NFL TID-BITS

TENNESSEE AT BUFFALO

  • The Titans’ franchise has met the Bills in the playoffs three times. In the 1992 playoffs, the Bills staged the largest postseason comeback in NFL history, coming back from 32 down. Then, in the 1999 playoffs, the Titans pulled off the Music City Miracle, taking in a lateralled kick-off return for the winning score.
  • The Titans trailed the Eagles by 14 in the third quarter of last week’s game before coming back to win in overtime, 26-23. It was Tennessee’s largest second-half comeback since 2006 (21 points against the Giants) and its third win of the season by three points.
  • The Bills were lost to the Packers, 22-0, in Week 4. Buffalo scored more in the first half of Week 3 (27 points against the Vikings) than it has in all other halves combined (23 points). The Bills rank second-to-last in the NFL in total yards per game (220.8) and last in passing yards per game (132.5).
  • Against Philly, Marcus Mariota orchestrated the 11th game-winning drive of his career (reg. and post). He eclipsed 10,000 passing yards and 1,000 rushing yards in that game, the 45th of his career. Only Blake Bortles, Cam Newton and Daunte Culpepper have reached those marks in fewer games.
  • Josh Allen was sacked seven times by the Packers, bringing his season total to 18. That is the most through four games of a career since David Carr was sacked 26 times in 2002. Among quarterbacks with 50 passing attempts this season, Allen has the second-lowest completion percentage (53.4).
  • Tennessee’s defense has allowed opponents to score a touchdown on just 20 percent (2/10) of red-zone drives. Meanwhile, Buffalo’s defense has allowed opponents to score a touchdown on 85.7 percent (12/14) of red-zone drives.

 

NY GIANTS AT CAROLINA

  • The Panthers lead the NFL in rushing yards per game at 166.0 and rank third in yards per attempt (5.47). Carolina rushed for an NFL-high 230 yards in its last game in Week 3, including 151 yards on 21 first-down carries.
  • The Giants fell to the Saints in Week 4, 33-18. It was New York’s 36th consecutive regular season game failing to reach 30 points, which is double the second-longest active streak in the NFL (Broncos — 18).
  • These teams will face each other for the first time since Week 15 of 2015, when the Giants erased a 35-7 third-quarter deficit only to lose 38-35 on a Graham Gano field goal with 1:46 left in regulation. That’s also the last time Cam Newton threw five touchdown passes, which tied his career high.
  • Saquon Barkley recorded 100 scrimmage yards (56 rec, 44 rush) in Week 4, giving him at least 100 yards from scrimmage in each of his first four games. Only four other players in the Super Bowl era have done that in their first four career games: Billy Sims, LaDainian Tomlinson, Adrian Peterson and Kareem Hunt.
  • Christian McCaffrey eclipsed 100 rushing yards for the first time in his career with 184 on 28 carries in Carolina’s Week 3 victory over the Bengals. Though McCaffrey has played only three games, he still leads the NFL with 10 rushes of at least 10 yards this season.
  • Eli Manning completed 75.6 of his passes in New York’s Week 4 loss, giving him three consecutive starts with at least a 75.0 completion percentage for the first time in his career. Manning’s 74.2 percent completion percentage ranks second in the NFL in 2018 behind Drew Brees (75.8).

 

