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NFL All-Time List Top-50 Movement (Week 9 – 2015)

November 10, 2015
Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson celebrates after a 6-yard TD run vs. the St. Louis Rams. The touchdown moved Peterson into a tie for 12th all-time in rushing scores. (photo courtesy of Jim Mone/Associated Press Sports)

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson celebrates after a 6-yard TD run vs. the St. Louis Rams. The touchdown moved Peterson into a tie for 12th all-time in rushing scores. (photo courtesy of Jim Mone/Associated Press Sports)

With the eyes of the football world (and an on-site representative from the Pro Football Hall of Fame) focused on Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis waiting for a legendary record to fall, Brett Favre still stands tall (for one more week). The Colts inched past the previously undefeated Denver Broncos 27-24, but the outcome of the game was not the story of the day. Peyton Manning needed 284 passing yards to break Favre’s all-time NFL record of 71,838 yards, but finished the contest with 281, shifting the focus to Sports Authority Field at Mile High Stadium next Sunday at 4:25PM ET as the AFC West leaders host the Kansas City Chiefs.

Meanwhile, Week 9 of the NFL season yielded few major moves. but Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson continued his assault on the upper echelons in league history by rushing for his 90th touchdown to tie Hall of Famers Eric Dickerson and Curtis Martin for 12th-best all-time. The run to paydirt, also, moved Peterson into sole possession of 25th place, passing Priest Holmes and Hall of Famer Jerome Bettis, with his 95th overall touchdown.

The move towards Dan Marino’s former record of 420 touchdown passes continued on Sunday as Tom Brady and Drew Brees are, again, knotted for 4th place. Brees tossed three scoring passes in New Orleans’ overtime loss to Tennessee while Brady had a pair of touchdown strikes in New England’s blowout of Washington. Both future Hall of Fame signal-callers enter the second half of the season with 414, six behind the Dolphins’ legend.

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger moved past Hall of Famers Johnny Unitas and Joe Montana for 14th place on the all-time passing yards list at 40,565 before injuring his left foot in the fourth quarter of the Steelers’ 38-35 win over Oakland. Big Ben will be sidelined for a few weeks, so his move towards Kerry Collins at 13th in the statistical category is put on a temporary hold.

In other movement of note, Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten passed Randy Moss for 11th place on the receptions list at 987 and is primed to become the 11th player in NFL history with 1,000 passes caught. Philadelphia running back Darren Sproles notched, only, 26 total yards in the Eagles’ overtime win at Dallas, but moved past Eric Metcalf for 14th in all-purpose yards (17,246). The ageless Charles Woodson started his 243rd career game, tying Hall of Famer Junior Seau for 12th all-time, DeMarcus Ware notched a sack in Denver’s loss at Indianapolis, before leaving the game with a back injury, moving him past Leslie O’Neal and Lawrence Taylor and into a tie for 10th with John Abraham and Cincinnati defensive back Adam Jones moved into a tie for 50th place with Gerald McNeil in punt return yardage with 1,717 yards.

Back in Pittsburgh, wide receiver Antonio Brown set team records with 17 receptions for 284 yards in the Steelers’ win over Oakland. Also, Brown’s 17 receptions tied Clark Gaines (New York Jets vs. San Francisco – September 20, 1980) for the 6th-best single-game effort, while the 284 receiving yards stands as the 9th-best output for a single contest. In addition, Brown did not score a touchdown vs. the Raiders, making his reception mark tied for the second-most (along with Gaines) to not result in a touchdown (behind Jason Witten’s 18 receptions vs. the New York Giants on October 28, 2012). The 284 receiving yards sets the league record for most yards without a touchdown reception, eclipsing Keenan McCardell’s 232 yards for the Jacksonville Jaguars vs. the St. Louis Rams on October 20, 1996.

PASSING

Passes Completed

Matt Ryan (2,747) passed Steve McNair for 29th
Jay Cutler (2,545) passed Rich Gannon for 38th
Aaron Rodgers (2,449) passed Y.A. Tittle, Randall Cunningham and Sonny Jurgensen for 42nd

Pass Attempts

Matt Ryan (4,273) passed Sonny Jurgensen for 43rd
Jay Cutler (4,118) passed Ron Jaworski for 47th

Passing Yards

Ben Roethlisberger (40,565) passed Johnny Unitas and Joe Montana for 14th
Matt Ryan (30,868) passed Norm Snead for 39th
Jay Cutler (29,536) passed Jake Plummer and Roman Gabriel for 45th

