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RUNNING IT UP: The BALTIMORE RAVENS (6-2) enter Week 10 leading the NFL with an average of 204.9 rushing yards per game in 2019. Last week in their win over New England, quarterback LAMAR JACKSON, whose 637 rushing yards are the most by a quarterback through his team’s first eight games of a season in NFL history, rushed for 61 yards and two touchdowns, while running back MARK INGRAM rushed for a season-high 115 yards. The team totaled 210 rushing yards in the victory – their seventh game with at least 150 rushing yards this season.

If Baltimore rushes for at least 150 yards on Sunday against Cincinnati (1:00 PM ET, CBS), they would become the first team since the 1976 PITTSBURGH STEELERS to rush for at least 150 yards in eight of a team’s first nine games of a season since 1970.

The teams with the most games with at least 150 rushing yards in the first nine games of a season since 1970:

TEAM SEASON GAMES WITH 150+ RUSHING YARDS  
Pittsburgh 1976 8  
New England 1974 8  
Miami# 1973 8  
Miami# 1972 8  
Detroit 1971 8  
       
Baltimore 2019 7*  
*Through eight games
#Won Super Bowl

Overall, Baltimore has rushed for 1,639 yards – the most rushing yards through a team’s first eight games since the 2006 ATLANTA FALCONS (1,641), and the sixth-most through a team’s first eight games of a season since 1970.

In Week 6, Baltimore rushed for a season-high 269 yards against Cincinnati. If the Ravens rush for their season average (204.9) on Sunday in Cincinnati, they would move into the top five for most rushing yards in a team’s first nine games of a season since 1970.

The teams with the most rushing yards through their first nine games of a season since 1970:

TEAM SEASON RUSHING YARDS  
Buffalo 1975 1,958  
Pittsburgh 1976 1,886  
Miami# 1972 1,868  
Miami# 1973 1,829  
Chicago 1977 1,809  
       
Baltimore 2019 1,639*  
*Through eight games
#Won Super Bowl

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TEN STARTS IN: Arizona quarterback KYLER MURRAY leads all NFC rookies in passing yards (2,229) and passer rating (89.2), while ranking second among all quarterbacks with 313 rushing yards in 2019. Earlier in the season, Murray – who was selected with the first-overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft – became just the second quarterback to pass for at least 300 yards in each of his first two career games in NFL history. 

On Sunday at Tampa Bay (1:00 PM ET, FOX), Murray needs 271 passing yards to join DESHAUN WATSON (2017-18), CAM NEWTON (2011) and DAUNTE CULPEPPER (2000) as the only quarterbacks with at least 2,500 passing yards and 250 rushing yards in their first 10 career starts in NFL history.

The quarterbacks with at least 2,500 passing yards and 250 rushing yards in first 10 career starts in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM SEASON(S) PASSING YARDS RUSHING YARDS
Deshaun Watson Houston 2017-18 2,843 414
Cam Newton Carolina 2011 2,885 411
Daunte Culpepper Minnesota 2000 2,562 358
         
Kyler Murray Arizona 2019 2,229* 313*
*Through nine starts

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SLING IT LIKE STAFFORD: Earlier this season, Detroit quarterback MATTHEW STAFFORD became the first quarterback in NFL history to reach 40,000 career passing yards in fewer than 150 games. Over the past three weeks, Stafford leads the NFL in passing yards (1,112) and passing touchdowns (10) and has passed for at least 300 yards and three touchdowns in each of his past three games.

Appearing in his 150th career game on Sunday at Chicago (1:00 PM ET, CBS), Stafford needs at least 300 passing yards and three touchdowns to tie Pro Football Hall of Famer KURT WARNER (23 games) for the fourth-most games with at least 300 passing yards and three touchdowns in a player’s first 150 career games in NFL history. 

The players with the most games with at least of 300 passing yards and three touchdowns in their first 150 career games in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM(S) GAMES WITH 300 YARDS & 3+ TD PASSES
Aaron Rodgers Green Bay 31
Drew Brees San Diego, New Orleans 27
Dan MarinoHOF Miami 26
Kurt WarnerHOF St. Louis Rams, Arizona 23
     
Matthew Stafford Detroit 22*
*Through 149 games

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UNSTOPPABLE FORCE: Carolina running back CHRISTIAN MCCAFFREY leads the NFL with 1,244 scrimmage yards through eight games this season and joined Pro Football Hall of Famer JIM BROWN (1963) as the only players to have at least 150 scrimmage yards and a touchdown in six of their team’s first eight games of a season in NFL history.

