GOLD STANDARD: The SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (7-0) enter Week 9 as the lone undefeated team in the NFC, led by a defense which allows a league-low 224.4 total yards per game. Since their bye in Week 4, San Francisco’s defense has limited Cleveland to 78 net passing yards in Week 5, held the Los Angeles Rams to 48 in Week 6, allowed 50 net passing yards in Washington in Week 7 and held Carolina to 100 in Week 8.

By allowing 100 or fewer total net passing yards on Thursday Night Football against Arizona (8:20 PM ET, FOX/NFLN/Amazon), San Francisco would become the fifth team in the Super Bowl era and first since the 1973 NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS to limit opponents to 100 or fewer total net passing yards in five consecutive games in a single season.

The teams with the most consecutive games allowing 100 or fewer total net passing yards in a single season in the Super Bowl era:

TEAM SEASON(S) CONSECUTIVE GAMES  
New England 1973 5  
Minnesota 1969 5  
Detroit 1967 5  
Green Bay 1967 5  
       
San Francisco 2019 4*  
*Active streak

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DOMINATING ROOKIE PASS RUSHERS: Jacksonville, who ranks third in the NFL with 29 sacks in 2019, and San Francisco, who ranks fourth with 27, feature rookie pass rushers JOSH ALLEN and NICK BOSA, who each lead their team with seven sacks – tied for the most among rookies in the NFL this season.

If Allen (vs. Houston at Wembley Stadium in London, 9:30 AM ET, NFLN) or Bosa (at Arizona, 8:20 PM ET, FOX/NFLN/Amazon) combine for at least one sack in Week 9, they would surpass JULIUS PEPPERS and JOHN HENDERSON (14 combined sacks in 2002) for the most combined sacks by a pair of rookies through the first nine weeks of a season since 1982, when the individual sack became an official statistic.

The most combined sacks by a pair of rookies through the first nine weeks of a season since 1982:

SEASON PLAYER TEAM SACKS PLAYER TEAM SACKS COMBINED SACKS  
2019 Josh Allen Jacksonville 7* Nick Bosa San Francisco 7* 14*  
2002 Julius Peppers Carolina 9 John Henderson Jacksonville 5 14  
2006 Mark Anderson Chicago 7.5 Elvis Dumervil Denver 6 13.5  
1986 Charles HaleyHOF San Francisco 7 Leslie O’Neal San Diego 6.5 13.5  
*Through Week 8

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LEADING THE PACK: With the season reaching its midpoint, a pair of Jacksonville Jaguars lead the AFC in both rushing and receiving. Running back LEONARD FOURNETTE leads the AFC with 791 rushing yards, while Jaguars wide receiver D.J. CHARK leads the conference with 660 receiving yards.

On Sunday at Wembley Stadium in London against Houston (9:30 AM ET, NFLN), Fournette and Chark could become the first pair of teammates to lead either conference in both rushing and receiving through the first nine weeks of a season since Philadelphia Eagles teammates LESEAN MCCOY (777 yards) and DESEAN JACKSON (823 yards) led the NFC in rushing and receiving through Week 9 in 2013.

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DUAL-THREAT: In Weeks 6 and 7, Baltimore quarterback LAMAR JACKSON became the first quarterback to rush for at least 100 yards and a touchdown in back-to-back games in NFL history, and joined MICHAEL VICK (2004, 2006) and RUSSELL WILSON (2014) as the only quarterbacks to have three games with at least 100 rushing yards in a single season in NFL history.

With one rushing yard on Sunday Night Football against New England (8:20 PM ET, NBC), Jackson, who leads the NFL in rushing average (6.94, min. 50 attempts) and leads all quarterbacks with 576 rushing yards, would surpass Vick (576 yards in 2006) for the most rushing yards by a quarterback through his team’s first eight games of a season in NFL history.

The quarterbacks with the most rushing yards through their team’s first eight games of a season in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM SEASON RUSHING YARDS
Lamar Jackson Baltimore 2019 576*
Michael Vick Atlanta 2006 576
Bobby Douglass Chicago 1972 556
*In seven games    
           

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AIR& GROUND ATTACK: Since entering the NFL in 2016, Dallas quarterback DAK PRESCOTT has recorded 15 games with both a passing touchdown and rushing touchdown, the most in the league over that span.

With both a passing and rushing touchdown on Monday Night Football against the New York Giants (8:15 PM ET, ESPN), Prescott would tie DAUNTE CULPEPPER (16 games) for the second-most games with both a passing and rushing touchdown in a player’s first four seasons in NFL history.

The players with the most games with both a passing and rushing touchdown in their first four seasons in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM GAMES WITH PASS & RUSH TD
Cam Newton Carolina 24
Daunte Culpepper Minnesota 16
Dak Prescott Dallas 15*
*In fourth season  
       

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WILL GORE MOVE UP FROM FOUR?: Buffalo running back FRANK GORE ranks fifth in NFL history in scrimmage yards (19,014) and fourth in rushing yards (15,170).

With 100 rushing yards on Sunday vs. Washington (1:00 PM ET, FOX), Gore would surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer BARRY SANDERS (15,269) for the third-most rushing yards in NFL history.

The players with the most rushing yards in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM(S) RUSHING YARDS
Emmitt SmithHOF Dallas, Arizona 18,355
Walter PaytonHOF Chicago 16,726
Barry SandersHOF Detroit 15,269
Frank Gore San Francisco, Indianapolis, Miami, Buffalo 15,170


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RACKING UP YARDS: Carolina running back CHRISTIAN McCAFFREY had 155 scrimmage yards (117 rushing, 38 receiving) against San Francisco in Week 8, his fifth game with at least 150 scrimmage yards in 2019. 

With at least 150 scrimmage yards on Sunday against Tennessee (1:00 PM ET, CBS), McCaffrey would become the third player to have at least 150 scrimmage yards in six of his team’s first eight games of a season in NFL history.

The players with the most games with at least 150 scrimmage yards in their teams’ first eight games of a season in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM SEASON GAMES WITH 150+ SCRIMMAGE YARDS
Jim BrownHOF Cleveland 1963 6
Matt Forte Chicago 2011 6
       
Christian McCaffrey Carolina 2019 5*
*Through seven games    
           

Additionally, McCaffrey, who has 2,268 rushing yards and 1,861 receiving yards in 39 career games, needs 139 receiving yards to become the first player with at least 2,000 rushing yards and 2,000 receiving yards in his first 40 career games in NFL history.

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HUNTING NUMBER 50: Minnesota defensive end DANIELLE HUNTER has recorded at least one sack in four consecutive games and ties for fourth in the NFL with eight sacks in 2019.   

Hunter, who will be 25 years and five days old on Sunday, needs two sacks against Kansas City (1:00 PM ET, FOX) to become the youngest player to reach 50 career sacks since 1982, when the individual sack became an official statistic.

The youngest players to reach 50 career sacks since 1982:

PLAYER TEAM AGE
Robert Quinn St. Louis Rams 25 years, 167 days
J.J. Watt Houston 25 years, 260 days
Derrick ThomasHOF Kansas City 25 years, 291 days
Dwight Freeney Indianapolis 25 years, 302 days
     
Danielle Hunter Minnesota 25 years, 5 days*
*On Sunday  
       

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