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YOUNG STARS BATTLE IN BALTIMORE: A matchup between two young quarterbacks highlights Week 11 in the NFL as Houston travels to Baltimore (1:00 PM ET, CBS) on Sunday. Houston quarterback DESHAUN WATSON and Baltimore quarterback LAMAR JACKSON are the first two players with at least 15 passing touchdowns, five rushing touchdowns and a passer rating of 100 or higher through their team’s first nine games of a season in NFL history.

With two passing touchdowns on Sunday against Baltimore, Watson would become the fifth player in NFL history to have at least 20 passing touchdowns and five rushing touchdowns through his team’s first 10 games of a season in NFL history. Two of the past three players to accomplish the feat earned the Associated Press Most Valuable Player award that season.

The players with at least 20 passing touchdowns and five rushing touchdowns through their team’s first 10 games of a season in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM SEASON PASS TDs RUSH TDs
Cam Newton# Carolina 2015 20 6
Daunte Culpepper Minnesota 2000 20 5
Roman Gabriel# Los Angeles Rams 1969 20 5
Don Meredith Dallas 1966 22 5
         
Deshaun Watson Houston 2019 18* 5*
*Through nine games
#Named Associated Press Most Valuable Player

Baltimore leads the NFL with an average of 197.2 rushing yards per game in 2019. Jackson leads all quarterbacks with 702 rushing yards this season and surpassed MICHAEL VICK (650 yards in 2006) for the most rushing yards by a quarterback through his team’s first nine games of a season in NFL history last week.

If Baltimore running back MARK INGRAM, who has 619 rushing yards and ties for the AFC-lead with eight rushing touchdowns, rushes for 81 yards against Houston, Jackson and Ingram would become the fourth pair of teammates to each rush for at least 700 yards in their team’s first 10 games of a season in NFL history.

The teammates each with at least 700 rushing yards through their team’s first 10 games of a season in NFL history:

SEASON TEAM PLAYER RUSH YARDS PLAYER RUSH YARDS  
2006 Atlanta Warrick Dunn 813 Michael Vick 704  
1973 Cincinnati Essex Johnson 755 Boobie Clark 735  
1973 Miami Mercury Morris 840 Larry CsonkaHOF 748  
             
2019 Baltimore Lamar Jackson 702* Mark Ingram 619*  
*Through nine games

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ZEKE GOES FOR 5,000 IN 50: Since entering the league in 2016, Dallas running back EZEKIEL ELLIOTT leads the NFL with 4,836 rushing yards.

Appearing in his 50th career game on Sunday against Detroit (1:00 PM ET, FOX), Elliott needs 164 rushing yards to become the fifth player with at least 5,000 rushing yards through their first 50 career games in NFL history. The other four players to accomplish the feat are enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

The players with the most rushing yards in their first 50 career games in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM RUSHING YARDS  
Eric DickersonHOF Los Angeles Rams 5,597  
Earl CampbellHOF Houston Oilers 5,411  
Jim BrownHOF Cleveland 5,248  
Terrell DavisHOF Denver 5,062  
       
Ezekiel Elliott Dallas 4,836*  
*Through 49 career games

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RACKING UP YARDS: Last season, Carolina running back CHRISTIAN MCCAFFREY had 107 receptions and surpassed MATT FORTÉ (102 in 2014) for the most receptions by a running back in a single season in NFL history. Since entering the NFL in 2017, McCaffrey leads all running backs with 235 receptions.

With four catches on Sunday against Atlanta (1:00 PM ET, FOX), McCaffrey would surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer LADAINIAN TOMLINSON (238 receptions) for the most receptions by a running back in their first three seasons in NFL history.

The running backs with the most receptions in their first three seasons in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM RECEPTIONS  
LaDainian TomlinsonHOF San Diego 238  
Christian McCaffrey Carolina 235*  
*In third season

In nine games, McCaffrey, who leads the NFL with 153.9 scrimmage yards per game, ranks second with 989 rushing yards and ranks fourth among running backs with 396 receiving yards in 2019. Last week, he became the fifth player with at least 125 scrimmage yards and a touchdown in seven of his team’s first nine games of a season in NFL history.

