RECORDS & AWARDS
WHAT TO LOOK FOR
November 27, 2012Richmond High School
COOL BREES: New Orleans quarterback DREW BREES passed for three touchdowns in the Saints’ 31-21 loss to San Francisco. He has 31 touchdown passes, his fifth season with at least 30 TD passes. Brees joined BRETT FAVRE (nine) and PEYTON MANNING (six) as the only quarterbacks in NFL history with at least five seasons with 30 touchdown passes.
The players with the most seasons with at least 30 touchdown passes:
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SACK ATTACK: San Francisco linebacker ALDON SMITH had 1.5 sacks in the 49ers’ 31-21 win at New Orleans. Smith reached 30 sacks (30.5) in his 27th career game and is the fastest to 30 since sacks became an official statistic in 1982. The previous mark was 28 games held by Pro Football Hall of Famer REGGIE WHITE.
The players who began their careers since 1982 who reached 30 sacks in the fewest games:
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UN-BILL-EVIABLE: With a 49-19 victory on Thanksgiving night against the Jets, New England’s BILL BELICHICK became the eighth head coach in NFL history with 200 career wins.
With a record of 200-107 (.651), Belichick reached 200 wins in his 307th game, the fourth-fastest of any coach in NFL history.
The head coaches with 200 career wins (including postseason) and the number of games it took each to reach the milestone:
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WHAT TO LOOK FOR ON MNF: One more note to keep in mind for tonight’s Monday Night Football game between the Panthers and Eagles…
ROOKIE PASSERS: Four rookie quarterbacks – Washington’s ROBERT GRIFFIN III, Indianapolis’ ANDREW LUCK, Miami’s RYAN TANNEHILL and Cleveland’s BRANDON WEEDEN – have led their teams to victories in Week 12. The 2012 rookie quarterbacks have won 26 starts, the most in a season since the 1970 merger.
Five rookie quarterbacks – Luck (seven), Seattle’s RUSSELL WILSON (six), Griffin (five), Tannehill (five) and Weeden (three) – have combined for those 26 wins.
Philadelphia’s NICK FOLES will start at quarterback tonight against Carolina and could add to the record total.
Luck’s seven wins are tied for the most by a rookie quarterback who was drafted No. 1 overall since the 1970 merger (SAM BRADFORD, 2010). Luck has passed for 3,205 yards, the most by a rookie quarterback in NFL history through his team’s first 11 games.
The most combined wins, passing yards, touchdown passes and completions by rookie quarterbacks in a season all occurred in 2011. This year’s crop of rookie QBs surpassed three of those four marks in Week 12 – wins, passing yards and completions.
Following is a look at the combined totals by rookie quarterbacks in the 2011 and 2012 seasons: