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What To Look For – Week 13

ROAD DOMINANCE: The ARIZONA CARDINALS (9-2) enter Week 13 with the league’s best record. In road games this season, Arizona is 6-0 and has outscored its opponents by at least 10 points in each win.

At Soldier Field against Chicago on Sunday (1:00 PM ET, FOX), the Cardinals can become the third team ever to win seven consecutive road games within a single season, each by a least 10 points.

The teams to win seven consecutive road games within a single season, each by at least 10 points, in NFL history:

TEAM SEASON GAMES
San Francisco 49ers 1984 7
Dallas Cowboys 1968 7
     
Arizona Cardinals 2021 6*
*Active streak    

Arizona is led by third-year quarterback KYLER MURRAY, who is expected to return to the field this week. The 2019 No. 1 overall pick has 9,969 career passing yards and can become the fourth-youngest player (24 years, 120 days old on Sunday) to reach 10,000 passing yards in NFL history, surpassing CAM NEWTON (24 years, 191 days).

The youngest players to reach 10,000 career passing yards in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM AGE
Drew Bledsoe New England 23 years, 299 days
Jameis Winston Tampa Bay 23 years, 303 days
Dan MarinoHOF Miami 24 years, 63 days
Cam Newton Carolina 24 years, 191 days
     
Kyler Murray Arizona 24 years, 120 days*
*On Sunday    

Murray also has 1,510 career rushing yards and can join Newton as the only players ever with at least 10,000 passing yards and 1,500 rushing yards in their first three seasons.

This season, Murray has 17 touchdown passes and three rushing touchdowns. With three touchdown passes on Sunday, he will join ANDREW LUCK and DAK PRESCOTT as the only players ever with at least 20 touchdown passes and three rushing touchdowns in each of their first three seasons.

— NFL —

TOP DEFENSES BATTLE IN BUFFALO: The top two teams in the AFC East are set to meet on Monday Night Football, as the NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (8-4) travel to play the BUFFALO BILLS (7-4) at Highmark Stadium (8:15 PM ET, ESPN). The Patriots enter the contest with the top scoring defense in the league (15.8 points allowed per game), while the Bills rank second (16.5).

Monday’s game will mark the third matchup in the past 10 seasons featuring the league’s top two scoring defenses in Week 13 or later.

The games in the past 10 seasons featuring the league’s top two scoring defenses in Week 13 or later:

WEEK, SEASON NO. 1 SCORING DEFENSE

(PPG ALLOWED)

  NO. 2 SCORING DEFENSE

  (PPG ALLOWED)

RESULT
Week 13, 2021 New England (15.8)   Buffalo (16.5) ???
Week 16, 2019 New England (12.9)   Buffalo (15.9) NE 24, BUF 17
Week 16, 2012 San Francisco (15.6)   Seattle (15.6) SEA 42, SF 13

New England, led by rookie quarterback MAC JONES, has won six consecutive games, the league’s longest active winning streak. With a win on Monday, Jones will become the fourth rookie quarterback to win at least seven consecutive games as a starter in the Super Bowl era.

The rookie quarterbacks to win the most consecutive games as a starter in the Super Bowl era:

PLAYER TEAM SEASON GAMES
Ben Roethlisberger Pittsburgh 2004 13
Dak Prescott Dallas 2016 11
Kyle Orton Chicago 2005 8
       
Mac Jones New England 2021 6*
*Active streak      

The Patriots are 5-0 on the road this season and Jones can join DAK PRESCOTT (2016) and BEN ROETHLISBERGER (2004) as the only rookie quarterbacks ever to win each of their first six career road starts.

The rookie quarterbacks to win the most consecutive road starts to begin a career in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM SEASON GAMES
Dak Prescott Dallas 2016 6
Ben Roethlisberger Pittsburgh 2004 6
Mac Jones New England 2021 5*
*Active streak      

Over the past three games, Jones has passed for six touchdowns against one interception and completed 64 of 81 pass attempts (79 percent). He has completed at least 70 percent of his passes in each contest and can become the third rookie quarterback ever with a completion percentage of 70-or-higher (minimum 20 attempts) in four consecutive games.

The rookie quarterbacks with a completion percentage of 70-or-higher (minimum 20 attempts) in the most consecutive games in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM SEASON GAMES
Teddy Bridgewater Minnesota 2014 4
Dak Prescott Dallas 2016 4
       
Mac Jones New England 2021 3*
*Active streak      

— NFL —

SOPHOMORE QBs SURGING: Cincinnati quarterback JOE BURROW and Los Angeles Chargers quarterback JUSTIN HERBERT each have their teams in playoff position entering Week 13.

Burrow, the No. 1 overall selection in the 2020 NFL Draft, leads the AFC with a 101.6 passer rating this season, while Herbert, the No. 6 pick, ranks fourth in the NFL with 3,230 passing yards and fifth with 24 touchdown passes.

Sunday’s game in Cincinnati (1:00 PM ET, CBS) will be the first time the two will meet as opposing starting quarterbacks. In their second seasons, Burrow aims to bring the Bengals to the postseason for the first time since 2015, while Herbert is looking to secure a Chargers playoff berth for the first time since 2018.

The Miami Dolphins, led by quarterback TUA TAGOVAILOA, have won each of their past four games. Tagovailoa, the No. 5 overall selection in the 2020 NFL Draft, has completed over 80 percent of his passes in each of the last two weeks and became the fourth player in NFL history with a completion percentage of 80-or-higher (minimum 30 attempts) in consecutive games.

If he does it against the New York Giants again on Sunday (1:00 PM ET, FOX), Tagovailoa can become the first player ever with a completion percentage of 80-or-higher (min. 30 attempts) in four games within a single season. Tagovailoa’s three career games with a completion percentage of 80-or-higher (min. 30 attempts) are already the most by a player in his first two seasons all-time.

Philadelphia quarterback JALEN HURTS, a second-round selection in the 2020 NFL Draft, leads all quarterbacks with eight rushing touchdowns this season and ranks second at the position with 695 rushing yards.

With at least 50 rushing yards at the New York Jets on Sunday (1:00 PM ET, CBS), Hurts will join LAMAR JACKSON as the only quarterbacks with at least 50 rushing yards in seven-or-more consecutive games in the Super Bowl era. He would also tie KYLER MURRAY (12 games) for the third-most games with at least 50 rushing yards by a quarterback in his first two seasons in the Super Bowl era.

The quarterbacks with at least 50 rushing yards in the most consecutive games in the Super Bowl era:

PLAYER TEAM SEASON GAMES
Lamar Jackson Baltimore 2019 9
Lamar Jackson Baltimore 2020 7
       
Jalen Hurts Philadelphia 2021 6*
*Active streak      

The quarterbacks with the most games with at least 50 rushing yards in their first two seasons in the Super Bowl era:

PLAYER TEAM GAMES
Lamar Jackson Baltimore 18
Cam Newton Carolina 15
Kyler Murray Arizona 12
Robert Griffin III Washington 11
Jalen Hurts Philadelphia 11*
*In second season    

As a team, Philadelphia has rushed for at least 200 rushing yards in each of its past three games and can become the first team to rush for at least 200 yards in four consecutive games since the New England Patriots in 1978 (Weeks 12-15).

— NFL —

YARDAGE LEADERS MAKING HISTORY: Indianapolis running back JONATHAN TAYLOR leads the NFL with 1,541 scrimmage yards, while Los Angeles Rams wide receiver COOPER KUPP leads the league with 1,237 receiving yards. Each player can make history this Sunday.

Taylor also leads the league with 16 touchdowns (14 rushing, two receiving) and has rushed for a touchdown in each of the past nine games. With a rushing touchdown at Houston on Sunday (1:00 PM ET, CBS), Taylor will become the fifth player ever with a rushing touchdown in at least 10 consecutive games within a single season.

The players with a rushing touchdown in at least 10 consecutive games within a single season in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM SEASON GAMES
John RigginsHOF Washington 1983 12
LaDainian TomlinsonHOF San Diego Chargers 2004 12
Priest Holmes Kansas City 2002 11
Emmitt SmithHOF Dallas 1995 11
       
Jonathan Taylor Indianapolis 2021 9*
*Active streak      

Last season, Taylor led all rookies with 12 touchdowns (11 rushing, one receiving) and enters Sunday with 28 touchdowns in 27 career games. With two touchdowns in Houston, Taylor will tie Pro Football Hall of Famer EARL CAMPBELL (28 games) and BILLY SIMS (28) as the third-fastest player to reach 30 touchdowns in the Super Bowl era. Only Pro Football Hall of Famers EDGERRIN JAMES (25) and CURTIS MARTIN (27) reached the mark in fewer games.

