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November 4, 2008

News & Notes from the NFC


ARIZONA: The Cardinals lead the NFL with 234 points scored and are on pace for a team record of 468 (423 in 1984)……QB KURT WARNER is on track for club marks in passing yards (4,862), touchdowns (32), passer rating (104.2), completions (414), attempts (592) and completion percentage (69.9). Warner’s 4,862 passing yards would be the second highest total in NFL history (5,084, DAN MARINO, 1984)……Arizona can become the fifth team in history with three players with at least 1,000 receiving yards as WRs LARRY FITZGERALD (1,484), ANQUAN BOLDIN (1,199) and STEVE BREASTON (1,006) are all on target for 1,000 yards. Boldin has eight receiving touchdowns in six games and is on pace to set a club season record with 18 (16, SONNY RANDLE, 1960).


ATLANTA: MATT RYAN has won five of his first eight starts and can become the first rookie quarterback in team history to win 10 games. Ryan has thrown for 1,661 yards and is on track to be the first Falcons rookie to reach the 3,000-yard plateau……RB MICHAEL TURNER ranks third in the NFC with 794 yards and has rushed for six touchdowns. He is on pace to be the third player in franchise history to rush for at least 1,500 yards and 10 touchdowns in a season……WR RODDY WHITE is on target for a team-record 1,466 receiving yards (1,358, ALFRED JENKINS, 1981) and can become the first player in club annals with consecutive 1,200-yard seasons……DE JOHN ABRAHAM ties for the NFC lead with 10.0 sacks and can become the seventh player in NFL history to record 20.0 sacks in a season.


CAROLINA: QB JAKE DELHOMME has passed for 1,781 yards and is on pace for the fourth 3,000-yard season of his career……RB DE ANGELO WILLIAMS leads the team with 522 rushing yards and is on target for the third 1,000-yard season in club history. Rookie running back JONATHAN STEWART has five rushing touchdowns and can become the second Panther with at least 10 rushing touchdowns in a season (12, STEPHEN DAVIS, 2005)……WR STEVE SMITH has 33 catches and 613 yards in six games and aims for his fourth consecutive season with at least 80 receptions and 1,000 yards. Smith is on pace for 1,430 receiving yards, which would be the second highest total in club annals (1,563, Smith, 2005).


CHICAGO: Rookie RB MATT FORTÉ leads the team with 641 rushing yards and 30 receptions (228 yards). Forté can join Pro Football Hall of Famer WALTER PAYTON (1978, 1983) and NEAL ANDERSON as the only Bears in history to rush for 1,000 yards and have 50 catches in a season. Forté has 869 yards from scrimmage and is on pace to join Payton (nine times), Anderson (1989) and Pro Football Hall of Famer GALE SAYERS (1966) as the only Bears with 1,600 scrimmage yards in a season……S KEVIN PAYNE has a career-high three interceptions and is on target to tie for the second most interceptions by a safety in club history with six, trailing MARK CARRIER’s franchise mark of 10 set in 1990.


DALLAS: RB MARION BARBER tops the team with 665 rushing yards and is on target for the first 1,000-yard season of his career. Barber has five rushing touchdowns and aims for his third year in a row with at least 10 rushing TDs. He can join EMMITT SMITH (1990-92 and 1994-96) as the only Cowboys with three consecutive seasons with at least 10 rushing touchdowns……TE JASON WITTEN has a club-best 46 receptions and is on track for 81 catches. That would give Witten three career 80-reception seasons, tied with Pro Football Hall of Famer MICHAEL IRVIN for the most in franchise history……LB DE MARCUS WARE ties for the NFC lead with 10.0 sacks and can become the seventh player in NFL history to record 20.0 sacks in a season.


