What to look for in Week 9 of the NFL

MAGNIFICENT MAHOMES: Kansas City quarterback PATRICK MAHOMES leads the NFL with 2,526 passing yards and 26 touchdown passes through the first eight weeks of the season. Mahomes has thrown for at least 300 yards in each of his last seven games.

With 300 passing yards at Cleveland (1:00 PM ET, CBS), Mahomes would join ANDREW LUCK (2014) as the only quarterbacks with at least 300 passing yards in eight consecutive games within a single season in league history.

The players with at least 300 passing yards in the most consecutive games within a single season in NFL history:

PLAYER

TEAM

SEASON

CONSECUTIVE GAMES WITH 300+ PASS YARDS

Andrew Luck

Indianapolis

2014

8

Drew Brees

New Orleans

2011

7

Patrick Mahomes

Kansas City

2018

7*

*Active streak

Mahomes, who has thrown four touchdown passes in three consecutive games and five total games this season, can become the third quarterback in league annals with at least four touchdown passes in six different games in a single season, joining PEYTON MANNING (six games in 2004 and nine in 2013) and Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO(six in 1984). Manning and Marino each won the Associated Press Most Valuable Player award in those seasons.

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

PLAYER

TEAM

SEASON

GAMES WITH 4+ TOUCHDOWN PASSES

Peyton Manning#

Denver

2013

9

Peyton Manning#

Indianapolis

2004

6

Dan Marino^#

Miami

1984

6

Patrick Mahomes

Kansas City

2018

5

^Pro Football Hall of Famer

#Named Associated Press Most Valuable Player

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HERE COMES HOUSTON: Houston quarterback DESHAUN WATSON passed for five touchdowns with a 156.0 rating in the Texans’ 42-23 victory over Miami in Week 8.

Watson, who has 34 touchdown passes in 15 career games, needs one touchdown pass on Sunday at Denver (4:05 PM ET, CBS) to join Pro Football Hall of Famers KURT WARNER (39 touchdowns) and DAN MARINO (35) as the only quarterbacks in NFL history with at least 35 touchdown passes in their first 16 career games.

The quarterbacks with the most touchdown passes in their first 16 career games in NFL history:

PLAYER

TEAM

SEASONS

PASSING TOUCHDOWNS

Kurt Warner^

St. Louis

1998-99

39

Dan Marino^

Miami

1983-84

35

Deshaun Watson

Houston

2017-18

34*

^Pro Football Hall of Famer

*In 15 career games

The HOUSTON TEXANS have won five consecutive games following an 0-3 start to the season. With a win on Sunday, the Texans would join the 1970 NEW YORK GIANTS as the only teams since 1970 to win six consecutive games immediately following an 0-3 start.

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SUPER CAM: Carolina quarterback CAM NEWTON has 58 career rushing touchdowns, the most by a quarterback in NFL history, and has at least five rushing touchdowns in each of his first seven seasons in the NFL.

Newton, who has four rushing touchdowns this season and faces Tampa Bay on Sunday (1:00 PM ET, FOX), needs one rushing touchdown to become the first quarterback and seventh player overall in NFL history with at least five rushing touchdowns in eight consecutive seasons.

The players with at least five rushing touchdowns in the most consecutive seasons in league annals:

PLAYER

TEAM(S)

CONSECUTIVE SEASONS WITH 5+ RUSH TDS

Marshall Faulk^

Indianapolis, St. Louis

10

LaDainian Tomlinson^

San Diego, New York Jets

10

Jim Brown^

Cleveland

9

Ricky Watters

San Francisco, Philadelphia, Seattle

9

Eddie George

Houston Oilers/Tennessee

8

Thurman Thomas^

Buffalo

8

Cam Newton

Carolina

7*

^Pro Football Hall of Famer

*Has four rushing touchdowns in 2018

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BACK TO BACK: Los Angeles Rams running back TODD GURLEY leads the NFL with 1,151 scrimmage yards and 15 touchdowns (11 rushing, four receiving) through the Rams’ first eight games of the 2018 season.

Gurley, who led the NFL with 19 touchdowns (13 rushing, six receiving) last season, needs one receiving touchdown on Sunday at New Orleans (4:25 PM ET, FOX) to join Pro Football Hall of Famer MARSHALL FAULK (2000-01) as the only players in NFL history with at least 10 rushing touchdowns and five receiving touchdowns in consecutive seasons.

The players with at least 10 rushing touchdowns and five receiving touchdowns in consecutive seasons in NFL history: 

PLAYER

TEAM

SEASON

RUSHING TDS

RECEIVING TDS

Marshall Faulk^

St. Louis

2000

18

8

St. Louis

2001

12

9

Todd Gurley

Los Angeles Rams

2017

13

6

Los Angeles Rams

2018

11*

4*

^Pro Football Hall of Famer

*Entering Week 9

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CAN’T STOP THIS THIELEN: Minnesota wide receiver ADAM THIELEN had seven receptions for 103 yards and one touchdown in Week 8 and leads the league with 74 receptions and 925 receiving yards this season. Thielen is the first player in NFL history with at least 100 receiving yards in each of his team’s first eight games to start a season.

With 100 receiving yards on Sunday against Detroit (1:00 PM ET, FOX), Thielen would become the only player in NFL history to record nine consecutive games with at least 100 receiving yards.

