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NFL All-Time List Top-50 Movement (Week 6 – 2015)

October 20, 2015
Baltimore Ravens WR Steve Smith does his

Baltimore Ravens WR Steve Smith does his “Pee Wee Herman Dance” after scoring a touchdown at San Francisco while fellow receiver Marlon Brown (#14) looks on. (photo courtesy of CBS Sports)

Baltimore Ravens WR Steve Smith, Sr. had one heck of a week. In a 25-20 loss at San Francisco, the 15-year veteran from Utah caught seven passes for 137 yards and a touchdown – one week after sitting out with a back injury. The 36-year old receiver stamped another claim to a Hall of Fame resumé by tying Andre Reed for 15th in career receptions (951), passing Andre Johnson for 12th in receiving yards (13,772), moving ahead of James Lofton and tying Fred Biletnikoff, Harold Jackson and Calvin Johnson for 27th in receiving touchdowns (76), sliding by Joey Galloway and tying Andre Rison, Joe Perry and Herschel Walker for 47th in total touchdowns (84), passing Fred Taylor for 29th in yards from scrimmage (14,159) and eclipsing Walker for 9th in all-purpose yards (18,221). If the folks in Canton haven’t started on a bust of Steve Smith, Sr., here’s their notification.

Elsewhere, San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers, while not having a record-setting day, became the 16th player to throw for, at least, 500 yards in a game, making it the 17th occurrence in NFL history (Ben Roethlisberger did it twice). Despite his 503-yard effort against the Green Bay Packers, the Chargers lost 27-20 at Lambeau Field, making it the third time in less than six years the Packers allowed a 500-yard passer (note: Green Bay won two of those games). Along the way, Rivers passed Carson Palmer and Donovan McNabb for 16th in passes completed (3,203) and jumped ahead of Jim Everett for 24th in passing attempts (4,932).

One other special note from the weekend, Denver defensive back Aqib Talib returned an interception 63 yards for a touchdown in the Broncos’ 26-23 overtime win at Cleveland. The “Pick-Six” was the eighth of Talib’s eight-year career, tying him with Charles “Peanut” Tillman, Ronde Barber and Eric Allen for seventh-best in the history of the NFL. Of the six players with more career interception returns for touchdowns, only two are not in the Hall of Fame: Charles Woodson (active) and Darren Sharper (first-year of eligibility), while Rod Woodson, Ken Houston, Deion Sanders and Aeneas Williams are enshrined.

PASSING

Passes Completed

Philip Rivers (3,203) passed Carson Palmer and Donovan McNabb for 16th
Carson Palmer (3,196) passed Donovan McNabb for 17th
Matt Ryan (2,658) passed Ken Anderson for 34th
Jay Cutler (2,496) passed Jake Plummer for 39th
Joe Flacco (2,367) passed John Hadl and Roman Gabriel for 47th

Pass Attempts

Carson Palmer (5,099) passed Jim Hart for 20th
Philip Rivers (4,932) passed Jim Everett for 24th
Matt Ryan (4,145) passed Ron Jaworski for 46th
Jay Cutler (4,045) passed Chris Chandler and George Blanda for 49th

Passing Yards

Aaron Rodgers (30,069) passed Joe Ferguson and Randall Cunningham for 40th
Matt Ryan (29,917) passed Jon Kitna and Joe Ferguson for 42nd
Jay Cutler (28,980) passed Len Dawson and Rich Gannon for 48th

Passing TDs

Aaron Rodgers (241) passed Len Dawson for 23rd
Carson Palmer (238) passed Jim Kelly for 25th
Matt Ryan (189) passed Sammy Baugh for 48th

Passes Intercepted

Peyton Manning (244) passed Dan Fouts and Bobby Layne for 11th
Eli Manning (189) passed Craig Morton and tied Sonny Jurgensen for 31st
Carson Palmer (160) passed Tommy Kramer and tied Ken Anderson for 50th

Sacked

Alex Smith (303) passed Rich Gannon for 40th
Philip Rivers (302) passed Peyton Manning and tied Rich Gannon for 41st
Eli Manning (287) passed Jake Plummer for 47th

Sacked Yards Lost

Eli Manning (2,008) passed Steve Grogan and Jon Kitna for 47th

RUSHING

Rushing Attempts

Adrian Peterson (2,155) passed Terry Allen for 32nd
Chris Johnson (1,990) passed Gerald Riggs for 39th
Matt Forte (1,943) passed Joe Perry and Jim Taylor for 43rd

Rushing Yards

Adrian Peterson (10,622) passed Thomas Jones and Jamal Lewis for 23rd
Matt Forte (8,211) passed Maurice Jones-Drew, Priest Holmes, Gerald Riggs and Roger Craig for 42nd

