Analyzed Sports | Andre’ Chapman
SUNDAY NIGHT SHOWDOWN: New England quarterback TOM BRADY passed for 341 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions for a 102.6 rating in the Patriots’ win last week and became the third player in NFL history to throw at least 500 career touchdown passes.
With a win against Kansas City on Sunday Night Football (8:20 PM ET, NBC), Brady can become the first quarterback in league annals to record 200 career regular-season wins.
With a win on Sunday night at New England, Mahomes would become the sixth quarterback since 1970 to win each of his first seven career starts. Kansas City quarterback PATRICK MAHOMES leads the NFL with 14 touchdown passes through Week 5 and has won each of his first six NFL starts.
HOME COOKING: Cleveland rookie quarterback BAKER MAYFIELD passed for 342 yards with one touchdown and one interception in the Browns’ Week 5 overtime win against Baltimore, his first career start at home.
Mayfield, who plays at home against the Los Angeles Chargers (1:00 PM ET, CBS) this week, can become the first quarterback selected No. 1 overall in the common draft era (1967) to win his first two career home starts.
AIR OF SUCCESS: Houston quarterback DESHAUN WATSON passed for 375 yards with one touchdown and one interception in the Texans’ Week 5 overtime win against Dallas. Watson has thrown for at least 375 yards in each of his past three games.
Watson, who plays against Buffalo (1:00 PM ET, FOX) on Sunday, can become the first player in NFL history with 375 passing yards in four consecutive games.
Jacksonville quarterback BLAKE BORTLES, who passed for 388 yards in Week 4 and 430 yards in Week 5, can become the fifth player in NFL history with at least 375 passing yards in three consecutive games.
PRIDE OF DELAWARE: Baltimore quarterback JOE FLACCO ranks fifth in the NFL with 139 completions and has completed at least 25 passes in each of his past eight games, dating back to Week 15 of the 2017 season.
With at least 25 completions at Tennessee (4:25 PM ET, CBS) on Sunday, Flacco would become the third different quarterback in NFL history to complete at least 25 passes in nine consecutive games. New Orleans quarterback DREW BREES accomplished the feat twice.
TODD CAN DO IT ALL: Los Angeles Rams running back TODD GURLEY has 5,244 scrimmage yards (3,711 rushing, 1,533 receiving) and 44 touchdowns (36 rushing, eight receiving) in 49 career games.
With a touchdown on Sunday at Denver (4:05 PM ET, CBS), Gurley can become the fourth player in NFL history with at least 3,500 rushing yards, 1,500 receiving yards and 45 offensive touchdowns through his first 50 career games.
GRONK SMASH: New England tight end ROB GRONKOWSKI has 497 receptions for 7,487 yards and 77 touchdowns in 107 career games.— NFL —
With three receptions on Sunday Night, Gronkowksi would join Pro Football Hall of Famer KELLEN WINSLOW (101 games), JIMMY GRAHAM (106) and JASON WITTEN (107) as the only tight ends in NFL history reach 500 career catches in fewer than 110 games.
POWERS OF 10: Philadelphia tight end ZACH ERTZ recorded 10 receptions for 110 yards and a touchdown in the Eagles’ Week 5 loss to Minnesota.–
Ertz, who had 10 catches for 112 yards in Week 4, can become the fifth player in NFL history to record at least 10 receptions and 100 receiving yards in three consecutive games on Thursday at the New York Giants (8:20 PM ET, FOX/NFL Network/Amazon).
ELITE COMPANY: Denver linebacker VON MILLER has 87.5 sacks in 109 career games.
Miller, who will appear in his 110th career game on Sunday against the Los Angeles Rams (4:05 PM ET, FOX), needs 2.5 sacks to become the fourth player to have at least 90 sacks in his first 110 career games since 1982 when the individual sack became an official statistic.
FAMILY AFFAIR: Houston defensive end J.J. WATT has 82 career sacks during his eight-year NFL career while his brother, Pittsburgh linebacker T.J. WATT, has 13 sacks in his first two NFL seasons.
With five combined sacks, the Watts would become the fifth pair of brothers or father-son duos to record at least 100 combined sacks since 1982, where each player recorded at least one sack.