WHAT TO LOOK FOR – WEEK 2

NO NEED TO PANIC: Since realignment in 2002, 131 of the 216 playoff teams (60.6 percent) began the year at either 1-1 or 0-2, including five teams last season and three division champions – HOUSTON (AFC South), NEW ORLEANS (NFC South) and PHILADELPHIA (NFC East).

Last season, seven playoff teams began the year by winning their first two games, the most in a single season since 2006 (seven teams). ​

A look at how playoff clubs in 2019 and 2018 began their seasons:

                                                         2019                                                                                                       2018

TeamAfter 2 gamesPlayoff ResultTeamAfter 2 gamesPlayoff Result
Baltimore2-0Advanced to DivisionalBaltimore1-1Advanced to Wild Card
Buffalo2-0Advanced to Wild CardChicago1-1Advanced to Wild Card
Green Bay2-0Advanced to NFC ChampDallas1-1Advanced to Divisional
Houston1-1Advanced to DivisionalHouston0-2Advanced to Wild Card
Kansas City2-0Won Super Bowl LIVIndianapolis1-1Advanced to Divisional
Minnesota1-1Advanced to DivisionalKansas City2-0Advanced to AFC Champ
New England2-0Advanced to Wild CardL.A. Chargers1-1Advanced to Divisional
New Orleans1-1Advanced to Wild CardL.A. Rams2-0Advanced to Super Bowl LIII
Philadelphia1-1Advanced to Wild CardNew England1-1Won Super Bowl LIII
San Francisco2-0Advanced Super Bowl LIVNew Orleans1-1Advanced to NFC Champ
Seattle2-0Advanced to DivisionalPhiladelphia1-1Advanced to Divisional
Tennessee1-1Advanced to AFC ChampSeattle0-2Advanced to Wild Card

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MAHOMES MILESTONES: Last season, Kansas City quarterback PATRICK MAHOMES became the fastest player to reach 70 career touchdown passes (27 games) in NFL history, and he can continue to rewrite the record books in 2020. ​

Entering Week 2, Mahomes has 9,623 passing yards in 32 career games. On Sunday at the Los Angeles Chargers (4:25 PM ET, CBS), he can surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer KURT WARNER (36 games) as the fastest player to reach 10,000 career passing yards in league history. ​

The fastest players to reach 10,000 career passing yards in NFL history:

PLAYERTEAMGAMES TO REACH 10,000 PASSING YARDS
Kurt WarnerHOFSt. Louis Rams36
Matthew StaffordDetroit37
Marc BulgerSt. Louis Rams38
Andrew LuckIndianapolis38
Dan MarinoHOFMiami38
   
Patrick MahomesKansas City32*
*Has 9,623 passing yards in 32 career games 

Last week in the Chiefs’ season-opening win, Mahomes passed for three touchdowns versus zero interceptions for a 123.3 passer rating, his 16th career game with at least three touchdown passes.

With at least three touchdown passes in Week 2, Mahomes will surpass PEYTON MANNING (16 games) and DAK PRESCOTT (16) for the third-most such games in a player’s first four seasons in NFL history, trailing only Pro Football Hall of Famers DAN MARINO (27) and KURT WARNER (21).

The players with the most games with at least three touchdown passes in their first four seasons in NFL history:

PLAYERTEAMGAMES
Dan MarinoHOFMiami27
Kurt WarnerHOFSt. Louis Rams21
Patrick Mahomes*Kansas City16
Peyton ManningIndianapolis16
Dak PrescottDallas16
*In fourth season  

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DUAL-THREAT DAK: Since entering the NFL in 2016, Dallas quarterback DAK PRESCOTT has 98 touchdown passes and 21 rushing touchdowns, the most among quarterbacks.

With at least two touchdown passes on Sunday against Atlanta (1:00 PM, ET), Prescott will become the third quarterback to record at least 100 touchdown passes and 20 rushing touchdowns in his first five seasons in NFL history, joining JEFF GARCIA and CAM NEWTON.

The players with at least 100 touchdown passes and 20 rushing touchdowns in their first five seasons in NFL history:

PLAYERTEAMTD PASSESRUSHING TDS
Jeff GarciaSan Francisco11321
Cam NewtonCarolina11743
    
Dak Prescott*Dallas9821
*In fifth season   

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GURLEY AMONG GREATS: In his first game with Atlanta last week, running back TODD GURLEY rushed for 56 yards and a touchdown, the 71st scrimmage touchdown of his career.