 MIAMI AT CINCINNATI

  • Since the Bengals hired Marvin Lewis in 2003, the Dolphins have had nine different head coaches, 16 different starting quarterbacks and just two playoff appearances. However, the Dolphins have still won a playoff game more recently than the Bengals (Dolphins in 2000, Bengals in 1990).
  • The Dolphins’ defense leads the NFL in interceptions with nine — they had nine all of last season. They are the first team since the 2010 Buccaneers to have multiple interceptions in each of the first four games of a season.
  • The Bengals have scored on 34 consecutive red-zone drives, good for the longest active streak in the NFL. They have scored a touchdown on 11 of their 13 red-zone drives this season (84.6 percent), the highest percentage in the NFL.
  • Ryan Tannehill is 25-of-34 (73.5 percent) for 307 yards, four touchdowns and zero interceptions in the second quarter this season. Only four other quarterbacks have at least four touchdowns and zero interceptions in the second quarter this season — Andy Dalton, Matt Ryan, Tom Brady and Philip Rivers.
  • A.J. Green already has five touchdown catches after having eight all of last season. Those five TD receptions are tied for the most by a Bengal through four team games with T.J. Houshmandzadeh (2007). Green has had a 25+ yard catch in each game this season — he had six such catches all of last season.
  • Kiko Alonso has 46 tackles and Miami’s only two forced fumbles this season. He has recorded at least 12 tackles in three straight games, becoming the first Dolphin since Zach Thomas to accomplish this (six straight from September 11 – October 21, 2005).

 

BALTIMORE AT CLEVELAND

  • Since the Bengals hired Marvin Lewis in 2003, the Dolphins have had nine different head coaches, 16 different starting quarterbacks and just two playoff appearances. However, the Dolphins have still won a playoff game more recently than the Bengals (Dolphins in 2000, Bengals in 1990).
  • The Dolphins’ defense leads the NFL in interceptions with nine — they had nine all of last season. They are the first team since the 2010 Buccaneers to have multiple interceptions in each of the first four games of a season.
  • The Bengals have scored on 34 consecutive red-zone drives, good for the longest active streak in the NFL. They have scored a touchdown on 11 of their 13 red-zone drives this season (84.6 percent), the highest percentage in the NFL.
  • Ryan Tannehill is 25-of-34 (73.5 percent) for 307 yards, four touchdowns and zero interceptions in the second quarter this season. Only four other quarterbacks have at least four touchdowns and zero interceptions in the second quarter this season — Andy Dalton, Matt Ryan, Tom Brady and Philip Rivers.
  • A.J. Green already has five touchdown catches after having eight all of last season. Those five TD receptions are tied for the most by a Bengal through four team games with T.J. Houshmandzadeh (2007). Green has had a 25+ yard catch in each game this season — he had six such catches all of last season.
  • Kiko Alonso has 46 tackles and Miami’s only two forced fumbles this season. He has recorded at least 12 tackles in three straight games, becoming the first Dolphin since Zach Thomas to accomplish this (six straight from September 11 – October 21, 2005).

  

GREEN BAY AT DETROIT

  • The Packers are coming off their first shutout win since Week 8 in 2010, defeating the Bills, 22-0. It was just the second game in franchise history, and first since 1967, in which the Packers shut out their opponent while recording seven or more sacks and allowing fewer than 150 total net yards.
  • Detroit fell to Dallas, 26-24, on a field goal as time expired. It was the Lions’ third loss this season via a blown lead, tied with the Falcons, Raiders and Colts for most in the NFL.
  • The Lions won both games between these two teams last year, taking the season series over the Packers for the first time since 1991. Detroit defeated Green Bay in Week 17, 35-11, for its second-largest win over the Packers since 1983.
  • Aaron Rodgers is 368 passing yards away from becoming the 20th quarterback all-time with 40,000. Of the 19 QBs who have reached that milestone, Rodgers would rank first among them in touchdown rate (6.3) and interception rate (1.6) and second in yards per attempt (7.85).
  • Over his past five games against Green Bay, Matthew Stafford has thrown for 327.2 yards per game, with 12 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. Stafford has thrown for at least 300 yards against the Packers in four straight games; only Drew Brees (7) has ever had a longer streak against Green Bay.
  • The Lions have allowed just six sacks this season, tied for third fewest in the NFL. The Packers defense has recorded 13 sacks in 2018, tied with the Lions and Steelers for fourth most in the NFL.

