Notable NFL Statistics and Records from Week 2 Colts' Anthony Richardson Achieves Elite Status; Bills' Josh Allen Finds His Stride Again

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Notable NFL Statistics and Records from Week 2: Colts’ Anthony Richardson Achieves Elite Status; Bills’ Josh Allen Finds His Stride Again

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NFL Research provides the most remarkable statistical highlights from Week 2 of the 2023 NFL season. Here are the standout accomplishments:

  1. Puka Nacua Sets Rookie WR Record Start

Puka Nacua, the newest addition to the Rams, has witnessed his status shift from “under-the-radar” to “top waiver wire priority” in just one week – and he certainly lived up to the hype.

In the Rams’ Week 2 loss to the 49ers, Nacua set an NFL rookie record with 15 receptions, surpassing the previous mark of 14 receptions held by four rookies, most recently Najee Harris in 2021. Impressively, he accumulated 25 receptions through his first two career games, also establishing a rookie record.

At just 23 years old, Nacua joined an exclusive group of players in the Super Bowl era who achieved at least 10 catches and 100 receiving yards in their team’s first two games of the season. Notably, Nacua is the only rookie to accomplish this feat. The other four players in this elite group are Cooper Kupp in 2022, Miles Austin in 2010, Isaac Bruce in 1998, and Andre Rison in 1994, with three of them being Rams players.

Additionally, Nacua’s teammate Kyren Williams found the end zone twice for the second consecutive week, becoming the first Rams player to achieve multiple touchdowns in the first two games of a season.

  1. Tua Tagovailoa’s Undefeated Streak Against Patriots and Bill Belichick

Tua Tagovailoa and the Dolphins secured a 24-17 victory over the Patriots on Sunday Night Football, extending Tagovailoa’s flawless 5-0 record against Bill Belichick. Tagovailoa is the first quarterback to achieve five consecutive wins against Belichick since the 71-year-old coach took charge of the Patriots in 2000.

Overall, Tagovailoa boasts a remarkable 9-1 record in starts against head coaches with prior Super Bowl victories. His outstanding .900 winning percentage in such matchups is a historic achievement in NFL history (with a minimum of five such games).

  1. Anthony Richardson’s Rushing Milestones

Anthony Richardson, selected as the No. 4 overall pick by the Colts in the 2023 NFL Draft, continues to make history. Richardson has been setting records since his arrival in Indianapolis for the NFL Scouting Combine.

During the Colts’ 31-20 victory over the Texans, Richardson scored two rushing touchdowns before exiting the game due to concussion protocol. He became the first Colts player since Hall of Famer Edgerrin James in Week 11, 1999, to achieve multiple rushing touchdowns in the first quarter of a game.

Richardson now joins an exclusive club of rookies drafted in the top five overall to rush for at least three touchdowns in the first two weeks of a season. This prestigious group includes running backs Marshall Faulk (1994), Eric Dickerson (1983), Billy Sims (1980), and Earl Campbell (1978), all of whom went on to win the Associated Press Offensive Rookie of the Year award, with three of them earning a place in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

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  1. Bills Reap Rewards as Josh Allen Finds His Groove

Josh Allen put his turnover struggles on hold this week, delivering a stellar performance with three touchdowns and an impressive 83.8 percent completion rate against the Raiders. It marked the fifth occasion in Allen’s career where he threw at least three TDs while completing over 80 percent of his passes in a game. This achievement propelled him to break the tie for the most such games by a player before turning 30. The illustrious list of quarterbacks who accomplished this feat in four games includes Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, Aaron Rodgers, Lamar Jackson, and Kirk Cousins.

  1. Giants’ Dramatic Second-Half Turnaround Matches Franchise Record Following Historic Struggles

In the initial six quarters of their season, the Giants endured a painful drought, being outscored 60-0. Such a start was far from ideal, and it ranks as the second-highest point total allowed by a team before reaching the scoreboard in the Super Bowl era, trailing only the 1978 Colts.

The Giants’ scoreless stretch spanning six quarters marked their longest such drought since 1934 when the franchise went seven quarters without scoring. Remarkably, that 1934 New York team managed to turn their season around and ultimately clinched the NFL championship.

While we’re not suggesting that the 2023 Giants are destined to become Super Bowl champions, they did engineer an impressive turnaround in Week 2. After trailing 20-0 at halftime, the Giants staged a remarkable comeback, outscoring the Cardinals 31-8 in the second half. This comeback not only tied a franchise record but also marked the largest deficit overturned by the Giants in the Super Bowl era.

  1. C.J. Stroud’s Efficiency Despite Two Defeats

C.J. Stroud may not have secured an NFL victory yet, but the rookie starter has showcased impressive efficiency. Stroud has amassed 626 passing yards without a single interception. This yardage tally makes him the rookie with the most passing yards without an interception through his first two starts since the NFL merger in 1970.

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  1. Micah Parsons Keeps Piling Up Sacks

Micah Parsons continued his relentless pursuit of opposing quarterbacks by sacking Jets’ signal-caller Zach Wilson twice during Sunday’s convincing 30-10 victory. This marked Parsons’ 10th career game with two or more sacks. In the first three seasons of his NFL career, only a select few players have notched more games with two or more sacks. The esteemed list includes Reggie White (16), Richard Dent (12), Shawne Merriman (12), and Aldon Smith (12).

  1. Travis Kelce Ascends the Tight End Ranks

In his season debut against the Jaguars, Travis Kelce hauled in four receptions for 26 yards and a touchdown. These four catches propelled his career total to 818, surpassing the tally held by Hall of Famer Shannon Sharpe (815). Kelce now ranks fourth in NFL history for the most receptions by a tight end. His next target is Antonio Gates, who amassed 955 catches during his illustrious career.

  1. Davante Adams Surpasses Larry Fitzgerald and Eyes Packers Legend

During the Raiders’ 38-10 loss to Buffalo, Davante Adams added another feather to his cap by catching his 88th career touchdown. This accomplishment propelled him past Larry Fitzgerald for the sixth-most receiving touchdowns in a player’s first 10 seasons. His next target on the list is Hall of Famer Don Hutson, who registered 90 receiving TDs in his first 10 seasons.

Reference:

https://www.nfl.com/news/nfl-stats-and-records-week-2-colts-anthony-richardson-in-elite-company-bills-jos

https://www.espn.co.uk/nfl/story/_/id/38400961/nfl-week-2-2023-questions-risers-fallers-takeaways-lessons-stats

https://myfox8.com/sports/sports-illustrated/2cc179c7/nfl-week-2-five-things-we-learned-include-josh-allen-is-still-an-elite-qb/

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