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The Denver Broncos and Kansas City Chiefs both improved to 6-0. Since 1990, when the 12-team playoff format was adopted, 27 of the 29 (93.1 percent) previous teams to start 6-0 made the playoffs.

The Broncos won 35-19 over Jacksonville and the Chiefs defeated Oakland 24-7.

With Denver and Kansas City both leading the AFC West at 6-0, this is only the second time since the divisional structure was implemented in 1933 that two teams in the same division started 6-0.

In 1934, the Detroit Lions and Chicago Bears, then members of the NFL's Western Division, each started 10-0.

Denver quarterback Peyton Manning passed for 295 yards and two touchdowns in the Broncos' win. Manning has 22 touchdown passes this season, the most through the first six games in NFL history.

Manning improved his career regular-season record to 160-70 and is only the second quarterback in NFL history to be at least 90 games over .500. New England's Tom Brady, who led the Patriots to a victory over New Orleans, is an NFL-best 101 games over .500 (141-40).

Scoring Highs

NFL teams have combined for 4,223 points in 2013, the second-most points through six weeks in NFL history (4,233 in 2012).

That record total equates to 45.90 points per game. If the current average stays at this pace, it would rank as the second-highest of any season in history (1948, 46.48 points per game).

The seasons with the highest scoring average in NFL history:

Season Points per Game
Source: NFL * Through Week 6


The Broncos have scored 265 points, the most by a team through the first six games of a season in NFL history. The 2000 St. Louis Rams held the previous high with 262 points.

Denver Dominance

The Denver Broncos have won 17 consecutive regular-season games, tied with the 1933-34 Chicago Bears for the fourth-longest streak in NFL history.

The 2008-09 Indianapolis Colts, who were also quarterbacked by Peyton Manning, won an NFL-record 23 consecutive regular-season games.

The longest regular-season winning streaks in NFL history:

Team Years Win Streak
Source: NFL * Active streak
Indianapolis Colts2008-0923
New England Patriots2006-0821
New England Patriots2003-0418
Denver Broncos*2012-1317
Chicago Bears1933-3417


TDs Galore

Teams have combined to score 466 touchdowns, tied for the most at this point in NFL history (466 in 2002).

Of the 466 touchdowns, 289 have been TD passes, the most through the first six weeks of any season. The previous high was 277 in 2012.

Season Most Touchdown Passes
Source: NFL


A look at some notable individual accomplishments through Week 6:

Denver quarterback PEYTON MANNING has 22 touchdown passes this season, the most through the first six games in NFL history.

New England quarterback Tom Brady threw the game-winning touchdown pass to Kenbrell Thompkins with five seconds remaining in the Patriots' 30-27 come-from-behind victory over the Saints. Brady has 342 career touchdown passes and tied Pro Football Hall of Famer Fran Tarkenton for the fourth-most in NFL history.

Denver wide receiver Wes Welker leads the league with eight touchdown catches. Welker has a touchdown catch in each of the Broncos' six games, becoming the first player in NFL history to have a TD reception in each of his first six games for a team.

Keeping It Close

In Week 6, 11 of the 15 games were within seven points at some point during the fourth quarter. Through Week 6, 65 games have been within seven points in the fourth quarter, the most such games through the first six weeks of a season in NFL history.

The most games within seven points at any time during the fourth quarter through Week 6:

Season Most Games within
7 Points in 4th Quarter
Source: NFL


Pass Frenzy

There have been 51 individual 300-yard passing performances through Week 6, the third-most such performances through the first six weeks of any NFL season (57 in 2012).

Week 6 featured seven individual 100+ passer rating performances, bringing the season total of such games to 54. The 54 individual 100+ passer rating performances are tied for the fifth-most through the first six weeks (min. 15 attempts) of any NFL season (61 in 2012).

Colt Club

Indianapolis wide receiver REGGIE WAYNE (1,001) caught five passes for 88 yards in the Colts' 19-9 loss at San Diego. Wayne is the ninth player in NFL history with 1,000 career catches.

The Colts became the first team in NFL history to have two players with 1,000 receptions each with the franchise. Marvin Harrison, who played his entire 13-year career with Indianapolis, ranks third in NFL history with 1,102 catches.

The players to reach 1,000 career catches in NFL history:

Player Team(s) Years Catches
Source: NFL * Active
Jerry Rice49ers, Raiders, Seahawks1985-20041,549
Tony Gonzalez*Chiefs, Falcons1997-20131,275
Marvin HarrisonColts1996-20081,102
Cris CarterEagles, Vikings, Dolphins1987-20021,101
Tim BrownRaiders, Buccaneers1988-20041,094
Terrell Owens49ers, Eagles,Cowboys,
Bills, Bengals
Isaac BruceRams, 49ers1994-20091,024
Reggie Wayne*Colts2001-20131,001
Hines WardSteelers1998-20111,000


Wayne reached the milestone in his 195th career game, the third-fastest player to reach 1,000 career receptions.

The players to reach 1,000 receptions in the fewest games in NFL history:

Player Fewest Games to
Reach 1,000 Catches
Source: NFL
Marvin Harrison167
Jerry Rice181
Reggie Wayne195
Terrell Owens204
Tony Gonzalez207


Home Sweet Home

Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson led the Seahawks to a 20-13 victory over Tennessee, completing 23 of 31 passes (74.2 percent) for 257 yards and rushed for 61 yards on 10 carries.

Wilson is now a perfect 11-0 at home during his career and surpassed DOUG FLUTIE (10) for the fourth-most consecutive wins at home to start a career among quarterbacks since 1970.


Notable Performances

The Philadelphia Eagles gained 425 total yards in today's 31-20 win at Tampa Bay. The Eagles are one of four teams in NFL history to gain at least 400 yards in each of its first six games joining this season's Denver Broncos, the 2007 New England Patriots and the 1983 San Diego Chargers. This is the first time in NFL history in which two teams have accomplished the feat in the same season.

This season, Philadelphia has gained 1,628 net passing yards and 1,071 rushing yards. The Eagles are the only team since the 1970 merger to gain at least 1,600 net passing yards and 1,050 rushing yards through the first six games of a season.

Carolina quarterback CAM NEWTON passed for three touchdowns and rushed for one TD in the Panthers' 35-10 win at Minnesota. Since entering the NFL in 2011, Newton has three games with at least three passing touchdowns and a rushing TD. He joins DAUNTE CULPEPPER as the only players in the Super Bowl era to have three such games in their first three seasons.

St. Louis rookie linebacker ALEC OGLETREE had a 98-yard interception-return touchdown in the Rams' 38-13 win at Houston. That is tied for the longest interception-return touchdown in the regular season by a linebacker in NFL history and the longest ever by a rookie linebacker. Tampa Bay linebacker SHELTON QUARLES had a 98-yard interception-return touchdown against Green Bay on October 7, 2001.

Green Bay rookie running back EDDIE LACY rushed for a career-high 120 yards in the Packers' 19-17 win at Baltimore. Lacy, who rushed for 99 yards last week in a win over Detroit, is the first Packers rookie since JOHN BROCKINGTON in 1971 to rush for at least 99 yards in consecutive games.

The Packers have had a rookie rush for at least 99 yards in three consecutive games for the first time since 1971 when Brockington had three 99+ yard rushing games in a row (Weeks 7-9). This season, JOHNATHAN FRANKLIN (103 yards in Week 3) and Lacy (99 yards in Week 5, 120 yards in Week 6) accomplished the feat (Green Bay had a bye in Week 4).


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