NFL: INSIDE THE NUMBERS
ARIZONA AT CAROLINA:
The Panthers have won four straight games against the Cardinals, including the 2015 NFC Championship Game, and a 38-20 win in Week 3 last season. Carolina is 12-5 all-time against the Cardinals (including postseason), its best record against any NFC team.
Arizona lost to Detroit, 26-23, at home on Sunday, allowing a field goal as time expired. Since the start of last season, the Cardinals are now 6-2-1 when scoring more than 25 points, and 1-9 when scoring 25 or fewer. They’re 1-9-1 when allowing more than 25 points in that span.
The Panthers got their first win of the season with a 21-16 decision against the Chargers. It was their second game with zero turnovers this season. Since 2014, Carolina is 24-1 when committing zero turnovers, with the lone loss coming in Week 1 against Las Vegas.
Kyler Murray threw three interceptions on Sunday, tying a career high. He also ran just five times for 29 yards. Arizona is 0-8-1 when he has five or fewer rushes, and 7-3 when he has six or more.
Teddy Bridgewater has finished with identical completion percentages of 78.6 in his last two games (33/42 in Week 2, 22/28 in Week 3). In his other 35 career starts, he’s had a higher percentage just once — an 85.0 percent mark (17/20) in Week 15, 2015 against Chicago.
Arizona has limited opponents to a 28.6 percent conversion rate on third down this season, the best in the league. The Panthers’ have allowed opponents to convert 56.8 percent of their third downs, second worst in the league (Giants, 58.1 percent).
INDIANAPOLIS AT CHICAGO
Chicago has won six of the last eight regular-season games with Indianapolis, but the Colts beat the Bears in Super Bowl XLI after the 2006 season, 29-17. The Bears have won exactly one playoff game in two appearances since Super Bowl XLI while the Colts have won six games in eight playoff appearances.
The Colts defeated the Jets last week, 36-7, with three defensive interceptions for the second straight game. They returned two of the three for touchdowns in Week 3, which is only the third game in franchise history they’ve had multiple pick-sixes (also September 1968 and October 1970).
The Bears are the first team in NFL history to win two games in a single season where they were trailing by at least 16 points in the fourth quarter (Week 1 at Det, Week 3 at Atl). This season, teams that trail by 16+ points at any point in the fourth are 2-18 — the Bears are 2-0 and everyone else is 0-18.
Philip Rivers is the first QB in NFL history to complete at least 75.0 percent of his passes in each of his first three starts with a team. Rivers was pressured on 294 of his dropbacks last season, tied for fourth most in the NFL. This season, he has been pressured 26 times, third fewest in the league (min. 50 att.).
Nick Foles became the sixth Bears QB in franchise history with three passing touchdowns in the fourth quarter of a game after Mitchell Trubisky became the fifth in Week 1. The Bears are the first team ever to have two different QBs with 3+ pass TD in the fourth quarter of a game in the same season.
Jonathan Taylor has 261 scrimmage yards this season, the third-most through three career games by a Colts rookie. Only Hall of Famers Marshall Faulk (432 in 1994) and Edgerrin James (335 in 1999) had more.
JACKSONVILLE AT CINCINNATI
Jacksonville has won their last two meetings with the Bengals by a combined score of, 50-24. Jacksonville has out-gained Cincinnati, 365-62, on the ground over the two games.
Jacksonville has been outscored, 35-7, in the first quarter this season, the worst first-quarter point differential in the NFL. The Jaguars have led after the first quarter just five times since the start of the 2018 season, fewest in the NFL during that span.
Cincinnati (0-2-1) has failed to win any of their first three games for the third time in the last four seasons. The Bengals are 2-18-1 in their last 21 games dating back to the end of the 2018 season.
Jacksonville’s undrafted rookie, James Robinson, has gained 339 yards from scrimmage in his first three NFL games, second-most among rookies this season (Clyde Edwards-Helaire — 342). Only four other active players have gained more yards from scrimmage in their first career games than Robinson (Saquon Barkley, Dalvin Cook, Kareem Hunt, Adrian Peterson).
