The historic scoring that has lit up the 2020 NFL season showed no sign of abating in Week 4 as several quarterbacks wrote their name into the record books.
Offenses are dominating the early going in 2020, with this campaign set to surpass the 2018 season (48.1) for highest average points per game tally through four weeks.
The signal-callers have naturally played a significant role in the scoring deluge, with a pair of rookies impressing in the opening quarter of the season along with several established names.
Here we reflect on a wild Week 4 with a look at some of the best statistics from the 13 games played prior to the Monday doubleheader.
A historic day for Dak
The Dallas Cowboys are enduring a hugely disappointing start to the Mike McCarthy era, but there looks to be no stopping quarterback Dak Prescott.
Prescott enjoyed a history-making day in the Cowboys’ 49-38 loss to the Cleveland Browns, which dropped them to 1-3, as he racked up a career-high 502 passing yards with four touchdowns and an interception.
“I’d give all those yards back for a different record.”
Dak addresses the #CLEvsDAL loss, says team will remain resilient.
— Dallas Cowboys (@dallascowboys) October 5, 2020
After 450-yard and 472-yard performances in Week 2 and Week 3, Prescott is the first quarterback to throw for 450 yards in three successive games and now holds the record for the most passing yards through the first four games of the season in NFL history with 1,690.
He is on pace to finish with over 6,000 passing yards and, while that is probably unsustainable, the Cowboys will need Prescott to continue to shred opposing defenses with their own giving up 430.5 yards per game.
Herbert answering his critics
There were many who questioned the wisdom of the Los Angeles Chargers selecting Justin Herbert sixth overall in the 2020 draft.
Decision-making, inconsistent accuracy and poor footwork were all touted as concerns coming into the draft.
However, three games into his NFL career, Herbert is silencing the doubters and looks to have cemented his place as the starting quarterback ahead of the injured Tyrod Taylor.
He threw for 290 yards, three touchdowns and one interception in the Chargers’ Week 4 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, with his scoring throws of 72 and 53 yards making him the first rookie quarterback with two touchdown passes of at least 50 yards since Deshaun Watson in 2017.
Additionally, Herbert’s 931 pass yards are the second-most by a rookie in his first three career starts in NFL history, trailing only Cam Newton (1,012 in 2011).
Brady & Buccaneers in rhythm
Herbert was outduelled by the greatest quarterback of all time as Tom Brady and the Buccaneers overcame a 17-point deficit to defeat the Chargers.
Brady threw five touchdowns, becoming the third quarterback with 30 games of at least four touchdown passes, joining Drew Brees (36) and Peyton Manning (35).
Tom Brady was effective passing to all levels of the field, finishing 4/7 for 149 yards & TD on deep passes (20+ air yards).
— Next Gen Stats (@NextGenStats) October 4, 2020
The six-time Super Bowl champion also has 93 games with at least 300 passing yards, that number tied for second-most in NFL history with Manning. Brees leads the way with 121.
With Brady finding his rhythm in his first season in Bruce Arians’ offense, he could soon join Brees as a centurion in that regard.
Burrow breathing life into Bengals
While there were questions about Herbert prior to the draft, there were few such doubts about number one overall pick Joe Burrow, who claimed his first career win for the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday,
Burrow threw for 300 yards, a touchdown and an interception in the 33-25 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars.
He is the first rookie quarterback to throw for at least 300 yards in three consecutive games, having also done so in Week 2 and Week 3, those early returns suggesting he is the right quarterback to turn the Bengals around.
Winning is fun
— Joey Burrow (@JoeyB) October 4, 2020
A good omen for Seattle
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson continues to cook.
His two touchdowns in the Seahawks’ win over the Miami Dolphins saw him tie Manning (16 in 2013) for the most through the first four games of a season.
The Seahawks are 4-0 for the first time since the 2013 season, when they defeated Manning and the Broncos 43-8 in Super Bowl XLVIII.
With Wilson performing at an MVP level, the omens are good for the Seahawks to return to the biggest stage for the first time since the 2014 season.