RECORD-SETTING SCORING & CLOSE GAMES: Through Week 4, league-wide scoring continues to trend at a historic rate, as the totals for points scored (3,030), touchdowns (344) and touchdown passes (228) are all the highest in NFL history through the first four weeks of a season.

SEASON POINTS SCORED   SEASON TOUCHDOWNS   SEASON TOUCHDOWN PASSES
2018 3,030   2018 344   2018 228
2012 2,986   2015 332   2013 205

While scoring has been up across the league, the games have remained as competitive as ever.

  • The average margin of victory has been 9.90 points per game, a mark that would be the lowest in a full season in 86 years, since the NFL record was set in 1932 (9.13).
  • 38 games have been decided by eight points or fewer, the most in league history through Week 4.
  • 45 games have been within one score (eight points or fewer) in the fourth quarter, tied for the third-most in league annals through Week 4.

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HISTORY IN THE MAKING: New Orleans quarterback DREW BREES has thrown for 71,740 yards during his 18-year NFL career.

With 201 passing yards against the Redskins on Monday Night Football (8:15 PM ET, ESPN), Brees will surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer BRETT FAVRE (71,838) and PEYTON MANNING (71,940) for the most passing yards in league annals.

The players with the most passing yards in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM(S) PASSING YARDS  
Peyton Manning Indianapolis, Denver 71,940  
Brett Favre^ Green Bay, New York Jets, Minnesota 71,838  
Drew Brees San Diego, New Orleans 71,740  
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

New England quarterback TOM BRADY ranks third in NFL history with 497 career touchdown passes and plays Indianapolis on Thursday Night Football (8:20 PM ET, FOX/NFL Network/Amazon) this week. Brady and Brees, who ranks fourth with 496 career touchdown passes, can join Manning (539) and Favre (508) as the only players in NFL history to throw 500 career touchdown passes.

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
Tom Brady New England 497
Drew Brees San Diego, New Orleans 496
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

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GREATEST SHOW ON SURF: The LOS ANGELES RAMS are 4-0 for the first time since 2001 and have scored at least 30 points in each of their first four games of the 2018 season.

With at least 30 points at Seattle (4:25 PM ET, FOX), the Rams would become the fifth team to score at least 30 points in each of their first five games to start a season in NFL history. Three of the previous four teams to accomplish the feat advanced to the Super Bowl.

The teams with the most consecutive games of at least 30 points to start a season in NFL history:

TEAM SEASON CONSECUTIVE GAMES WITH 30+ POINTS TO START SEASON
Denver Broncos# 2013 8
New England Patriots# 2007 8
St. Louis Rams 2000 8
New England Patriots# 2011 5
     
Los Angeles Rams 2018 4*
*Active streak
#Advanced to Super Bowl

The Rams, who have at least 500 net yards of offense in each of their past two games, can join the SAN DIEGO CHARGERS (1982) and SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (1998) as the only teams in NFL history with three consecutive games with at least 500 net yards of offense within a single season.

The teams with at least 500 net yards of offense in three consecutive games within a single season in NFL history:

TEAM SEASON CONSECUTIVE GAMES WITH 500+ NET YARDS OF OFFENSE
San Diego Chargers 1982 3
San Francisco 49ers 1998 3
     
Los Angeles Rams 2018 2*
*Active streak

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ON TARGETKansas City quarterbacks PATRICK MAHOMES passed for 304 yards and one touchdown in the Chiefs’ Week 4 victory over Denver.

Mahomes, who has a league-leading 14 touchdown passes and zero interceptions this season, needs two touchdown passes without an interception against Jacksonville (1:00 PM ET, CBS) to become the fifth player in NFL history with at least 16 touchdown passes without an interception to begin a season.

The players with the most touchdown passes without an interception to start a season in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM SEASON TD PASSES WITHOUT INT TO START SEASON
Peyton Manning Denver 2013 20
Nick Foles Philadelphia 2013 19
Alex Smith Kansas City 2017 18
Milt Plum Cleveland 1960 16
       
Patrick Mahomes Kansas City 2018 14*
*Active streak

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MORE THAN A THIELENMinnesota wide receiver ADAM THIELEN recorded eight catches for 135 yards and a touchdown in Week 4 and has at least 100 receiving yards in each of the Vikings’ first four games of the season.

Thielen needs 100 receiving yards at Philadelphia on Sunday (4:25 PM ET, FOX) to become the third player in NFL history with at least 100 receiving yards in each of his team’s first five games to start a season.

The players with the most consecutive team games of at least 100 receiving yards to begin a season in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM SEASON CONSECUTIVE TEAM GAMES WITH

100+ REC. YARDS TO BEGIN SEASON

Charley Hennigan Houston Oilers 1961 7
Bob Boyd Los Angeles Rams 1954 5
       
Adam Thielen Minnesota 2018 4*
*Active streak

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CATCHING UP WITH JULIOAtlanta wide receiver JULIO JONES has 614 receptions for 9,556 yards and 43 touchdowns in 99 career games.

Jones, who already holds the record for the most receiving yards by a player in his first 100 career games, needs nine catches on Sunday at Pittsburgh (1:00 PM ET, FOX) to surpass ANTONIO BROWN (622) for the most receptions by a player in first 100 career games in NFL history.

The players with the most receptions in their first 100 career games in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM(S) RECEPTIONS IN FIRST 100 CAREER GAMES
Antonio Brown Pittsburgh 622
Anquan Boldin Arizona, Baltimore 614
Julio Jones Atlanta 614*
*In 99 career games

The players with the most receiving yards in their first 100 career games in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM RECEIVING YARDS IN FIRST 100 CAREER GAMES
Julio Jones Atlanta 9,556*
Lance Alworth^ San Diego 9,019
Calvin Johnson Detroit 8,740
*In 99 career games
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

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NUMBERS GAME: Dallas running back EZEKIEL ELLIOTT has 3,040 rushing yards and 24 rushing touchdowns in 29 career games.

Elliott, who leads the NFL with 426 rushing yards in 2018, needs one rushing touchdown on Sunday night at Houston (8:20 PM ET, NBC) to become the sixth player in league annals with at least 3,000 rushing yards and 25 rushing touchdowns in their first 30 career games.

The players with at least 3,000 rushing yards and 25 rushing touchdowns in their first 30 career games in league annals:

PLAYER TEAM RUSHING YARDS RUSHING TDS
Jim Brown^ Cleveland 3,206 34
Earl Campbell^ Houston Oilers 3,013 31
Clinton Portis Denver, Washington 3,247 30
Eric Dickerson^ Los Angeles Rams 3,600 29
Edgerrin James Indianapolis 3,022 26
       
Ezekiel Elliott Dallas 3,040* 24*
*In 29 career games
^Pro Football Hall of Famer