Joe Burrow has attempted 141 passes, the most by any quarterback in their first three NFL games in the last 60 years. Overall, the Bengals have called for passes on 68.9 percent of their plays this season — only the Giants have a higher percentage (69.7 percent).
Both Joe Burrow and Gardner Minshew II have completed at least five passes to eight different receivers, tied for the most in the NFL this season (Daniel Jones, Tom Brady).
CLEVELAND AT DALLAS
The Browns have a winning record through three games for the first time since 2011, when they also started the year 2-1. This is the first time Cleveland has had a winning record at any point in a season since holding a 7-6 record entering Week 15 in 2014.
After posting 570 yards of offense in Week 2, the Cowboys had 522 in their loss last week, marking the first time in team history that they have had consecutive games with 500 or more yards of offense. Dallas leads the NFL in total offense this year with 490.7 yards per game, 31.0 more than the next-closest team (Packers – 459.7).
Cleveland has a 15-13 all-time record against Dallas but is 0-4 against the Cowboys since rejoining the NFL in 1999. Dallas is one of two teams that the Browns have not beaten since then (0-5 versus Philadelphia).
Nick Chubb is the third Brown since 1960 to have consecutive games with at least 100 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns, joining Jim Brown (1962-63 and 1965) and Leroy Kelly (1967).
After passing for 450 yards in Week 2, Dak Prescott posted a career-high 472 last week. Prescott’s 922 yards are the third most in a two-game span over the last 60 years (1985 Phil Simms — 945, 2011 Tom Brady — 940).
Michael Gallup and Cedrick Wilson each had over 100 receiving yards last week, giving the Cowboys now four receivers with a 100-yard game this season (most in NFL). Dallas is the only team with three players with 200+ receiving yards this year (Cooper — 267, Gallup — 246, Lamb — 230).
NEW ORLEANS AT DETROIT
The Saints, who have allowed over 30 points in back-to-back games for the first since 2016, have suffered consecutive losses for the first time since 2017. During 2017, New Orleans had a losing record through three games (1-2), but finished atop the NFC South with an 11-5 record.
The Lions picked up their first win of 2020 last week in Arizona, recording three takeaways after forcing zero turnovers in their opening two games. Detroit is 2-10 in its last 12 home games, including dropping each of its last five. It has not lost six or more consecutive home contests since a 9-game streak spanning 2008 and 2009.
These teams have split 25 all-time regular season meetings, with each posting a 12-12-1 record against the other. Detroit has won three of the last four, but New Orleans won the most recent matchup in 2017, 52-38. The 52 points are tied for the Saints’ second most in a game in franchise history.
In last week’s loss to the Packers, Drew Brees threw three touchdown passes and completed 80.6 percent of his passes. It was the 16th game of his career with at least three touchdown passes and a completion percentage of at least 80.0 percent, second most since 1960 (Peyton Manning — 17).
The NFL leader in both scrimmage yards (438) and touchdowns (6), Alvin Kamara posted career-high marks last week in both scrimmage yards (197) and receiving yards (139). He is the first player since former Saint Reggie Bush (2008) with 150+ rushing yards and 250+ receiving yards thru a team’s first three games.
Matthew Stafford threw for 270 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions in Detroit’s win last week. Since 2015, the Lions are 25-14-1 when Stafford does not throw an interception, compared to 10-25 when he does.
MINNESOTA AT HOUSTON
The Vikings are 0-3 for the sixth time in franchise history (first since 2013), and have lost five games in a row dating back to last year, their longest losing streak since dropping six straight in 2011. The 102 points that Minnesota has yielded are its most allowed through three games in franchise history.
The Texans are winless through three games for the fifth time in franchise history. The last time it happened was in 2018, a season in which they ultimately won the AFC South with an 11-5 record. Houston has gone 0-4 through four games just twice — in 2005 and 2008.
Minnesota holds a 4-0 all-time record against Houston, with its last two wins coming by a combined 35 points (17 in 2012; 18 in 2016). The Vikings are one of two teams that the Texans have never beaten in their history (also Philadelphia, 0-5).
