2011 NFL Season Fun Facts – Week 5

Week 5 was a good weekend of football that saw great teams win, bad teams lose, and there were even a couple of upsets.

Here are some fun facts from this past weekend of football.

-Antonio Cromartie intercepted Tom Brady just before halftime of the Jets loss to Patriots. This marked the first time Brady had ever thrown an interception inside the redzone at home. Cromartie also intercepted Brady last year when the two teams played in New York.

-The Seattle Seahawks upset the New York Giants by the score of 36-25. This is the first time in NFL history that a game has ended with that score.

-With 90 yards rushing, Michael Vick moved into first place on the rushing yards by a quarterback list with a total of 4,948 yards. The record had been held by another longtime Eagles quarterback, Randall Cunningham. Some of the non-quarterbacks that Vick is sneaking up on on the career rushing yards list include Gale Sayers, Tyrone Wheatley, Dorsey Levens, Mike Alstott, Billy Sims, Kevin Mack, Ollie Matson, Lenny Moore, Natrone Means, Hugh McElhenny, Jamal Anderson, Joe Cribbs, Willie Parker, and Joe Morris.

-A limping Ben Roethlisberger threw five touchdown passes in the Pittsburgh Steelers‘ win over the Tennessee Titans. In doing so he became the first Pittsburgh quarterback to do that twice in his career. Terry Bradshaw and Mark Malone each accomplished it once while playing for the team.

-In the Minnesota Vikings first victory of the year, Adrian Peterson scored three rushing touchdowns in the first quarter. Only four other players have ever done that and the last time was by Tim Biakabutuka in a 1999 Carolina Panthers loss to the Washington Redskins. The three other players who have done it were Stephen Davis, James Stewart, and Eric Dickerson.

-The Detroit Lions are off to a 5-0 start for the first time since 1956. They have already won more games this season than they have in five other seasons since just the year 2000 (2-14 in 2001, 3-13 in 2002, 3-13 in 2006, 0-16 in 2008, and 2-14 in 2009).

-That 1956 Lions team that started 5-0 actually went all the way to 6-0 before losing their 7th game of the year to the Washington Redskins. Players on that team included Bobby Layne, Howard Cassady, Don McIlhenny, Yale Lary, Leon Hart, Dave Middleton, Dorne Dibble, Jack Christiansen, and Jim David.

-The Vikings tied their team record for points scored in the first quarter with 28. The one other time was in a 42-7 win over the Green Bay Packers in 1986. That game saw Tommy Kramer set the record for touchdown passes thrown in a quarter with four.

-In the Texans loss to the Raiders, running back Arian Foster led his team in rushing and receiving. This was the third time he’s done that in the last season and a half.

-Four teams in week 5 won the time of possession battle but lost the game. They were the Bears, Giants, Cardinals, and Texans.

-Cam Newton ran for his 5th rushing touchdown of the season in week 5. The record for most rushing touchdowns in an NFL season by a rookie is held by Billy Kilmer who ran for 10 in 1961 with the Washington Redskins.

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