Through five weeks, there are just two unbeaten teams left in the NFL, and both reside in the NFC North, the 5-0 defending Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers and the upstart 5-0 Detroit Lions.
There was also another big comeback in Week 5, and this time it was the Kansas City Chiefs getting out of a big hole to beat winless Indianapolis.
The quarterbacks in the NFL continue to lay waste to opposing defenses, as two more QBs threw for over 400 yards, bringing the league 2011 total to 10, and a rookie QB continues to make some history in the NFC South.
Here are the 10 top stat notes from the weekend, courtesy of NFL Communications (@NFLhistory & @NFLfootballinfo on Twitter), Elias Sports Bureau (via ESPN.com’s Elias Says blog), ESPN.com’s own Stats & Info blog (@ESPNStatsInfo on Twitter), STATS, Inc., NFL Twitter feed (@STATS_NFL) and additional BlogAndTackle.net research.
- The Kansas City Chiefs overcame a 24-7 deficit to defeat Indianapolis 28-24. It marked the seventh time this season that a team trailed by at least 17 points and came back to win the game. That is the most through the first five weeks of any season in NFL history. (NFL Communications)
- Two quarterbacks threw for at least 400 yards in Week 5 (New York Giants’ Eli Manning, 420 and Houston’s Matt Schaub, 416) to bring the season total to 10. That total is the most ever through the first five weeks of a season and already ranks as the fourth-most for a single season (13 in 1986 and 2004; 11 in 2010). (NFL Communications)
- New Orleans QB Drew Brees completed 32 of 45 passes for 359 yards and two touchdowns in the Saints’ 30-27 win at Carolina. Brees has a touchdown pass in 32 consecutive games – equivalent to two full regular seasons – and that is the third-longest streak in NFL history (Pro Football Hall of Famer Johnny Unitas, 47 and Brett Favre, 36). He also extended his NFL-record streak of consecutive games with at least 20 completions to 25 games in a row. (NFL Communications)
- Minnesota RB Adrian Peterson rushed for 122 yards and three touchdowns in the Vikings’ 34-10 win over Arizona. Peterson had three rushing touchdowns in the first quarter and is just the fifth player since the 1970 merger to accomplish the feat. The other four were Pro Football Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson (10/31/88), James Stewart (10/12/97), Stephen Davis (9/19/99) and Tim Biakabutuka (10/3/99). (NFL Communications)
- The Detroit Lions are 5-0 for the first time since 1956. The last time the Lions were 5-0, Dwight Eisenhower was in the White House, and current Lions vice chairman William Clay Ford Jr. was not even born yet (1957). (BlogAndTackle.net)
- Philadelphia quarterback Michael Vick rushed for 90 yards (4,948) against Buffalo and surpassed Randall Cunningham (4,928) for the most rushing yards by a quarterback in NFL history. Vick holds NFL quarterback rushing records for a single game (173), season (1,039) and career (4,948). (NFL Commuications)
- Now that the Lions have started the season 5-0, Detroit ended the longest current streak of NOT starting a season with five consecutive victories. The longest current streak? The Oakland Raiders have never started a season 5-0 since their founding in 1960. (ESPN.com Elias Says Blog)
- The Vikings became only the fifth winless team in NFL history with four or more losses (and no ties) to score at least 28 points before their opponent scored. The last team to do so was the Giants in 1987, posting a 30-7 win over the Cardinals after an 0-5 start that included three losses by their replacement players during a player strike. Sunday’s game was a distant echo of the Vikings’ first win of the 1962 season, when they took a 31-0 lead over the L.A. Rams after an 0-5 start. (ESPN.com Elias Says Blog)
- Carolina QB Cam Newton passed for two touchdowns and rushed for one against New Orleans. This season, the No. 1 overall selection in the 2011 NFL Draft has seven passing touchdowns and five rushing TDs. He is the first player in NFL history with at least five passing and five rushing touchdowns in the first five games of a career. (NFL Communications)
- The Raiders rallied for 10 points in the fourth quarter for a 25-20 come-from-behind win at Houston, a day after the death of team owner Al Davis, who was head coach of the team from 1963-65. Only two NFL coaches won 10 or more games in a season with a team that had fewer than two wins a year earlier. Davis was one of them, leading Oakland to a 10-4 record in his first season as head coach, after the Raiders posted a 1-13 mark in 1962. (The other was Tony Sparano of the Dolphins in 2008.) (ESPN.com Elias Says Blog)