NFL Week 2 What to Look For

At the end of Week 2, no more than 13 teams will be able to claim a perfect 2-0 record, leaving at least 19 clubs at 1-1 or 0-2.

Since realignment in 2002, 100 of the 168 playoff teams (59.5 percent) began the year at either 1-1 or 0-2, including six teams last season and three division champions – Houston (AFC South), Minnesota (NFC North) and Washington (NFC East).

A look at how playoff clubs in 2014 and 2015 began their seasons:


                                      2014                                                                                     2015


Team After 2 games Playoff Result   Team After 2 games Playoff Result
Arizona 2-0 Advanced to Wild Card   Arizona 2-0 Advanced to Conf. Champ
Baltimore 1-1 Advanced to Divisional   Carolina 2-0 Advanced to Super Bowl 50
Carolina 2-0 Advanced to Divisional   Cincinnati 2-0 Advanced to Wild Card
Cincinnati 2-0 Advanced to Wild Card   Denver 2-0 Won Super Bowl 50
Dallas 1-1 Advanced to Divisional   Green Bay 2-0 Advanced to Divisional
Denver 2-0 Advanced to Divisional   Houston 0-2 Advanced to Wild Card
Detroit 1-1 Advanced to Wild Card   Kansas City 1-1 Advanced to Divisional
Green Bay 1-1 Advanced to Conf. Champ.   Minnesota 1-1 Advanced to Wild Card
Indianapolis 0-2 Advanced to Conf. Champ.   New England 2-0 Advanced to Conf. Champ
New England 1-1 Won Super Bowl XLIX   Pittsburgh 1-1 Advanced to Divisional
Pittsburgh 1-1 Advanced to Wild Card   Seattle 0-2 Advanced to Divisional
Seattle 1-1 Advanced to Super Bowl XLIX   Washington 1-1 Advanced to Wild Card


DOMINANT DREW: New Orleans quarterback DREW BREES has 61,326 career passing yards, the fourth-most in NFL history. With 36 passing yards on Sunday at the New York Giants, Brees will surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO (61,361) for the third-most passing yards all-time.

The players with the most career passing yards in NFL history:


Peyton Manning 1998-2015 71,940
Brett Favre 1991-2010 71,838
Dan Marino 1983-1999 61,361
Drew Brees 2001-present 61,326
Tom Brady 2000-present 58,028


Brees, who passed for 423 yards on Kickoff Weekend, has 14 career games with at least 400 passing yards, tied with PEYTON MANNING for the most 400-yard passing performances in NFL history.


The players with the most 400-yard passing games in NFL history:


Peyton Manning Indianapolis, Denver 14
Drew Brees San Diego, New Orleans 14
Dan Marino Miami 13
Carson Palmer Cincinnati, Oakland, Arizona 8
Philip Rivers San Diego 8
Ben Roethlisberger Pittsburgh 8

ELITE ELI: New York Giants quarterback ELI MANNING has 297 touchdown passes in his 13-year career. With three touchdown passes on Sunday against New Orleans, Manning would become the eighth quarterback in NFL history to reach 300 career touchdown passes.

The quarterbacks with at least 300 career touchdown passes:


Peyton Manning 1998-2015 Ind, Den 539
Brett Favre 1991-2010 Atl, GB, NYJ, Min 508
Drew Brees 2001-present SD, NO 432
Tom Brady 2000-present NE 428
Dan Marino 1983-1999 Mia 420
Fran Tarkenton 1961-1978 Min, NYG 342
John Elway 1983-1998 Den 300
Eli Manning 2004-present NYG 297


WENTZ’S WONDERFUL START: Philadelphia rookie quarterback CARSON WENTZ passed for 278 yards and two touchdowns in the Eagles’ 29-10 victory against Cleveland on Kickoff Weekend.

Only four rookie quarterbacks since 1970 have won their first two starts to begin a season. Three of those four players helped their teams qualify for the playoffs, including JOE FLACCO of Baltimore (2008) and MARK SANCHEZ of the New York Jets (2009), who led their respective clubs to the AFC Championship Game as rookies.

The rookie quarterbacks to start and win their team’s first two games in a season since 1970:




1983 John Elway, Denver 4-6 Advanced to Wild Card
1998 Ryan Leaf, San Diego 3-6 Missed playoffs
2008 Joe Flacco, Baltimore 11-5 Advanced to AFC Championship
2009 Mark Sanchez, New York Jets 8-7 Advanced to AFC Championship
2016 Carson Wentz, Philadelphia* 1-0* ???
* 1-0 as starter    


BOOMING BECKHAM: New York Giants wide receiver ODELL BECKHAM, JR. has 191 receptions in 28 career games.

With nine receptions on Sunday against New Orleans, Beckham would surpass Miami wide receiver JARVIS LANDRY (33 games) as the fastest player in NFL history to reach 200 career receptions.

Landry accomplished the feat last week against Seattle.

The players to reach 200 career receptions in the fewest games:


Jarvis Landry 33
Anquan Boldin 34
Reggie Bush 34
Keenan Allen 35
Tom Fears 36
Lionel Taylor 36
Odell Beckham, Jr. 28*
*191 career receptions  






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