 

JACKSONVILLE AT KANSAS CITY

  • In each of the following categories, both the Jags’ defense and KC offense rank in the league’s top five: points per game, yards per play, first downs per game, red-zone TD percentage, third-down percentage, and plays of 20-plus yards.
  • The Chiefs lead the NFL at 36.3 points per game and are outscoring opponents in the first quarter, 52-9. KC is last in total yards allowed (451.8) and yards allowed per rush (5.73). They are the second team ever to open a season 4-0 while scoring 35-plus per game and allowing at least 25 per game (2000 Rams).
  • The Jaguars are allowing an NFL-low 14.0 points per game and have yielded a league-low four offensive touchdowns — none in the first half. Jacksonville is outscoring its opponents by a 53-12 margin in the first half and has outgained the opposition by more than two-to-one in the opening 30 minutes (827 to 382).
  • With 14 TD passes and no interceptions, Patrick Mahomes is the only quarterback in the league with 10 or more TD passes in 2018 and no picks. The only other QB since 1970 to go four games into a season with 14 or more TD passes and no INTs was Peyton Manning in 2013 with the Broncos (16 TD passes).
  • Blake Bortles has alternated good and mediocre performances in 2018. In Weeks 1 and 3, Bortles managed one touchdown pass and 331 passing yards as the Jags scored a combined 26 points. In Weeks 2 and 4, he threw for 764 yards and six TDs, leading the team to 62 points.
  • The Chiefs are 3-0 against the Jaguars since 2010, outscoring them by a combined 89-36. In the last meeting, on November 6, 2016 at Kansas City, Jacksonville had a 449-231 advantage in total yards and 25-10 in first downs, but the Chiefs won the turnover battle, 4-0, and held on for a 19-14 win. 

 

DENVER AT NY JETS

  • The Broncos have won five of the last six meetings between these teams, including a 23-0 home win in Week 14 last season. In that game, the Jets tied an all-time franchise low with just six first downs.
  • Last week against Kansas City was the first time the Broncos have allowed at least 300 net passing yards in their last 38 games, a stretch that dates back to 2015. That 37-game streak without allowing 300+ was the longest by any team in the last 10 years and the second longest in franchise history.
  • Case Keenum has attempted at least 30 passes and thrown zero touchdowns in three straight games, the longest such streak in Broncos history. Keenum has six interceptions this season, just one shy of his total from the 2017 season (seven in 15 games).
  • After winning by 31 points in Week 1, the Jets have lost three straight by a combined 31 points. They have allowed more points in each successive game (17, 20, 21, 31) while scoring just 41 total points in their three losses after tallying 48 in their opener.
  • After completing 66.1 percent of his passes for 532 yards and three touchdowns in Weeks 1-2, Sam Darnold has completed just 49.2 percent of his passes for 336 yards and one TD in the last two games. Darnold’s 868 passing yards are second most in Jets history through four NFL games (Geno Smith, 1090).
  • Denver has failed to record a takeaway in three straight games, tying the longest streak in franchise history. On the other side, the Jets have 10 takeaways, tied for third most in the league. 

 

ATLANTA AT PITTSBURGH

  • Ben Roethlisberger and Mike Tomlin have 107 regular season wins together, tied with Terry Bradshaw and Chuck Noll for most in team history. Since 1950, only Tom Brady/Bill Belichick (198), Dan Marino/Don Shula (116) and Drew Brees/Sean Payton (108) have more wins among QB/head coach duos.
  • The Steelers are 13-2-1 (.844) all-time against the Falcons. That is Pittsburgh’s best record against any franchise, and Atlanta’s second-worst record against any franchise (minimum 10 games).
  • The Falcons enter this matchup with the NFL’s third-highest scoring offense at 29.0 points per game. Atlanta has averaged the best starting field position on the road in the NFL this season, its own 35.2 yard line.
  • The Steelers rank 26th in the NFL in scoring defense, allowing 29.0 points per game. Their 116 points allowed are the second most in franchise history through four games of a season (1968 — 151 points).
  • The Falcons lost 37-36 to the Bengals in Week 4 despite a 419-yard, three-touchdown, zero-interception game by Matt Ryan. Ryan became the fifth quarterback this season to lose a game in which he had 400+ passing yards and three or more touchdowns with zero interceptions. Prior to this season, there were only 16 such games in NFL history.
  • Rookie Calvin Ridley leads the league with six touchdown receptions. Only Bill Swiacki in 1948 had more touchdown receptions (7) than Ridley in his first four NFL games. 

