A look at seven statistical highlights from games played on Sunday, October 15, the sixth week of the 2017 season.
- New England quarterback TOM BRADY passed for 257 yards with two touchdowns in the Patriots’ 24-17 win at the New York Jets.
Brady, who has 187 career regular-season victories, surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer BRETT FAVRE (186) and PEYTON MANNING (186) for the most regular-season victories by a starting quarterback in NFL history. Brady has 212 career wins (including the postseason), the most all-time by a starting quarterback.
Brady threw two touchdown passes to tight end ROB GRONKOWSKI in the win. Brady and Gronkowski have connected on 71 career touchdown passes, the second-most from a quarterback to a tight end in NFL history. Only PHILIP RIVERS and ANTONIO GATES (85) of the Los Angeles Chargers have more.
- Houston rookie quarterback DESHAUN WATSON threw three touchdown passes in the Texans’ 33-17 win over Cleveland. Watson has thrown at least three touchdown passes in three consecutive games and is the first rookie in NFL history to accomplish the feat.
Watson has 12 passing touchdowns in the past three games, the most in league annals by a rookie in any three-game span.
This season, Watson has 15 passing touchdowns, the most ever by a rookie in his team’s first six games of a season.
- Arizona quarterback CARSON PALMER threw three touchdown passes, running back ADRIAN PETERSON rushed for two touchdowns and wide receiver LARRY FITZGERALD had a touchdown catch in the Cardinals’ 38-33 win against Tampa Bay.
Palmer has accounted for 302 career touchdowns (294 passing touchdowns, eight rushing touchdowns), Peterson has 104 career touchdowns (99 rushing, five receiving) and Fitzgerald has 107 career touchdown catches. They are the only QB-RB-WR trio of teammates in NFL history to account for at least 300, 100 and 100 total touchdowns, respectively.
Fitzgerald, who has 14,854 career receiving yards, surpassed STEVE SMITH, SR. (14,731) for the seventh-most receiving yards in NFL history. Fitzgerald’s 14,854 receiving yardstrail only Pro Football Hall of Famer JERRY RICE (19,247 with San Francisco) for the most receiving yards by a player with a single team.
Peterson, who has 50 career games with at least 100 rushing yards, is the ninth player in NFL history with at least 100 rushing yards in 50 career games.
- Los Angeles Rams kick returner PHAROH COOPER returned the game’s opening kickoff 103 yards for a touchdown and Jacksonville rookie running back LEONARD FOURNETTE had a 75-yard touchdown run on the Jaguars’ first play from scrimmage in the Rams’ 27-17 win, marking the first game in the Super Bowl era with two touchdowns of at least 75 yards in the first 30 seconds of a game.
Fournette, who had a 90-yard touchdown run in the Jaguars’ Week 5 win at Pittsburgh, is the first rookie in NFL history with a touchdown run of at least 75 yards in consecutive games.
Fournette has scored a touchdown in each of the first six games this season, joining ROBERT EDWARDS (1998) as the only rookies in NFL history with at least one touchdown in each of their team’s first six games of a season.
- New Orleans quarterback DREW BREES passed for 186 yards with two touchdowns in the Saints’ 52-38 win over Detroit. Brees has 55,084 passing yards with the Saints and is only thefourth quarterback in NFL history to record at least 55,000 passing yards with a team. He joins Pro Football Hall of Famers BRETT FAVRE (61,655 with Green Bay) and DAN MARINO (61,361 with Miami) and TOM BRADY (63,541 with New England) as the only quarterbacks to accomplish the feat.
- Pittsburgh wide receiver ANTONIO BROWN had eight catches for 155 yards, including a 51-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter, in the Steelers’ 19-13 win at Kansas City.
Brown, who has 9,077 career receiving yards in 107 career games, tied RANDY MOSS (107) for the fourth-fewest games played to reach 9,000 career receiving yards in NFL history.
- Chicago rookie running back TARIK COHEN threw a 21-yard touchdown pass to tight end ZACH MILLER in the Bears’ 27-24 overtime win at Baltimore. Cohen is the first Bears rookie running back to throw a touchdown pass since Pro Football Hall of Famer GALE SAYERS on October 10, 1965 (26 yards to DICK GORDON).