Saints vs. Patriots
Is it possible that one QB actually has Bill Belichick’s number? Drew Brees is 3-0 vs. the Patriots in his career, with eight TDs, no INTs and a 148.3 passer rating. In two games with San Diego and one with New Orleans, Brees’ teams have outscored NE 100-48.
Not many would have guessed that the game between teams led by Tom Brady and Drew Brees would feature 2 of the top 4 scoring defenses in the NFL. The Patriots are allowing 14.0 PPG this season (2nd in NFL), while the Saints are allowing 14.6 PPG this season (4th in NFL).
The 4-1 Colts travel to San Diego on Monday night. The Colts are 2-0 on the road this season, outscoring opponents 64-10 in those two games. During the Colts’ Week 5 victory vs. Seattle, QB Andrew Luck recorded his ninth career game-winning drive, tied with Jake Plummer for most in a QB’s first two seasons since 1960.
Through four games, Adrian Peterson has 13 more rush attempts and 89 more yards than he did in 2012, when he finished the season with 2,097 rushing yards (2nd most all-time). With five rush TDs, Peterson has three more than he did at the same time last season.
Giants vs. Bears
The Giants have won four consecutive road games against the Bears, dating back to 1992. The Giants' last loss in Chicago came in 1991, when Jim Harbaugh led the Bears to a 20-17 victory over Jeff Hostetler’s team.
The Giants are the third team in NFL history to allow 30+ points in each of their first five games. No team has allowed at least 30 points in its first six games.
In Sunday’s night’s victory vs. Houston, Colin Kaepernick went 6-for-15 passing with 113 yards and one TD. It was his fewest completions, attempts and yards as a starter. The last QB to win a game with six or fewer completions was Tim Tebow, who went 2-for-8 passing in a 17-10 win over the Chiefs in 2011.
Only five times in NFL history has a team had three receivers go over the 1,000-yard barrier. The Broncos have four receivers on pace for 1,000-yard seasons. On his current pace, Wes Welker will just barely reach that total with 1,008 yards.
Since 1950, Russell Wilson is the only QB to start his career 10-0 at home and post a passer rating of 119.0 or better. Kurt Warner started his home career 10-0 with a 116.2 passer rating, while Roger Staubach started 10-0 with a 108.3 passer rating. Wilson’s home passer rating is 119.9.
Tom Brady is averaging 6.18 yards per pass attempt this season, down from 7.52 for his career prior to 2013. Only three QBs have a lower yards per attempt this season: Blaine Gabbert, Josh Freeman and Sam Bradford.
Raiders on the road
File this in the category of “Who knew?” Since 2008, the Oakland Raiders have the best road record against AFC West teams of any team in that division. At 11-5, the Raiders are one win better than the Broncos (10-5) and the Chargers (10-6). Would you believe that AFC West teams are a combined 36-26 on the road against their divisional foes in that span?
Three teams remain unbeaten this season. Four teams remain winless this season. Those teams have won five of the last 11 Super Bowls.
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