The players with the most consecutive games with at least 100 receiving yards in NFL history:

PLAYER

TEAM

SEASON

CONSECUTIVE GAMES WITH 100+ REC. YARDS

Calvin Johnson

Detroit

2012

8

Adam Thielen

Minnesota

2018

8*

*Active streak

Thielen, who also has a touchdown catch in each of his past five games, can become the only player since 1970 with at least 100 receiving yards and a touchdown reception in six consecutive games.

With six receptions and 75 receiving yards this week, Thielen would become the sixth undrafted player in the common draft era (since 1967) to record consecutive seasons with at least 80 receptions and 1,000 receiving yards.

The undrafted players with the most consecutive seasons of at least 80 catches and 1,000 receiving yards in the common draft era:

PLAYER

TEAM

YEARS

CONSECUTIVE SEASONS

Rod Smith

Denver

2000-02

3

Wes Welker

New England

2007-09

3

Victor Cruz

New York Giants

2011-12

2

J.T. Smith

St. Louis Cardinals

1986-87

2

Wes Welker

New England

2011-12

2

Adam Thielen

Minnesota

2017-18*

1*

*Has 74 catches for 925 yards in 2018

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ELITE EIGHT: Atlanta wide receiver JULIO JONES has 638 receptions for 9,866 yards and 43 touchdowns in 102 career NFL games.

With 134 receiving yards on Sunday at Washington (1:00 PM ET, FOX), Jones would surpass CALVIN JOHNSON (115 games) as the fastest player to reach 10,000 career receiving yards in NFL history.

The players to reach 10,000 career receiving yards in the fewest games in NFL history:

PLAYER

TEAM

FEWEST GAMES TO 10,000 RECEIVING YARDS

Calvin Johnson

Detroit

115

Antonio Brown

Pittsburgh

116

Torry Holt

St. Louis

116

Lance Alworth^

San Diego

120

Jerry Rice^

San Francisco

121

Marvin Harrison^

Indianapolis

122

Julio Jones

Atlanta

102*

^Pro Football Hall of Famer

*Has 9,866 career receiving yards

With 134 receiving yards, Jones can also become the sixth player in league annals with at least 10,000 receiving yards in their first eight seasons.

The players with at least 10,000 receiving yards in their first eight seasons in league history:

​PLAYER

TEAM(S)

RECEIVING YARDS IN 1ST 8 SEASONS

Torry Holt

St. Louis

10,675

Calvin Johnson

Detroit

10,405

Jerry Rice^

San Francisco

10,273

Randy Moss^

Minnesota, Oakland

10,147

Marvin Harrison^

Indianapolis

10,072

Julio Jones

Atlanta

9,866*

^Pro Football Hall of Famer

*In eighth season

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TOP DAWG: Cleveland defensive end MYLES GARRETT ties for the AFC lead with eight sacks in 2018 and has 15 sacks in 19 career games.

Garrett, who will play his 20th career game on Sunday against Kansas City (1:00 PM ET, CBS), needs two sacks to become the fourth player with at least 17 sacks in their first 20 career games since 1982, when the individual sack became an official statistic.

The players with the most sacks in their first 20 career games since 1982:

PLAYER

TEAM

SEASONS

SACKS

Joey Bosa

Los Angeles Chargers

2016-17

19

Aldon Smith

San Francisco

2011-12

18.5

Clay Matthews

Green Bay

2009-10

17

Myles Garrett

Cleveland

2017-18

15*

*In 19 career games

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:

 

 

Gonzalez thinks Mahomes can break Manning’s single-season record for TD passes

Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes is off to a fantastic start. After three games, Mahomes has thrown for 13 touchdowns and no interceptions, which breaks Peyton Manning’s record of 12 touchdowns after the first three games.  A record Manning set back in 2013. The two-time Super Bowl champion would finish 2013 with 55 touchdown passes, which is the record most TD passes in a single-season.

According to Hall of Famer and former Chiefs great Tony Gonzalez, Mahomes has a chance to break Manning’s record for touchdown passes in a season.

“You know what, if you would have asked me a couple of weeks ago, I would have been like, ‘Hell no, not even close.’ Right now looking at it, yeah; He’s on his way,” Gonzalez told TMZ Sports.

“He’s never had a bad game yet dating back to last year. A true hallmark of a champion is consistency, and how you bounce back when you get your a** kicked. It’s coming; he’s going to get his butt kicked eventually. I like to see how he responds, but right now, I have no reason to doubt him.”

The 2nd-year player needs to average around three-plus touchdowns a game to break Manning’s record. Impossible? No. However, at some point, Mahomes may have moments when he looks like a first-year starter, but based on what we have seen to this point, I don’t know when that is going to happen.

I don’t think Mahomes breaks the record. He’ll have a great season, and maybe he gets in the 40s, but 55 touchdown passes won’t happen this season for Mahomes.

Kevin Durant is not liking Peyton Manning’s joke

The 25th annual ESPYS Awards is being hosted by former NFL QB Peyton Manning. As the host, Manning is full of jokes, including one directed at 2017 NBA Finals’ MVP Kevin Durant.

Watch Durant and Russell Westbrook’s reaction: