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Seven statistical highlights from NFL Sunday

A look at seven statistical highlights from games played at 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, October 18, the sixth week of the 2020 season.

  • The INDIANAPOLIS COLTS overcame a 21-point deficit to defeat Cincinnati, 31-27, in Week 6. Indianapolis is the first team to overcome a deficit of at least 21 points to win in the regular season since Week 1 of the 2016 season (Kansas City trailed 24-3 and defeated the San Diego Chargers, 33-27, in overtime).The 2020 season is the first season in NFL history in which at least one team has overcome a deficit of 16-or-more points and won in each of the first six weeks of the season.

    With three games remaining in Week 6, there have been six games that have featured a team overcoming a deficit of at least 17 points to win this season, the second-most such games through Week 6 in a single season in NFL history. Only the 2011 season (seven games) had more.

    The TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS overcame a 10-point deficit to defeat Green Bay, 38-10, on Sunday.

    There have been 19 games in which a team has overcome a deficit of at least 10 points to win this season, tied with the 2011 (19 games) and 1987 (19) seasons for the most such games through Week 6 in NFL history.

  • Tampa Bay quarterback TOM BRADY passed for two touchdowns with a 104.9 rating while tight end ROB GRONKOWSKI had 78 receiving yards and a touchdown in the Buccaneers’ Week 6 win.Including the postseason, Brady and Gronkowski have connected for 91 touchdowns, surpassing PHILIP RIVERS and ANTONIO GATES (90 touchdowns) for the third-most touchdowns by a quarterback-receiver pairing in NFL history. Only PEYTON MANNING and Pro Football Hall of Famer MARVIN HARRISON (114 touchdowns), and the Pro Football Hall of Fame combination of STEVE YOUNG and JERRY RICE (92) had more.
  • Indianapolis quarterback PHILIP RIVERS passed for 371 yards and three touchdowns, his 30th career game with at least 300 passing yards and three touchdown passes, in the Colts’ Week 6 win.Rivers is the sixth player to reach 30 career games with at least 300 passing yards and three touchdown passes in NFL history, joining DREW BREES (67), TOM BRADY (51), PEYTON MANNING (46), AARON RODGERS (36) and Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO (33).

    Colts tight end TREY BURTON had two touchdowns (one receiving, one rushing) in Week 6. He is the fourth tight end since 2000 with both a receiving and rushing touchdown in a single game, joining ERIC EBRON (Week 10, 2018), COBY FLEENER (Week 6, 2016) and ROB GRONKOWSKI (Week 13, 2011).

  • Tennessee quarterback RYAN TANNEHILL passed for 364 yards and four touchdowns, running back DERRICK HENRY totaled a career-high 264 scrimmage yards (212 rushing, 52 receiving) and two rushing touchdowns, including a 94-yard touchdown run, and tight end ANTHONY FIRKSER had 113 receiving yards and a touchdown in the Titans’ 42-36 overtime win over Houston.Tennessee is the third team to have a 300-yard passer, 200-yard rusher and 100-yard receiver in the same regular-season game in league annals, joining the CLEVELAND BROWNS (September 16, 2007) and KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (January 1, 2006).

    Henry, who also recorded 211 rushing yards in Week 17 of the 2019 season and 238 rushing yards in Week 14 of the 2018 season, is the first player to record a game with at least 200 rushing yards in three consecutive seasons in NFL history.

    Henry, who also had a 99-yard touchdown run in Week 14 of the 2018 season, is the fifth player in league annals with multiple career rushing touchdowns of at least 90 yards, joining AHMAN GREEN (two), BO JACKSON (two), CHRIS JOHNSON (two) and LAMAR MILLER (two).

    Henry has five career rushing touchdowns of at least 70 yards, tied with Pro Football Hall of Famers BARRY SANDERS (five) and O.J. SIMPSON (five) for the third-most in NFL history. Only CHRIS JOHNSON (seven) and ADRIAN PETERSON (seven) have more.

  • Appearing in his fifth career game, Pittsburgh rookie wide receiver CHASE CLAYPOOL registered a rushing touchdown in the Steelers’ 38-7 win over Cleveland on Sunday.Claypool has six touchdowns (four receiving, two rushing) in his first five career games, tied with Pro Football Hall of Famer RANDY MOSS (1998), MARTAVIS BRYANT (2014), WILLIE GAULT (1983) and CALVIN RIDLEY (2018) for the most touchdowns by a rookie wide receiver in his first five career games since 1970.

    The Steelers defense recorded four sacks and two interceptions in Week 6 and joined the 1985 NEW YORK GIANTS as the only teams in NFL history to record at least three sacks and an interception in each of their first five games of a season.

  • Minnesota rookie wide receiver JUSTIN JEFFERSON recorded nine receptions for 166 yards and two touchdowns in Week 6.Jefferson has 537 receiving yards in his first five career games and joined BILLY HOWTON (543) as the only players with at least 500 receiving yards in their first five career games in NFL history.
  • Denver kicker BRANDON MCMANUS converted all six of his field-goal attempts, including field goals of 52 and 54 yards, in the Broncos’ 18-12 win at New England in Week 6.McManus has six career games with at least two 50-yard field goals, tied with JUSTIN TUCKER (six) for the most such games in NFL history.

About Travis M. Smith

Travis M. Smith serves as the digital sports director for KBEC Sports. He is the former managing editor of the Waxahachie Daily Light, Midlothian Mirror and Glen Rose Reporter.

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