Saints QB Drew Brees tops Pro Bowl voting by fans

New Orleans Saints quarterback DREW BREES received 1,270,631 total fan votes to lead all NFL players in balloting for the 2019 Pro Bowl presented by Verizon. Fan voting ended on Thursday, December 13.

Kansas City quarterback PATRICK MAHOMES (1,197,370 votes) ranked second overall, while New York Giants rookie running back SAQUON BARKLEY (987,562 votes), Los Angeles Rams running back TODD GURLEY (957,052 votes) and Rams quarterback JARED GOFF (838,561 votes) rounded out the top five.

Seven of the top 10 vote getters – Mahomes, Barkley, Goff, Dallas Cowboys running back EZEKIEL ELLIOTT,Pittsburgh Steelers running back JAMES CONNER, New Orleans Saints running back ALVIN KAMARA and Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver TYREEK HILL – are currently in their first, second or third NFL season. Additionally, nine first-or-second year players currently lead their conference in votes received at their respective positions.

Pro Bowl rosters will be announced on Tuesday, December 18 live on NFL Network’s Pro Bowl special “NFL Total Access: Pro Bowl Players Revealed” at 8:00 PM ET.

Players for the game are determined by the consensus votes of fans, players and coaches. Each group’s vote counts one-third toward determining the 88 All-Star players who will be selected to the Pro Bowl. The NFL is the only sports league that combines voting by fans, coaches and players to determine its All-Star teams. NFL players and coaches cast their votes on Friday, December 14.

The 2019 Pro Bowl presented by Verizon, which kicks off at 3:00 PM ET, will be televised live on ESPN, ESPN Deportes, Disney XD and simulcast on ABC – the second time the game will be available on both broadcast and cable networks, and the first time that the game is being televised on Disney XD.

Tickets to the game are on sale at NFL.com/ProBowlOnSale. New this year, tickets will also grant fans special benefits on gameday, including AFC & NFC seating sections, player red carpet viewing, special kid zone activities and postgame fireworks.

NFL PRO BOWL TOP-10 VOTE-GETTERS

POS. NAME TEAM VOTES
QB Drew Brees New Orleans 1,270,631
QB Patrick Mahomes Kansas City 1,197,370
RB Saquon Barkley New York Giants 987,562
RB Todd Gurley Los Angeles Rams 957,052
QB Jared Goff Los Angeles Rams 838,561
RB Ezekiel Elliott Dallas 827,888
RB James Conner Pittsburgh 817,495
WR Antonio Brown Pittsburgh 778,630
RB Alvin Kamara New Orleans 776,846
WR Tyreek Hill Kansas City 753,981


AFC & NFC LEADING VOTE-GETTERS BY POSITION

POS. CONF. NAME, TEAM VOTES POS. CONF. NAME, TEAM VOTES
QB AFC Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City 1,197,370 DE AFC J.J. Watt, Houston 547,364
QB NFC Drew Brees, New Orleans 1,270,631 DE NFC Demarcus Lawrence, Dallas 362,135
RB AFC James Conner, Pittsburgh 817,495 DT AFC Geno Atkins, Cincinnati 309,980
RB NFC Saquon Barkley, NY Giants 987,562 DT NFC Aaron Donald, LA Rams 505,207
FB AFC Anthony Sherman, Kansas City 231,804 OLB AFC Von Miller, Denver 413,057
FB NFC Kyle Juszczyk, San Francisco 564,873 OLB NFC Khalil Mack, Chicago 577,100
WR AFC Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh 778,630 ILB AFC Vince Williams, Pittsburgh 119,985
WR NFC Odell Beckham, Jr., NY Giants 688,760 ILB NFC Luke Kuechly, Carolina 350,604
TE AFC Travis Kelce, Kansas City 745,416 CB AFC Denzel Ward, Cleveland 362,185
TE NFC Zach Ertz, Philadelphia 648,992 CB NFC Kyle Fuller, Chicago 377,687
T AFC Alejandro Villanueva, Pittsburgh 276,378 SS AFC Jamal Adams, NY Jets 249,348
T NFC Terron Armstead, New Orleans 346,860 SS NFC Adrian Amos, Chicago 213,632
G AFC David DeCastro, Pittsburgh 334,644 FS AFC Derwin James, LA Chargers 165,153
G NFC Zack Martin, Dallas 379,700 FS NFC Eddie Jackson, Chicago 311,301
C AFC Maurkice Pouncey, Pittsburgh 311,838 P AFC Britton Colquitt, Cleveland 179,390
C NFC Max Unger, New Orleans 339,631 P NFC Michael Dickson, Seattle 171,010
K AFC Adam Vinatieri, Indianapolis 161,752 ST AFC Roosevelt Nix, Pittsburgh 126,957
K NFC Wil Lutz, New Orleans 195,895 ST NFC Mark Nzeocha, San Francisco 183,150
RS AFC Tyreek Hill, Kansas City 243,384
RS NFC Tarik Cohen, Chicago 266,516