Deshaun Watson threw for two touchdowns in the loss last week, giving him 75 touchdown passes in his career. It took him 41 career games to reach that mark, tying Matthew Stafford for the fourth fewest in NFL history behind only Patrick Mahomes (30), Dan Marino (31) and Kurt Warner (35).
Kirk Cousins threw two interceptions in Minnesota’s loss last week giving him an NFL-high six on the year (tied with Carson Wentz) and matching his total from 2019. Cousins has completed 59.0 percent of his pass attempts this year, a figure that ranks 31st among 33 qualifiers (minimum 14.0 pass attempts per team game).
Justin Jefferson caught seven passes for 175 yards last week, the most receiving yards by a first-year player for any team since 2018, and the third most by a Vikings first-year player all-time. Sammy White had a 210-yard game in 1976 and Randy Moss had a 190-yard game in 1998.
SEATTLE AT MIAMI
The Seahawks are off to a 3-0 start for the seventh time in franchise history and the first time since 2013, a season which ended with them winning Super Bowl XLVIII (48). That season also marks the only time that Seattle remained undefeated after four games.
The Dolphins picked up their first win of 2020 with a 31-13 victory over the Jaguars last Thursday, their largest victory since 2018 (18 points). After a 0-7 start to begin 2019, Miami has gone 6-6.
Miami is 8-4 all-time against Seattle, including 6-1 at home. Each of the five meetings (regardless of location) dating back to 2001 have been decided by seven points or fewer, and each of the last three have been decided by three or fewer.
Russell Wilson is the fifth player in NFL history to throw four or more touchdown passes in three straight games, and the first to do so in the first three games of a season. His 14 touchdown passes are the most through three games of a season in NFL history.
Tyler Lockett caught nine passes for 100 yards and a career-high three touchdowns last week while DK Metcalf had four receptions for 110 yards and a score. They are the only teammate duo this year with 250 or more receiving yards (Metcalf — 297, Lockett — 259), and their 556 combined yards are the most of any duo in 2020.
Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for two scores and ran for one in Miami’s win last week while also completing a career-high 90.0 percent (18/20) of his passes (minimum five attempts). He has completed 71.1 percent of his pass attempts this season after posting a 62.0 completion percentage in his first year as a Dolphin in 2019.
LA CHARGERS AT TAMPA BAY
The Chargers are 8-3 against the Buccaneers all-time, but Tampa Bay has won the last two meetings. Both teams have scored 21+ points in each of the last four meetings.
Los Angeles fell at home to Carolina last week, 21-16. The Chargers have gone 3-11 in one-possession games since the start of last season, the most such losses in the NFL over that span.
Tampa Bay has outscored its opponents, 31-0, in the first quarter this season, the most points scored and fewest points allowed in the NFL. The Buccaneers have been outscored, 61-51, in the other three quarters.
Justin Herbert is the third player in NFL history with 300+ passing yards in each of his first two career games, joining Cam Newton and Kyler Murray. No player has had 300+ in each of his first three games.
Tom Brady had three touchdown passes last week for the 98th time in his career (including postseason). That is one shy of Drew Brees and Peyton Manning (99 each) for the most all-time.
The gaps in age (20 years, 219 days) and in career starts (284) between Tom Brady and Justin Herbert would be the largest all-time between opposing starting quarterbacks.
BALTIMORE AT WASHINGTON
The all-time series between Washington and Baltimore is tied 3-3 but Washington has won the last two, including a 16-10 win in Baltimore in 2016 when these teams last met. FedExField is 29 miles from M&T Bank Stadium as the crow flies, the shortest distance between any two teams who don’t share a stadium.
The Ravens fell to the Kansas City Chiefs, 34-20, at home on Monday night. Baltimore returns to the road where it is 9-1 in last 10 games, outscoring opponents by 188 total points. That is the largest point differential in 10-game span of road games since the 1984-85 49ers (+201).
Washington lost to the Browns in Cleveland, 34-20, in Week 3. The team trailed, 17-7, at the half and has trailed by double digits at halftime in its last five games. That is tied for the longest such streak in franchise history (1954).
Lamar Jackson has 4904 career passing yards and 2083 career rushing yards in 34 games. The fastest player to reach both 5000 career passing yards and 2000 career rushing yards in NFL history was Michael Vick who reached those milestones in 39 career games.
