As there is every week, there was plenty of action throughout the NFL in Week 6. The highlights of the day were filled with quarterbacks with the likes of Lamar Jackson leading the way. The following are seven statistical highlights from the games played at 9:30 AM, 1:00 PM, and 4:00 PM ET on Sunday, October 13. Please note that this release is courtesy of the NFL.
Quarterbacks are running more than ever
With two games remaining in Week 6, quarterbacks have rushed for 31 touchdowns during the 2019 season, surpassing 2002 (28) for the most rushing touchdowns by quarterbacks through the first six weeks of a season since 1970.
In Week 6, quarterbacks have totaled 10 rushing touchdowns heading into the final two contests, surpassing Week 13 of the 2015 season (nine) for the most in a single week since 1970.
Stefon Diggs racks up three receiving touchdowns
Minnesota wide receiver Stefon Diggs had seven receptions for 167 yards and 3 touchdowns in the Vikings’ 38-20 win over Philadelphia.
With two games remaining in Week 6, there have been five individual performances of at least 3 touchdown receptions in 2019. That is tied with the 1992 season (five) for the most such performances at this point in a season since 1970.
In total, there have been 11 individual performances of at least 3 scrimmage touchdowns in 2019, tied with the 1983 season (11) for the second-most through the first six weeks of a season in NFL history. Only the 2015 season (12) had more such individual performances at this point in a season.
Christian McCaffrey and Curtis Samuel shine in London
Carolina running back Christian McCaffrey and wide receiver Curtis Samuel each had a rushing and receiving touchdown in the Panthers’ 37-26 Week 6 win over Tampa Bay at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London. The London series continues in Week 8 when the Cincinnati Bengals and Los Angeles Rams face off at Wembley Stadium.
McCaffrey and Samuel are the third pair of teammates to each record a rushing and receiving touchdown in the same game since 1980 and first since November 10, 2013, when New Orleans Saints running backs Darren Sproles and Pierre Thomas each had a rushing and receiving touchdown.
Carolina recorded 7 sacks and 5 interceptions in the win, becoming the first team with at least 7 sacks and 5 interceptions in a single game since the Miami Dolphins (8 sacks, 6 interceptions) on December 6, 1998.
QB Lamar Jackson rushes for 152 yards
Baltimore quarterback Lamar Jackson had 236 passing yards and a career-high 152 rushing yards with a touchdown in the Ravens’ 23-17 Week 6 win over Cincinnati. His 152 rushing yards are the fourth-most by a quarterback in a single game in NFL history, including the postseason.
Jackson is the second quarterback to record at least 200 passing yards and 150 rushing yards in a single game in NFL history, including the postseason, joining Colin Kaepernick on January 12, 2013 (263 passing yards, 181 rushing yards in NFC Divisional playoffs).
Jackson, who registered his third career game with at least 115 rushing yards, is the first quarterback in the Super Bowl era to register at least 115 rushing yards in at least three games in his first two seasons.
Russell Wilson gets it done on the ground and in the air
Wilson, who has recorded a passer rating of 100 or higher in each of Seattle’s first six games of the season, joined Aaron Rodgers (12 games in 2011), Tom Brady (eight in 2007) and Carson Palmer (six in 2005) as the only quarterbacks with a passer rating of 100 or higher in each of their team’s first six games of a season in NFL history.
Wilson, who is playing in his eighth NFL season, recorded his 67th career game with at least 2 touchdown passes and tied Pro Football Hall of Famer Brett Favre (67 games) for the third-most such games in a player’s first eight seasons in league annals. Only Peyton Manning (74 games) and Pro Football Hall of Famer Dan Marino (72) had more such games in their first eight seasons.
Deshaun Watson reaches 7,500 career passing yards
Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson passed for 280 yards and had 3 total touchdowns (2 rushing, 1 passing) in the Texans’ 31-24 Week 6 win at Kansas City.
Watson has 7,508 passing yards in 29 career games and tied Marc Bulger (29 games), Pro Football Hall of Famer Dan Marino (29) and Matthew Stafford (29) as quarterbacks to reach 7,500 career passing yards in the second-fewest games in NFL history. Only Pro Football Hall of Famer Kurt Warner (27 games) reached 7,500 passing yards in fewer games.
Sam Darnold gets into the history books
Darnold, at 22 years and 130 days old, is the youngest player in the Super Bowl era with a touchdown pass of at least 90 yards.
As the first half expired, Dallas kicker Brett Maher converted a 62-yard field goal, his second career field goal of at least 60 yards, and joined Sebastian Janikowski (two) and Greg Zuerlein (two) as the only kickers with at least 2 career field goals of 60-or-more yards in NFL history.
Other notable performances from Sunday, October 13
San Francisco quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo passed for 243 yards in the 49ers’ 20-7 win at the Los Angeles Rams. San Francisco advanced to 5-0 for the first time since 1990.
Garoppolo, making his 15th career start, improved to 13-2 as a starting quarterback and became the eighth quarterback in the Super Bowl era to win 13 of his first 15 career starts.
Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan passed for 356 yards and 4 touchdowns in the Falcons’ Week 6 loss at Arizona. Ryan, who has recorded at least 300 passing yards in each of Atlanta’s first six games, joined Pro Football Hall of Famers KURT WARNER (six) and STEVE YOUNG (six) as quarterbacks with at least 300 passing yards in each of their team’s first six games of a season in NFL history.