/2009-12/14/201447
Dan MarinoMiami10/9/1983-11/14/198839
Ben Roethlisberger*Pittsburgh12/19/2010-present35
Aaron RodgersGreen Bay10/5/2008-12/2/201235
Johnny UnitasBaltimore12/23/1956-9/30/196234


Great Competition

Close games remain a staple of the 2015 season as nine of 13 games in Week 9 were decided by eight points or fewer. Through Week 9 of the NFL 2015 Regular Season, the average margin of victory is 10.28 points, which would be the lowest for a full season since at least 1970.

​The lowest average margin of victory since 1970:


Season Average
*Through Week 9 (Source: NFL)


Overtime Excitement

Week 9 continued the trend of close games, as three games were decided in overtime. Fourteen games have gone to overtime this season, the second-most through Week 9 in NFL history.

The most overtime games through Week 9 in NFL history:


Season Overtime Games
(Source: NFL)


The Hurry-Up

NFL scoring in 2015 averages 47.0 points per game, on pace to be the highest average in the Super Bowl era (46.8 in 1948). Teams have combined for 6,199 points this season, the third-most points through nine weeks in NFL history. The high is 6,272 last season.

There have been 73 individual 300-yard passing games, tied for the most through Week 9 in NFL history (73 in 2012).

Passers are also on pace to set NFL records with a combined 63.6 completion percentage (62.6 in 2014), 499.2 net passing yards per game average (473.6 in 2014) and 1.88 touchdown to interception ratio (1.79 in 2014).

​The league-wide kickoff-return average of 23.7 yards is on pace to be the third-highest of any season in NFL history (23.8 in 2011 and 2014).

100 Bills

The BUFFALO BILLS defeated the Miami Dolphins 33-17 and became the first team to have two 100-yard rushers -- running backs LE SEAN MC COY (112 rushing yards) and KARLOS WILLIAMS (110) -- and a 150-yard receiver -- wide receiver SAMMY WATKINS (168 receiving yards) -- in the same game in NFL history.

Williams also had two touchdowns against Miami, becoming the seventh player in NFL history to score a touchdown in each of his first five career games.

Prolific Pittsburgh

The PITTSBURGH STEELERS defeated the Oakland Raiders 38-35 and became the first team in NFL history to have one player with at least 300 scrimmage yards and another player with at least 200 scrimmage yards in the same game.

Wide receiver ANTONIO BROWN had 306 scrimmage yards, including franchise records for catches (17) and receiving yards (284). Running back DE ANGELO WILLIAMS posted 225 scrimmage yards (170 rushing, 55 receiving) and two rushing touchdowns.

​Rolling Rivers

San Diego quarterback PHILIP RIVERS completed 26 of 42 passes (61.9 percent) for 280 yards and a touchdown on Monday Night Football. With 3,033 passing yards this season, Rivers (10) joins BRETT FAVRE (18), PEYTON MANNING (13), DREW BREES (11) and ELI MANNING (10) as the fifth quarterback in NFL history with 10 consecutive seasons with at least 3,000 passing yards.

Awesome Andrew

Indianapolis quarterback ANDREW LUCK passed for 252 yards and two touchdowns in the Colts' 27-24 win against Denver. Luck (101) reached 100 career touchdown passes in his 55th career game. Only Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO (44 games), KURT WARNER (50) and Hall of Famer JOHNNY UNITAS (53) reached the milestone in fewer games.

Marvelous Mariota

Tennessee rookie quarterback MARCUS MARIOTA passed for 371 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions for a 135.7 passer rating, including the game-winning five-yard touchdown pass to tight end ANTHONY FASANO in overtime of the Titans' 34-28 win at New Orleans. Mariota, who also passed for four touchdowns with no interceptions on Kickoff Weekend, is the first rookie in NFL history to have two games with four touchdown passes and no interceptions.

Mariota also became the second player in NFL history to pass for at least 350 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions, including the game-winning touchdown pass in overtime (Minnesota's DAUNTE CULPEPPER, October 10, 2004 vs. Houston).

Birthday Bradford

Philadelphia quarterback SAM BRADFORD completed 25 of 36 passes (69.4 percent) for 295 yards and threw a game-winning 41-yard touchdown to wide receiver JORDAN MATTHEWS in overtime to defeat the Dallas Cowboys 33-27 on Sunday Night Football. Bradford, who celebrated his 28th birthday on Sunday, became the first quarterback to start and win a regular-season overtime game on his birthday in NFL history.

Big Leg

St. Louis kicker GREG ZUERLEIN converted four field goals against Minnesota, including a 61-yarder in the second quarter. Zuerlein, who also kicked a 60-yard field goal in 2012, joined SEBASTIAN JANIKOWSKI as the only players with two 60-yard field goals in NFL history.


Carolina Panthers quarterback CAM NEWTON threw three touchdown passes and rushed for one TD in the Panthers' 37-29 win over Green Bay. The performance marked the 15th time in his career in which he threw multiple touchdown passes and rushed for a TD in a game. Newton joined Pro Football Hall of Famers STEVE YOUNG (17) and FRAN TARKENTON (16) as the only players in NFL history to have at least 15 such games.


Minnesota running back ADRIAN PETERSON rushed for 125 yards and a touchdown in the Vikings' 21-18 overtime win over St. Louis. Peterson has 28 career games with at least 125 rushing yards, the sixth most in NFL history. The only five players with more 125-yard rushing games are all in the Pro Football Hall of Fame: BARRY SANDERS (46), JIM BROWN (41), WALTER PAYTON (38), ERIC DICKERSON (36) and EMMITT SMITH (34).


Buffalo rookie running back KARLOS WILLIAMS rushed for 110 yards and two touchdowns in the Bills' 33-17 win against Miami. Williams is the seventh player in NFL history to score a touchdown in each of his first five career games.​

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