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Around the NFL: Matt Ryan & Julio Jones Make History, Rookies Dak Prescott & Will Fuller Excel

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Around the NFL: Matt Ryan & Julio Jones Make History, Rookies Dak Prescott & Will Fuller Excel

2016-10-04 14:48:41

-by Daniel Mogollon, Staff Writer; Image: Dallas rookie Dak Prescott against San Francisco. (Image Source: USA TODAY Sports)

Around the NFL in Week 4:

— In San Francisco, Dallas Cowboys rookie quarterback Dak Prescott connected on 23 of 32 passes (71.9 percent) for 245 yards and two touchdowns, without an interception in a 24-17 win over the 49ers. Prescott has now attempted 131 passes without an interception, which is the most attempts to start a career without an INT and the most without a pick four games into a career. Philadelphia Eagles passer Carson Wentz, who was idle in Week 4, has not been intercepted through three games (102 passes).

—  Another rookie who continues to play well is Will Fuller of the Houston Texans. He’s not just making an impact as a receiver, but as a return specialist as well. Fuller was a difference make in Houston’s 27-20 win over the Tennessee Titans, as he caught a five-yard touchdown and returned a punt 67 yards to the painted area. He’s the fourth rookie in the past fifteen years to have a touchdown reception and a punt return for a score in the same game, as Fuller joined Tavon Austin, T.Y. Hilton, and Dez Bryant.  

— The Atlanta Falcons upset the defending NFC Champion Carolina Panthers 48-33 behind historic performances from Matt Ryan and Julio Jones. On 12 receptions, Jones went off for 300 receiving yards, as he became just the sixth player in NFL history to reach that plateau in a single game. Ryan threw for 503 yards and four touchdowns, the nineteenth time that a quarterback threw for 500 yards in a game. Both set franchise records with their big efforts and they became the first set of teammates to throw for 500 yards and have 300 receiving yards in the same contest.

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— In London, the Jacksonville Jaguars picked up their first win of the season when they knocked off the Indianapolis Colts 30-27 at Wembley Stadium. The first of three 2016 International Series games in the United Kingdom drew 83,764 fans. Quarterback Blake Bortles accounted for three touchdowns, two through the air, including one scoring strike to wide receiver Allen Robinson. With seventeen touchdown grabs since the start of last season, Robinson leads the league. In defeat, Indy’s Frank Gore ran for 68 yards and a score. With 12,293 career rushing yards, he moved passed Marcus Allen, Edgerrin James, and Marshall Faulk into tenth place in the history of the NFL.

— Washington won their second-straight game to improve to 2-2. In their 31-20 victory over the Cleveland Browns, tight end Jordan Reed had nine grabs for 73 yards and two touchdowns. He’s reached 200 career receptions (207) in his thirty-eighth game to break Kellen Winslow’s record for the fastest tight end to 200. It took the Hall of Famer thirty-nine games to get there.  

— Quarterback Russell Wilson led the Seattle Seahawks to a 27-17 win at the New York Jets. He threw for 309 yards and three touchdowns without an interception. It’s the twenty-fifth game of Wilson’s career with multiple touchdown passes and no interceptions, which is the most by a player through their first five seasons in the NFL.

—  The Oakland Raiders improved to 3-1 on Sunday with their 28-27 win over the Baltimore Ravens. Quarterback Derek Carr threw four touchdown passes with no INTs, with three of his scoring strikes going to wide out Michael Crabtree. Carr is the first Raiders passer to have four touchdowns to no interceptions in a game in back to back seasons since Rich Gannon in 1999 and 2000, while Crabtree is the first Oakland player with three touchdown receptions since Jerry Porter in 2004.

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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