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NFL All-Time List Top-50 Movement (Week 3 – 2015)

September 29, 2015
Colts' RB Frank Gore (#23) rushed for 86 yards and two touchdowns in a 35-33 win at Tennessee and moved up on several NFL All-Time Top-50 category lists. (photo courtesy of indysportscentral,com

Colts’ RB Frank Gore (#23) rushed for 86 yards and two touchdowns in a 35-33 win at Tennessee and moved up on several NFL All-Time Top-50 category lists. (photo courtesy of indysportscentral.com

With Week 3 of the 2015 NFL season in the books, the biggest name moving up the All-Time Top-50 stats list was Indianapolis Colts RB Frank Gore. On the strength of a 14 carry/86 yard/2 touchdown rushing day as well as an 8-yard reception, the 11-year veteran from Miami-Florida passed O.J. Simpson and Corey Dillon for 18th on the league’s rushing list. Also, Gore passed Hall of Famers Larry Csonka and Thurman Thomas as well as two others and tied three other NFL greats for 36th in rushing touchdowns (66). In addition, Gore’s 94 yards from scrimmage moved him past Fred Taylor for 28th in that category as well as past Taylor and Hall of Famer Bobby Mitchell for 44th on the all-purpose yards list. Meanwhile, Gore’s teammate, kicker Adam Vinatieri, shrugged off two lackluster weeks to pass Jason Hanson for 3rd place on the all-time scoring list (2,152).

Players cracking the top-50 in particular categories included Chicago Bears RB Matt Forte, who passed James Brooks and Garrison Hearst on the all-time rushing list for 49th place. New Orleans Saints WR Marques Colston caught four passes for 47 yards in a 27-22 loss at Carolina and passed Rob Moore for 50th in receiving yards (9,384) as well as moving past Laveranues Coles for 46th in receptions (677). Despite a loss to Cincinnati, Baltimore Ravens WR Steve Smith, Sr. had another big week with two touchdown receptions, moving into the top-50 with 83 overall TDs for his career, tying Joey Galloway for 50th as well as equaling Calvin Johnson and James Lofton for 29th in TD receptions (75). While Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald found the end zone twice in a rout over San Francisco to tie Jerome Bettis and Priest Holmes for 24th with 94 career touchdowns, the long-time receiver from Pittsburgh caught nine balls for 134 yards to pass Jamal Lewis and Hines Ward for 50th place in yards from scrimmage. Finally, Tom Brady entered the top-50 in another category: games started. The New England QB tied Ed White for 50th on the list with 210 games as a starter.

In other notes, New York Jets WR Brandon Marshall became the 45th player in NFL history to break the 10,000 receiving yards barrier, as he passed Antonio Gates for 44th place with 10,043 and Philadelphia RB/return specialist Darren Sproles notched his 6th punt return for a touchdown, tying Darrien Gordon, Dante Hall, Billy Johnson, Jermaine Lewis and Deion Sanders for 8th place all-time. The 89-yard return against the Jets, also, gives Sproles eight non-offensive touchdowns, which ties him with 19 players for 32nd, including Hall of Famers Gale Sayers, Darrell Green, Bobby Mitchell and Bill Dudley.

PASSING

Pass Attempts

Ben Roethlisberger (5,043) passed Steve DeBerg for 21st
Philip Rivers (4,781) passed Jim Kelly for 25th
Matt Ryan (4,032) passed Chris Chandler and George Blanda for 48th

Passing Yards

Aaron Rodgers (29,349) passed Brad Johnson and Jake Plummer for 44th
Matt Ryan (29,112) passed Brad Johnson for 46th

TD Passes

Eli Manning (263) passed Dave Krieg (261) for 12th
Aaron Rodgers (236) passed Carson Palmer, Steve Young and Donovan McNabb and tied George Blanda for 25th
Carson Palmer (233) passed Steve Young for 28th
Matt Ryan (186) passed Mark Brunell and Jay Cutler for 48th

Sacked

Michael Vick (308) passed Drew Brees and Terry Bradshaw for 37th
Philip Rivers (295) tied Peyton Manning for 44th

Sacked Yards Lost

Ben Roethlisberger (2,761) passed Joe Theismann for 15th
Tom Brady (2,318) tied Bob Griese for 32nd

RUSHING

Rushing Attempts

Adrian Peterson (2,113) passed Earnest Byner and Willis McGahee for 33rd
Chris Johnson (1,949) passed Joe Perry, Jim Taylor and Stephen Davis for 41st

