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Today’s Sportstat: September 12, 2019

NFL quarterbacks Lamar Jackson and Dak Prescott are perfect in Week One

Dallas QB Dak Prescott and Baltimore signal-caller Lamar Jackson were perfect last weekend in the first week of NFL games for 2019. In fact, together, they did something that has never been done in NFL history.

Prescott and Jackson each had a 158.3 Passer Rating (the highest and “perfect” Passer Rating a QB can get) in their opening-season games last Sunday. Prescott had four TD passes and passed for 405 yards in his perfect contest against the New York Giants, a game won by the Cowboys, 39-17. Jackson led the Ravens to a 59-10 win over Miami with five TD passes and 324 yards passing on his way to a perfect Passer Rating. It was the first time in NFL history that two QBs had a perfect Passer Rating in the first game of an NFL season.

Prescott and Jackson became only the fourth and fifth QBs to have a perfect Passer Rating (158.3) in the first game of an NFL season (minimum of 15 pass attempts to qualify). Here are the five with the dates of their accomplishment.

Len Dawson, Kansas City, (AFL), September 7, 1963

Dick Shiner, Atlanta, September 16, 1973

Marcus Mariota, Tennessee, September 13, 2015

Lamar Jackson, Baltimore, September 8, 2019

Dak Prescott, Dallas, September 8, 2019

If we drop the Passer Rating to 140 or above, John Hadl leads the league with most first games of the year with a Passer Rating of 140 or above. He did it three times. Five other QBs did it twice: Tom Brady, Len Dawson, Sonny Jurgensen, Don Meredith and Ben Roethlisberger.

If we make the criteria a Passer Rating of 100 or above in the first game of the year, a pair of current QBs top the list; in fact, both added to their totals this past weekend. New England’s Tom Brady had a Passer Rating of 124.9 in the Patriot’s Week One win over Pittsburgh on Sunday, giving him 10 career games with a Passer Rating of 100 or better in a Week One contest.

Not to be outdone, New Orleans QB Drew Brees had a Passer Rating of 105.8 in the Saints’ win over Houston. It was his league-leading 11th career game with a Passer Rating of 100 or better in the first week. Brees and Brady are followed by Brett Favre with eight games and Fran Tarkenton with seven games with a 100 of better Passer Rating in the first game of a season.

All total, there were 18 QBs who had a Passer Rating of 100 or better in Week One of the 2019 season. Eleven of those QBs saw their team win. The four quarterbacks last weekend who had a Passer Rating under 100 but their team were still victorious were Aaron Rodgers (GB, 91.4), Jimmy Garoppolo (SF, 80.2), Josh Allen (Buffalo, 71.2) and Jared Goff (LA Rams, 69.0).

 

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Will the Cowboys Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott become the NFL’s greatest rookie backfield?

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Look at the standings in the NFL after Week #9 and you see a team that each year seems to be the best team in the AFC (New England) and a team that has yearly had a lot of promise but has seen those promises largely unfulfilled over the past several seasons (the Cowboys). Both teams sit at 7-1 and are tied for the best record in the league, and have the best record in their respective conference.

A major reason for Dallas’ success this year seems to have had its beginning at the 2016 NFL Draft when they chose running back Ezekiel Elliot with the fourth overall pick. But another choice, that of quarterback Dak Prescott in the fourth round with the 135th overall pick, will probably go down as a selection that was just as important. A pre-season injury to veteran Dallas QB Tony Romo set the wheels in motion for Prescott to eventually earn the starting job and the Cowboys have not looked back.

Elliott has gained 891 yards in his first eight games and Prescott has passed for 2,020 yards. That puts Elliott on pace to rush for just under 1,800 yards in the season, and places Prescott on a pace to throw for over 4,000 yards.

For Prescott, he could become the 16th rookie QB in history to pass for over 3,000 yards in a season. If he was to stay on pace and go over 4,000, he would become only the fourth rookie QB to reach the 4,000-yards passing mark. The three with over 4,000 yards passing as a rookie:

Andrew Luck, 2012, Indianapolis, 4,374
Cam Newton, 2011, Carolina, 4,051
Jameis Winston, 2015, Tampa Bay, 4,042

If Elliott stays on pace, he could challenge the rookie record for most rushing yards in a season, 1,808, held by Eric Dickerson with the Rams in 1983. If Elliott goes over the 1,500-yards rushing mark, he would become only the seventh rookie RB in history to reach 1,500 yards rushing in their first season. The six rookie running backs with 1,500 rushing yards in a season:

Eric Dickerson, 1983, Rams, 1,808
George Rogers, 1981, New Orleans, 1,674
Alfred Morris, 2012, Washington, 1,613
Ottis Anderson, 1979, St. Louis, 1,605
Edgerrin James, 1999, Indianapolis, 1,553
Clinton Portis, 2002, Denver, 1,508

What Prescott and Elliott are accomplishing together this season, however, could be historic. Consider this: Only once in NFL history has a team had a rookie QB throw for over 3,000 and a running back gain 1,500 yards rushing in the same season. That happened in 2012 when Washington Redskins rookie QB Robert Griffin had 3,200 yards passing and ’Skins rookie running back Alfred Morris had 1,613 yards rushing that same season. Prescott and Elliott, if they stay healthy, could challenge these two. Would that make them the greatest rookie backfield in league history? I’ll let you decided.

Right now, there has been only two rookie tandems (QB and RB) that have reached 3,000 yards passing and 500 yards rushing in the same campaign. They are:

Washington, 2012: Alfred Morris and Robert Griffin
Cleveland, 2012: Trent Richardson and Brandon Weeden

Of course, if you look at the rookie season of Cam Newton in 2011, he passed for 4,051 yards and rushed for 706 that season, so he reached the two numbers by himself, a feat that was duplicated the following season when Robert Griffin passed for 3,200 yards and rushed for 815 that same season.

Keep an eye on the Cowboys, especially if good health and success continues… Prescott and Elliott could accomplish something pretty rare.