DETROIT: WR CALVIN JOHNSON has 37 catches for 682 yards and six touchdowns and is on pace for career-highs in all three categories. Johnson can join HERMAN MOORE (1995) as the only players in team history to record at least 70 catches, 1,200 yards and 10 touchdowns in a season. Johnson is averaging 18.4 yards per catch and can become the second Lion to record at least 1,200 yards and average 18.0 yards per catch in a season (PAT STUDSTILL, 1966)……Rookie RB KEVIN SMITH has rushed for 305 yards and four touchdowns, both tops on the team. Smith can become the sixth rookie in franchise history to lead the club in both rushing yards and touchdowns……DE DEWAYNE WHITE has 5.5 sacks and is on pace for a career-high 11.0.


GREEN BAY: QB AARON RODGERS has completed 63.7 percent of his passes and thrown for 1,982 yards. Rodgers can join BRETT FAVRE (four times) as the only quarterbacks in club history to pass for 4,000 yards in a season and complete at least 60 percent of his passes……WR GREG JENNINGS has 40 receptions for 764 yards and is on pace to become the first receiver in club annals with 1,500 yards in a season……The defense ties for the NFL lead with 13 interceptions and can top the league for the first time since 1965. Green Bay has five interception-return touchdowns this year, one shy of the team mark of six set in 1966. S NICK COLLINS (8) and CBs CHARLES WOODSON (8) and TRAMON WILLIAMS (6) are on pace to become the first trio of Packers since 1943 with at least six interceptions each.


MINNESOTA: RB ADRIAN PETERSON ranks second in the NFL with 823 rushing yards and is on pace for a franchise-record 1,646 yards (1,521, ROBERT SMITH, 2000). Peterson has six rushing touchdowns and is on target to match his total from last year of 12. He would join CHUCK FOREMAN (1975-76) as the only Vikings to rush for at least 12 touchdowns in back-to-back seasons……In his first season with Minnesota, wide receiver BERNARD BERRIAN leads the club with 621 receiving yards and is on track to become the fifth player in team annals with 1,200 yards in a season……Minnesota ranks second in the league in rush yards allowed per game (69.6). The Vikings are aiming to lead the league in rush defense for the third consecutive year, a feat the club has never accomplished.


NEW ORLEANS: The Saints’ offense leads the league, averaging 403.1 yards per game and can become the first New Orleans’ team to average at least 400.0 yards per game for a season……QB DREW BREES tops the NFL with 2,563 passing yards and is on pace for an NFL-record 5,126 yards (5,084, DAN MARINO, 1984). It would mark the third consecutive 4,000-yard season for Brees, who is the only Saint to reach the plateau. Brees has six 300-yard passing games this year and is on target to set a league record with 12 (10, RICH GANNON, 2002)……WR DEVERY HENDERSON leads the team with 499 receiving yards and is aiming for his first career 1,000-yard season. Henderson is averaging 27.7 yards per catch, which would be the highest NFL season average for a player with 1,000 yards (27.1, ELBERT DUBENION, 1964).


NEW YORK: The Giants have the best record in the NFC (7-1) and are on pace to match the 1986 team for the most wins in franchise history. That team finished 14-2 and won Super Bowl XXI……The offense has scored 226 points and is on target for a club-best 452 (448 in 1963)……QB ELI MANNING has 1,735 yards and 12 touchdown passes and is on track to become the first quarterback in team annals with at least 3,000 yards and 20 touchdowns in four consecutive seasons……RB BRANDON JACOBS has rushed for 680 yards and seven touchdowns. Jacobs can join JOE MORRIS (1985, 1986) as the only Giants to rush for at least 1,300 yards and 14 touchdowns in a season……The defense leads the NFC with 30 sacks and is on target (60) for the second-most in team annals (68 in 1985).


PHILADELPHIA: The Eagles have scored 220 points and are on pace for a team-record 440 (415 in 2002)……QB DONOVAN MC NABB has thrown for 2,178 yards and is on target to record the first 4,000-yard season in team history……RB BRIAN WESTBROOK has rushed for 422 yards and six touchdowns. He can join Pro Football Hall of Famer STEVE VAN BUREN (1947, 1949) and RICKY WATTERS (1995, 1996) as the only Eagles to rush for at least 1,000 yards and 10 touchdowns in a season. Westbrook has eight total touchdowns and could match Van Buren’s season team mark of 18 set in 1945……WR DE SEAN JACKSON leads NFL rookies with 525 receiving yards and is on track to become the first rookie in franchise history with 1,000 receiving yards.


