Drew Brees had a record-breaking day
Week 3 of the NFL season was filled with standout moments and amazing statistics. Here's a look at the most intriguing, impressive and record-breaking stats from Sunday.
New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees completed 39 of 49 passes (79.6 percent) for 396 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions for a 120.7 passer rating and rushed for two touchdowns in the Saints' 43-37 overtime victory at Atlanta. Brees, who has 6,326 completions in his 18-year NFL career, surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer Brett Favre (6,300) for the most completions in NFL history.
The 39-year-old Brees also became the first player in NFL history with at least 350 passing yards, three touchdown passes and two rushing touchdowns without an interception in a single game.
Saints receiver Michael Thomas had 10 catches for 129 yards in the win. Thomas has 38 catches through three games in 2018, the most by a player in his team's first three games of a season in league history. Thomas is the first player in NFL history to record at least 10 catches in each of his team's first three games to start a season.
Kansas City QB Patrick Mahomes has 13 touchdown passes in the Chiefs' first three games of the season and surpassed Peyton Manning (12 in 2013) for the most TD passes by a player in his team's first three games of a season in NFL history.
Talk about multi-tasking: Miami wide receiver Albert Wilson threw a 52-yard TD pass and caught a 74-yard touchdown pass in the Dolphins' 28-20 win against Oakland. Wilson is the fourth player in league history to throw a touchdown pass of at least 50 yards and have a touchdown reception of at least 50 yards in the same game, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer Jimmy Conzelman (December 9, 1923), Tom Tracy (September 24, 1960) and David Patten (October 21, 2001).
Washington RB Adrian Peterson rushed for 120 yards and two touchdowns in the Redskins' 31-17 victory over Green Bay. The 33-year-old Peterson has 102 career rushing TDs and moved into sole possession of seventh place on the all-time rushing touchdown leaderboard.
Carolina QB Cam Newton had two touchdown passes and two rushing touchdowns in the Panthers' 31-21 win against Cincinnati. Newton has 57 career rushing TDs – the most by a quarterback in NFL history – and has three career games with at least two touchdown passes and at least two rushing touchdowns, the second-most in league annals. Only Pro Football Hall of Famer Steve Young (four) has more such games in NFL history.
Baltimore kicker Justin Tucker connected on two 52-yard field goals in the Ravens' 27-14 win over Denver. Tucker has six-career games with multiple converted field goals of at least 50 yards, the most such games by a player in NFL history.
Baltimore linebacker Terrell Suggs had 1.5 sacks in Sunday's game. He now has 128 sacks in his 16-year career with the Ravens, the fifth-most sacks by a player with a single team since the individual sack became an official statistic in 1982. The four players to record more sacks with a single franchise are all enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame: Bruce Smith (171 sacks with Buffalo), Michael Strahan (141.5 with the New York Giants), Lawrence Taylor (132.5 with the New York Giants) and Jason Taylor (131 with Miami).