NFL Week 11 predictions, league game notes, players & teams making history

Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa / Credit: Miami Dolphins Media Site

By Vince Ferrara / @VinceSports

Each week I bring you this week’s NFL schedule with my predictions followed by some great notes and stats directly from the National Football League Communications Department.

Our Sports Animal NFL programming for Week 11
(Sun) 10am – 12:30pm: The NFL Report with John Wilkerson and two rotating Sports Animal hosts
(Sun) 12:30pm – Atlanta Falcons at New Orleans Saints (Sports Animal)
(Sun) Noon – Tennessee Titans at Baltimore Ravens (News Talk 98.7)


WEEK 11 NFL SCHEDULE
THURSDAY, SUNDAY & MONDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 22-23
(All times Eastern)

Thursday, November 19
Arizona Cardinals at Seattle Seahawks 8:20 PM FOX/NFLN/Amazon

Sunday, November 22
Tennessee Titans at Baltimore Ravens 1:00 PM CBS
Detroit Lions at Carolina Panthers 1:00 PM FOX
Philadelphia Eagles at Cleveland Browns 1:00 PM FOX
New England Patriots at Houston Texans 1:00 PM CBS
Pittsburgh Steelers at Jacksonville Jaguars 1:00 PM CBS
Atlanta Falcons at New Orleans Saints 1:00 PM FOX
Cincinnati Bengals at Washington Football Team 1:00 PM CBS
Miami Dolphins at Denver Broncos 4:05 PM CBS
New York Jets at Los Angeles Chargers 4:05 PM CBS
Green Bay Packers at Indianapolis Colts 4:25 PM FOX
Dallas Cowboys at Minnesota Vikings 4:25 PM FOX
Kansas City Chiefs at Las Vegas Raiders 8:20 PM NBC

Monday, November 23
Los Angeles Rams at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 8:15 PM ESPN

Week 11 Byes: Buffalo Bills, Chicago Bears, New York Giants, San Francisco 49ers

Vince’s View: It’s not getting any easier to predict how teams will play with more and more teams being impacted by covid issues. One game I feel strongly about is the Chiefs getting revenge on the the team that tagged KC with it’s only loss this season, Las Vegas. The Raiders have had quite a few defenders out due to covid protocol, which is not ideal when facing Patrick Mahomes and all those weapons. No Drew Brees for New Orleans but the schedule is manageable for the Saints. Titans/Ravens, Packers/Colts, Cardinals/Seahawks and Rams/Buccaneers top the slate of games this week.

Week 10 Prediction Record: 9-5 (68%)
Season Record: 99-48 (67%)


PLAYOFF PUSH BEGINS AS NFL ENTERS WEEK 11

A 43-yard, game-winning touchdown pass with two seconds remaining? That was just the opening act.

Across the NFL, 15 teams have at least six wins, the most such teams in any season through 10 weeks. In any previous campaign, entering Week 11, the most teams with six-or-more wins was 14, in both 1984 and 1986.

Eight of those 15 teams with six-or-more victories were not in the playoffs a year ago. Since 1990, at least four teams every season have qualified for the playoffs after failing to make the postseason the year before. And starting this season, the NFL unveils a 14-team playoff format, with two additional Wild Card teams – one each in the AFC and NFC – qualifying for the postseason.

This week, five games on the Week 11 schedule feature head-to-head matchups of teams with at least six wins:

  • Fresh off a thrilling win in Week 10, the ARIZONA CARDINALS (6-3) visit the SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (6-3) to kick off Week 11 on Thursday Night Football (8:20 PM ET, FOX/NFLN/Amazon). In Week 7, Arizona outlasted Seattle, 37-34, in overtime.
  • The GREEN BAY PACKERS (7-2), one of two NFC teams with seven wins this season, are at the AFC South-leading INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (6-3) on Sunday (4:25 PM ET, FOX).
  • The KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (8-1) are at the LAS VEGAS RAIDERS (6-3) on Sunday Night Football (8:20 PM ET, NBC). Over their last 18 games, including postseason, the defending Super Bowl champion Chiefs have one loss: Earlier this season at home to the Raiders, in Week 5.
  • The BALTIMORE RAVENS (6-3) host the TENNESSEE TITANS (6-3) on Sunday (1:00 PM ET, CBS), pairing two of the top three rushing offenses in the AFC in a rematch of a 2019 AFC Divisional playoff game.
  • And, in a battle of two of the NFL’s top defenses, the LOS ANGELES RAMS (6-3) travel to play the TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (6-3) on Monday Night Football (8:15 PM ET, ESPN).

