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12 Amazing NFL Stats from Week 5


Numbers and statistics are a huge part of measuring performance and marking milestones in the NFL. With that in mind, Athlon Sports rounded up the most intriguing, important, historic and bizarre stats from Week 5 of the season.


Dallas' DeMarco Murray became the third player in NFL history to rush for 100 yards in each of his team's first five games to start a season. He had 136 in the team's 20-17 overtime win against Houston, and ties O.J. Simpson (five games in 1973 and 1975) and is one game shy of tying Jim Brown (six games in 1958).


Philadelphia now has seven total return touchdowns, the most of any NFL team since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger. The Eagles added two return TDs in their 34-28 win against St. Louis in Week 5.


Denver's Julius Thomas added two touchdown receptions in the Broncos' 41-20 win over Arizona Sunday. His seven touchdowns not only leads all NFL players this season but is also the most by a tight end in his team's first four games to begin a season in league history.


Indianapolis' Reggie Wayne caught for 77 yards in the Colts' 20-13 win against Baltimore and moved up to ninth on the NFL's all-time receiving yardage list. His 13,950 surpassed Cris Carter's 13,899 for ninth.


Chicago fell to Carolina 31-24 in Week 6, marking the Bears' 16th game decided by one score since the start of last season. That is the most in the NFL.


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Cleveland posted the largest road comeback in NFL history by erasing a 25-point deficit in a 29-28 win against Tennessee. The Browns trailed 28-3 at one point. Only two other teams have posted larger regular-season comebacks (San Francisco came back from 28 down against New Orleans in 1980 and Buffalo rallied from 26 down against Indianapolis in 1997). Each of Cleveland's first four games this season have been decided by three points or less, the most of any NFL team since Washington did so in 2005.


San Diego's Antonio Gates caught two touchdowns in the Chargers' 31-0 win against the Jets, and surpassed Isaac Bruce (91) for No. 10 on the NFL's all-time career TD receptions list.


Peyton Manning joined Brett Favre (508) as the only quarterbacks in NFL history with 500 career passing touchdowns in Denver's win Sunday. He enters Week 6 with 503 career TD passes. In the win, Manning threw for a career-high 479 yards and four scores. It was his 13th 400-yard game, topping Dan Marino for most in NFL history.


Denver receiver Wes Welker had seven catches in Week 5 and now has 854 in his career, surpassing former Broncos wide receiver Rod Smith (849) for the most catches by an undrafted player in NFL history.


Dallas' Jason Witten became the third tight end in NFL history with 10,000 career receiving yards as his 59 yards in Week 5 gives him 10,014. He joins Tony Gonazlez (15,127) and Shannon Sharpe (10,060). Witten is the second-fastest tight end to reach the milestone (180 games). Gonzalez reached 10,000 yards in his 177th game, while Sharpe did so in his 203rd game.


New Orleans' Drew Brees became the fastest quarterback to reach 40,000 passing yards with one team when he hit the mark this week. Brees threw for 371 yards in a 37-31 overtime win against Tampa Bay, and is now at 40,307 for his career. He is the seventh QB in league history with 40,000 yards with one team, and did so in 132 games to surpass Dan Marino, reaching the mark in 153.


New England's Tom Brady became the sixth quarterback in NFL history to reach 50,000 yards in his career after throwing for 292 yards in a 43-17 win over Cincinnati. Brady joined Brett Favre (71,838), Peyton Manning (65,779), Dan Marino (61,361), Drew Brees (52,284) and John Elway (51,475).