Highlighting the most important, bizarre and historic stats from this week in the NFL.
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 6 of the NFL season.
Houston defensive end J.J. Watt recorded his third touchdown of the season with a 45-yard fumble return for a score in the Texans' Week 6 loss to Indianapolis. Watt became the first player in 53 years with interception, fumble recovery, and receiving touchdowns in a single season. He joined Bill Stacy (1961), Jay Arnold (1938), and George Halas (1927) in that rare company. Watt also became the first defensive lineman to score three TDs in a season since William "The Refrigerator" Perry did so for Chicago in 1985. Perry had two rushing TDs and one TD reception. Perry never scored again after that rookie season.
With his two catches in Week 6, Dallas tight end Jason Witten became the second-youngest player in NFL history to reach 900 career receptions. Witten, who achieved the feat at 32 years, 159 days old, is only behind Houston receiver Andre Johnson, who did so at 32 years, 143 days.
Dallas running back DeMarco Murray is tied with one of football's greatest. With his 115 yards in Seattle, Murray joined Jim Brown (1958) as the only two players in NFL history to rush for at least 100 yards in each of their team's first six games to start a season.
Indianapolis won its ninth straight Thursday night game with a 33-28 win at Houston. Of those nine consecutive wins, eight of them have come on the road for the Colts.
Denver tight end Julius Thomas added two more touchdowns in Week 6 to a season total that is now at nine. That ties him with Detroit's Calvin Johnson (2011) as the most of any player in NFL history through their team's first five games of the season.
New England's Tom Brady threw for 361 yards and four touchdowns in a 37-22 win over Buffalo, and now has 11 career games with 350+ yards and 4+ touchdowns. That moved him past Dan Marino for third-most games like that in NFL history.
Baltimore's Joe Flacco became the fastest player to throw five touchdown passes in a game (since at least the 1970 AFL-NFL merger) when he did so in just 16 minutes, three seconds against Tampa Bay. The fastest to five had been Ben Roethlisberger, doing it in 28:09 in 2007 against Baltimore. Flacco finished with the five scores, no interceptions, and 306 yards. Flacco also became the first player since 1986 with four touchdown passes in the first quarter, and the first player since 2009 with five touchdown passes in a half. Minnesota's Tommy Kramer had four first-quarter TD passes against Green Bay in a Sept. 28, 1986 game, and Tom Brady threw five first-half TDs in an Oct. 18, 2009 game against Tennessee.
Atlanta backup running back Antone Smith is the first NFL player with six scrimmage touchdowns of 35+ yards in the first 25 touches of his career since the merger. He had a 41-yard scoring pass from Matt Ryan in the Falcons' 27-13 loss to the visiting Chicago Bears in Week 6. It was one of his six touches from scrimmage for the game.
The 74 combined points from Carolina and Cincinnati in their 37-37, double-overtime tie are the most ever in an NFL overtime game that ended in a tie. The game marks the most combined points in a tie game since the Boston Patriots tied the Oakland Raiders, 43-43, on Oct. 16, 1964, which occurred before the advent of NFL overtime rules in 1974.
San Diego's Philip Rivers achieved a passer rating of at least 120 for the fifth consecutive game in a 31-28 win at Oakland, allowing him to pass Johnny Unitas and Kurt Warner for the longest such streak in league history (minimum of 15 pass attempts in each game).
Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers, playing in his 100th game, threw the 203rd touchdown of his career. The 203 are the second most of any player in their first 100 games, trailing only Miami's Dan Marino, who threw for 217 in his first 100. Rodgers' 25,616 passing yards ranks him fourth all time amongst player in their first 100 games.
The Chicago Bears became the first NFL franchise to reach 750 wins with their 27-13 victory over Atlanta. The organization is now 750-555-42 all time.