Everyone needs to take a deep breath after the fifth weekend of NFL action. Denver and Dallas posted one of the highest scoring games in NFL history. A couple of embattled quarterbacks tossed critical interceptions. An ageless wonder continued to amaze — even if no one saw it. A historic record came to an end. And the Lions' ineptitude in The Badger State knows no bounds.
With that in mind, here are the most intriguing, important, historic and bizarre stats from around the NFL through Week 5:
8-7: Quarterbacks' record when throwing for 500 yards
Tony Romo threw for a Cowboys franchise-record 506 yards and five touchdowns in the painful loss to the Broncos. He was the 15th player to ever top the 500-yard mark in NFL history and, strangely, was the seventh player to lose at the same time. He is only the fifth player in NFL history to throw for 500 yards and five touchdowns in the same game. Unfortunately, Romo threw another back-breaking interception late in the game, giving Peyton Manning and the Broncos a win in the fourth-highest scoring contest in NFL history. Here are the most yards passing in a loss in NFL history:
|1.||Dan Marino||Miami||521||1988||NY Jets|
|2.||Matthew Stafford||Detroit||520||2012||Green Bay|
|3.||Phil Simms||NY Giants||513||1985||Cincinnati|
|4.||Drew Brees||New Orleans||510||2006||Cincinnati|
|5.||Vince Ferragamo||LA Rams||509||1982||Chicago|
|7.||Elvis Grbac||Kansas City||504||2000||Oakland|
90%: Teams that start 5-0 who make the playoffs
Since the expansion of the NFL playoffs in 1990 to the current 12-team format, 40 teams have started the season 5-0. Only four failed to wind up with a postseason berth, meaning 90 percent of those 5-0 teams played beyond the regular season. Denver, Kansas City and New Orleans are the lone unbeatens left in the league at 5-0.
1,341 and 933: Eagles' passing and rushing yards
One of the top headlines this summer heading into the season was Chip Kelly’s prolific college offense coming to the NFL. Despite the Eagles' struggles to win games through five weekends, the offense has done something no other NFL team has ever done. Kelly’s team became the first in history to throw for at least 1,300 yards and rush for at least 900 yards in the first five games of the year. Philadelphia is scoring 27.0 points per game, good for eighth in the league. The problem for the 2-3 Eagles, however, is they rank next to last in total defense (434.0 ypg) and 30th in scoring defense (31.8 ppg).
4: Matt Schaub's NFL record for consecutive games with a pick-6
Just 1:30 into the game against the 49ers, Houston’s Schaub set an NFL record by throwing an interception that was returned for a TD in a fourth consecutive game. Schaub threw three total interceptions in the beatdown against San Francisco, moving the Texans two games back of the Colts in the AFC South. His nine interceptions trail only Eli Manning’s 12 in the NFL this fall. The Texans are 3-6 over their last nine regular season games.
52: Tom Brady’s consecutive games with a TD
Drew Brees’ record is safe. Last Oct. 7, the Saints quarterback broke a 50-year-old record set by Johnny Unitas (47 games) by throwing a touchdown pass in 54 straight games. Brady was scheduled to tie Brees’ record this Sunday against, you guessed it, the Saints. However, the Bengals spoiled the party by holding Brady to 18-of-38 passing for 197 yards, no touchdowns and one interception. The next longest active streak is Peyton Manning’s 28 straight games with a touchdown pass, which is tied for sixth all-time.
28: NFL-record point spread between Denver and Jacksonville
Depending on where you look for point spreads, the Denver Broncos will be favored by roughly four touchdowns. According to RJ Bell, it is the largest point spread in NFL history. To date, the largest NFL point spread was the Steelers' 26-point spread over Tampa Bay on Dec. 5, 1976 — the year the Buccaneers went 0-14.
2:39 a.m.: Time (ET) the Chargers-Raiders game ended
The Raiders won their second game of the season on Sunday night/Monday morning in a nip-and-tuck victory over the Chargers. Terrelle Pryor led his team to a divisional win by completing 18-of-23 passes for 221 yards and two scores without an interception. The game ended when Philip Rivers, who threw for 411 yards, tossed a critical interception in the end zone trailing by seven points with less than a minute to play. It was an entertaining game, however, did anyone see it? The game kicked-off a 11:35 p.m. ET because of a scheduling conflict with the Oakland A's who are in the MLB playoffs and ended at 2:39 a.m. ET.
13: Charles Woodson's NFL record for defensive touchdowns
With a few minutes left in the third quarter — say, around 2 a.m. ET — Woodson scooped up a Danny Woodhead fumble and returned it 25 yards for his 13th career defensive touchdown (11 INT, 2 FR). He tied his namesake Rod Woodson (12 INT, 1 FR) and Darren Sharper (11 INT, 2 FR) for the all-time NFL record. In the win over San Diego, the 37-year-old posted four total tackles, a fumble recovery and yet another clutch interception. It was his 56th career pick, tying him with Lem Barney and Pat Fischer for 17th all-time. Aeneas Williams and Ronde Barber have 12 defensive touchdowns and DeAngelo Hall has 11.
22: Lions' consecutive losses in the state of Wisconsin
The Lions were without Calvin Johnson but two Megatrons might not have been enough to end Detroit’s road woes against the Packers. Green Bay played its best defensive game of the year, giving up just 286 yards to Matthew Stafford and company, and welcomed rookie Eddie Lacy back to the backfield (23 att., 99 yards). The Packers won their 22nd straight “home” game over their division rival. It is the longest road losing streak by any team against another in NFL history. The Lions last beat the Packers in Wisconsin on Dec. 15, 1991.