For the third consecutive year, Pro Bowl Week festivities will take place at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort and across the Orlando area, bringing free experiences and activities to fans as well as an extraordinary number of events focused on commemorating all levels of football – from youth to high school to the NFL’s best. Some of the Pro Bowl Week events include: Pro Bowl Practices, Pro Bowl Skills Showdown, NFL FLAG Championships Powered By USA Football and Play Football Celebrity Flag Game.

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Brees leading the fan vote for the Pro Bowl

As fan voting enters its final week, New Orleans Saints quarterback DREW BREES, with 950,818 votes, leads all players in balloting for the 2019 Pro Bowl presented by Verizon.

Kansas City quarterback PATRICK MAHOMES (884,888 votes) ranks second overall, while Los Angeles Rams running back TODD GURLEY (747,516 votes), New York Giants rookie running back SAQUON BARKLEY (718,108 votes) and Pittsburgh running back JAMES CONNER (664,897 votes) round out the top five.

Six of the top 10 vote getters – Mahomes, Conner, Barkley, Los Angeles Rams quarterback JARED GOFF, New Orleans Saints running back ALVIN KAMARA and Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver TYREEK HILL – are currently in their first, second or third NFL season. Additionally, nine first-or-second year players currently lead their conference in votes received at their respective positions.

Fan voting for the 2019 Pro Bowl presented by Verizon will continue online and on web-enabled mobile phones atNFL.com/ProBowlVote until Thursday, December 13.

Through the end of the voting period on December 13, fans will also be able to vote directly on Twitter. To cast such a vote, fans should tweet the first and last name of the player, the player’s official Twitter handle, or a hashtag including the player’s first and last name. All three of these methods must include the hashtag: #ProBowlVote. Voting via Twitter is in addition to the online ballot at NFL.com/ProBowlVote, which will be available throughout the entire voting period.

Fans are able to vote as many times as they like through both NFL.com/ProBowlVote or directly on twitter.

The 2019 Pro Bowl presented by Verizon, which kicks off at 3:00 PM ET, will be televised live on ESPN, ESPN Deportes, Disney XD and simulcast on ABC – the second time the game will be available on both broadcast and cable networks, and the first time that the game is being televised on Disney XD.

Tickets to the game are on sale at NFL.com/ProBowlOnSale. New this year, tickets will also grant fans special benefits on gameday, including AFC & NFC seating sections, player red carpet viewing, special kid zone activities and postgame fireworks.

Players for the game are determined by the consensus votes of fans, players and coaches. Each group’s vote counts one-third toward determining the 88 All-Star players who will be selected to the Pro Bowl. NFL players and coaches will cast their votes on Friday, December 14.

Pro Bowl rosters will be announced on Tuesday, December 18 live on NFL Network’s Pro Bowl special “NFL Total Access: Pro Bowl Players Revealed” at 8:00 PM ET. The NFL is the only sports league that combines voting by fans, coaches and players to determine its All-Star teams. It was also the first professional sports league to offer online all-star voting in 1995.

NFL PRO BOWL TOP-10 VOTE-GETTERS

POS. NAME TEAM VOTES
QB Drew Brees New Orleans 950,818
QB Patrick Mahomes Kansas City 884,888
RB Todd Gurley Los Angeles Rams 747,516
RB Saquon Barkley New York Giants 718,108
RB James Conner Pittsburgh 664,897
QB Jared Goff Los Angeles Rams 658,150
WR Antonio Brown Pittsburgh 630,392
RB Alvin Kamara New Orleans 582,550
WR Tyreek Hill Kansas City 560,994
TE Travis Kelce Kansas City 551,249

AFC & NFC LEADING VOTE-GETTERS BY POSITION

POS. CONF. NAME, TEAM VOTES POS. CONF. NAME, TEAM VOTES
QB AFC Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City 884,888 DE AFC J.J. Watt, Houston 405,878
QB NFC Drew Brees, New Orleans 950,818 DE NFC Danielle Hunter, Minnesota 278,267
RB AFC James Conner, Pittsburgh 664,897 DT AFC Geno Atkins, Cincinnati 242,851
RB NFC Todd Gurley, LA Rams 747,516 DT NFC Aaron Donald, LA Rams 385,591
FB AFC Anthony Sherman, Kansas City 170,608 OLB AFC T.J. Watt, Pittsburgh 314,173
FB NFC Kyle Juszczyk, San Francisco 423,176 OLB NFC Khalil Mack, Chicago 378,895
WR AFC Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh 630,392 ILB AFC Jon Bostic, Pittsburgh 102,101
WR NFC Odell Beckham, Jr., NY Giants 527,768 ILB NFC Luke Kuechly, Carolina 261,715
TE AFC Travis Kelce, Kansas City 551,249 CB AFC Denzel Ward, Cleveland 268,092
TE NFC Zach Ertz, Philadelphia 495,442 CB NFC Kyle Fuller, Chicago 281,555
T AFC Alejandro Villanueva, Pittsburgh 223,489 SS AFC Jamal Adams, NY Jets 178,371
T NFC Terron Armstead, New Orleans 246,931 SS NFC Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Washington 135,256
G AFC David DeCastro, Pittsburgh 273,059 FS AFC Derwin James, LA Chargers 110,193
G NFC Zack Martin, Dallas 221,790 FS NFC Eddie Jackson, Chicago 150,525
C AFC Maurkice Pouncey, Pittsburgh 253,587 P AFC Britton Colquitt, Cleveland 127,866
C NFC Max Unger, New Orleans 243,549 P NFC Michael Dickson, Seattle 95,266
K AFC Justin Tucker, Baltimore 87,423 ST AFC Roosevelt Nix, Pittsburgh 108,445
K NFC Wil Lutz, New Orleans 124,151 ST NFC Mark Nzeocha, San Francisco 129,446
RS AFC Tyreek Hill, Kansas City 178,901
RS NFC Tarik Cohen, Chicago 146,204
*Totals reflect players currently on active rosters through Tuesday, December 4 at 3:00 PM ET

For the third consecutive year, Pro Bowl Week festivities will take place at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort and across the Orlando area, bringing free experiences and activities to fans as well as an extraordinary number of events focused on commemorating all levels of football – from youth to high school to the NFL’s best. Some of the Pro Bowl Week events include: Pro Bowl Practices, Pro Bowl Skills Showdown, NFL FLAG Championships Powered By USA Football and Play Football Celebrity Flag Game.

Drew Brees leads Pro Bowl voting by fans

New Orleans Saints quarterback DREW BREES, with 487,400 votes, leads all players in balloting for the 2019 Pro Bowl presented by Verizon.

Kansas City quarterback PATRICK MAHOMES (459,325 votes) ranks second overall, while Los Angeles Rams running back TODD GURLEY (402,238 votes), Pittsburgh running back JAMES CONNER (384,643 votes) and New York Giants rookie running back SAQUON BARKLEY (363,609 votes) round out the top five.

Fan voting for the 2019 Pro Bowl presented by Verizon will continue online and on web-enabled mobile phones at NFL.com/ProBowlVote until Thursday, December 13.

