NFL Week 12 Seven from Sunday

Chris Graythen

A look at seven statistical highlights from games played Sunday afternoon, November 25, the 12th week of the 2012 season.

  • Three rookie quarterbacks - Indianapolis' ANDREW LUCK, Miami's RYAN TANNEHILL and Cleveland's BRANDON WEEDEN - led their teams to victories today. The 2012 rookie quarterbacks have won 26 starts, the most in a season since the 1970 merger. Five rookie quarterbacks - Luck (seven), Seattle's RUSSELL WILSON (six), Washington's ROBERT GRIFFIN III (five), Tannehill (five) and Weeden (three) - have combined for those 26 wins. Luck's seven wins are tied for the most by a rookie quarterback who was drafted No. 1 overall since the 1970 merger (SAM BRADFORD, 2010). Luck has passed for 3,205 yards, the most by a rookie quarterback in NFL history through his team's first 11 games.
  • Denver quarterback PEYTON MANNING passed for 285 yards and two touchdowns in the Broncos' 17-9 win at Kansas City. With the victory, Manning (149) passed Pro Football Hall of Famer JOHN ELWAY (148) for the second-most regular-season wins as a starter in NFL history. Manning has 3,260 passing yards, his 14th season with at least 3,000 yards. He passed Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO (13) for the second-most such seasons in NFL history. BRETT FAVRE holds the record with 18 seasons with at least 3,000 passing yards.
  • New Orleans quarterback DREW BREES passed for three touchdowns in the Saints' 31-21 loss to San Francisco. He has 31 touchdown passes, his fifth season with at least 30 TD passes. Brees joined BRETT FAVRE (nine) and PEYTON MANNING (six) as the only quarterbacks in NFL history with at least five seasons with 30 touchdown passes.
  • Chicago wide receiver BRANDON MARSHALL had 12 catches for 92 yards in the Bears' 28-10 win over Minnesota. Marshall has 1,017 receiving yards in his first season with the Bears. Marshall, who previously had three 1,000-yard seasons with Denver and two with Miami, is thefifth player in NFL history to record a 1,000-yard receiving season with three different teams. The other four to accomplish the feat are IRVING FRYAR, TONY MARTIN, RANDY MOSS and TERRELL OWENS.
  • San Francisco linebacker ALDON SMITH had 1.5 sacks in the 49ers' 31-21 win at New Orleans. Smith reached 30 sacks (30.5) in his 27th career game and is the fastest to 30 since sacks became an official statistic in 1982. The previous mark was 28 games held by Pro Football Hall of Famer REGGIE WHITE.
  • St. Louis cornerback JANORIS JENKINS had two interception-return touchdowns in the Rams' 31-17 win at Arizona. Jenkins is the fourth rookie in NFL history to return two interceptions for a touchdown in a game. The other rookies to accomplish the feat were HOOT FLANAGAN(November 29, 1925), DAN SANDIFER (October 31, 1948) and BOBBY FRANKLIN (December 11, 1960).
  • Seattle's LEON WASHINGTON had a 98-yard kickoff-return touchdown in the Seahawks' 24-21 loss at Miami. Washington has eight career kickoff-return touchdowns, tied with JOSH CRIBBS for the most in NFL history. Washington reached eight KR-TDs in 235 career kickoff returns, 26 fewer than it took Cribbs (261).
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