TUA BIDS FOR FOURTH STRAIGHT WIN: Miami’s TUA TAGOVAILOA on Sunday at Denver (4:05 PM, CBS) can accomplish something only one other rookie quarterback has done in the last 40 years: Win his first four NFL starts. Only BEN ROETHLISBERGER, who won his first 13 starts as a rookie in 2004, owns a longer streak in that span.

Tagovailoa, who has five touchdown passes and zero interceptions this season, has won each of his first three career starts and joins CARSON WENTZ (2016) as the only rookie quarterbacks to win their first three starts and throw zero interceptions in the Super Bowl era.

The rookie starters with the most consecutive wins to begin an NFL career in the Super Bowl era (1966-present):

QUARTERBACK TEAM SEASON WINS
Ben Roethlisberger Pittsburgh 2004 13
Mike Kruczek Pittsburgh 1976 6
Phil Simms N.Y. Giants 1979 4
Virgil Carter Chicago 1968 4
     
Tua Tagovailoa Miami 2020 3*
*Active streak

AFC WEST WINNING STREAKS ON THE LINE: The LAS VEGAS RAIDERS host the KANSAS CITY CHIEFS in a showdown atop the AFC West on Sunday Night Football (8:20 PM ET, NBC). The teams own two of the six longest active winning streaks in the NFL. Kansas City has won four straight while the Raiders are undefeated in their last three. Only the Steelers (nine), Saints (six) and Dolphins (five) enter Week 11 with longer winning streaks.

  • On third down, both the Raiders and Chiefs have excelled. Las Vegas leads the NFL in third-down offense, converting 50.4 percent of its third-down attempts (58 of 115), while Kansas City (50 percent, 60 of 120) is tied for second. Kansas City’s PATRICK MAHOMES leads the NFL with a 139.6 third-down passer rating, while the Raiders’ DEREK CARR (112.9) ranks fourth among qualified passers. The Chiefs’ TRAVIS KELCE and the Raiders’ DARREN WALLER share the NFL lead among tight ends with 15 third-down receptions.
  • Mahomes, coming off a bye, passed for 372 yards with four touchdowns and zero interceptions for a 121.7 rating in the Chiefs’ Week 9 win. He has 101 touchdown passes in 40 career games and surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO (44 games) as the fastest player to reach 100 career touchdown passes in NFL history. Mahomes also has 19 career games with at least three touchdown passes, surpassing Marino (18 games) for the most such games by a player in his first 40 career games in NFL history.

DEFENSE ON DISPLAY MONDAY NIGHT: When the LOS ANGELES RAMS meet the TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS in a key intraconference battle on Monday Night Football (8:15 PM ET, ESPN), two of the league’s top defenses will be in action. The Rams rank second in both total yards allowed per game (296.4) and points allowed per game (18.7). Tampa Bay ranks third in the league with 300.3 total yards allowed per game and is tied with Pittsburgh for the NFL lead with 17 takeaways.

  • In sacks this season, the Buccaneers (32) and Rams (31) rank second and third, respectively, in the NFL. Los Angeles defensive lineman AARON DONALD and Tampa Bay linebacker JASON PIERRE-PAUL are the only two players in the NFL with at least seven sacks in each of the past five seasons.
  • Tampa Bay running back RONALD JONES rushed for a career-high 192 yards, including a 98-yard touchdown, in the Buccaneers’ win last week. Jones is the fourth player in NFL history to record a rushing touchdown of at least 98 yards, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer TONY DORSETT (99 yards in Week 17, 1982), AHMAN GREEN (98 yards in Week 17, 2003) and DERRICK HENRY (99 yards in Week 14, 2018).

