TERRIFIC TURNAROUNDThe PHILADELPHIA EAGLES lead the NFC East and are tied for the best record in the NFL at 10-2. The Eagles, who finished in last place in the division with a 7-9 record in 2016, can clinch the NFC East on Sunday with a win at the Los Angeles Rams or a loss by Dallas.

It would mark the 14th season in the past 15 years that at least one team won its division the season after finishing in last or tied for last place. In fact, of the 44 teams in league history to go from “worst-to-first,” 21 of them have done so in the past 14 years (2003-16), including an NFL-record three such teams in 2005 and 2006.

The teams to go from “worst-to-first” in their division since 2003:

SEASON TEAM RECORD PRIOR SEASON RECORD
2003 Carolina 11-5 7-9
2003 Kansas City 13-3 8-8**
2004 Atlanta 11-5 5-11
2004 San Diego 12-4  4-12**
2005 Chicago 11-5 5-11
2005 New York Giants 11-5 6-10**
2005 Tampa Bay 11-5 5-11
2006 Baltimore 13-3  6-10**
2006 New Orleans 10-6 3-13
2006 Philadelphia 10-6 6-10
2007 Tampa Bay 9-7 4-12
2008 Miami 11-5 1-15
2009 New Orleans*** 13-3 8-8
2010 Kansas City 10-6 4-12
2011 Denver 8-8 4-12
2011 Houston 10-6 6-10**
2012 Washington 10-6 5-11
2013 Carolina 12-4 7-9**
2013 Philadelphia 10-6 4-12
2015 Washington 9-7 4-12
2016 Dallas 13-3 4-12
2017 Philadelphia 10-2* 7-9
* Through Week 13
** Tied for last place

*** Won Super Bowl

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THE CLIMB CONTINUES: Arizona wide receiver LARRY FITZGERALD has 15,267 receiving yards in his 14-year career.

With 26 receiving yards on Sunday against Tennessee, Fitzgerald will surpass RANDY MOSS (15,292) for the third-most receiving yards in NFL history.

The players with the most receiving yards in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM(S) CAREER RECEIVING YARDS
Jerry Rice^ San Francisco, Oakland, Seattle 22,895
Terrell Owens San Francisco, Philadelphia, Dallas, Buffalo, Cincinnati 15,934
Randy Moss Minnesota, Oakland, New England, Tennessee, San Francisco 15,292
Larry Fitzgerald Arizona 15,267*
*Active
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

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CENTENNIAL BROWNPittsburgh wide receiver ANTONIO BROWN leads the NFL with 88 receptions this season.

Brown, who plays against Baltimore on Sunday night, can become the first player in NFL history with at least 100 catches in five consecutive seasons. Pro Football Hall of Famer MARVIN HARRISON (1999-2002) is the only other player to accomplish the feat in four consecutive seasons.

The players with the most consecutive 100-catch seasons in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM SEASONS MOST CONSECUTIVE 100-CATCH SEASONS
Antonio Brown Pittsburgh 2013-16 4*
Marvin Harrison^ Indianapolis 1999-2002 4
*Has 88 catches through Week 13

^Pro Football Hall of Famer

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SIXTH & SEVENTH SEASON SUCCESSESIndianapolis wide receiver T.Y. HILTON has 791 receiving yards and four touchdown catches this season.

Hilton, who plays at Buffalo on Sunday, can join GARY CLARK (1985-92) and RANDY MOSS (1998-2003) as the only players in NFL history to have at least 850 receiving yards and five touchdown catches in each of their first six seasons to start a career.

The players with the most consecutive seasons with at least 850 receiving yards and five touchdown catches to begin their career:

PLAYER TEAM SEASONS CONSEC. SEASONS WITH 850+ REC. YARDS & 5+ TDS TO BEGIN CAREER
Gary Clark Washington 1985-92 8
Randy Moss Minnesota 1998-2003 6
T.Y. Hilton Indianapolis 2012-16 5*
*Has 791 rec. yards and four TDs in sixth season

Cincinnati wide receiver A.J. GREEN ties for fifth in the AFC with 886 receiving yards. Green, who plays against Chicago on Sunday, can become the first player in NFL history with at least 950 receiving yards in each of his first seven seasons. Green and RANDY MOSS are the only players to accomplish the feat in each of their first six NFL seasons.

The players with the most consecutive seasons with at least 950 receiving yards to begin their career:

PLAYER TEAM SEASONS CONSEC. SEASONS WITH 950+ REC. YARDS TO BEGIN CAREER
A.J. Green Cincinnati 2011-16 6*
Randy Moss Minnesota 1998-2003 6
*Has 886 rec. yards in seventh season

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ALL-PURPOSE ALL-STARSPittsburgh running back LE’VEON BELL (1,559 scrimmage yards) and Los Angeles Rams running back TODD GURLEY(1,502) rank first and second in the NFL in scrimmage yards.

Bell (1,057 rushing yards and 502 receiving yards) and Gurley (939 and 563) can become the seventh and eighth players in NFL history with at least 1,100 rushing yards and 600 receiving yards in their team’s first 13 games of a season. They would become the first pair of players to accomplish the feat in the same season.

Bell can join Pro Football Hall of Famer MARSHALL FAULK (1998 and 1999) as the only players to accomplish the feat twice. In 2014, Bell had 1,231 rushing yards and 693 receiving yards in the Steelers’ first 13 games of the season.

The players with 1,100+ rushing yards and 600+ receiving yards in their team’s first 13 games to start a season in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM SEASON RUSH YARDS REC. YARDS
Marshall Faulk^ Indianapolis 1998 1,113 823
Marshall Faulk^ St. Louis 1999 1,180 720
Priest Holmes Kansas City 2002 1,454 650
Steven Jackson St. Louis 2006 1,109 680
Brian Westbrook Philadelphia 2007 1,110 642
Le’Veon Bell Pittsburgh 2014 1,231 693
Le’Veon Bell* Pittsburgh 2017 1,057 502
Todd Gurley* LA Rams 2017 939 563
*Through 12 games

^Pro Football Hall of Famer

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ELITE COMPANY: Since the start of November, New Orleans rookie running back ALVIN KAMARA leads the NFL with 720 scrimmage yards and eight touchdowns. Kamara has eclipsed 100 scrimmage yards and scored at least one touchdown in each of his past five games.

On Thursday Night Football at Atlanta, Kamara can tie Pro Football Hall of Famer FRANCO HARRIS (six in 1972) for the second-longest streak of consecutive games with at least 100 scrimmage yards and a touchdown by a rookie. Only Pro Football Hall of Famer ERIC DICKERSON (10 in 1983) had a longer streak as a rookie.

The rookies with at least six consecutive games with 100+ scrimmage yards and a touchdown in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM SEASON ROOKIES WITH 100+ SCRIMMAGE YARDS & TD IN 6 CONSEC. GAMES
Eric Dickerson^ LA Rams 1983 10
Franco Harris^ Pittsburgh 1972 6
Alvin Kamara New Orleans 2017 5*
*Active streak

^Pro Football Hall of Famer