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Around the NFL: Chiefs Worst to Playoffs, Calvin Johnson's Mega-Performance, Larry Fitzgerald Makes History
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29 Oct 2013 10:58 AM EST

-by Daniel Mogollon, Staff Writer; Image: Alex Smith has thrown for 1,795 yards and nine TDs this season. (Image Source: John Rieger)

We take you around the NFL in Week 8:

* Worst to Playoffs: With their 23-17 win over the Cleveland Browns, the Kansas City Chiefs became the first team in the history of the NFL to start a season 8-0 the year after they had the league’s worst record. Of the 20 teams in the Super Bowl era that have started 8-0 all have gone onto make the playoffs, with 12 going all the way to the Super Bowl and eight winning it all. By holding Cleveland to 17 points, Kansas City is the fourth team since 1970 to allow no more than 17 points in each of their first eight games. QB Alex Smith is the first quarterback since the merger to start 8-0 in his first season with a new team.

* Megatron Goes For 3 Bills: Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson had a game for the ages against the Dallas Cowboys. Megatron had 14 catches for 329 yards with one TD as the Lions beat the Cowboys 31-30 in come-from-behind fashion. His 329 yards are the second most in the history of the league to Flipper Anderson’s 336 receiving yards (vs. New Orleans Saints on Nov. 26, 1989). That’s Johnson’s fifth career 200-yard receiving game, which tied Hall of Famer Lance Alworth for the most 200-yard games in NFL history.

QB Matthew Stafford threw for 488 yards, giving him six career 400-yard games. With seven, only Dan Marino had more 400-yard passing games in the first five years of his career.

* More Passing: QB Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints threw for 332 yards and five scores in a 35-17 win over the Buffalo Bills. That’s his eighth career game with at least five TD passes, an NFL record. Brees is joined by New England’s Tom Brady in passing HOFer Fran Tarkenton for fourth all-time with 343 career TD passes.

In Denver, Peyton Manning threw for 354 yards and four TDs as the Broncos defeated the Washington Redskins 45-21. With 2,919 passing yards, Manning has the most through eight games in league history. He’s also led Denver to 343 points, the most by any team through eight games.

* More Catching: WR Larry Fitzgerald of the Arizona Cardinals caught four passes for 48 yards and a TD, as the Cardinals knocked off the Atlanta Falcons. He reached the 800-reception plateau in the win becoming the youngest player in the history of the league to catch 800 passes. Fitzgerald was 30 years and 57 days old on Sunday.

In Cincinnati, WR Marvin Jones caught eight balls against the New York Jets, as the Bengals trounced Gang Green 49-9. He went for 122 yards and set a career high with four TD receptions. That’s the most by a Bengal in the history of the franchise and the most in the NFL since Nov. 18, 2007 when both Randy Moss and Terrell Owens each had four TD catches.

Daniel Mogollon is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America and the Football Writers Association of America. He is also a voter for the Thorpe and the Rotary Lombardi Award, as well as the Latino Sports MVP Awards. 

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