What to look for in Week 10 of the NFL

                                 WHAT TO LOOK FOR – WEEK 10

MILESTONES ON THE HORIZON: New Orleans quarterback DREW BREES passed for 346 yards with four touchdowns and New England quarterback TOM BRADY passed 294 yards with a touchdown in Week 9. Brees (506 touchdown passes) and Brady (505) rank third and fourth, respectively, all-time in touchdown passes.

Brees, who faces Cincinnati (1:00 PM ET, FOX) on Sunday, needs three touchdown passes to surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer BRETT FAVRE (508) for the second-most regular-season touchdown passes in NFL history. Brady, who plays at Tennessee (1:00 PM ET, CBS), needs four touchdown passes to surpass Favre.

The players with the most touchdown passes in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM(S) PASSING TOUCHDOWNS
Peyton Manning Indianapolis, Denver 539
Brett Favre^ Green Bay, New York Jets, Minnesota 508
Drew Brees San Diego, New Orleans 506
Tom Brady New England 505
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

Brady has an additional 71 touchdown passes in 37 career playoff games, an NFL record, and needs four touchdown passes to surpass PEYTON MANNING (579 touchdowns) for the most passing touchdowns in league history, including the postseason.

The players with the most touchdown passes (including the postseason) in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM(S) PASSING TOUCHDOWNS
Peyton Manning Indianapolis, Denver 579
Tom Brady New England 576

Brady, who has appeared in 262 regular-season games and 37 playoff games, can become the second quarterback in league annals to appear in 300 games (including the postseason), joining Pro Football Hall of Famer BRETT FAVRE (326).

Arizona wide receiver LARRY FITZGERALD has 15,902 receiving yards in his 15-year NFL career. With 33 receiving yards on Sunday at Kansas City (1:00 PM ET, CBS), Fitzgerald would surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer TERRELL OWENS (15,934) for the second-most receiving yards in NFL history.

The players with the most receiving yards in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM(S) RECEIVING YARDS
Jerry Rice^ San Francisco, Oakland, Seattle 22,895
Terrell Owens^ San Francisco, Philadelphia, Dallas, Buffalo, Cincinnati 15,934
Larry Fitzgerald Arizona 15,902
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

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PROLIFIC PAT: Kansas City quarterback PATRICK MAHOMES leads the NFL with 2,901 passing yards and 29 touchdown passes through the first nine weeks of the season. Mahomes has thrown for at least 300 yards and three touchdowns in each of his past four games.

With 300 passing yards and three touchdown passes on Sunday against Arizona (1:00 PM ET, CBS), Mahomes would join Pro Football Hall of Famer STEVE YOUNG (five games in 1998) as the only quarterbacks in league history to record at least 300 passing yards and three touchdown passes in five consecutive games.

The players with the most consecutive games with at least 300 passing yards and three touchdown passes in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM SEASON CONSECUTIVE GAMES
Steve Young^ San Francisco 1998 5
       
Patrick Mahomes Kansas City 2018 4*
^Pro Football Hall of Famer
*Active streak

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LUCKY NUMBER THREE: Indianapolis quarterback ANDREW LUCK ranks second in the NFL with 23 touchdown passes this season and has thrown at least three touchdowns in each of his past five games.

With three touchdown passes on Sunday against Jacksonville (1:00 PM ET, CBS), Luck would join TOM BRADY (10 consecutive games in 2007) and PEYTON MANNING (eight consecutive games in 2004) as the only quarterbacks to record six consecutive games with at least three touchdown passes in a single season. Brady and Manning were each named Associated Press MVP in those seasons.

The players with the most consecutive games with at least three touchdown passes in a single season in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM SEASON CONSECUTIVE GAMES  
Tom Brady# New England 2007 10  
Peyton Manning# Indianapolis 2004 8  
         
Andrew Luck Indianapolis 2018 5*  
#Named Associated Press MVP
*Active streak

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RISING RIVERS: Los Angeles Chargers quarterback PHILIP RIVERS passed for 228 yards and two touchdowns for a 105.9 passer rating in the Chargers’ 25-17 win at Seattle in Week 9. Rivers has recorded at least two touchdown passes and a passer rating of 95 or higher in each of the Chargers’ first eight games this season.

Rivers, who plays at Oakland (4:05 PM ET, FOX), can join AARON RODGERS (13 games in 2011) and TOM BRADY (10 games in 2007) as the only quarterbacks in league history to throw at least two touchdown passes and have a passer rating of 95 or higher in each of his team’s first nine games of a season. Rodgers and Brady were each named Associated Press MVP in those seasons.

The players with the most consecutive games with at least two touchdown passes and a passer rating of 95 or higher to begin a season in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM SEASON CONSECUTIVE GAMES  
Aaron Rodgers# Green Bay 2011 13  
Tom Brady# New England 2007 10  
         
Philip Rivers Los Angeles Chargers 2018 8*  
#Named Associated Press MVP
*Active streak

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TOUCHDOWN TODD: Los Angeles Rams running back TODD GURLEY leads the NFL with 16 touchdowns in 2018 and has scored at least one touchdown in each of the Rams’ first nine games of the season.

