Patriots and Packers still seeking their 1st 100-yard games from a rusher or receiver

When it comes to getting big games from playmakers, the New England Patriots and Green Bay Packers have been lacking at a historic level.

 

The Patriots and Packers are the only teams in the NFL without a 100-yard receiving game from any player, with JuJu Smith-Schuster’s

 

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90 in Week 14 against Pittsburgh the high for New England and Dontayvion Wicks’ 97 last week against Tampa Bay the most for Green Bay.

 

Compounding the issue is the fact that the Patriots and Packers also haven’t gotten a single 100-yard rushing game from a player this season,

with Rhamondre Stevenson’s 98 yards the best for New England and AJ Dillon’s 76 yards the top game for Green Bay.

 

The only other teams without a 100-yard rusher this season are Cincinnati, Denver, Washington and New Orleans.

 

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The other 30 teams have combined for 155 performances of at least 100 yards receiving and 62 of at least 100 yards rushing

 

If the Patriots and Packers don’t have a player reach that mark in the final three games,

it would be the first time a team failed to have a 100-yard rusher or receiver in a single game in a season of at least 16 games.

 

The last time it happened came in 2021, when Jonathan Taylor and Austin Ekeler each finished the season with 20 touchdowns.

 

Jalen Hurts is next in the NFL this season with 14 TDs, making it unlikely that 2023 will match 2005 with a record three 20-TD scorers.

In that season, Shaun Alexander led the NFL with 28, followed by Larry Johnson with 21 and LaDainian Tomlinson with 20.

 

Only one season in NFL history has had two players reach 22 touchdowns in a

season, with O.J. Simpson (23) and Chuck Foreman (22) doing it in a 14-game season in 1975.

 

 

The Raiders became the third team in NFL history to score at least 60 points in the game

following a shutout, joining the 1934 Eagles, who beat the Cincinnati Reds 64-0, and the 1922 Akron Pros, who beat the Oorang Indians 62-0.

 

One other team had a bigger week-to-week improvement in scoring, with

Washington beating the New York Giants 72-41 a week after losing 14-3 to the Browns in 1966.

 

The Raiders are the second team to score at least 63 points in a game this season after Miami beat Denver 70-20 in Week 3.

No other team had scored that many in a game since Washington in 1966.

 

Las Vegas got touchdowns from eight players, becoming the first team to do that since the Rams did it in a 70-27 win over the Colts on Oct. 22, 1950.

 

 

One of those TDs came on a 44-yard fumble return by defensive tackle John Jenkins.

That marked the fourth time since 1991 that a player listed at 300 pounds or more scored on a TD of at least 40 yards,

with Linval Joseph doing it for Minnesota in 2018, Shaun Rogers for Detroit in 2007 and Jerry Ball for Oakland in 1996.

 

The performance by the Chargers led to the firing of coach Brandon Staley. The Raiders fired coach

Josh McDaniels after Week 8, making this the first time since 2008 that two teams in one division fired coaches during the season.

 

The Rams fired Scott Linehan after four games that season and the 49ers fired Mike Nolan after seven games.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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