NFL Week 3, things to watch for:
FAST START: Through the first two weeks of the season, there have been 174 total touchdowns scored, the most in NFL history through Week 2, and the 1,506 total points are the second-most in league annals (1,556 in 2012) through the first two weeks of a season.
CLOSE GAMES: continue to be the norm in 2018, as 25 of the 32 games (78.1 percent) through two weeks of the season have been within one score in the fourth quarter, tied for the third-most in NFL history through Week 2. Twenty-one games have been decided by eight or fewer points through Week 2, the third-most in league history through the first two weeks of a season. Nine teams, including four last week (Denver, Minnesota, New Orleans and Tennessee), have won or tied after trailing in the fourth quarter this season.
FITZ-MAGICAL: Tampa Bay quarterback RYAN FITZPATRICK completed 27 of 33 attempts (81.8 percent) for 402 yards with four touchdowns and one interception for a 144.4 passer rating in the Buccaneers’ Week 2 win over Philadelphia.
Fitzpatrick, who passed for 417 yards and four touchdowns in Week 1 and plays against Pittsburgh on Monday Night Football, can become the first quarterback in NFL history to pass for at least 400 yards and four touchdowns in three consecutive games.
CHILLING WITH MAHOMES: Kansas City quarterback PATRICK MAHOMES completed 23 of 28 attempts (82.1 percent) for 326 yards with six touchdowns and no interceptions for a 154.8 passer rating in the Chiefs’ Week 2 victory at Pittsburgh. At 22 years, 364 days old, Mahomes became the youngest quarterback in NFL history with at least six touchdown passes in a single game.
Mahomes, whose 10 touchdown passes through Week 2 are the most by a quarterback in NFL history through his team’s first two games, needs three touchdown passes on Sunday against San Francisco to surpass PEYTON MANNING (12 in 2013) for the most touchdown passes in NFL history by a quarterback through his team’s first three games of a season.
COMPLETE CONTROL: New Orleans quarterback DREW BREES has 6,287 career completions during his 18-year NFL career.
With 14 completions on Sunday at Atlanta, Brees would surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer BRETT FAVRE (6,300) for the most completions in NFL history.
Brees has at least 30 pass attempts and completed at least 80 percent of his passes in each of his past two games. He can surpass PEYTON MANNING (2013) as the only quarterback in NFL history with three consecutive games with at least 30 pass attempts and a completion percentage of 80 or higher.
OH CAPTAIN, MY CAPTAIN: Indianapolis quarterback ANDREW LUCK has 19,576 career passing yards in 72 career games.
Luck, who will play at Philadelphia on Sunday, needs 424 passing yards to join Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO (74 games) and MATTHEW STAFFORD (71 games) as the only quarterbacks in NFL history to pass for 20,000 yards in 75 games or fewer.
DEEP THREAT: Buccaneers wide receiver DE SEAN JACKSON had 129 receiving yards, including a 75-yard touchdown catch, in Tampa Bay’s Week 2 victory.
Jackson, who had 146 receiving yards and two touchdowns in Week 1, can become the fifth player in NFL history to record at least 100 receiving yards and a touchdown catch in each of his team’s first three games of a season.
GREEN IS GOOD: Cincinnati wide receiver A.J. GREEN had three touchdown receptions in the Bengals’ Week 2 victory over Baltimore.
Green, who has four touchdown receptions through two games, needs two touchdowns at Carolina to become the fourth player in the Super Bowl era to record six touchdown catches through his team’s first three games of a season.
LIKE MIKE: New Orleans wide receiver MICHAEL THOMAS recorded 12 receptions for 89 yards and two touchdowns in the Saints’ Week 2 win over Cleveland. Thomas has 28 receptions in the Saints’ first two games, the most by a player in his team’s first two games in NFL history.
Thomas needs seven receptions at Atlanta to surpass JULIO JONES (34 in 2015) for the most catches by a player in his team’s first three games to start a season in NFL history. #nfluk #nfl #gmfb #stewartlovenfl