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September 30, 2008


ARIZONA: Wide receivers LARRY FITZGERALD (1,660) and ANQUAN BOLDIN (1,464) are on pace to each post 1,000 yards receiving for the second time (2005). Boldin and Fitzgerald each have two 100-catch seasons and can join JERRY RICE (4), MARVIN HARRISON (4) and HERMAN MOORE (3) as the only players in history with at least three 100-catch seasons…Running back EDGERRIN JAMES has rushed for 277 yards and is on track (1,108) for the eighth 1,000-yard season of his 10-year career…Quarterback KURT WARNER is on pace for a club-record 4,888 passing yards (4,614, NEIL LOMAX, 1984), 32 touchdowns (28, CHARLEY JOHNSON, 1963 and Lomax, 1984), and can become the first Cardinals quarterback to post a passer rating of 100.0 (100.8).

ATLANTA: In his first season with the Falcons, running back MICHAEL TURNER leads the NFL with 422 rushing yards, including a team-record 220 yards in Week 1. Turner is on track for 1,688 rushing yards and can join JAMAL ANDERSON (1,846 in 1998) and GERALD RIGGS (1,719 in 1985) as the only Falcons to rush for 1,600 yards in a season…Wide receiver RODDY WHITE is on pace for 1,288 yards and would become the first Falcon to post consecutive 1,200-yard seasons…Defensive end JOHN ABRAHAM leads the league with 6.0 sacks and seeks to challenge PATRICK KERNEY’s team record of 13.0 set in 2004…Kicker JASON ELAM has scored 36 points and looks to break the club mark of 138 (JAY FEELY, 2002).

CAROLINA: Quarterback JAKE DELHOMME is on track for his fourth career 3,000-yard season (3,440)…Wide receiver MUHSIN MUHAMMAD leads the team with 22 receptions and aims to become the first player in franchise history with four 90-catch seasons. Muhammad’s 287 receiving yards lead the team and he can join STEVE SMITH as the only players in club history with four 1,000-yard seasons. Smith has four such seasons and seeks his fifth 1,000-yard season…Running backs DE ANGELO WILLIAMS and rookie JONATHAN STEWART aim to become the first Panthers tandem to rush for 800 yards apiece. Williams leads the team with 201 yards and Stewart is second with 197…Defensive end JULIUS PEPPERS aims for his fifth season with at least 10 sacks.

CHICAGO: Rookie running back MATT FORTÉ leads the team with 347 rushing yards and is on pace for 1,388. Forté would become the first Bears rookie to rush for 1,300 yards and would join Pro Football Hall of Famer WALTER PAYTON as the only players in franchise history to rush for 1,350 yards in a season. Forté ranks second in the NFL with 494 scrimmage yards and can become the second player in team annals (Payton) to record 2,000 scrimmage yards in a season…Quarterback KYLE ORTON is on track for 3,064 passing yards, which would be his first career 3,000-yard season and the sixth such season in Bears history…Defensive ends ALEX BROWN and ISRAEL IDONIJE lead the team with two sacks and each is on pace to set career highs with eight.

DALLAS: The Cowboys have scored 120 points and are on pace for a team-record 480, besting the 479 points scored by the 1983 team…Quarterback TONY ROMO has posted a 99.0 passer rating, which would be the second highest in team history (104.8, ROGER STAUBACH, 1971). Romo can become the first Cowboys QB to post a rating of at least 95.0 in three consecutive seasons…Running back MARION BARBER is on pace for a career-best 1,244 yards and can become the first Cowboy to rush for 1,200 yards since EMMITT SMITH in 2000…JASON WITTEN is on track for 108 receptions and 1,452 yards, both records for an NFL tight end…Wide receiver TERRELL OWENS is on pace for 16 receiving touchdowns, which would surpass the team mark (15) he set last year…Linebacker DE MARCUS WARE leads the team with four sacks and can set a club record with 16.


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