Devonta Freeman, Falcons Top Week 4 Stat Storylines

Cold, Hard Football Facts for Oct 05, 2015

A look at some of the top statistical story lines from Week 4 of the 2015 NFL season. Information courtesy of NFL media services.

ONE - Atlanta running back DEVONTA FREEMAN rushed for three touchdowns in the Falcons’ 48-21 win over Houston. Freeman, who rushed for three touchdowns last week in his first career start in Atlanta’s win at Dallas, is the only player since at least the 1970 merger to rush for at least three touchdowns in each of his first two career starts.

Freeman, who leads the NFL with seven rushing touchdowns, is the first player to rush for at least seven TDs in his team’s first four games to start a season since LA DAINIAN TOMLINSON (eight) in 2005.

Freeman is the first player in franchise history to have seven rushing touchdowns in the team’s first four games to begin a season.


TWO - Denver quarterback PEYTON MANNING passed for 213 yards and one touchdown in the Broncos’ 23-20 win against Minnesota. Manning earned his 100th win at home as a starter, joining BRETT FAVRE (113) as the only quarterbacks to win at least 100 home starts.

This season marks the seventh time Manning has led his team to a 4-0 start to begin a season, the most of any starting quarterback in NFL history. Pro Football Hall of Famer FRAN TARKENTON is the only other starting quarterback to lead his team to at least four 4-0 starts.

THREE - Chicago running back MATT FORTÉ had 91 rushing yards and 64 receiving yards in the Bears’ 22-20 win over Oakland. 

Playing in his 111th career game, Forté is the second-fastest player in NFL history to reach 8,000 rushing yards (8,071) and 3,500 receiving yards (3,860). Pro Football Hall of Famer MARSHALL FAULK is the only player to reach the milestone in fewer games (107).

FOUR - The INDIANAPOLIS COLTS defeated Jacksonville 16-13 in overtime. The game marked the Colts’ 15th consecutive division victory, which ties the 1972-73 Miami Dolphins for the longest streak since 1970.

Indianapolis’ active win streak against AFC South opponents began on December 30, 2012, when the Colts earned a 28-16 win against Houston.

FIVE - Colts kicker ADAM VINATIERI converted all three field-goal attempts, including the 27-yard game winner in overtime, and one PAT for a total of 10 points against the Jaguars. 

Vinatieri, who scored 1,158 points in 10 seasons with New England (1996-2005), has now scored 1,004 points for Indianapolis and is the first player in NFL history to score at least 1,000 points with two different teams. He also surpassed MIKE VANDERJAGT (995 points) as the Colts’ all-time scoring leader.

Vinatieri has now connected on 481 career field goals, surpassing JOHN CARNEY (478) for the fourth-most in NFL history.

SIX - The CINCINNATI BENGALS improved to 4-0 for the first time since 2005 with a 36-21 win against Kansas City. The contest marked the first time in franchise history in which the Bengals amassed at least 300 net passing yards (321) and four rushing touchdowns in the same game.

Cincinnati quarterback ANDY DALTON passed for 321 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions for a 127.1 passer rating against the Chiefs. Dalton has a passer rating of 123 this season, which is the highest of any Bengals quarterback through four games of a season. He is the first Bengal with a passer rating of 120 or better in three consecutive games since CARSON PALMER in 2006.

SEVEN - Carolina cornerback JOSH NORMAN had two interceptions, including a 46-yard touchdown return, in the Panthers’ 37-23 win at Tampa Bay. Norman, who had a 30-yard interception-return touchdown in Week 1, is the first cornerback with two INT-TDs in his team’s first four games to begin a season since CHARLES WOODSON in 2008.

Norman is the first player in franchise history to have two interception-return touchdowns in the team’s first four games to begin a season.

EIGHT - New York Jets running back CHRIS IVORY rushed for 166 yards and one touchdown in the Jets’ 27-14 win against Miami at London’s Wembley Stadium. Ivory’s 166 rushing yards are the highest single-game total in the 12-game history of the NFL International Series in London.

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