The players to reach 30 touchdowns in the fewest games in the Super Bowl era:

PLAYER TEAM GAMES
Edgerrin JamesHOF Indianapolis 25
Curtis MartinHOF New England 27
Earl CampbellHOF Houston Oilers 28
Billy Sims Detroit 28
     
Jonathan Taylor Indianapolis 27*
*Entering Week 13    

Kupp enters Week 13 leading the league with 92 receptions and 1,237 receiving yards, while tying for the league lead with 10 touchdown receptions. He has surpassed 90 receiving yards in each of the past seven games.

If he reaches the mark against Jacksonville on Sunday (4:05 PM ET, FOX), Kupp will become the sixth player to record at least 90 receiving yards in eight-or-more consecutive games in the Super Bowl era.

The players with at least 90 receiving yards in the most consecutive games in the Super Bowl era:

PLAYER TEAM SEASON GAMES
Odell Beckham Jr. N.Y. Giants 2014 9
Michael IrvinHOF Dallas 1995 9
Dwight Clark San Francisco 1982 8
Calvin JohnsonHOF Detroit 2012 8
Adam Thielen Minnesota 2018 8
       
Cooper Kupp L.A. Rams 2021 7*
*Active streak      

— NFL —

BENGALS BREAKING RECORDS: Cincinnati running back JOE MIXON ranks tied for third in the league with a career-high 13 touchdowns (11 rushing, two receiving) and has scored two touchdowns in each of his past four games.

With two touchdowns against the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday (1:00 PM ET, CBS), Mixon will become the sixth different player to score at least two touchdowns in five-or-more consecutive games within a single season since 1970.

The players with at least two touchdowns in the most consecutive games within a single season since 1970:

PLAYER TEAM SEASON GAMES
LaDainian TomlinsonHOF San Diego Chargers 2006 8
John RigginsHOF Washington 1983 7
Emmitt SmithHOF Dallas 1994 6
Larry Johnson Kansas City 2005 5
Larry Johnson Kansas City 2004 5
Priest Holmes Kansas City 2003 5
       
Joe Mixon Cincinnati 2021 4*
*Active streak      

Mixon has also eclipsed 100 scrimmage yards in each of the past three games and can become the third player ever with at least two touchdowns and 100 scrimmage yards in four-or-more consecutive games, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer LADAINIAN TOMLINSON (eight consecutive games in 2006) and RICKY WILLIAMS (four in 2002).

The players with at least two rushing touchdowns and 100 scrimmage yards in the most consecutive games in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM SEASON GAMES
LaDainian TomlinsonHOF San Diego Chargers 2006 8
Ricky Williams Miami 2002 4
       
Joe Mixon Cincinnati 2021 3*
*Active streak      

Cincinnati wide receiver JA’MARR CHASE leads all rookies with 906 receiving yards and eight touchdown receptions this season. With 94 receiving yards and two touchdown receptions on Sunday, Chase will become the fifth rookie with at least 1,000 receiving yards and 10 touchdown receptions in the Super Bowl era.

The rookies with at least 1,000 receiving yards and 10 touchdown receptions in the Super Bowl era:

PLAYER TEAM SEASON RECEIVING YARDS TD RECEPTIONS
Odell Beckham Jr. N.Y. Giants 2014 1,305 12
Mike Evans Tampa Bay 2014 1,051 12
Randy MossHOF Minnesota 1998 1,313 17
John Jefferson San Diego Chargers 1978 1,001 13
         
Ja’Marr Chase Cincinnati 2021 906* 8*
*Entering Week 13        

— NFL —

2,500 IN A HURRY: Minnesota wide receiver JUSTIN JEFFERSON enters Week 13 ranking third in the league with 1,027 receiving yards. After setting the single-season rookie receiving yards record last year (1,400), he now has 2,427 receiving yards in 27 career games.

With 73 receiving yards at Detroit on Sunday (1:00 PM ET, FOX), Jefferson will tie Pro Football Hall of Famer LANCE ALWORTH (28 games) as the fourth-fastest player ever to reach 2,500 receiving yards. Only ODELL BECKHAM JR. (25 games), CHARLIE HENNIGAN (26) and BILL GROMAN (27) reached the mark in fewer games.

The players to reach 2,500 receiving yards in the fewest games in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM GAMES
Odell Beckham Jr. N.Y. Giants 25
Charlie Hennigan Houston Oilers 26
Bill Groman Houston Oilers 27
Lance AlworthHOF San Diego Chargers 28
     
Justin Jefferson Minnesota 27*
*Has 2,427 receiving yards in 27 games
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