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  1. 1. Friday, November 18, 2022 CENTRAL VIRGINIA’S ONLY LOCAL NFL PUBLICATION GridironGoose@msn.com OFFICIAL MEDIA MEMBERS OF THE NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE! ERASING DEFICITS- 31 THE NUMBER OF GAMES IN WHICH A TEAM HAS OVERCOME A DEFICIT OF AT LEAST 10 POINTS TO WIN OR TIE, TIED WITH 1987 (31 GAMES) AND 2020 (31) FOR THE MOST SUCH GAMES THROUGH THE FIRST 10 WEEKS OF A SEASON ALL-TIME. TEN-POINT COMEBACKS IN WEEK 10: DETROIT (14-POINT DEFICIT), GREEN BAY (14), MINNESOTA (17) AND TENNESSEE (10). MONDAY NIGHT IN MEXICO- WEEK 11'S MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL MATCHUP BETWEEN THE SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS AND ARIZONA CARDINALS (8:15 PM ET, ESPN) IN MEXICO CITY WILL BE THE FIFTH AND FINAL INTERNATIONAL GAME OF THE 2022 SEASON. THIS GAME IS A REMATCH OF THE FIRST-EVER REGULAR-SEASON NFL INTERNATIONAL GAME, WHICH TOOK PLACE ON OCTOBER 2, 2005. THE CARDINALS' 31-14 WIN IN ESTADIO AZTECA WAS THE SECOND-HIGHEST ATTENDED REGULAR SEASON GAME EVER (103,467). FIRE VS. FIRE- CHICAGO VISITS ATLANTA ON SUNDAY (1:00 PM ET, FOX) IN A MATCHUP BETWEEN TWO OF THE LEAGUE'S PREMIER RUSHING ATTACKS. THE BEARS (201.7) LEAD THE NFL IN RUSHING YARDS PER GAME WHILE THE FALCONS (160.4) RANK FOURTH. BOTH TEAMS SHARE THE WEALTH ON THE GROUND. CHICAGO HAS THE MOST PLAYERS WITH AT LEAST 400 RUSHING YARDS THIS SEASON (THREE) WHILE ATLANTA HAS THE MOST PLAYERS WITH AT LEAST 300 RUSHING YARDS (FOUR). EAST IS KING?- ALL FOUR TEAMS IN THE AFC EAST ARE ABOVE .500, THE FIRST TIME A SINGLE DIVISION HAS BEEN ABOVE .500 AT THE END OF WEEK 10 SINCE THE NFC EAST IN 2016. IT IS THE FIRST TIME ALL FOUR TEAMS IN THE AFC EAST HAVE BEEN ABOVE .500 AT THE END OF WEEK 10 SINCE 2008. AN AFC EAST BATTLE BETWEEN NEW ENGLAND AND THE NEW YORK JETS ON SUNDAY FEATURES TWO OF THIS SEASON'S STANDOUT DEFENDERS. JETS ROOKIE CORNERBACK SAUCE GARDNER LEADS THE NFL WITH 13 PASSES DEFENSED WHILE PATRIOTS LINEBACKER MATTHEW JUDON HAS A LEAGUE-BEST 11.5 SACKS. THE AFC EAST'S 24-13 OVERALL RECORD IN 2022 RANKS SECOND AMONG NFL DIVISIONS BEHIND THE NFC EAST'S 26-11. IF WASHINGTON WINS ON THE ROAD IN HOUSTON ON SUNDAY, IT WILL BE THE FIRST TIME ALL FOUR TEAMS IN THE NFC EAST ARE ABOVE .500 THROUGH WEEK 11 SINCE 2008. JUST INCREDIBLE: Last week, Minnesota wide receiver JUSTIN JEFFERSON recorded a career-high 193 receiving yards and established NFL records for the most games with at least 100 receiving yards (20) and most games with at least 150 receiving yards (seven) by a player in his first three seasons in NFL history. Jefferson, who has 4,076 receiving yards in 42 career games, also tied Pro Football Hall of Famer LANCE ALWORTH (42 games) and ODELL BECKHAM JR. (42) for the fewest games to reach 4,000 career receiving yards in NFL history. With at least 88 receiving yards on Sunday against Dallas (4:25 PM ET, CBS), Jefferson would surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer RANDY MOSS (4,163 receiving yards) for the most receiving yards by a player in his first three seasons in NFL history. QUICK 10K: Since entering the NFL as the No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, Cincinnati quarterback JOE BURROW has 9,834 passing yards in 35 games. With at least 166 passing yards at Pittsburgh on Sunday (4:25 PM ET, CBS), Burrow can tie Pro Football Hall of Famer KURT WARNER (36 games) for the third-fewest games to reach 10,000 career passing yards in NFL history.
