20 Oct 2014 05:26 PM EST
-by Daniel Mogollon, Staff Writer; Image: Dallas RB DeMarco Murray rushed for 128 yards and a TD against the Giants. (Image Source: Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
Around the NFL in Week 7:
* Comebacks Continue: On Sunday, the Detroit Lions found themselves trailing by two touchdowns (17-3) to the New Orleans Saints before they came back to win 24-23. QB Matthew Stafford connected with WR Corey Fuller with 1:48 remaining from five yards out for the game-winning score. It’s the tenth game this season that has seen a team overcome a 14-point deficit (or larger) to win, which is tied for the second-most such comebacks in league history through seven weeks.
* Don’t Stop Believing in DeMarco: With 128 rushing yards and a score against the New York Giants, Dallas Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray became the first player in the history of the NFL to top 100 yards on the ground in the first seven games to start a season, surpassing the previous mark set by the legendary Jim Brown, who ran for 100-plus yards in the first six games of the 1958 season.
* Discount Triple-TD: Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers threw for 255 yards and three scores with a 154.5 passer rating in his team’s 38-17 win over the Carolina Panthers. Rodgers has now thrown three-plus TD passes without an INT in four straight games, giving him 18 TDs to one pick on the season. He’s the first player to have at least 18 TDs with no more than one INT through seven games and his streak of four games with at least three scoring strikes and no picks ties Tom Brady’s NFL record, set in 2007.
* Indy Triplet Milestones: QB Andrew Luck led the Indianapolis Colts to a 27-0 win over the Cincinnati Bengals, throwing for 344 yards and two TDs in the process. That gives him five 300-yard games in a row to tie Peyton Manning’s franchise record. In his return from injury, WR Reggie Wayne caught four passes for 15 yards, which was enough to give him 14,000 receiving yards for his career, the ninth player to reach the plateau in NFL history. RB Ahmad Bradshaw caught three passes, including his sixth TD reception on the season, to lead all running backs. In fact, Bradshaw’s six TD receptions are the most by a RB through seven games since Gary Anderson of the San Diego Chargers also had six in 1986. The trio helped the Colts franchise earn their 500th all-time win.
* Buffalo First Rounders: Rookie first-round pick Sammy Watkins set career highs with nine receptions and 122 receiving yards in the Buffalo Bills 17-16 win over the Minnesota Vikings. He also caught two TDs, including the game-winner with one second on the clock. The last time a rookie had 100-receiving yards with a game-winning score with one second or less remaining in the game was Kenny Britt when he helped the Tennessee Titans beat the Arizona Cardinals in 2009. A former first-round pick on defense, Leodis McKelvin (11th overall pick in 2008), also played a big role in Buffalo’s victory, as he intercepted Minnesota passes on consecutive defensive plays. The last time a Bills defender accomplished that was Kirby Jackson in 1989.
* The Royal Tannehill: Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill threw for 277 yards, completed 78.1 percent of his passes (25 of 32) and connected on two scoring strikes with no INTs resulting in a career-best 123.6 passer rating. He added 48 yards on the ground, making him the third player in league history to throw for 275-plus yards with a completion percentage of at least 78 and 45-plus rushing yards. Jeff Garcia (2003) and Ken Anderson (1974) were the first two.
* Hey Chief: Kansas City was boss in San Diego on Sunday, as HC Andy Reid improved to 14-2 following a bye, the most wins ever by a head coach following an off week, for a winning percentage of .875. In the 23-20 victory, RB Jamaal Charles rumbled for 95 yards and a score, giving him 6,113 rushing yards in his career, passing Priest Holmes for the most in franchise history.
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. You can reach him via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.Comments
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