Rushing TDs

Marshawn Lynch (72) passed Chuck Muncie and Joe Perry for 27th

RECEIVING

Receptions

Larry Fitzgerald (952) passed Steve Smith and Andre Reed for 14th
Steve Smith (951) tied Andre Reed for 15th

Receiving Yards

Steve Smith (13,772) passed Andre Johnson for 12th
Anquan Boldin (12,739) passed Larry Fitzgerald and Art Monk for 18th
Larry Fitzgerald (12,734) passed Art Monk for 19th
Calvin Johnson (10,893) passed Jason Witten and Gary Clark for 32nd
Brandon Marshall (10,282) passed Andre Rison and Lance Alworth for 40th
Antonio Gates (10,201) passed Donald Driver for 43rd

Receiving TDs

Calvin Johnson (76) passed James Lofton and tied Fred Biletnikoff and Harold Jackson for 27th
Steve Smith (76) passed James Lofton and tied Fred Biletnikoff and Harold Jackson for 27th
Brandon Marshall (69) passed Marques Colston, Raymond Berry, Art Monk and Rod Smith for 39th

SCORING & OTHER OFFENSE

Touchdowns

Steve Smith (84) passed Joey Galloway and tied Andre Rison, Joe Perry and Herschel Walker for 47th

Points Scored

Phil Dawson (1,557) passed Olindo Mare for 19th
Stephen Gostkowski (1,236) tied Pete Stoyanovich for 35th
Robbie Gould (1,132) passed Ray Wersching, Kris Brown and Gino Cappelletti for 41st
Mason Crosby (1,085) passed Don Cockroft for 46th

Non-Offensive Touchdowns

Aqib Talib (8) passed 21 others and tied 20 others for 32nd

Two-Point Conversions Made

Matt Forte (6) passed Cris Carter, Marvin Harrison, Todd Heap, Rob Moore, Marcus Pollard and Hines Ward and tied Terrance Mathis and Willie Jackson for 2nd

Yards From Scrimmage

Frank Gore (14,421) passe Reggie Wayne and Franco Harris for 25th
Steve Smith (14,159) passed Fred Taylor for 29th
Anquan Boldin (12,968) passed Earnest Byner for 45th

All-Purpose Yards

Steve Smith (18,221) passed Herschel Walker for 9th
Darren Sproles (17,178) passed Derrick Mason for 15th
Frank Gore (14,436) passed Reggie Wayne, O.J. Simpson and Dante Hall for 39th

PUNT & KICK RETURNS

Kickoff Return Yards

Jacoby Jones (4,636) passed David Dunn and Jermaine Lewis for 42nd

Punt Returns

Jacoby Jones (269) passed J.T. Smith for 13th
Darren Sproles (247) passed Desmond Howard for 26th
Ted Ginn (193) passed Gerald McNeil and Willie Drewrey for 42nd

Punt Return Yards

Darren Sproles (2,316) passed Kevin Williams for 26th

SERVICE

Games Played

Adam Vinatieri (296) tied Bruce Matthews for 11th
Peyton Manning (262) tied Ray Brown for 26th
Shane Lechler (244) passed Charles Woodson and Bill Romanowski and tied Matt Turk, Ricky Proehl, Chris Gardocki and Ray Donaldson for 47th

Games Started

Tom Brady (212) passed Jackie Slater and Charlie Joiner and tied Bruce Armstrong, Champ Bailey and James Lofton for 45th

KICKING

Extra Points Made

Stephen Gostkowski (472) passed Steve Christie for 29th
Matt Bryant (422) passed Pete Stoyanovich, Rafael Septien and Shayne Graham for 38th

Field Goals Made

Phil Dawson (372) tied Sebastian Janikowski for 12th
Robbie Gould (258) passed Kris Brown and Joe Nedney for 37th
Mason Crosby (222) tied Ray Wersching for 49th

PUNTING

Punting Yards

Andy Lee (44,850) passed Brian Hansen for 15th
Donnie Jones (42,149) passed Dan Stryzinski for 23rd
Dustin Colquitt (38,011) passed Tom Tupa for 33rd

Punts Blocked

Matthew Bosher (6) passed Shane Lechler, Donnie Jones, Dustin Colquitt and 25 others and tied Jon Ryan and 15 others for 33rd

FUMBLES

Total Fumbles

Eli Manning (91) passed Drew Brees, Franco Harris and Tony Dorsett for 23rd

DEFENSE

Interception Return TDs

Aqib Talib (8) passed Otis Smith, Ed Reed, Ty Law, Lem Barney, Erich Barnes and Herb Adderley and tied Eric Allen, Ronde Barber and Charles Tillman for 7th

Karlos Dansby (5) passed William Gay, Darius Butler, Josh Wilson, Antrel Rolle, Julius Peppers, Rashean Mathis and 60 others and tied DeAngelo Hall, Janoris Jenkins, Johnathan Joseph, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Captain Munnerlyn for 26th

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