 

OAKLAND AT LA CHARGERS

  • Sunday’s game is set to be the ninth time that Derek Carr and Philip Rivers have faced off as starting quarterbacks. The only quarterbacks in the history of the Raiders-Chargers rivalry to square off more often are Daryle Lamonica and John Hadl (12 starts).
  • Oakland has allowed at least 20 points in the second half in every game so far this season. It is one of two teams in NFL history to allow 20+ points in the second half in four straight games to begin a season (also 2013 Giants).
  • Last season, the Chargers allowed 17.0 points per game, third best in the NFL. This year, they are allowing 30.0 points per game, fifth highest in the league. Their 13.0-point increase is the highest in the NFL.
  • Jared Cook had 110 receiving yards and two touchdown catches against the Browns last Sunday. Cook was the first Raiders tight end with at least 100 yards receiving and two touchdown catches in a game since Rickey Dudley on September 28, 1997 against the Rams.
  • Philip Rivers has 16 career wins against the Raiders, the most in history. Sunday will mark his 25th start versus the Raiders, tying him with Len Dawson for second most all-time (John Elway is the all-time leader with 28 starts).
  • With his touchdown catch in Week 4, 38-year-old Antonio Gates became the third-oldest player, and the oldest tight end, in NFL history with a touchdown reception. The two older players are Jerry Rice and Charlie Joiner. 

 

MINNESOTA AT PHILADELPHIA

  • This is a rematch of last season’s NFC Championship Game which saw the Nick Foles-led Eagles defeat the Case Keenum-led Vikings, 38-7. Including the postseason, the Eagles are 7-2 against Minnesota over the past 20 years.
  • Carson Wentz went 33-for-50 with 348 yards and two touchdowns in Philadelphia’s 26-23 overtime loss at Tennessee. The Eagles are 0-7 in games in which Wentz attempts at least 45 passes.
  • In four career starts in Philadelphia, Kirk Cousins has 12 touchdown passes and three interceptions while averaging 332.3 passing yards. Cousins’ 1387 passing yards is the most ever by a Vikings quarterback through four team games in a season.
  • The Vikings, who are the only team in the league without a rushing touchdown, rank last in the NFL in rushing attempts per game (18.3) and rushing yards per game (63.0). Minnesota previously failed to record a rushing touchdown within four weeks of a season only one other time in team history (1990).
  • Philadelphia has the top run defense in the NFL, allowing 63.8 yards per game on the ground. The Eagles allow just 3.30 yards per rush on first down, lowest of any team this season.
  • Adam Thielen has been targeted an NFL-high 56 times, becoming the first Vikings receiver since Randy Moss in 2002 with 50+ targets through the first four weeks of the season. Thielen has 25 receptions for first downs this season, most in the NFL. 

 