On Sunday, McCaffrey needs 104 receiving yards and 11 rushing yards to become the first player with at least 1,000 rushing yards and 500 receiving yards in his team’s first 10 games of a season in NFL history.

Minnesota running back DALVIN COOK leads the NFL with 1,415 scrimmage yards, while McCaffrey ranks second with 1,385 scrimmage yards. With at least 85 scrimmage yards from Cook against Denver (1:00 PM ET, CBS) and at least 115 scrimmage yards from McCaffrey on Sunday, 2019 would mark the first season in which two players have at least 1,500 scrimmage yards through Week 11 in the Super Bowl era.

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MAKING IT LOOK BIG EASY: New Orleans wide receiver MICHAEL THOMAS leads the NFL with 86 receptions and 1,027 receiving yards this season. Last week, Thomas, who has 407 receptions since 2016, surpassed JARVIS LANDRY (400 receptions) for the most receptions through a player’s first four seasons in NFL history and reached 400 receptions in the fewest games (56) in league annals.

With four receptions on Sunday against Tampa Bay (1:00 PM ET, FOX), Thomas would surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer MARVIN HARRISON (89 receptions in 2002) and JULIO JONES (89 in 2015) for the most receptions by a player through his team’s first 10 games of a season in NFL history.   

The players with the most receptions through their team’s first 10 games of a season in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM SEASON RECEPTIONS  
Marvin HarrisonHOF Indianapolis 2002 89  
Julio Jones Atlanta 2015 89  
Michael Thomas New Orleans 2019 86*  
Adam Thielen Minnesota 2018 85  
*Through nine games

Additionally, with four receptions, Thomas would become the first player in NFL history to have at least 90 receptions in each of his first four seasons.

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TERRIFIC TANDEM IN TAMPA: Tampa Bay wide receivers MIKE EVANS (924 receiving yards) and CHRIS GODWIN (840) rank second and fourth in receiving yards, respectively, in the NFL this season.

If Godwin has at least 60 receiving yards on Sunday against New Orleans (1:00 PM ET, FOX), Evans and Godwin would become the fourth pair of teammates each with at least 900 receiving yards through their team’s first 10 games of a season in NFL history. 

The teammates each with at least 900 receiving yards through their team’s first 10 games of a season in NFL history:

TEAM SEASON PLAYER REC. YARDS PLAYER REC. YARDS  
Denver 2014 Demaryius Thomas 1,105 Emmanuel Sanders 954  
St. Louis Rams 2000 Isaac Bruce 1,094 Torry Holt 945  
Houston Oilers 1961 Charley Hennigan 1,245 Bill Groman 980  
             
Tampa Bay 2019 Mike Evans 924* Chris Godwin 840*  
*Through nine games

Additionally, if Evans has at least 76 receiving yards on Sunday, he would join Pro Football Hall of Famer RANDY MOSS (1999-2003) as the only players to have at least 1,000 receiving yards in each of their first six seasons in NFL history.

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LANDRY MAKING HISTORY IN THE LAND: Cleveland wide receiver JARVIS LANDRY leads the Browns with 45 receptions and 652 receiving yards in 2019.

With three receptions against Pittsburgh on Thursday Night Football (8:20 PM ET, FOX/NFLN/Amazon), Landry would surpass DEANDRE HOPKINS (528 catches) for the most receptions through a player’s first six seasons in NFL history.

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

PLAYER TEAM RECEPTIONS
DeAndre Hopkins Houston 528
Jarvis Landry Miami, Cleveland 526*
Antonio Brown Pittsburgh 526
Randy MossHOF Minnesota 525
Larry Fitzgerald Arizona 523
Marvin HarrisonHOF Indianapolis 522
*In sixth season

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