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Around the NFL: Aaron Rodgers Does It Again, Leonard Fournette Rumbles, Myles Garrett Makes Debut
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10 Oct 2017 02:04 PM EST

-by Daniel Mogollon, Staff Writer; Image: Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette goes over the top for touchdown. (Image Source: Justin Berl/Getty Images)

Around the NFL, Week 5 Edition:

Rookie Watch: Offense

Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette rumbled all over the Pittsburgh Steelers for 181 yards and two touchdowns, including a 90-yard scoring scamper in the fourth quarter. He’s the youngest player in NFL history with a touchdown run of at least 90 yards and just the fifth rookie to do so. Fournette is also the first rookie ever to score at least once in each of his team’s first five games.

Rookie Watch: Defense

In Cleveland, No. 1 overall pick Myles Garrett made his debut for the Browns on Sunday. The defensive end had a first game to remember recording two sacks against the New York Jets in defeat. He’s the first No. 1 overall pick to bust through with multiple sacks in his debut since the sack became a stat in 1982.

Second-Year Stud

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz was 21 of 30 passing for 304 yards and four touchdowns (one INT) for a 128.3 rating in a 34-7 thrashing of the Arizona Cardinals. He had a first quarter for the ages, as the second-year man completed seven of nine passes for 121 yards and three score to become the first QB in team history with three TD passes in the first quarter.

Aaron Betters Dak, Again

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers connected on 19 of 29 passes for 221 yards and three touchdowns (no INTs), including the game-winning scoring strike with 11 seconds left in the game for a passer rating of 122.9 in a 35-31 win. Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott wasn’t bad himself, as he completed 25 of 36 for 251 yards and three touchdowns (one INT) for a passer rating of 105.2. This game featured the quarterbacks with highest passer ratings (min. 500 attempts) going up against each other. Rodgers is best all-time (104.1), followed by Prescott (101.6).

Class of 2004

Both drafted in 2004, the New York Giants Eli Manning and Philip Rivers of the Los Angeles Chargers squared off on Sunday. Rivers connected on three touchdowns as he led his team to their first win of the season over Manning’s (two TD passes) Giants, 27-22. It’s the first time that starting QBs from the same class played against each other with 300-touchdown passes under their belts. Manning now has 328 career scoring strikes and Rivers is up to 323.

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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