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Hoyer on verge of joining Brees, Peyton Manning

With another 300-yard, no-interception game, Brian Hoyer will join Drew Brees and Peyton Manning. AP Photo/Paul Beaty

Brian Hoyer didn’t begin the season as the Chicago Bears’ starting quarterback. But his statistics the past four games have put him not only in the Bears’ record books but also on the verge of joining some of the most accomplished quarterbacks in NFL history.

Hoyer has passed for 300 yards in each of his past four games. Elias Sports Bureau research shows that four straight games with at least 300 passing yards is the longest streak in Bears history.

Throwing 189 straight passes without an interception, as Hoyer has done, is the longest such streak by a Bears quarterback since Kyle Orton threw 205 passes in a row without an interception in 2008.

With his four consecutive games of 300 yards and no interceptions, Hoyer is one game from the NFL record for successive games with those numbers. Drew Brees (who did it in 2011 and in 2015-16) and Peyton Manning (2012-13) have had five consecutive games with those stats, Elias research shows.

The Green Bay Packers, the Bears’ opponent Thursday night, have allowed 300 or more yards passing in two of their five games and give up an average of 267 passing yards a game.

Patriots’ Gronkowski, Browns’ Pryor approach milestones

Rob Gronkowski of the New England Patriots has 393 receptions in 84 games. If he has seven receptions Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers, he would tie Kellen Winslow Jr. as the third-fastest tight end in NFL history to reach 400 career receptions.

The fastest to do it was the younger Winslow’s father, Kellen Winslow, who reached 400 receptions in 72 games. Second-fastest was Jimmy Graham, who got to 400 in 81 games.

Gronkowski has had at least seven receptions in 20 of his 84 NFL games.

Terrelle Pryor of the Cleveland Browns is 23 receiving yards from 500 in his career. Should he get there, he would become the second player since the NFL/AFL merger in 1970 with 500 passing yards, 500 rushing yards and 500 receiving yards in his career. The other was Kordell Stewart.

Pryor has had at least 30 receiving yards in all six of the Browns’ games this season.

Colts’ Gore, Vinatieri in reach of marks

The Indianapolis Colts’ Frank Gore rushed for a season-high 106 yards in a Week 6 loss to the Houston Texans, the first 100-yard rushing game by a Colts player since Vick Ballard in 2012. The last Colts rusher with consecutive 100-yard games was Joseph Addai in Weeks 8-9 of 2007.

Adam Vinatieri of the Colts has made his last 41 field goal attempts, the second-longest streak in NFL history. If he makes his next two attempts, he will break Mike Vanderjagt’s all-time record (42 from 2002 to 2004).