NFL Week Two: Records Are on the Line

IT’S GOOD TO BE BACK! NFL football returned in a big way in Week 1, with records and milestones being achieved at seemingly every turn. Single-week NFL records for the most total passing yards (7,842), 300-yard passers (14) and combined kick-return touchdowns (eight) were set this week, to name but a few.

NO NEED TO PANIC: At the end of Week 2, no more than 12 teams will be able to claim a perfect 2-0 record, leaving at least 20 clubs at 1-1 or 0-2.

Since realignment in 2002, 62 of the 108 playoff teams (57.4 percent) began the year at either 1-1 or 0-2.

A look at how playoff clubs in 2009 and 2010 began their seasons:

2009 2010

Team After 2 games Playoff Result Team After 2 games Playoff Result
Arizona 1-1 Advanced to Divisional Atlanta 1-1 Advanced to Divisional
Baltimore 2-0 Advanced to Divisional Baltimore 1-1 Advanced to Divisional
Cincinnati 1-1 Advanced to Wild Card Chicago 2-0 Advanced to Conf. Champ.
Dallas 1-1 Advanced to Divisional Green Bay 2-0 Won Super Bowl XLV
Green Bay 1-1 Advanced to Wild Card Indianapolis 1-1 Advanced to Wild Card
Indianapolis 2-0 Advanced to Super Bowl XLIV Kansas City 2-0 Advanced to Wild Card
Minnesota 2-0 Advanced to Conf. Champ. New England 1-1 Advanced to Divisional
New England 1-1 Advanced to Wild Card New Orleans 2-0 Advanced to Wild Card
New Orleans 2-0 Won Super Bowl XLIV N.Y. Jets 1-1 Advanced to Conf. Champ.
N.Y. Jets 2-0 Advanced to Conf. Champ. Philadelphia 1-1 Advanced to Wild Card
Philadelphia 1-1 Advanced to Wild Card Pittsburgh 2-0 Advanced to Super Bowl XLV
San Diego 1-1 Advanced to Divisional Seattle 1-1 Advanced to Divisional

HOME SWEET HOME: New England and Pittsburgh each return home in Week 2 after opening the 2011 season on the road. The Patriots, who will host San Diego, have a 60-12 (.833) record at Gillette Stadium since it opened in 2002, the best winning percentage of any team at a stadium since 1970 (minimum 25 games). The Patriots have won 14 of their past 16 home openers, including a perfect 9-0 mark at Gillette.

Pittsburgh is 58-21-1 (.731) at Heinz Field since its 2001 opening, which ranks fourth since 1970. The Steelers, who will host Seattle on Sunday, have won eight consecutive home openers, the second-longest active streak in the league (New England, 9).

The teams with the highest winning percentage at a stadium since 1970 (minimum 25 games):

New England Patriots Gillette Stadium 60-12-0 .833
Miami Dolphins Orange Bowl 101-22-1 .819
Minnesota Vikings Metropolitan Stadium 64-23-1 .733
Pittsburgh Steelers Heinz Field 58-21-1 .731
L.A. Rams LA Memorial Coliseum 53-20-2 .726
Note: Ties prior to 1972 do not count in winning percentage.



The NFL, Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF) and Bud Light have partnered to launch the NFL Hispanic Heritage Leadership Awards Presented by Bud Light during the 2011 celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15-October 15). The awards recognize the contributions of Hispanic leaders in each NFL market.

Each award recipient will be recognized in-stadium at a Hispanic Heritage game in its local market. This week, seven clubs – Broncos, Lions, Dolphins, Patriots, Giants, Jets, and Redskins – will honor their recipients.

With support from Bud Light, each honoree will select an organization of its choice that serves the local Hispanic community to receive a $2,000 donation.


PATRIOTS AIM TO EXTEND STREAK: The New England Patriots have won nine consecutive regular-season games dating back to last season, the longest active streak in the NFL.

With a win on Sunday against San Diego, BILL BELICHICK would become the second head coach in NFL history with three separate 10-game win streaks, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer DON SHULA (four).

Belichick’s Patriots won 21 consecutive games from 2006-08 and 18 consecutive games from 2003-04.

Shula led the Baltimore Colts to 11 straight wins in 1964 and posted three 10-game win streaks with the Miami Dolphins (16 from 1971-73; 10 in 1973; 16 in 1983-84).

GONZO ON THE MOVE: Atlanta Falcons tight end TONY GONZALEZ needs five receptions against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday night to move past wide receiver TERRELL OWENS for fifth on the all-time list.

In 15 seasons, Gonzalez has 1,074 catches, the most by a tight end in NFL history.

The players with the most receptions in NFL history:

Jerry Rice 1,549
Marvin Harrison 1,102
Cris Carter 1,101
Tim Brown 1,094
Terrell Owens 1,078
Tony Gonzalez 1,074*
* Active

FABULOUS AT 50: Baltimore quarterback JOE FLACCO will make his 50th career start for the Ravens this Sunday against Tennessee. With a win against the Titans, Flacco (33 wins) would tie PHILIP RIVERS (34) for the fourth-most wins of any active quarterback through his first 50 starts.

Atlanta’s MATT RYAN (33 wins in 47 career starts), is also tied with Flacco. He will make his 50th start in Week 4 against Seattle.

The active NFL quarterbacks with the most wins in their first 50 starts:


Tom Brady 38
Ben Roethlisberger 36
Tony Romo 35
Philip Rivers 34
Donovan McNabb 31
Michael Vick 31
Joe Flacco * 33
Matt Ryan ** 33
* 49 starts; ** 47 starts


ENCORE, ENCORE!: In New England’s 38-24 victory over Miami on Monday night, Patriots quarterback TOM BRADY passed for 517 yards, the fifth-most in a game in NFL history.

Brady is one of 11 quarterbacks to pass for 500 yards. Of those 11, DREW BREES passed for the most yards (349) in the game following his 500-yard performance. Brady needs 350 passing yards against San Diego in Week 2 to surpass Brees’ mark.

The quarterbacks who have passed for 500 yards in a single game and how they fared the following week:




Norm Van Brocklin L.A. Rams 554 N.Y. Yanks 9/28/51 129 Cleveland 10/7/51
Warren Moon Houston Oilers 527 Kansas City 12/16/90 288 Cincinnati 12/23/90
Boomer Esiason Arizona 522 Washington, (OT) 11/10/96 260 N.Y. Giants 11/17/96
Dan Marino Miami 521 N.Y. Jets 10/23/88 266 Tampa Bay 10/30/88
Tom Brady New England 517 Miami 9/12/11 ??? San Diego 9/18/11
Phil Simms N.Y. Giants 513 Cincinnati 10/13/85 196 Washington 10/20/85
Drew Brees New Orleans 510 Cincinnati 11/19/06 349 Atlanta 11/26/06
Vince Ferragamo L.A. Rams 509 Chicago 12/26/82 227 San Francisco 1/2/83
Y.A. Tittle N.Y. Giants 505 Washington 10/28/62 172 StL Cardinals 11/4/62
Elvis Grbac Kansas City 504 Oakland 11/5/00 276 San Francisco 11/12/00
Ben Roethlisberger Pittsburgh 503 Green Bay 12/20/09 259 Baltimore 12/27/09

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