During the final two weeks of 2019 Pro Bowl voting – November 29-December 13 – fans will also be able to vote directly on Twitter. To cast such a vote, fans should tweet the first and last name of the player, the player’s official Twitter handle, or a hashtag including the player’s first and last name. All three of these methods must include the hashtag: #ProBowlVote. Voting via Twitter is in addition to the online ballot at NFL.com/ProBowlVote, which will be available throughout the entire voting period.

The 2019 Pro Bowl presented by Verizon, which kicks off at 3:00 PM ET, will be televised live on ESPN, ESPN Deportes, Disney XD and simulcast on ABC – the second time the game will be available on both broadcast and cable networks, and the first time that the game is being televised on Disney XD.

Tickets to the game are on sale at NFL.com/ProBowlOnSale. New this year, tickets will also grant fans special benefits on gameday, including AFC & NFC seating sections, player red carpet viewing, special kid zone activities and postgame fireworks.

Players for the game are determined by the consensus votes of fans, players and coaches. Each group’s vote counts one-third toward determining the 88 All-Star players who will be selected to the Pro Bowl. NFL players and coaches will cast their votes on Friday, December 14.

Pro Bowl rosters will be announced on Tuesday, December 18 live on NFL Network’s Pro Bowl special “NFL Total Access: Pro Bowl Players Revealed” at 8:00 PM ET. The NFL is the only sports league that combines voting by fans, coaches and players to determine its All-Star teams. It was also the first professional sports league to offer online all-star voting in 1995.

NFL PRO BOWL TOP-10 VOTE-GETTERS

POS.

NAME

TEAM

VOTES

QB

Drew Brees New Orleans 487,400

QB

Patrick Mahomes Kansas City 459,325

RB

Todd Gurley Los Angeles Rams 402,238

RB

James Conner Pittsburgh 384,643

RB

Saquon Barkley New York Giants 363,609

WR

Antonio Brown Pittsburgh 353,169

QB

Jared Goff Los Angeles Rams 337,765

RB

Alvin Kamara New Orleans 312,083

RB

Kareem Hunt Kansas City 293,209

TE

Travis Kelce Kansas City 283,104​

AFC & NFC LEADING VOTE-GETTERS BY POSITION

POS.

CONF.

NAME, TEAM

VOTES

POS.

CONF.

NAME, TEAM

VOTES

 

QB

AFC Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City 459,325

DE

AFC J.J. Watt, Houston 212,514  

QB

NFC Drew Brees, New Orleans 487,400

DE

NFC Danielle Hunter, Minnesota 149,946  

RB

AFC James Conner, Pittsburgh 384,643

DT

AFC Geno Atkins, Cincinnati 132,284  

RB

NFC Todd Gurley, LA Rams 402,238

DT

NFC Aaron Donald, LA Rams 201,789  

FB

AFC Roosevelt Nix, Pittsburgh 92,592

OLB

AFC T.J. Watt, Pittsburgh 167,030  

FB

NFC Kyle Juszczyk, San Francisco 229,543

OLB

NFC Khalil Mack, Chicago 178,678  

WR

AFC Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh 353,169

ILB

AFC Jon Bostic, Pittsburgh 59,201  

WR

NFC Odell Beckham, Jr., NY Giants 278,490

ILB

NFC Luke Kuechly, Carolina 132,323  

TE

AFC Travis Kelce, Kansas City 283,104

CB

AFC Denzel Ward, Cleveland 147,901  

TE

NFC Zach Ertz, Philadelphia 266,553

CB

NFC Patrick Peterson, Arizona 125,114  

T

AFC Alejandro Villanueva, Pittsburgh 125,152

SS

AFC Jamal Adams, NY Jets 92,765  

T

NFC Terron Armstead, New Orleans 128,234

SS

NFC Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Washington 75,331  

G

AFC David DeCastro, Pittsburgh 157,292

FS

AFC Derwin James, LA Chargers 57,858  

G

NFC Zack Martin, Dallas 114,083

FS

NFC Harrison Smith, Minnesota 57,938  

C

AFC Maurkice Pouncey, Pittsburgh 145,261

P

AFC Britton Colquitt, Cleveland 66,746  

C

NFC Max Unger, New Orleans 125,249

P

NFC Michael Dickson, Seattle 51,852  

K

AFC Chris Boswell, Pittsburgh 47,581

ST

AFC Roosevelt Nix, Pittsburgh 63,995  

K

NFC Graham Gano, Carolina 59,923

ST

NFC Justin Hardee, New Orleans 45,658  

RS

AFC Tyreek Hill, Kansas City 91,964

       