With a touchdown against Seattle (4:25 PM ET, CBS), Gurley would join Pro Football Hall of Famers O.J. SIMPSON (1975), LENNY MOORE (1964) and ELROY “CRAZY LEGS” HIRSCH (1951) as the only players in league annals to score a touchdown in each of their team’s first 10 games of a season. Simpson and Moore had at least one touchdown in each of their team’s 14 games during their respective seasons.

The players with the most consecutive team games with at least one touchdown to begin a season in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM SEASON CONSECUTIVE GAMES  
O.J. Simpson^ Buffalo 1975 14  
Lenny Moore^ Baltimore Colts 1964 14  
Elroy “Crazy Legs” Hirsch^ Los Angeles Rams 1951 10  
         
Todd Gurley Los Angeles Rams 2018 9*  
^Pro Football Hall of Famer
*Active streak

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TOP 25: New Orleans running back ALVIN KAMARA had 116 scrimmage yards (82 rushing, 34 receiving) and three touchdowns (two rushing, one receiving) in the Saints’ Week 9 win over the Rams. Since entering the league in 2017, Kamara ranks third in the NFL with 2,471 scrimmage yards (1,253 receiving, 1,218 rushing) in 24 career games.

With 82 rushing yards and 47 receiving yards at Cincinnati (1:00 PM ET, FOX), Kamara, who will be playing in his 25th career game, would join HERSCHEL WALKER (1,394 receiving, 1,339 rushing) as the only players with at least 1,300 rushing yards and 1,300 receiving yards in their first 25 career games.

Carolina running back CHRISTIAN MC CAFFREY, who will also be playing his 25th career game on Thursday at Pittsburgh (8:20 PM ET, FOX/NFL Network/Amazon Prime), needs 63 rushing yards to become the seventh player in league history with at least 1,000 rushing yards and 1,000 receiving yards in his first 25 career games.

The players with at least 1,000 rushing yards and 1,000 receiving yards in their first 25 career games in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM SEASONS RUSHING YARDS RECEIVING YARDS
Le’Veon Bell Pittsburgh 2013-14 1,906 1,042
Abner Haynes Kansas City 1960-61 1,564 1,001
Herschel Walker Dallas 1986-87 1,339 1,394
Alvin Kamara New Orleans 2017-18 1,218* 1,253*
Charley Taylor^ Washington 1964-65 1,131 1,364
Reggie Bush New Orleans 2006-07 1,016 1,046
         
Christian McCaffrey Carolina 2017-18 937* 1,029*
^Pro Football Hall of Famer
*In 24 career games

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CATCH IT LIKE MIKE: New Orleans wide receiver MICHAEL THOMAS had a franchise-record 211 receiving yards, including a 72-yard touchdown catch, in the Saints’ 45-35 win over the Los Angeles Rams in Week 9.

Thomas, who has 266 receptions in 39 career games, needs one catch on Sunday at Cincinnati (1:00 PM ET, FOX) to surpass ODELL BECKHAM, JR. (266) for the most receptions by a player in his first 40 career games in NFL history.

The players with the most receptions in their first 40 career games in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM SEASON(S) RECEPTIONS
Odell Beckham, Jr. New York Giants 2014-16 266
Michael Thomas New Orleans 2016-18 266*
*In 39 career games

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BIG BEN & AB: Pittsburgh quarterback BEN ROETHLISBERGER threw a touchdown pass to wide receiver ANTONIO BROWN in the Steelers’ 23-16 win at Baltimore last week. It marked the 68th touchdown Roethlisberger has thrown to Brown during their careers, including nine this season.

With two touchdown passes from Roethlisberger to Brown on Thursday against Carolina (8:20 PM ET, FOX/NFL Network/Amazon Prime), the duo would become the seventh quarterback-receiver combination in NFL history to connect on 70 career touchdown passes.

The quarterback-receiver combinations with the most touchdowns in NFL history:

PASSER RECEIVER TEAM TOUCHDOWNS
Peyton Manning Marvin Harrison^ Indianapolis 112
Philip Rivers* Antonio Gates* Los Angeles Chargers 88
Steve Young^ Jerry Rice^ San Francisco 85
Dan Marino^ Mark Clayton Miami 79
Tom Brady* Rob Gronkowski* New England 76
Drew Brees Marques Colston New Orleans 72
Ben Roethlisberger* Antonio Brown* Pittsburgh 68
^Pro Football Hall of Famer
*Active duo

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NICK AT NIGHT: San Francisco quarterback NICK MULLENS passed for 262 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions for 151.9 rating in his NFL debut in Week 9.

With three touchdown passes against the Giants on Monday Night Football (8:15 PM ET, ESPN), Mullens would become the fifth player in the Super Bowl era (since 1966) to throw at least three touchdown passes in each of his first two career starts at quarterback.

The players with at least three touchdown passes in each of their first two career starts at quarterback in the Super Bowl era:

PLAYER TEAM SEASON(S)
Tyrod Taylor Buffalo 2015
Matt Flynn Green Bay 2010-11
Kurt Warner^ St. Louis 1999
Dan Marino^ Miami 1983
     
Nick Mullens San Francisco 2018*
^Pro Football Hall of Famer
*Threw three TD passes in first-career start last week

With a start on Monday, Mullens will become the first quarterback since Kansas City’s TYLER PALKO(2011) to make his first two career starts in primetime (Thursday Night, Sunday Night or Monday Night).

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