MEXICO CITY.- PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (7-0) is the last undefeated team left in the league and with a victory in Houston in Thursday night’s classic on Thursday Night Football, it would have its best start to the season in the history of the franchise.
Quarterback JALEN HURTS has started each of the Eagles’ victories this season and won each of their last three games of the 2021 season. With a win on Thursday, Hurts — who turns 24 in August — can match Hall of Famers PEYTON MANNING (11 wins in a row in 1999) and DAK PRESCOTT (11 in 2016) for the third-longest winning streak by a starting quarterback under 25 since 1990. Only BEN ROETHLISBERGER (15 wins consecutive in 2004-05) and LAMAR JACKSON (13 in 2019-20) have longer streaks.
Philadelphia leads the league with a +14 turnover differential this season and has just two turnovers through its first seven games. With no turnovers Thursday, the Eagles will become the first team in the Super Bowl era with fewer than three turnovers through their first eight games of a season.
TOP OF THE RANGE. BUFFALO BILLS (6-1) enters Week 9 riding a four-game winning streak and commanding the best offense in the league (430.6 yards per game). He also ranks third in total defense (298.1 yards allowed per game).
Buffalo visits the New York Jets on Sunday (1:00 PM ET, CBS) and has a chance to become the third team in history to average at least 425 yards of offense per game and allow less than 300 yards. per game on defense through his first eight games of a season, joining the 2010 San Diego Chargers and 2007 New England Patriots.
The Bills also enter the week with the league’s lowest-scoring defense (14.0 ppg) and second-highest scoring offense (29.0 ppg). They can become the fourth team since 1970 to average at least 30 points per game and allow fewer than 14 points per game through their first eight games of a season, joining New England from 2019, Green Bay from 1996 and Washington from 1991.
RUNNING IN THE CITY OF THE WIND. Led by running back KHALIL HERBERT (563 rushing yards) and quarterback JUSTIN FIELDS (424), CHICAGO BEARS (3-5) enter the week with the best rushing game in the league, averaging 188.4 yards per game.
As a team, Chicago has totaled more than 225 rushing yards in each of its last three games. With at least 225 rushing yards against Miami on Sunday (1:00 PM ET, CBS), the Bears will become the fifth team in history, and first since 1976, to record at least 225 rushing yards in four games in a row.
DUEL OF CHAMPIONS. The two most recent Super Bowl champions will square off on Sunday (4:25 PM ET, CBS) when the LOS ANGELES RAMS (3-4) visit the TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (3-4).
Los Angeles won Super Bowl LVI last year over Cincinnati, when wide receiver COOPER KUPP recorded the game-winning touchdown catch with 1:25 left in the fourth period and defensive lineman AARON DONALD recorded two of the Rams’ nine sacks. in the Super Bowl. With the win, SEAN MCVAY became the youngest head coach to win a Super Bowl.
Two seasons ago, Tampa Bay defeated Kansas City to win Super Bowl LV. Quarterback TOM BRADY threw three touchdown passes in the win, winning his seventh Super Bowl and fifth Pete Rozelle Trophy reserved for Super Bowl Most Valuable Player, both the most by any player in history.
Rams (SoFi Stadium) and Buccaneers (Raymond James Stadium) are the only two teams to win the Super Bowl in their stadiums.
This will be the 27th time in the Super Bowl era, and the eighth time in the past 20 seasons, that the two most recent Super Bowl winners will meet in the regular season. The team that won the most recent Super Bowl won six of the previous seven matchups.
Brady enters Week 9 with 99,836 career passing yards, including the postseason, and needs 164 passing yards to become the first player in NFL history with 100,000 career passing yards. Brady has the most regular season (86,787) and postseason (13,049) passing yards in history, and has led the NFL in passing yards four times (2005, 2007, 2017 and 2021) during his 23-year career.
MORE HISTORY OF MAHOMES. Kansas City quarterback PATRICK MAHOMES leads the NFL with 20 touchdown passes this season and ranks fourth with 2,159 passing yards. In his 70 career games (all starts), Mahomes totaled 21,150 passing yards and 171 touchdown passes.
With 105 passing yards against Tennessee in the Sunday Night Football Classic (8:20 PM ET, NBC), Mahomes will surpass MATTHEW STAFFORD (21,254 passing yards) for most passing yards in the history by a quarterback in his first 75 career starts. With three touchdown passes, Mahomes will surpass Hall of Famer DAN MARINO (173 touchdown passes) for the most ever by a quarterback in his first 75 career starts.
STARS OF THE SUNSHINE STATE. Miami wide receiver TYREEK HILL leads the league with 69 receptions and 961 receiving yards this season, the third-most receiving yards by a player in his first eight games with his team in a season in the Super Bowl era.
With 113 receiving yards at Chicago on Sunday (1:00 PM ET, CBS), a mark he reached in four of eight games this season, Hill will surpass Hall of Famer ISAAC BRUCE (1,073 receiving yards in 1995) for the most receiving yards by a player on his team through the first nine games of a season in the Super Bowl era.
Hill totaled 188 receiving yards last week and joined ROY GREEN (1984) as the only players ever with at least 150 receiving yards in four of his team’s first eight games in a season in NFL history. In his 99 career games, Hill has topped 150 receiving yards 11 times.
With 150 receiving yards on Sunday, Hill will tie Hall of Famer RANDY MOSS (12 games) for the fourth-most games with at least 150 receiving yards by a player through the first 100 games of his career in the history of the NFL. Only Hall of Famers LANCE ALWORTH (17 games) and JERRY RICE (14), as well as JULIO JONES (13), have more.
Hill’s teammate JAYLEN WADDLE ranks fourth in the league with 727 receiving yards in 2022. The two have combined for 1,688 receiving yards this season and have a chance to rank among teammates with the most receiving yards combined through his team’s first nine games in a season in NFL history.
FULLY LOADED: Los Angeles Chargers quarterback JUSTIN HERBERT ranks fourth in the NFL with 287.0 passing yards per game this season and topped the 300-yard mark twice (weeks 2 and 4). Since he entered the league in 2020, Herbert has 19 games with at least 300 passing yards, tied for the most in the league.
With 300 passing yards at Atlanta on Sunday (1:00 PM ET, FOX), Herbert will surpass ANDREW LUCK (19 games) for the most games with at least 300 passing yards by a player in his first three seasons in NFL history.
AUSTIN EKELER leads all running backs this season with 53 receptions. Prior to the Chargers’ in Week 8, Ekeler had 10 receptions in Week 6 and 12 receptions in Week 7. With 10 receptions on Sunday, Ekeler will become the first running back in history with at least 10 receptions in three consecutive games.
Ekeler also ranks tied for second among all players with eight touchdowns (five rushing, three receiving) and is the only player in the league with at least one rushing touchdown and one receiving touchdown in multiple games this season (weeks 4, 5). and 7). Since he entered the league as an unsigned free agent in 2017, Ekeler has nine games with any rushing touchdowns and any receiving touchdowns, third-most in the NFL.
Posting a rushing touchdown and a receiving touchdown on Sunday, Ekeler will become the third player in NFL history with 10 games with at least a rushing touchdown and a receiving touchdown in his first six seasons, joining ALVIN KAMARA and CHRISTIAN MCCAFFREY. .
After totaling 11 touchdowns in 2019 and matching the league lead with 20 touchdowns in 2021, Ekeler can become the fourth unsigned player in the Unified Draft era to have at least 10 touchdowns in three or more different seasons, joining ARIAN FOSTER (four seasons), ANTONIO GATES (four) and PRIEST HOLMES (four).
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Philadelphia Eagles enter NFL Week 9 undefeated