RS

NFC Tarik Cohen, Chicago 54,362

       
*Totals reflect players currently on active rosters through Tuesday, November 20 at 3:00 PM ET

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

— NFL —

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

— NFL —

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

— NFL —

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

— NFL —

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

— NFL —

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

— NFL —

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

— NFL —

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

— NFL —

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).

Seven statistical facts from Week 9 in the NFL

A look at seven statistical highlights from games played at 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, November 4, the ninth week of the 2018 season.

  • New Orleans quarterback DREW BREES passed for 346 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions for a 137 passer rating and wide receiver MICHAEL THOMAS had a franchise-record 211 receiving yards, including a 72-yard touchdown catch in the fourth quarter, in the Saints’ 45-35 win over the Los Angeles Rams.

    Brees has 22 career games with at least four touchdown passes and zero interceptions, tied with New England’s TOM BRADY (22) for the most such games by a quarterback in NFL history.

    Thomas’ 211 receiving yards are the most in a single game in Saints’ history, surpassing the previous high of 205 set by WES CHANDLER on September 2, 1979 against Atlanta. He is the third Saint to record 200+ receiving yards in a single game, joining Chandler and TORRANCE SMALL (200 on December 24, 1994 at Denver).

  • Los Angeles Chargers quarterback PHILIP RIVERS passed for 228 yards with two touchdowns and zero interceptions for a 105.9 passer rating in the Chargers’ 25-17 win at Seattle.

    Rivers, who has started 200 consecutive games dating back to September 11, 2006, became the fourth quarterback in NFL history to start at least 200 consecutive games, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer BRETT FAVRE (297 consecutive games), ELI MANNING (210) and PEYTON MANNING (208).

  • Kansas City quarterback PATRICK MAHOMES passed for 375 yards with three touchdowns and one interception for a 129 passer rating in the Chiefs’ 37-21 win at Cleveland.

    Mahomes, who appeared in his 10th career game today, has 29 touchdown passes and 3,185 passing yards, both the most by a player in his first 10 career games in NFL history. Mahomes is the only quarterback in league annals to pass for at least 3,000 yards in his first 10 career games.

    Mahomes has passed for at least 300 yards in eight consecutive games, tied with Indianapolis’ ANDREW LUCK (2014) for the most consecutive games with 300+ passing yards in a single season in NFL history.

  • ​Pittsburgh running back JAMES CONNER had 107 rushing yards, 56 receiving yards and a touchdown catch in the Steelers’ 23-16 win at Baltimore.

    Conner has four games with at least 100 rushing yards, 50 receiving yards and at least one touchdown this season, the most such games by a player in a single season in NFL history.

    Conner, who has 1,085 scrimmage yards (706 rushing, 379 receiving) and 10 total touchdowns (nine rushing, one receiving) this season, is the only player in franchise history with at least 1,000 scrimmage yards and 10 touchdowns in the team’s first eight games of a season.

  • Kansas City running back KAREEM HUNT had 141 scrimmage yards (91 rushing, 50 receiving) with three touchdowns (two rushing, one receiving) in the Chiefs’ Week 9 win and New Orleans running back ALVIN KAMARA had 116 scrimmage yards (82 rushing, 34 receiving) with three touchdowns (two rushing, one receiving) in the Saints’ win on Sunday.

    Kamara, who played in his 24th career game on Sunday, has five games with both a rushing touchdown and receiving touchdown, the second-most in NFL history by a player in his first 25 career games. Only Indianapolis’ EDGERRIN JAMES (six) had more such games in his first 25 career contests.

