Highlighting the most important, bizarre, interesting and historic stats from this week in the NFL.
Numbers and statistics are unquestionably a huge part of the game. Any game, for that matter. Some fall on the sabermetric side of things, while others like to keep it simple and use the ol' eyeball test. In the football world, that means total offense, total defense and points scored versus points per play and defensive efficiency ratings. Rational and logical arguments can be made for the legitimacy and relevance of both sides of the stats spectrum.
With that in mind, Athlon Sports brings the most intriguing, important, historic and bizarre stats from Week 2 of the NFL season:
With Austin Davis starting for St. Louis in Week 2 and Shaun Hill starting for the team in Week 1, the Rams became the first team since 1991 to start two undrafted quarterbacks in the first two weeks of a season. Dave Krieg and Jeff Kemp started the first two weeks for Seattle in '91.
Alfred Morris scored his 21st and 22nd TDs for Washington in Week Two for his first multi-TD game since scoring three times against Dallas in 2012 (Week 17). Of the 22 touchdowns, nine of them have been 1-yard scores, including both scores in the Redskins' 41-10 against Jacksonville in Week 2.
With Buffalo's 29-10 win against Miami in Week 2, the Bills are 2-0 for the fifth time since 2000. Of course, the last four times Buffalo has been perfect through two weeks it has gone on to finish the season at .500 or below every time. The Bills had a 3-0 start in 2011 only to finish 6-10.
Dallas running back DeMarco Murray Sunday surpassed Emmitt Smith for the most rushing yards in the first two games of the season in franchise history. With 167 yards against Tennessee, Murray now has 285 through two games to Smith's 277 set in 1995. Murray is the third player in Cowboys history with 100-yard days on the ground and a touchdown in the first two games of the season, joining Smith and Tony Dorsett.
A win's a win, it just did not light up the scoreboard as much as it usually does for Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos. With their 24-17 win against the visiting Kansas City Chiefs in Week 2, the Broncos were held under 25 points in a regular-season game for just the fifth time since Manning arrived in 2012. That's 28 of 33 games in which the Broncos have hit the quarter century mark.
Dallas pulled off a rare feat during the Jason Garrett reign in Week 2. With 43 rushing attempts to 29 pass attempts, the Cowboys rushed more than they passed for just the eighth time in Garrett's four-plus years as head coach. Dallas is 7-1 in those games. The Cowboys ran 43 times for 220 yards and completed 19-of-29 for 148 yards through the air in a 26-10 win in Tennessee.
Washington tied its team record (1977) with 10 sacks against Jacksonville in Week 2. Jaguars quarterback Chad Henne was on the wrong end of all 10 sacks, making him the most sacked QB in one game since Greg McElroy was dropped 11 times by San Diego in 2012 (Week 16). Washington outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan had four of those 10 sacks against Henne Sunday, tying the franchise's single-game record.
If it was not already clear that Jordy Nelson was Aaron Rodgers' favorite target, the Green Bay tandem let you know in Week 2. Nelson was targeted 16 times in the team's win over the Jets, making him the most targets Rodgers has ever sent toward one player in a single game. Nelson turned the 16 targets into 209 receiving yards, which were the most for a Packer since Don Beebe's 220 in 1996.
With a 50-yard pass and a 76-yard reception in Week 2, Cincinnati receiver Mohamed Sanu became the first player to throw a 50-plus-yard pass and have a 50-plus-yard reception in a single game since David Patten did so for New England in 2001.
Cleveland running back Terrence West rushed for 68 yards and caught for another 22 in a 26-24 upset of New Orleans Sunday and became the first rookie RB with 90 yards from scrimmage in his first two games since Chris Johnson and Matt Forte did so in 2008. West had 100 yards in the season opener (all on the ground).
With the New England Patriots’ 30-7 victory at Minnesota, quarterback Tom Brady earned his 149th career win, surpassing Pro Football Hall of Famer John Elway (148) for the third-most victories by a starting quarterback in NFL history. Brady now has a 149-46 (.764) record as a starter.
Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers passed for 346 yards and three touchdowns in the Packers’ 31-24 win over the New York Jets. Rodgers has 24,732 career passing yards and surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer Bart Starr (24,718) for the second-most passing yards in franchise history. Brett Favre ranks first with 61,655 passing yards.
By Corby A. Yarbrough, @Corby_Yarbrough on Twitter