Washington selected a defensive lineman in the first round of each of the last four drafts (Chase Young, 2020; Montez Sweat, 2019; Da’Ron Payne, 2018 and Jonathan Allen, 2017). All four players have at least a half-sack this season and they have combined for 6.5 of Washington’s 13 total sacks.
Baltimore has scored at least a point in its last 95 halves of regular-season football. The longest such streak in NFL history is 96 by the Saints from 2015 to 2018. The Ravens have scored 54 first-half points this season, third most in the NFL, and Washington has allowed 54 first-half points this season, tied for fourth most in the league.
NY GIANTS AT LA RAMS
These teams last met in Week 9 of 2017, with the Rams winning, 51-17, snapping a seven-game losing streak against New York. The 51 points were the third most scored by either side in their 44 matchups — the Rams won 55-14 in 1966, and 52-37 in 1948.
The Giants fell to San Francisco, 36-9, at home on Sunday, starting 0-3 for just the third time since 1996 (also 2013 and 2017). They’ve now been outscored, 79-38, this season — their 38 points and -41 differential are both second worst in the league behind the Jets (37, -57).
Los Angeles fell to 2-1 after a 35-32 loss in Buffalo last week. They rallied from a 28-3 third-quarter deficit to take a 32-28 lead before allowing the game-winning score with 15 seconds left. The largest deficit the Rams have ever faced in a game they won is 24 points, against Tampa Bay in Week 14, 1992.
No Giants player has rushed for 100 yards total this season, with Daniel Jones the leading rusher at 92 yards, fourth most by any quarterback. Jones’ 48 yards last week against San Francisco were the second most in his career (54 in Week 9, 2019 against Dallas).
Jared Goff is 12/15 for 194 yards and two touchdowns in the fourth quarter this season, giving him a perfect passer rating of 158.3, best in the league. He also leads the league with a perfect rating on attempts that travel at least 20 yards in the air, going 5/6 for 139 yards and a touchdown.
The Rams are averaging 7.5 yards per first down, best in the league. The Giants are averaging just 5.0 yards, good for 25th in the league. New York’s 3.8 yards per second down rank 31st in the NFL.
NEW ENGLAND AT KANSAS CITY
Since Andy Reid’s 2013 arrival as Chiefs head coach, Kansas City has won three of four regular-season meetings with New England, with the Patriots taking both postseason clashes (2015 Divisional, 2018 AFC Championship Game). All-time, the Pats have won only once in six tries at Arrowhead Stadium — on November 22, 2004, 27-19.
New England leads the NFL with 178.0 rushing yards per game, the team’s highest mark through three games of a season since 1983 (225.7). The Patriots have led the NFL (or AFL) in rushing yards only once in their history — in 1978.
Kansas City has started the season 3-0 for the fourth consecutive year and for the fifth time in Andy Reid’s eight seasons at the helm. Since a loss at Tennessee last November 10, KC has won 12 straight games, combining regular season and playoffs. This is the longest winning streak in franchise history and the longest in Reid’s career.
After Cam Newton piled up 122 rushing yards and 552 passing yards in Weeks 1 and 2, New England running backs took over against the Raiders last week, piling up 287 scrimmage yards, most for Patriots running backs in a game in seven years. Sony Michel rushed for 117 yards on only nine carries, and Rex Burkhead had 98 scrimmage yards and three touchdowns.
In three career games versus New England, including postseason, Patrick Mahomes has only one first-half TD pass against three interceptions. In the second half of those three games, Mahomes has seven TD passes, no interceptions and a 64.7 completion percentage.
Andy Reid is set to coach his 340th career regular-season game, breaking a tie with Jeff Fisher for eighth all-time. His 210 wins rank sixth all-time, three spots behind Bill Belichick’s 275 victories.
BUFFALO AT LAS VEGAS
The Raiders have won eight of the last 12 meetings with the Bills dating back to 1992, but Buffalo took the last meeting, 34-14, in Buffalo in 2017. The Bills have scored at least 24 points in each of the last five meetings, their second longest active streak against any opponent (Jaguars, six straight).