    Hunt, who appeared in his 25th career game today, has four such games, tied with Chicago’s HUGH GALLARNEAU (four games in 1941-42, 1945) for the third-most in league annals by a player in his first 25 career games.

  • The MINNESOTA VIKINGS, led by defensive end DANIELLE HUNTER‘s career-high 3.5 sacks,recorded a franchise-record 10 sacks in the team’s 24-9 victory over Detroit.

    The Vikings’ 10 sacks surpassed the previous franchise-high of nine, which was accomplished four times and most recently on October 25, 1993 at Chicago.

    Hunter, who returned a fumble 32 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter, became the second player with at least 3.5 sacks and a touchdown in a single game since the individual sack became an official statistic in 1982. The Chargers’ SHAUN PHILLIPS, who had four sacks and a 31-yard interception-return touchdown against the Cardinals on October 3, 2010, is the only other player to accomplish the feat since 1982.

Chicago safety EDDIE JACKSON had a 65-yard fumble-return touchdown and linebacker LEONARD FLOYD scored on a 19-yard interception-return touchdown in the Bears’ 41-9 victory at Buffalo.

Jackson, who had both a 76-yard interception-return touchdown and a 75-yard fumble-return touchdown against Carolina on October 22, 2017, joined Pro Football Hall of Famer DEION SANDERS (three touchdowns in 1994) as the only players since 1970 with at least three defensive touchdowns of 65 or more yards over any two-year span. Sanders had interception-return touchdowns of 93, 90 and 74 yards with San Francisco in 1994.

  • Atlanta quarterback MATT RYAN completed 26 of 38 passes (68.4 percent) for 350 yards with four touchdowns and one interception for a 121.6 passer rating and wide receiver JULIO JONES had seven catches for 121 yards and a touchdown in the Falcons’ 38-14 win at Washington.

    Ryan, who recorded his 50th career game with at least 300 passing yards on Sunday, joined DREW BREES (57 games) as the only quarterbacks in NFL history with at least 50 games of 300+ passing yards in their first 11 seasons.

    Jones has 44 career games with at least 100 receiving yards, tied with CALVIN JOHNSON for the second-most in NFL history by a player in his first eight seasons. Only Pro Football Hall of Famer RANDY MOSS (45) had more such games in his first eight career seasons

HOF Willie Roaf on Brees: ‘It looks like he has a lot of football left in him’

Saints QB Drew Brees has been breaking records and surpassing legends in 2018. On Sunday, Brees became the fourth quarterback in NFL history throw for 500 touchdowns, and a few weeks before that, Brees surpassed Peyton Manning to become the all-time leader in NFL history in passing yards.

The 39-year-old Brees is still playing at an elite level. In six games, Brees has thrown 14 touchdowns with only one interception, and he has the Saints(6-1) in first place in the NFC South.

Throughout his career, Brees has been doubted, but he defied the odds, so says former Saint and Hall of Famer Willie Roaf.

“I think Drew Brees has always been an overachiever,” Roaf recently told the Go4it podcast with host Paul Gant.  “Drew Brees, from the time he left Purdue, from the time he left high school outside of Austin, Texas not getting recruited to some of them schools, UT(Texas), and having to go to Purdue. And then for him getting drafted by San Diego, and then them bringing somebody in, hurting his shoulder and going to New Orleans. He’s always had to prove something.

“Drew takes great care of himself; he’s a great guy, and he’s just consistent. He comes to work every day; his teammates love him. He does a lot of great things in the community. So, Drew Brees, it looks like he got a lot of football left in him, too. The way he’s playing this year, so I think New Orleans knows how special he is, and how special they were to get him in that situation because he could have easily ended up with the Dolphins… From 06′ until now, it’s been some great years with him and Sean Payton together.”

Brees is special, and I think sometimes we talk a lot about Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers in this era, but forget about the greatness of Brees. However, the numbers speak for themselves.

Regarding the 2018 Saints, If Brees continues to play at this level, the Saints are going to be a tough team to beat come playoff time. No team wants to have to travel to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome to play New Orleans in the playoffs, so this is a dangerous team, especially if the defense picks up its play.