SPEAKING OF DEFENSE: The NEW ORLEANS SAINTS enter Sunday’s game against the ATLANTA FALCONS (1:00 PM ET, FOX) having not allowed a 100-yard rusher in 52 consecutive games, the NFL’s longest streak since the 1970 merger. Prior to last week, the longest streak belonged to the DALLAS COWBOYS, who went 51 straight games without allowing a 100-yard rusher from 1972-76. The Falcons’ offense ranks fifth in total yards per game (396.8) while the Saints allow 308.2 yards per game, fourth in the league this season.

  • New Orleans running back ALVIN KAMARA recorded three touchdowns (two rushing, one receiving) in the Saints’ Week 10 victory. Kamara has 17 career games with at least two touchdowns, tied with CHUCK FOREMAN (17 games) for the second-most such games by a player in his first four seasons in NFL history. Only LARRY JOHNSON (18) has more. Kamara has eight career games with both a rushing and receiving touchdown, tied with Foreman (eight) for the second-most such games by a player in his first four seasons in league annals. Only CHRISTIAN MCCAFFREY (nine) has more.

COMEBACK UPDATE: In Week 10, New Orleans overcame a 10-point deficit to win. There now have been 31 games in which a team has overcome a deficit of at least 10 points to win this season, the most through Week 10 in NFL history.

Additionally, the 2020 season joins 2015 as the only seasons in which a team has overcome a deficit of at least 13 points to win in each of the first 10 weeks of a season in NFL history.

Last week, the ARIZONA CARDINALS overcame a 14-point deficit to defeat Buffalo, 32-30. There have been 11 games in which a team has overcome a deficit of at least 14 points to win this season, tied with the 2014 season (11) for the third-most such games through Week 10 in NFL history. Only the 1987 (14) and 2011 (13) seasons had more.

RODGERS, PACKERS MEET NFL’S TOP DEFENSE: Green Bay quarterback AARON RODGERS, who leads qualified NFL passers with a 116.4 rating this season, takes the Packers into Indianapolis on Sunday (4:25 PM ET, FOX). Green Bay ranks sixth in the NFL with 395.8 yards per game and third in the league with 30.8 points per contest. The Colts, meanwhile, have allowed the league’s fewest yards per game (290.4) and fourth-fewest points per game (19.7).

  • Packers wide receiver DAVANTE ADAMS had eight receptions for 66 yards and one touchdown in Green Bay’s Week 10 win. Adams has 61 receptions for 741 yards and nine touchdowns this season and joins Pro Football Hall of Famers MARVIN HARRISON (1999) and RANDY MOSS (2007) as the only players with at least 700 receiving yards and nine touchdown receptions in their first seven games of a season in the Super Bowl era. His 61 receptions are the fifth-most by a player in his first seven games of a season in NFL history.

PATRIOT PERCH: When New England travels to play the Texans on Sunday (1:00 PM ET, CBS), Patriots cornerback J.C. JACKSON has an opportunity to intercept a pass in a sixth consecutive game.

  • Jackson, who leads the NFL with six interceptions, is the first player with an interception in five straight games since a five-game streak by REGGIE NELSON in 2015. Since the 1970 merger, the NFL’s longest streak is six games (seven times, most recently BRIAN RUSSELL in 2003).
  • Signed by the Patriots as an undrafted free agent in 2018, Jackson is on pace to become the first NFL player with double-digit interceptions since the Chargers’ ANTONIO CROMARTIE had 10 in 2007.
  • With 14 interceptions in his first three NFL seasons, Jackson is in rare company. Since the merger in 1970, only three undrafted players have had more interceptions over their first three NFL seasons: EVERSON WALLS (22), HERMAN EDWARDS (16) and BRENARD WILSON (15). Since 1970, MIKE REINFELDT (1979) and Pro Football Hall of Famer EMMITT THOMAS (1974) have the most single-season interceptions by an undrafted player with 12.
  • Jackson’s teammate STEPHON GILMORE shared the NFL lead with six interceptions last season. Since the NFL adopted a 16-game schedule in 1978, only three teams have had two players capture at least a share of the league lead in interceptions in consecutive seasons: Tampa Bay in 2001-02 (RONDE BARBER and BRIAN KELLY), the St. Louis Rams in 1996-97 (KEITH LYLE and RYAN MCNEIL) and Buffalo in 1992-93 (HENRY JONES and NATE ODOMES). ​