  2. 2. CLASS OF 2018: When BUFFALO (6-3) hosts CLEVELAND (3-6) on Sunday (1:00 PM ET, CBS), two members of the 2018 NFL Draft class can reach historic milestones in their fifth seasons. Bills quarterback JOSH ALLEN, the No. 7 overall pick in 2018, has 158 career combined passing and rushing touchdowns (123 passing, 35 rushing) and needs three more to surpass PATRICK MAHOMES (159) and CAM NEWTON (160) for the second-most combined passing and rushing touchdowns by a player in his first five seasons in NFL history. Allen leads the NFL with 3,209 combined passing and rushing yards this season and has recorded at least 300 combined yards in six of his nine games. On Sunday, he can join Pro Football Hall of Famer PEYTON MANNING (3,545 in 2013) and ANDREW LUCK (3,532 in 2014) as the only quarterbacks with at least 3,500 combined passing and rushing yards in his team’s first 10 games of a season in NFL history. Browns running back NICK CHUBB, selected in the second round (No. 35 overall) in the 2018 NFL Draft, leads the league with 11 rushing touchdowns and ranks third with 904 rushing yards this season. With at least 46 rushing yards on Sunday, Chubb would become the third player in NFL history with at least 950 rushing yards and eight rushing touchdowns in each of his first five career seasons, joining ADRIAN PETERSON and Pro Football Hall of Famer LADAINIAN TOMLINSON. BEAR GROUND: Last week, the CHICAGO BEARS became the first team in NFL history to rush for at least 225 yards in five consecutive games and the second team with at least 2,000 rushing yards (2,017) in their first 10 games of a season since 1980, joining the 2019 BALTIMORE RAVENS (2,031). Against Atlanta on Sunday (1:00 PM ET, FOX), the Bears can become the third team since 1950 to rush for at least 200 yards in six consecutive games within a season, joining the 1972 PITTSBURGH STEELERS (seven consecutive games) and 1951 SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (six). Chicago has recorded consecutive games with at least 250 rushing yards and can become the fourth team in the Super Bowl era and first since 1976 with at least 250 rushing yards in three consecutive games. Quarterback JUSTIN FIELDS, who rushed for a quarterback regular-season single-game NFL record 178 yards in Week 9 and 147 rushing yards in Week 10, became the first quarterback since TOBIN ROTE (Weeks 8-9, 1951) with at least 125 rushing yards in consecutive games. No quarterback in NFL history has recorded at least 100 rushing yards in three consecutive games. Fields can join KYLER MURRAY (five consecutive games in 2020) as the only players in the Super Bowl era with at least one touchdown pass and one rushing touchdown in five consecutive games, and become the third quarterback, along with Murray and CAM NEWTON (five consecutive games in 2021), to record a rushing touchdown in five consecutive games in the Super Bowl era. FLYING TO THE BALL: Philadelphia safety C.J. GARDNER-JOHNSON leads the NFL with a career-high six interceptions this season and has recorded an interception in each of his past five games. With an interception at Indianapolis on Sunday (1:00 PM ET, CBS), he can become the ninth player since 1970 and the fourth since 1990 with an interception in six consecutive games. HOUSTON, WE HAVE SACKS: Baltimore linebacker JUSTIN HOUSTON ranks tied for fourth in the NFL with 8.5 sacks this season and has recorded at least two sacks in each of his past three games. Among active players, he ranks third with 110.5 career sacks. With at least two sacks against Carolina on Sunday (1:00 PM ET, FOX), Houston can become the fourth player since 1982, when the individual sack became an official statistic, with at least two sacks in four consecutive games. CLOSE GAMES: There have been 68 games decided by a touchdown (six points) or less, the most such games through the first 10 weeks all-time. Eleven of 12 games (83.3 percent) in Week 10 have been within one score (eight points) in the fourth quarter