With 156 scrimmage yards on Sunday against Green Bay (4:25 PM ET, FOX), McCaffrey would become the fourth player in NFL history with at least 1,400 scrimmage yards in their team’s first nine games of a season, joining Pro Football Hall of Famers JIM BROWN (1,529 in 1963) and O.J. SIMPSON (1,518 in 1975), as well as LARRY BROWN (1,405 in 1972). 

The players with the most scrimmage yards through their team’s first nine games of a season in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM SEASON SCRIMMAGE YARDS
Jim BrownHOF Cleveland 1963 1,529
O.J. SimpsonHOF Buffalo 1975 1,518
Larry Brown Washington 1972 1,405
Eric DickersonHOF Los Angeles Rams 1983 1,396
Tiki Barber New York Giants 2004 1,391
       
Christian McCaffrey Carolina 2019 1,244*
*Through eight games    

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ROOKIE IN RAIDER NATION: Oakland running back JOSH JACOBS leads all rookies in scrimmage yards (842), rushing yards (740) and rushing touchdowns (six) in 2019. Last week, Jacobs became the first rookie since Cincinnati’s ICKEY WOODS (1988) to have at least two rushing touchdowns in three of his first eight career games.

With at least two rushing touchdowns against the Los Angeles Chargers on Thursday Night Football (8:20 PM ET, FOX/NFLN/Amazon), Jacobs would become the fifth player to have at least two rushing touchdowns in four of his first 10 career games in NFL history.

The players with the most games with at least two rushing touchdowns in their first 10 career games in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM SEASON(S) GAMES WITH 2+ RUSH TDs
Marcus AllenHOF Los Angeles Raiders 1982-83 5
Eric DickersonHOF Los Angeles Rams 1983 5
Karim Abdul-Jabbar Miami 1996 4
Bill Paschal New York Giants 1943-44 4
       
Josh Jacobs Oakland 2019 3*
*Through eight games  

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CAN’T GUARD MIKE: Since entering the NFL in 2016, New Orleans wide receiver MICHAEL THOMAS leads the NFL with 394 receptions and ranks third with 4,662 receiving yards. This season, Thomas leads the league in receptions (73) and receiving yards (875) through the first nine weeks.

Appearing in his 56th career game on Sunday against Atlanta (1:00 PM ET, FOX), Thomas needs six receptions to become the fastest player to reach 400 receptions in NFL history.

The players to reach 400 receptions in the fewest games in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM GAMES TO 400  
Odell Beckham Jr. New York Giants 61  
Julio Jones Atlanta 64  
Jarvis Landry Miami 64  
Keenan Allen San Diego/Los Angeles Chargers 66  
       
Michael Thomas New Orleans 55*  
*Has 394 career receptions

Thomas, who is currently in his fourth NFL season, needs seven receptions on Sunday to surpass JARVIS LANDRY (400) for the most receptions through a player’s first four seasons in NFL history.

The players with the most receptions in their first four seasons in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM RECEPTIONS
Jarvis Landry Miami 400
Michael Thomas New Orleans 394*
Anquan Boldin Arizona 342
Larry Fitzgerald Arizona 330
A.J. Green Cincinnati 329
*In fourth season

Additionally, if Thomas has 125 receiving yards on Sunday, he would join MIKE EVANS (2014-17), A.J. GREEN (2011-14) and Pro Football Hall of Famer RANDY MOSS (1998-2001) as the only players to have at least 1,000 receiving yards in each of their first four seasons in NFL history.

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PARTY IN THE BACKFIELD: Green Bay’s defense features the only pair of teammates in the NFL to each record at least eight sacks this season – linebackers ZA’DARIUS SMITH (8.5 sacks) and PRESTON SMITH (8). On Sunday against Carolina (4:25 PM ET, FOX), they can become the sixth pair of teammates to each record at least 10 sacks in their team’s first 10 games of a season since 1990.

The teammates to each record at least 10 sacks through their team’s first 10 games of a season since 1990:

SEASON TEAM PLAYER SACKS PLAYER SACKS  
2014 Buffalo Marcell Dareus 10 Mario Williams 10  
2000 Miami Trace Armstrong 12.5 Jason TaylorHOF 10  
2000 Tampa Bay Warren SappHOF 11.5 Marcus Jones 10  
1998 San Francisco Chris Doleman 11.5 Roy Barker 11  
1992 Kansas City Derrick ThomasHOF 10.5 Neil Smith 10.5  
             
2019 Green Bay Za’Darius Smith 8.5* Preston Smith 8*  
*Through nine games

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