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November 1, 2010

7 Awesome Stats from NFL Week 8


Week 8 of the NFL season has nearly come and gone. Let's look back at 7 feats of statistical awesomeness.

1. New York Jets running back LADAINIAN TOMLINSON had 54 rushing yards and five receptions for 37 receiving yards in the Jets’ 9-0 loss to Green Bay. Tomlinson now has 13,034 rushing yards and 4,099 receiving yards in his career and joins Pro Football Hall of Fame running back WALTER PAYTON (16,726 rushing yards, 4,538 receiving yards) as the only players in NFL history to record at least 13,000 rushing yards and 4,000 receiving yards.

2. The KANSAS CITY CHIEFS, who defeated the Buffalo Bills 13-10 in overtime, are in first place in the AFC West with a 5-2 record. The Chiefs have a 4-0 record at home this season and are the seventh team in NFL history to win its first four home games after starting the previous season 0-4 at home.

3. St. Louis rookie quarterback SAM BRADFORD threw two touchdown passes and led the Rams to a 20-10 win over Carolina. Bradford has guided the Rams to a 4-1 start at home this season and is the only rookie quarterback selected No. 1 overall to win four of his first five starts at home since 1967, the first year of the common draft.

4.  San Diego quarterback PHILIP RIVERS had 305 passing yards and two touchdowns in the Chargers’ 33-25 victory against Tennessee. Rivers now has 2,649 passing yards this season, the most passing yards through a team’s first eight games of a season in NFL history.

5.  Denver wide receiver BRANDON LLOYD tied a career-high with 169 receiving yards on seven receptions in the Broncos’ 24-16 loss against San Francisco in the NFL’s International Series game in London, England. Lloyd has 42 receptions for 878 receiving yards (20.9 average) this season and is the sixth different player since 1970, and the first since 1989, to amass 800 receiving yards through his team’s first eight games while averaging at least 20.0 yards per catch. Two players – Pro Football Hall of Famers JAMES LOFTON (1983, 1984) and JERRY RICE (1986, 1989) – have accomplished the feat twice in their careers.

6. Washington cornerback DE ANGELO HALL had one interception in the Redskins’ 37-25 loss at Detroit. Hall, who tied an NFL single-game record with four interceptions in Week 7, is the first player since former Chiefs safety ALBERT LEWIS (five total; December 8-14, 1985) to record at least five interceptions over a two-game span.

7.  Miami kicker DAN CARPENTER made five field goals (38, 42, 24, 54 and 31 yards) in the Dolphins’ 22-14 win at Cincinnati.  Carpenter, who made five field goals in Week 7 (38, 42, 24, 54 and 31 yards), joins JOHN CARNEY (1994), JOHN KASAY (1996) and RICHIE CUNNINGHAM (1997) as the only kickers to convert at least five field goals in consecutive games in NFL history.

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