Brees, Rodgers challenge record

Posted: October 25, 2011

Even as passing takes over the NFL, New Orleans' Drew Brees continues to jump out of the stats. But even for a guy with a rep as super accurate, the 89 percent completion rate on Sunday night was incredible.

Brees hit 31-of-35 attempts in the Saints' 62-7 obliteration of the Colts. That rounds up to 89 percent accuracy, which has been done only four times in an NFL game. Ever.

The 62 points, by the way, tied for the highest score since the warring AFL and NFL merged in 1970.

The record-high completion percentage for a season is the 70.6 Brees rang up in 2009. His percentage so far this season is 70.9. Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers is completing 71.5 percent of his attempts.

On the reverse side of the destructo, the suddenly decrepit Colts allowed the highest point total in franchise history, including the years in Baltimore. And only a 57-point loss to the Chicago Bears in 1962 was by a larger margin.

For the record

As hot as Brees and Rodgers are, they are not the only torrid performers chasing pass-catch records.

Wes Welker, the receiving end of the Tom Brady passing machine, is on a pace to roll up 2,093 receiving yards, having topped 100 in four of six games. Hall of Famer Jerry Rice set the record of 1,848 in 1995.

Carolina's 32-year-old Steve Smith - blessed with the big arm of rookie QB Cam Newton - has 818 yards in seven games and is on a pace to total 1,870.

Weird stat

 Kerry Byrne of ColdHardFootballFacts.com came up with this amazing item late Sunday night:

In four NFL starts, Denver's Tim Tebow now has two fourth-quarter comebacks from at least 13 points down.

That's exactly as many as John Elway had in his 16-year Hall of Fame career in the Mile High City. Two.

The legend grows.

All things come . . .

Marty Schottenheimer, the pride of Fort Cherry High School in McDonald, Pa., won his first professional football championship in 22 years as a head coach on Saturday, when his Virginia Destroyers beat Jim Fassel's Las Vegas Locos, 17-3, in the finals of the United Football League (UFL).

And here's another amazing stat for you: Fort Cherry is a tiny school west of Pittsburgh that had just 97 graduating seniors last spring. But the Rangers are the alma mater of both Schottenheimer and Marv Lewis, coach of the Cincinnati Bengals.

Stat of the week

The Cowboys' DeMarco Murray ripped off 253 yards on Sunday against the Rams - 16 more than all-time NFL rushing leader Emmitt Smith ever had in a game.

How times have changed

Courtesy of SI.com's Peter King:

Art Monk retired after the 1995 season with 940 catches, most in NFL history. On Sunday, Derrick Mason of Houston became the 11th player in 16 years to pass Monk. Mason now has 941.

Injury report

Oakland's Darren McFadden, the NFL's leading rusher entering the weekend, sprained his right foot in a loss to Kansas City. McFadden was on crutches and had a walking boot Monday.

Redskins running back Tim Hightower was declared out for the season with a torn knee ligament and receiver Santana Moss underwent hand surgery that is expected to sideline him for five to seven weeks.

Lions QB Matthew Stafford is "day-to-day" with a right ankle injury injury and was in a walking boot on Monday.

Broncos leading rusher Willis McGahee is expected to have surgery later this week for a broken finger on his right hand and will not play Sunday.

Packers running back Alex Green is out for the season after injuring a knee.


Contact staff writer Don McKee at dmckee@phillynews.com.

This article contains information from the Associated Press.

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