Gurley, appearing in his 75th career game on Sunday at Dallas (1:00 PM ET, FOX), needs one scrimmage touchdown to tie Pro Football Hall of Famer EMMITT SMITH (72 scrimmage touchdowns) for the third-most scrimmage touchdowns by a player through his first 75 career games in NFL history. Only Pro Football Hall of Famers JIM BROWN (79) and LADAINIAN TOMLINSON (79) have more.

The players with the most scrimmage touchdowns in their first 75 career games in NFL history:

PLAYERTEAMTOUCHDOWNS
Jim BrownHOFCleveland79
LaDainian TomlinsonHOFSan Diego Chargers79
Emmitt SmithHOFDallas72
   
Todd GurleySt. Louis/L.A. Rams, Atlanta71*
*Entering 75th career game on Sunday  

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GIANT NUMBERS: Last week, New York Giants running back SAQUON BARKELY recorded six receptions for 60 yards, his 12th-career game with at least five catches. Since entering the NFL in 2018, his 149 receptions and 1,219 receiving yards each rank fifth among running backs.

Appearing in his 31st career game on Sunday at Chicago (1:00 PM ET, CBS), Barkley needs one reception to tie HERSCHEL WALKER (31 games) as the fourth-fastest running back to reach 150 career receptions in NFL history.

The fastest running backs to record 150 career receptions in NFL history:

PLAYERTEAMGAMES TO REACH 150 RECEPTIONS
Reggie BushNew Orleans26
Christian McCaffreyCarolina27
Alvin KamaraNew Orleans29
Herschel WalkerDallas31
   
Saquon BarkleyN.Y. Giants30*
*Has 149 receptions in 30 career games  

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HOME ON THE ROAD: Running back ADRIAN PETERSON rushed for 93 yards last week in his first game with Detroit, and he enters Week 2 ranking fourth on the NFL’s all-time list of rushing touchdowns (111) and fifth in rushing yards (14,309).

Entering Sunday’s divisional matchup at Green Bay (1:00 PM ET, FOX), Peterson has rushed for a touchdown in each of his past eight games at Lambeau Field, a streak spanning 12 seasons (2008-19) and two teams (Minnesota and Washington).

With a rushing touchdown this week, Peterson will extend his streak of scoring a touchdown at Lambeau Field to nine games, the second-longest streak of scoring a touchdown at a visiting stadium in the Super Bowl era. Only Pro Football Hall of Famer LADAINIAN TOMLINSON (10 consecutive games at the Oakland Coliseum) has a longer such streak.

The players with the most consecutive games scoring a touchdown at a stadium as a visitor:

PLAYEROPPOSING TEAMSTADIUMSEASONSCONSECUTIVE GAMES
LaDainian TomlinsonHOFOakland RaidersOakland Coliseum2001-201110
Adrian PetersonGreen Bay PackersLambeau Field2008-present8*
Neal AndersonTampa Bay BuccaneersTampa Stadium1987-19937
Haywood JeffiresCincinnati BengalsRiverfront Stadium1990-956
Joey GallowayOakland RaidersOakland Coliseum1995-20016
*Active streak    

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NEW TEAM, SAME HOP: Arizona wide receiver DEANDRE HOPKINS came to the Cardinals this offseason after recording 632 receptions in seven seasons with Houston, tied for the second-most receptions by a player through his first seven seasons in NFL history. In his debut with Arizona last week, he led the team with a career-high 14 receptions for 151 yards in its season-opening victory.

With at least six catches on Sunday against Washington (4:05 PM ET, FOX), Hopkins will surpass EARL COOPER (19 receptions in his first two games with San Francisco in 1980) and ERIK METCALF (19 receptions in his first two games with Atlanta in 1995) for the most receptions by a player in their first two games with a team in NFL history.

The players with the most receptions in their first two games with a team in NFL history:​

PLAYERTEAMSEASONRECEPTIONS
Earl CooperSan Francisco198019
Eric MetcalfAtlanta199519
Anquan BoldinArizona2003

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