Passing TDs

Drew Brees (414) tied Tom Brady for 4th
Aaron Rodgers (245) passed Y.A. Tittle, Carson Palmer and John Hadl and tied Tony Romo for 20th
Matt Ryan (193) passed Bob Griese for 46th
Jay Cutler (193) passed Bob Griese and tied Matt Ryan for 46th

Passes Intercepted

Peyton Manning (247) tied Jim Hart for 10th
Eli Manning (191) passed Sony Jurgensen and tied Tobin Rote for 30th

Sacked

Drew Brees (321) passed Boomer Esiason and Dan Fouts for 31st
Aaron Rodgers (279) passed Frank Tarkenton for 50th

RUSHING

Rushing Attempts

Frank Gore (2,590) passed Ottis Anderson for 21st
Adrian Peterson (2,221) passed Tiki Barber for 29th

Rushing TDs

Adrian Peterson (90) tied Eric Dickerson and Curtis Martin for 12th
Frank Gore (68) tied Thomas Jones, Steven Jackson, Eddie George and Maurice Jones-Drew for 32nd

RECEIVING

Jason Witten (987) passed Randy Moss for 11th
Brandon Marshall (827) tied Larry Centers for 26th
Antonio Gates (816) passed Keyshawn Johnson, Henry Ellard and Shannon Sharpe for 29th

Receiving TDs

Brandon Marshall (70) passed Marques Colston and tied Gary Collins for 38th

SCORING & OTHER OFFENSE

Touchdowns

Adrian Peterson (95) passed Priest Holmes and Jerome Bettis for 25th

2-Point Conversions Made

DeAngelo Williams (3) passed Julian Edelman, Jerricho Cotchery, Riley Cooper, Ladarius Green, Martellus Bennett, Jason Avant, Matt Asiata, Antonio Brown, Kenny Britt, Ahmad Bradshaw, Robert Woods, Darren Sproles, Torrey Smith, Steve Smith, Emmanuel Sanders, Tony Romo, Roddy White, Brandon Marshall, Marshawn Lynch, Calvin Johnson, Andre Johnson, Josh McCown, Greg Olson, LeSean McCoy and 86 others and tied Coby Fleener, Vincent Jackson, Reggie Bush, Greg Jennings, Lance Moore, Heath Miller and 36 others for 24th

Yards From Scrimmage

Frank Gore (14,690) passed Marvin Harrison for 24th
Adrian Peterson (12,788) passed Eddie George for 48th

All-Purpose Yards

Darren Sproles (17,246) passed Eric Metcalf for 14th
Frank Gore (14,705) passed Franco Harris for 38th

PUNT & KICK RETURNS

Kick Return Yards

Jacoby Jones (4,803) passed Tim Dwight, Timmy Brown and Al Carmichael for 38th

Punt Returns

Ted Ginn (201) passed Tamarick Vanover and tied Leo Lewis for 39th

Punt Return Yards

Adam Jones (1,717) tied Gerald McNeil for 50th

SERVICE

Peyton Manning (264) passed Lomas Brown, Jason Elam and Jan Stenerud for 23rd
Phil Dawson (256) passed Earl Morrall, Irving Fryar and Tim Brown and tied David Binn and London Fletcher for 31st
Charles Woodson (246) passed Patrick Mannelly and Mike Webster and tied Shane Lechler, Blair Bush, Jeff Van Note and Fran Tarkenton for 42nd
Sebastian Janikowski (244) passed Bill Romanowski and tied Matt Turk, Ricky Proehl, Chris Gardocki and Ray Donaldson for 49th

Games Started

Charles Woodson (243) tied Junior Seau for 12th
Tom Brady (215) passed Eric Allen and Vinny Testaverde and tied Takeo Spikes and Alan Page for 39th

KICKING

Extra Points Made

Mason Crosby (423) passed Pete Stoyanovich, Rafael Septien and Shayne Graham for 39th

Field Goals Made

Matt Bryant (300) tied Mark Moseley and Matt Bahr for 26th
Stephen Gostkowski (262) passed Robbie Gould for 37th

PUNTING

Punts

Andy Lee (986) passed Jeff Gossett for 22nd

Punting Yards

Donnie Jones (42,501) passed Mike Horan for 22nd

FUMBLES

Jay Cutler (79) passed Ben Roethlisberger, Jack Kemp and Eric Dickerson and tied Rich Gannon and Jim Harbaugh for 39th

SACKS

DeMarcus Ware (133.5) passed Leslie O’Neal and Lawrence Taylor and tied John Abraham for 10th

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