There is no real separation after six weeks in any of the NFL’s eight divisional races with only San Francisco holding more than a one-game advantage in the loss column over a second-place team.
It was a tough day for coaches, from injuries to postgame handshakes. On the field, Green Bay continues to roll, Oakland starts life without late owner Al Davis, the 49ers continue the trend of comeback wins across the league and there are problems in Big D.
Individually, Packers QB Aaron Rodgers is putting up a monster stat season in passer rating, and Giants QB Eli Manning loves the month of October.
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 (@BlogAndTackle on Twitter) research.
- The Green Bay Packers defeated St. Louis 24-3 to improve to 6-0. The Packers are the seventh defending Super Bowl champion to start the following season 6-0 (1986 Chicago Bears; 1990 San Francisco 49ers; 1998 Denver Broncos; 2000 St. Louis Rams; 2004 New England Patriots; 2007 Indianapolis Colts). (NFL Communications)
- Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers passed for 310 yards with three touchdowns and a 119.6 passer rating in the Packers’ win. Rodgers is the first player in NFL history with a 110+ passer rating in each of his first six games to start a season. Rodgers also posted six games with a 110+ passer rating in both the 2009 and 2010 seasons. He joins Pro Football Hall of Famer Steve Young (1992-94) as the only QBs since 1970 with at least six such games in three consecutive seasons. (NFL Communications)
- New York Giants QB Eli Manning led the team to a 27-24 win over Buffalo. In his career, Manning is 22-5 (.815) as a starter in October, the best mark among quarterbacks who began their career in the Super Bowl era (minimum 20 starts). (NFL Communications)
- The San Francisco 49ers overcame a 10-0 deficit to defeat the Detroit Lions 25-19. It marked the 19th time this season that a team trailed by at least 10 points and came back to win the game. That is the most through the first six weeks of any season in NFL history. (NFL Communications)
- In New England’s 20-16 win over Dallas, the Patriots’ Tom Brady and Bill Belichick tied Pro Football Hall of Famers Dan Marino and Don Shula of Miami for the most wins (116) by a quarterback-head coach duo in the Super Bowl era (since 1966). (NFL Communications)
- New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees passed for 383 yards against Tampa Bay. Brees became the first player with 350+ passing yards in four consecutive games in NFL history. (NFL Communications)
- Rex Grossman threw four interceptions in the Redskins’ 20-13 loss to the Eagles. Grossman was the first Washington QB to throw four INTs in one game since Tim Hasselbeck did so in a 27-0 home loss to the Cowboys in 2003. That span of nearly 8 years was the longest in Redskins history without a four-INT game. Kurt Coleman accounted for three of the interceptions against Grossman, the most in one game by an Eagles player since Joe Scarpati made three against the Giants at Yankee Stadium in 1966. (ESPN.com Elias Says Blog).
- Oakland kick returner-wide receiver Jacoby Ford had a 101-yard kickoff-return touchdown in the Raiders’ 24-17 win over Cleveland. Ford, who played in his 20th career game, joins Travis Williams (four KR-TDs) as the only players in NFL history with at least four kickoff-return touchdowns in the first 20 games of a career. (NFL Communications)
- The Cowboys continue to play close games at a rate like no other team. Their last 11 games have been decided by four-or-fewer points, which is the longest such streak in NFL history, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. It is four games longer than the next-longest streak, done by the 1983-84 Lions. (ESPN.com Stats & Info Blog, via Elias)
- The Jets improved to 3-3 with their win over the Dolphins on Monday, and all three wins have come in home games. Jets opponents in their wins — the Cowboys, Jaguars and Dolphins — have converted only 9 of 37 third-down opportunities against New York (24.3 percent). The only NFL team that has allowed a lower third-down conversion rate at home this season is Detroit (8 of 38, 21.1 percent). (ESPN.com Elias Says Blog)