The Rams are on a statistical path toward greatness
Week 5 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.
The Los Angeles Rams defeated the Seattle Seahawks, 33-31, to improve to 5-0 on the season. The Rams are the fifth team to score at least 30 points in each of their first five games to start a season in NFL history, joining the 2013 Denver Broncos (eight consecutive games), 2011 New England Patriots (five), 2007 Patriots (eight) and 2000 St. Louis Rams (eight). The 2013 Broncos, 2011 Patriots and 2007 Patriots all advanced to the Super Bowl.
Minnesota quarterback Kirk Cousins completed 30 of 37 passes (81.1 percent) for 301 yards with one touchdown for a 109.6 passer rating in the Vikings’ 23-21 win at Philadelphia. Cousins, who completed 35 passes in Week 2, 40 passes in Week 3 and 36 passes in Week 4, is the first player in NFL history to complete at least 30 passes in four consecutive games.
Carolina kicker Graham Gano converted the game-winning 63-yard field goal with one second remaining in the fourth quarter in the Panthers’ 33-31 victory over the New York Giants. Gano’s 63-yarder is tied for the longest game-winning field goal in the fourth quarter or overtime in NFL history. New Orleans kicker Tom Dempsey converted a 63-yard field goal in the fourth quarter of the Saints’ 19-17 victory over Detroit on Nov. 8, 1970. Gano’s 63-yard field goal is tied for the second-longest in NFL history, trailing only Denver’s Matt Prater, who converted a 64-yarder vs. Tennessee on Dec. 8, 2013.
The Cleveland Browns defeated Baltimore, 12-9, in overtime this week. The Browns have played in overtime three times this season, tied with the 2002 Buffalo Bills, 1995 Indianapolis Colts and 1987 Green Bay Packers for the most such games in a team’s first five games of a season since the regular-season overtime rule was instituted in 1974.
Browns rookie QB Baker Mayfield passed for 342 yards with one touchdown and one interception in the win. Mayfield, who was selected with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, became the sixth QB selected with the first overall pick to win his first-career home start in the common draft era. The other five to accomplish the feat are New England’s Jim Plunkett (Sept. 19, 1971), Atlanta’s Michael Vick (Nov. 11, 2001), Houston’s David Carr (Sept. 8, 2002), Cincinnati’s Carson Palmer (Sept. 19, 2004) and Indianapolis’ Andrew Luck (Sept. 16, 2002).
Cleveland wide receiver Jarvis Landry had five catches for 69 yards in the victory. Landry has 429 career receptions in five seasons and surpassed Larry Fitzgerald (426 from 2004-08) for the most receptions by a player in his first five seasons in NFL history.
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Pittsburgh running back James Conner rushed for 110 yards and two touchdowns and had four catches for 75 yards in the Steelers’ 41-17 victory over Atlanta. Conner, who had 135 rushing yards, 60 receiving yards and two rushing touchdowns against Cleveland in Week 1, joined Pro Football Hall of Famer Jim Brown (1963) as the only players with multiple games with at least 100 rushing yards, 50 receiving yards and two rushing touchdowns in their team’s first five games of a season.
New York Jets running back Isaiah Crowell had 15 carries for a franchise-record 219 rushing yards, including a 77-yard touchdown run, in the Jets’ 34-16 win over Denver. Crowell, who averaged 14.6 yards per carry on Sunday, became the fourth player in NFL history with at least 200 rushing yards on 15 or fewer carries, joining the New York Giants’ Derrick Ward (Dec. 21, 2008 vs. Carolina), Pro Football Hall of Famer Bobby Mitchell (Nov. 15, 1959 at Washington) of the Cleveland Browns and the Los Angeles Rams’ Dan Towler (Nov. 22, 1953 at the Baltimore Colts).