October 6, 2014 Louisville, KY. (Analyzed Sports)
SEVEN FROM SUNDAY – WEEK 5
A look at seven statistical highlights from games played on Sunday, October 5, the fifth week of the 2014 NFL season.
1 – The CLEVELAND BROWNS overcame a 28-3 deficit in their 29-28 win at Tennessee, the largest comeback victory by a road team in NFL history. Each of Cleveland’s first four games in 2014 have been decided by three points or fewer, the most such games to begin a season of any NFL team since the Washington Redskins in 2005.
Quarterback BRIAN HOYER connected with wide receiver TRAVIS BENJAMIN for a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns, including the six-yard game-winning score with 1:09 remaining. Hoyer, who passed for 292 yards and three touchdowns, threw his first interception in 189 attempts, snapping the longest active streak in the NFL. It was the longest such streak by a Browns quarterback since BERNIE KOSAR (308) in 1990-91.
2 – Denver quarterback PEYTON MANNING passed for a career-high 479 yards and four touchdowns in the Broncos’ 41-20 win against previously-undefeated Arizona (3-1). Manning joined BRETT FAVRE (508) as the only quarterbacks in NFL history with 500 career touchdown passes.
Manning – who now has 503 career touchdown passes – threw his 500th touchdown pass on his 8,573rd attempt in his 244th regular-season game. Favre recorded his 500th career touchdown pass on his 9,924th pass attempt in his 293rd career game.
The performance marked Manning’s 13th career 400-yard passing game, tying Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO for the most in NFL history.
Wide receiver WES WELKER had seven catches for 58 yards and now has 854 in his career, surpassing former Broncos wide receiver ROD SMITH (849) for the most catches by an undrafted player in NFL history.
Tight end JULIUS THOMAS had six catches for 66 yards and two touchdowns and leads all NFL players with seven touchdown catches in 2014. His seven TDs are the most by a tight end in his team’s first four games to begin a season in NFL history.
3 – New Orleans quarterback DREW BREES passed for 371 yards and two touchdowns in the Saints’ 37-31 overtime win against Tampa Bay.
Brees, who has passed for 40,307 yards since joining New Orleans in 2006, is the seventh quarterback in NFL history with 40,000 passing yards with one franchise. Brees accomplished the feat in his 132nd game with the Saints, surpassing DAN MARINO (Miami Dolphins, 153 games) as the fastest quarterback to reach 40,000 passing yards with a team.
4 – Dallas tight end JASON WITTEN had four catches for 59 yards in the Cowboys’ 20-17 overtime win against Houston. Witten (10,014) is the third tight end in NFL history with 10,000 career receiving yards, joining TONY GONZALEZ (15,127) and Pro Football Hall of Famer SHANNON SHARPE (10,060).
Witten is the second-fastest tight end to reach the milestone (180 games). Gonzalez reached 10,000 yards in his 177th game, while Sharpe did so in his 203rd game.
Running back DE MARCO MURRAY rushed for 136 yards and became the third player in NFL history to rush for at least 100 yards in each of his team’s first five games to start a season, joining Pro Football Hall of Famers JIM BROWN (six games in 1958) and O.J. SIMPSON (five games in 1973 and 1975).
5 – The PHILADELPHIA EAGLES scored two return touchdowns in their 34-28 win against St. Louis and now have seven total return touchdowns in 2014, the most of any NFL team in the first five games of a season since at least 1970.
In the first quarter, Eagles tight end JAMES CASEY blocked a punt and safety CHRIS MARAGOS returned it 10 yards for a touchdown to give Philadelphia a 7-0 lead. In the third quarter, linebacker TRENT COLE sacked Rams quarterback AUSTIN DAVIS at the five-yard line and forced a fumble. Defensive end CEDRIC THORNTON recovered it in the end zone for a touchdown, giving the Eagles a 27-7 lead.
6 – Indianapolis wide receiver REGGIE WAYNE had seven catches for 77 yards in the Colts’ 20-13 win against Baltimore. Wayne now has 13,950 career receiving yards, surpassing Pro Football Hall of Famer CRIS CARTER (13,899) for ninth-most in NFL history.
7 – San Diego tight end ANTONIO GATES had four catches for 60 yards & two touchdowns in the Chargers’ 31-0 win against the New York Jets. Gates now has 92 career touchdown receptions, surpassing ISAAC BRUCE (91) for No. 10 on the all-time list.