ROOKIES RACKING UP YARDS, POINTS: When Pittsburgh plays at Jacksonville on Sunday (1:00 PM ET, CBS), two of the league’s most productive rookies will be in action. Steelers wide receiver CHASE CLAYPOOL leads all rookies and is tied for fifth in the NFL with nine touchdowns. Meanwhile, Jaguars running back JAMES ROBINSON leads all rookies and ranks fourth in the NFL with 917 scrimmage yards (689 rushing, 228 receiving). Several other rookies this season underscore a bright NFL future.

  • Minnesota rookie JUSTIN JEFFERSON leads the NFL with an average of 18.1 yards per catch (minimum 40 receptions) and ranks seventh in receiving yards (762). Jefferson and the Vikings host the Cowboys on Sunday (4:25 PM ET, FOX). Dallas rookie wide receiver CEEDEE LAMB leads all rookies with 44 receptions.
  • Kansas City running back CLYDE EDWARDS-HELAIRE ranks second among rookies and tied for 11th in the NFL with 810 scrimmage yards (586 rushing, 224 receiving).
  • Detroit rookie running back DEANDRE SWIFT, who plays at Carolina on Sunday (1:00 PM ET, FOX), had career-high 149 scrimmage yards (81 rush, 68 rec.) and a touchdown reception last week. He leads all rookie running backs in receiving yards (275).
  • Washington running back ANTONIO GIBSON, whose team hosts Cincinnati on Sunday (1:00 PM, CBS), leads rookies with seven rushing touchdowns.
  • Chargers quarterback JUSTIN HERBERT, who hosts the N.Y. Jets on Sunday (4:05 PM ET, CBS) is the first rookie in NFL history with two-or-more touchdown passes in six consecutive games.

SOPHOMORE SENSATIONS: Fingerprints from second-year players are prominent on the NFL’s leaderboards through 10 weeks.

  • Arizona quarterback KYLER MURRAY leads all quarterbacks and ranks tied for third in the NFL with 10 touchdowns. He’s also second in the league in rushing touchdowns (10), trailing only DALVIN COOK (12). Murray is the first quarterback in the Super Bowl era and fourth quarterback in NFL history to rush for a touchdown in five consecutive games, and his 10 rushing touchdowns are tied with JOHNNY LUJACK (1950) for the most by a quarterback in his team’s first nine games of a season in league annals.
  • Raiders running back JOSH JACOBS ranks fourth with 700 rushing yards, fourth with 849 scrimmage yards and tied for fifth with eight rushing touchdowns.
  • Seattle wide receiver DK METCALF ranks third in the league in receiving yards (816) while Washington wide receiver TERRY MCLAURIN ranks fourth with 787 receiving yards. Since 2019, Metcalf (15) and Tennessee wide receiver A.J. BROWN (14) are two of nine players with at least 14 touchdown receptions.
  • Among tight ends, Detroit’s T.J. HOCKENSON ranks tied for third with five receiving touchdowns, seventh with 36 receptions and eighth with 373 receiving yards.
  • Tampa Bay linebacker DEVIN WHITE ranks fifth with 88 tackles and, with five sacks, is the only player in the league this season with at least 80 tackles and five sacks.
  • Las Vegas defensive end MAXX CROSBY ranks tied for seventh with eight tackles for loss.
  • Carolina linebacker BRIAN BURNS is tied for third with three forced fumbles.
  • Tennessee defensive tackle JEFFERY SIMMONS is tied for first with two opponent fumble recoveries.

MILESTONE WEEKEND: Several players are within reach of statistical single-season landmarks this week.