and there have been 115 games within one score (eight points) in the fourth quarter this season, the most such games through the first 10 weeks in NFL history. COMEBACKS: Four teams overcame deficits of at least 10 points on Sunday: DETROIT (14-point deficit), GREEN BAY (14), MINNESOTA (17) and TENNESSEE (10). There have been 31 games in which a team has overcome a deficit of at least 10 points to win or tie, tied with 1987 (31 games) and 2020 (31) for the most such games through the first 10 weeks of a season all-time. Four teams came back to win after trailing in the fourth quarter on Sunday: DETROIT, GREEN BAY, INDIANAPOLIS and MINNESOTA. There have been 47 games this season in which a team has come back to win or tie after trailing in the fourth quarter, tying the 2016 season (47) for the most such games through the first 10 weeks in NFL history. Find & friend us at: https://www.facebook.com/brian.slack.581/
  3. 3. BODACIOUS BRADY- The TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS defeated Seattle, 21-16, at Allianz Arena in Munich in the first NFL regular- season game played in Germany as quarterback TOM BRADY passed for 258 yards with two touchdowns and one interception for a 111 rating. Brady is 4-0 in international games and became the first quarterback to start a game in three different countries outside of the United States. Each of his three previous international starts came with New England, with one start in Mexico City (Week 11, 2017) and two starts in London (Week 7, 2009 and Week 8, 2012). From Week 1 to Week 10, Brady recorded 399 consecutive pass attempts without an interception, the second-most consecutive pass attempts without an interception in NFL history, trailing only AARON RODGERS in 2018 (402). MO’ MAHOMES- Kansas City quarterback PATRICK MAHOMES passed for 331 yards and four touchdowns in the Chiefs' 27-17 win over Jacksonville. Mahomes has 16 career games with at least four touchdown passes, tied with Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO (16) for the most such games by a player in his first six career seasons in NFL history. Mahomes has 25 touchdown passes this season and became the third player in NFL history with at least 25 touchdown passes in five of his first six career seasons, joining Pro Football Hall of Famers PEYTON MANNING (first six seasons) and DAN MARINO (five of first six). Mahomes has 176 touchdown passes in 72 career games and surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO (173) for the most touchdown passes by a player in his first 75 career games in NFL history. TAGRIFIC TUA- Miami quarterback TUA TAGOVAILOA passed for 285 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions for a 135 rating in the Dolphins' 39-17 win over Cleveland. Tagovailoa is the second player in NFL history with at least 275 passing yards, three touchdown passes and a passer rating of 135-or-higher in three consecutive games, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer KURT WARNER (Weeks 3-5, 1999). Tagovailoa passed for 382 yards with three touchdowns and a 138.7 rating in Week 8 and recorded 302 passing yards with three touchdowns and a 135.7 rating in Week 9. JUMPIN’ JEFFERSON- Minnesota wide receiver JUSTIN JEFFERSON recorded 10 receptions for a career-high 193 yards and one touchdown in the Vikings' 33-30 overtime win at Buffalo. Jefferson recorded his 20th career game with at least 100 receiving yards and surpassed ODELL BECKHAM JR. (19 games) and Pro Football Hall of Famer RANDY MOSS (19) for the most such games by a player in his first three career seasons in NFL history. Jefferson has seven games with at least 150 receiving yards and surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famers LANCE ALWORTH (six games) and RANDY MOSS (six) for the most games with at least 150 receiving yards by a player in his first three seasons in NFL history. Jefferson, who has 4,076 receiving yards in 42 career games, tied Pro Football Hall of Famer LANCE ALWORTH (42 games) and ODELL BECKHAM JR. (42) for the fewest games to reach 4,000 career receiving yards in NFL history. AMAZING ALLEN- Buffalo quarterback JOSH ALLEN totaled 414 yards (330 passing, 84 rushing) with a touchdown pass on Sunday. Allen, who had 308 passing yards and 109 rushing yards in Week 14 of the 2021 season, is the third player in NFL history with at least 300 passing yards and 75 rushing yards in multiple games, joining MICHAEL VICK (three games) and RUSSELL WILSON (three). Allen has 3,209 combined passing and rushing yards this season and is the third quarterback with at least 3,200 combined passing and rushing yards in his team's first nine games of a season in NFL history, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer PEYTON MANNING (3,222 in 2013) and ANDREW LUCK (3,214 in 2014). FIELDS OF GOLD- Chicago quarterback JUSTIN FIELDS totaled 314 yards (167 passing, 147 rushing) and four touchdowns (two passing, two rushing) as the Bears became the first team in NFL history to rush for at least 225 yards in five consecutive games. Chicago has 2,017 rushing yards this season and are the second team with at least 2,000 rushing yards in their first 10 games of a season since 1980, joining the 2019 BALTIMORE RAVENS (2,031). Fields is the fifth player in the Super Bowl era to record at least one touchdown pass and one rushing touchdown in four consecutive games, joining KYLER MURRAY (five consecutive games in 2020), JIM HART (four in 1968), RYAN TANNEHILL (four from 2020-21) and MICHAEL VICK (four in 2010). Fields, who rushed for a 67-yard touchdown and recorded a 50-yard touchdown pass, is the fourth player in league annals to record a 50-yard touchdown pass and 50-yard rushing touchdown in the same game. Fields, who rushed for a quarterback regular-season single-game NFL record 178 yards in Week 9, is the first quarterback since TOBIN ROTE (Weeks 8-9, 1951) with at least 125 rushing yards in consecutive games. Fields' 325 yards over his past two games are the most rushing yards by a quarterback in a two-game span in NFL history.
  4. 4. DALLAS COWBOYS (6-3-0) AT MINNESOTA VIKINGS (8-1-0) COWBOYS- QB DAK PRESCOTT passed for 265 yards & 3 TDs last week, his 27th career game with 3+ TD passes. Passed for 397 yards & 3 TDs vs. INT for 101.4 rating in his game vs. Min. (11/10/19). Aims for 3rd in row vs. Min. with 100+ rating. RB EZEKIEL ELLIOTT has 292 scrimmage yards (97.4 per game) & 2 TDs (1 rush, 1 rec.) in 3 career games at Min. Has rush TD in 2 of his 3 road games in 2022. Aims for his 4th in row on road with 75+ scrimmage yards. RB TONY POLLARD rushed for 115 yards & TD last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with TD & 4th in row with 100+ scrimmage yards. Leads all RBs with 6.0 yards per rush attempt (min. 100 atts.) in 2022. WR CEEDEE LAMB had careers highs in catches (11) & rec. yards (150) & had 2 rec. TDs in Week 10, his 5th-career 2 TD game. Had 112 rec. yards in last meeting. Aims for 5th in row on road & 9th in row overall with 50+ rec yards. TE DALTON SCHULTZ had 1st rec. TD of season last week. Aims for his 4th in row with 5+ catches. LB MICAH PARSONS has TFL in 9 of his past 10. Aims for 4th in row on road with TFL. Had career highs in tackles (11) & TFL (4) in last meeting. LB LEIGHTON VANDER ESCH has 12+ tackles in 2 of 3 career games vs. Min. DE DEMARCUS LAWRENCE had 5th sack of season & 18th-career FF last week, his 6th- career season with 5+ sacks. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with 7+ tackles. VIKINGS- QB KIRK COUSINS completed 30 of 50 atts. (60 pct.) for season-high 357 yards & TD last week. Has 2+ TD passes in 3 of his past 4 overall. Has 18 TDs vs. 5 INTs for 101.6 rating in 10 career starts vs. Dal., incl. 110+ rating in 2 of past his 3 vs. Dal. Has 9 TDs (7 pass, 2 rush) vs. INT for 101.7 rating in 4 home starts in 2022. RB DALVIN COOK had season-high 146 scrimmage yards (119 rush, 27 rec.) & rush TD in Week 10. Aims for his 4th in row at home & 6th in row overall with TD. Has 421 scrimmage yards (140.3 per game) & 2 rush TDs in 3 career games vs. Dal. WR JUSTIN JEFFERSON had career-high 193 receiving yards & rec. TD last week & tied with HOFer Lance Alworth & Odell Beckham Jr. for fewest games (42) to reach 4,000 rec. yards all-time. Has 4,076 rec. yards & can surpass HOFer Randy Moss (4,163) for most rec. yards by player in 1st 3 career seasons in NFL history. Has 20 games with 100+ rec. yards & 7 games with 150+ rec. yards, both the most by player in 1st 3 career seasons all-time. WR ADAM THIELEN aims for 3rd in row vs. Dal. with TD catch & 4th in row vs. Dal with 6+ catches & 75+ rec. yards. TE T.J. HOCKENSON aims for his 3rd in row with Min. with 7+ catches. DE DANIELLE HUNTER has sack in 4 of his past 5. Aims for his 3rd in row with sack & 6th in row overall with TFL. Has 6+ sacks in 7 of his 8 career seasons. LB ZA'DARIUS SMITH ranks tied-1st in NFL with 14 TFL & tied-2nd with 9.5 sacks. Aims for his 5th in row at home with TFL. CB PATRICK PETERSON had 3rd-career game with 2 INTs last week. S HARRISON SMITH has INT in 3 of his past 4 & aims for his 6th in row with PD. KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (7-2-0) AT LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (5-4-0) CHIEFS- QB PATRICK MAHOMES passed for 331 yards & 4 TDs vs. INT for 129.6 rating in Week 10. Has 16 games with 4+ TD passes, tied with HOFer Dan Marino (16) for most by QB in 1st 6 seasons all-time. Leads NFL with 2,936 pass yards & 25 TD passes & became 3rd QB ever (HOFers Peyton Manning & Marino) with 25+ TD passes in 5 of 1st 6 seasons. Had 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 106.3 rating in Week 2 meeting. Has 1,150 pass yards (287.5 per game) & 10 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 99.9 rating in 4 career starts at LAC. Has 2,222 pass yards & 23 TDs (22 pass, 1 rush) vs. 5 INTs for 112.1 rating in 7 career road SNF starts & aims for his 8th in row on road on SNF with 2+ TD passes. RB ISIAH PACHECO (rookie) had season-high 82 rush yards last week. TE TRAVIS KELCE had 6 catches for 81 yards & NFL-high 8th rec. TD of season last week. Aims for his 5th in row with 80+ rec. yards & 7th in row with 6+ catches. Has rec. TD in 6 of his past 7 on road. Had 10 catches for 191 yards & 2 rec. TDs in last road meeting. Aims for his 4th in row at LAC with 7+ catches, 90+ rec. yards & TD catch. WR MARQUEZ VALDES-SCANTLING had 1st rec. TD of season last week. CHARGERS- QB JUSTIN HERBERT has 5,998 pass yards (285.6 per game) & 44 TDs (40 pass, 4 rush) vs. 15 INTs for 94.1 rating in 21 career home starts. Has 1,464 pass yards (292.8 per game) & 16 TDs (13 pass, 3 rush) vs. 3 INTs for 106.3 rating in 5 career starts vs. KC, incl. 334 pass yards & 3 TDs vs. INT for 100.5 rating in Week 2 meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row at home vs. KC with rush TD & 5th in row overall vs. KC with 2+ TD passes. Has 375+ pass yards & 3+ TD passes in 2 of 3 career starts on SNF. RB AUSTIN EKELER aims for his 5th in row with 7+ receptions & leads all RBs with 67 catches for 420 yards & 4 rec. TDs in 2022. Has 18 TDs (11 rush, 7 rec.) in his past 14 at home. Has TD in 3 of his past 4 vs. KC & has 125+ scrimmage yards in 3 of his past 4 at home vs. KC. Has 6 TDs (3 rush, 3 rec.) in his past 3 on SNF. WR KEENAN ALLEN has rec. TD in 4 of his past 5 vs. KC. Aims for his 6th in row vs. KC with 6+ catches & 50+ rec. yards. Aims for his 5th in row in primetime with 5+ catches. WR MIKE WILLIAMS has TD catch in 2 of his past 3 at home. Has 6+ catches, 100+ rec. yards & rec. TD in 3 of his past 4 vs. KC. LB KHALIL MACK had 7th sack of season & 2 TFL last week. Is only player with 6+ sacks in each of past 8 seasons. Has 7.5 sacks & 10 TFL in 10 career games vs. KC. Aims for his 4th in row in primetime with sack https://www.facebook.com/brian.slack.581/ Sponsor with Richmond’s ONLY local NFL publication: GridironGoose@msn.com

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