Rushing Yards

Frank Gore (11,247) passed O.J. Simpson and Corey Dillon for 18th
Adrian Peterson (10,481) passed Eddie George and Tiki Barber for 25th
Chris Johnson (8,847) passed Marshawn Lynch for 35th
Matt Forte (7,970) passed James Brooks and Garrison Hearst for 49th

Rushing TDs

Adrian Peterson (88) passed Priest Holmes for 14th
Frank Gore (66) passed Larry Csonka, Thurman Thomas, Willis McGahee and Stephen Davis and tied Fred Taylor, Michael Turner and Ricky Williams for 36th

RECEIVING

Receptions

Anquan Boldin (952) passed Andre Reed for 13th
Steve Smith (940) tied Art Monk for 16th
Brandon Marshall (796) passed Antonio Gates for 31st
Marques Colston (677) passed Laveranues Coles for 46th

Receiving Yards

Calvin Johnson (10,604) passed Keyshawn Johnson for 35th
Brandon Marshall (10,043) passed Eric Moulds and Antonio Gates for 44th
Marques Colston (9,384) passed Rob Moore for 50th

Receiving TDs

Steve Smith (75) passed Torry Holt and Nat Moore and tied Calvin Johnson and James Lofton for 29th
Brandon Marshall (68) passed Jimmy Smith, Chad Johnson and Cliff Branch and tied Marques Colston, Raymond Berry, Art Monk and Rod Smith for 39th

SCORING & OTHER OFFENSE

Touchdowns

Larry Fitzgerald (94) tied Priest Holmes and Jerome Bettis for 24th
Adrian Peterson (93) passed Ricky Watters, Bobby Mitchell, Edgerrin James, Tony Dorsett and Isaac Bruce for 27th
Steve Smith (83) passed Maurice Jones-Drew, Reggie Wayne, Art Powell and Pete Johnson and tied Joey Galloway for 50th

Points Scored

Adam Vinatieri (2,152) passed Jason Hanson for 3rd
Sebastian Janikowski (1,597) passed Eddie Murray for 16th
Josh Brown (1,253) passed Jim Breech for 33rd
Stephen Gostkowski (1,214) passed Kevin Butler and Chris Bahr for 37th

Non-Offensive TDs

Darren Sproles (8) passed 22 players and tied 19 players for 32nd

Yards From Scrimmage

Frank Gore (14,142) passed Fred Taylor for 28th
Steve Smith (13,998) passed Henry Ellard and Cris Carter for 30th
Larry Fitzgerald (12,547) passed Jamal Lewis and Hines Ward for 50th

All-Purpose Yards

Frank Gore (14,157) passed Bobby Mitchell and Fred Taylor for 44th

PUNT & KICK RETURNS

Punt Return TDs

Darren Sproles (6) passed Joey Galloway, Curly Oden, Antwaan Randle El, Emlen Tunnell, Karl Williams and Adam Jones and tied Darrien Gordon, Dante Hall, Billy Johnson, Jermaine Lewis and Deion Sanders for 8th

Punt Return Yards

Darren Sproles (2,246) passed Deion Sanders, Speedy Duncan and Emlen Tunnell for 28th

SERVICE

Games Played

Adam Vinatieri (296) passed Darrell Green and tied Bruce Matthews for 11th
Peyton Manning (259) tied Jackie Slater and Lee Johnson for 28th
Phil Dawson (250) tied Eugene Robinson, Eddie Murray and Pat Leahy for 37th

Games Started

Peyton Manning (259) passed Darrell Green for 6th
Charles Woodson (238) tied Kevin Mawae for 17th
Tom Brady (210) passed Cris Carter, Carl Eller and Brad Meester and tied Ed White for 50th

KICKING

Extra Points Made

Sebastian Janikowski (487) passed Olindo Mare and tied Chris Bahr for 25th

Field Goals Made

Stephen Gostkowski (250) passed Robbie Gould for 39th
Josh Scobee (239) tied Rob Bironas for 43rd

PUNTING

Punting Yards

Andy Lee (44,119) passed John James for 17th
Donnie Jones (41,509) passed Bobby Joe Green for 24th
Sam Koch (32,446) passed Josh Miller for 47th

FUMBLES

Fumbles

Michael Vick (97) tied Tom Brady for 18th
Philip Rivers (80) passed Jim Harbaugh and Rich Gannon and tied Bobby Layne for 37th

SACKS

Robert Mathis (112.0) passed Dwight Freeney for 20th
Elvis Dumervil (91.0) tied Trevor Pryce for 41st

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