  • Three quarterbacks – RUSSELL WILSON (2,789), MATT RYAN (2,746) and TOM BRADY (2,739) – need less than 300 passing yards this week to reach 3,000 on the season. Buffalo’s JOSH ALLEN (2,871), who leads the league in passing yards, is on a bye.
  • Two running backs – Minnesota’s DALVIN COOK (954) and Tennessee’s DERRICK HENRY (946) – are within 100 rushing yards of 1,000 on the season.
  • Arizona’s DEANDRE HOPKINS (861) is within 150 receiving yards of 1,000 on the season. Buffalo’s STEFON DIGGS (906), who leads the league, is on a bye.

TOM’S TOUCHDOWNS: Last week, Tampa Bay quarterback TOM BRADY passed for 341 yards with three touchdowns and zero interceptions in the Buccaneers’ victory. He has 23 touchdown passes on the season, the fourth-most in the league.

With two touchdown passes against the Los Angeles Rams on Monday Night Football (8:15 PM ET, ESPN), Brady will have recorded at least 25 touchdown passes in a season for the 15th time, trailing only PEYTON MANNING (16 seasons) for the most seasons with at least 25 touchdown passes in NFL history. New Orleans quarterback DREW BREES has 18 touchdown passes in 2020 and can also reach 25 touchdown passes for the 15th time this season.

The players with the most seasons with at least 25 touchdown passes in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAMS SEASONS
Peyton Manning Indianapolis, Denver 16
Tom Brady New England, Tampa Bay 14*
Drew Brees San Diego Chargers, New Orleans 14#
*Has 23 touchdown passes in 2020  
#Has 18 touchdown passes in 2020  

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3,000 & 30 IN 10: Entering Week 11, Seattle quarterback RUSSELL WILSON leads the league with 28 touchdown passes and ranks second with 2,789 passing yards.

With two touchdown passes and 211 passing yards against Arizona on Thursday Night Football (8:20 PM ET, FOX/NFLN/Amazon), Wilson will become the fifth player with at least 3,000 passing yards and 30 touchdown passes in his team’s first 10 games of a season in NFL history. In four of the previous five instances, the player was named Associated Press Most Valuable Player.

The players with at least 3,000 passing yards and 30 touchdown passes in their team’s first 10 games of a season in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM SEASON
Patrick Mahomes# Kansas City 2018
Peyton Manning Denver 2014
Peyton Manning# Denver 2013
Aaron Rodgers# Green Bay 2011
Tom Brady# New England 2007
     
Russell Wilson Seattle 2020
*Has 2,789 passing yards and 28 touchdown passes through nine games  
#Named Associated Press Most Valuable Player  
   

This would be Wilson’s fourth consecutive season with at least 30 touchdown passes and he would join DREW BREES (nine consecutive seasons from 2008-16) and Pro Football Hall of Famer BRETT FAVRE (five consecutive seasons from 1994-98) as the only players with 30-or-more touchdown passes in at least four consecutive seasons in NFL history.

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MAGICAL MURRAY: Last week, Arizona quarterback KYLER MURRAY became the first quarterback in the Super Bowl era and the fourth quarterback in NFL history to rush for a touchdown in five consecutive games.

With a rushing touchdown at Seattle on Thursday Night Football (8:20 PM ET, FOX/NFLN/Amazon), Murray will join JOHNNY LUJACK (six consecutive games in 1950) as the only quarterbacks ever with a rushing touchdown in six consecutive games.

Murray has recorded both a passing and rushing touchdown in eight of his first nine games this season. With both a passing and rushing touchdown on Thursday, he will become the first player in NFL history with both a passing and rushing touchdown in nine games within a single season. He will also become the fourth player with 10 such games through his first two seasons in league annals.

The players with the most games with both a passing touchdown and rushing touchdown in a single season in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM SEASON GAMES
Daunte Culpepper Minnesota 2002 8
Steve Grogan New England 1976 8
Kyler Murray Arizona 2020 8*
Cam Newton Carolina 2011 8
*Entering Week 11      

The players with the most games with both a passing touchdown and rushing touchdown in their first two seasons in NFL history:​

PLAYER TEAM SEASONS GAMES
Cam Newton Carolina 2011-12 14
Josh Allen Buffalo 2018-19 10
Steve Grogan New England 1975-76 10
Kyler Murray Arizona 2019-20 9*
*In second season      

Entering Week 11, Murray leads all quarterbacks with 10 rushing touchdowns, while New England quarterback CAM NEWTON ranks second with nine. If Newton records a rushing touchdown at Houston on Sunday (1:00 PM ET, CBS), 2020 will become the first season in NFL history in which two quarterbacks each recorded at least 10 rushing touchdowns.

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FULLY CHARGED: Los Angeles Chargers quarterback JUSTIN HERBERT leads all rookies with 19 touchdown passes this season. Last week, he became the first rookie in NFL history with at least two touchdown passes in six consecutive games.

With a touchdown pass against the New York Jets on Sunday (4:05 PM ET, CBS), Herbert – appearing in his ninth career game – will tie GEORGE RATTERMAN (nine games) as the fourth-fastest player to reach 20 career touchdown passes in NFL history. Only PATRICK MAHOMES (eight games), DESHAUN WATSON (eight games) and Pro Football Hall of Famer KURT WARNER (eight games) reached the mark in fewer games.​

The players to reach 20 career touchdown passes in the fewest games in NFL history:​

PLAYER TEAM GAMES
Patrick Mahomes Kansas City 8
Kurt WarnerHOF St. Louis Rams 8
Deshaun Watson Houston 8
George Ratterman New York Yanks 9
Mark Rypien Washington 10
     
Justin Herbert Los Angeles Chargers 8*
*Has 19 touchdown passes in eight games    

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#1 VS. #2: Cincinnati quarterback JOE BURROW, the No. 1 overall selection in the 2020 NFL Draft, leads all rookies with 2,485 passing yards this season. Washington defensive end CHASE YOUNG, the No. 2 overall selection in the 2020 NFL Draft, leads all rookies with 3.5 sacks this season.

When Washington hosts Cincinnati on Sunday (1:00 PM ET, CBS), it will mark the fifth game featuring a rookie quarterback selected first overall and a rookie defensive lineman selected second overall in the same NFL Draft in the common draft era. The rookie defensive lineman’s team has won each of the previous four such matchups.  ​

The games featuring a rookie quarterback selected first overall and rookie defensive lineman selected second overall in the same NFL Draft in the common draft era:

QUARTERBACK (TEAM) DEFENSIVE LINEMAN (TEAM) DATE RESULT
Joe Burrow (Cincinnati) Chase Young (Washington) Nov. 22, 2020 ???
Kyler Murray (Arizona) Nick Bosa (San Francisco) No. 17, 2019 SF 36, AZ 26
Kyler Murray (Arizona) Nick Bosa (San Francisco) Oct. 31, 2019 SF 28, AZ 25
Sam Bradford (St. Louis Rams) Ndamukong Suh (Detroit) Oct. 10, 2010 DET 44, STL 6
Terry BradshawHOF (Pittsburgh) Mike McCoy (Green Bay) Dec. 6, 1970 GB 20, PIT 12

 

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REMARKABLE ROOKIE RECEIVERS: Through 10 weeks, five rookies have at least 500 receiving yards this season: Minnesota’s JUSTIN JEFFERSON (762), Cincinnati’s TEE HIGGINS (603), Dallas’ CEEDEE LAMB (595), Denver’s JERRY JEUDY (552) and Pittsburgh’s CHASE CLAYPOOL (500). Only the 2014 season (five rookies) has had as many rookies with at least 500 receiving yards through Week 10 in NFL history.

Two of those rookies will be on the same field on Sunday, when Minnesota hosts Dallas (4:25 PM ET, FOX). If Jefferson, who ranks tied for second in the NFL with four games with at least 100 receiving yards this season, records at least 100 receiving yards on Sunday, he will become the fourth player with at least 100 receiving yards in five of his first 10 career games in NFL history. ​

The players with the most games with at least 100 receiving yards in their first 10 career games in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM SEASON GAMES
Bill Groman Houston Oilers 1960 6
Harlon Hill Chicago Bears 1954 6
Odell Beckham Jr. New York Giants 2014 5
       
Justin Jefferson Minnesota 2020 4*
*Through nine games      

Claypool leads all rookies with nine touchdowns (seven receiving, two rushing) this season. With a touchdown on Sunday at Jacksonville (1:00 PM ET, CBS), he will become the first wide receiver in the Super Bowl era and the fourth in league history with at least 10 touchdowns in his first 10 career games.

The wide receivers with the most touchdowns through their first 10 career games in league history:​

PLAYER TEAM SEASON TOUCHDOWNS
Billy Howton Green Bay 1952 11
Bill Groman Houston Oilers 1960 10
Harlon Hill Chicago 1954 10
Chase Claypool Pittsburgh 2020 9*
*Through nine games      

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HERE’S TO YOU, MR. ROBINSON: Jacksonville running back JAMES ROBINSON leads all rookies and ranks fourth in the NFL with 917 scrimmage yards (689 rushing, 228 receiving) this season. He also ranks tied for second among rookies with seven touchdowns (five rushing, two receiving).

With 83 scrimmage yards on Sunday against Pittsburgh (1:00 PM ET, CBS), Robinson will become the fifth undrafted rookie to record 1,000 scrimmage yards in the common-draft era.

The undrafted rookies with the most scrimmage yards in the common-draft era:​

PLAYER TEAM SEASON SCRIMMAGE YARDS
Dominic Rhodes Indianapolis 2001 1,328
Phillip Lindsay Denver 2018 1,278
Clark Gaines New York Jets 1976 1,124
LeGarrette Blount Tampa Bay 2010 1,021
       
James Robinson Jacksonville 2020 917*
*Entering Week 11      

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KELCE’S KINGDOM: Entering Week 11, Kansas City tight end TRAVIS KELCE leads all tight ends in receptions (58) and receiving yards (769) and ties for the lead in touchdown receptions (six). In his eight-year career, Kelce has totaled 565 receptions for 7,234 yards and 43 touchdowns.

With six receptions at Las Vegas on Sunday Night Football (8:20 PM ET, NBC), Kelce will surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer TONY GONZALEZ (570 receptions) for the second-most receptions by a tight end in his first eight seasons in NFL history. Only JASON WITTEN, who will be on the opposing sideline on Sunday for Las Vegas, has more. Kelce’s 7,234 receiving yards are already the most by a tight end in his first eight seasons in league annals.

The tight ends with the most receptions in their first eight seasons in NFL history: ​

PLAYER TEAM RECEPTIONS
Jason Witten Dallas 617
Tony GonzalezHOF Kansas City 570
Travis Kelce Kansas City 565

Kansas City quarterback PATRICK MAHOMES ranks third in the league with 25 touchdown passes this season, while only throwing one interception. Before having a bye last week, Mahomes recorded four touchdown passes and zero interceptions in Week 9 and five touchdown passes and zero interceptions in Week 8.

With at least four touchdown passes and zero interceptions on Sunday night, he will become the first player in NFL history to record at least four touchdown passes and zero interceptions in three consecutive games.

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LONG DISTANCE: Last week, Detroit kicker MATT PRATER converted a 59-yard game-winning field goal in the Lions’ Week 10 victory, tied for the fourth-longest game-winning field goal with no time remaining in regulation or overtime in NFL history. It also marked Prater’s 11th career game-winning field goal with no time remaining in regulation or overtime, tied for the fourth-most since 1970.

Prater, who also converted a 53-yard field goal last week, has converted 57 field goals of at least 50 yards in his career. With two field goals of 50-or-more yards, he will surpass SEBASTIAN JANIKOWSKI (58)​ for the most made field goals of at least 50 yards since 1991.

The kickers with the most made field goals of at least 50 yards since 1991:​

PLAYER TEAM(S) FIELD GOALS OF 50+ YARDS
Sebastian Janikowski Oakland Raiders, Seattle 58
Matt Prater Atlanta, Denver, Detroit 57
Jason Hanson Detroit 52


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