ST. LOUIS: RB STEVEN JACKSON has 525 rush yards and is on pace for his fourth consecutive 1,000-yard season. Jackson would join Pro Football Hall of Famer ERIC DICKERSON (1983-86) as the only players in franchise history with four 1,000-yard rushing seasons in a row……WR TORRY HOLT leads the team with 32 receptions and has 347 receiving yards. Holt aims for his ninth consecutive 1,000-yard season and can join JERRY RICE (14), TIM BROWN (9) and JIMMY SMITH (9) as the only players with nine 1,000-yard seasons……Rookie defensive end CHRIS LONG has four sacks and can surpass the team rookie record of six set in 1995 by KEVIN CARTER.


SAN FRANCISCO: RB FRANK GORE leads the team with 629 rushing yards and 32 receptions. Gore is on pace for 1,258 yards and 64 catches and can become the first player in 49ers history to record at least 1,000 rushing yards and 50 receptions in three different seasons. Gore accomplished the feat the past two seasons, tying ROGER CRAIG (1985, 1988) and CHARLIE GARNER (1999, 2000) for the most in team annals……LB PATRICK WILLIS has a team-best 95 tackles and is on track to lead the club in the category for the second consecutive season. LB TAKEO SPIKES has a team-best three interceptions and needs two for the most in a season by a linebacker in 49ers history.


SEATTLE: RB JULIUS JONES has 509 rushing yards and is on target for his second career 1,000-yard season (1,084 yards in 2006 with Dallas). Jones can become the third player in club history to rush for 1,000 yards in his first season with the Seahawks, joining CURT WARNER (1983) and RICKY WATTERS (1998)……JOHN CARLSON leads the team in receptions (22) and receiving yards (244). He can join Pro Football Hall of Famer STEVE LARGENT (1976) as the only rookies to lead the Seahawks in both categories……DE PATRICK KERNEY paces the club with five sacks and is on track for his second consecutive 10-sack season with Seattle (14.5 in 2007). Kerney would join JACOB GREEN (1983-86) and MICHAEL SINCLAIR (1996-98) as the only Seahawks with back-to-back seasons with at least 10 sacks.


TAMPA BAY: QB JEFF GARCIA has started five games and posted an 89.6 passer rating. Garcia, who had a 94.6 rating last season, is aiming to become the first quarterback in team history with back-to-back seasons with a passer rating of at least 90.0……WR ANTONIO BRYANT leads the club with 45 receptions and 566 yards and is on track to become the sixth player in Buccaneers annals with at least 80 catches and 1,000 yards in a season……KR CLIFTON SMITH, who had a 97-yard kick-return touchdown in Week 9, is averaging 32.7 yards per return, which would be the highest such mark in club history (28.6, MARK JONES, 2007)……K MATT BRYANT is tied for second in the league with 78 points and is on pace for a team-record 138 (128, MARTIN GRAMATICA, 2002).


WASHINGTON: RB CLINTON PORTIS leads the NFL with 995 rushing yards and can become the third Redskin to top the league, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer CLIFF BATTLES (1937) and LARRY BROWN (1970). Portis is on pace for a franchise-record 1,768 yards (1,516, Portis, 2005)……QB JASON CAMPBELL has only been intercepted twice in 273 attempts for a 0.73 interception percentage, which would be the best season mark in team annals (1.54, MARK BRUNELL, 2006). Campbell has 1,960 yards and aims to become the sixth quarterback in club history to pass for 3,500 yards……TE CHRIS COOLEY tops the team with 48 receptions and is on track for 85, which would be the most ever by a Redskins tight end (71, Cooley, 2005).

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