Buffalo is seeking its first 4-0 start since 2008, when it started 4-0 but finished 7-9 and missed the playoffs. This season, the Bills have scored the most first-half points (59) and allowed the fewest (16). However, they’ve allowed 61 second-half points, second most in the NFL (Falcons, 74).
Las Vegas fell in New England, 36-20, on Sunday, allowing 250 rushing yards — its most since Week 10 of 2015 (263 yards to Minnesota). The Raiders are allowing 5.6 yards per rush this season, third most in the NFL behind the Titans (5.8) and the Lions (5.7).
Josh Allen has 1038 passing yards and 10 touchdowns this season, making him the sixth player in NFL history to tally 1000+ passing yards and 10+ touchdowns through the first three team games in a season. He’s the second Bills player to accomplish the feat, joining Jim Kelly, who became the first NFL passer to do so back in 1991.
Derek Carr has not thrown an interception in 267 pass attempts, the longest active streak and longest streak by a Raider since his own 332-attempt streak in 2018. However, he has lost three fumbles this season — all in the last two weeks — tied with Buffalo’s Josh Allen for most in the NFL.
Bills running backs have not scored a rushing touchdown since Week 9 of last season, a span of 234 carries, by far the longest active streak in the NFL (Bears are second with 70). Meanwhile, the Raiders have allowed two rushing touchdowns in each of their games this season — only the Panthers (7) have allowed more rushing scores this season.
PHILADELPHIA AT SAN FRANCISCO
For the first time since 1999, the Eagles have yet to win a contest three games into the season after tying with the Bengals in Week 3. Only two teams (out of 251) that have ever gone winless through the first four games of the season went on the make the playoffs — the 1992 Chargers and the 1963 Bills.
The 49ers did not attempt a single punt in their 36-9 win over the Giants, the team’s first contest without a punt since December 19, 1993 (446 games in between, including postseason).
The Eagles have won six of their last eight games versus the 49ers, including a 33-10 victory in the most recent matchup (2017). Philly committed seven turnovers across the six wins and seven turnovers across the two losses.
Carson Wentz has a 42.8 passer rating after halftime this season (86.9 in first half), which is the lowest in the NFL this year by far (minimum 20 attempts — Baker Mayfield has the second lowest at 66.3).
For the first time in nine games, the 49ers failed to reach 100 rushing yards, snapping the team’s longest such streak since 2013 (also eight games). However, three different rushers got into the end zone, include rookie wide out Brandon Aiyuk for his first-ever career touchdown.
Since 2019, the 49ers are allowing just 32.3 receiving yards per game to tight ends (fewest) while the Eagles are allowing 40.7 yards per game to tight ends (third fewest).
ATLANTA AT GREEN BAY
After blowing a 15-point lead in the fourth quarter against the Cowboys, the Falcons squandered a 16-point lead in the final period in their Week 3 loss to the Bears. Since 1925, teams with a 14+ point lead in the fourth quarter have won 98.2 percent of the time, and Atlanta is the only team two lose two such games consecutively.
The Packers have started 3-0 in consecutive seasons for the first time since 1965 and 1966. Green Bay’s 122 points scored are its most thru three games all-time, breaking the 115-point mark set in 1996.
The Packers are 16-14 against the Falcons all-time, but are 11-4 when playing at home. The most recent matchup in the series was played at Lambeau, and the Packers won, 34-20 (December 9, 2018).
Aaron Rodgers has a 112.0 passer rating over nine career games against Atlanta (including postseason), the second-best rating versus the Falcons all-time (Kurt Warner — 114.2; minimum 100 attempts).
Allen Lazard had a career-high 146 receiving yards on six catches in the 37-30 win over the Saints, the most by an Iowa State alumni since Jim Doran had 154 yards against Pittsburgh on September 24, 1960. Lazard was averaging 31.2 receiving yards per game in his career prior to last week.
Calvin Ridley has had 100+ receiving yards in all three games this season after having just three such games prior to 2020. In his only career game against Green Bay, Ridley was held to just one catch and 10 receiving yards (December 9, 2018).