Listen below at 43:58 as Roaf talks Brees:

HOF Roaf on Skins’ defense against Saints: ‘I’ve seen better coverage in 7-on-7’

Coming into the game against the Redskins, Saints QB Drew Brees needed 201 yards to surpass Peyton Manning and become the NFL’s all-time leader in passing yards. Brees would only need a half to break the record. The 39-year-old QB threw for 250 yards and two touchdowns by halftime, including a 62-yard touchdown pass to Tre’Quan Smith to break the record.

Brees would finish the game 26-29 for 363 yards and three touchdowns as the Saints routed the Redskins 43-19 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Monday night.

Washington’s secondary had a bad night, and according to Hall of Famer and former Saints star Willie Roaf, the Skins’ defensive performance was awful.

“That game the Redskins played last week, I’ve seen better coverage in 7-on-7 at practice with just the DBs and the quarterback and the receivers without an offensive line,” Roaf told the Go4it podcast hosted by Paul Gant. “They were not even covering those guys.

“I don’t know what they were doing, but the way the Washington Redskins played in that game, and the lack of coverage, guys running wide open down the field. I mean that would get a coach fired. You can’t have guys running that wide open in the NFL, and not be in coverage. That one to break the record before the half, the kid(Tre’Quan Smith) was running wide open. I don’t know what the Redskins were doing, but that was not NFL football. They were running up and down the field, and some of those guys were not even being covered. I don’t know what they were doing.”

Before their game against the Saints, the Redskins defense had been playing reasonably well. Prior to the Saints’ game, Washington was allowing only 14.7 points per game, and in all fairness to the Redskins, Brees has been playing some good football this year. He has thrown 11 touchdowns and has yet to throw an interception in 2018.

The good thing for Washington is that it’s just one game, and they’ll have an opportunity to bounce back against the Panthers on Sunday at FedEx Field.

We’ll wait and see if the Skins’ defense can get back on track against Carolina.

Listen below at 49:02 as Roaf discusses the Redskins and their defense:

Twitter reacts to Drew Brees becoming the NFL’s all-time passing leader

New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees became the NFL all-time passing leader surpassing Peyton Manning on Monday night.

The 39-year-old Brees broke Manning’s record by connecting with Tre’Quan Smith on a 62-yard touchdown pass as the Saints beat the Redskins 43-19 at the Mercedes Benz Superdome.

Here is how Twitter reacted:

 

 

Report: Vikings reached out to Drew Brees(WATCH)

According to the NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, the Minnesota Vikings have reached out to the representatives of free agent QB Drew Brees.

While it might be a long shot, the Viking are said to be looking at all their QB options, according to the report.

Brees has been on record as saying that he expects to be back in New Orleans next season.

According to various reports, the Vikings are said to be the favorites to land free agent QB Kirk Cousins.

Sit back and enjoy the ride because NFL free agency is going to be fun!

Listen below:

Ingram on Brees: ‘At least, five to six more elite years’

New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees had a tremendous season in 2017. With the support of a great running game, Brees passed for 4334 yards and 23 touchdowns. In his 17th season in the NFL, Brees became a Pro Bowler for the 10th time.

Also, Brees had the Saints one miracle play away from the NFC title game.

At 39, you wonder how many great seasons Brees has left. According to Saints RB Mark Ingram, Brees could play to his mid-40s.

“Man, he can go as long as he wants. At least, five to six more elite years,” Ingram told TMZ Sports.  “He’s a great dude. How he prepares, how he recovers; he’s a legend.”

Ingram thinks what the Saints experienced against the Vikings in the divisional round of the playoff will help the team moving:

“We feel like what we experienced, what we accomplished this year, and the feeling that we had in Minnesota, will catapult us to the next level,” Ingram said.

Playing in the NFL at a high level at the age of 39 is a fantastic feat. To play at an elite level in your mid-40s would be incredible.

While Brees will be a free agent, he has said numerous times that he wants to return to New Orleans.

Can Brees be elite at 45? I doubt it, but I could see two or three more good to great seasons for Brees, especially with the running game that the Saints have with Ingram and Alvin Kamara.

 

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