ARIZONA AT SAN FRANCISCO

  • Josh Rosen made his first NFL start against Seattle last Sunday, throwing for 180 yards in a 15-for-27 passing performance. Rosen threw for an average of 6.67 yards per attempt, the lowest of any quarterback to make his first career start this season.
  • The 49ers have lost all six meetings with Arizona over the past three seasons for their longest losing streak in the history of this series. Before winning their last three games in San Francisco, the Cardinals had won just three of 19 visits since 1980.
  • Larry Fitzgerald has a career total of 2169 receiving yards versus the 49ers, the third most by any player versus a single opponent all-time. Fitzgerald trails Jerry Rice, who had 2731 career receiving yards against the Falcons and 2551 against the Rams.
  • Matt Breida is the NFL’s third-leading rusher with 313 yards despite having three fewer carries than teammate Albert Morris (44 to 41). The Niners are one of three teams with two players who have carried the ball at least 40 times (Broncos & Titans).
  • The Cardinals lost to Seattle, 20-17, to fall to 0-4 for the first time since moving to Arizona. Their last 0-4 start came in 1986 as the St. Louis Cardinals. San Francisco lost to San Diego, 29-27, to fall to 1-3 — the team has started every season since 2015 at 1-3 or worse.
  • The Cardinals have allowed three passing touchdowns, tied for the fewest in the NFL with the Jaguars, but have allowed seven rushing TDs, most in the NFL. The 49ers, on the other hand, have allowed 11 passing TDs, tied for second most in the NFC, but only two rushing TDs, tied for third fewest in the NFC. 

 

LA RAMS AT SEATTLE

  • The Rams have started a season 4-0 for the first time since the 2001 Super Bowl runner-up team, outscoring opponents 140-67 this season. They are the first team with a differential of +70 or better through four games since 2015 when the Cardinals (+75) and the Patriots (+73) pulled it off.
  • Jared Goff is completing 72.4 percent of his passes this season for an average 351.5 yards with 11 touchdowns. He is the only quarterback in the NFL completing at least 70.0 percent of his passes with more than eight TD passes this season.
  • Russell Wilson has rushed for a combined 42 yards through four games (on 11 carries) after averaging 36.6 per game and 6.2 per carry last season. His total passing yards have dipped each week, including 172 in Week 4 when his streak of 18 straight games with a TD pass was snapped.
  • The Rams have gone 4-2 in their last six meetings with the Seahawks, including a pair of victories in Seattle. The most recent meeting was a 42-7 Rams road win in Week 15 last year, with Los Angeles outgaining Seattle, 352-149, as Todd Gurley II rushed for 152 yards and three touchdowns.
  • The Seahawks have won two straight after dropping their first two games this season. Seattle has been .500 or better through four weeks in every season since 2012 — the only other teams to accomplish that are the Patriots, Broncos, Cowboys and Packers.
  • The Rams have thrown for 343.3 yards per game, second most in the NFL, but will come up against a Seahawks defense limiting opponents to an average of 204.3 passing yards, third fewest in the league. LA’s yards per passing attempt leads the NFL at 10.41 while Seattle has held opponents to 6.54. 

 

DALLAS AT HOUSTON

  • Dak Prescott threw for 9.44 yards per attempt last week after averaging 5.66 through his first three games. He had two touchdown passes without throwing an interception — the Cowboys are 11-0 when Prescott has 2+ TD passes with no INTs, outscoring opponents 353-187 (+166) in those games.
  • Deshaun Watson threw for 375 yards in Houston’s overtime win over Indianapolis, bringing him to 2843 passing yards in 10 career starts. Only two quarterbacks in the Super Bowl era have thrown for more yards in their first 10 starts — Andrew Luck (2965) and Cam Newton (2885).
  • The Texans won their first ever meeting with the Cowboys in the first game for the franchise in 2002. Since then, the Cowboys have gone 3-0 against the Texans, winning by an average margin of 15 points.
  • Dallas has started the season 2-0 at home after winning in Week 4 against Detroit, but the team has gone 0-2 away from home. The Cowboys have averaged 10.5 points on the road, ahead of only the Bills (10.0) and the Cardinals (0.0).
  • The Texans won their first game of the season in Week 4, winning 37-34 at Indianapolis in overtime. However, they have lost three straight in Houston and have not had a longer home losing streak since dropping their final seven home games of 2013.
  • Dallas has 14 sacks this season, trailing only the Bears (18) and Colts (17). Houston has allowed 15 sacks, more than any other AFC team. DeMarcus Lawrence has 5.5 sacks, most in the NFL, and his nine QB hits tie him with Geno Atkins, Fletcher Cox, Dee Ford and Jason Pierre-Paul for most in the league.